Good for profits; bad for society. That sums up what I heard on Richard Wolff's latest podcast. And this is exactly the results of unconscious people taking advantage of the system in order to gain wealth.
I don't think it's malicious. And people can start out poor, become wealthy, and then become unconscious people. Who is that recording magnate who just tried to use Bernie as his platform for animals? Ellison. He offered his endorsement to Bernie if in exchange Bernie would promote his animal related platform. It sounds like a good platform, but, Bernie didn't think it is what the people want, said no, and Ellison went on his way. He then endorsed Hillary Clinton. So I imagine we'll be hearing from Clinton about her new plan which regulates some kinds of animal farming.
So I think when you are irritated by what you say in your post, it is probably from this political direction. One is financial, and the other is people. One is put first before the other. When in reality, we are a community of humans. Animals. That's what we are, and we should be conscious of that. The money is in the wrong direction, although we have been trained to behave as though it is the essential. So when we hear Bernie putting humane propositions on the table, we are filled with glee.
I live on a tiny one lane road that should be essentially silent. No, it's like a small freeway with people driving everywhere. If it's not the locals driving with their bikes for a bike ride, or neighbors jumping in the car for a quart of milk. There is no reason why anyone here even needs a car, since everything is within a few miles. Our lives are so luxurious that we don't dare consider what would happen if it stopped being that way. I've been watching this so long it's pathetic. I once had a foreign girlfriend. One day we were walking along, and she looked at me and said "Californians are car crazy". That was 1976. Since then we've become car insane. Everything is designed around that poisonous box that is literally killing us all. I'm not sure it's wrong. It just looks that way to someone who likes to preserve beauty.
Not to pester you with my reply, but since I'm already posting, there is something very peculiar I've noticed over the years of being a cyclist. The power we get through petroleum has turned us into something that is very similar to the way the 1% feel. They have it all, and they won't tolerate less. We even let Bush invade Iraq without so much as a few million people on the streets. I've always felt that part of what kept Americans so quiet was that they were comfortable. Why rock the boat when they can just jump in a car and do whatever they want without any notion of limits. Well the limit is presenting itself now.Change is happening, but it's all done in order to support the life we have designed. The one that's killing not only our planet, but our souls.
Congressmen are rock stars, not servants.
And people are hurting their necks because they're always looking up. I mean that there are so many specialists who are held in high esteem who tell us what is right and wrong. People don't make up their own minds. In the beginning, we knew how to eat the right plant, and not eat the one that would make us ill. Now everyone is at the mercy of those who know better.
I've never bought in. My doctor is just a guy who went to a few more years of school. Not someone I need to be submissive with. My Representative is just another person like me. Even those elusive billionaires are just like me. Actually, I'm having lunch soon with a billionaire, and I've been thinking how fun it will be to know that he's probably just a messed up person who has to compensate for his shortcomings by making a shitload of money. Not someone I should be bowing and scraping to.
I'm literally sickened by what has happened in America in this sense. Everyone in awe of their superiors.
Junk food. Junk news- My new phrase. It did a lot to usher in this stupid era.
Some of my recent posts have been saying just what you did. One reply was that we will continue doing what we're doing until we can't.
I'm infuriated by the feeble and flagrant use of fuel, as though it were a right and not what it is- a pure luxury.
Until there are incontrovertible symptoms, people will continue to deny there is a problem, and to carry on with their stupidity. The vacations, multiple trips to stores, having children (which is the real source of the situation we're in), buying things that are made on other continents. It's a dangerous subject because it indicts and threatens almost everyone in the modern world.
I can only guess what will happen. I suppose people are much smarter than it sounds like I give them credit. But judging from present behavior, it's hard to imagine that they are vigilant and responsible enough to thwart making a bigger mess than we've already made.
One of the problems is what I call the "Just me" problem. How can someone's little act of driving to the store be a problem. The problem is that it gets multiplied by a billion. It's no longer a world of "me". It's a world of "we". And that is what people don't see. By dropping population, the pressure decreases. But that seems to be such an extreme concept for people. I guess the nesting instinct is more powerful than the instinct to survive. Maybe it's a contest between the two.
they have no sense of reality. By that I mean something that hit home while listening to an interview with a great musician. He was saying that to be good one has to do what they feel, and not just copy someone else and say that they've done it. They have to be real. I never had that problem. I was always spontaneous. But when I hear and watch Wes Montgomery playing such beautiful music, and smiling away like he's enjoying himself on top of it, I just want to be him. I want to pick up a guitar and learn to play just like him. But it doesn't work that way. If I did that, it would be fake.
And so I am certain these pathetic conservative souls have truly lost their way. They were trained, or something, to fear, or something, and turn away from the path of really living. Really being. And of course it's not just conservatives. I know very few people who really do live this way. But it seems that all conservatives have this trouble. And maybe to make up for it they need a leader, and need praise, and need to win, at any cost. Because they are costing America it's very most important qualities.