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  •  We have a problem no matter how we turn (1+ / 0-)
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    WE need to produce to earn a living.
    WE need to have others buy what we produce to earn a living.
    WE have a system in place that mimics a real environment including parasites, bloodsuckers and vultures.
    WE are degrading our environment in seeking resources to produce for others to consume.
    WE are increasing the food supply using unsustainable methods and altered food products leading to huge population increases that will bump up against either a slow or rapid end of the ability to do this agriculture.
    WE have been trained or it is natural (depends on your arc of thinking) for us to consume as much as we can get our paws onto. I call this the '100 pair of shoes' syndrome
    We live in a world that has finite resources and finite ability to absorb without significant change all of our shenanigns......

    Is what is happening right now really the result of charging ahead following our drives into a deadend (literally)? Can we change ourselves and gain control of those drives that many have enshrined as holy? We are in desperate straits economically right now and the answers are so complex and untried I am not sure that intellectually we can determine the true way to go.

    My answer is to reduce consumption. To live simpler. To walk when I can , ride bike or buses when I can and do things like live in an un-air-conditioned house, lower my heat to 65 in winter, blah, blah.. But these are only short term low impact efforts if there are too few restraining themselves. Shorter work weeks would mean less money  but also less consuming and more full employment. But then who wins the monopoly game then and who kicks the 'Joneses' asses by restraint. Where do we redirect the need to compete and outshine others?

    WE need better ideas.

    Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 11:23:51 AM PDT

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