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EarthPhoto“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” (Jamie) Foxx said in an interview on Saturday. “It does.”

Arundhati Roy, on a different occasion, said:
“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen, to shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness — and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.”

The Yin and the Yang of life are part of how the Creation functions, just as the law of gravity is part of how the solar system functions, and the natural law of cause and effect is part of how the universe functions. We can’t change how these things function, and if we could the universe and all its parts would cease to exist as it now is. That sort of reality is called a fact of life. In spite of the misuse of the term by some creative authors, facts do not change and we cannot change them. That’s what the word means.

We make our stories around the facts of life, and the closer our stories can come to the reality of Life the better it is for us, because when our world view is realistic, it’s easier for us to “go with the flow.” This is how community helps individuals. Community and communal stories transmit wisdom about how to go with the flow of the facts of life.

In our modern corposystem culture, the stories we are being brainwashed to believe are about human power, including human power over nature. Humans do not have power over nature. We have the limited power to rearrange nature — so long as we do not try to change the facts of life. So long as we don’t confuse our human opinions with the facts of life. Our modern stories are telling us a wide variety of things that aren’t true. As human individuals, we know this, but most people have no way to know what is true and what is not. This leads to massive disruptions of world view both in individuals and in the communities, and in the culture as a whole. I won’t try to list the various results I have observed, but one is people who go crazy and do irrational things, another is people who believe that everything they believe is right and everyone else is wrong. That sort of thing.

We humans do not understand the major facts of life. You could say that is because the universe (or just Life on earth) is more vast and complicated than our brains; you could say it’s because we are not God. We do not and can not understand everything. That’s why we need stories. The stories are not facts and are not meant to be facts. The stories are meant to pattern our brains, as young humans, so that we can understand how to go with the flow — that does not mean we understand the flow. It means we have learned many things about causes of problems by observing the effects of behaviors. We have learned to not jump off tall buildings without a parachute. That does not mean we understand everything about the law of gravity or the density of air, but many people have been saved, because of our communal knowledge from doing the experiment (think of the story of Icarus, and the story of climate change, both of which of true in their essential message, whether or not anyone can prove the details). We have passed these kinds of understanding through the generations by our stories, including our science, for those who will listen.

In our modern corposystem culture, we are brainwashing ourselves with false stories about human dominance, including human dominance over the laws of nature. We have done this hundreds, probably thousands of times in past communities, and it never has worked. Those cultures that tried to dominate God or the universe always fell apart, and according to an observable pattern that has been commented upon (think of the Fall of the Roman Empire, or the modern negative feelings toward the “failure” of the green revolution which, nevertheless, we are repeating almost to the details, but with somewhat different rationalizations).

We get that old ego in action and then we forget the necessity to life itself of the yin and the yang of life, and we begin to try to control the balance between the two. This is what I mean when I say we are fighting against the facts of life. It is probably what the religions mean when they speak of ego, or “no-self.” Once we are convinced of our own omnipotence, selfness, unique identity — then we forget the cause of the power and believe that is us — that we are the cause of our power, when in reality it a relationship between yin and yang over time, intertwined with the law of cause and effect, that have led to our fortunate circumstances. Would you have had the same fortunate circumstances if you had been born in Indonesia?

Then we break up into two “sides” and the yin starts trying to dominate the yang and vice versa. You can call this the good guys against the bad guys. The heroes against the villains. You can call it aggression fighting with passive aggression. Whatever you call it, so long as we believe in the cultural model of our individual or human dominance over reality — nobody will ever “win,” and the fallout (the victims, physical and mental and emotional) pile higher and deeper until the entire culture crashes.

