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Monday, October 28, 2002

 

Baby Must Be A Magician (by Little Kahuna) "My baby must be a magician, 'cause he sure got the magic touch." That was a line in a song I heard frequently on the bus on the way to high school in downtown

Baltimore, Maryland. I suppose the song was about sex first and foremost, but there is more to having the "magic touch" with life than being good in bed.

In the last issue I wrote about being a Fool. Instead of solving his or her problems, The Fool turns to one or more of the countless compulsive behavior patterns that society trumpets for our delectation from every bill-board. When you get ready to give that up, you are prepared to undertake the Way of the

Magician. The Magician has a vocation, a sacred calling. A Magician is on a mission from God. She will stop at nothing to complete the task which only she of all the billions of people in the world can perform. He will brave death itself to complete his mission. It is easy to mistake other inner voices for the voice of a sacred calling. But these other voices can be identified as the voice of arrogant self-interest. The Magician hears and responds to a higher voice. We find Magicians travelling all over the world feeding hungry children at disaster sites, or doing pro bono work for disadvantaged minorities. The Way of the Magician can be enacted on a grand scale. For example,m let's look at a piece of history they don't teach in the schools. Did you know that Hawaii did not choose to join the USA?

They were a sovereign nation in 1893 when the Americans positioned military forces around the palace of Queen Liliuokalani and intimidated her into surrendering her sovereignty to America. The international lawyer Professor

Francis Anthony Boyle said, "The establishment of the provisional [American] government [in Hawaii] was imposed by raw, naked, brutal military force, at the point of a bayonet, gunboat diplomacy." The Hawaiian people issued a document shortly after being annexed, in which they protest what happened and ask for their country back again (see http://www.freehawaii.org/memorialtext.html).

Nobody paid any attention, of course.

In 1993, President Clinton and the Congress formally admitted that the invasion of

Hawaii a century earlier was illegal. Our leaders apologized for their regrettable error and gave the Hawaiians back a small island which the Navy has used for many years for target practice in bombing exercises, and is pretty much finished with (see http://www.AlohaQuest.com/ archive/apology_full.htm).

This apology was apparently intended to make it all better.

This apology is very significant. What it means is that Hawaiians now have the legal right in international law to proclaim themselves an independent nation state.

There is a great deal of sympathy for Hawaii's plight across the world, which is comparable to that of the Palestinians or Boznia. It is extremely likely that if Hawaii declared itself independent of America it would be promptly recognized as a free nation by most other nations in the world. You can read a detailed analysis of the United States' formal apology and its implications for

Hawaiian sovereignty by Professor Boyle, at http://www.AlohaQuest.com/archive/boyle_testimony.htm.

The Hawaiians are positioned to follow the Way of the Magician. Their calling, their vocation or mission from God, is clear. Seeking the return of their sovereign lands is not a self-serving vocation. The Hawaiians are safer as an American protectorate. What they gain by seeking independence is to stand as a living example of the truth that small nations do not have to accede to the demands of large nations under international law. Their freedom as a nation means the same thing as the American Declaration of Independence meant two hundred years ago. Every true American should support Hawaiian independence with all their heart.

Further, the native Hawaiian way of life, characterized by Congress in its Apology as "a highly organized, self-sufficient social system based on communal land tenure, maintaining order through mediation," is in itself a major contribution to international wisdom about modes of government and how they can work. Communal land tenure is a radical idea in twenty-first century America.

The Hawaiians have done it for hundreds of years. They have it worked out in detail. Professor Boyle said in his 1993 address, "this is a type, a system of government that is historically separate and apart from ... the

United States federal government. It is still there, it still works today. I've seen it since I arrived on Sunday ... the people of Hawaii providing shelter, food, housing, education, dispute settlement procedures ... The types of things that you did a hundred years ago, before the U.S. invasion, to some extent you're still doing today."

To re-establish this way of government by, for and of the people in a peaceful, legal way, is the Way of the Magician. It would make the world a better place, by creating a place where ancient wisdom can be recovered and activated once again. I hope with all my heart the Hawaiians are strong enough to take this path. The rest of us will be able to learn from their shining example that the

Way of the Magician is not the easiest way, but the best.