Near-term extinction

#NoFuture?

<May 15/19>

I just walked by some kids out in a park with their classmates, playing baseball, & thought

“These kids have no future!”

 (‘cos this I do firmly believe. I believe firmly in the non-existent future … & have for some time.)

 & then I thought

“But so what??”

They don’t care about the future.

Why would they?

They’re kids!

They’re out having fun!

They’re busy & happy …

Right here, right now.


& while there may indeed not be a future.

There is most assuredly a “now.”

Right now!!

 

& you know, “the future” never actually has existed!

(It is only ever a concept in our minds.)

 It’s always only ever been Now

… always!

 

Heck.

We can only be alive now.

There has never been a time when we could be alive in the past – or the future.

So…

So big deal that there is “no future,” I say!

There never was!

(& this, too: you can’t cheat somebody out of something that is only a concept in your, or their, mind. So let’s never mind saying our children have been “cheated out of a future.” Though admittedly, those words do come into my mind sometimes. Okay, well here’s the thing, Reader: I write this stuff for me as much as for you. So, I am now lecturing myself about this too …. okay?)

Of course, one can wish our species had conducted itself differently. Not trashed everything here to smithereens – air, water, Earth, sky, our bodies/our selves

By waging war

For millennia

On the Earth

On ourselves

On each other

(on all the other species too, of course)

But … sadly, we did do all that.

(Grief, btw, is an entirely appropriate response to all this. Let it out!)

 

And of course too, a lot of us tried (really-really hard) to stop the runaway train.

But that train got out of the gate too darn long ago.

Our efforts were surely “doomed” from the start.

Those of us who did all this work? I doubt many of us regret our efforts.

I certainly don’t!

 

& I do believe

That since we can almost all see, now

That our species has put the kibosh on any prospects of long-term survival

(Do not all thinking people now feel this, on some visceral level??)

 

& please, no need to take my word on this.

We are all just speculating – some of us with more research behind us than others, of course.

But there are certainly very serious grounds on which to believe

That we are well & truly f***ed, now, as a species.

Bear in mind, I’ve been an environmental activist for 30 years now, so I have kinda been keeping a close eye on things, hmmm?

Okay. Anyway.

 

It’s likely a good idea to take a step back for a moment

… take a breath

… take a pause

 

& say to ourselves

“Hmmmmm.

What shall I do now, then?”

 

I’ve done this a number of times, over the years.

I sorta got the memo on all this maybe a little earlier than most.

 

Life morphs!

The world morphs…

Our purpose, too, can morph.

 

It really can’t hurt to take a pause, now,

I think, & say

“Hmmmmm. What now, then?”

Janet

p.s.  The amazing journalist Dahr Jamail has written recently that the Climate Crisis Forces Us to Ask: To What Do We Devote Ourselves? <May 6/19>. His 2018 lecture here ‘Update on the State of the Planet: How Then Shall We Live?’ is soooooo worth watching/hearing.

p.p.s. Jamail advises that we ask ourselves, “How can I be of service to humanity & the planet?”

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Seems like pretty sensible advice. He makes clear he is not a fan of just kind of hanging around hoping.

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I get that. I’ve long felt much more of a preference for action than hope anyway. (**Action quotes here)

p.p.p.s. there are a lot of musings about NTE (near-term extinction) here, in the Collections section of this site. That collection also includes musings on grief (since learning about NTE – or heck, even just paying attention to what’s going on, on the planet! – tends to induce grief & heartbreak), as well as links to many other resources. &, inevitably, quotations about both grief & NTE (since I’ve long been obsessed with sharing inspiring quotations).

p.p.p.p.s. It occurs to me that maybe not everyone is connecting the dots about how/why things are liable to go so badly sideways (maybe soon). It’s fairly simple, really. For one thing, there’s climate change. & that changes everything … even if you don’t “believe in” it!

