Fake Boondoggles.

Is anybody out there thinking at all?

When you disguise a really good report with a phony propaganda headline, then do you expect the people to read it who are looking for honest information?:

“Eco-Farming can double food production in 10 years, says new UN report.”

Well, I know that is pure nonsense and therefore I would not have read the report, except that it was brought to my attention by one of our group. But that’s not what the report — reports. So I recommend you read it for yourselves. Just remember you do not have the right to your own facts. A measurable fact is what it is.

(PS. It also introduced me to the idea of “right to food.” There is no right to food in any constitution of my knowledge. There is a need, of course, but there are certainly a lot of people around, even here, who according to the reports don’t have enough. So how much is enough? Who are we going to arrest? How do we define a right? Who will enforce it? Sounds all like blather too me, which is too bad because we really do need to solve this problem, and I don’t think honorable and aware people want to solve it using propaganda that you can’t tell whether or not it has any foundation in fact. Or is the goal to turn away the honorable and aware people and attract those who can be easily controlled by propaganda? Anyhow there is no way to solve the food problem and at the same time ignore the population and economic growth problem — though of course we haven’t even given a serious shot at the obvious, which would be to make birth control available to everyone who wants it, and hope that families will control themselves. Why is that? Maybe because some corporation is making bucks off the distribution of aid and the arms sold to the food wars and the disposal of the dead and dying? Some other corporation is making bucks off the fight between “right” to life and right to freedom of choice?) Nobody has a “right” to anything they want. We have an obligation to figure out what the ecosystem needs to stay healthy, and how our communities can best develop in peace and compassion, and that’s about it.

There is Nothing Wrong with Suffering

If you believe in the law of cause and effect, then you must know that suffering is not the enemy. Just as death is necessary to maintain life, so suffering is necessary for us to learn how to live properly in the real world. We would never learn to take our hands off the hot stove if it didn’t hurt. We will never learn to live until we stop trying to defeat death and suffering.

If there were no suffering, we would long ago have defeated life by doing whatever we damn well please, and if there were no death, the biomass of the earth would by now have reached way far beyond the moon. The earth would have perished long ago. The tragedy is that we do know about the law of cause and effect, and we know how life survives on earth (physically) using both the law of cause and effect and death itself to maintain the balance that is necessary for all living things to stay alive. And we are destroying ourselves anyhow.

Living productively cannot be defined as growth; growth destroys balance,* and a productive culture, society, agriculture or economy must maintain a healthy balance (or it fails to be productive). Living productively is giving the real world what it requires to be alive, and the primary requirement for all kinds of life is balance. Think what happens if your body does not stay in physiological balance. You suffer. Or you die. That is the message of the law of cause and effect. I think it’s wonderful that the Buddha and his followers figured this out long ago.

But I don’t see how suffering can be a good reason for raising a shield of any kind – not a shield of disengaging from empathic interactions to reduce our own suffering, nor a shield of misinterpreting the message of the religions into one of power over nature, nor a shield of fake happiness induced by drugs, sex, violence (winning), technology or television propaganda – to shield ourselves from the basic laws of The Creation. Without suffering, we would destroy the whole living earth; with it we destroy ourselves (individually and collectively) unless we decide to stop the suffering by growing a productive (balanced) civilization. Human suffering is exactly what it should be; we know the rules; the choice is in our own hands.

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*If you want to see the process in action watch the movie Ancient Futures.