Mental slavery is the worst form of slavery. It gives the illlusion of Freedom, makes you trust, love and defend your oppressor while making an enemy of those who are trying to free you or open your eyes.
"I want to be very open and very honest about how the decision of the Third Circuit Court effected me. I felt deeply frustrated, beyond furious and completely exhausted. I cried my eyes out, the kind of cry that is from the deepest part of the soul. I wanted to scream, I wanted to stay angry. I was so fed up with the fact that this government system is set up for us to lose. Even when we have all of the facts, all of the points, all of the iʻs dotted and all of the tʻs crossed, we still lose- because money has become more powerful then justice. I chose to let myself feel every part of that emotion, to breathe it in and let it settle. In that moment, I wasnʻt going to try and make some kind of profound response, I wasnʻt going to try to force myself to ignore the hurt, I was just going to feel it. I was in Hilo when I found out and had to make the drive through saddle road to get to Kona for work. While I was driving I just cried and cried. My tears turned from tears of anger, to tears of sadness, to tears of release. When I reached Puʻu Huluhulu I got out of my car and chanted with every part of my being to the Mauna. In that moment, I decided to step out of that anger and share the best vibration I possibly could with our mountain. I realized how important it is to allow myself to feel every single part of this journey and take that experience and shift it into something that will be in the highest good for my own body and spirit, for the health of my family and for the integrity of this process. So Iʻve shifted that anger into passion again and now I am ready. I am ready to continue alongside all of you. Kū Kiaʻi Mauna!"
-Hawane Rios; Regarding the approval of construction of the “Thirty Meter Telescope” atop Mauna Kea
These are only a few of many people who are fighting to stop the building of anymore telescopes on top of Mauna a Wakea (Mauna Kea). For those of you who aren’t aware of the significance of Mauna Kea to the Hawaiian people, it is one of our greatest places of worship. This mountain stands as the tallest mountain in the world [yes, it beats Mt. Everest]. It is the piko, or center, of our people. It is where we can get the closest to our ‘akua and ‘aumakua while living in this form. This Mauna is the resting place of the highest Ali’i and home to our goddess Poli’ahu. It is a sacred temple to the Hawaiian people, but it is continually being desecrated. The building of those telescopes not only interferes with Hawaiian practices, it also interferes with our health. Mauna Kea is not only the piko of Hawai’i, it is also one of our main water sources. Large amounts of mercury [as well as many other harmful chemicals] are being used for the telescopes for various reasons, and large amounts of those chemicals have spilled on the mountain. So when it snows, those chemicals are absorbed, and when the ice melts, the water along with those chemicals are brought straight down to our rivers, into our oceans, into our food and eventually into us. The building of the telescopes on Mauna Kea is not only harmful to our cultural practices as well as survival, it is harmful to all of the people of Hawai’i.