Do Not Pray

Do not respond to a catastrophe with prayer. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, US White House Press Secretary responded to the recent reported firing on a crowd in Las Vegas, not to move on the event with prayer. We are not to investigate how one man (but food delivered to the room indicates many), the number supported by audience responses of those who heard overlapping shots, how this small army can get into a hotel room for days armed with 23 rifles, with a metal plate to cover the door, with 3 tripods to mount the guns, with devices to create machine guns out of single firing weapons and so on. People who want to believe that it is only one mad man will believe the latest tale that this single man used the freight elevator to bring the stuff up to his room. But hotel rules require he be accompanied by hotel staff. And nothing noticed, nothing said? We are to investigate changing stories about the event including firing and later blasting through a door that videos show to be untouched, to see contradictions like that the police could not enter for 62 minutes when a hotel engineering worker said the door was unblocked and open.

When a disaster happens and we are told to pray, some say it is like praying instead of taking a fast-acting drug when thrown by some contagious disease; it is like praying as your area goes under water instead of putting out sandbags and preferably of course, to create and maintain strong dykes against exactly such an event. You can think of many recent disasters in which the country’s leaders or their reps said pray instead of act.

Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine, pointed to the crisis money-making schemes of people who tell us to pray. That is the time to buy cheap from those in trouble. Our president wants to abandon Puerto Rico due to debts incurred to US banks who do not reinvest their profits in PR. He does not allow the Jones Act closure to last beyond 10 days which keeps direct aid from other island nations to make direct access to PR with food and water and drugs. Jones says they must go to the US (Florida) and unload and reload into US boats which totally inflates the cost of the rescue. Trump said that the shipping companies’ need come first. Likely Pence, his religious front man said to pray.

Praying is usually a request from god to meet some need. Praying is the wrong response to disaster. Whatever your religious affiliation or its lack, do not look on the economic side of things – who will profit and who will lose in terms of your actions. Act for the greater good of living things. Good action is a form of prayer.

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The Evil of the Lesser

We, the human race and all the species cohabiting Mother Earth, are zooming into the 6th Anthropocene extinction.  It is a matter of whether we can change our ways right now for the survival of earth dwellers, man, beast, plant….

People running for office thanks to the huge popularity of Bernie Sanders are speaking a little bit more about having a $15 minimum wage and free college. These ideas are nice to hear but given the personal history or those running for office,  previous behavior is the only thing to trust rather than words they say to win favor.

Most politicians are not environmentalists. At least in part needing corporate money to run for office, they are extractors who treat the earth like an orange. Squeeze it to release the juice and throw the skin away. They worship power. They believe in increasing their “stuff.” They want to spread their empire but label it doing good. In the time of Columbus the good was spreading their religion. Now good is that the encroaching forces of empire offer protection against resisters labeled terrorist who first are armed with stones and arrows.

What percentage of US politicians are not millionaires? These so-called “leaders” do not know what average people suffer because they dwell in personal privilege. They do not recognize that survival is a collective affair. They feel safe while having more of this and that  protected by walls topped with glass. Hillary Clinton was paid 6 figures for lecturing to Goldman Sachs. She was once a Po’ gal but she certainly is not that now. Can she discredit the extractor needs of Wall Street since she is in their debt? Can she carry out her current stated intention or is it even a wish rather than a posture?

Corporations which seek to own the world are extractive. They are after what they can get from Mother Earth: coal, oil, gas, nuclear materials, substances that will destroy us. When confronted with the need to change, they stall as long as possible. Even if their money making substance is running out, they search for more. Regarding treatment of  their workers, profit goes up when wages go down. Keeping jobs in times of scarcity ensures that the wages will be at their lowest. People will take a job at any price rather than starve and die.

Extractors do not look for the larger good. Extraction has a one-point focus. It focuses on itself. Public funded colleges are extremely sensible. The economy of a society depends on it. But the corporate extractive mind is not affiliated with a nation. Its only focused on its bankbook. Its location is nowhere. If schools are too expensive, corporations can import workers from nations with good schools. If fracking spoils our drinking water and makes the people sick, owners will deny it. If tar sands oil trains explode in towns and kill people, owners will fund minor repairs to keep them running. Eventually, the oil will be sold for so much money. How can they resist?

Everywhere we see death occurring as a consequence of greed. We call the unintended death collateral damage. People are dying due to drones hitting the wrong target or the right target which includes innocent bystanders. The Navy’s undersea testing of sound equipment deafens and murders whales and other creatures that can hear; Using fossil fuels which drive machinery are drying the earth, creating irreversible drought and forest fires, offering no water to raise the crops which feed us. Water is sold to the richest buyers including Nestles. Forget the rest of us; collateral damage.

We live in a time of increasing scarcity where those who have the bucks get more and better stuff. They think that little is running out. For the broad population, the cost of food is increasingly out of reach. Health care is disappearing with its copays and deductibles if you can afford insurance. Some doctors charge $2600 per year to be available. They call themselves “concierges.” You still pay for their services, Congress debates whether to keep Social Security which they claim to be bankrupt but isn’t. If they do not continue to use (steal from) her funds, it can last another 50 years. But the centripetal force of greed wants to absorb that too.

