Bare Bones Biology 066 – Corposystem Power

The corposystem can not destroy our heritage, the rule of law, the soil, water, air, the climate and our freedom. That is, they can’t do it unless we let them, and because we all know that this is true, the corposystem gives us games to play to prevent us from thinking about the reality of our power.

One game is to change the subject away from real facts by claiming there is a debate. Rather than consult experts and discuss opinions, they display their own ignorance by debating fake or peripheral issues. We saw this clearly in the so-called debate over climate change. Also “Darwinism” and others you can name.

Another game they give us to play is to use really important issues, like fracking to make us forget the root cause of the multiplicity of our lesser problems. Fracking is as important as global warming, but the root cause of both is growth, because economic and population growth require resources that come from the living earth ecosystem – resources like food, minerals, water, soil – and the economy and every living thing requires these resources in order to grow. We can not grow forever because we will run out of food, clean water and good soil. And we run out of them because they are being destroyed by fracking and chemicals that are used in an effort to support more growth. And the game is, while we are fighting over fracking, or “Darwinism,” or poisoned soil, the corposystem is trying to grow some other part of itself, so that whatever we gain by reducing fracking is more than lost by the overgrowth of something else.

Or some important problem bubbles up in the news, and immediately the corposystem might start a fight over whose fault it is. Fight! Fight! We all gather around to watch and have a good old time blaming each other. Blame-placing, of course, takes away all our personal and social power, because we can’t change anything that has already happened. We can only do one thing at a time, and fussing over things we can’t change doesn’t change anything. That’s why political blaming and fighting is one of the corposystem’s favorite games, because it distracts us so effectively from the bigger problem. The bigger problem is — us — sitting on our TV watching the fight when we could be using our brains and our hands to make positive change.

If we would stop debating and blame-placing, and hand-sitting, and think factually about reality, we KNOW that growth beyond resources is NOT A GOOD THING. The solution to our problems is NOT growth, after we have already reached the capacity of the earth’s ability to feed us. From that point, which is approximately now, the solution to all these problems is to stop using more food energy and other kinds of energy than the earth can grow. But that’s not what the corposystem is doing. Instead of looking for real solutions, the corposystem just gives us another game. This time it’s a cliff-edge panic decision that is meant to grow the corposystem. Bush chose war — Obama chose debt. Neither war not debt nor any other kind of growth addresses the real problem.

So there is no point poisoning the future water and soil and air, just to squeeze out another dollar or two for a dying corposystem that will crash anyhow. Or maye it will change. It can’t continue as it is, because, there aren’t enough resources. Our better option would be to build a more compassionate and sustainable social order for our future. We can begin this by refusing to play the corposystem’s power games. Blame-placing, political board games, aintitawful games, cliff-edge panics. And use our own personal power to do something positive.

Anyone can do that.

Bare Bones Biology 066 – Corposystem Power
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Follow the Rules and you won’t need Blame Placing

090213sunset_dsc8844ssAll this blame-placing in politics prompts me to remember what my father told me about the world and how to get along in it. He was occasionally wrong, but he was right about the eternal laws of how things work. So many things the media fuss over, they seem to be surprised, but in fact were completely predictable if we just listen to how things work.

There are rules out there, folks. Big ones and little ones. The little rules we humans can change because we make them for ourselves. But the big reality rules – we can’t change those because they are bigger than human. They are the reality of Life (remember Huston Smith’s definition of The Creation – that it is reality; just as it really is). For the past 10 years I have been watching as we broke every one of the forever reality rules, and today I stand amazed that the “experts” can’t seem to understand why we are suffering the natural consequences of what we have done. So this week I’ll talk about the forever rules of The Reality.

1-Everything we do today has consequences tomorrow. We can each make tomorrow a little bit better or a little bit worse. For example, if you are not honest, most people will not trust you. If you start a war most people will not like you. If you turn left now, that oncoming car will hit you. It’s not rocket science. For our children, we should take as much time as it takes to figure out the natural consequences of whatever we decide to do. Before we do it.

2-Sometimes people excuse themselves from thinking about consequences by saying that everything goes in cycles – like the earth around the sun and the carbon cycle that sustains life on earth, and the cycles of history where there is always a bad guy who wants to use all the power of the community for himself only. That’s like saying it doesn’t matter what we do. But it’s not true. Yes, there are lots of cycles. A carbon cycle, an oxygen cycle, but not everything cycles. Time does not cycle and energy does not cycle in our living world. That’s why we have evolution, because time and energy do not cycle; and that’s why we each need to be responsible for our own behaviors, because what we do changes the future (whether we know it or not).

3-You can’t get something for nothing. This is a very basic rule that runs all the way up to the earth ecosystem. It’s not possible to take, take, take, take and never re-balance what you have taken, because eventually we run out of things to take. That is, we run out of resources and someone down the line has to pay the piper – with interest. Everything we do is based on the available resources. When we run out of resources we can’t do anything.

4-Energy is a resource. All of life is based in energy. Someone wrote a book explaining that money is energy. Of course money is not energy, but she was right that all money is based in some kind of energy, and it’s another fact that energy does not cycle within our living system. Therefore if you try to recycle money – well, that’s a Ponzi scheme – Enron — Anything that doesn’t cycle, like time, space, and energy – you will sooner or later run out of it. Energy does not cycle and time does not cycle. That’s why things change. The only thing that is sustainable is balance.

5-Growth is not sustainable, because growth requires resources and it requires space. The only thing that is sustainable is balance.

6-We should not bite the hand that feeds us. Some people say that all of The Creation is a web of interactions – they say Indra’s web. It is true that everything is connected, but it’s not like me holding hands with you on one side and someone else on the other side. Instead, The Creation is a series of things that function and live inside of other things. Our eyes can function because they are part of us; we can function because we are part of the community. Right now we are living like parasitic worms in the gut of mother nature, with no concern for the consequences of our behavior and no respect for balance. A good parasite should not kill the community that gives it life.

But yes, we have an unusually large number of leaders now who are highly motivated and morally straight, so it’s interesting, but bottom line is we are reaping what we sowed and they can’t fix it unless they address the cause of the problem, which they are not doing.

Blame Placing

Senator Leahy of Vermont proposes a “truth-commission” to study excesses in the War on Terror. Senator John McCain claims the truth commission would only be an exercise in blame-placing.

Senator John McCain proposes a select committee to investigate the financial crisis to ensure the forces causing the collapse don’t reoccur.

Do you believe that Senator John McCain perhaps is more worried about who gets the blame than he is about ensuring the forces causing the collapse don’t reoccur?

Of course a goodly number of crooks were involved, but the primary cause of this and nearly all collapses  is pretty obvious. Nothing can grow forever. We are now proceeding to save ourselves by growing more.

Do you believe we can continue that method of saving ourselves — forever?

Do you think Senator John McCain will figure this out by using a “select committee?”

Or is this more an effort to avoid dealing with difficult facts than it is an effort to adapt ourselves to difficult realities?