Today is my birthday and it's going to be a good time. So as I craft a day of mirth, free spirit and all my favorite activities, let me ruminate upon what I wish for as gifts on this special day.
I want peace on Earth, real peace, the kind where the armies demobilize and don't remain standing like it used to be. Peace where trillions aren't wasted from funding public social needs. I want a real and permanent turning of tanks into ploughshares. War's obscene waste of energy, materials, human potential and life cannot persist if human and ecological being are to continue. I want it to end now.
The truth is we are one human family, one species, perhaps from different lineages with a crazy uncle, but a family nonetheless. And I want us to start acting like it. Nation state boundaries are a new false construct meant to divide us. As a human family I want our basic universal rights strictly and unconditionally observed. The human condition is absolute freedom as long as we don't hurt others. I want gods and governments off of and out of my body.