Light and Darkness

I find tremendous beauty in religious festivals. Whatever you think about religion, God, or the lack thereof, the desires expressed in high holy days are often powerful and simple: peace on earth, charity toward fellow humans, and light overcoming darkness. That last is the basis of Diwali, celebrated yesterday. Here, a gorgeous photo essay from the very fine photo blog over at

(AP Photo/Channi Anand)

We need that hope, of light overcoming darkness, more than ever, as well as some energy to make it happen instead of just wishing for it. Thanks to, I discovered Films for Action, who describe themselves as “a community-powered alternative news center and learning library for people who want to change the world.” My heart is with Jill Stein and the Green Party, but based on this piece by Cornel West, I decided to hold my nose and vote for Obama, then start protesting in February. This amazing documentary serves as a powerful digest of the current pres’s utter capitulation to his corporate masters as the electorate sleeps, visions of Michelle and Barak embraces sugar-plumming in their heads. Wake up, folks. Things are very, very bad right now. And unlike many folks who’ve made these calls and basically say “there’s nothing we can do,” Films for Action provides a community and resources to get off our butts and fix stuff.

You can watch the movie right here. Everyone who pays U.S. taxes should know that we’re paying to destroy and maim people, give billionaires more money, and bankrupt our own futures. We’re the only ones who can fix this mess.

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