WRETCHED OF THE EARTH
Han Marie Stiekema Sermes
Q. Several decades lie behind us, since Franz
Fanon wrote his famous book. He looked at the Third World from a political perspective.
What is your position in this regard?
A. At that time, the disorder
seemed to be limited to one organ - humans - only. Today the disease has become systemic:
the whole body is terminally ill, including the climate, the plants and the animals.
Q. The so-called "ecological crisis".
A. By calling it that way
- just like the "poverty, the refugee crisis" etc. - one tries to conceal the
true cause. As said earlier, there is nothing wrong with nature. The disaster is inflicted
on her by us, humans. It is only us, with whom there is something deeply wrong.
Q. Which, eventually is spiritual.
A. "To have or to
be", that is the question; limitless enrichment or quality of life. The problem is,
that with regard to the former, you don't talk to normal people. The latter would look at
it from an objective point of view. Which is not possible with a group of compulsive,
self-addicted and obsessed people.
Q. People, who turn a deaf ear to.....
A. Like "common"
addicts, yes. They have no choice, but taking their daily "shots": money,
comfort, luxuries, power and influence.
Q. In previous talks, you have emphasized the
spiritual dimension of the problem. Would you now elaborate on the political part?
A. The core of the problem is,
that some areas of life are split off from the body of society. Especially the trio of
science, technology and capitalism have to be mentioned in this regard. These areas
(STC-complex: prof. E.Vermeersch) are interwoven like a cancer growth. Science invents,
technology applies and capitalism exploits.
Q. Dominating the entire society.
A. Absolutely. The wretched and
the parasites of the earth are two sides of the same coin. The effects are disastrous: on
the one hand accumulation, on the other exploitation and disintegration.
Q. Culminating in "the poor becoming
poorer", "the CO2 levels rising catastrophically", "rainforests
disappearing" and "biodiversity destroyed".
A. All presented, as if this
were a "natural disaster". Even, if admitted, that we are the main actors in the
drama, we call it the "unforeseen" effects of our "economic
activities". Nobody talks about the fact, that it is not "the economy", but
a very specific economic system, that is causing the misery.
Q. Global capitalism e.g. capitalist
A. My hope is, that the
positive side of the crisis will result in a new economic system, one that is based on
subsistence, integration with the environment, practicing eco-agriculture, supporting
local communities, creating prosperity and promoting health.
Q. In the mean time, the destruction will go on
for a while.
A. The idea, that this
unbearable suffering would go on, just because a minority of the world population refuses
to share its wealth - a wealth, that doesn't even make them happy - is disgusting.
In order to limit the damage, my suggestion for the moment would be: invest in women
Q. What is your thinking behind?
A. Women have proved to
be more "constructive" than men. There is a saying, that runs "give a women
a sewing machine, and within three months an entire association has emerged". Which
reflects the truth. It has nothing to do with discrimination. Everywhere in the
"Third World", it is the women, who are keeping the community going, taking care
of education, health care, agriculture, social work and the local economy*.
Q. What would you like to say to them?
A. I acknowledge and
honor your unique abilities, indispensable to protecting the "substance of life"
in its broadest sense. Hence, I very much would like to dedicate my work to you.
Especially in the field of spirituality, community building and health care, I might be of
great help. So, don't hesitate to contact me. Our not-for-profit contributions with regard
to health care, a.o. consists of the following: the free distribution of the Flow System
Workbook; the free training of local Basic Health Consultants; to support Women's
Community Health Initiatives worldwide; to support local Organic Agriculture Projects; to
support local Environmental and Nature Conservation groups.
* See our "Free World Health Care" in www.vitalworld.org Step 1-7, especially Step 2,
6 and 7.
Q. I think everybody will appreciate your
efforts. Isn't it too "private" though, considering the success of worldwide
globalization? Aren't multinationals rule the world with hardly any chance for local
A. The situation is very gloomy
indeed. The multinational corporations have managed to dominate and exploit the entire
globe. Not hindered by any regulation profit, cheap labor and consumer markets are
determining their behavior. Accumulation of profit and unlimited growth is the only thing
that counts. They don't care about the consequences of their behavior: disintegration of
a.o. local cultures, families, communities, religions, economies and eco-systems. However,
the system may not be as strong as it looks like. For instance, the networks of computers
are so vulnerable, that they may break down any time. The same is true for the
"casino-economy", in which money making has become disconnected from any real
productivity. Unemployment is rapidly rising. The US military apparatus is overstretched,
the former being in decline since 1970. Hence, an increasing number of people starting new
One of the best books on globalization:
E.Goldsmith & J.Mander "The Case against the Global Economy", 2001
Q. At last the unavoidable question. In what
way is the Great Mother involved in this?
A. The Mother's concern first
of all, applies to the weakest chains in Her Web of Life. Be sure, to Her it is of utmost
priority. Our proposals for a Self-sovereign Community, in which the people themselves
will regain control over religious, cultural and socio-economic activity in the broadest
sense, as I have elaborated in other MatriTalks, are at the center of concern. Moreover,
the hope is, that by making people aware of the sacredness of existence - being the
Mother's Material Body - even people "at the top" will make up their minds. Once
the Mother reaches the awareness of people, a new enthusiasm may evolve.
Q. Otherwise the destructive side of the Mother
will do its work.
A. There is every reason to
fear the Mother. Creation and destruction are in Her hands. It entirely depends on us,
though, if or when Her fury will become provoked. I am sure, Her Compassion will still
give us a last chance, though.
Open your heart.
Do what you have to do.
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