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The planetary manifestation

this text tries to show how these many manifestations together representants a huge planetary power against capitalism
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..........."To see a World in a Grain of Sand....
...........And Heaven in a Wild Flower...........
...........Hold Infinity in the Palm of your Hand
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After seeing in the internet countless news about "the public demonstrations against war" that will take place on February 15th, let's try to understand better what is happening.

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The word "manifestation", by itself, maybe isn't enough to represent the whole dimension of the protests.

Because never before in the history of mankind there was a series of coordinated demonstrations happening simultaneously, as it will happen on February 15th.

Millions of people; in hundreds of towns; from all the continents; protesting on the same day...

In order to put this process in words we would need another name (or a metaphor).

But we will, in the meantime, define it as:

"Great manifestation of people all around the globe"

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Besides that, we can say also that it isn't just an "anti-war" manifestation.

Since it is clear that one of the main reasons behind this clash is economical power: for oil control and exploitation or for the profit of the war industry.

And, if we realize that it is a conflict involving people that dispute financial and political power, it's possible to say that the conflict is a visible symptom of a social-political-economical system we are all ruled by.

A system which is founded on competition and gathering. What, given enough time, always generates inequality, misery and suffering.

Or, putting differently, a system where the capital has priority over the human being: capital-ism.

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As this system prevails in all regions of the planet for centuries, we got so used to it that it may seem natural. What is the same as saying that capitalism is within each one of us.

From this statement, we can see why it's so hard to have large dissemination of criticism and wide realization of protests.

Nevertheless, with this conflict being about to happen in an certain area of the planet, an explicit symptom of capitalism makes itself very clear in time and space, and, because of that, humanity is being able to mobilize itself for a great collective manifestation.

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And, if the part may represent the whole, (like for example science proved that each cell contains the whole genetic code of an organism);

Then, in an analogy (which is more from poetic logic than from pure rational logic) we can say that manifesting against the symptom (war) is also manifesting against the system (capitalism).

Going further, if we can see Earth as an organism (with some help from the Gaia theory), we may say we are cells of this huge and wonderful living being.

So, using a similar analogy, it is possible to say that "a manifestation of millions of people all around the globe" is also a manifestation of the planet Earth itself.

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Therefore, with this "poetry logic" we may conclude:


- A manifestation of Earth for the end of capitalism.

homepage: homepage: http://www.rbc.org.br/feijao/Earth.htm

anti-capitalists ARE everywhere 14.Feb.2003 19:54

i'm one too

very well said.

Gaia 15.Feb.2003 02:23

Harmony rainbow brother

Keep spinning kind sister.