Saturday, May 28, 2011

"The City" (1939)

72 years later, things are so different, yet just the same.

Real Work

"The other delusion that needs to be challenged is that there is something demeaning about using our muscles, and those of our domestic animals, to perform useful work, while it is regarded as heroic to exercise them to no purpose at all in the stadium, or on the racecourse.  The more fanatical advocates of progress look upon manual labour with horror as something unbearably primitive.  WIthin 25 years of the replacement of a hand tool by a machine, a generation grows up deprived of that manual skill and convinced, by a few abortive experiments, that the manual activity is far more arduous that it need be.  Yet the medical profession is constantly urging people to engage in physical exercise, and large numbers of town-dwellers pay for the privilege of exhausting themselves in a health and fitness club.  Working as a shepherd, or a coppice worker, or a field worker, providing you are paid decently, is no more grueling than working at a supermarket till, minding an injection moulding machine, or turning a treadmill in a gym, and a good deal more skillful and stimulating."

- Simon Fairlie, Meat - A Benign Extravagance

Friday, May 27, 2011

Bias


"People often use statistics the way a drunk man uses a lamp-post: for support rather than illumination."

- Andrew Lang

Amnesty International Vid

Temple Earth


"Trying to live a spiritual life in modern society is the most difficult path one can walk. It is a path of pain, of isolation, and of shaken faith, but that is the only way that our Vision can become reality. Thus the true Quest in life is to live the philosophy of the Earth within the confines of man. There is no church or temple we need to seek peace, for ours are the temples of the wilderness. There are no spiritual leaders, for our hearts and the Creator are our only leaders. Our numbers are scattered; few speak our language or understand the things that we live. Thus we walk this path alone, for each Vision, each Quest, is unique unto the individual. But we must walk within society or our Vision dies, for a man not living his Vision is living death."

- "Grandfather" Coyote Thunder, The Quest, by Tom Brown Jr.

Justice: Civilization

My Pyramid

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

- Thomas Jefferson -