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The “times are changing” Mr. Dylan said
No turning back the clock yesterday is dead
Our “lives in the balance” added Jackson Browne
The choice people have to go up or down

So much energy talent and strong desire
People need freedom and will to conspire
There’s nothing to lose here no downside or risk
Embolden empower you can make a fist

The war we are fighting takes cunning smarts
The answer is in there inside each heart
We can get beyond the stories we’re told
To lies and deception say “We won’t be sold!”

The stuff they sell that we “need” to be “ok”
Let’s leave on shelves rotting away
We don’t need their stories myths or their dreams
Our own minds and hearts are bursting with schemes

We know what to do what to think what to say
Don’t let the emperor’s stand in the way
What they call progress is more of the same
The emperor is naked go your own way

How much of a consumer are you? Do you buy stuff mindfully?
What do you think about the advertisement you see on TV?
How much do you really need?

– Stewart Levine ©

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