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Marguerite de Navarre said, "Never shall a man attain to the perfect love of God who has not loved to perfection some creature in this world."
Noam Chomsky: "Take the Kyoto Protocol. Destruction of the environment is not only rational; it's exactly what you're taught to do in college. If you take an economics or a political science course, you're taught that humans are supposed to be rational wealth accumulators, each acting as an individual to maximize his own wealth in the market. The market is regarded as democratic because everybody has a vote. Of course, some have more votes than others because your votes depend on the number of dollars you have, but everybody participates and therefore it's called democratic. Well, suppose that we believe what we are taught. It follows that if there are dollars to be made, you destroy the environment. The reason is elementary. The people who are going to be harmed by this are your grandchildren, and they don't have any votes in the market. Their interests are worth zero. Anybody that pays attention to their grandchildren's interests is being irrational, because what you're supposed to do is maximize your own interests, measured by wealth, right now. Nothing else matters. So destroying the environment and militarizing outer space are rational policies, but within a framework of institutional lunacy. If you accept the institutional lunacy, then the policies are rational."
The need comes on me nowto speak across the yearsto those who finally will live hereafter the present ruin, in the absenceof most of my kind who by noware dead, or have given their mindsto machines and become strange,"over-qualified" for the hardhandwork that must be doneto remake, so far as humanscan remake, all that humanshave unmade. To you, whoeveryou may be, I say: Come,meaning to stay. Come,willing to learn what this place,like no other, will ask of youand your children, if you meanto stay. "This land respondsto good treatment," I heardmy father say time and againin his passion to renew, to makewhole, what ill use had broken.And so to you, whose livestaken from the life of this placeI cannot foretell, I say:Come, and treat it well.
I go to the mountain side
of the house to cut saplings,
and clear a view to snow
on the mountain. But when I look up,
saw in hand, I see a nest clutched in
the uppermost branches.
I don't cut that one.
I don't cut the others either.
Suddenly, in every tree,
an unseen nest
where a mountain
"One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye."
Antoine de Saint Exupéry - The Little Prince INFJ
How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.
For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.
What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy
In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.
State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security;
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill.
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor. It emboldens the blood just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fevered pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the Rights of the citizenry. Rather the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by Patriotism will offer up all of their Rights unto their leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
-Julius Caesar on Patriotism.
READ CHRIS HEDGES!!!!
or his books:EMPIRE OF ILLUSION:The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
ANDAmerican Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America
or read his weekly posts on www.truthdig.com
"It is better to be an outcast, a stranger in one’s own country, than an outcast from one’s self. It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into the fantasies embraced by a nation of the blind."
The Illusion of democracy in this country is why the 99% are who we are. The 5% wield the power and it doesn't matter what democrats or republicans do because essentially they are a moot point in an oligarchy. You can shed the illusion by educating yourself or you can continue to see and believe what the oligarchy wants you to. The idea of our democracy being an illusion may seem ridiculous, but that's how the illusion works. You believe something that isn't real.
"Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the Field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it." - Woodrow Wilson,The New Freedom (1913)
There are many good causes on CARE2, but until the greater number of people understand what is at stake for us as a society on this planet as stated in both recommended books #1, #2 and #7 in the following list, solving all other problems may be nothing more than a moot point.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust
Some books I recommend that guarantee new eyes,
#1 Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed;
#2 The End of Growth:Adapting to Our New Economic Reality;
#3 The Secret History of the American Empire;
#4 Confessions of an Economic Hitman;
#6 Guns of August, this just came out before the Cuban Missile Crisis and JFK had just read it - and good thing for us he did.
#7 Powerdown, I wish I hadn't read it most of the time. It is a hard issue to deal with.
#8 Shock Doctrine,
#9 Shadow Elite;
#10 What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President? by Kevin Mattson – this book is a very revealing look at the “A Crisis of Confidence” speech Jimmy Carter gave on July 15, 1979. Our nation may have had a chance to be greater than ever, but instead over 30 years later we find ourselves in much more trouble and still just as ambivalent.
Most of those are books more people need to read. There is a lot at stake, we are, as is civilization, on thin ice and it is melting.
Quote by Doris Lessing on education:
"You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others, will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself-educating your own judgment. Those that stay must remember, always and all the time, that they are being molded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this society."
Quote by Ayn Rand on reason and rationality:
Whenever you committed the evil of refusing to think and to see, of exempting from the absolute of reality some small wish of yours, whenever you chose to say: Let me withdraw from the judgement of reason the cookies I stole, or the existence of God, let me have my one irrational whim and I will be a man of reason about all else - that was the act of subverting your consciousness, the act of corrupting your mind. Your mind then became a fixed jury who takes orders from a secret underworld, whose verdict distorts the evidence to fit an absolute it dares not touch - and a censored reality is the result, a splintered reality where bits you choose to see are floating among the chasms of those you didn't, held together by that embalming fluid of the mind which is an emotion exempted from thought.
Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. Woodrow Wilson - In The New Freedom (1913)
I would like to say something about understanding what is important.
Like to travel, but feel guilty about increasing your carbon footprint? Try a mental journey. After all, the part of what makes any journey most enjoyable is always and only appreciated mentally and you can get there mentally without interfering with nature. We need to learn how to share this planet with the other creatures without infringing on their habitat. Books, movies, documentaries, magazines, the internet are cheaper too.A Dream Within a Dream
Understanding anything is easier for the person who knows more about the subject than the one who knows little or nothing. If I give two people directions on how to arrive at a location in the city, a person who lives in the city will probably have an easier time understanding the directions than a person who is visiting the city for the first time.
The same is true for reading a book, or listening to or watching a show about something complicated. It will be less complicated for the person who has more knowledge of the subject than the person who has little knowledge of that subject. If we are going to succeed at solving the problems we are facing, we need to learn and understand.
I have noticed in myself as I learn more and more about the uglier facts of life that there is this kind of psychological survival instinct to turn away. It's hard to keep looking at something that makes you feel uncomfortable, especially if all you have to do to feel better is turn away or deny what you are seeing. This sort of makes the whole game a matter of surviving psychologically at the cost of actually surviving physically. That's the benefits if you could call it that, of taking our comfortable life long American experience for granted, an addiction to those natural endorphins in the pursuit of happiness. But in reality, to not only survive but to survive rationally, both surviving psychologically and surviving physically must merge into one.
Can you guess who said the following? Hint: Today(1/16/2012) we celebrate his birthday.
"We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.’"
by Edgar Allan Poe
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow—
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand—
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep—while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! Can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
I've traveled 'round this country
BANKS OF MARBLE by Iris Dement
from shore to shining shore
It really made me wonder
the things I heard and saw
I saw the weary farmer
plowing sod and loam
l heard the auction hammer
just a-knocking down his home
But the banks are made of marble
with a guard at every door
and the vaults are stuffed with silver
that the farmer sweated for
I've seen the weary miner
scrubbing coal dust from his back
I heard his children cryin'
"Got no coal to heat the shack"
But the banks are made of marble
with a guard at every door
and the vaults are stuffed with silver
that the miner sweated for
I've seen my brothers working
throughout this mighty land
l prayed we'd get together
and together make a stand
Then we might own those banks of marble
with a guard at every door
and we might share those vaults of silver
that we have sweated for
||Mar 29, 2010
||Meeting Friends, Support a Cause
|Group Host of
Occupy@Care2, TIPPING POINT
Nov 14, 1948
||I am neither an optimist nor a pessimist but a rational thinking person. Otherwise I am an explorer. Life is a landscape in which we have a very short time to see and understand. We start out with next to nothing in our brains and very often stumble around in the dark. I believe good people and friends give light to our journey. Once upon a time I thought the one most important thing I would ask that God grant me was the knowledge to understand this life. As I have found out, knowledge is a double edged sword though. There is both knowledge of good and knowledge of bad. Good is easy to take, its like candy. Bad however can be quite a burden, it can shake you to your very core. From what I have seen so far, the best of this world is love and the worst of it is human indifference.
||Introduce yourself to Larry
Monkus "Monkey" Magoo - my abandoned cat
I don't eat for entertainment
|Wild Fact About Me
||I come from another world, but I come in peace.
||The Seventh Generation philosophy.
The Chiefs are instructed so that when they deliberate on the serious matters of the Council, they are to consider the impact of their decisions on seventh generation into the future. This way, they are to proceed cautiously, thinking of what effect their decisions will have on the welfare of their descendants. It requires a special attention to the future. But it also produces a sense of stability. Some things will always need remain the same because we still live on the same earth, we still live in same areas, we still have many of the traditions that allowed our ancestors to survive.
|What Gives Me Hope
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||Revoke the status of individual rights for corporations and declare the Seventh Generation Philosophy law.
|What/who changed my life and why
||Jarod Diamond "Collapse:How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed"
Richard Heinberg "The End of Growth:Adapting to Our New Economic Reality"
Together these 2 books can help you tell the difference between Fantasy and Dreams. Dreams can come true. Fantasy is what too many people mistake for reality in this country.
|What Bugs Me
Denial of personal responsibility!,
Denial of what is happening to our Earth,
acceptance of the status quo,
profits at any cost,
My cat Monkus Magoo
|What Scares Me
How we deal with Cognitive dissonance,
people who deny man made climate change,
||In short measures, life may perfect be.
The Human brain,
composing and listening),
Nature and Wildlife,
Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond,
Down by the River,
Guns of August,
The Secret History ofthe American Empire,
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Morning Edition and RadioLab,
Nothing with Commercials,
PBS and LinkTV
food for thought
my footprint does not improve any place,
Planet Earth till I have to go home
|Can't Live Without
||Introduce yourself to Larry
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