Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fast Food Nation

I highly recommend watching this movie, whether it be right now online or rented from somewhere else.

"A great film about migrant workers and the abuse they take from evil fast food giants."

Jong


"Jealousy is all the fun you think they had."
- Erica Jong

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Warhol


"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
- Andy Warhol

Equality


What makes you so much greater?

Are you any better than any other human being on the Earth? Why do you deserve electricity, clean water, and plentiful food when others are denied all of these things?

What makes you so much greater?

Why do you get to shop for clothing that was made by others halfway across the globe who work 18 hour shifts and get paid practically nothing?

What makes you so much greater?

How can you justify traveling the world as a tourist when some never get to go five miles away from their birthplace in their entire LIFE?

What makes you so much greater?

Is it okay to assume the animal meat you are eating comes from some magical place where animals are not treated like absolute crap? Is it okay to live in a world where not feeding a dog is known as animal cruelty yet EATING other animals of similar meat content is considered legit?

What makes you so much greater?

Is it because you think human-invented technologies will someday save the world even though human-made technologies have thus far been DESTROYING the world?

What makes you so much greater?

How on Earth can you wholeheartedly believe that YOUR afterlife beliefs just happen to be the ABSOLUTELY correct beliefs?

What makes you so much greater?

Is it the makeup that you put on every morning, or maybe that snazzy hair style? Is that why you are better than others?

What makes you so much greater?

Why do you deserve the right to reproduce when you KNOW the world is overpopulating and there are millions of orphans, worldwide?

What makes you so much greater?

Is it because you recycle a few bottles a day? Is that something you should be proud of or should it be an expectation?

What makes you so much greater?

Why do you deserve an education? Why do you even for the slightest moment assume your education is in large unbiased?

What makes you so much greater?

Is America really the greatest country on Earth? Is there such a thing as being blindly proud? Are you scared of even thinking about the negatives of this country?

What makes you so much greater?

Is it because you make a lot of money? Maybe your family makes a lot of money? Do you really deserve that money? Heck, is money really useful for anything? Is money a made up concept?

What makes you so much greater?

Is it because you are viewed as societally attractive? Is it because of those biceps you've been enlarging all the time? Does that make you any better of a human being?

What makes you so much greater?

Nothing.

No human is greater than any other human.

The next time you go shopping, attend class, put some makeup on, or eat food think to yourself, "Seriously, what makes me so special? Why do I deserve this? Is this right?"

Rise to the occasion.

Find the problem,
obtain the courage,
make the change.

-Teddy Grahams

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Give Peace A Chance

Barnes


"Some countries of the world are like people fighting on a large boat. In the middle of their battle over how to catch the biggest fish, they look up and realize that the fine boat is sinking, and everyone is going down. Their next fight will be for basic survival, and they will need to rely on one another, floating far from shore in the angry sea."
- Julie Barnes

False Solutions to Climate Change

A Moral Bailout


"We live in an age of moral nihilism. We have trashed our universities, turning them into vocational factories that produce corporate drones and chase after defense-related grants and funding. The humanities, the discipline that forces us to stand back and ask the broad moral questions of meaning and purpose, that challenges the validity of structures, that trains us to be self-reflective and critical of all cultural assumptions, have withered. Our press, which should promote such intellectual and moral questioning, confuses bread and circus with news and refuses to give a voice to critics who challenge not this bonus payment or that bailout but the pernicious superstructure of the corporate state itself. We kneel before a cult of the self, elaborately constructed by the architects of our consumer society, which dismisses compassion, sacrifice for the less fortunate, and honesty. The methods used to attain what we want, we are told by reality television programs, business schools and self-help gurus, are irrelevant. Success, always defined in terms of money and power, is its own justification. The capacity for manipulation is what is most highly prized. And our moral collapse is as terrifying, and as dangerous, as our economic collapse."

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090323_america_is_in_need_of_a_moral_bailout/

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Conformity


"The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself."
- Rita Mae Brown

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Weather


"Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain."
- Anonymous

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dubois


"The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
- Charles Dubois

Society

I live in a society that values greed.

I live in a society that seeks power.

I live in a society that consumes like there’s no tomorrow.

I live in a society that is unsustainable.

I live in a society that loves big boobs and hard rock abs.

I live in a society that would rather spend hours upon hours of each day watching professional sports or fictional sitcoms than read books.

I live in a society that would rather read a sappy love novel about a vampire than anything that is real.

I live in a society that thinks humans are greater than all other organisms on the planet.

I live in a society that overwhelmingly values physical looks.

I live in a society full of distractions.