Those who would profit from extraction will continue until death knocks at their door. Me- first-ism  focuses on the I instead of we. It attempts to alarm folk by stimulating paranoid fear so that they turn against each other rather than against the actual “takers.” It sets the anti-fracking environmentalists against the Black Lives Matter people against the farmers not wanting to be sprayed in the field and to make a living wage. It sets whites against Muslims, believers against non-believers, workers against immigrants against the undocumented folk fleeing from societies turned into slaughter mills by the poisonous attack of those who want their natural resources.

We need international unions so that no one anywhere including in our prisons is paid less than a living wage. Our reintroduction of prison slavery is for the benefit of the few. Like in other civilized nations, the imprisoned need to be entitled to vote. There will be no solitary confinement to turn sane men mad. Prisons will teach marketable skills to be used when the prisoners are released. And they are released.

The only way out of this 6th great extinction is for all groups to work together with an emphasis on saving the environment. Free public education is offered. The only money for campaigning is given by the Federal government. A plurality voting system is installed.  First place, second place ….given to the chosen candidates. The one with the most votes wins. We need a documented voter counting system, one not dependent on privately owned computers and their programs. We need to make it illegal not to vote.

Single payer health care will be available for all. Solar and wind power will be free or cheap. Organic food will be widely available. Public parks great and small will be maintained. No longer take-over by realtors. We will accept all cultures and religions including non-believers. It is up to us to open our doors to those who are imperiled. If we do this, the evil of the lesser will be totally irrelevant and cannot happen.

You Need to Feel Your Pain

We live in a time of multiple addictions. People leap at insensitivity. No one knows the value of feeling what is going on inside. They leave treatment to the experts while personally checking out. Not feeling pain has become vastly commercial. Adds everywhere as well as from personal pushers present drugs as offering wonderful highs which turn out to be brief to be followed by terrible falls and confusion.

One uses a drug to take away the pain. But taking away our pain is a  personally significant if not a life-threatening mistake. If you do not feel your pain, you are not driven to find its cause. It is like skating on thin ice wearing goggles painted black. Your pain is not the problem even though you have been taught to think it is which makes  removing pain your solution. If  your symptom signifies thin or broken ice, removing the flag which signals danger may cause you to fall in and drown.

It is personally dangerous taking pills not to feel your misery. As an opium drug addict, or a mixer alcohol and downers, you may end up dying. Most people blame drugs for your demise. But the real and underlying problem which led to this is that your life is horribly empty and you feel helpless. You are a family rejected or sexually abused recent or even not so recent child who knows no way out. We do not recover from such abuse alone. You lack a helpful parent, lover, friend, guidance person to take your hand, value you and help you.

Taking pills keeps the doctors, drug stores, drug factories going full swing. The drug taker supports this complex industry by being its dependent victim. How many doctors seek a cure rather than keep you in a chronically ill, pill-taking state:”… see you in 3-3-9 months. Here is your appointment.” Taking pills like Valium keeps you plodding along in a loveless marriage where you do not discuss your discontent. It keeps you indifferent to your children who hate you in its wake. It allows you to engage in anti-social behavior without feeling pangs of conscience. Once high, nothing is real.

There are plenty of alternative, non-destructive, ways to heal cancer, diabetes, M.S., AIDs, Lupus, etc.. But these are not taught in medical school largely because a pharmaceutical business  cannot own the food or herbs to heal you which are natural and long present. They  cannot be patented and sold at inflated prices. Not taking the natural approach leads us to take the often useless or destructive chemicals and somatic invasions that don’t cure the disease and even lead to death.

Say we have a slow-growing tumor, 10 years old and ready to grow another 10 unnoticed. It is discovered by our doctor who predicatively panics and demands we have it removed, yesterday. The operation is done taking out the tumor and nearby organs, muscles, flesh, veins, nerves. It is followed by chemotherapy via life threatening poisonous chemicals which destroy our immune system so that the cancer is sure to return. The next level of invasion called “protective,” is cutting off the adjacent organs deemed likely to be invaded like the breast. If the problem is in our prostate, radioactive “seeds” are inserted there. Can you imagine the effect this has on your body? You have  fallen into the medical ditch and are unlikely to get out.

Say you are unhappy about your marriage, job and family. Do you investigate what is wrong there and what you can do about it? Do you talk to your partner? Or do you resort to pills, grass, booze, have flimsy affairs which may end the marriage? The child within your mind pleads with you to try different life experiences. The drug-oriented adult say no to this because he wants instant relief. The drug taker closes the door to change.

To all people suffering pain from any source, it ‘s possible to try a new approach and another one after that if still unsatisfied. When experiencing the wonders of an experiential and investigative life, the source of the trouble is removed and the pain goes away.

