Bare Bones Biology 177 – Corposystem Charity

131111-CaliforniaASC_7110RLSsThe last two blogs were openly negative, because I gave up trying to pander to the corposystem style of communication and at the same time never mention the reality of the problems we all want to overcome.  I got another such email yesterday from someone who “can’t” talk about the root cause of our climate change, wars, starvation — because her Board of Directors won’t like it.

As a result, she is mostly spinning her wheels, for two reasons:

1)  If we can’t talk about problems we can’t solve them;  I’m reminded of a German taxi driver we met in about 1955 or so, who mumbled:  “Hitler did a lot of good.”  Indeed, so has the corposystem (defined in ‎  Look at the last two definitions),), but if we can’t look at both the yin and the yang, both sides of the coin of progress, we – well we just can’t solve the problems because we won’t know what they are, and so that is why I don’t have a Board of Directors.  I nearly became a dot-org.  I even selected a Board of Directors – but they were so afraid of the corposystem I said to myself – “self – do you want to be part of the corposystem and disguise the truth in a coating of molasses — or do you want to speak the truth as clearly as possible as an aid to solving the problems?”

Nearly our entire compassion movement and more than that, nearly worldwide our charitable organizations are under the thumb of the corposystem, co-opted to make money by promoting growth.  We don’t even use that term anymore, charitable organization.  Even the United Nations, last I heard, won’t fund proposals unless they are promoting the very same growth model that is causing the poverty and other problems they claim they are trying to cure.  Who wants to promote poverty?  And need?  The corposystem.

2)  That’s why the corposystem is deeply invested in sustaining the biological problems — because they are profitable.

And I’ve been learning about the truth and speaking the truth ever since I made the decision not to be a dot-org.  Hardly anyone listens, but for every one of me who is focused on curing the root causes of our human disasters — it becomes that much harder for the corposystem to pretend the causes don’t exist, without exposing its Hitleresque ambitions.

The function of the corposystem is growth-of-things for profit.  That’s why we are destroying our sustainable relationship with the Biosystem/ecosysem ((defined in ‎  Look at the last two definitions),). Sustainability is not based in growth; it is based in balance-of-processes.  Growth, at least overgrowth, unbalances processes.

In fact, I’ve talked a lot over the years about things we are doing wrong, even though people keep telling me they don’t want negative blogs.  What they do want is to be TOLD “What to do.”  THAT WON’T HELP.  It is what’s happening, and it’s making things worse, not better.

The problem is not the doing, it’s the choosing.  If you do whatever I tell you to do today – then someone else will tell you something different tomorrow.  That’s not choosing and it’s not problem solving because it’s not taking responsibility for learning what is needed. It only makes things worse.

I remember when I said the same thing to Noam Chomsky.  I’ll show you his answer  some time.  It stopped me flailing around like a windmill, and set me on the road I’m on today.  Joseph Campbell said similar things.  We cannot have a viable culture until we take the responsibility to learn what is needed, using the tools Life/God gave us to promote human welfare by promoting Biosystem welfare.

The answer is to learn what the Biosystem REALLY needs to stay healthy – and do it – AT THE SAME TIME that you are helping to clean up the other messes we have already made.

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Must be California


I nearly foregot all that stuff in the back of the pickup I’ve been waiting to RECYCLE!  Here in the land of the really free.

Diary 131109 – Holly Trucker

“Now the view was obscured by clouds and sleet, but on the usual day Chee knew the (window) glass overlooked immense space – across the Laguna and Acoma Indian reservations to the south and east, southward across the forty-mile sea of cooled lava called the Malpais toward the Zuni mountains, and eastward toward the Canoncito reservation to the great blue hump of the Sandia mountains behind Albuquerque.”

Tony Hillerman published that in 1980, in People of Darkness.  I remember then; Iused to love driving these roads.

