May 20, 2018

Awaken To Life

Purlple coneflower on one of my favourite walks.

Each day, we have the opportunity to awaken to the beauty of the larger world, nature, those around us, and our own goals. 

We don't need much in the way of possessions, or wealth, to experience such moments of awakening and awareness. 

Travel to exotic locations is not necessary. 

But we do need time. This is not something that can be rushed.

Other than that, the requirements are simple.

All you need to awaken to life is to sit alone with yourself, calm, quiet, and free of distraction. Repeat. 

I am grateful that I do not have too many things taking up space, making it hard to simply exist and appreciate my natural surroundings. I do not take my health, or the time I have remaining, for granted.

Today I am open to whatever comes my way.

May 15, 2018

2 + 2 = 5

Political parties gangs want us to believe that 2+2 = 5. They want us to believe that they are different from each other. But when they win an election succeed in taking over the turf, their policies all look eerily similar. Why?

"It isn’t nations and governments pulling the strings of real power in the world, it’s a class of plutocrats who aren’t ultimately answerable to any government. 
This class of plutocrats uses governments like Israel, the US, the UK, and the KSA to advance its agendas to exploit, loot and plunder the rest of humanity."
- Caitlin Johnstone

So any gang I can vote for supports infinite growth, consumerism, fossil fuel subsidies, perpetual war, Israel's slaughter of peaceful Palestinian protesters, and worst of all, the plutocrats. Why don't I have better choices?

“When a plutocracy is disguised as a democracy, the system is beyond corrupt.” 
- Suzy Kassem

It seems like the takeover is near complete. But not all is lost. We can fight back, and show we care, by living more self-sufficient, simple, and local lifestyles. 

The more we immerse ourselves in our own lives and communities, the less we are financially supporting (and condoning the actions of) the exploiters, looters and plunderers. 

Anything else is pretending what isn't true - that our governments work for the people, and that you can have everything you want without all the grief it causes.

2 + 2 = 4, and a local simplicity is the way on our finite planet. 

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