The Occupy Movement is inspiring to many of us who have long awaited a new dynamic into our dysfunctional political system. It is a powerful cultural force, engaging citizen activists to promote substantive change to an unfair system. It has already reshaped political conversations with its focus on the corporate elitism and government collusion that has led to a system that profits the 1%. The Occupy Movement has also shown us that we don’t need to be perfectly organized or to have perfect messaging to have an effect.
We Americans are prone to allowing our view of reality to be fed to us by mainstream [corporate-owned] media. We are quickly entranced by the talking heads who tell us what is going well and what is going poorly in our world, with the emphasis on what is going poorly. Yet there is no honest effort to get to the real reasons why things are going so poorly. That would be educational. Our lamestream media has no interest in educating us.
Hemp is the common name for cannabis, the first plant cultivated by humanity as we crept from being Neolithic to becoming Agrarian. Likely this was due to a few reasons. First, hemp is an extremely versatile plant, with leaves, seeds and stalks all capable of creating useful products. Second, it’s particularly easy to grow, needing little in the way of fertilizer or pest control.
This notion of the diminishing power of money is powerful in itself, reversing a pattern that has been in effect for thousands of years. Especially with globalization, it’s difficult to live without the ‘almighty dollar.’ There are a number of lenses which can be invoked, but let’s start with the current election cycle.
Our true destiny...is a world built from the bottom up by competent citizens living in solid communities, engaged in and by their places. - David W. Orr
Communities are the lifeblood of human existence. 'No man is an island', and we do well to hold this context. Sadly, our communities have been abused and destroyed by the usual suspects. This must change.
After air and water, food is our most essential need. It is sacred. It is life. And yet in the World4 culture is is just another profit driven commodity.
It is, in a sense, redundant to speak of organic food, since this was the only food we consumed for eons. It has only been since after World War II, when industrialists with the new found technologies of chemical weapons chose to repurpose those chemical weapons toward our food system. Presumably their mantra was, “Hey if it’ll kill - it’ll kill bugs too!”
In times like these, it is easy to succumb to the darkness around us. The seeming endless struggle, the constant strife, war, illness, dark mood, and hopelessness so apparent in our culture today - it can leave one in pieces.
Fortunately, there is an alternative. There is another way of thinking, feeling, believing and being that the old culture will not recognize. It is a recognition many of us already know. It is the simple recognition of us all here together in Life.
In the confused, corrupt and dysfunctional culture we live in, it's difficult to know anything as 'true'. This general confusion is of course intentional, with the global elites [overlords] using their power to keep us impotent and frankly, stupid.
Still, even the global elites cannot keep from us the greatest truth of all. It is easily discerned once we open ourselves to its truth. It is the central fact of our existence. It is the singular truth with the power to awaken us and help us survive, and even thrive, in a broken system.
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