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Julian Assange

… and the end of the world, 2012 and all that …

I watch current affairs; I like to know what is going on in the world. And I see the broad strokes of human conduct as something of a Soap Opera, the same old melodramatic and sentimental stuff repeating in different forms, over and over, some hilarious in its incompetence and some sinister in its intent, some tragic, some sad and all truly disposable. But most notably I see the sleight of hand, what is not said, the cunning that dare not reveal itself.

None of it is the simple truth, but it knocks on the windows of perception all the same. And so I must ‘talk’ to it.

I have been watching with interest the saga of Julian Assange and Wikileaks from the beginning, hereafter referred to as JAW, and I’ll tell you what I see, now – not to forget the brave people who risk everything to out the all too common atrocious behaviour of people in positions of power over the people. There is a good recap of the situation here ASYLUM if you are interested, I won’t be going into what has so amply been covered by so many. And for an ongoing, articulate and fearless examination of American duplicity see Glen Greenwald, for one.

They, JAW, did something nobody else has done before – a very significant first. They exposed the utter corruption of the world’s governments and businesses, leaders people elect or condone – even praise, in such a way and to such an extent the genie will never be put back in the bottle like it has been before, the bottle of forgetfulness – because it is now global and more now will remember than will forget.

It was inevitable; such darkness as has been burgeoning in the human psyche and expressed where it finds conditions conducive never lasts without attracting light. It has happened piecemeal through the centuries as our world progressed until it finally reached the flowering of global proportions as our way of life, because we are not separate from it, until it has all but extinguished the possibility of a time of peace and integrity – for ‘everyman’ to know his own truth, and not just the few to exploit the many. And in the light this darkness has retaliated, to which there is an equal reaction from opposing forces but it’s lagging behind in a world of apparent opposites, in time. This has been brewing for a long time and now it looks like it must out.

That’s the usual way of things, only now everybody knows it instead of the ‘usual’ partiality. Whether they have realised it or not is irrelevant, once you see the worm in the apple you can’t eat it anymore – for long. And it’s the last apple, we have emptied the barrel and nowhere left to turn.

There is only one Earth.

What I think of either – JAW – is irrelevant, though I wish him well – without wishing at all – as I would any in his situation, with the odds or forces stacked against him as they are, stacked by design, by momentum – ‘for the greater good’ – if only they could see. I trust he makes it to Ecuador, or some relatively safe place.

The fact is a terrible darkness in the human psyche has been utterly exposed so that it no longer has anywhere to hide, for long. Enough people have seen it now to make a significant difference in the world. This means the effect of that exposure will ripple on through the human psyche and show up in world affairs in time, as it is doing, no matter what happens to JAW now. In fact if anything happens to JAW now that will hasten the effect of his actions, not delay or abate them as some may wish or fail to understand. The sense of injustice is that palpable, long standing and infectious.

For those who look this can already be seen in the various movements and characters that have come to the fore in recent times. The individuals who are instinctively intolerant of the human darkness are called upon and emboldened. Modern day Knights and Lady’s are gathering round the table, globally, like never before. In most of the world the young and poor see no future and so have no hope except to change things now, though they don’t know what or how but have nothing to lose by trying. And in one world, one global civilisation, what happens in the north eventually comes to the south, east and west.

The darkness will be brutal in its attempt to stamp its authority on the situation, is already only we haven’t seen the full extent of things on our TV’s yet – so it’s not real enough yet to touch every man and woman, but it will and must, because it never gives up. The irony is it is of darkness’s own making, its demise – it ‘thinks’ there is a certain freedom in exposure.

And isn’t it ridiculous it has to be on TV before the many will believe it is happening? As is said, perception is reality.

The end of the world? Who knows, but not the beautiful Earth. We just aren’t big or bold enough for that, however some might like to think.

But what to do about it?

