A Country Based on Theft

Listened to a discussion of how we are exterminating elephants, one every 15 minutes for their tusks (ivory) whose buyers do not know that the elephant is killed to get them; to the way polar bears now have to swim 100 miles to find food and often die on the journey; to how our President Elect’s son joined the extermination fad by shooting animals in Africa for sport, and on and on. I listened to this and wept.

How did we develop the willingness to take what isn’t ours, to aggressively use it up with no respect for the victim’s sacrifice, to ignore mass extinction and have no sense of sharing the loss? This represents a breakdown in our sense of being part of a family of the living. The urge to take and slaughter often has a religious base, a standard manipulation for those citizens who serve the taker” by being at the front of attack. Harm is done in a religious cause, mine good and yours bad, like marauding soldiers in search of the Holy Grail.

The Pope told his religious followers as well as those deep in debt like Columbus and his crew, to take the land and its riches. Columbus enslaved natives to dig for gold until they died. He and his fellow henchmen lived by the sword, killing for the fun of it, loping off limbs, extracting infants from the womb. The land acquired was based on murder. A religious leader designated it as right. As it is today with the “towel heads” who claim to own the oil beneath their feet… and with the Muslims we are told threaten us so must be contained or wiped out. There is the greed of “taking” behind our manipulated fear.

Then comes our country’s second enormous crime, slavery. Using stolen men as unpaid labor created great riches for the few. In other cultures, people taken as unpaid labor after losing a war have a time limit after which they are included as full members of society. Not here. Slaves and their children’s children remain slaves. When importation became difficult, slave owners bred them, treated them as insensitive animals who barely missed their children sold and taken away. Today, the former slave population is increasingly unnecessary as factories move to countries that pay the workers less. The prison society for this surplus population is supported by our taxes.

The “taking” culture continues via taxes. Money is taken from the middle class, from public services, the parks and schools, etc., to make the rich richer. Blacks in ghettos are called inferior so why waste money on them? Public schools are underfunded and then abandoned as not meeting goals. State supported colleges have only teachers as poorly paid by the job consultant. Education is devalued. Muslims, Jews, women, gays and on and on are dropped from public concern. Our nation continues to rob its residents including its plants and animals by designating them as unworthy.

And so, we came to this country to rob Mother Earth of her goods as if our survival is not attached to hers. We are approaching a critical edge from which there may be no return. Because of our addiction to having more “things” we cannot see where we are and what we must do next. Change is always difficult. We need to awaken from the dream of having “more.” Change is the only thing that is real.

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Return to the Garden

Mother Earth is beginning to shake us off like a dog does to mud and water and fleas.

What we do is causing Earth’s shaking. We call these self-created incidents unintended accidents although we are deluged with facts which say differently.  We refuse to connect this with that. We ask the engineer to correct our designated “mishaps” rather than change the basic notions of how to live.

We are not horrified at being labeled “consumers.” Our ability to adapt to the impossible has consequences. It was eating the forbidden apple that caused God to throw us out of the Garden. What was in that apple? I imagine the ability to detach ourselves from life so that we can consume it. It is the hungry consumer’s “mouth” which banishes us still.

The Gaia vision shows that all things are interconnected. We nix that. We treat Earth’s living parts as “things.” Destroying the part unravels the whole. All life is connected.  One energy. As a result of our incursions, life is held together by fraying strings.

Let us look at a few of our attacks on the web of life. We bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki to impress the Russians. Now Fukushima, victim of a tsunami is spewing radioactivity into air and ocean but we refuse to discuss it. We fear our knowing “fear” itself as well as a reprisal for speaking the truth by the nuclear industry. Our silent mouth destroys us. We napalmed the Vietnamese which poisoned their land for generations. We poisoned the soldiers who dropped our napalm and then refused them medical care. People who do our catastrophic bidding are treated as “things.” War is a tremendous money maker. Those who sell war stuff create catastrophes to alarm the citizen who is minding his own business to go out and fight.

Consider what we eat. Our national food is burger and fries. We kill cows raised in the suffering of a factory. They do not wander the fields and eat grass. We unthinkingly devour them. In our mind, the beef on our plate never lived. Trees in the Amazon are cut down to plant grass for McDonald’s. A couple of rainy seasons and is all is dragged away by the seasonal flood. McDonald’s should have the logo of a desert flying over her inviting doors.

