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"Self-Examination"

"the hardest thing"

"Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers"
Wm Wordsworth

"How can we value our lives if we devalue them in making a living?"
Wendell Berry

"O Musadif ! It is easier to fight with a sword than to earn the livelihood lawfully."
Imam Ja'afer Sadique (a.s.)

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No-one reallywants to know the truth about themselves.
Even less do we want to examine our motives.

So relax, this page will steer clear of those thorny issues





BUT

We need to stop power link01 perverts damaging us and our children, our animal life and our world



How do we do that ?

First step - Don't let them to use our own foolishness against us!

What's that mean pal?  What are you implying? - That we're selfish?

[That's the Glasgow use of "pal" - not necessarily friendly]


Let's be honest!


No rational being thinks every human can own and drive a link-03 motor-car.  Earth doesn't have enough resources for that, even for a short while, before we're all poisoned by toxins of manufacture and use; and mentally self-harmed by addiction link-04 to driving.


Does that means all of us forced to own and drive a car are now automatically voting to oppress and rob - the rest of the world?

And that car-drivers' opinions and subconscious motivations have been hi-jacked by power-perverts who feel they must have the power to oppress and steal from the rest of the world?


Right !


In the future - wanting a car will be deeply immoral - as well as illegal.





And every person in the world can't live in a multi-room house with electronic gadgetry running on heavy metals and fossil fuel link-03 containing rare organic products for furnishings and decoration, surrounded by selfish, short-term use of space and land.  The eco-system can't carry or even provide for that load.

Does that mean all needing to live in one or more of these houses are now automatically voting to oppress and rob - the rest of the world?

And that 'middle-class' people, and all who aspire to 'keep up with the Joneses' have had their opinions and subconscious motivations hi-jacked by power-perverts who feel they must have the power to oppress and steal from the rest of the world?


Right!


In the future - wanting luxurious accomodation will be deeply immoral - as well as illegal.





And every person in the world can't use link-03 air-travel, which is per-head the most polluting, wasteful and passenger-harming link-05 use of natural materials.  Again Earth doesn't have enough resources to allow that much waste and pollution, even for a short while.

Does that means all of us needing to use air-travel are now automatically voting to oppress and rob - the rest of the world?

And that all of us who use planes for work or leisure have had our opinions and subconscious motivations hi-jacked by power-perverts who feel they must have the power to oppress and steal from the rest of the world?


Right !


In the future - wanting air-travel will be deeply immoral - as well as illegal.



But - we don't want to wear animal-skins and live in caves

Aren't there other options ?



Yes

Lots of folk have found that a good life, a great life, is available,

without those supposed

"necessities"


"Happy people tend not to value material possessions highly, are less affected by advertising and propaganda, are not as driven by desire for power and achievement.

Why would they?  They are happy already"


"The Future of Happiness" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
from "The Next Fifty Years" edited by John Brockman
[ ISBN 0-297-82925-4 ]

Check the research & the methods.

We now know:  demanding a larger - or even equal - share will inevitably bring ruin and starvation to all.

See `Governing The Commons' by Elinor Ostrom

The leaders and sages of our future, if we are to have a future, will be respected for intellectual endeavour & unselfishness,  not for greed, wealth or power.

Their self-respect will come from their worth to the community,  and from their minimal or negative cost to the Earth.



Dec 2013 - Research UPDATES - Confirmation of all above:

`Materialism (greed) makes bad events feel worse - unrecoverable' - [text version]

`Materialism (greed) can lock you in a cycle of increasing loneliness' - [text version]




WORK and NATURE

Anthropological studies show that people untroubled by gov'ts (or bankers / owners / employers) need only work 2 - 3 hours per day to make a good living.

And that this formula applies from tropical deserts all the way to polar regions (areas we think inhospitable but with fairly high protein resources).

Another 2 - 3 hours per day are used in `pleasure work' - cooking, improving dress, gear or simply in play



SLAVERY and THEFT BY GOV'T,  TAXES,  USURY

Although we think we're "better off" in the West,  we work much longer and harder but actually get less for that work than the hunter-gatherers or pastoralists who invest only 2 hours or so.!

Why? - Corrupt Taxes, Profits & Usury.

Examples

Hidden tax-costs take 60% - 80% from payroll salaries.

Money systems makes citizens "in-debted", taking even more.




So we just have to clear our minds of the selfish greeds link06 and subconscious link07 hatreds link08 imposed on us by power-perverts who feel they must have the power to oppress and steal from the rest of the world


And

- hardest thing of all -

keep

our minds clear

of those

greeds & hatreds








Mind sustains without money

but

money can't help without mind.


paraphrased from "Distraction" by Bruce Sterling © 1998
Millennium London 2000
ISBN 1-85798-928-7



Happiest Nations consume Less

"high levels of resource consumption do not reliably produce high levels of well-being"
happiest have - "an ecological footprint below globally fair share"


Example:
BHUTAN - poorer, yet happier and WISER than the West.




"The State of the World 2004"



happiness

loop


No TV

Fact # 1 - our brains ascribe 233% more 'reality' to visual data than to other inputs

So ? What's that got to do with "No TV" ?


Fact # 2 - everything viewed on-screen is a construct - created by camera / camera operator / director / editor / writer / corporate or government sponsorship or censorship.

As a onetime BBC cameraman, now a professor of cinematography, says -
"You see only lies on TV"



But our brains see those lies as more real than reality !

Which is why:- covert and overt influence / control of TV output is the goal of all
big-businesses and all governments !

[UK - notice how commercial TV and BBC are consumer junkies!]



Evidence of TV-Harm

Earlier Research  - Recent Research
Latest Research

BBC/MSM Response?

Lies/Coverup    Ha!    As you'd expect





You think more clearly with "No TV"

Your goals are more visible - and hence more attainable - without distraction by false, TV-imposed "wants" / "wishes"
"envies" / "regrets" & "fears"

People who say
"No TV"

lead happier lives link09

Children with
"No TV" develop normally,

and think more clearly
link10




happiness

loop








Nature, Ancient Lore,
& new Science
now agree


- if only money can get it - it's worthless

- if only violence can get it - it's worthless


Nature says: man-made artifices - money, weaponry - are self-defeating link11 link12

Ancient Lore says: only the non-greedy & non-violent qualify for future of humanity link13

New Science says: privilege brings genetic death link14 evolutionary survival cannot be captured or purchased





Update 2013 - Here's latest research:-
It says - Privileged Pleasure / Wealth / Power is Unhealthy.  Good Happiness has Meaning.



Wendell Berry quote from `The Unsettling of America' 1977
MORE WENDELL BERRY QUOTES



"Is the only challenge in the world to be greed and viciousness?
~
Is the only satisfying power the power of the ascent over men, the only dream, ambition?
~
And must the alternative to greed, evil, ambition - be only sluggishness?"


Tanith Lee
'Deliriums's Mistress'


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