Got Paper? Think about Trees.

97% of America’s Old Growth Forests have been destroyed. Think about that the next time you flip through a catalog, magazine, or telephone book.  Consider the children at Cancun who promote “Plant for the Planet” and their efforts to plant a million trees in every country.  In this time of Christmas Trees think about the gift of life that trees make possible for humans. How does that measure up to the latest electronic toy wrapped in paper from a tree, in a box from a tree, waiting under a tree?  In the midst of my historical research digging into the documents of Record Group 75 of the National Archives for reservations in the Dakotas I discovered that there was a constant quest for building lumber and the need for wood for heat and cooking fuel. The result was a virtual deforestation of the landscape.  When there are no more trees to support life, there will be no more of us either.

Peace on Earth? Huh? “Joy to the World”? What?

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Hmm, it’s the season that supposedly proclaims love, peace, and goodwill towards all.  What is Christmas? What does it mean these days? Is it just a fun time for all sorts of toys, rich foods, and carte blanche to get all warm and fuzzy via some fine libations? That will be easy for millions of Americans.  Yep, I’m having some tough times observing this season unfold everywhere from grocery stores to internet gibberish while so many others suffer around the world–including every one of the soldiers who have been sucked into the black hole vortex of the military industrial  complex. Apparently there is an average of 18 suicides among vets and other soldiers every day.  It’s the season for Winter Soldier.  It’s the season of resentment for the deception that has produced so much death and destruction for profit agendas.  Is this our winter of discontent? How can anyone play “Joy to the World” and claim sanity? I see no savior in action–just a great deal of denial and hypocrisy from Big Brother.    

Peace Dove by Levy
 
“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”

Mario Savio, 1964

 
 
 

Who wants a Green Christmas?

Oh wonder of wonders, mAdgA, the land artist of Clegyr Boia, http://clegyrboia.wordpress.com/  has inspired this post with her writing and photos about trees. Yes, TREES. As I read the information she shares on her blog, I thought about all the trees that will be cut down and trussed up for the forthcoming Christmas holy day–or not so holy day, but more accurately,  corporate profit day. Then I wondered what if everyone gave gifts of trees to PLANT instead? What if, instead of tons of overly packaged plastic junk people exchanged living plants and trees? What if we gave each other gifts of seeds, trees, flowers and other plants that could be used to literally green our individual living spaces? As mAgdA shares on her blog, one does not need a lot of space for creating a garden of earthly delights—pots can support all sorts of plants and trees.  Instead of cutting down evergreen trees en masse for decorating why not decorate a living tree with its roots still in the earth?  What better gifts could we give each other on this Earth that is rapidly being deforested?

Tree of the World

 

  Tree of the World

Our Cemetery of dead hearts and minds = Black Friday

 It’s Black Friday. I’ve always wondered about this concept. As a child I never quite understood the use of the color black in regard to this day. Sure, I’m fully aware that it refers to the economic books of  retailers getting into the black profit zone and out of the red. I comprehend that financial  concept and yet–yet especially today it’s irritating the hell out of me.  There’s no mystery here. I know  just why “Black Friday” is ticking me off royally–it reveals just how out of whack the dominant mainstream culture really is. It is a sign of ignorance–as in the lack of knowledge, lack of substance, lack of values, lack of integrity, lack of reality, lack of comprehension of what’s really necessary for living and living WELL.  All the people engaging in the vast consumer addiction game have their heads thrust so deep in the sand that it’s downright terrifying to behold.  American priorities are clear–this is a culture based on greed coming and going.  Don’t bother wasting time posting to tell me that I’m raining on everyone’s Christmas Parade. Why? Because  I think the Christmas Parade needs to END.  Why? Because it has NO meaning whatsoever as is clear from the current state of the world at large. Why in hell are people giving more money to corporations that have already posted record profits while ruining the global economy?  Engaging in this Parade is not only a denial of reality, it’s not just a moment of escapism for relief, it’s another sign of abdication of responsibility for the world in which we live.  Worse yet is the LIE it perpetuates.  Yes, the LIE, because how can people profess a desire for love, peace and sister/brotherhood while engaging in a system-game that destroys all these things?  Yes, it is Black Friday–but not in the financial sense—it is a day of mourning, the day of funeral pyres for a civilization that engages in perpetual wanton destruction of everyone’s environment, war, and hatred.   I’ve got a few notions about “door-busters” that have nothing to do with sale items.  

Today on Democracy Now!, which usually airs at 8 am cst on KKFI, Amy Goodman interviewed two men with whom I found myself in nearly total agreement–IMAGINE THAT!!!—-author Derrick Jensen (The Dominant Culture is Killing the Planet) and economist and Right Livelihood Award Winner Chilean economist Manfred MaxNeef on Barefoot Economics.    Even if you might not find a lot of common ground with their thoughts, you might want to seriously consider what you agree and disagree with and WHY.  Yes, venturing over to read/view Goodman’s show for November 26 ought to provide anyone with lots of concepts to discuss with family and friends over the “holy days” feasts forthcoming.  Hate or love their ideas–but I doubt either will be boring.

This first video seems like a good way to create some awareness of the interconnectedness of all things.   

 Jensen’s interview reveals the depth and breadth of his scope of vision of our problem.  As stated earlier, you might not agree but it’s well worth your time to hear him out then thinking about why you don’t–or do–share common ground. 

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/11/26/author_and_activist_derrick_jensen_the

Clearly people are capable of unified action for a one day event. Doesn’t it follow that humans  are capable of unified action for more than one day if they really understood the stakes of this survival game? We need to do more than just turn off the lights for an hour.

Earth is an incredible planet. It is the only home we have. We do not own it. If anything Earth own us. Earth can exist without humans. Humans cannot exist  without Earth.  We cannot purchase another Earth.  The Universe does not conduct doorbuster sales.

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