Saddam Hussein – We Hardly Knew Ya
I was reading the Bhagavad-Gita last night, and I’ll just that say it is definitive wisdom that makes so many things right in the world. May each of us hastily experience a sense of others and self realization before we destroy ourselves and the beautiful earth we inhabit.
So while the media lick the blood from the bones of Saddam Hussein, reap all the flavor they can for their programming stew of flesh and sensationalism of violence – peace be with you, whoever you are. And to all the leaders and people with their fingers on triggers of death, I wish you to know love and be loved before you add more to our own human folly of accelerated destruction.
I will always believe there is the possibility of saving ourselves, but not without something humbling enough people to reach a critical mass for needed lifestyle changes. Perhaps we can start with reflecting on human’s weird lust for violence and death. We really do get off on it somehow… saying we are protecting ourselves by doing harm to others. Man, that is just im’t survive as global policy. Not with so many people on earth.
I have a feeling a lot of Americans feel sorry for themselves because they are medicated and sedated with TV programming that promotes such horrible shit. Yet because it’s easier to let someone else think for us, we continuously eat that shit up and lie to ourselves that we are happy… and that if we just buy that next thing, that will make us happy. That’s the lie that keeps our economy chugging, and we seem to have overextended our credit limits. We have lost our sense of self preservation, and whether it comes in the form of the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man or some other shape, we are about to pay, bigtime.
What I have learned over the past several years is that until you suffer great losses, it is hard to know what it suffering even means. And yes, there are many many more that know unbearable suffering already, so much more than any of us can even fathom. And I’m sure right now you already suffer from something or many things, but you don’t EVEN know how crazy shit is going to get.
With so few people in the world controlling so much wealth and power, all the while continuing their power of creating destructiveness, they continue to lead us to our our demise by keeping our attention on cheap entertainment rather than preparing us for the crash. Until we can each look deep inside and realize each our own consumptive lifestyles (food, fuel, and just about all the things we buy) are driving the violence in the world, we will surely only continue to experience more death and destruction. It’s just a fact that violence is the trade off we make from now on if we even attempt to maintain such consumptive lifestyles.
We must localize NOW, creating local seed banks, water storage, whole grain storage, many bulk foods. Try carpooling. Or biking. Or walking.
We need to keep extra inventory of food, water, and basic need items on hand for the city. Things that can be wearhoused for distribution, so that we have at least a starting point for helping people when the first crash hits. And the second, if there is one. If we want to maintain lifestyles that still have meaning, we must stop buying so many things and actively remember to do our best to buy local produce/products.
If we see oil shoot up in price due to some crazy shit that happens somewhere in the world, it will personally effect you, and it will HURT BAD. It will hurt everyone you know. Imagine if you had to pay $10 per gallon of gas starting in a couple days. Imagine eeryone rushes the grocery stores and clears out all the food, and no trucks can affors to fuel their trucks for delivering future supplies. Imagine that your power went out, and all you had was candles and flashlights, some blankets. And don’t forget that your refrigerator needs power to run, and food doesn’t take long to spoil.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
That’s why it is imperative right now that you get to know your neighbors and build networks of trust if we want to continue beyond simple survival that reduces us to the behavior of rabid animals rather than achieving our highest potential – that of self actualization.
I’m not trying to be preachy, just calling it the way I see it. Unless we find ways to cut back how much stuff we rely on like power, fuel, transportation, etc., when these systems break soon, we will experience mass chaos. It’s just no longer an option to ignore it, the problem is very real, and we are all part of it.
We must change more and more towards accepting peace through overcoming selfishness. If we don’t want to self destruct, we must support our local food growers and small businesses, and create local systems for bartering goods and services. The US Dollar is under attack by the limits of capitalism and earth is past her capacity to support the need for her life support systems such as air, water, soil, and energy.
Yep, this is doom and gloom unless we change, which also includes calling for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. Things are not peachy in the world, folks. Everyone is in a fight over the remaining oil, natural gas, water, and political power. Every government is arming itself to the teeth for the showdowns.
Did you know that just a single Russian SATAN missile (yep, that’s what it’s called) can destroy hundreds of miles of life? If you live in a big city, you are a target, and the only good part is that you will probably be vaporized before you feel any pain.
If you live outside the blast zone, you will probably be subject to all the big chunks of debris in the fallout. Hooray for death! Hooray for destroying the planet due to our inability to sit down and resolve our differences and selfishness!
And it all starts with you. And me. There are tons of places on the web to help you learn how to make the right consumer decisions and learn to reduce your personal impact and prepare for a future you didn’t ask for. You can start with simple things, like wearing a sweater instead of cranking your heater. Grow your own food at home by converting your lawn into a food garden.
You, me, and everyone else need to start doing this before we all suffer beyond what is needed to suffer. We are just about out of time.
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