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Larry S.

La Moille, IL, USA
male, age 70
Speaks: INFJ, English only
Joined Mar 29, 2010

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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."


by Wendell Berry

The need comes on me now
to speak across the years
to those who finally will live here
after the present ruin, in the absence
of most of my kind who by now
are dead, or have given their minds
to machines and become strange,
"over-qualified" for the hard
handwork that must be done
to remake, so far as humans
can remake, all that humans
have unmade. To you, whoever
you may be, I say: Come,
meaning to stay. Come,
willing to learn what this place,
like no other, will ask of you
and your children, if you mean
to stay. "This land responds
to good treatment," I heard
my father say time and again
in his passion to renew, to make
whole, what ill use had broken.
And so to you, whose lives
taken from the life of this place
I cannot foretell, I say:
Come, and treat it well.


by Tess Gallagher

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
would be.

"One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye."

Antoine de Saint Exupéry - The Little Prince



by Wendell Berry

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.

Noam Chomsky

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."

"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. 


or his books:
EMPIRE OF ILLUSION:The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle


American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America

or read his weekly posts on 

"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.

 "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

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."

Can you guess who said the following? Hint: On 1/16 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.’"

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.

BANKS OF MARBLE by Iris Dement

I've traveled 'round this country
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

I prefer reading non-fictional books. Some of the books I have read recently which I feel are exceptional works (all non-fiction) are:
The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler 

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey 
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

A Beautiful Mind
Friedrich Nietzsche (biography by Curtis Cate)
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives

A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I 

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Books about the brain and consciousness also interest me.

I have read a great number of books that deal with the environment, energy, corporate malfeasance, a little bit of economics and politics. If you think the price of gas should be lower then you need to make a greater effort to understand the situation. I'm not wealthy by no means, but I believe we need to make a better effort to understand the dynamics of the situation. We wouldn't treat a machine the way we treat Planet Earth. Having fun is okay, but we need to act responsibly and to start thinking about living sustainably. We need to make an honest effort to learn and understand the issues we face today ... if not us then who? The 1%, the corporate masters? Yes, I like most people, would rather being having fun and laughing all the time instead of thinking about this stuff, but if we want things to change for the better we will have to be the ones who make that happen. 
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Birthday Nov 14, 1948  
About Me 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.

Woody Allen said, "Life [is] full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly."
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Wild Fact About Me I come from another world, but I come in peace.
My Philosophy 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.
Quotation In short measures, life may perfect be.
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    Larry S. (9) This 20 minute video is another with Jarod Diamond. In this he speaks about the issues we face and how many have short fuses.

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