I live in a society that is against animal cruelty yet supports the brutal living conditions of animals in the meat industry.

I live in a society that eats meat at an incredibly high rate when most in it have never personally killed one cow.

I live in a society full of individuals who are obsessed with finding someone to get married and have babies with.

I live in a society that loves alcohol.

I live in a society that uses the word “hate” dozens of time each day.

I live in a society that manufactures poisonous chemicals in our everyday products.

I live in a society that is more worried about making gasoline out of corn than helping the starving masses of humans across the planet.

I live in a society that chooses to drink water that costs 900 times more than the water they could drink just because it comes with a fancy label.

I live in a society that is insecure on so many levels.

I live in a society that wastes away at the television set.

I live in a society that thinks tattoos and piercings are righteous individual methods of self-expression, like it matters or something.

I live in a society that loves marriage but loves divorce just as much.

I live in a society that is artificial.

I live in a society that needs to believe in a higher being to motivate itself to do good.

I live in a society that thinks you should go to college simply to get a better job.

I live in a society that fears.

I live in a society that is homophobic.

I live in a society that supports sweatshops by buying so many products in stores each day.

I live in a society that is scared of analyzing anything in depth.

I live in a society that would rather express itself through clothing and fashion instead of ideals, values, and personalities.

I live in a society that believes in pure evil.

I live in a society that feels peace can be attained through violence.

I live in a society full of pharmaceutical medications.

I live in a society that does not hug trees.

I live in a society that cannot tolerate temperatures below 60 or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

I live in a society that cannot cope with negative realities.

I live in a society that is lost.



I do live in a society, but I alone am not society. I am one human being and vow to be different.

Find the problem,
obtain the courage,
make the change.

-Teddy Grahams

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ways To Conserve Your Water Footprint

"To help put things in perspective, think about this: your standard trash barrel holds 32 gallons and a mid-sized passenger car—if pumped full of water—has room for a little more than 800 gallons. So, the difference in the amount of water it takes to produce a pound of chicken and a pound of beef is enough to fill almost two whole cars."

http://awesome.goodmagazine.com/transparency/web/trans0309walkthisway.html

Did Peak Oil Already Occur?

Simic


"Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all others were making ships."
- Charles Simic

The Ponderings of Zeitgeist Creator Peter Joseph

Monday, March 16, 2009

Seattle


"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."
- Chief Seattle

Global Oneness Trailer

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Water scarcity 'now bigger threat than financial crisis'

Replacing Natural with Artificial


"Television of course is a toxic mimic of real incarnate life. It captures so many humans in its deadly soporific embrace each day, each night, filling their voids with a replacement for community which is hypnotic, addictive and completely lethal."

- http://aquilakahecate.blogspot.com/2009/01/toxic-mimicry.html

Moonshadow

How to Smile


"Frown and you frown alone, but smile and the whole world smiles with you."

- http://www.wikihow.com/Smile

Emerson


"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Means to a Distracted Life


"Asleep in the materialist dream where only money and beauty matter, many young people care only about what other people think of them, while trying to be what they think other people want them to be. Without the guidance of any believable moral authority, they look to movie stars, music idols, and sporting heroes as their role models. They take their values from fashionable pop culture trends, and they live their lives learning mostly from their mistakes. When the world fails to provide them with anything worth believing in, they often become cynical, suspicious of authority, rebellious, angry at life, and sometimes even self destructive.


As they stumble through one life-crisis after the next, disillusioned by society, isolated by failing relationships, and burdened by years of shameful memories and regrets, they become yet another lost generation, looking for comfort in the wisdom of television pop psychologists, or seeking guidance from the growing industry of self-help books and seminars. They are told to stay positive and not to focus on negatives; the path to happiness and financial success is through courage, discipline, self-respect, and commitment.


However, the pop psychologists cannot risk losing market share by challenging popular myths, and so they fail to provide any real answers to the deeper questions that people are asking. They treat the symptoms using motivational therapy rather than curing the disease by offering peace of mind through understanding."



- http://www.evolutionary-metaphysics.net

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Embrace Peace!

"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
- Albert Einstein

Peace Blitz




Friday, March 13, 2009

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Tzu


"If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart."
-Lao Tzu

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Facebook helps expand social network? Maybe not...

Television Hypnosis

I promise to watch less television. My life will not be spent watching others live their lives. I am not alive for sheer entertainment. I want to accomplish as much as I can. My reality will be determined by the real-life experiences I come across in everyday scenarios, not unrealistic fantasies found on television. From here on out I vow to leave the television off for entertainment purposes.

Find the problem,
obtain the courage,
make the change.