We frack for gas which poisons the water and causes landslides. What we inject in the earth is unknown. It is a corporate secret. We accept a gas pipe being laid alongside the spent fuel pools at Indian Point. In a school where performance counts, someone with this idea would be left back. Instead, we gamble away our safety and secretly accept the death of millions to save a few bucks. Eyes on the prize, we are harbingers of death.

The methane pouring out of the heating up of tundra in Russia which holds onto heat adds to the heating done by gas. All is setting the world on fire. Mother Earth is growing angry at the shredding of Gaia by folk who do not use the enormous energy of the tides and the lesser energy of sun and wind.

Mother Earth is shaking us off with landslides and tornadoes and droughts and floods, with new diseases brought on by its being too warm, too wet by starvation because it’s too dry. Animals and plants die in the heat. Roots rot in the flood. Food is disappearing. Life is clinging but losing its grip. But still we kill our animals to gorge on life; still, we buy clothing made by slaves in China. We grossly overpay our CEO’s and conversely underpay our teachers. We wait for a better tomorrow rather than change our ways today.

Earth will shake us off as a failed experiment. Gaia will recover over millennia. Time means nothing to her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Need A Commons

The Indian nations at the Sioux Standing Rock anti – DPL encampment, state they are there to peacefully protect the water. They call water the basis of life which it is. Astronomers scan the universe for signs of water. Unstated and possibly not admitted, we all seek the source of life from which we come and the planets are our nearest destination.

The Missouri River which flows into the Mississippi is the water that the DPL wants its pipe to cross. Currently,  the number of planned crossings is 5. This company which claims safety has had at least 200 recent pipe breaks. These breaks leak oil in huge quantities. Underwater leaking is hard at first to see and harder to fix. Newspapers claim that the Sioux are concerned about drinking water for their reservation. This representation is dismissive. It eliminates the 18 million mostly non-Indians who live downstream.

There is an American Indian saying that one should look into consequences of one’s action up to the 7th generation. The 7th generation is not to be taken literally. It means for the good of all who follow. This expresses the meaning of the Commons, land owned by none and there for all.

To dig up what can be sold and which seriously pollutes  is a short-sighted and extremely destructive philosophy. The  natural gas liked by Hillary stimulates earthquakes. The frequently stated, even by Obama, “clean coal” is never is clean. People who breathe dust-polluted air develop asthma and other diseases. Miners develop pneumoconiosis from coal dust which destroys their lungs. People living downhill from the mines drink from sludge-polluted streams, their homes beset by landslides. To the corporate mind, these consequences are unintended so do not count. What counts is, “how much are you making?”

Companies fear they will be tossed aside if we switch to biodegradable sources of power: to sun and wind and geothermal and waves, so are fighting to keep control. They know that a switch to biodegradable renders their not yet extracted produce worthless. They get congress to endorse wars to get more of it. They pay for propaganda to keep people’s allegiance to their produce: e.g. wind and sun can’t do it and other manufactured lies.

The idea of an individual or even worse, a company owning land is anti-life. Chief Leonard Crow Dog at the DPL, responded to soldier’s representative Wesley Clark, Jr’s. request for forgiveness for all the damage done to the Indians, first said, “World peace,”  then said, “We don’t own the land. The land owns us.”

This is the meaning of the Commons: all life cared for,  the young and the old,   pure water, plants to eat, for herbal medicine for beauty, for their own sake, shading trees which create oxygen; no harm done.

We do not think this way in a society based on the profit  of extraction. As long as we live in terror of our stock losing value, our lives are increasingly at risk. The 6th great extinction is happening. For the first time, the young are living shorter lives than did their parents even though they have more “stuff.” Stuff does not create life. Stuff devours it. Being hypnotized into feeling we lack something leads us.

Instead of buying or planning to buy, especially on credit, we need to make music, to tell stories, to farm together, to share the cooking and eating as a festive event. Our current religion seems to be going to the mall. Instead, we need to care for the Commons, to make that our church.

The Commons is about living and sharing. You can have that now.

Humor Lifts You Out of Acquiesence

Make a joke of it. Laugh yourself right out of being mired in your culture’s negative perspective, your neighbor’s mindless receptivity , your newspaper’s acceptance of the inevitability of something totally bad  happening as if we have no relationship to the cause. We need to reject, to  fight against submitting to the destruction of all things. We have an important device to do it. It is humor. We can laugh at newspapers which try to shade the truth to the benefit of the owning corporation. We can laugh at the advice (not necessarily to their face) given by frightened  and biased Mom and Dad, laugh at the whole damn world telling  you to join them in an unstated suicide pact when you need to opt out.