** You can read a “monster” humdinger of a climate change essay here.

Let’s face it: we can all see & feel the climate changing around us. More & bigger storms. Torrential flooding, forest fires, rising water levels. Late Springs, like the very rainy & cold one we just had (here in Ontario). There will be difficulties & challenges growing food to feed us all. (I believe this will start soon. Some of that flooding in the U.S.? Not sure how far-reaching the impacts will be. You could check it out, of course! Even here, in Ontario. So much rain. Wet fields. Challenges to growing crops.) The equation is a simple one. Humans need food (& habitat) to survive. Climate impacts are going to hit both of these hard. We need food to eat. Food is going to become (is already becoming) more & more challenging to grow. That’s all. It’s simple. It’s not rocket science; not at all. Just requires connecting a few dots, is all. (This posting mentions a # of other things that are involved. It isn’t “just” climate change – although frankly, climate change alone is bad enough even without the other stuff!? But it’s about synergies, right? Unpredictable synergies that we cannot control. Unintended consequences. The history of our species, hmmm? Sooooooo many unintended consequences.)

p.s. # 5: this item is a real gem! So what if we’re doomed? It’s long. It takes you on a bit of a roller coaster ride. But it’s wise & inspiring, with not one single wasted word!

p.s. # 6: I just like cardinals. That’s why there’s one at the top of this posting.

#ILoveCardinals!

🙂🙂🙂🙂

They don’t seem to be worrying about the future, do they? They’re just busy singing their little hearts out. The most beautiful song…

Mother’s Day 2019

<I did draft this on May 11/19, but was/have been busy with other stuff. Finally posting it now.>

Motherhood eh?

Kind of this almost “sacred” thing … isn’t it? (Well, except that in the patriarchy, all things female & feminine have decidedly not been held at all sacred. But that’s another musing altogether – of which there are several, in the Collections posting. Patriarchy really sucks, as I’ve been known to say.)

Of course I’ve thought plenty about motherhood over the years. (Been a mother for 38 years now.)

I’ve never once regretted having become a mother. Well, okay, there have been a few, very few occasional moments when I’ve felt a slight taste of ashes in my mouth. Never mind, very-very few of those indeed. & they were super-short-lived.

Being a Mom! It’s pretty darn awesome, in a whole variety of ways. Wouldn’t have missed it for anything!

Sure, there’s an occasional ambivalent moment or two.

This is for sure:

There is no One Mom Story line that fits all.

No “One size fits all.”

No, indeed.

So, I could say some things about how great it is. & it is!

& some things about how hard it can be, on occasion, too. (I’ve had my fair share of the “hard moments” – especially after my marriage blew up wayyyyyy back in 1995. That was the thing that “changed everything” in my little life. I think I had felt a sort of more or less semi-motherhood-equilibrium at that point. Since then? Not so much. For the record, my children were then 14 & 12, & a joint custody arrangement ensued.)

So much more could be said, of course. But there’s no need to go deeply into all of that. It’s just a challenging aspect of life that’s had some pretty long-lasting repercussions. Luckily, #LifeGoesOn

(Shit happens. We step in it. Then, we grow. We evolve. Life goes on. Many more adventures ensue!)

“Life is change...Growth is optional...Choose wisely.” – Karen Kaiser Clark

The easy & fun stuff about motherhood? The wonderful memories? There are many-many-many of those, for which I’m very grateful indeed.

I do recall one thing from the really early motherhood daze (yes, the misspelling is deliberate).

I kept wishing there was one definitive Mommy Guide.

Like, you know,

A “Bible” of sorts.

All the rules from A – Z.

Tons of sensible guidelines.

A “One size fits all, this is for Everyone!” rule book.

 

Things were sometimes so …. weird. Exhausting. Perplexing. Stressful. Unexpected.

You know??

 

I/we muddled through (as a mother, & we as a couple, as parents).

Probably did about as well as could be expected. Could’ve done better. Could’ve done worse.

And too? Mistakes, inevitably, were made. Have been made. Likely continue to be made!

Duh.

 

Would I do some things differently, if I had it to do all over again?

You bet your sweet patootie I would!

Quite a few!!

I put some of those here

(A few, briefly:

Midwife, not MD.

Home birth.

No injections at birth.

No vaccinations.

Avoid antibiotics to the degree humanly possible.

