Look Around * ASSESS THE SITUATION RIGHT WHERE YOU LIVE *
* What are the sources of pollution where you live?
* What do you know about your bioregion?
* What are the primary species in your area ... the indigenous trees and plants, birds, bugs and critters who
live all around you?
* How are these local plants and animals fairing? Are their numbers in decline, stable or on the increase?
* What are the typical weather patterns in your area? Are you experiencing more severe weather? When are the times to plant, forage & harvest? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
All around the world - rich or poor - we all have the same basic needs.
Everyone needs clean, healthy food, air and water.
We need clothes and shelter to protect us from the elements and keep us safe.
We all yearn for love, friends and meaningful work.
If we're not getting these basics right, then literally everything else is messed up to one degree or another. Because it's all intertwined.
But hey - please - let me acknowledge here... HOW VERY DIFFICULT IT IS TO SORT THIS OUT & MAKE GOOD INFORMED CHOICES !
* shopping is patriotic * greed is good * we wage war to bring peace *
An unprecedented amount of time, money and energy is pumped into turning us into unquestioning, complacent cogs in the wheel. We are indoctrinated from birth onward with the idea that we are here to buy the latest, greatest toys, cars and doodads. Shop til you drop ... it's woven into every fiber of our culture.
We are all, to one degree or another, enthralled and intertwined with this
mega-super-high energy-entertainment-capitalist-consumer lifestyle.
So much of the media and advertising we're exposed to is a form of propaganda, designed to make us good little consumers / good little citizens. And today, more than ever, it's delivered with a wink and a nod that appeals to our desire....
.... to be COOL, to be HIP, to be on the CUTTING EDGE.
check out the award winning 2002 BBC documentary - "The Century of the Self"http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-century-of-the-self Learn about Edward Bernays - an early proponent of propaganda, and the "engineering of consent". Bernays was a literal mastermind, who worked with politicians and corporate heads to mold modern cultural beliefs. He crafted the "necessary illusions" to help keep the "dangerous and irrational" masses under control. Using his uncle Sigmund Freud's understanding of the unconscious, Bernays helped shape public opinion in support of World War I, helped the CIA overthrow democratically elected leaders in the Third World, and created the idea of "brand loyalty." (Jeffrey Kaplan - May/June 2008 "Orion"
AND NOW, ALL THESE DECADES LATER, THE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO MANIPULATE THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND HAS BEEN WELL HONED AND PERFECTED TO A TEE!
Fortunately, our awareness of the way media constantly shapes us, helps us to throw off its shackles.Unplug ! Divest Yourself from this Out of Control Juggernaut.
Because really, what does it matter if you have the latest high definition TV, if your energy is drained by the toxic formaldehyde that's off-gassing from the carpets and furniture in your home and office ?
We need to step away from this MADNESS and create a more cooperative and natural, loving and ethical culture.
It's what our hearts want.
It's what nature needs from us, if we're going to continue living here on Earth,
.... and I know of no better Planet out there in the Universe.
Let's take care of this one.
Let's live our day to day lives as if it all matters, because really it does.