Wow, this hits home.
I worked. In the the Emergency Department. And while in ICU answering emails and employee communications asking me ‘urgent questions.’ While having COVID19.
And my boss still had the audacity to tell me that I wasn’t “100% committed to my job.”
That’s when reality of how f*cked up society is AND how much capitalism is internalized by force and circumstance by corporations because they know that most employees don’t have options during an economic or pandemic downturn.
Regardless of the environmental circumstances, the poetry of John Trudell came back to my mind and the drums of the pow wow on the old vinyl AIM Song beat to the rhythm of my own heartbeat. His words that were spoken so long ago and have never been so true:
“We see your tech-no-logic-al society devour you before your very eyes.
We hear your anguished cries exalting greed through progress.
While you seek material advances,
the sound of flowers dying carry messages through the wind
trying to tell you about balance and your safety.
But your minds are chained to your machines,
and the strings dangling from your puppeteers hands turning you,
twisting you into forms and confusions beyond your control.
Your mind for a job, your mind for a TV, your mind for a hair dryer,
your mind for consumption.
With your atom bombs, your material bombs, your drug bombs,
your racial bombs, your class bombs, your sexist bombs, your ageist bombs,
devastating your natural shelters–making you homeless on earth.
Chasing you into illusions–fooling you,
making you pretend you can run away from the ravishing of your spirit.
While the sound of flowers dying carry messages through the wind
trying to tell you about balance and your safety.”
“We see your tech-no-logic-al society devour you before your very eyes.John Trudell
I know my spirit has been ravished throughout having Covid19 and the way I’ve been expected to continue to operate as if I’m still at 150%.
We need a dramatic shift of values in our society and the workplace.