About You, Too
Kid: “Dad? Why are there rich people?”
Dad: “What do you mean by rich? You mean like in spirit?”
Kid: “No-o-o-o-o… Like they have lots of big houses and cars and money!”
Dad: “Ohhh, you mean those kinds. Well, you see, sweetie, our society allows some people to make more money than other people, working no harder than anyone else. Society then allows those with more money to acquire more land and resources than others. Over time, this creates the dynamic for most, if not all, problems we have in society today, like landlessness, homelessness, poverty, crime, social unrest, war, collapse and ecocide.”
Kid: “Why does society allow that?!”
Dad: “Corruption. Society uses force/violence and/or threats thereof to uphold undemocratic/unethical laws that say that one person with more money can have more land than another with less money.”
Kid: “Why can’t we stop that!?”
Dad: “Corruption again: This setup is upheld by people with guns and weapons, or access to them, like police, security guards and military people– people, among many others, who often don’t understand this basic & very simple immoral core of our society.”
Kid: ” :( ”
Dad: “Ya; :( “
"The term wage slavery has been used to criticize exploitation of labour and social stratification, with the former seen primarily as unequal bargaining power between labor and capital (particularly when workers are paid comparatively low wages, e.g. in sweatshops), and the latter as a lack of workers' self-management, fulfilling job choices, and leisure in an economy. The criticism of social stratification covers a wider range of employment choices bound by the pressures of a hierarchical society to perform otherwise unfulfilling work that deprives humans of their 'species character' not only under threat of starvation or poverty, but also of social stigma and status diminution... Similarities between wage labor and slavery were noted as early as Cicero in Ancient Rome" ~ Wikipedia
“To accumulate wealth, power, or land beyond one’s needs in a limited world is to be truly immoral, be it as an individual, an institution, or a nation-state.” ~ Bill Mollison, from Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual
I'm looking for a rare bird-- at least rare in my locale (Halifax, NS, Canada, which is why I might put a different locale)-- a bird of my feather who sings the same songs and flies the same way and so on. Fortunately, I know who she is and how to spot her, and have a well-developed sense of self. Hopefully we can catch each other here and then be on our way.
I 'modified' 'Profession' and posted what you're now reading as a note of my resistance to the status-quo. If it stipulates that we work at a job (a glorified obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc.?) that upholds an (un)economy and is part of an increasing hierarchy, wage-gap & meaninglessness; that pays taxes to governpimps for genocide/brutality/foreign-invasion/resource-plunder/etc. under military-defense/(unsustainable-)growth pretexts; and that removes us from providing for our basic necessities in a natural sense, such as with food, clothing and housing, and gives us, in return, unsustainability, monoculture, factory farms, genetically-modified organisms, toxin-laced/nutritionally-deficient 'frankenfood', climate change, cookie-cutter/monster/tract housing, outsourced child-raising (when do you see your kids?), general environmental degradation, resource depletion, social injustice, wage-slavery/debt-slavery, etc., then that sociopathic social 'contract' is null-and-void and its replacement, sorely & quickly needed.
"Using the data provided by the United State Bureau of Labor Statistics, Erik Rauch has estimated productivity to have increased by nearly 400%. Says, Rauch:
'… if productivity means anything at all, a worker should be able to earn the same standard of living as a 1950 worker in only 11 hours per week.' "...
"...Since the 1960s, the consensus among researchers (anthropologists, historians, sociologists), has been that early hunter-gatherer societies enjoyed much more leisure time than is permitted by capitalist and agricultural societies..." ~ Wikipedia
What I’m doing with my life
I am proudly part of the Transition and Permaculture Movements and am creating a new one based on these two. You'd do well to look into them if you're curious to know of a promising response to many environmental/social/political concerns. Join me, if not in love, then in life.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
RECENT READS: (Free online material of various subjects, including...)
