Long Live the Dead

Watch this 97-minute Netflix documentary now released for free viewing in YouTube (or catch it on Netflix if you have it), “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.”  It is about the 2014 Maidan (or The Maidan Revolution) by fearless, relentless, unstoppable, unarmed, non-violent protesters against ruthless militarized police forces and brutal mercenaries in Kyiv, Ukraine when the president sold out to Putin instead of signing an agreement with the European Union as promised to a People yearning to build upon the freedom they claimed when they declared their independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 (is this still a sentence?).

This is a story that we can learn from, if we are to defend our freedom when our time comes, and it seems to be coming sooner than I ever believed it could.  Democracy in the United States is at greater risk than ever.  I know people don’t get it, don’t think so, can’t believe it.  They just don’t know, because, like Putin’s duped citizens, they can’t.  Some others may have to die because of it, if we are to succeed.

Watch this documentary and see what the dead can do when they know the truth and fight for it, when their courage inspires victory for the living, when they find out just how fragile democracy can be, and how precious, and give their lives for it.

Don’t waist your brain energy calling me pessimistic.  It doesn’t matter anymore.  Whether I am pessimistic or not, the warning must go out.  Whether my efforts are pessimistic or not, I must continue, especially because so many others will not prepare for the trouble we so likely face.  The Autocracy Party has just about all the guns, and the willingness to use them for delusional reasons.  Are you ready for that?

I am preparing for the fall of democracy in the United States.  You should, too.  You have nothing to lose by being prepared, and a free nation to gain.

My truly optimistic take on it says that with preparation and dedication to protecting our civilization, we can succeed.  Otherwise, we go into something like a Dark Age.  An optimist looks ahead and sees ways to succeed, not ways to act in the future, or to hope to do, but ways to act now for the sake of the future.  Preparation is optimistic.  It says there is a way, so take it.  Optimism is not merely about hoping for the best.  In fact, that’s just stupid in many instances.  Hope can be stupid.  I am preparing, not hoping.

Now, in 2022, Putin wants to take away from Ukraine what they earned in the past, what death bought for them in 2014.  Watching this documentary, you’ll see why they will NEVER let him take it from them, and they will continue fighting from the grave that they do not fear.

Me neither.  My grave is not something to fear, except by our enemies.

Slava Ukraini!  Glory to Ukraine!  Learn from them to never give up!

Long live the dead.

Olena was wounded on February 24, 2022, the day Russia invaded Ukraine.  She and over forty-four million Ukrainians and other residents there need our help.  Helping them helps us.  It may even save us from ourselves.

Wounded Olena Kurilo in Kharkiv Feb 24, 2022 color pencil

Wounded Olena Kurilo in Kharkiv Feb 24, 2022. (Color pencil derived from photo.)

The remainder of this post is copied from https://war.ukraine.ua/support-ukraine/ – Official website of Ukraine government

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11 thoughts on “Long Live the Dead

  1. It’s good to see your post – I wondered if you were hands-on helping Ukraines, and would not be at all surprised if you were there.
    Zelenskyy has become a true hero to many in the world – the underdog with fierce spirit and loyalty to the people of his country. The images of him visiting the wounded – presenting flowers to the injured woman – that’s not fake – that is geniune empathy for his people.
    Thanks for the link, it’s good that they made it available for all.

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  2. Hi Lisa! Well, I might be over there in the flesh if I could be. Meanwhile, I’m here in the flesh, where they may need me to be even more than there. In any case, I’m just reacting to pain.

    Some days I say I can’t take it anymore. Other days I’m ashamed of that. Overall, I am increasingly painfully aware that what is going on over there goes on around the world and can go on here. As Zelenskyy and so many others say, they fight for all of us.

    To evade that fact is the greater shame, because it dismisses their suffering as meaningless to us, since, of course, in our isolated pseudo-reality, “it can’t happen here.”

    As my Slovenian relatives would say, “Molk je znak priznanja.” Silence gives consent. I have to say what moves me, or wallow in the dark slime of silence. I have a weakness. I can’t get away from these people, no matter how far into the woods I go, woods of any kind, in mind or otherwise.

    My next post is going to be beautiful, even joyous, thanks to Ukraine culture, but not about war or death. About music this time, and not their national anthem or anything nationalistic. It is about a little swallow (bird, not throat) that flies in just four of the most beautiful notes ever arranged and is celebrated around the world every year. Long live the music. I have to say that, too.


    • I think that most every sensitive person is having a hard time writing about ‘light’ subjects, when there is so much suffering – from covid deaths, from hostile politics, and now the Ukraine horrors. Yet we need that offset of humor, because if we stay too serious it can affect our health, and what good is that if we become side effects of bad news/energy. I know that for me, being indoors is almost like a curse right now – the oppressive energy from the world seems stronger, and if I can crawl my way to a slice of nature where there are no sounds from civilization, I almost float with relief. When I go silent and have few words/thoughts little desire to allow my words to flow, I realize that my psyche is not necessarily in a negative state, but a neutral one. Something’s working its way around – what, I have no idea, but when it’s ready to be birthed, the words will flow again. Yet at times when it’s ready to take flight, there’s more bad news, more horrors, more suffering, and I think, ‘Not now. Stay grounded and keep sorting through this mess and try to find something original that might make a difference.’