131109-TruckerHolly-ASC_7076RSsAll that’s behind me today, but I spent most of yesterday driving along from Albuquerque, just slightly south of the area he described.  On a normal day in 2013.  There were no clouds, no dust storm, no wind, visibility only about five miles, mostly obscured by a yellow chemical haze.  The sun shines through it at lunchtime with the amber glow of  late afternoon, and the glowing health that my body grew breathing the clean air of the canyon is melting around me like a the muddy air itself.  My ears are ringing, sinuses filled up, the floaters are back in my eyes and I’m working up to a nosebleed for the first time since leaving Bryan.  But worst for driving, is the difficulty of focusing on what I’m doing.  The contrast, from two days ago, is enough to inform a large number of decisions.

Anyhow – this time the brakes are really fixed.

And it was fun meeting Holly, who actually believes she is personally in charge of this monster semi.

Most likely tomorrow I’ll make it to California.

Bare Bones Biology 156 – Actually, The Glass is About a Quarter Full

So much for the glass is three-quarters empty.  Most people do not want to sit around watching it fade away.  They want to DO SOMETHING, but what to do?   What we tend to do very often makes the problem worse, because we tend to use our instincts as our guide.  And our instincts in this culture seem to be more or less the sorts of reactions that I described last week.

It’s normal.  We can’t obliterate our instincts.

But what to do about it?

We need to remember that humans have basically a three-part brain: first the part that runs our automatic systems, such as breathing; second the instincts that make us human, such as compassion, anger, denial, greed, these are usually expressed as emotional responses; and third the modern intellectual brain that helps us to learn worldviews and also helps us to use our emotions in ways that can lead to a better life for future generations – or not.  The intellect is   the part of our brain that informs our choices.  The modern American often reacts negatively to the word intellectual, but without our intellect we wouldn’t have modern America or modern Americans.  So I say the first thing we should do is use our intellect to understand who we are, where we came from and from that to build vision for how we would like to grow a future as our heritage.  Then the question is how to do it, and that too will require that we use our intellect to learn how things function.

131104-SantaFe-ASC_7017RsMost humans cannot feel fulfilled and content (which is a lot better than being happy) unless they can contribute to a community effort with a goal to build a better future (I didn’t say GROW, I said BUILD).  I believe this is a human instinct that is connected with the fact that we are a social species, and I believe the main problem with the corposystem is that it doesn’t know the difference between growing money and building a future.  And then it must resort to telling us stories that aren’t true to make us believe that we are building a better future, when in fact we are growing a disaster for all sentient beings.

Last week I listed a bunch of negative behaviors that we humans use so often to avoid dealing with problems faced by our communities.  All these behaviors are probably normal instinctual denial or avoidance mechanisms, so today I’ll take another look at the list and try to consider how we could use our intellect to turn the negative reactions into positives.

My favorite is “the glass is half full” because it’s so obviously a statement of:  “I don’t care about the bad things in life, I will just pretend they aren’t there.”  The concept of yin and yang is true.  There is no such thing as a problem-free life, and nobody can do anything to help a problem she can’t even see.  In that sense, it would be better to spend one’s time studying problems, the other half of the glass.  Otherwise the glass will get emptier and emptier.

I made a list of excuses last week (  Almost all of them can be addressed in a way similar to the half-full glass, except for the last, which is forgetting to study the long-term effects of our short-term efforts to fix problems.  And the most difficult of all, the second on the list, trying to analyze our own motivations.  Trying to understand, if there is a conflict between two choices, whether we are really working to solve the problem long term, or are our own instinct needs – our ego or our own sadness or loneliness or – surely not greed? — standing in the way of doing what is best for the long-term welfare of the community.

That would be the real hero’s journey, and in today’s world it’s not possible to understand the long term needs of the community without fact-based intellectual study, and even then it’s hard work.

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131101-trees-ASC_6993RLSsI was sitting alone in the canyon, breathing clean air, craving nothing, but I was lonely.  I was sitting together with friends in the city, beset with anxiety and craving this and that.  But no matter where I was and how I felt, the needs of the ecosystem did not change,  Nor did my responsibility to myself, my friends, my community and to the whole of Life.