Money Talks

Money talks, alright. But it doesn’t just talk

& it doesn’t just talk loudly

it frequently shouts.

on & on & on it talks & talks & talks & talks & talks, & frankly

it never ever really shuts up!

It’s deafening.

& here’s a paradox

It can shout

or it can just whisper quietly & seductively

& it doesn’t really matter whether it’s shouting

or only whispering

It’s always talking

& talking & talking & talking & talking & talking

& never shutting up.

Here’s another paradox

Money makes some of us talk. Some of us just talk & talk & talk & talk & talk

Though what comes out of our mouths is really just a whole bunch of bleah bleah bleah bleah bleah

because someone is paying us quite a lot of money,

so we will spew pretty much anything anything anything we are told to.

(& here is something I wonder about:

do these blabbering bafflegabbers actually believe the bullshit they spew

or are they just good channels for bumph & bullshit?

Like mindless tubes or conveyor belts or something??)

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& some of us (I think this is those of us to whom money whispers as opposed to shouting,

but even then, it whispers pretty loud)

We keep our mouths firmly, firmly shut

Because our silence is the commodity that’s been bought & paid for

(&/or maybe we are afraid??)

Or…

You know, I just dunno, Reader, I’m such a frickin’ blabbermouth myself

& not entirely deaf to money’s endless chatter, you understand

maybe I just don’t hear it as clearly or as loudly as most folks.

maybe I have too much wax in my ears???

I just plain do not, can not grasp all this money shouting shouting shouting

& money whispering, endless whispering nonsense

& how its endless noisy obnoxious chatter shuts so many of us up so tight,

you’d think our mouths were covered with duct tape, we keep so bloody quiet.

& … hmmmm. Since talking is sorta how we learn things & connect things (& people), & talking is what so often sparks innovation & creativity & solutions & inspiration & transformation...

If we keep our mouths closed because money has sewn them shut for us, aren’t we just plain missing out on all those opportunities for innovation & creativity & solutions & inspiration & transformation??

Seems like a pretty big bummer & waste to me, Dudes.

What do you think??

Janet

p.s. & if you ever wonder about the way politicians behave

& corporations (& oh, all of us, really)

trashing & slashing the Earth beneath & all around us

then just do this

Just … follow the money!

p.p.s. it took me quite a long while to understand that you really really need to do this if you want to understand the nuclear industry in particular, & all its foot soldiers & handmaidens & especially those dudes who make 100s of 1000s of dollars a year for their work & then, hmmmm, all those bureaucrats & functionaries surrounding & enabling the industry, too, whose silence has also been very carefully bought & paid for)

for sure for sure for sure

It’s all about all about all about the money…

You bet it is. 

‘Quote of the day with this post: “Only when the last tree has died...and the last river has been poisoned...and the last fish has been caught...will we realize that we cannot eat money.” ~ 19th century Cree saying

Runners-up: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” – Margaret Young, quoted in “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Why should we all use our creative power? … Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” – Brenda Ueland (American writer, 1891-1985)

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers

“Living below your means is a cheap way to be rich. It’s the only easy way to be rich.” – Stewart Brand (founder of ‘Whole Earth Catalogue’)

“There are people so poor that the only thing they have is money.” – Sharon Haworth, Toronto-based climate activist

“To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.” – G. K. Chesterton

“The great open secret of gratitude is that it is not dependent on external circumstances. It’s like a setting or channel that we can switch to at any moment, no matter what’s going on around us. It helps us connect to our basic right to be here, like the breath does. It’s a stance of the soul. In systems theory, each part contains the whole. Gratitude is the kernel that can flower into everything we need to know.  Thankfulness loosens the grip of the industrial growth society by contradicting its predominant message: that we are insufficient and inadequate. The forces of late capitalism continually tell us that we need more – more stuff, more money, more approval, more comfort, more entertainment. The dissatisfaction it breeds is profound. It infects people with a compulsion to acquire that delivers them into the cruel, humiliating bondage of debt. So gratitude is liberating. It is subversive. It helps us realize that we are sufficient, and that realization frees us. Elders of indigenous cultures have retained this knowledge, and we can learn from their practices.” Joanna Macy in World As Lover, World As Self – Courage for Global Justice & Ecological Renewal

“Our greatest hurdle is not money; it’s imagining how things could be different.” – Environmental activist Tooker Gomberg (1955 – 2004)

“It is possible to be a great scoundrel without ever doing anything that is forbidden.” – Herman Hesse, German-Swiss author (1877-1962)

“It is inherent in the methodology of economics to ignore [our] dependence on the natural world.” – E.F. Schumacher 

“Our growth economy is based on greed and envy stimulated by aggressive advertising.” –
Herman Daly
 

“The modern conservative…is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy. That is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” – John Kenneth Galbraith quoted in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being & Why No One Saw it Coming, by Paul Hawken <Pg. 115>

“The Earth is not dying – it is being killed. And the people who are killing it have names and addresses.” – U. Utah Phillips quoted in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being & Why No One Saw it Coming, by Paul Hawken <Pg. 115>

** & I could go on. Check out the ‘Quotation Central!’ section of the blog here, & you’ll see what I mean!