Imagine

Recycling Market Struggles

A reminder that recycling is not the absolute solution to our obsession with consumption. Instead, we must reduce the amount of things we waste.


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/12/business/worldbusiness/12recycle.html?ref=business

The Story of Stuff

Derrick Jensen

Milk


"Never take an elevator in city hall."
-Harvey Milk

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Complexities of the Green Movement

Shaw


"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
- George Bernard Shaw

For Love of Water

This is an excellent documentary about the current water crisis that is occurring worldwide.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Promise To Self

I will not hide my flaws from others. By showing my weaknesses I am able to better understand them and make an effort to diminish their effects. I refuse to hide behind make-believe, fantasyland barriers where I can present an image of myself where only my positive traits are exemplified.

I am human.

I am imperfect and that's okay.


Gandhi




"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
- Mohandas K. Gandhi

A Smile Fairytale

A long time ago in a land far away there were two magnificent kingdoms known as Firstland and Thirdania. These two kingdoms were very similar in many ways. The landscapes were beautiful, the people were gracious, and the food was plentiful. Most importantly, however, was the kingdoms’ number one resource for survival: smiles. Yes, the smiles were the key to success. The uses of smiles were numerous and often related to increasing health, spreading happiness, and flooding the towns with giggles. Everyone loved smiles.

One day, a magical wizard came to the villagers of Firstland. He told them of a wonderful way that he could get the Firstlanders more smiles than ever! All that the people had to do was travel to his wizardry store and get the smiles. The wizard would take care of the rest. Upon hearing this amazing offer one of the Firstlanders asked the wizard how he would get these smiles. After all, everyone grew their own smiles in their own fields, so would this not be theft in the grandest of ways? The wizard laughed and reassured the Firstlanders that this was certainly no theft. The wizard simply traveled to Thirdania and gave the Thirdanians PAPER SMILES in return for some of their REAL SMILES. The paper smiles would be used later for the Thirdanians to buy things for their own betterment. This relieved the Firstlanders and made them feel better then ever. By buying the imported smiles they were HELPING the Thirdanians!

Soon after this initial proclamation the Firstlanders flooded the magical wizard’s store, consuming a seemingly infinite supply of imported smiles. These extra smiles were SO AMAZING. The imported smiles helped the Firstlanders gain happiness quicker than ever before. The more smiles the Firstlanders obtained, the more they wanted. Who wouldn’t want MORE SMILES?

Back in Thirdania, however, life was not nearly as pleasant. By exporting their smiles for paper smiles, the Thirdanians were not only less happy, but also became dependent on the wizard to even survive. Many Thirdanians wanted their old way of life back but knew that this was impossible because they would not be able to survive with so few smiles for their use. Instead, the Thirdanians tried to buy back some of their smiles that the wizard obtained from them. Unfortunately, the wizard charged the Thirdanians TEN TIMES the price of what the smiles were originally made for. Life was extremely hard, and the Thirdanians suffered immensely, with many dying from lack of smiles.

Quickly, Firstlanders heard of the awful situation in Thirdania and were OUTRAGED! How could this evil wizard be so mean to these Thirdanians? They immediately went to the wizard and DEMANDED that he take action. The wizard told the Firstlanders that he would send the Thirdanians a care package of THREE SMILES for the villagers to share. On top of that, he would have a SPECIAL SALE for the Firstlanders, giving away TWICE as many smiles! Hearing this, the Firstlanders were very happy and quickly bought EVEN MORE imported smiles.

As the years went on, the people of Firstland devoured smiles at an incredibly high rate. Smiles were so numerous that the Firstlanders could get them on every street corner for nothing more than a dirty rag. The Firstlanders NEEDED the imported smiles. Without these extra, cheap smiles, happiness was close to IMPOSSIBLE in the town. During this period nearly every Firstlander heard of the awful, desolate conditions in Thirdania. They felt really bad for the Thirdanians. By this time the wizard had locked himself away in a HUGE PALACE from the profit he earned through his smile business. Obviously, the average Firstlander would not be able to stop his smile monopoly. Instead, many of the Firstlanders decided to donate ONE smile to Thirdania for every ONE HUNDRED imported smiles they consumed. The Firstlanders patted themselves on the backs for being SO GENEROUS.

To this day Thirdanians often dream. They dream of the time when life was simple. Sure, the manual labor was intense, but at least they had their own smiles. Now, the Thirdanians are left inept. The manual labor is even more intense than ever and all that the Thirdanians have in return is a sack of useless paper.


There is no happy ending.


Do you take pride being a Firstlander?