How’s Earth-life mid-2015? Awful-Awesome, naturally

hat tip: ZenGardner 

“The time has come to air the Voice of Reason,

In a world gone mad, adrift on banal seas,

For all who feel that lies have had their season,

And whose Hearts Cry Out instead for Honesty,

For all the weary souls grown bored with dreaming,

Whose thirst for Beauty and for Knowledge goes unslaked,

For all who want to wake from what is dreaming,

To know what’s Real, and what is Real to embrace.

For all who’ve watched with mounting horror,

Evil’s reign upon this world grow ever-clear,

For all who’ve prayed in vain, Emancipators,

Wielding Swords of Truth and laughing without fear.”

-William Melvin “Bill” Hicks

Comedian Bill Hicks voiced the above in poetic beauty of Earth’s condition for all inhabitants: awful, awesome, and somehow in harmony with reality.

Hicks died of cancer in 1994 at age 32. His challenge of .01% oligarchs who assassinated President Kennedy (here, here, here, here, here, here for a sampling of overwhelming evidence) may have caused Hicks to be targeted for assassination from “weaponized cancer.” This possibility is heightened from the fact of the King Family civil trial that found the US government guilty for Dr. Martin King’s 1968 assassination, again with overwhelming evidence. If our .01% “leaders” would assassinate the most beloved leaders of Earth’s history, who would they not murder?

President Johnson in an interview just before his death (footnote 63):

“We were running a damned murder incorporated.”

5-minute video from Hicks on JFK’s assassination (caution for use of full adult vocabulary):

Charles Dickens also attempted to express our awful-awesome status in his 1859 classic, A Tale of Two Cities:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”


The awfulness of Earth’s condition is literally in ~100 crucial areas, and center in literal .01% “leader” psychopaths’ (and here) crimes centering in war and money. These crimes and lies are easily proved for anyone willing to view the objective factual evidence. I make my best effort in my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015:

‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful wars, bankster looting, lying corporate media

I’ve divided the paper into sections:


When enough people are willing to apply their educations to look, and exercise their integrity to state simple facts, humanity will be in position to seize the alternative of an unprecedented bright future for all Earth’s inhabitants:

Harmony with Reality:

As I’ve suggested (and here, here), there is zen-like harmony in the paradox of “patient activism.” Those of us with Faith from spiritual, philosophical, and/or religious foundations have full opportunity to live one’s deepest faith, not just hold it at a distance in abstract belief. Faith, for almost all who hold it, includes a stand for divine justice; that is, all reality is just/fair beyond human perceptual limitations. Our opportunity as individuals, connected to the Whole of Life, is to fully express our best artistic and scientific self-expressions within the limitations of being human.

The art and science of our “awful-awesome” world engagement for victory is up to each of us, differing as much as writing styles, how one plays a sport, and what one does to relax. And, as with writing, sports, and relaxation, we engage in good-faith trial-and-error to upgrade our performance qualities.

Anyway, my point is that Faith exercised has awesome stands:

  • When all is justice, there is nothing to fear.
  • When all is trust in the Divine, there is only self-expression.
  • Whatever you can imagine for support behind Earth’s scenes, love & justice is helping all of us beyond our capability to imagine.

The poet Rilke’s advice from 1903 may help you, the leaders, reading here and now:

“But everything that may someday be possible to many, the solitary man can now prepare and build with his hands, that err less. Therefore, dear sir, love your solitude and bear with sweet-sounding lamentation the suffering it causes you. For those who are near you are far, you say, and that shows it is beginning to grow wide about you. And when what is near you is far, then your distance is already among the stars and very large.

Rejoice in your growth, in which you naturally can take no one with you, and be kind to those who remain behind. Be sure and calm before them, and do not torment them with your doubts, and do not frighten them with your confidence or joy, which they could not understand.

Seek yourself some sort of simple and loyal community with them, which need not necessarily change as you yourself become different and again different.

Love in them Life in an unfamiliar form.

Be considerate of aging people, who fear that being-alone in which you trust. Avoid contributing material to the drama that is always stretched taut between parents and children; it uses up much of the children’s energy and consumes the love of their elders, which is effective and warming even if it does not comprehend. Ask no advice from them, and count upon no understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and trust that in this there is a strength and a blessing, out beyond which you do not have to step in order to go very far!”


Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.


Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at

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  • MCB

    “Awesome-Awesome” as always Carl. ::)

  • diogenes

    Carl Herman, you’re first rate. But, theory without praxis is impotent. Gotta find a praxis. Ask LaFollette.

    • Carl_Herman

      Appropriate to your pseudonym, “diogenes,” no praxis is possible until the time is right. Please recall that I was one of among many leaders of who helped organize two UN summits for heads of state to end poverty. That’s about as much action citizens can cause. Without the public being ready to hear the truth, those leaders and corporate media could safely lie, ignore, and keep their policies of war, debt, and death.

      So, “diogenes,” what praxis-action do you suggest, my brother, at this time?

  • truthtime

    The second bill hicks video in this article is blocked now. Looks like it got copyright trolled to take it down.