I’ll tell you how it is with me, and I’m not special. For as long as … I have had a sense this world of unconscionable greed and brutal exploitation couldn’t possibly last. How could it, in a closed system where intolerance of perceived injustice grows with every step injustice takes it must eventually overtake injustice, mustn’t it. Yet it has gone on and on and there seems no end to it. But everything does end. That’s also the usual way of things, and nobody sees it coming in their time, being too close to it – except for the very few.

What do I do about it? I go on as I always have, doing what I am moved to do and doing my best. Nothing has changed or will change for me, because I was always going to die. Until then there is nothing more important than to realise peace of mind, and sometimes that means going through the fire first. It’s not just for me that I do this, though I don’t think I am doing it for anyone else either.

What I do I do first for me because what can I say if I don’t? “This is the way but I haven’t been down it yet.”? I can’t do that. I have to be grounded in experience, my own.

So I am back to what I do. You see what I do here, and everything else I do is ordinary – what people do. And everything passes. After, or for, peace of mind it is important for me to do whatever needs doing in my life, that I can do. I do it because I need to, and if I was to offer any advice it would have to be that – do what you have left to do. Because the need to do it will then leave you and whatever one does makes it easier for others to do. And you can then move on, in all respects.

So as I observe and relate the little wonders of the Earth I will notice the wranglings of the world. The two are often co-incident in my experience. In fact there is nothing discordant in what I say to how nature is. And I take whatever happens as serving a greater purpose though sometimes a falling tree is just a falling tree.

It’s not so much the end of the world as the beginning of the end of an era where exploitation of the many by the few was/is the norm.

No need to get superstitious or paranoid. :)

Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture to enlarge in a new tab


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  1. Mark said, on 28/06/2012 at 1:24 am

    The error is to focus on the man, the particular. The idea is greater, of a greater reality, which is why it lives beyond the individual. As the idea behind JAW will live on long after he’s gone.

    This is my response to some ‘partisan’ comments that are no more than caricatures, positions taken from tabloid TV and the mainstream media that has demonstrably failed to responsibly check the political executive.

    I don’t break life up into go and no-go parts. The art of being in the act of macro photography is not different to the art of being in the act of … – fill it in. Politics is one peak, or trough – depending on the context, of human endeavour and activity. Some have noticed it is not seperate from what I usually do here and I may post more on topical subjects because I am moved to lend my small weight to the greater good, as I see it, and frustrate the ‘Dogs of War’, with their cries of ‘Havoc’. If that offends some ones sensibilities then you have missed the essence of my endeavour here. I am most deliberate.

    I know JAW is a controversial figure but that doesn’t excuse ignorance of the facts or the absence of the endeavour to divine the truth behind them. I won’t publish comments from anyone that doesn’t at least reach for those bars. Rational intelligent questions are always welcome if you wish to come to an understanding of my position, with emphasis on understanding.

    Comments on my pictures are equally welcome. They are after all a rendering of a wonderful nature that knows no personalisation of the kind politics is made up of, and their acknowledgment brings me closer to their simple being, the simple truth.

  2. futuredoll said, on 26/06/2012 at 2:00 am

    Great summary!If only more people would see that… “In fact there is nothing discordant in what I say to how nature is. And I take whatever happens as serving a greater purpose though sometimes a falling tree is just a falling tree.”

  3. Garden Walk Garden Talk said, on 25/06/2012 at 1:18 pm

    I am new to your site and came refereed, but I love your camera work. Beautiful and clear closeups.

  4. Lunar Euphoria said, on 24/06/2012 at 4:04 am

    Breathtaking post in word and image.

    Also veeeeery interesting….

    • Mark said, on 24/06/2012 at 7:31 am

      Thanks for dropping by Lunar. Did you find something in particular interesting?

      • Lunar Euphoria said, on 10/07/2012 at 12:57 am

        All of it….the introduction of man into the micro…(of course that all depends on perspective)…the departure from the usual thoughts you share…the dark apocalytpic spin…the political thrown in the mix…

  5. Onibe said, on 23/06/2012 at 6:18 am

    great photos (I think, I should copy and paste these words on all Your posts…)
    great, great, great!

