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Culture Change Letter #53


by Jan Lundberg

Living by the clock.
Eating by the clock.
Clocking your speed down the deathway road.
Surrounded by walls.
Buying things you need that you could have and should have made or grown.
Not having money to buy the things you need and not having land that can provide them.
Being told what to do and think by authorities who serve the rich.
Being subject to innumerable laws designed to control a rising population.
Getting cancer from chemical exposures deliberately allowed into the air, water and food.
Paying pharmaceutical companies for questionable cures when the drugs are just more fossil fuel derivatives like the chemicals that gave you cancer. 
Watching a hard-working society bleed to death from wars and karmic costs of killing millions of innocents abroad over the decades.  
Being isolated so much that material things serve as friends.

     This is no way to live.  The list can go on forever, such is the moral bankruptcy of our "leaders" and the failure of an educational system that requires mainly conformism.

     This is not a "This is how to live."  But think on these things:

Growing more food locally, for everyone.
Taking care of the land, air, and water as if they are ours and our ancestors' and descendents'.
Deciding for ourselves what is right, when it comes to action on any issue.
Making decisions via consensus and not marginalizing or excluding a segment of the population.
Spending our money in our own economy instead of sending wealth to corporations in Detroit or "Delaware."
Having time to spend with your family, friends, and doing what you want to do.
Educating your own children.  Having your parents and grandparents around to help teach.
Painting or writing your masterpiece.
Singing your song, sharing your poem.
Healing the land as you heal your body.
Loving all whom you chose, if welcome, and restricting no one from freedoms such as loving.
Taking responsibility for your own life — making your destiny — by living your adventure.
Learning whatever you can and applying it.

     When there is no TV and no petroleum, the above changes can and will be carried out and not just thought upon.

     The entire socioeconomic system is a fraud if it serves up cancer on a bun:  Billions and billions of units "served," manufactured, broken, land-filled.  It's too little too late for recycling as a solution to maintain our present habits.  Best get outraged and walk out of the fast food "restaurant" before allowing one more of your hard earned dollars to be misappropriated.  May love and peace come to you.



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Articles of interest:
Anti-globalization protest grows, with tangible results.  WTO protests page

Tax fossil-fuel energy easily
by Peter Salonius

UK leader calls War on Terror "bogus"

Argentina bleeds toward healing by Raul Riutor

The oil industry has plans for you: blow-back by Jan Lundberg

It's not a war for oil? by Adam Khan

How to create a pedestrian mall by Michelle Wallar

The Cuban bike revolution

How GM destroyed the U.S. rail system excerpts from the film "Taken for a Ride".

"Iraqi oil not enough for US: Last days of America?"

Depaving the world by Richard Register

Roadkill: Driving animals to their graves by Mark Matthew Braunstein

The Hydrogen fuel cell technofix: Spencer Abraham's hydrogen dream.

Ancient Forest Protection in Northern California . Forest defenders climb trees to save them.

Daniel Quinn's thoughts on this website.

A case study in unsustainable development is the ongoing crisis in Palestine and Israel.

Renewable and alternative energy information.

Conserving energy at home (Calif. Title 24)



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