Check out homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, osteopathy.

Much less trust of/reliance upon the conventional medical (“health” care) system.

My advice to all human beings, of all genders, & not necessarily having anything to do with parenthood?

#NoPedestals – put no one on a pedestal. Not your parents, partner, spouse, your friends or colleagues. Not your doctor. Not scientists, religious leaders, politicians (duh!), the media. Not any person or institution. Nobody is perfect or infallible, & it is dangerous to give away your own power! Putting things/institutions on pedestals – failing to remain skeptical – is almost 100% guaranteed to backfire on you. Sometimes it will even result in truly ugly or even disastrous outcomes. I’m not kidding, & I’m sure you have an idea of how true this can be. More musings on the pedestal thing here.)

Other things I’d do differently? Sure. Take myself less seriously. Haul the kids out of school more often & do more fun stuff with them. More outings. Or just picnics. Fun! Have more of it. Go camping more. Sooner. Ward off the divorce. Divorce. Is. Not. Fun.

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Now. Here is something important I recall figuring out before I ever became pregnant & went on to have my two children.

This: the urge to reproduce?

It’s an instinct.

A very-very powerful instinct. Very powerful indeed – it certainly hit me with tsunami-like force!

In other words, a phenomenon that is beneath the rational.

It operates beneath reason.

In fact, it’s an urge that can be pretty darn irrational … depending upon one’s personal circumstances, say, or …. the state of the world, maybe.

In some ways

I kind of have to wonder

… now

Given the state of things in the world … now

If a mental “override”

Might be the most rational, reasonable choice?

Possibly the wisest choice.

Given current conditions.

 

No one ever asks me if I think they should go ahead & “start a family.”

(Nor would I expect anyone to! I certainly never consulted my parents or in-laws or anyone else about this major life decision. That was strictly between me & my then-husband to figure out for ourselves.)

 

So, yes. Motherhood/parenthood is awesome. It really is!

Family life can be very damn fine. It really, really can. I’ve had me some of that, & I am mightily grateful.

But…

(I know we can all hear the “but.”)

… with the state of the world being what it now is?

Over-riding the impulse could well be the wisest choice. At this time.

It is very definitely something to at least seriously consider.

All things, as they say, considered.

Janet

p.s. the people who are here on the planet now? Already? Well. We’re already here. Here we are! I love lots & lots of us! I want us all to treat one another well! It’s just that I think it’s almost certainly going to get a little… well, rough, in the days ahead. “Pretty intense,” as I’ve heard someone put it.

That’s all.

p.p.s. I write about near-term extinction (NTE) sometimes. Many of those postings are collected up in the … Collections posting. There are also musings on grief. Resources on both grief & NTE. Graphics. Quotes. Etc.

p.p.p.s. Motherhood quotes here! One cool thing: one need not be a literal mother in order to experience maternal feelings!

p.p.p.p.s. It occurs to me that maybe not everyone is connecting the dots about how/why things are liable to go so badly sideways (maybe soon). It’s fairly simple, really. For one thing, there’s climate change. & that changes everything … even if you don’t “believe in” it!

** You can read a “monster” humdinger of a climate change essay    here   .

** You can read a “monster” humdinger of a climate change essay here.

Let’s face it: we can all see & feel the climate changing around us. More & bigger storms. Torrential flooding, forest fires, rising water levels. Late Springs, like the cold & rainy one we just had here in Ontario. There will be difficulties & challenges growing food to feed us all. (I believe this will start soon. Some of that flooding in the U.S.? Not sure how far-reaching the impacts will be. You could check it out, of course! Even here, in Ontario. So much rain. Wet fields. Challenges to growing crops.) The equation is a simple one. Humans need food (& habitat) to survive. Climate impacts are going to hit both of these hard. We need food to eat. Food is going to become (is already becoming) more & more challenging to grow. That’s all. It’s simple. It’s not rocket science; not at all. Just requires connecting a few dots, is all. (This posting mentions a # of other things that are involved. It isn’t “just” climate change – although frankly, climate change alone is bad enough even without the other stuff!? But it’s about synergies, right? Unpredictable synergies that we cannot control. Unintended consequences. The history of our species, hmmm? Sooooooo many unintended consequences.)

