Any good propagandist knows that hatred is the child of fear. That’s how/why they set us at each other’s throats. It works like this:

a. WE have a problem. Energy for example.

b. “They” don’t want us to solve the problem.

c. So “they” tell us it’s Jennifer’s fault. Of course energy is energy. It can’t be created or destroyed, and certainly not by Jennifer.

d. But WE start to hate Jennifer anyway, because it’s easier and more fun than solving the problem. Everyone else starts to hate anyone who could hate Jennifer because she obviously didn’t do it, whatever it is.

e. The longer this situation is maintained, the longer the propagandist can continue to profit by it.

Everyone is happy running around blaming everyone else. Life is good and will always be so long as we can maintain this little dance.

Until we run out of energy because WE didn’t solve the problem.

Bare Bones Ecology 023 Transcript – Human Nature

“Nobody wants to be told that they are part of the problem. You have to tell people something they want to hear if you are going to compete in this world. It’s human nature.”

I didn’t say that. When the hurricane is coming up the gulf, I don’t want anybody telling me it’s only a rainbow. I don’t think you said it either. When the tree is falling right over your head, you don’t want me to smile and suggest you might be happier if you move just a teeny bit over that way?” No. We both want to know the facts, so if it’s important we can respond appropriately, and as quickly as possible.

So who says it’s human nature to only want to hear sweet talk? Not me. My mommy warned me about that when I was just a pretty little tot. Things haven’t changed that much. You can smile, and maybe flirt a little, but never build your future on someone else’s line of sugar. Go for the real deal. So whoever said humans want a pack of pretty stories instead of the real deal, I think it was someone who doesn’t want us to know about the real deal.

And then he assumes I want to compete. Why would I want to compete in my community of colleagues? I can’t think of anything more exhausting than trying to live, all the time squaring off at every little bit of flotsam that floats by, when it would be so much easier to use it as a bridge over the troubled waters of life. And anyway, what’s to compete? We all want the same things, and believe me, it’s a whole lot easier to get these things if you have a little help. Whoever you are trying to compete with certainly won’t be much help to you, and anyway, I tried competition. In fact, I’m pretty good at it. But it’s just not fun. Fun is not competing with each other over essentially meaningless outcomes. Well, that can be temporary fun. But long-term satisfaction in life comes from working together with other people to solve real problems that we can actually improve if we understand them well enough and work together well enough.

Well OK, it might be your nature to compete. I’m told there are people who enjoy war, but I always wonder if it isn’t really the companionship they like. Or maybe, the person who said this to me is a really good con artist and he enjoys that game, but I don’t believe it’s human nature, because I don’t believe the human species would have survived so spectacularly if everyone had been at everyone else’s throats during all this growing time. One of the reasons we have succeeded so well is that we are a social species, and social species are programmed in their genes to be social. I think human people throughout history succeeded and overcame mostly by recognizing the realities of life and working together to over come them. It’s the instinctive, inborn nature of all social species to nurture their own kind. That’s what social species means. So that helpless teat-sucking child with no obligations and its glass always at least half full is human nature, up to about the age of six. After that, no excuses.

Now the corpo-nature, that’s a different matter. Corpo-nature is the innate nature of a corporation. It might very well be corpo-nature to deceive and coerce to get whatever they want, but then corporations are not human, are they? Or are they? They weren’t human up until this year, but I think some judge just decided that they are.

Does that mean. I mean if some judge says a corporation is human, does that mean it has human nature? Or does it mean humans have to act like corporations to have human nature?

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“The problem with being critical is that it’s NOW right now. What are you doing to help?”
–Unknown Buddhist teacher

Were We Talking about Religion?

Probably we all would have different points of view.

It is not difficult to show that:

Things are always changing; and

No human person perceives reality as it is. (Fish can “see” the currents in the water, some people can see sounds, and many other examples). Scientists can prove this easily; and

Whatever we think is real, it is only our perception and is not the real thing itself. It is different to different people. Anyone who has had a big culture shock knows this. The liberal arts, especially philosophy, study this sort of thing.

This proves that human people are not omniscient, and can not understand the true facts about any thing.

It does not prove that no true facts exist.
It is not possible to prove that there are no true facts.

The Christian can say God made the universe, but the reality is that no human person can know how the universe was made.

The Buddhist can say that nothing is real, but the reality is that no human person can know whether or not that is a fact.

