If we don't cultivate empathy with our thoughts and actions, it's not going to grow. Without a lot more empathy in action we're not going to have a chance of surviving together. So I approve of two tips tonight to cultivate empathy in your life:
- stop eating the animals, think about why
- give what you can to the people who need it the most
I thought about wood and grass and it's mostly made of lots of edible glucose sugars that are tied together into an inedible form which is cellulose. And the carbohydrates in food like wheat and rice and potato is also mostly glucose, stuck together into larger bundles like starch. But you can chemically untie the cellulose down again into the edible glucose using some acids, and some microbes that live in animals like cows and termites can do it biochemically using enzymes. It would be less painful to Mother Earth if people could eat wood or grass instead of cereals, and it would be more convenient to people if they could do so easily. People would also be much more politically independent because they would be more nutritionally and economically independent if they could do so.
So does anyone know how to eat wood or grass easily?
We would be very well served by cooperating with each other economically as well, as intensively as possible. First, by cooperating with each other we grow stronger together, and second, we remove ourselves as a resource for our opponents. I see democratically managed worker cooperatives as the present day model for this. Banking and insurance cooperatives are the logical candidates for primary emphasis, since they represent the ability to accumulate capital for productive enterprises while removing it from the control of our opponents, and everyone can patronize them with a minimum of effort.
Is anyone involved, as a customer or member, with a local worker cooperative? Is anyone interested in joining or founding one? Does anyone know of any nexus for worker cooperation in the Miami, Florida area? Does the poll allow multiple answers?