A few quotations, just ‘cos I can!

“[T]hose who insist they’ve got their ‘shit together’ are usually standing in it at the time.” Stephen Levine

“A woman’s body is (a human being’s) first environment. Whatever contaminants are in a woman’s body find their way into the next generation. I think there is no better argument for the precautionary principle.” – Dr. Sandra Steingraber, author of Living DownstreamAn Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment

“You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.” – Flonda Scott Maxwell (from Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much, edited by Anne Wilson Schaef)

“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), English writer

“If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?” – Dolores Huerta (quoted in my dog-eared Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much collection, edited by Anne Wilson Schaef)

“To be hurt, yet forgive. To do wrong, but forgive yourself. To depart from this world leaving only love; this is the reason you walk.” – Wab Kinew

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S Truman

“Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” – Sarah Bernhardt, actress (1844-1923)

“When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.” – Adrienne Rich (quoted in Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much, Anne Wilson Schaef)

“Be joyful, though you have considered the facts.” – Wendell Berry, American poet, farmer, writer, thinker

“Wake up. Kick ass. Be kind. Repeat.” – Rob Brezsny, Dec. 31/14

“Conflict is everywhere: water hitting rock, teachers pushing students to learn, or wolves trying to coexist with ranchers. It is our call to evolve. It challenges us to look beyond our current views to an expanded reality. It is a relentless teacher that asks us to see unity where before we found opposites.” – Deidre Combs, mediation specialist, quoted in Sacred Journey (feb/march 2005) – quoted in Utne Reader may/june 2005

“Pain and conflict are, to a large extent, the result of a discrepancy between the way we think others should treat us, react to us, and appreciate us, and the way they actually do. Many of our miseries are thus rooted in self-pity, the most worthless of all human emotions.” – Ann Davies, Qabalist teacher

Alexander McCall Smith has the character Angus Lordie say, in Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers, “He [psychiatrist Dr. Macgregor] told me that the solution to so many problems is to talk about them. If you talk freely about a problem, then you take away its power to distress you.”

“THE WORLD NEEDS a new weapon: the estrogen bomb. Imagine: you drop it on an area of violent conflict, and men throw down their guns, hug each other, apologize and say it was all their fault, and then start to clean up the mess.” – from the UTNE Reader -- Original from THE GUERRILLA GIRLS, activist artists

“Love life. Take great pleasure in small offerings. Believe that the world owes you nothing. Understand that every gift given to you is just that.” – Maya Angelou, novelist, Iris (#44) – in  Utne Reader, Jan-Feb 2003.

“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Albert Clarke, quoted in Speak Peace in a World of Conflict – What You Say Next Will Change Your World, by Marshall B. Rosenberg

** many great quotations about gratitude here

“Life is change...Growth is optional...Choose wisely.” – Karen Kaiser Clark

“4 Rules for Life: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results.” Angeles Arrien, U.S. teacher, author (1940 – )

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We the People! (We the Sheep)

I saw this image on Facebook one day recently.

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… & given the issues I’m currently involved in … & the endless learning about what dupes we’ve all been of the folks who really pull the strings here on PE (Planet Earth)

** you can find a few postings on the topic of psychopaths in    the Collections posting   .

** you can find a few postings on the topic of psychopaths in the Collections posting.

It gave me a rather timely chuckle.

🙂

Oh, but you’re not a sheep, you say.

Ha!

I’ve got news for you.

We ALL are.

We all get jerked around all the damn time.

  • By politicians

  • By the media – mainstream, social, & whatever other kind there is

  • By the school system

  • The bureaucracies

  • Religious figures

  • The legal system

  • “Health” care system

  • By corporate forces/advertisers

So powerful, btw, they have us all walking around these daze, looking like this

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Sigh.

It’s a sad & sobering thing … innit??

 

The issue I work on mainly, now, is vaccines.

I myself was a sheep on this for 63 years!

Just absolutely went along with the crowd – got led around by the nose – for, count ‘em, 63 years.

