Sunday, August 30, 2009

Industrial Civilization

"Civilization is toxic, but it is desperate to survive, so it convinces the billions of people living under its influence that it’s okay to be “civilized”, that technology will save the day, and that we need corporations, we need governments and we need cities, roads, cars, airplanes, televisions, air conditioning units, Playstations and shopping malls. It convinces people that the big things don’t matter because, and here’s the killer, if we all did the big things then Industrial Civilization would become irrelevant; it would become powerless; it would fail.
And then we might have a chance of living in the future."


"Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true."

- Buddha

Personal Update

My summer was singlehandedly the greatest opportunity I have ever had to effectively gauge what I want to do with the next few years of my life. During this summer, I, unlike anyone else I have ever met, was able to immerse myself into three incredibly different experiences in a span of just over three months. Within each month-long experience, living conditions, community, activities, diet, and culture differed considerably. I was intellectually stimulated and physically worked in many ways, and in result, my outlook on life has drastically deepened.

Four months ago, I wanted to enter the field of scientific research.
Four months from now I want to build houses out of mud, grow food from the land, and live a more simple lifestyle, ideally with others who share these passions. I have lots to learn and lots to share.

But first, I have unfinished business--college--and must tend to it for several months.

I am alive.

- Teddy Grahams

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Predator

I am a prey. My predator lurks everywhere I go. I cannot get away from it. The predator lurks around each corner, and has an insurmountable number of appearances.

I am hunted. The predator devours every human in sight. I fear I am next. I have escaped the predator's morbid grip once, but I worry my luck will some day run out. Why have I survived this long when others have been snatched up since birth?

I fear. I do not fear the predator anymore, rather, I fear its effects on those around me. What can I do to revive them from the darkness that goes unnoticed?

I am overwhelmed. I cannot defeat this wildebeest alone. The predator has far greater powers than I have. It will take an enormous army of humans to eliminate the predator.

I am running out of time. If I do not act swiftly, the predator will have devoured every human on Earth, and shortly after, the Earth itself.

I am stubborn. I refuse to let the predator consume my soul, even when not doing so results in abandonment from others who blindly support the predator.

I spread. The only way to defeat the predator is by making its dangers known to others. Then there is at least a chance for others to act upon what they learn, furthering the predator resistance.

I need. I wholeheartedly desire to have you with me. We must overcome the predator together.

I feel. I do not want you to be another victim. Your depth is bewildering beyond belief, and is now starting to blossom. Come with me on this lifelong journey. Your potential is infinite.

I love. Your true beauty is amazing. Your strengths are different than mine, and dazzlingly radiate outward in an unforeseen number of ways. Can you see it, too?

I plead. Will you join me? Will you help me fight the predator?

Together, we will rise up.

Together, we will defeat the darkness.

Together, the institution will be overcome.

Let's do this.

-Teddy Grahams

Friday, August 21, 2009

Social Change

"Change doesn't happen because of how we invest our money. Change happens because of how we invest our human energy, and it always has since we came down from the trees. Everyone's got a margin of discretionary energy--ten percent, twenty percent--that isn't used up making their way in the world. That's the energy that's available for social change. If you can get a whole community to start focusing their energy together, building on success just as a business builds on successful products, then you get social change."

- Daniel Taylor, President of the Nonprofit, Future Generations

Sunday, August 16, 2009

FIRST EARTH - Uncompromising Ecological Architecture

"A documentary by David Sheen, about building healthy houses out of earth, creating social justice and evaluating the status quo of how ( and in what ) we live. David traveled the world in search of ancient earthen buildings and sustainable cultures while interviewing top experts in the field."

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Delving Within

"Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself."

-William Butler Yeats

Friday, August 7, 2009

CRUDE - Official Trailer

"The epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet."

This is an upcoming documentary about the exploitation of human beings by the oil giant, Texaco.

Earth Days