Boo18-05-EarthFlowerLFlatI hear a lot of people talking about evolution, none of whom understand evolution so far as I can see, nor are they trying to understand it, and all of them trying to promote either yin or yang, regardless of the universal reality that the universe cannot operate according either yin or yang or any other human story. We will never have our “adaptation,” our evolutionary cultural breakthrough, until/unless we stop believing cultural stories of dominance, omnipotence and power over factual reality. So long as we continue to believe as we are told that there is a way to “win,” over any fact — so long as we defy the reality of yin and yang and fight for the good (or the bad, or the victim) rather than find a way to grow a holistic, integrated human culture which recognizes that there are too many tall buildings in the world– until we stop believing in our false cultural stories — we will never win anything. We will simply repeat the cycle of power, dominance and growth until the earth can no longer support our silly fantasies.

I, for example, was raised a victim, but worked my way up to good-guy. As the story is told below under “Heads Up”, I didn’t want to be a good-guy after I saw that the good-guys were creating most of the victims, and I certainly didn’t want to be a bad guy. So I retired and went away. When I came back, without any particular change in me, I am now a bad-guy in the myths of our culture that now “hates science.” (But lives off it.) So — no matter what you are, the culture will shuffle you into one or other of the three designated slots, according to what it needs to maintain itself. And that is the cycle of our mythology — the mythology that has grown the corposystem. An evil monster if ever there was one, and you and I nurture its growth every day of our lives. Just by believing the stories of our own dominance over whatever we have chosen to dominate.

We might make a massive, unparalleled human social evolution — adaptation to reality — if we were to change our stories from domination to respectful participation. To do that, we would need to learn how to fact-check — how to tell a fact from an opinion — and then we would need to consider the relationships between cause and effect at all levels, the individual, the community and the whole biological community, before we create — anything. (Begin by studying the precautionary principle, check the Bioneers old presentations.)

“. . . the wise live without injuring nature, as the bee drinks nectar without harming the flower.” (The Dhammapada translated by Easwaran)

Bare Bones Biology 125 – Adaptation

We all know that we cannot reduce pollution of our biosphere without reducing human growth on earth. Any more than a bathtub could contain an infinite number of marbles. The more we grow – the more we unbalance the healthy relationships between ourselves and the rest of the biosphere. The earth biosphere cannot change how it balances its parts (see Bare Bones Ecology Energy Handbook – ) in order to stay alive. It’s parts are energy and matter – just like our parts and all of life. Earth, air, energy and water. The big LIFE balances its parts very much like our parts balance, and all of life balances its parts. (See the Bare Bones Biology series on climate change that begins with Bare Bones Biology 092, on the website http://FactFictionFancy.Wordpress.com).
We are not God. We cannot adapt the facts of life to suit ourselves. What we can change is our behaviors, and that would be enough if we would adapt our behaviors to suit ourselves to the facts of life. Instead of trying so hard to adapt the facts of life to suit ourselves.

The corposystem propaganda is once again trying to confuse us about how life works. This time they are claiming that we can adapt to the changes in the biosystem. Or – and I just found a real book authored by a famous reporter that has the title “earth” and is not at all about the earth. (If you want to hear about a book that DOES address reality, check out Eaarth by Bill McKibben.

This new “earth” book is not about the earth – not at all. It’s about people. This is really odd, given that people can’t make earth alive – it is the earth that keeps us alive. People wouldn’t be here at all if it were not for the whole earth ecosystem. And the way the Biosphere stays living is to keep all its parts balanced, and the way it does that is by the functions of all the millions of species that live on the earth.

The living earth must, like all living things, keep its parts balanced in order to stay alive. Just like ourselves, the earth can change how it does some things, but it cannot change what it must do. What it must do to stay alive is balance the earth and air and water – all the elements that recycle, for example oxygen and carbon – and the energy that it gets from food.

We cannot adapt our biology, because it is genetically programmed, and so is the biology of the entire earth ecosystem. Genetically programmed. Well-adapted species, such as the grasses in the photograph (right here in the back yard in New Mexico), fit every part of their life cycle to the conditions around them. This grass grows in a circle, in the dry, easily eroded environment. The grass roots and the little dam of its growth style help to nurture the soil by preventing erosion and also by capturing water when it does rain, and by retaining the little rabbit turds that will nourish the plant, as the plant nourishes the rabbits that eat the grasses. This is very much how our relationship with the biosphere MUST be if we want to be a well-adapted species. Living sustainably healthy lives. All these behaviors are genetically programmed. Any other kind of grass could not adapt to the same functions as this species of grass, and if the climate changes too much where it lives, the grass will die. Nor can humans adapt to changes in our environment outside of our physiological limits.