  6. Dean said, on 22/06/2012 at 6:28 pm

    Nice pics. Nice view.

  7. Jamiun Micheal said, on 22/06/2012 at 5:47 pm

    such a wonderful creature…superb as always

  8. nonoymanga said, on 22/06/2012 at 10:47 am

    i’m Overwhelm!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

  9. riddletounfold said, on 22/06/2012 at 10:12 am

    Was it intentional that you placed under the words “perception is reality” a little bee with a shock of white hair, given the subject of your post–it could be interpreted as quite symbolic.

    • Mark said, on 22/06/2012 at 1:30 pm

      As meaning can be multi-layered it is all symbolic, unless all one sees is what on the surface – some do. I always pick the pictures to fit the post but apart from the first one it’s a matter of intuition where one is actually placed in the text.

      The first one is of an Assassin Bug attacking a Nomad Bee from behind – now that is symbolic – and, amazingly, the Bee gets away. JAW may get away from England but nobody gets away from death, the great leveller.

  10. 1cruzdelsur said, on 22/06/2012 at 1:01 am

    Super stunning, amazing pictures.

    • Mark said, on 22/06/2012 at 3:51 am

      Thanks Carlos, glad you like ’em. :)

  11. Rachel Creager Ireland said, on 22/06/2012 at 12:11 am

    Beautiful. Is that a juvenile wheel bug? Amazing the size of its prey! I like the idea of darkness attracting light, something I knew but never thought about it that way. Thanks.

    • Mark said, on 22/06/2012 at 3:50 am

      Yes, I know it as an ASSASSIN bug – appropriate for the occasion I expect. The Nomad Bee was sleeping at the end of a cold day and the assassin did what assassins do, attacked from behind with a blade of death and slipped it in. The bee got away, amazingly.

      And yes, darkness attracts light because that is the structure of our system of intelligence – it is not allowed to persist except as it serves the Great-er good. And it serves to tell us what is not good, or acceptable.

  12. Susi said, on 21/06/2012 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Mark, a rather philosophical, dark but very interesting posting! Accompanied, as always, by your stunning pictures! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

    • Mark said, on 22/06/2012 at 3:45 am

      Thank you Susi. Dark is a passing thing. The trick is to remain standing until it blows itself out. To prepare for the inevitable wind centre your attention in the only thing that will never let you down, the pure sensation inside.

  13. Iva P. said, on 21/06/2012 at 11:19 pm

    Mark, I love your photos. You are the best in the insect world. Why don’t you stick with that and leave politics alone? JAW – as you call him – is a malicious and unfeeling creature. Among other secrets, he revealed a list of US helpers in Afghanistan, puting them and their families at risk. That alone is a reprehensive act. I won’t shed a tear for him if he ends up behind bars.

    • Mark said, on 22/06/2012 at 3:41 am

      Well, I am not the best at anything. There is always someone better, which doesn’t really matter when the point is just to do my best, for anyone who can see, and for myself first.

      Which is more reprehensible? The exposure of institutionalised criminality such as murder, torture, kidnapping, the habitual deceit of the people, global scale greed, environmental vandalism, the list goes on …? Or the criminality itself?

      Enough of the crocodile tears …

  14. Lauri Siirala said, on 21/06/2012 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks Mark, for being on the mark, once again.

    • Mark said, on 22/06/2012 at 3:25 am

      G’day Lauri. Thanks for dropping by, once more.

  15. zeebradesigns said, on 21/06/2012 at 10:27 pm

    Brilliant and touching. There are so many jewels of thoughts in this epistle that the entire piece would be yellow if I highlighted all of them. Thank you, Z

    • Mark said, on 22/06/2012 at 3:24 am

      Thank you Z. Your comment is appreciated.

  16. Giardinoblu said, on 21/06/2012 at 9:58 pm

    beautiful! Your camera is amazing!…and you’re a great naturalistic photographer:)

    • Mark said, on 22/06/2012 at 2:52 am

      Thank you Francesca, I’ll pass on the compliment … to the camera and the photographer. :)

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