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Cultures that bring people together, and unite them around places - cultures which, for example, bring people together to work in groups outside.
Cultures that involve a lot of storytelling.
Cultures that involve sitting around fires under stars.
Cultures with a sense of place and prehistory.
Cultures that see people as part of a web of life.
Cultures that don's suppress an enjoyment of the physical or spiritual and replace them with paranoid puritanism.
Cultures with no cars or televisions.
Cultures in which the sound of human voices can be drowned sometimes by the sound of wind or sea or birds or forests.
Cultures with no advertising, supermarkets or cities.
"We are living in a pathocracy."
"Corporations are destroying the planet under the guise of seeking profit. But their ecocidal activities are so horrendous and so ubiquitous that profits seem hardly plausible as authentic motive."
Glenn "Lee" Howden said:Hi Wolfbird, [I tried to post this on your page also, but like you, I had to many characters.]
Thanks for responding, but I would like to point out that I'm not living in la la land. I grew up with hardnosed Scandinavians that had suffered immigration, plagues of wheat rust & grasshoppers, drought, flood, economic depression, dust storms, war and on and on. But still they were able to have fun and they were able to make work that was essentially nothing but suffering into a tolerable situation. It wasn't a bed of roses, I had a nemesis that tried to destroy me when I was a helpless child. Damned near did too..
I can probably out grim you. How about this little factoid. We are living in a pathocracy. This is true for the U.S., and from I can tell, it's true for the U.K. as well. The psychopaths have taken over and have also passed their disease onto large swaths of the population. There are parts of the U.S. where crazy is normal. Any collapse, be it economic or energy related could turn into a bloodbath of scapegoating. Understanding psychopathy and it's contagiousness is critical. Evil is a disease.
I could go on about this, but there are plenty of people with better writing skills doing it. I'll leave it to them. I would like to comment on your experience of having to fight. There is a mental state after fear has been overcome that I call it my inner cave man. The single minded clever aggressiveness of it shocked me when first I experienced it, but I like knowing it's there. It has saved my butt a few times. I think psychopaths are in that mode all the time.
We are what we are. I'm not afraid of my inner cave man. I've been to parties where full on wild caveman energies were expressed without there being a hint of hostility and where art happened. We can't be ecstatically happy all the time, but if we know what conditions are necessary for that to occur we can develop rituals to facilitate it. Most of the time the pleasure of joking around with my wacky misfit friends was enough to get me through the upcoming week of hard labor.
Psychopaths want us to feel helpless, hopeless and fearful. The black lady will be coming for me soon enough and I will welcome her, but till then I'll try to pass on something positive and I don't care if I fail.
Did you know that Chief Joseph basically died of a broken heart, but his example helped the Nez Perce nation succeed.
Pursuit of happiness. The framers of the Constitution weren't 20 year olds. They did not say the pursuit of hedonism. Let me translate. Everyone has the right to try and be happy. They did not say that everyone had the right to be happy. Makes you wonder why they put that in there. Could it be that in England only the aristocracy had the right to pursue happiness.