If you want to hear of another situation, check out the story of some of the “keystone species” such as the sea otters, or mountain lions, how they fit into the biosphere (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/10/061024214739.htm,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_species). This describes real biological adaptation. It requires that all the species in the area nurture each other. That is the whole point of an ecosystem. And it takes hundreds or thousands of years for all the genomes of all the species to gradually evolve into a connected whole ecosystem.

With the exception of organic farmers, humans are making almost no effort to fit into the ecosphere, and I wonder if the organic farmers realize they are destroying the smaller local ecosystems that had evolved in place, in their desire to make a “better” ecosystem that serves primarily humans and not the whole of life itself. Without asking why better and for whom. (I once asked an economist turned organic farmer; he got very angry with me.) The idea seems to be that we should change the ecosphere — not fit into it so that we can be sustainably healthy. I think organic farming is probably a good thing, but I also believe we are not doing it for the welfare of the whole, but only for ourselves, and – again – we are not God who created the whole, and we may not know what is better – especially if we don’t even bother to ask the question.

Bottom line is that we cannot change the basic laws of nature. What we could do is the real meaning of adaptation; that is, change our behaviors so that we can fit helpfully inside the biosphere.

We live on earth only so long as we obey the laws of nature; we can change our behaviors, but we cannot change our physiology – we can’t change how our heart beats and what things poison our cells, or how our bodies use the breath of life to stay alive. Neither can we change how the biosphere stays alive by balancing the air, water, fire and earth within its living self. Most people know this.

Most people do want to move toward a more compassionate and sustainable relationship within the biosystem. Even so, I have been to meetings of many groups, from organic farmers to community organizers to politicians to religious or spiritual groups, all of whom know these things are true, and they care very much about the biosphere and our humanity within the biosphere, and they are trying to organize a new set of relationships that will bring a better balance between the biosphere and human needs.

What I have not recently heard talked about in this sort of meeting, whether it be organic farmers or community organizers or religious/spiritual organizations (and I have been looking hard among groups who claim to be concerned about the health of the biosphere) – what I have not heard is any effort to understand and honor what makes the biosphere sustainable. Nothing about the welfare of the biosphere itself. For its own good health. All we talk about lately is how can we force our will upon the earth ecosystem with our human technologies.

The answer to these ideas is that we are wasting a lot of time trying to do impossible things. We cannot force our will upon the ecosphere. We are not God, who created the heavens and the earth and breathed life into them.

What we can do is learn to understand what the earth ecosystem needs to be healthy, and change our behaviors to give the earth ecosystem what it needs. What does the ecosystem need to stay healthy? Minimally it needs us to re-balance our populations so that we are not consuming more of earth air fire and water than the ecosystem can provide — nor producing more toxic effluents than the ecosystem can tolerate — so that we are not unbalancing the cycles of air, water, healthy earth and food energy that make up the healthy earth ecosystem.

Frankly, I am not interested in any opinions about technologies as a cure, because that route is so chancey and the real solution is so simple. (Simple to understand, not easy to do, but we DO understand it, and it is not impossible; changing what the biosphere requires to be healthy IS impossible. Difficult is easier than impossible, so why are we holding back the solution to the problem?) Simple to understand. Our technologies have unbalanced our nest until we have more people than the earth can feed sustainably. The cure (also simple to understand) is to reduce the overpopulation as quickly and as compassionately as we possibly can to a level that the earth ecosystem can support without changing its climate to the point where humans can no longer live here.

So long as we refuse to use the technologies we already have, in combination with education about how the biosphere functions to stay healthy, we will continue to decline in all parts of our societies. So long as we continue to try to change the world to suit ourselves, and we refuse to change our behaviors to suit the world — we can not take the big step to evolve (adapt) our behaviors into more compassionate, sustainable and rewarding societies. Because starving people cannot learn to be compassionate or peaceful.

