Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Thunder Burke Meets Himself

Here I was 'cartooned' during my CBC phase. 'Burke in a gilded cage,' hells bells - it was worse than that. But I escaped the cage to bring you other news...

Now, I'd like to talk to you about a powerful communication symbol - the Thunderbird- one of our greatest communication symbols. Originally he may have been an owl. But he evolved into an eagle with a human body, migrating with the Asian tribes who came to North America. Here he assumed the familiar form made famous by the west coast totem poles.

The Thunderbird also migrated westward to become the eagle of Rome, Germany, Mexico and the United States, among others. Look at an American coin and you'll see the lightning in his claws. He's a Thunderbird.

So - the Caucasians finally reached the west coast of North America - ending the great westward migration. Were they surprised to find their beloved Thunderbird symbol already established by the Native People? Something of profound importance had happened--the era of human expansion over the surface of the earth was over. The Thunderbird met himself. Exploration of one dimension was ended and now - the human race goes into new dimensions---outer and inner space.

Outer space is essentially physical but inner space is an exploration of the spirit and the essence of life itself.

Where do we go? Into space and into ourselves!

These are the last frontiers.

Thanks for visiting - I look forward to your comments.


Anonymous said...

Great writing! Great graphics! Who did them? How can we do it?
The Thunderbird lives here too...He was upset that we are heating up his earth, so he sent a great Air of Death this past winter and knocked many old trees down here in "Stanley" Park, and even crushed Capilano Suspension Bridge. We must take care of the air and the earth and each other!!
in your footsteps....Brian and Linda

Rafe Mair said...

I'm delighted that my old friend Stanley Burke is still kicking butt. I remember my admiration for his fight for Biafra. I especially remember with gratitude the support he gave me when I started out in radio back in 1981. Stanley is a living example of what journalism once was and ought to be.

With affection and admiration,

Rafe Mair

wayne said...

Hi Stanley

Just discovered your Blog...Great to see that you are still tackling the big issues...

I am currently working as a freelance photographer in Kingston.

all the best

Wayne Hiebert (Nanaimo Times)

d.baird said...

hi stanley, i remember wondering where you went in the 60' . heard later you went to Biafra. i have always wondered if you managed to play a part in that particularily sad story.