No curiosity. Just lead me by the nose, please!

🙁 🙁 🙁

 

Kinda pisses you off when you finally realize you’ve been being duped your entire, bloody life.

I’m pretty pissed, alright! Can’t you see the steam coming out of my ears??

 

I’m pissed at the “authorities” that jerk us around by the nose, 24/7/365 – all the live-long day.

I’m pissed at US!
We, the people.

We, the sheep.

We might as well be walking around wearing a sign on our foreheads that says

“Hey! I’m a gullible moron. Lead me around by the nose, willya? Just walk all over me, while you’re at it, okay?”

Sheesh.

Geez.

Sigh.

Well. Okay.

Remember that list I mentioned, of the forces that jerk us around all the darn time?

I plum forgot to mention this important one.

Our very own parents!

They get the whole darn parade off to a very early start … right from the day we’re born!

They don’t mean to do this, of course. But they’ve been being led around by the nose all their lives.

They can’t help it.

None of us can!

We’re all unwitting fodder for the machinations of the culture (for lack of a better term). Of the powerful, mostly.

& the hired guns of the powerful, of course. The advertisers. The propaganda-purveyors.

I recently did a quick, partial re-read of Rogue Primate (by John A. Livingston), that I first read about 20 years ago.

& was reminded that our species has long been “domesticated.” Put simply (& briefly; I do heartily recommend the whole book!), we are wired for compliance. As he puts it,

“Our high degree of domesticated followership, obvious in a St. Peter’s Square or a Nuremberg rally, may also underlie the phenomenon of “trendiness,” whether in residential neighbourhoods, restaurants, television culture, or social criticism. Anyone who has ever endured life in the military knows about committed followership and knee-jerk obedience, as no doubt does anyone who has ever served a political master. In our role as domesticates, both our individual and collective docility and tractability have consuming importance. Lock-step followership is deeply rooted in us, if not to “leaders,” who do after all, come and go, but to doctrines.”[1]

It seems very likely to me (and not just me) that everything has probably always had this kind of awful inevitability to it.

The problems (issues, if you prefer) with our species go back so far that there was likely never anything anyone could have done to “fix” things. Now we are simply living out, I suspect, the inevitable denouement of our species.

((Well. That’s what I believe, anyway. Of course I am just an unfortunate little sheep like the rest of us. So I could be wrong about that. I kind of doubt it, though.))

I think it’s probably fair to say I’ve marched more to my own drummer – been somewhat less susceptible to the herd mentality forces – than most.

But hey. Mostly, I’m just one of the overly compliant human beans, like everybody else.

***

Things do not seem to be heading in a very good direction on our planet.

With our species. (or, of course, all the others. We’ve kind of trashed the joint, eh?)

Ya think?

 

Many of us have seen the signs of creeping fascism (maybe a little bit faster than creeping??) gathering for some time now.

Maybe most folks don’t notice it. I really don’t know.

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For sure, I do know I’ve spent 30 or so years now trying to help make the world a “better” place. Ward off the forces of destruction that are hard at work all around us (& in us!).

It’s always felt like worthwhile (& gratifying!) work, I have to say.

Sure haven’t “saved” the world! Heh heh. (Sardonic chuckle.)

But you know?

What I’ve realized pretty recently is not just that the work has always been its own reward (& it has, it has), but also that it’s brought very considerable joy, satisfaction, many awesome friendships … & many, many times, a wonderful feeling of true connection.

It’s all about solidarity.

Anthropologist Gregory Bateson said “Only connect. This is how we make meaning. This is how we learn to think as Nature thinks.” ** some quotations about community/connection

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In these strange, unprecedentedly challenging times, I myself do still find truth a useful, bracing thing. (Also sometimes infuriating, sickening, despair-making; yes, those too!)

There are unsettling moments when I feel I’m in danger of spinning out - & that is not a fun feeling.

One has to negotiate day by day, moment by moment, how to cope with these difficult, difficult times.

So…

So I do assert that we’re all sheep.

We’ve led one another/ been led by our various “shepherds” to the very edge of the cliff.

