Bare Bones Biology 252 – Ask the Right Question-repost

It is important to keep track of WHY we want this or that result from our activism. Do we simply want someone to fight with? To be better than? Do we want to be famous or well respected? Or rich? Or possibly do we really care to improve the future health of our communities and our country and the Biosystem in which we live?

War may create wealth, but not health. The health of our communities cannot be improved when we all function in the state of war that we call politics. On the other hand, we do need to protect ourselves from the politicians and their wars, and we would rather do it without generating a real revolution.

 

At the same time, our political war is not responding to we the people, except in clever ways to divert our attention away from the real problems. Thus we do not feel listened to (because we are not listened to). We are being manipulated with what are called “displacement activities.” The politicians are giving us something to fight about – the wrong questions – so we won’t bother them with the right questions.

 

Why are these the wrong questions? Because the answers to their questions cannot improve the future health of our communities and our country and the Biosystem in which we live. Rather than working to improve the health of our communities, we spend our time frantically responding to questions that make the future more unhealthy rather than more healthy.

 

But what can we do? We are in self-defense mode! Self defense against our own corposystem! We can’t just let the politics do whatever it will do, because we know what it will do. The corposystem exists to make money from growth, and so that is what it will do. Meantime, politicos need to prevent us from recognizing their game, and a major way they do this is to ask the wrong questions.

When the corposystem wants to prevent us from thinking about improving the future health of our communities and our country and the Biosystem in which we live, what does it do?   It gives us two wrong questions to argue about. For example. should the fracking wells be 50 feet or 500 feet away from the nearest residence? It’s clearly the wrong question, because the answer has little or nothing to do with the long-term over-all health of our communities. We are required to vote on two wrong questions. The right question is: Why do we need more fracking wells?

 

150506-Witting-ASC_6705RLs copyClearly, we are being victimized by our own system. So what can we do? For example, how do we protect ourselves from the fracking scam. By voting, right? Not voting won’t help.

 

I suggest we make it clear that we understand what’s going on by ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION, or answer the right question, instead of (or in addition to) choosing between two wrong questions. When they ask us whether the fracking should be 50 feet away from residences or 500 feet away from residences, we pour into their meeting places and ask (don’t tell, ask) WHY/ REALLY WHY do we need more fracking? And publish the answers. Or the non-answers. The real answer will become apparent if you watch what they DO. For example, burning off a large portion of the gas because it’s cheaper for them than not burning. They make more profit at the expense of a healthy system. What they really want is money. For themselves. Not health.

 

So before you write to your congresspersons, talk among yourselves and figure out what really is the RIGHT question, and then, when you do write, answer whatever wrong question they have made up and then ALSO ask the right question. They probably never thought of it, and wouldn’t it be fun to educate the congresspersons about how to be good at their jobs. And if they are not good at their jobs, make that fact embarrassingly obvious without starting just one more useless fight.

 

This is Bare Bones Biology, a production of FactFictionFancy.Wordpress.com and KEOS, 89.1 FM, in Bryan Texas

 

A copy of this podcast episode can be downloaded at: http://traffic.libsyn.com/fff/Bare_Bones_Biology_252_-_Ask_the_Right_Question.mp3

 

As I was writing the above, this below appeared on the web:

“According to this Texas Tribune article, a revised version of HB40 is now before the full House. The updated version does not seem to be on the legislature’s web site. The article says that the bill is better, but it is still a threat to citizens’ ability to protect their environment.”

 

They aren’t even trying to be subtle anymore.  It’s become the status quo.  Two wrong questions. Every time. Pick one, either one. We lose, they win.

 

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