About this Series:
In Yesterday’s Visionaries in Today’s World, Stephen J. Bergstrom gives creative voice to visionary souls in process of awakening.
Through imaginative device, Yesterday’s Visionaries in Today’s World reveals two contrasting visions that shape contemporary existence.
In one, conquerors traverse the world as a series of endless privileges secured through material means and patriarchal oppression.
In the other, conquered and oppressed individuals and groups perceive that consciousness animates nature, humanity and the spirit of a Living Earth.
To read the completed first volume of 100 Yesterday’s ARTISTS in Today’s World, visit: https://stephenjbergstrom.wordpress.com/yesterdays-artists-in-todays-world-the-first-100/
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Acknowledging Emilio Aguinaldo
The year after they assassinated the first Kennedy, I died. On your planet, I would have lived ninety-five years on March 23rd, 1964.
Though Commodore Dewey and to-be President and then Civil Administrator William Howard Taft promised the Philippines to Filipinos, they took occupation after I joined with them to overthrow the Spaniard’s hold on our land.
To continue our quest for freedom, I reconstituted my armies, retreated into the jungles and fought against my former allies, Dewey, Taft and America for three bloody years, from 1898 – 1901.
I took 10,000 American lives. The Americans expended more than $600,000,000 in gold to defeat me and to advance Mahan’s theorem – that Empire must control the Seas – all of which the Americans accomplished in WWII, on the beaches at Normandy and in the War in the Pacific when the Japanese took the Philippines and MacArthur returned to defeat them, to extend Empire.
America was and is that Empire.
Late in my life, as I crossed in years from eighty-eight to eighty-nine, I condensed my experiences in A Second Look at America with Professor Vicente Albano Pacis.
Now, I view America a third time and this is what I see.
A land bounded by three coasts, a land bounded by water. An Empire that defines power by command of water bounded by water.
An Empire bounded by a greater power. An Empire bounded by a greater power on a watery planet and I perceive. Water is the Power. Water is the Empire. For she is the one that binds.
And the denizens of the water, her greater beings. The cetaceans, the whales and dolphins sing messages to her, to one greater.
And I hear a calling, telling me about the being, the one greater, that became the planet, whose tears became water, whose dream we live, whose song the whales and dolphins sing, whose tears bind earthly empire.
And this is the war that the American Empire contests upon the seas, that the American Empire turns into a global battlefield and whom they seek to control.
~ Stephen J. Bergstrom