October 10, 2016, Chula Vista- Today is the National Day of Taiwan, established by Chiang Kai-shek, when he set up the Republic of China, on the island where he and his forces found refuge, in 1949. “Double Tenth” is viewed as an auspicious day, good for the fortunes of the Chinese people. Certainly, the industry and fastidiousness that the Chinese, individually and collectively, demonstrate- wherever they may be in this world, have made both Taiwan and the Chinese mainland models of commercial success, while remaining true to a deeper spiritual sense- even as the “gods” of commercialism and ideology have taken their toll.
Here in North America, some, primarily those in government and the financial sector, observe Columbus Day. I have come to see this as ludicrous. Other than a nice day to honour those of Italian descent, with parades and some fine cuisine, celebrating the arrival of three shiploads of people, who were bent on exploiting the resources of India, and instead found themselves on one of the minor isles of the Bahamian Archipelago, is little more than a ruse.
Nevertheless, I am feeling good today, in this town that is one of the outgrowths of the Spanish colonization, that itself transpired from the Colombian Expeditions. I am glad, in a sense, that Europeans and indigenous North Americans figure in my ancestry, although the way in which many of the former treated the latter was, to say the least, despicable.
This leads me to a remark made by a Native friend from Texas, on the occasion of my arrival here, a few days ago. She expressed the wish that I would go to Standing Rock, North Dakota, and be there with our Lakota brothers and sisters. My heart is there, certainly, as it is with all who suffer, as it is with those in the southeast, the Caribbean, and anywhere in the world, where people are going through the savagery inflicted by Man and Nature.
My soul compels me to stand by my offspring, and be here for him, in the few days available. Soon enough, I will be back in Prescott, attending planning meetings, a drum circle, a Home Fire Safety event, and hiking another section of Black Canyon National Recreation Trail, before returning to work, a week from today. Soon enough, my son will back on his own two feet and at his post on the USS Wayne E.Meyer. Soon enough, the people of Standing Rock will be vindicated, and will realize the return of peace to their land- as will we all.
Stay firm, in the face of whatever tests and difficulties come your way. You are all loved and cherished.