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Texting Can Be an Addiction

We see texting all around us, reacting with shock, amazement, disgust and fear. We feel panic when someone driving has their eyes focused on their lap sending a message. What if they miss the light? what if their foot goes to brake instead of gas and we ram them? We see signs that say no texting while driving. The issue is being noticed by those in charge of safety. Many do not listen. The urge is far too strong.

Admittedly, especially city people have a youth population which has fads in which many  get on board. I remember the slinky, a toy consisting of a flexible helical spring that can be made to somersault down steps. It had an aura of magic since children  did not understand the pull of gravity. Many had to have one.

Would I call this need addictive? No. Wanting to have one had nothing to do with its being a cover-up. An addiction has to do with covering up personal misery, keeping it from yourself. The more we cover up early and severe misery the larger it grows. Only direct experience and understanding is the cure. You have to mourn a loss to recover.

Texting is entirely something else. If it has to do with the early misery of disconnection, its  pain is ever growing due to our need to deny. Children adapt to what they must but adaptation can have serious flaws. Adaptation to something unpleasant which means “forget it” is no solution.  Our money-needy culture has a great deal of early disconnection as its by-product. The child’s loss is accepted and even rationalized as a good thing by the parent’s and by society. What else are they to do? Being with a variety of strangers is said to help the young child learn to socialize when the opposite is true. Clinging to a friend who clings to you is not a sign of early development. Clinging to the parent who happily embraces you is entirely something else.

Both parents working outside the home is common now. The kid sees its parents, at bedtime, a little more on the weekends although many parents go to a second-weekend job. The child has babysitters, often different ones each week rather the same one for childhood; the absent parents put their child into play groups for children as young as two. Sometimes they are refused until they can use a toilet.

The child is cared for by parent-substitutes who do it for a wage and often are changed by the parents for one who is “better” or by the worker who seeks better pay. The idea of constant care is not considered. This series of caretakers undermines growing the security of attachment. The child does not learn to trust. The world is insecure.

For children subjected to a series of caretakers develop an experiential hole which is never filled. This is the space of secure attachment. To anthropomorphize the experience, the hole is always crying out the pain of its disconnection. The older child cannot call to the Mommy of childhood. Her memory does not exist. Her absence is written in their nerves. They go to second best, which is no solution because a true cure removes our ills.  Texting is a cover-up. The person has to constantly text (and call) and text again. Texting is like putting noise into a system so as to not hear its roar of emptiness.

If you want to test my theory about texting, do an experiment. Do not text for a week. Watch your feelings during this time of restraint. See what ideas come to mind. If early deprivation is the source of your need to text, taking the lid of distraction off the Pandora’s box, memory and feeling may flood the mind with what part of you has been so strenuously ignored.

If nothing of this nature comes to mind, you still need to question what is driving you to text. It is good to investigate our motivation.

Keep Learning

What keeps adults from doing what needs to be done or even from finding out what needs to be done and how to do it. What keeps them from acting on what they know? There are many factors. Let us start with what how the world is shaping us, what it says and how we listen. People in power or those who want  to have it set themselves up as spokespeople presumably for our welfare.

Their definition and our definition of welfare rarely coincide. It is a good idea to ask what’s the payoff when someone gives directions. The oil and gas and coal industries do not want to be shut down. They get congress to support them via monetary contributions. These bought elected officials are pushed to speak of solar and wind power as inadequate and not to fund their development. They are pushed to heavily tax rivals to oil, gas and coal. The corporate goal is to stall production which discourages ownership.

The basic principle of a corporation is to expand without end. While peculiarly labeled a person by Congress, they are a mechanical process. People at the corporate top have enormous salaries so are seduced into repeating and possibly even believing tales of their destructive product’s harmlessness. Most newspapers are owned by corporations which shape the news. What they say is slanted. One has to read very widely about what is happening to the environment to understand our current climate instability. It is best to read what is written by members of groups not ensconced in Washington which have joined the “get mine” crowd.

Unfortunately and probably commonly, a sell-out occurs where profit is available, even for those who feature an image of sacrifice. For example, The National Audubon Society inherited property that had oil. The Audubon Society drilled thirty-seven wells in the Paul J. Rainey Wilderness Sanctuary in Louisiana alone. The group’s efforts have produced one successful crude oil well, and fifteen successful natural gas wells, which bring $2 million into Audubon’s coffers annually. The public is generally not aware of this and Audubon does not readily volunteer the information. According to Audubon, digging for oil not OK if it is done by someone else somewhere else.

Would you trust a person who claims to be on the side of integration who belongs to the Ku Klux Clan on weekends?

Do not fall for exaggerated claims, for gilded images, false promises, scenes arranged by producers to please and convince you. Ask questions. Make comparisons. Do outside investigation so as not to be caught by grandiose statements, humanitarian promises and possible lies. If it takes time, take time. Do not be rushed to decide.

Let pride not figure in your education.  Don’t be proud of what you know. Discard  the old when it doesn’t work. Try things out. Move onto the new. Do not be wed to the past. The more you look, the more you see. Scary but exciting.