The insight about the role of humor came to me last night. I was feeling very sad and helpless upon learning about the disappearance of Julian Assange of Wikileaks from the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain. I feared that he had been captured and possibly killed, possibly tortured  to get him to reveal and submit. The subsequent news silence about where he is either damns or supports hope for his survival.

Then I read about the mistaken spraying with a bee-killing spray of bees in 2 US states. The staff wasn’t supposed to spray infected trees by day when bees are out gathering pollen. But whoever was in charge of spray timing did not know,  did not remember or did not bother to tell the workers so they merrily sprayed by day and spread enormous death. How can we as a group be so stupid, killing those animals on which our food source depends?

Is it due to jobs being made automatic, transformed into parts done by strangers who are not plants lovers, farmers, workers who do not know, see, feel the consequences of what they do? We cannot do it right  by Mother Earth after disconnecting from her. We have to be/feel part of the family of life in order to sustain our “right action.”

US companies are using neonicotinoids,  an insect-killing poison known to kill bees. Neonicotinoids are currently forbidden in Europe where natural survival  is honored. But not in the US where the congressional members get money to run for office from neonicotinoid selling corporations and in turn have to do their bidding.  Congress is not part of the family of life.  It is now a business connected to the living world in terms of power and money.

So they/we are killing bees which spread pollen that fertilizes plants which keeps the plant world growing. Does our education deliberately miss understanding pollen as an essential part of our existence?  Or is this oversight due to ignorance? The bee world is dying due to our propensity for using killer chemicals  against whenever we fear “out there.”  We treat nature as our enemy rather than as our Mother. We believe ads which tell us to that the chemical is not dangerous. We make choices without knowing. We  revert to childhood with frightening parents we had to obey or else. We keep ourselves from seeing the result.

When I originally studied psychology, Freud was said to have theorized 2 basic forces in man, a life and a death instinct. The life instinct leads to sex and procreation, to being social and enjoying life. The death instinct leads to harming/killing others as well as to harming self over and over and over again. We call this the “repetition compulsion.” It is a choice of death.  But why would we choose death over life? Why would we choose to be enemies to ourselves? All matter  is vibrating.  We vibrate. Do we need to re-emerge into the whole and abandon the self as a seemingly separate part? Does energy need to leave its temporary fleshly abode? The why of it, so basic to life should be studied.

I was reading a bit of Krishnamurti, who said that the only thing that will keep us alive is love. It is a matter of what moves us, either love or hate; love or death. Our current leaders are in the pockets of the war machine. They make money by selling war toys and by using them. Every invented object, like small nuclear bombs created to “protect  us” will be used. Children play with their toys.

Armaments make money when sold to others and by us when used to steal other countries natural resources. Corporations have a single objective which is to make money. They go for making more  of it even if the consequence is death. They do not weigh consequences. They are a programmed machine for which humans are treated as pawns on the chessboard of life. Unintended death is “collateral damage.” There is no feeling, no flesh and blood reality to a machine.

I was asking myself how to emerge from my emotional paralysis. I had an inspiration, not for the first time. We often discover the same thing over and over, pushed out of our consciousness by our need to fit in. I thought we need to laugh at what plagues us. We need to laugh at our collective and individual life-destroying behavior. Humor creates a needed separation from our frightening objective. Humor is the basis for our saying, “no.”

When you feel down, defeated and isolated, find a humorous way to depict your plight and then  share it.  Another person laughing with you empowers your separation. It is humor that says “No problem.” It is humor says “keep your madness. I’ll have none of that. ” It is humor that says “…calling me names is a baby act that proves nothing.” Humor leads us to new ways to look at and handle problems.  Humor sets us free.

Silence Is Not Golden

What do you know about hurricane Matthew? Most of us, not much. Matthew is mentioned by the press and by those running for office as “bad weather,” which totally leaves us in the dark. What is causing this ever mounting climate debacle? The VP and Presidential candidates do not call it climate change. They  do not explain ever increasing winds and rain as a result of human activity. They do not heed the consequences of our increasing burning of carbon- based fuel, of coal,and oil and gas. Oh no. That would upset their major supporters, corporations paying their advertising fees and the cost of their high living. It would put all of them out of business.

I listened to Mary Robinson of 350.org on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now.” She gave  a clear perspective on hurricane Matthew. First, we have oceans rising as glaciers melt into the sea. Ice-bound lands like Greenland are turning brown as ice melts so that the brown earth is exposed and absorbs heat, hence more melt. Melting permafrost everywhere releases methane, a gas that increases global warming more than CO2. Permafrost melt releases buried radioactive material. Ice does not last “forever” as was counted on by those who buried the waste, not if we heat things up.

