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  •  I once read the autobiography of Christopher Milne (4+ / 0-)

    ... that is, THE Christopher Robin of the Winnie-the-Pooh books.

    It seems that as he grew older, Milne became an incredibly wise, thoughtful, philosophical person -- a sort of Southwest England Taoist/Zen thinker (although he wouldn't have thought of it in those terms).

    Writing about how the political leaders in his lovely small English town were determined to have the town GROW and GROW and EXPAND, he questioned this modern lust for growth for its own sake -- wherein it's just taken as a given that we HAVE to grow and grow and grow, that that is a good thing -- pointing out something that has always stayed with me.

    He pointed out that nothing in nature -- NOTHING -- grows and grows and grows forever.  Nothing is expected to.  In nothing is that considered a good thing.  If something did do that, it would be a sign of a big, big problem ... something really, really abnormal and sick.  And eventually that thing's own ever-expanding growth would kill it.

    He pointed out that the natural, healthy pattern is for things to grow to a certain point, and then to STOP -- a point of balance and stability.

    As I just commented in the diary about Bill Moyers and Henry Giroux -- on Giroux's comment that U.S. society is genuinely insane:

    If one considers it from the Taoist viewpoint -- that health and balance mean living in harmony with the laws of nature, with the "spirit" and flow of the universe -- then modern America is the exact opposite.  We live so proudly and consistently against nature that it is no wonder we are literally going crazy;  that we are so spiritually and psychically sick.

    If I had the United States as one of my therapy clients, I could only conclude that it is profoundly disturbed ... something very close to an out-of-control addict in denial, with narcissistic personality disorder and delusions of grandeur thrown in.

    •  In medicine, we usually call cells that reproduce (4+ / 0-)
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      niemann, 6412093, Treetrunk, Calamity Jean

      indefinitely... cancer.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 02:54:20 PM PST

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      •  I've thought the same thing, in a way. (0+ / 0-)

        That is, that human beings can pretty much literally be considered a cancer on our planet -- a natural part that has grown out of control and is consuming and destroying the rest.

        And we know from human experience how that ends up working out for the cancer itself.

        •  Profiteers continue to make it worthwhile (0+ / 0-)

          for our leaders to give them certain advantages, causing superfluous consumption, resource diminution, pollution, and most of all, fostering population increase  -  all of which act as cancers taxing the sustainability of our planet.  Both profiteers and leaders (and the lack of public "eternal vigilance") are at fault, but in this vein, Citizens United is not helpful.

    •  As a diligent parasite (2+ / 0-)
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      niemann, Oh Mary Oh

      Walmart must show some concern for the culture in which it is found. A careful parasite should never kill its host.

      Let X be an entity; call it Y.

      by Senile Goat on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 05:02:19 PM PST

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