there is an odd phenomenon that happens with the clash and the reality of immiscibility with spiritual and secular life. the further you go in one direction, the more you easily can get caught up not seeing, almost being blind or forgetting what might be the main goal of life. how well did you love? I am not talking about the romanticized view of loving a partner or your friends and family. but go a step beyond it that and your, “self” - how well did you love a stranger or an enemy too?
that last sentence probably would sound like crazy talk as we continue to make new tools and technology to get off this planet, explore space and run away from the mess we are creating here – yet – it actually is the solution for the human condition and instead of spending vast sums of funding on the global industrial military complex – we spend it on having a decent life for humanity.
it is interesting what happens in the developed world when you find the cars, autos, and shiny baubles in life simply are things and don’t fill you and you let them go and it is as if blinders fall off your eyes and you see that while these things are nice – they don’t give life to the heart and soul. yet, I see so many chasing the things of the world than the idea of happiness and realizing that life is pretty short and while it is nice to think we can plan and control life – that isn’t the reality of life. perhaps that is the foolishness of man? we want to think we are smart enough to control things, yet we tend to be a bit greedy and want to control all the stuff too.
it is the big question of the shared economy. in the developed world, the shared economy works more as an idea and talking these days. the truth is until people all learn to treat things as if it were their own – there will be no incentive to put up with the reality of what a few will do. a great example of this is the viral video of a young lady who took her dog on a flight and then when it landed it crapped on the floor of the Denver airport, and she didn’t care.
things like this will do more damage to the idea of service dogs that are really needed. I think I see more pets being taken around by people that someone sent away for “service dog certification” online. it is like the old classifieds with mad magazine when I was a kid. “send in a few dollars and become an ordained minister!” yeah, we did…I just don’t know where the card is. perhaps mom threw it away with my comic books and baseball cards?
I digress. there is a cycle in the states where someone opens the door and then a floodgate opens. we are crying about the opioid epidemic in the country and drug makers are pushing cures for overdose – yet- it was not long ago that the same companies and the regulators opened up the pill mills. what is that town in West Virginia that had millions of doses for a town of a few thousand?
what is the problem with the entire issue with the opioids, service dogs? it is people. I think there is a disconnect with actual freedom being some sort of a curtain that the people are thinking the leaders really care about them. we are becoming less democratic and the inequality of rich and poor is getting greater…not just in the states, but on the planet as well.
what caused it? simply we started to create wealth by trading wealth and instead of making and creating something, we simply pushed the value of the markets and assets up, and lent against it. and in the case of the united states – we have created a massive debtor nation and it is more like playing poker today with the leaders of the world and not really seeming to see that what the labor force of the future will be is not what it was 50 or 100 years ago. we have allowed out the country to seemingly get out of shape, a bit fat, and our leaders have indebted the nation with unsustainable reality.
if you are looking at it all with a global eye. it simply means the economics will shift a bit to other places and countries. if you are looking at only the domestic USA – I never in a million years thought that we could end up like many countries on the planet…a few rich and a lot of poor.
I guess I just get sad in that the idea and the reality of what I was taught and believed are very different than the reality of what it currently is. while I cannot locate a quote we used for agrowbox 1 about how in nature one never sees three or four fat bison in a herd, or a few large birds in a flock of normal sized one.
perhaps it is this quote by Lewis Lapham that better sums up where we are in the USA and a consumer society that doesn’t really make what it consumes anymore?
“The consumer society rests on the great economic truth proclaimed by P.T. Barnum (the one about a sucker being born every minute), and the country's reserves of ignorance constitute a natural resource as precious as the Mississippi River or the long-lost herds of buffalo.”
what worries me a bit is that while agrowbox was started to feed hungry orphans in faraway lands. we might have to use it inside the USA to feed our citizens unless some balance can be brought back into the system. land of the free and home of the brave is more like the land of the scared and home of the afraid these days. its sad to see.
then again, if I didn’t let it all fall with 9-11 and meet that old man in the desert who looked in my eyes and saw all that was wrong with me and still loved me – I would be a train wreck of a human thinking, “isn’t consumerism great! more shiny objects and ways to monetize! why learn and grow…just consume!”
for the entire quote of Lewis Lapham…it was in school bells writing in 2000, about politicians and improving education. here is the full outake.
“If either presidential candidate were to make the make the mistake of exposing the educational system to the rigors of "revolutionary change," who would thank him for his trouble? Not the politicians, who depend for their safety in office upon an uniformed electorate, apathetic and disinclined to vote, unable to remember its history or name its civil rights. Not the marketers of the gross domestic product, who depend upon the eager and uncritical consumption of junk merchandise in every available color and size. Not the ringmasters of the national media circus, who play to the lowest common denominators of credulous applause. Not the sellers of sexual fantasy, the proprietors of gambling casinos, the composers of financial fraud, the dealers in cosmetics and New Age religion. The consumer society rests on the great economic truth proclaimed by P.T. Barnum (the one about a sucker being born every minute), and the country's reserves of ignorance constitute a natural resource as precious as the Mississippi River or the long-lost herds of buffalo. As a nation we now spend upward of a trillion dollars a year on liquor, pornography, and drugs, and the Cold War against the American intellect yields a higher rate of return than the old arrangement with the Russians. Unless obliged to make a campaign or a commencement speech, who in his right mind would want to kill the geese that lay the golden eggs?”
the world will be fine. it is the humans I worry about lasting a long time on this planet…it can change, but I think people are too blind to see it, or I just have seen and learned a bit by wandering the planet and asking, “why?”