21st century schizoid man…

Progress: man in the 21th century; consumerism riding on the back of Mass transit, medical breakthroughs, and now global communications, have paved the way for the ultimate fragmentation of communities, and the unyielding destruction to our environment. This, I don’t think we ever saw coming, or its capacity to do the damage it is doing to our entire existence physically emotionally and environmentally, right before our eyes.

Man has a deep seated need to feel safe, loved, and a part of a community whether he admits to this or not. That need also brings`with it, a passion for his/hers community – and the land community exists upon – to thrive, reproduce, and nourish itself; this is built in to the survival instinct of man, and also his connection to the very dust he was molded from that contemporary economics and the new social paradigms are robbing us of. Profit is the new god, and cost is of no relevance to these circus clowns we look to for security, direction, and the illusion of freedom.

In 50 years a total ecological disaster has taken place, fragmentation of social stability through the dismantling of communities, a world controlled by media rhetoric directing human beings here and there as if we were cattle hypnotized by wolves. Our soil, our oceans, our rivers, ponds, lakes, and the air we breath – polluted beyond all belief – humans completely disconnected from our natural propensity to commune – have instead – embraced media, pharmaceuticals, and idiots for leadership and direction. Im thinking its time to flip the script on these monkeys and parasites that have endowed themselves with this sense of entitlement to the point of murder rape and destruction of this beautiful planet we have been blessed with.

“There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.”
Gautama Buddha

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Industry processing everything…!

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The reason I post so much of Wendell Berry’s (AKA, The Angry Farmer) work, is his poetry, novels, and philosophical works are all about activism, ecology, industrialization, and humanity in general, (not intellectual masturbation). The fact that industrialization has made it so humanity can really no longer get along within this paradigm of polarization, war driven economy, and consumerism, that it has embraced this potentially fatal new world order that has been prepared for us, (out of a subconscious desperation) and is about to have the very lifeblood that keeps us breathing cut off somewhere along the line, perhaps very soon. I believe this to be taking place as we speak.

I would think, all this would give way to a more serious examination by the masses, as to just how this is all taking place, and why, and for that we have to turn to people who are qualified to speak on these matters with some level of expertise, and humanitarian intentions, which in this day and age is very hard to find. So writers like Berry, Zinn, Hedges, Chomsky as hard on the eyes and ears as they can be need a hearing, if we are to get any prospective on other than the prospective of “Pac Man” and his insatiable appetite …

We have been dumbed down and uneducated by propaganda doled out by the Industrial Royals to the point we no longer see the forest through the trees. It seems as long as enough of us are feed well, fat, and living a good life, the hell with the rest, (its a numbers game) the problem with that is “we” also will be a part of “the rest” here very soon if “we” don’t look closely to the last 60 years or so, and see the patterns being implemented right under our noses by “The Royals”…

Berry breaks this down piece by piece in all his work, he shows how allowing this to continue “will” sever the very thread that ties us to something that makes humanity so very special, Love, Community, Benevolence, &c. and is now degrading bit by bit, and encouraging humanity to devolve into something far worse than any of the other creatures occupying this planet, BY FAR, in terms of destroying the very mother that gave birth to us (Earth), not to mention pissing all over the gift God provided.

Yet because Berry isn’t a shiny, hip, pop BS artist, nor is he concerned with any of that whatsoever, his huge, eloquent body of work goes somewhat unread by mainstream students today, even though Yale, Harvard, and every other major university nearly begs for his presents at their conferences…Just another example of a culture trained by its masters to always look to the shiny object dangling from the string held by the hypnotists, hired by the deformed leeches feeding on the populous…SMH..!

“The passive American consumer, sitting down to a meal of pre-prepared food, confronts inert, anonymous substances that have been processed, dyed, breaded, sauced, gravied, ground, pulped, strained, blended, prettified, and sanitized beyond resemblance to any part of any creature that ever lived. The products of nature and agriculture have been made, to all appearances, the products of industry. Both eater and eaten are thus in exile from biological reality.”
Wendell Berry

Specialization…

imagesI ran across a post on a friends wall today where they were talking about the specialized culture we now live in, where “the wholeness” of man has been divided into divisions upon divisions, all in the name of cutting edge science, and progress, whether it be this or that…Specialization of “this and that,” medicine, food, education, industry, &c. has replaced the “wholeness” of what it is to be a healthy self sufficient human being. So now through a very planned progression of industrial expansionism (in my view), robs us of our identity, self sufficiency, and individuality, and replaces it with an illusion of progress, and a reliance on that very progress to get us from day to day… This is an excerpt from an author who can articulate this far better than myself…Its worth the read.

