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We Are At The End of Oil Sing Praise - A Quatrain

The underlying issue of the current campaign
is the impending end of oil
The forces that would protect the oil economy 
have been dominant for a century
They are evident in the shape of things now
They are the rulers of the GOP
The funders of the PACs
The voices of the right
And from their point of view they are the realists
But their reality is chimera
and their behavior is a sign of their own desperation
Since we are in tune with reality
with the continuity of things
why don't we simply wait for the change to come
The answer lies in a simple truth
It is the values we choose that dictate how reality can emerge
We are all the co-creators of history
As the oil economy grinds to a halt
we act on our values of
tolerance democracy and helpfulness
and on our core value of non-idolatry
to build the new world right under the nose of the old
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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…