Peach Clubhouse Newsletter 110625

    Movie Schedule (Subject to Change)

Thursday, June 30 – 12 noon (air conditioned) – David vs. Montsanto
Tuesday, July 05 – 6 pm (air conditioned) – The Corporation
Thursday, July 14 – 12 noon – Bioneers Lecture about the Precautionary Principle, and about legal actions mentioned in the film David vs. Montsanto
Tuesday, July 19 – 6 pm – Biography of the Dalai Lama
Thursday, July 28 – Peach Clubhouse will be closed
Tuesday, August 02 – TBA

    Thursday June 30, at noontime

We will rerun the movie David versus Monsanto, and take up where we left off developing a file on this project. Some new events in the news involve birth defects in embryos and a new pathogen in the soil ecosystem that has been disturbed by the heavy applications of Roundup herbicide. We will talk a little about the biology of these problems, and also about the whistleblower who warned us 30 years ago.

    The Corporation July 05

This disk was provided by Debby, and she was right when she said that it’s another of those documentaries that we really do want to see, because knowing the truth gives us power, but we will not leave the room smiling. Long-term power does not come from wielding the biggest stick – it comes from knowing how to cope when the big guy crashes under his own arrogant, ignorant behavior. That is what I learned from my enemy; that’s what my blog has been about from day one.

    Friday Insight Meditation Group – Friday July 01

Meditation group will meet at 2 pm to continue Pema Chodron’s workshop: “The Four Limitless Qualities – Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equinamity.”

This is a classic teaching of all major lineages of Buddhism, but is presented in a fashion that can be accessed and put to work by anyone, even Americans. We will have also the new book of Sharon Salzburg on the same subject and a presentation that was made at IDP, and some scientific findings that support this ancient method of achieving personal wellbeing.

    A Group of Concerned Progressives

has met to develop an ongoing discussion of what we can expect from fracking in the Brazos Valley. It would be lovely to have input also from other groups.

    1. Our First ten-minute Vidcast
  • will be on a topic critically impacted both by chemicals and by availability of clean water. This is the soil. Without the soil our supply of organic energy (food) would be drastically reduced, both for ourselves and to maintain the ecosystem. Lester Brown has statistics on his web site relative to global loss of available soil resources. And how many people have almost no idea what they are walking around on? Or trying to improve? What are your questions about the soil? Our outline so far includes:

    A-Introduction to soil as an ecosystem.
    B-Definition of an ecosystem.
    C-Description of how an ecosystem responds to stress.
    D-Some documented stresses on soil ecosystems.

    If that doesn’t push your buttons, you can let us know why not.

    The Peach Clubhouse is located in Bryan at 1110 Justine Street. Justine is one block off of Texas, you have to turn off Texas at 17th. Regular hours are Monday and Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM.

    Play to Win

    Our culture is a fascinating imitation of reality:

    Fake love/compassion of the hero-winner who must rescue the victim, in order to believe that he is doing something worthwhile;

    Fake victims, must espouse (or truly have) some kind of malaise, so the hero-winners will have someone to rescue;

    Even – God help us – fake villains to make sure the hero/victim game keeps on cycling and recycling so that the majority of people will continue distracted with their communal malaise — while the villains gather in the fruits of everyone else’s (fake) emotional energy.

    It’s the co-dependence game played out at level two (the community/cultural level) and formalized at level three (the corposystem).

    Down here at level one (the individual) it’s not easy to see how to lead a successful life without getting tangled up in all the fake games. Especially because the players get real upset with non-players. But the first step might be to look to the future instead of to one’s own self, and try to image and now live the kind of culture that we say we are trying to build. This helps to clear away the clouds of fake conflicts enough that we can then look at how all these games feed our own egos but do not build real community.

    Everyone gets to pretend she is better than some one of the others. Heroes are better than villains and victims, villains are better than heroes and victims. The victim lifestyle feeds the infinitely voracious egos of the villains and the heroes. And we spend all our lives either doing something “worthwhile” or making someone else feel “worthwhile.” And we never get wherever we thought we were going, but only pass this lifestyle of suffering on to the next generation.

    Look around you – whoever you are! The nicer we are the more suffering we are causing, and we are all spinning that wheel harder and harder and harder, like a bunch of little mice all running in the same direction in our self-enforced categories on the wheel of our culture – sacrificing our personal power on the altar of our co-dependent culture.

    It’s time to wake up and look at the reality of what we are doing, why we are doing it, and the pain it causes us and each other. Certainly we are not changing anything about the future that we claim to be working for. We are working like hell to reinforce the system that we claim to fight against, and in so doing we are causing yet more suffering for future generations.

    But it’s really hard to opt out. The Heroes won’t like you and the villains will try to extinguish the flame of your personal power.

    Whoever wins this game – loses, because we cannot stop the game by playing the game. Nor can we find love or compassion in a life-style that is so focused on ourselves. Because everyone else is also focused on themselves, and none of them really cares about a compassionate whole. They think they do — but love is NOT a game, and it is not about focusing on ourselves, whether we are victims – or heroes – or even villains.