We’re flying right over the cliff!

How shall we behave as we fly toward the bottom of the cliff??

What kind of sheep will we choose to be, now?

  • Awake?

  • Asleep?

  • Paying attention?

  • Oblivious?

  • Kind to one another?

  • or horrid?

Of course, we don’t have to decide that right this moment! In times of uncertainty, I very often use this mantra to help myself get by:

“I don’t have to figure that out right now.”

Janet

p.s. I find my own coping methods morphing. Of late, along with walking & writing (well, & reading, singing, drinking beer, hanging with friends, blurbing on Netflix), I find I have to turn off the “news” (on radio; I don’t own a TV) more & more often (especially when I can tell it’s got an agenda, & I ain’t buying what they’re selling) – turn off email & social media – & just listen to the sounds of silence. Or the birds chirping outside my window. Or maybe Chopin! This 2-hour compilation of exquisite music has a way of calming me right down. Alan Watts on YouTube is still also always a boon for my frazzled mind. This one … or any of them, really. Long or short. They’re all balm for a troubled mind (in my little world, at any rate).

p.p.s. I’m also keeping my supply of Rescue Remedy updated! Gonna get in the habit of carrying some around in my knapsack. No real idea how effective it is. But I think it will reassure me just to have it handy!

p.p.p.s. there is a lot more about the really really really serious state of the world in the Collections posting, under the headings Grief & Near-Term Extinction (or NTE).

p.s. #4: &, of course, tons about vaccines, all listed on the main page of this site, under the heading (over on the right) ‘On Vaccines.’ Under the quotations.

p.s. # 5: I found this ancient item I wrote on ‘Brainwashing’ back in 1994. I see I’d clued into quite a bit, by then. & also, that there was still some big stuff I was very much one of the sheep on (of course when you’re still being a sheep in some particular way, you don’t know you’re being a sheep). I sure still had lots to learn. Lots of illusion-busting lay ahead…

A Few Semi-Random Quotations

“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country.” – Hermann Goering, Second in command of the Third Reich

“I would not interfere with any creed of yours or want to appear that I have all the cures. There is so much to know… so many things are true… The way my feet must go may not be best for you. And so I give this spark of what is light to me, to guide you through the dark, but not tell you what to see.” – Author unknown

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” – Mark Twain, 1898

“You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.” – Robin Williams

 “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.” – H.L. Mencken

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” – Helen Keller

“Anarchists are people who believe with all their hearts that governments are enemies of their own people.” – character in the Kurt Vonnegut novel Jailbird

“I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality.” – Thoreau in his essay ‘Life Without Principle,’ quoted in Paul Theroux’s The Last Train to Zona Verde – My Ultimate African Safari [a great read, btw!]

“When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.” – Martin Buber

“The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.” – Leo Rosten

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

Zen Poem:

A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge.

The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.

How sweet it tasted.

** many more inspiring quotations in Quotation Central!

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“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” George Orwell

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell

*** I find that, whenever I look at this photograph, I can breathe……

*** I find that, whenever I look at this photograph, I can breathe……

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[1] Rogue Primate – An exploration of human domestication, John A. Livingston, Key Porter Books, 1994. With this comment by Farley Mowat on the paperback edition: “Rogue Primate is one hell of a book, written by one of the most perceptive primates of our species. John Livingston cuts through all the balderdash that surrounds so much of our thinking about man and his place in nature, and tells us the naked truth.” The Toronto Star says (also on the cover) “If you read only one book this decade, let it be Rogue Primate.”

Another p.s. This additional “sheepish” graphic has also just come my way, also in very timely fashion. Sheep appear to be quite the recurring theme! (It gives me quite a chuckle, & laughter, after all in the face of all the idiocy & constant horrific-ness (if you will) on our lovely planet, at this time is really most welcome!) I suppose I might also add that I know too many people … people I once conceived of as intelligent, rational, thoughtful people who are acting just like this sheep is doing. Practicing deliberate, wilful refusal to see what is so clearly right in front of her/his/their face(s). Gobsmacked, I am. I kid you not.

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