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    David Futurama

    the allure of selling out. The world system of production we live as a part of dominates our lives. It is as if our industrial and social systems have become dominant to the point that we no longer see the underlying natural systems. Even when an individual, any of us, sees our dependence on the underlying ecosystem the immediate evidence of our senses pushes in the opposite direction. I live by the job I do because it gets me money to buy food, shelter and mobility. Everyone else I see is exactly in the same situation. Add having children to the mix and it just heightens the effect, even though having kids tends to help you take the longer view.

    So I see the allure of selling out as the difficulty anyone has of achieving and sustaining escape velocity relative to the system that currently sustains us by destroying our future. The question then becomes how do I get far enough out of the system to effect a transition to something different. The resources that could be used to persistently escape from the current system seem to be available only from the current system. In this day and age our situation is a little like Dylan puts it in Shelter from the storm.

    Well the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount
    But nothing really matters much it's doom alone that counts
    And the one-eyed undertaker he blows a futile horn
    "Come in" she said
    "I'll give you shelter from the storm".
    I don't know how we can find shelter from the storm of the modern system that provides a shelter from which the system can be transformed.

    Love = Awareness of mutually beneficial exchange across semi-permeable boundaries. Political and economic systems either amplify or inhibit Love.

    by Bob Guyer on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 07:41:58 AM PDT

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