<<a re-post from September 2015>>
(not a single solitary shred of morality within miles ... CONTINENTS)
They buy your loyalty
& most importantly,
Your very soul.
& what do you get in return?
Cheap plastic baubles
Is this the return you had in mind?
The return you were expecting?
Is this what you had bargained for?
p.s. & btw, the corporations own the bureaucracies. Yeah. They bought them all up while everyone was out shopping for those stupid plastic baubles. [[p.s. in April 2018. Not just the bureaucracies. The universities, too. Yeah. I only realized this part recently. Sucks, eh?]]
p.p.s. & btw too, I'm adding weeks after I posted this, what you LOSE? Well, you kind of lose everything. You lose your freedom .... & that is everything. When you've lost your soul, your freedom ... what the heck is left???
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “While we may learn from the past, we don’t seem to learn much.” – Ronald Wright in A Short History of Progress
“Modern man, the world eater, respects no space and no thing green or furred as sacred. The march of the machines has entered his blood.” ~ Loren Eisley, anthropologist
“The most compelling reason for reforming our system is that the system is in no one’s interest. It is a suicide machine. All of us have some dinosaur inertia within us, but I honestly don’t know what the activist “dinosaurs” – the hard men and women of Big Oil and the far right – think they are doing. They have children and grandchildren who will need safe food and clean air and water, and who may wish to see living oceans and forests. Wealth can buy no refuge from pollution; pesticides sprayed in China condense in Antarctic glaciers and Rocky Mountain tarns. And wealth is no shield from chaos, as the surprise on each haughty face that rolled from the guillotine made clear.” – Ronald Wright in A Short History of Progress (pg. 131)
“If we continue to refuse to deal with things in an orderly and rational way, we will head into some sort of major catastrophe, sooner or later,” he said. “If we are lucky it will be big enough to wake us up worldwide but not big enough to wipe us out. That is the best we can hope for. We must transcend our evolutionary history. We’re Ice Age hunters with a shave and a suit. We are not good long-term thinkers. We would much rather gorge ourselves on dead mammoths by driving a herd over a cliff than figure out how to conserve the herd so it can feed us and our children forever. That is the transition our civilization has to make. And we’re not doing that.” – Ronald Wright in conversation with Chris Hedges in an essay called ‘The Myth of Human Progress’ (Jan. 13/13)
“Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterwards… The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience.” – Henry David Thoreau in “Resistance to Civil Government” (as quoted in Paul Hawken’s Blessed Unrest, page 77).
“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy, it is absolutely essential to it.” – Dr. Howard Zinn
“You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees.” – Mohandas Gandhi
“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you sick at heart, that you can’t take part; and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus and you’ve got to make it stop.” – Mario Savio
“Nothing is more irritating, and, in the final analysis, harmful to a government than to have to deal with people who will not bend to its will, whatever the consequences.” – Jawaharal Nehru
“There can be nothing sacred in something that has a price.” ~ E.F. Schumacher in Small is Beautiful
“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains. – Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892)