By Tanya Tiger


“Do not play with fire or you might get burned!”

How many times have we heard this expression? This used to be like a mantra, ringing over and over in my head—a warning that would blare every time I stepped to close to the edge. Now, now it no longer holds any power over me.

I have come to realize that I am the fire.

I burn with a passion and a deep desire to light the world ablaze with change. I can no longer sit idly by while I watch Earth, our home, and all of her people be systematically extinguished like candles in the wind.

When did this Great Forgetting occur? When did we give our power away? Why are we seemingly satisfied to nibble crumbs when the corporations, politicians, and “powers that be” feast at a banquet table getting drunk on power? I’m no longer content scavenging for scraps when there is more than enough to go around for everyone. I’m no longer accepting of the fact that people who bust their butts day-in and day-out, who work their fingers to the bone, and who have paid their dues continue to struggle to put food on their tables while others throw away enough food to feed a small nation.

I am no longer satisfied with the rote answers provided to us by our “leaders” that they have our backs and are “in it for the people” while they make back-ally deals with lobbyists and the uber-rich in order to secure more funding and more votes.

Let me be very clear, I have no problem with people who make their money fairly and through hard work. I hope to be one of those people someday so I can make a difference. I do, however, have a huge problem with people who make their money off the backs of others, think that being rich makes them better than everyone else, who believe that they can buy themselves out of trouble or into favor with people in power (and, unfortunately they are often right about this), and who cause harm to many by doing these things.

I’ve gone from mildly concerned to upset and disturbed to downright angry.

When it comes to light that our government, and agencies who are supposed to protect “the people,” are allowing un-vetted medications to be given to pregnant women which lead to life-threatening birth defects in children. That providing incentives to companies to install new meters which have been proven to give off high levels of RFA radiation and cause a multitude of horrendous symptoms including, but not limited to, headaches, nosebleeds, infertility, and tumors; especially when these companies trespass on private property and install these meters against the wishes of the home owners (for more information on these meters, please see the link here).

When did it become okay to put money before people’s health? When did we sign over our government to Big Pharma, corporations and lobbyists? When did the United States of America become the Land of Corporate Greed and Indentured Servitude instead of the Land of the Free?

I love this country and that is why I am so angry.

I am watching the country that I love sell out in a way that turns my stomach. Not only is our government sacrificing itself on the altar of Greed and Debt, but it is selling us, our healthy and privacy, to the highest bidder. And the saddest part of all is that we sit by and take it.

We cheer on our government when they increase the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour while they also raise the prices of everything around us. We cheer them on when they decide not to raise taxes but fail to realize that the money still has to come from somewhere so they cut after-school programs, programs for the homeless, programs for people with disabilities and programs which fund research which might actually make a positive difference in the lives of people all around the world.

We have allowed banks and other corporations to become “too big to fail” and rather than fix the root of the problem our government throws more money at it and wonders why things haven’t changed. The media feeds our fears. “If it bleeds it leads,” and other sickening expressions are born from the desire to instill such a high amount of fear in “the people” that we do not speak up, we do not stand for our beliefs, and we become effectively deaf, mute and blind to what is being done to us.

When does it stop? When do we stand up, regardless of how afraid we are, and say enough? Do we finally make a stand when our water and food sources are polluted beyond safe consumption? Do we speak up when children begin falling victim to cancer at an alarming rate due to exposure to RFAs and other radiation pumped into our homes on a daily basis by devices and products that are supposed to make our lives easier? Do we finally stand up and shout that we will no longer be slaves to the almighty dollar when the government has access to every detail of our private lives and we are arrested for peacefully protesting the invasion?


When do we finally wake up from this fog of laziness and elusion? Have we really become a world so lazy, so desperate for distraction and minimal effort, that we are willing to sacrifice our freedom, our health and in some instances our very lives?

In the depths of my being I know we can change. I know that if we pull together and stand with one another we can move this world toward change.

Start small. Start with you.

Find ways to make changes that protect your health, your privacy, your home and family. Expand to include neighbors, your community and like-minded people through networking. If we come together, educate ourselves on what is really happening behind the curtain and stop just taking the word of media, politicians and agencies that are supposed to be protecting our interests, we can stand firm and offer up a solid fight.

There will be sacrifices. We may have to let go of some of our favorite products. We may have to work a little harder and put a little more effort into being present instead of perpetually distracted all the time (which, by the way, is exactly how they want us. If we’re distracted we don’t notice that the sky really is falling). We will be forced outside of our comfort zones, forced to face facts that sting our eyes and ears. It’s never easy to learn that you’ve been surrounded by lies and have happily gone along, blissful in your ignorance.

It’s like the Matrix. Once you know you can’t un-know. Once you see, you can’t un-see. But, once it’s all laid out before you, you can choose.

Do you choose to know and pretend to forget or do you choose to know and make a change? Do you choose to extinguish the flames of truth that burn in your heart and soul and live in the ashes of someone else’s vision for your life—the vision that is sold to us by companies and governments or do you choose to burn with conviction and shine your light so that others may find their way?

I choose to burn. Will you burn with me?



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Editor: Dana Gornall