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  •  Not just codified, (5+ / 0-)

    but explicitly socially acceptable, institutionalized as desirable.

    Aboriginal/native/indigenous peoples encountered in recent centuries placed low value on competition and high value on cooperation. They saw hoarding as a form of taking life from others, a mental illness. Here in America, they instantly recognized this illness in European explorers and settlers. We have come to place the highest value on competition, the individual, our separateness, all of which are unnatural, delusional and unsustainable.

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

    by Words In Action on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 05:01:08 AM PST

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    •  Ah, but (3+ / 0-)

      by shifting the values in unnatural directions, those who suffer the mental illness 'normalize' it by epitomizing it. That also helps further marginalize those who epitomize the 'old' value systems, and with deliberate force of the mentally ill reverting to cooperative values and actions (amongst and between themselves), they are able to farm humanity like livestock to feed their greed.

      Once the value of greed becomes the norm we can no longer insist that the unnatural and unsustainable isn't our very nature. Downside of that - quite apart from the suffering it causes to humans - is that the natural world will not long tolerate such an abherrant dominant species.

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