"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin

Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.

"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Color of Greed

It's the pitts to live your whole life believing certain things, only to find out when you get to be my age, that few of your beliefs were worth hanging onto -- or more to the point, many should have been completely discarded.

It appears we humans have dug ourselves into a mighty big hole. According to many sources these days, there are huge, uncomfortable, perhaps even disastrous changes coming, starting with yet another financial collapse. It has already happened in Greece and maybe soon in China.

When I first read about this several months ago, I chalked it up to some more overblown media crap, but then I read a deeper examination of what happened to Greece's economy -- not the blame game the news media is trying to sell the rest of the world. It was clearly orchestrated by those who would gain in many ways - from the misery of the Greek citizens. Check out that article here.

Considering what those scoundrels were willing to do for gain, I'm realizing the media prophets might be right. My big question, though, is why? Why would anyone deliberately participate in the financial destruction of a whole country? Of course it's for money and power, but why? They were rich and powerful to start with or they wouldn't have been able to bring about the downfall of anything. So why do they need more? Like everybody else, they're all going to die -- sooner or later -- and they can't take money or power with them, so what's the point in torturing other people? I just don't get it. But I'm fairly sane.

In his book, Turning Point, Gregg Braden points out that in ancient cultures, a person who accumulated more than they needed for survival was considered mentally ill.

We may as well face it, many of us fall into that category, with our expansive homes (the bigger the better) our expensive cars ( I nearly choked when I bought my car.)

Many of us have more than one vehicle. Many of us have boats, four wheelers and jet skis that we use a few times a year -- all stuff that is fun but not necessary to our survival.

But think about those who have all the toys possible, plus millions and billions of dollars -- socked away in numerous banks -- foreign and domestic. They don't know which high dollar car or yatcht to drive today, or which ostentatious mansion to spend Christmas in this year -- and yet they fight tooth and nail against raising minimum wage to a living wage for their employees.

People who accumulate massive amounts of various stuff until they can't even walk through their home or clean it up are featured on the TV show "Hoarders". We recognize that they are sick individuals. Their families hire professionals to help them deal with their "problem".

But the person who hoards money is seen in two opposing lights. We curse them for holding onto the wealth, (which President Reagan assured us was the way to economic health with his "trickle down economics")(that certainly hasn't happened), and in the same breath we wish we were billionaires -- because of what we see as the obvious benefits of having all the money we want.

So in a sense, we have put the wealthy on a pedestal.  We criticize them because we know most of them did not get where they are via totally honest, legal or ethical avenues, but we use their "success" as a beacon.  We try to emulate them in order to accumulate more resources in our own bank accounts. On the way, many of us learn to be as ruthless and heartless as they are.

Permaculture teachers often mention how unsustainable the U.S.  economic system is. It is based on waste -- probably worse than any other country in the world.  My mother knew that 40 years ago. It's gotten worse since she mentioned it.

We throw out everything we don't need with little, if any, thought to the environment into which we are tossing it. We've been told that if we crush it, burn it, bury it, pitch it in the ocean or expose it to the sun long enough, it'll be okay. Well, no. Not really.

In his book "The Lost Language of Plants" Stephen Buhner talks about our garbage quite extensively -- especially the sewage, how it's infused with all the medications we take, in particular antibiotics.  He talks about how those chemicals are impacting, not only the environment, but the animals, grains, fruits and vegetables we eat and so ultimately -- us too.

Many of our cities "compost" sewage waste in their landfills, then give it back to us to spread on our lawns and vegetable gardens. It works great -- except all those antibiotics and other medications we take are still in there, many even more dangerous in combination with other chemicals, and they leach up into the food we grow.

A friend who has a lot of knowledge about the soil and growing vegetables described U.S. farm lands as having "become sponges for chemicals". U.S. farmland is dead, and that's the only way the big corporations can get anything to grow - dump chemicals on it.

But companies that produce the chemicals we ingest when we eat commercially gown food, and the chemical companies that come up with a chemical cure for every little bitty uncomfortable twinge we humans experience on a daily basis don't care about the side effects  -- at least not until they get sued.

All they care about is MONEY. Americans are the sickest population in the world and we spend billions and billions of dollars every year on chemicals  that will eventually make us sicker than we already are. The agriculture chemical companies and the pharmaceutical companies have gotten bigger and stronger and richer until now they pretty much can buy any and all of the U.S. legislators they want to control.

Millions of Americans have been lured into a sense of wellbeing, a feeling of relative safety by our leaders over the past 50 years, only to figure out now, they are all liars! We are not healthy, things are not going very well anywhere and we are not safe.

The enemy, though, is not Iranians or Muslims, or Blacks, Whites, Mexicans, Asians or Chinese. It's overpowering, overwhelming greed -- and it comes in all colors -- even red, white and blue.

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1 comment:

  1. Woah, these are some pretty great quotes. In particular I love the Abraham quote that why does it matter how painful it was to get there.