- Do We Ever Really Get Out of Anarchy? https://mises.org/library/do-we-ever-really-get-out-anarchy
- Someone is stealing your life: http://www.lycaeum.org/mv/M2/ventura.html
- On the Phenomenon of Bullsh!t Jobs http://strikemag.org/bullshit-jobs/
- Permaculture: A Designer's Manual; The Art of Natural Building
- Peak Energy, Climate Change, and the Collapse of Global Civilization: The Current Peak Oil Crisis
- Deep Green Resistance
Who Killed Economic Growth?; Occupy Love (trailer); Hermitage, part 1; Nightmare Nuclear Waste; What A Way To Go: Life At The End of Empire; End:Civ; Blind Spot; Earthlings; The Money Fix; Rebels With A Cause; The Yes Men Fix The World; A Delicate Balance; A Food Forest Garden; A Farm For The Future; Occupation 101; George Carlin('s Greatest Moment); Peter Michael Bauer, Talk on Rewilding
FAVOURITE FICTION: The Matrix
With some changing exceptions, I enjoy and prefer free non-commercial, downloaded from around the world. Some current listens:
- Kleistpark https://planetboelex.bandcamp.com/track/kleistpark
- Chapter 2 https://youtu.be/K8QZVTBEy_I (video's important)
- I Look Like I'm From Space https://youtu.be/jJ2q7ZlYorQ
- Mystified https://youtu.be/DybMp4EtrO4
- Tsatr https://ia801406.us.archive.org/3/items/kahvi253_tom_bragl_zerochoice/kahvi253a_tom_bragl-tsatr.mp3
Spotlight: Killing Joke
- Democracy https://youtu.be/RayoXtbQasg
- Age Of Greed https://youtu.be/dCs0D6AJUuM
- Primobile https://youtu.be/F5b_fpnw2Iw
- Dark Forces https://youtu.be/kkPGGoP7Krk
- Absolute Dissent https://youtu.be/Lcewq4iaWJc
FOOD: (Often homemade and Almost vegetarian with some true free-range/ethical)
- Thin-crust/fresh-herb pizza; Soups/Stews/Salads; Ethnic cuisine; Dark chocolate liqueur truffles; Liqueur-marinated fruit salad a la mode; Fruit and nut multigrain cobblers... Now I feel like something to eat! :)
The six things I could never do without
These basic necessities are, ironically and sadly, tall orders in today's world:
1. CLEAN AIR; 2. CLEAN WATER (in our rivers, lakes and oceans as opposed to plastic bottles); 3. SLEEP/QUIET; 4. GOOD FOOD (edible, organic, local, non-GM/pesticide/monoculture/factory-farm); 5. SHELTER (natural, efficient, as local as possible, home-made, as opposed to the kind of typical industry idiocy that gives us indoor toxins, McMansions, and cookie-cutter tract housing); 6. LOVE (affection, belonging, chemistry, sensuality, etc.) (the true, real kind, not the kind that, say, hinges on corporatocratic criteria, fiat currency, or petty issues); 6.5. TRUE COMMUNITY (i.e., beyond money-profit-driven multinational corporate squats)
I spend a lot of time thinking about Reality... which includes the nightmarish construct, and glorified prison, the nation-state...
"The state has moved into many new areas as they become significant, such as... promoting nuclear power. This expanding role of the state helps prevent the rise of any significant competing forms of social organization... The obvious point is that most social activists look constantly to the state for solutions to social problems. This point bears laboring, because the orientation of most social action groups tends to reinforce state power... By appealing to the state, activists indirectly strengthen the roots of many social problems, the problem of war in particular...
...One manifestation of this is the unstated identification of states or governments with the people in a country which is embodied in the words 'we' or 'us.' ...It is important to avoid this identification, and to carefully distinguish states from people..." ~ Brian Martin, 'Uprooting War'
"Host: 'What state does function according to what you call the minimal levels of honesty? Is there a state?'
Noam Chomsky: 'None. States are power-centers. The only thing that imposes constraints on them is either outside force or their own populations.'
Host: 'What will the state look like at the end?'
Chomsky: 'At the end I think states ought to dissolve, because I think they're illegitimate structures ...As long as people... are able to free themselves from the doctrinal controls imposed on them by their self-appointed betters and mentors... they'll continue to be able to struggle for peace and justice and freedom and limitations on violence and constraints on power..." ~ 'Hot Type' (You Tube)
"Control the oil and you control entire nations; control the food and you control the people." ~ Henry Kissinger
You should message me if you're serious about a relationship, can think for yourself, are ethical, and interested in such things as freedom, truth, equality, courage, simplicity.
"The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself." ~ Rita Mae Brown