LynnLamoreux@Yahoo.com

This blog is an expanded version of Bare Bones Biology radio program that is playing this week on KEOS Radio, 98.1 FM, Bryan, Texas. The podcast can be downloaded at

    Recommended References


Bare Bones Biology Energy Handbook
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https://factfictionfancy.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/pages_std-portrait-barebonesecology100627-finalfinalprinter.pdf

(First blog in this series) https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2012/09/01
(Second blog in this series) https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/
(Third blog in this series) https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/
Bare Bones Biology Climate Change Series is BBB-092 through BBB-100.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/dialogs/print/?id=175549, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/10/061024214739.htm, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_species

Bare Bones Biology 072 – More Corposystem Games – FactFictionFancy

It’s a lot of fun to fight over television controversies, because it seems like nobody gets hurt and nobody loses. So we sometimes forget that most television controversy is just make-believe arguing that is meant to keep us solidly in front of the TV, and not learning about the real facts of life. On modern television, even the news is manipulated — a corposystem game – not real life at all. The facts of life? We breathe air, we drink water and we eat food, and without that all the games in the world won’t keep us alive. Not the TV, not the corposystem, not money.

Money isn’t even a real thing – it’s only a commitment to trade for goods and it’s only useful when people are willing to honor it. We can’t eat, breathe or drink money. So maybe we should spend a little more time understanding how we get what we do need to stay alive, and a little less time trusting the corposystem to get it for us.

The corposystem does not and cannot make food energy, air or water in useful quantities. Those things come from the ecosystem. Yes of course, the corposystem can move things around, and mess them up — but it cannot make enough food, air or water to keep us alive. It is the nature of the ecosystem to produce these things, just as it is our nature to need them, and there is a very important reason for this. We and the earth ecosystem are one living, interacting system. Just in the way that you and your kidney, and your lungs and your heart – all are one living system.

The corposystem is a parasite. It’s not alive, so it does not care if we destroy the air, water and food. It only cares about one thing, and that is money. So the corposystem is using and destroying our air, water and food energy to make things, to sell to us, to get money. And it invents TV propaganda games for us, so we won’t notice that it is taking away our air, water and food. Games like this one, that I call FactFictionFancy. It begins with a news announcer. Here’s the example, a TV announcer says:

“Nearly all living things on this earth, including us, require food to get the energy we need to stay alive, and when we break down the food and use the energy — that process releases carbon dioxide.” That’s a true fact. “NONONO” screams another announcer on a different show that is owned by the same corposystem. “When animals break down food during their metabolism – and use the energy – that process releases water, not carbon dioxide!”

Aha, a fight, what fun, let’s join in, and so a third reporter, owned by the same corposystem claims to have checked with some “expert” who says it’s carbon dioxide. And so it goes. We all sit glued to our TV sets, wondering who will win. Before long a couple of politicians enter the argument, one on each side, Republicans versus Democrats. Water or carbon dioxide. Because they hope to get votes if they say what we want to hear.

But the thing is, of all those fighting people, nobody’s opinion makes any difference at all, because – the reality facts can be measured and have been measured and THEY ARE WHAT THEY ARE. Nobody’s opinion can change them. So, while it’s a fun game arguing, it does not put food in our mouths or prevent the asthma deaths that are caused by air pollution, or save the crops that are lost to drought or the water that was polluted by fracking and runoffs from contaminated croplands. While we behave like fans at a dog fight – as though we had no responsibilities – as though nobody is getting hurt because it’s only a game on TV.

And our politicians are arguing about nonsense instead of discussing solutions to real, difficult problems in a real, life-or-death world.

Bare Bnes Biology 072 – More Corposystem Games – FactFictionFancy
KEOS radio 89.1 FM, Bryan, Texas
Transcript at FactFictionFancy.wordpress.com
Audio later this week at http://www.BareBonesBiology.com