Second, there is the turbulence. The winds outside Florida reached 104 miles per hour. There is increasing wind speed over the islands where the ocean is warmer. Huge  and expanding damage is happening to Haiti, crops ripped from the soil,  water more infected by cholera which was brought to the island by UN workers after the earthquake catastrophe.

Robinson explained that wind speed depends on the temperature of the evaporating water. The ocean is getting warmed to ever greater depth  by the outpouring of heat from our use of carbon fuel. If cold water evaporates into a storm, the turbulence slows down. If hot water evaporates, the storm speeds up.

Republican candidate Mike Pence says he supports the coal mining industry. Republican President candidate, Donald Trump states that he doubts global warming. President Obama criticized North Dakota’s mistreatment of the Standing Rock Sioux trying to stop digging of their reservation (including holy sites) to protect Mother Earth but did Obama not stop the sale of an adjacent ranch to move the oil. So-called leaders make humanitarian statements but do not follow through with effective action. They are masters of “sound bites.”

The extraordinarily tuned-out “planners” want to run ever leaking gas lines past the frequently disabled Indian Point which should be long-closed. One leak out of gas lines whose spill is touched by a flame from lightning or from a poorly snuffed-out match that falls on grass and it’s goodbye New York City and its environs.

Island dwellers are already the first to go thanks to rising waters and lethal storms.  But we, the mainland dwellers are next. Elected officials who shape the US economy and are supported by the carbon using industry, speak of building walls to keep out climate refugees. Trump and others label these refugees criminals, drug dealers, worthless parasites (by Trump, if Mexican), to keep up the myth of needed self-protection.

People object to oil trains which are exploding into their homes and towns and schools. What are we going to do about this short-sighted planning? How are we going to get our economy to use life-supporting energy from the wind, sun, geothermal, tidal, magnetic, whatever is next dreamed of that has no destructive side-effects? If the noise of these people’s objection gets loud enough accompanied by comparable voting, perhaps the “planners” will hear them.

Get my book Unloved Again today! Email me directly at elangolomb@gmail.com in order to get your signed copy. Hardcover ($25 including shipping) and Paperback ($16 including shipping) versions available. Payment collected via Squareup.com/store/elangolomb.com

Silence Is Not Golden

What do you know about hurricane Matthew? Most of us, not much. Matthew is mentioned by the press and by those running for office as “bad weather,” which totally leaves us in the dark. What is causing this ever mounting climate debacle? The VP and Presidential candidates do not call it climate change. They  do not explain ever increasing winds and rain as a result of human activity. They do not heed the consequences of our increasing burning fossil fuel, of coal,and oil and gas. Oh no. That would upset their major supporters, corporations paying their advertising fees and the cost of their high living. It would put all of them out of business.

I listened to May Boeve of 350.org on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now.” She gave  a clear perspective on hurricane Matthew. First, we have oceans rising as glaciers melt into the sea. Ice-bound lands like Greenland are turning brown as ice melts so that the brown earth is exposed which absorbs heat, hence more melting. Melting permafrost everywhere releases methane, a gas that increases global warming more than does CO2. Permafrost melt releases buried radioactive material. Ice does not last “forever” as was counted on by those who buried the radioactive waste, not if we heat things up.

Secondly, there is the turbulence. The winds outside Florida reached 104 miles per hour. There is increasing wind speed over islands because the ocean there is warmer. Huge  and expanding damage is happening to Haiti,  her crops ripped from the soil, her  water increasing infected by cholera, an infection brought to the island by UN workers after the earthquake catastrophe.

Robinson explained that wind speed depends on the temperature of the evaporating water. The ocean is getting warmed to ever greater depth  by the outpouring of heat from our use of carbon fossil fuel. If cold water evaporates into a storm, the turbulence slows down. If hot water evaporates, the storm speeds up. Hot water is on the rise.

Republican candidate Mike Pence says he supports the coal mining industry. Republican President candidate, Donald Trump states that he doubts global warming. President Obama criticized North Dakota’s mistreatment of the Standing Rock Sioux trying to stop digging of their reservation (including holy sites) to protect Mother Earth but did Obama not stop the sale of an adjacent ranch which is used to move the oil. So-called leaders make humanitarian statements but do not follow through with effective action. They are masters of “sound bites.”

