I just read an article today about a greedy CEO that is putting millions of lives and entire states in the US at risk for money. If you havent heard of hydraulic fracturing, read the article in this months Rolling Stone magazine. It’s a real eye opener. Here’s a link http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-big-fracking-bubble-the-scam-behind-the-gas-boom-20120301
This has become an all too common occurrence in today’s society. There are so many that just want to make more money for themselves without a care for how immoral they have to be to get it.
I am afraid that by the time, if ever, these individuals realise that there is more to life than money, the damage to the ecosystems and society will be too great to recover from.
It has been stated tome and time again, by many wise men and prophets from all different times and beliefs that man will be his own undoing.
We are living on borrowed time here on Earth. The planet itself goes through changes that cause mass extinctions and then it regenerates into a new world. These are changes we have no control over. A meteor, a massive sun flare, or a super volcanic eruption are just a few things that could completely alter the Earth and make it inhospitable for most life forms here today.
So here we are, scrambling around wrecking the planet to amass our fortunes, clothes, jewels, homes, cars, and of course money. For what? Can’t we just work towards having enough to live on and have time to actually live without destroying anything?
Maybe even prepare for whatever we can. How many people have a disaster plan? When hurricane Irene came near where I live last summer, I spent days gathering supplies for the chance I would be without power, or windows for that matter. That was the first time I really thought, holy crap, if nature wants to get you, you’re gone.
Who says how much any mans time is worth? Who is worthy of this task? Granted, some jobs are more difficult and require more education than others, but I’m a little curious where you go to school to become a heartless greed machine.
Back in the day, tribes promoted their elders, the wisest and most experienced of the tribe to guide them in the best ways to survive as a whole. Todays societies are all ass backwards. We elect our government officials, but it’s not even our votes that get most of them elected, it’s the votes of their peers.
Most people can’t name more than 5 of their neighbors.
The sense of community has vanished from most towns and cities. Our family dynamics have changed drastically. Family is no longer the priority, the career is, the paycheck is, status and survival in a lopsided society is. Women are no longer the caretakers of the family, the family responsibility is split up because to make ends meet, we all have to work outside the home.
Having more doesn’t make you better, you are still just a person, just like the homeless guy down the street or the ‘mental patient’ that you won’t sit next to on the bus.
I have been discussing the environment, greed and societies with people and I’ve been finding that the ones that feel they don’t belong, and/or have been diagnosed with some sort of ‘mental issue’ are the ones who truly understand what is wrong with the world today.
I set ‘mental issues’ in quotes because I’m not sure some of the diagnosed ‘illnesses’ are actually illness. I have been depressed most of my life, but I believe it because I have so little control. I never have. I have never fit in and gave up trying a long time ago. I want to get out of this ‘rat race’ and live a simple life. Take care of my family, grow things, make things, maybe sell/barter some of the things I can do, make and grow.
I thought once about becoming a psychologist or some sort of counselor but I’m not the kind to sit with a pad and write notes, ask you what you are going to do about your problems, make a diagnosis and take your money. I’m more the type to listen, give advice and help you solve the problem, because it makes me feel good to help people. Not leave you guessing what I was writing about you and why you just paid me at the end of the session when you didn’t really get anything in return.
There are many things I know how to do. I need to find one or a couple that I really like and make a living at it. Not a career, not a fortune, but a living, LIVE being the operative word.
Right now, like many of us, I am unemployed, in a house that is too small for my family and has an upside-down mortgage. Is it so much to ask that the people who helped me screw up my finances ie; the banks, could at least help me refinance to a better rate? (I don’t totally blame them, I had a feeling this mortgage was a bad deal when I signed the paper, but I had little choice at the time.)
I guess all i really want is a piece of land in a less populated area that I can build a low environmental impact house big enough for my family that will be structurally safe from most major disasters, with enough room to grow some food, have some animals and see some stars at night without all the light pollution.
It would be so nice to go outside and not hear industrial noise like cars, fire trucks and ambulances at all hours. (I live a few blocks from the hospital)
Is that really so much to ask for? It is how people used to live before the big industrial boom and cars came around. Bring back the barter system. There are communities around the world that rely on the barter system for most of the things that they cannot make or do themselves. ‘One mans trash is another mans treasure’. I’ll trade ya a haircut for an oil change..
The link below is to the World Barter Network. That’s what I’m talkin about, people helping eachother because they have something to offer and want to. Not to make money.
I have no use for human politics and religion. The Earth is what my religion and politics are based on. If it’s not good for the Earth, don’t do it, period, end of story.
See, my religion only has one commandment, live in harmony with the natural world.
My politics has only one law, do no harm. Pretty simple, right?
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Ok, so who wants to come create my new country with me? 🙂