      You might like this that Cindy just posted today. She too is an artist, and often times the outside world has a strong effect on her as well.. and she also finds comfort in nature.


      • Thanks for the Cindy link. The forest in her area is like mine. Lower edge of the Taiga. That photo looks like it was taken just a whistle from my door. She wrote, “But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of silence spread.” A week ago, I began to wonder how long it would be before the Press got tired and moved on from Ukraine. I thought maybe Will Smith’s Oscar stunt would do it. I shudder to think that Marine Le Pen may be on her way to top dog in France, and that most people have no idea what it says.

        “… a slice of nature where there are no sounds from civilization, I almost float with relief.” Amen, Sista. I’m lucky that way. It’s not hard to get to those places here. My little plot of forest even comes with silence that is accompanied by a sound from civilization that is not offensive to silence: church bells ringing on the hour from the hill on the other side of the valley. When the air is still, especially when it’s damp, they ring under the scalp and in the heart, even though they have no religious significance to me. Now and then I catch them at noon when they go on and on. Everything stops to listen. But when I drive 10 miles to one of my favorite getaways that nobody else goes to, the silence does have that floatation effect, more than the bells.

        “… try to find something original that might make a difference …”

        Good thing Nature always has something original to offer, even when you’ve seen it a hundred times before. I’ve walked these trails so many times that they are part of me (and, well, Nature and I did make them together), but they keep coming up with new ways that make a difference.


  3. I have been tuning out so much because I simply can’t stand it. I just can’t. I’m just living my life, going day today, getting together with friends now and again. Shopping at the farmers market, sitting in the sun. I can’t bear to do more than that or pay attention to what’s going on. So many years of activism. So much early hope shattered. I certainly fear for our future, but I can barely stand think about it.


    • I hear you, Em. At first, I was going to say, “I feel you,” as they say nowadays, having felt your feeling. But I opted to ease into it with just hearing.

      I tried to stay away from all media except music and fifteen minutes of news per day, for a few weeks before the fateful February 24, the 22422 War. I am seriously on the fence about just letting go of the world, at least for a while. Your feedback reminds me to indeed turn away from the hell in Ukraine. Instead, I’ll turn to her soul, celebrate her spirit, glorify and share it, beginning with some immersion in it, as I have been doing.

      My next few posts will likely be all about music, but not just links to the music itself. I will share its story and meaning to Ukraine, probably a couple of things others have written about the songs. One of the songs I’m on is a popular, beloved classic played in hundreds of styles from tribal to cartoon, with new original versions coming out all the time. I have to pick out a curated collection. It came from Ukraine, initially as a pre-Christian 4-note chant. A composer gave it modern celebratory lyrics and arrangement for choir, and took the world by the heart ever since, propelled by a blockbuster performance in New York in 1922. It is sacred to most of the world, especially Ukraine. This year is its 100th anniversary (not counting its “pre-history”). A thing to celebrate that is sacred to Ukraine. This “labor of love” helps the pain.

      The other song is so revered that Ukrainians stand and sing with the performer in concerts, the way people do for a national anthem.

      I know what is going on over there, and I feel it too much, so I’m choosing an answer. I’ll submit to the powers of art and nature, with the compassion and empathy that arouse the pain you have identified, with that love for the world that you feel getting stomped on in your gut sometimes.

      Fighting the horror feels more like fighting myself; I’m just fighting the pain. I turn instead to Ukraine’s history, beauty, glory, people, culture and strength, with emphasis on art and nature, on their wings, for something I generally don’t put much stock in, but I do feel strongly for her: hope.

      I have more hope for Ukraine than for the political and culture warring course the USA is on. I am literally prepared for disaster there.

      As my empathy mourns Ukraine’s losses, in the names of the deceased, injured, tortured and torn, I’ll play her songs and share them. Read her literature, learn her history, explore her art and lands and rivers, share them, let her dead fight through me that way.

      Like you, I am at the edge of just letting go of it all. Even just sell everything and hit the road, wandering from one great forest to another. But I get surprised by inspirations I stumble upon, and fall back on the stabilizing effects of nature, and draw from certain special people, to carry on, not with a lot of confidence, but surprised by hope.

      Still, I do not hold it against anyone to back out gracefully in the knowledge that they are beyond their limit, or too close. We’re no good to the world if we’re broken in pieces.

      I keep wondering, “Imagine if it was all real?”

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      • Thank you for such a beautiful, thoughtful response.
        Yes, art and music.
        I am on Facebook and I’m part of a group called “host sister”. There have been a number of requests for a place to stay for Ukrainian women or families. Most requests are for places in Europe, of course. If a Ukrainian woman somehow ends up down in the desert southwest, I would take her in in a heartbeat.
        I lived in Kansas City, Missouri, for about seven years and over those years I had many many Guatemalan refugees stay in my home. None was here legally.
        I also had a number of battered women and several homeless people over the years. People who came to my house just never knew who they were going to run into!


        • I once heard of a law that says we are entitled to a thing called “retirement!” Well, maybe not a law, but you earned it just the same. Imagine all the people affected down the line by the impacts you had on those lives. It’s almost creepy! You do this one little thing that changes that one little thing that tips the scale in one little way that opens a door a little a certain way that lets in an opportunity that never could have happened otherwise and on and on. You probably have a thousand grandchildren by now, in one sense or another.

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