“Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery. It is far better to be free, to leave the forts and barricades of fear, to stand erect and face the future with a smile. It is far better to give yourself sometimes to negligence, to drift with wave and tide, with the blind force of the world, to think and dream, to forget the chains and limitations of the breathing life, to forget purpose and object, to lounge in the picture gallery of the brain, to feel once more the clasps and kisses of the past, to bring life’s morning back, to see again the forms and faces of the dead, to paint fair pictures for the coming years, to forget all Gods, their promises and threats, to feel within your veins life’s joyous stream and hear the martial music, the rhythmic beating of your fearless heart. And then to rouse yourself to do all useful things, to reach with thought and deed the ideal in your brain, to give your fancies wing, that they, like chemist bees, may find art’s nectar in the weeds of common things, to look with trained and steady eyes for facts, to find the subtle threads that join the distant with the now, to increase knowledge, to take burdens from the weak, to develop the brain, to defend the right, to make a palace for the soul. This is real religion. This is real worship”

Robert Green Ingersoll

courtesy of the Centre of Applied Jungian Studies

People Need Nature

“Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature. Human beings are part of nature. Nature is not dependent on human beings to exist. Human beings, on the other hand, are totally dependent on nature to exist. The growing number of people on the planet and how we live here is going to determine the future of nature. And the future of us. Nature will go on, no matter what. It will evolve. The question is, will it be with us or without us?” ~ from the movie “Nature is Speaking
Revering the Universe, Caring for Nature, Celebrating Life

If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

 

Charles Bukowski, Factotum

US Lifestyle Options Are Currently Out Of Stock

submitted by Gabrielle Price

I’m working on a few projects and haven’t been watching the news feeds as vigilantly as I have in the past.  Not because I don’t care about the news and delivering it but the news somehow isn’t saying much that I haven’t heard before.  And I hate repeating myself like a mainstream parrot.
Alas, that is part and parcel of media and its wretched 24 hour news cycle.  The public’s attention span has been whittled away, their focus is emotionally political rather than grounded in civics and to keep one’s finger on that pulse too long is to be awash in a sea of petty idiocy and hot air.
Free press is a lone boat with one tattered sail praying to see a lighthouse.  It’s a shitty job but someone has been doing it for a long time – longer than me – only to be met with more censorship the harder we row.  There is no quitting, however.  For those of us who respect and love the power of the pen, quitting is simply not an option.
I’m working on building some lighthouses with other media people.   The horizon ahead isn’t clear for many because the mainstream media fog gets thicker every day.  While stories like these go unheeded by the majority – like so many buried columns or spun into fodder to keep people ordering dessert while the Titanic takes on more water:

Banks Are Failing Left and Right Today – 6/28

At the top of that list…JP Morgan.  Keep in mind that Jamie Dimon received a $23 million pay package for fiscal year 2011, more than any other bank CEO in the United States.

Mike Krieger: Where Food Stamps Go To Die – 6/28

“Marion Nestle, Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU, came out with some interesting tidbits regarding the food stamp program.  One of them is extraordinarily disturbing.  She shows that Wal-Mart gets as much as 25% to 40% of revenue at some stores from food stamp dollars.  This says it all folks.  Food stamps are of course the perfect business for Wal-Mart and JP Morgan, which as I pointed out previously makes a lot of money running the program and keeping the populace in perpetual serfdom.”  [What do you think will happen when JP Morgan fails?  See first headline…]

Not Spain, Uganda, Or Greece; But Stockton CA: Largest US City Bankruptcy Now Official – 6/28

The EU Summit: Europe Needs Capital, NOT Political Posturing – 6/29

“…none of the measures address the most critical issue pertaining to Europe: where is the money going to come from?”

Guest Post: It’s Time To Connect The Dots – 6/29 [please see #3]
“When you connect the dots, the next steps lead to what may soon be regarded as an obvious conclusion: the system, as it exists right now, is crumbling.  No amount of self-delusion can make this go away.”

This really isn’t rocket science.  Mainstream media talks to the public like children with no basic math skills to keep them from asking questions.  The hard questions are and have been being asked by independent press and the truth delivered with stunning accuracy.  But because money equals speech and attention spans are have waned – critical thinking people will have to work harder if they love life and the people they share it with.  I’m no math scholar but I have connected these dots.
Time and a lot of meditation brought me to understand and accept the picture that is forming.  It no longer scares me more than it makes me concerned for others who have not yet made the connections.  It is the reason I keep going.
“How radical are you?  Do you love life?  Are you willing to fight for it?“
Many of those dear to me who are not connecting the dots, I love as much as I love life, so I am willing to be as radical as necessary – for them.  That is why I am scouting ahead to learn about a more durable set of living arrangements.  I think of it as choosing the option of a stronger foundation for my lighthouse so I can be prepared, not just for myself but for others who will need these skills when the time comes.  I will personally become more durable.  Resilient.
This system hates that…so of course, it is in my nature to automatically relish it.
It is so surreal and odd that my grandparents victory gardening skills, ability to create community to survive through the Great Depression by sharing skills, food and resources would be or seem at all radical.  This is how I know the current system is very, very sick and I do not wish to participate in it.  It quite honestly, made me spiritually ill.
My whole life, I have been willing to fight for what I love…what I learn in New Mexico will only make me more able.  Quitting is not an option. Quitting this system, however, is easy when its function prevents the exercise of inalienable rights like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness on a global scale, not just at home.
American rights and democracy aren’t lifestyle options – these are things that die when they aren’t used.