“A system of specialization requires the abdication to specialists of various competences and responsibilities that were once personal and universal. Thus, the average—one is tempted to say ideal—American citizen now consigns the problem of food production to agriculturalists and “agribusinessmen,” the problem of health to doctors and sanitation experts, the problems of education to school teachers and educators, the problems of conservation to conservationists, and so on. This supposedly fortunate citizen is therefore left with only two concerns: making money and entertaining himself. He earns money, typically as a specialist, working an eight-hour day at a job for the quality or consequences of which somebody else—or, perhaps more typically, nobody else—will be responsible. And not surprisingly, since he can do so little else for himself, he is even unable to entertain himself, for there exists an enormous industry of exorbitantly expensive specialists whose purpose is to entertain him.

The beneficiary of this regime of specialists ought to be the happiest of mortals—or so we are expected to believe. All of his vital concerns are in the hands of certified experts. He is a certified expert himself and as such he earns more money in a year than all his great-grandparents put together. Between stints at his job he has nothing to do but mow his lawn with a sit-down lawn mower, or watch other certified experts on television. At suppertime he may eat a tray of ready-prepared food, which he and his wife (also a certified expert) procure at the cost only of money, transportation, and the pushing of a button. For a few minutes between supper and sleep he may catch a glimpse of his children, who since breakfast have been in the care of education experts, basketball or marching-band experts, or perhaps legal experts.

The fact is, however, that this is probably the most unhappy average citizen in the history of the world. He has not the power to provide himself with anything but money, and his money is inflating like a balloon and drifting away, subject to historical circumstance and the power of other people. From morning to night he does not touch anything that he has produced himself, in which he can take pride. For all his leisure and recreation, he feels bad, he looks bad, he is overweight, his health is poor. His air, water, and food are all known to contain poisons. There is a fair chance that he will die of suffocation. He suspects that his love life is not as fulfilling as other people’s. He wishes that he had been born sooner, or later. He does not know why his children are the way they are. He does not understand what they say. He does not care much and does not know why he does not care. He does not know what his wife wants or what he wants. Certain advertisements and pictures in magazines make him suspect that he is basically unattractive. He feels that all his possessions are under threat of pillage. He does not know what he would do if he lost his job, if the economy failed, if the utility companies failed, if the police went on strike, if the truckers went on strike, if his wife left him, if his children ran away, if he should be found to be incurably ill. And for these anxieties, of course, he consults certified experts, who in turn consult certified experts about their anxieties.

It is rarely considered that this average citizen is anxious because he ought to be—because he still has some gumption that he has not yet given up in deference to the experts. He ought to be anxious, because he his helpless. That he is dependent upon so many specialists, the beneficiary of so much expert help, can only mean that he is a captive, a potential victim.”
Wendell Berry

The Way Of Ignorance…By Wendell Berry

imagesA quote from Wendell Berry, from the book…”The Way Of Ignorance” Wendell is a scholar, Leading Ecologists, Poet, author of 2 novels, countless Essays, and many books on ecological, political and cultural sciences, and a farmer from Kentucky for 6 decades now, and a Christian of deep faith, But, he does however see the forest thru the trees in my view. This critique and overview certainly dosent reflect a stereotyping of all of Christendom by any means what so ever. Like I said, he is a man of great faith in God and the Gospels, and has dedicated his 80 plus years to making our land and the creatures in it a better place we can all live in. But he does however hone in on a very serious problem we here in the US and Europe have cultivated in our arrogants towards others outside our faith over the years…

Berry states,
“Anybody half awake these days will be aware that their are many Christians who are exceedingly confident their understanding of the Gospels, and who are exceedingly self confident in their understanding of themselves in their faith. They appear to know precisely the purposes of God, and they appear to be perfectly assured that they are now doing, and in every circumstance will continue to do, precisely God’s will as it applies specifically to themselves. They are confident, moreover, that God hates people whose faith differs from their own, and they are happy to concur in that hatred”… End of Quote,

I believe, some people realize this, unless, of-course they are a part of the dominant movement of shadows and cold winds that interact within this unloving, and in my view, un-Christian paradigm of judgment, discourse, and total perversion of the Gospels in the name of Ego, Greed, and the passion to own everything in sight, and to control all that can be controlled at any cost, that Wendell speaks of in all his writings. And this goes both for the Christian Community and the secular in my view. I’m hoping a like minded,(in terms of saving our planet and our children), interweaving of people from all faiths, and secular communities begin to come together to bring in a change from this polarization that has been the life blood of the very parasites that are killing our planet and our loved ones for years now, and begin to bring change…Thanks again for the ray of light Wendell…Peace

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