The extraordinarily tuned-out “planners” want to run ever-leaking gas lines past the frequently disabled Indian Point which should have been long-closed. One leak out of this gas line whose spill is touched by a flame say from lightning or from a poorly snuffed-out match that falls on the grass and it’s goodbye New York City and its environs.

Island dwellers are already the first to go thanks to rising waters and lethal storms.  But we, the mainland dwellers are next in line. Elected officials who shape the US economy and are supported by the fossil using industry, speak of building walls to keep out climate refugees. Trump and others label these refugees criminals, drug dealers, worthless parasites (by Trump of Mexicans), to support the myth of our needed self-protection- us against them.

People object to oil trains traveling past which explode into their homes and towns and schools. What are we doing about this short-sighted planning? How are we going to get our economy to use life-supporting energy from the wind, sun, geothermal, tidal, magnetic, whatever is next dreamed, a source that has no destructive side-effects? If the noise of these people’s objection gets loud enough accompanied by comparable voting, perhaps the “planners” will hear them.

Get my book Unloved Again today! Email me directly at elangolomb@gmail.com in order to get your signed copy. Hardcover ($25 including shipping) and Paperback ($16 including shipping) versions available. Payment collected via Squareup.com/store/elangolomb.com

 

 

 

No Time for That

Thinking about the short-sighted ideas which move us to do things for the shadiest of reasons, especially for quick profit. Usually, the ones who set the plan in action are those who already are well-off and hope for much more. Those who carry out their orders are  terrified of losing their jobs and don’t think of much else. Everyone is wearing blinders.

Corporations wanting to have cheap disposal drop poisonous waste into rivers. factory farm workers fed grow-fast hormones and antibiotics not to beef and pork and chickens and turkeys so that they die fattened enough to get a good price when slaughtered. We consume the animal’s flesh with all its poisonous additives. Where did you think they went? We are poisoned too. We find the supposedly inexplicable explosion of ADD, ADHD, autism, allergies, chronic fatigue in our children and increasingly in adults. It is not a matter of better diagnostics finding something that was always there. Farm engineering so far from the natural way of life is making Mother Earth, her animals, plants, and people sick.

Then we get to the destructiveness of fighting. War is a business. It makes money for those who sell the weapons. We destroy people and earth with nuclear explosions and unmanned drones. We spray the “enemy’s” soil with Agent Orange, so that nothing can grow there, and on and on. We make the land unlivable. Nazi German’s Goering said that fear will always make the people come to heel. Those who run the war machine make the people afraid of the enemy. Next thing they are in arms. For those who profit from it, their hands are full but their hearts are empty.

Will Mother Earth recover during our lifetime or even in that of our offspring? What can I do to make a difference? I am afraid of stirring up a negative reaction in those who fear they will lose what they have. True, earth conscious behavior will remove some of these “things” and give us many others. This includes birds singing in the trees and windmills turning on our lights.

I met Pete Seeger, the great American folksinger at Buck’s Rock Work Camp when I was about 12. We were invited to sing along with him. Everyone bellowed the words to: “If I had a hammer, to “Where have all the Flowers Gone,” to “Turn, Turn, Turn,” an Amish poem  Pete set to music. We came in on the chorus to “This land is your land,” Pete tapped his foot and sang while he strummed his banjo. He told stories that made us laugh and cry. It went on for hours. We all wanted more.

Pete had a great love for life. His relatives way back came on the Mayflower. He understood their flight to freedom when stood up to the McCarthy House of Un-American Activities Committee that was tracking down Communist sympathizers. They demanded Pete name his “Commie friends.” He responded, “Have You No Sense of Decency?”

He lived with his wife Toshi, in a log cabin he built himself. There were many visitors, song- writers, musicians, environmentalists, people. There was as a lot of singing and strumming of all kinds of instruments new and old. He got a group together to demand that the Hudson River polluting corporations clean up their waste. They did. I heard that Toshi would run to the phone to answer before Pete because he would invariably answer, “yes” to any request to appear for a good cause. There was no keeping him from joining worthy struggles.

I met him years later standing at a street corner of New York City, banjo over his shoulder waiting for the light to change. I went up to Pete my beloved teacher and said, “with all that is going on, I feel that nothing I can do will help. He smiled at me and said as he strode into the crosswalk, “No time for that.”

Pete traveled and sang to inspire children and adults to take care of one another as well as Mother Earth. He was a good man who lives on in our hearts and minds.

Thank you, Pete.