Posts tagged: occupy
Took a walk in my neighborhood
It was two in the mourning
By the skytrain station
The streets were full of junkies and homeless
And they all wanted something
They all wanted something
And what am I supposed to do?
There are too many of you
Too many of you…
“When you cast a person’s horoscope, what you did was you drew a map of the then-known Universe as it was at the time teh this child was born. And this was supposed to be a map of his soul. What an ingenius idea! It is to say ‘your soul is the whole world as it focuses upon your moment…
…But we are, as I said ‘taught’ to feel this system inside out - to IGNORE the soul, and identify with the body - With the organism. It’s not that the body and soul are different in the Cartesian sense. It’s not that they’re different substances, they’re all the same world. The soul is the physical world in it’s entirety! And god only knows what the contains, because our senses are attuned only to a very small… spectrum bandwidth… of the physical world…”
For a great lecture and more transcribed, follow the click-through or visit my blog :-)
Clever guy :)
Deeper than money as the root of all evil, I will argue, is greed. Money is only a vehicle for greed; an object onto which desire is placed. This is done in an attempt to fulfill feelings of emptiness which are common to the human condition, yet cannot (I believe) be addressed by material gain.
Without greed, we would not cling to money, or trade it for wise and vital circumstance. We would not cut corners, deceive others, or exchange liberties for ANY form of currency. Money, and many of the fabricated objects build to accumulate money are only perceived wealth. This is a discrimination that we frequently struggle to make, which is in-part due to our biology and in-part due to our social conditioning, but when stripped of your ability to create and harvest food and clean water, to travel to friends, provide shelter and healthcare, you see very quickly that money is only a perception.
Unlike wealth, which returns a true value, the value of money is not absolute. It fluctuates with perception. The the art in a wise, fulfilling existence (and co-existence!) then, must include the skillful discernment of wealth in the face of product-mongering where the sales pitch is pleasure only. This paradigm is short-term, and offers limited protection. It is natural for human beings to be caught by this trap. It is part of our biology but that does not mean it cannot be overcome with training. Acting out of greed, as you all have seen, is a course that belittles your character, and the quality of your immediate and future condition.
When you are able to see past and act skillfully against this compulsion, what does the nature of your life tend towards?
Hi guys, here is a great vid for you to watch and share. Sorry that it isn’t embedded, but apparently YouTube can’t cope (or won’t cope?). It is an interview of a previous U.S. government Senator Mike Gravel, now the chairman of the Democracy Foundation.
“We’ve not matched the progress in the private sector of technology and science with the ability to govern ourselves in a proper fashion.
We don’t have a democracy. We have a system of representative governments worldwide, and that is not good enough for the people to govern themselves in the 21st century.”
PS: For those of you who enjoy the content I post here, you’re welcome to check out my blog, the 1000 Hours project (http://enquiremind.blogspot.com) which will begin filling up with new plans and ideas as I finish my thesis (2.5 years in the making and due next monday!) and start on a plan that has been brewing for nearly as long =)
Free podcasts, downloadable through the site, rss or itunes. Great listening for car rides, jogging, meditations or bed.
Watch this one for SURE! Definitely worth your viewing time :)
“We lie to our kids, and then we expect them to be honest.
This journey tries to relate Fresco’s observations to the theorems of Nobal laureate Konrad Lorenz who, together with Nikolaas Tinbergen, is considered the pioneer of modern ethology. It ends with excerpts from another great work of observation. Two years before his death in 1996, Carl Sagan laid out a choice for humanity in “The Pale Blue Dot - A Vision of Human Future in Space”. Check it out.
This is part two of a series composed of excerpts from a lecture Jacque Fresco gave in Graz, Austria. Thank you again, Leo da Silva, for organizing this event.”
Anyone care to share intelligent, freely available resources that teach permaculture? From what I understand of it, the concept and skills of permaculture in society might be a good fundamental goal to accept in any New Human Initiative (yes, I just coined a phrase!)
Instant win. 11.11.11 baby, forget this Occupy stuff. Every human can relate to these principles, and EVERY human will benefit from the practice of these qualities by every individual.
I cannot more strongly encourage you to engage. Make this image your desktop between now and Nov 11, and recall these words in your mind as often as possible on the day. Just give it a shot, and see what a difference it makes :-)
Happiness is a skill that can be learned. The essential factor whether or not you will live a happy life is based less on external factors such as wealth, success and fame, and more on your attitude toward life, toward yourself, toward other people, and toward events and situations. Regardless of your attitudes in the past, you have the ability to change and become a master of happiness.
Today is the best day to improve your skills. Either things will go EXACTLY the way you want — and then you can focus on the feeling of joy. Or things will NOT go the way you want and you’ll have the opportunity to attain greater mastery over your attitude.
Throughout the day, keep asking yourself: “What attitude will enable me to experience joy and empowerment RIGHT NOW?
— Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
(see Preface to ‘Gateway to Happiness’)
You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once?
“The only answer can be denial,” argues Paul Gilding, the veteran Australian environmentalist-entrepreneur, who described this moment in a new book called “The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World.” “When you are surrounded by something so big that requires you to change everything about the way you think and see the world, then denial is the natural response. But the longer we wait, the bigger the response required.”
[Read on at the source =) ]
Your recommended viewing for this evening. Repost as widely as you can!!!! I cannot encourage to watch all of these videos and subscribe to StormCloudsGathering’s youtube channel.
Be informed, be brave. Learn, cultivate non-complacency. A time of great urgency may already be upon us. Be strong, don’t turn away.
All of my love,