It does not concern me that I do not know everything; this means you can not prove to me that nothing is “established.” It is not possible for humans to know if nothing is “established” or if some things are established and some are not. I know that I do not understand anything fully; I do not know that there is nothing. I’m sure I could make my mind see nothing; that does not mean there is nothing — my mind was not capable of seeing most things in the first place.

What a great place to be when your car stops running.

Bare Bones Biology Transcript 022 – Population III

So why does the corpo-political propaganda machine want us to grow the population? They say because they want the economy to grow. Well, it’s true that the economy was a lot of fun when we had fewer than 100 people for every 100 energy units the earth ecosystem can produce. But during all this happy time, over the past 40 or 50 years or so at least, we have been borrowing resources from the future by destroying the long-term productivity of the earth to get what we want now, at a time when populations have been exploding and fossil energy sources are past their peak of productivity. We are a living Ponzi scheme, and you know what happens to Ponzi schemes. Our remaining options, because our parents didn’t do it, is to let our Ponzi shrink slowly back to a sustainable level and then hold it there. Or the other option is a really big crash when the shit hits the fan.

You probably know what a Ponzi scheme is. Basically it means selling stuff that doesn’t exist. If you sold a house to someone for $50,000 and then you turned around and sold it to someone else for $50,000, that would be Ponzi economics. The seller gets $100,000 for a house that is worth $50,000. It’s an upside-down pyramid. The right-side up pyramid is one of the most stable organizations in nature, (and remember we are a part of nature. We tried to get away, with the space program, but it didn’t work, did it?). Oh yes, the pyramid, you have to have the base on the bottom, to hold up the tippy top, or it just doesn’t work.

So in a nutshell, that is why the corpo-political propagandists want us to make more babies, to give them the base they need so they can stay on the tippy top of some building in Manhattan. They are farming us like cattle, only for our money rather than our meat.

But – wait – there is a flaw in their reasoning (and it is by the way the flaw in the entire structure of our modern economic system, but we can discuss that later). The problem is that the ecosystem is not about people, and we the people are not at its base. The base of this whole system is organic energy in the form of food and fuel. The plants are at the base of the pyramid of life, not us. We are about halfway up. If the guys at the top of the economy think they can control the ecology, they are brain dead. We people, with all our technologies, do not control how much organic energy the plants of all the earth can produce. We can fiddle with it, but we can’t set the maximum limit.

So I don’t want to describe the biological research about overpopulation, except to say if we continue to grow the population beyond the available resources, then the economy will crash ANYWAY, so that goal doesn’t make sense from either side of the picture. Economic growth and population growth are two sides of the same problem. There is no point trying to solve either side by making it bigger because we can not make the earth grow bigger. So we have some tough times ahead of us, but believe me they will be a whole lot tougher if we do nothing or, unbelievably, if we try to cure the problem of growth by making more growth. Our responsibility is to the future, and the future has begun.

Now is the time to recognize the corpo-political propaganda agenda for what it is. It is an effort to hook us into the aint-it-awful game, or the blame-placing game, or the baby bird game. Anything to keep us at each other’s throats trying to win something they don’t care about. This is not a time to waste our energy trying to win anything. The only game that will help us to succeed is the problem-solving game.

That’s when we stop asking big bird to solve our problems, and stop screaming at each other just because it feels better than not screaming in tough times — and join together to ask each other the hard questions and listen to our different takes on the answers. Then begin the discussion of solutions, and keep that discuss within the bounds of what is possible inside the ecosystem as it is.

The interesting thing to me is that so many people believe their opinion about this issue can change the issue. The ecosystem doesn’t care about your opinion (or mine) so it would be better to look to as many good facts as possible rather than get mad and try to change reality by winning the war of opinions, because that war is a waste of time. It has no effect on the ecosystem.

For guidance on that point and more facts, you can use my book to explain how the ecosystem really functions, compared with what you may have been told. Or better yet download a copy of the postcarbon reader, limits of growth, by Richard Heinberg. The link is on my blog.

Dr. M. Lynn Lamoreux, at
KEOS, 89.1, Bryan, Texas

“Loving isn’t just a state of being, it’s a way of acting in the world. Love isn’t a sort of bliss, it’s a kind of work, sometimes hard, spirit-testing work. To love a person is to accept the responsibility to act lovingly toward him, to make his needs my own needs. To love a place is to care for it, to keep it healthy, to attend to its needs as if they were my own, because they are my own. Responsibility grows from love. It is the natural shape of caring.”

“To love a person or a place is to accept moral responsibility for its well-being.”

Pine Island Paradox
Kathleen Dean Moore