Is abortion the same thing as murder, or simply a woman exercising the choice and control over her own body? The intent of this blog is to approach that question from a rational perspective, absent of religious perspectives, as should be the case for citizens living under a secular government.
The distinction boils down to whether you see a fetus as a child or merely potential. When recognized as potential, one may then choose different paths with that potential. That choice then becomes whether or not to become a parent. When a male masturbates or a female ovulates, those are half-potentials headed down the drain.
Just because we can’t make, another life from a chemistry kit dies not make life a miracle. Put a sperm cell together with a ripe egg cell at the right temperature and Ph, and you have the recipe for conception. That conception is a bio-chemical event. It is not anyone’s son or daughter. It is mere potential, and the difference between that fetus and the aforementioned sperm and egg cells is negligible.
What it comes down to is still potential, nothing more. Remove the fetus from the host’s warm, moist environment or detach it from its parasitic umbilical cord, and it goes down the drain just as invisibly as the spent jizz of a teenage boy. Do we call him a father for masturbation? Is she a murderer because she menstruates?
If one asks the two biological origins “Do you intend to create and support a life for the next 18.75 years, nearly all will say “Hell no, we are only having sex!” And so, that is all they are agreeing to… and all they SHOULD be held accountable for. If your friend asks you for a ride to the bank and the grocery store, says “just wait here, I’ll be right back out and we’ll go on to the supermarket,” but ends up getting into a fight and kills someone, are you an accomplice, or just someone giving a friend a ride? Should you go to prison alongside your friend? Of course not. Intent matters, and a you INTENDED to do, all you AGREED to do was to give your friend a ride.
This demonstrates why it is wrong to make a boy responsible for a girl’s choice to keep a conception which the boy did not want or agree to. It is also the sane reasoning behind it being a woman’s choice — and hers alone — as to whether to allow a conception to develop inside her body, to leach off of her for the next 18.75 years.
If a person is going to be financially, morally and criminally responsible for the decision to become a parent, then s/he needs to make a willing, conscious decision to do exactly that. Agreeing to sex is NOT agreeing to those obligations… nor should that decision be made by any aspect of duress, including being labeled a murderer, baby killer, etc.
The choice and responsibility both lie with each individual SEPARATELY. It is wrong on all levels to saddle EITHER of them with anything more than their agreement to have sex. Whether or not to become a parent is a separate individual choice.
Here in lovely Colorado, a multi-national corporation, Waste Management, has the contract for trash and landfill operations. All local companies picking up trash eventually hand it over to Waste Management, which charges them a fee to dispose of what is in that truck.
Waste Management doesn’t believe in undercutting their competition, it would seem. (In fact, I’m reasonably sure they are glad there are residential pickup companies, as that SEEMS to protect them against claims of a monopoly.) They want $21.87 a month, whereas Norther Colorado charges only $20 a month. But that is for household trash only.
Carpet is considered construction debris. (Really?!) That will cost you an additional $50 a room (or so) to haul away — AFTER you cut it into 4′ wide strips, roll and tie it into logs no more than 1′ in diameter. Nevermind that most homes have carpet and that carpet needs to be changed regularly, is not hazardous waste, etc.
Recycling programs are available. That will cost an extra $6 a month, and comes out every OTHER week. Yep, they’ll take the same trash and put it in the dump, but if you want to have it recycled (no guarantees as to that it goes anywhere other than the rest of the garbage) that warm fuzzy feeling will cost you 20-some percent more.
Sure, everything costs money. But it doesn’t have to go this way. In 29 Palms, CA, there is a county waste/landfill site. Residents can bring their stuff there and household (non-commercial) volumes are generally free of charge. But this is Colorado, and it seems like most everything out here reminds me of Thenardier (with his “Extra for the lice, extra for the mice, 2% for looking in the mirror twice” way of running up the hotel bill.) There’s always some verbal/written excuse/reason given, but it is seldom reasonable, when you step back and look at it.
How did this happen? Bureaucrats and monopolies. Somehow, Waste Management, Inc. managed to get contracts for all of Colorado and Utah. (They also have a Canadian company, and even one in Puerto Rico.) So even though there are companies picking up the trash from your homes at lower rates, the price is finally determined by however much Waste Management chooses to bilk those companies (and you) for. In my research, most companies are passing on EXACTLY what Waste Management is charging them… which is so overpriced already that there probably isn’t any room for a profit for them.
With that sort of exclusive right to sell and control a public service comes responsibility — and a lot of it. IMO, you give up the right to run your business as you see fit, to charge whatever you want, when you get such privilege. Why? Because realistically, people no longer have the ability to choose to go elsewhere if they don’t like the prices. Free Market no longer exists… and while none of us has a problem with a company making a REASONABLE profit, nobody’s going to be okay with such a company gouging while they have you by a man’s proverbial gonads.
The reason for outrage goes beyond getting ripped off though. It’s downright dangerous to the environment. People aren’t going to pay an extra 20-some percent to recycle — especially when it comes to economically repressed regions and there is no social impetus behind such a program. And they’re not going to be keen on paying 2.5 months of weekly trash pickup to gather one room of carpet — AFTER cutting it up and bundling it neatly. Instead, they’re going to dump it along the roadside somewhere. And that’s not even going to harm the environment in and of itself. But it promotes the idea of dumping whatever wherever. ”May as well dump this old engine oil while I’m at it,” comes to mind, and becomes a reasonable decision. All the world’s an ashtray to many smokers, too. We’ve come too far to start going backwards.
The problem started with the bureaucrats and politicians. The latter got payola. We got a mindless machine. Now we’re stuck with Waste Management, a company that can’t even answer their phones at the disposal site. What’s wrong with this picture? Some might say it’s business as usual in 2013. I’d say it’s high time we took matters back into our own hands. What do YOU say?
When Google first came out, they were a very cool company. Searches that actually worked, no nonsense, accurate results, Boolean logic, hip thematic and topical artwork that celebrated diversity and history… free storage, free phone numbers (VOIP, Google Voice)… They seemed very much like a company for the everyman. Then the darkness started creeping in.
First the paid ads started showing up above the actual search results. In the beginning, it was just an ad or three, and they were clearly marked, with obvious delineations between sponsored ads and the actual results, so it was no big deal. Then the lines began to blur. Nowadays, we have to wade through as much as a full page of spam to get to the real search results when we Google something.
Then came the news about Google’s NSA contract, and it SHOULD make you uncomfortable to know that they made a deal with the NSA — yes, the same NSA which was recently outed for doing illegal email and wire tapping. News of that deal came out a couple of years ago. Now comes Gmail Tabs, and I’m starting to think that Google may actually be the devil.
Like a drug dealer (the first one is always free… or Facebook, for that matter,) Google has seduced us into trusting them. We have our Gmail on there, and even bring all of our other email accounts’ data into our homes through Gmail. They offered us free storage, so we took ‘em up on it. Then there were the apps. Word processing, and they even store the data all for free on their backed up servers! But that data was being mined for the NSA all along. Google Voice — another FREE service… but they’re also gaining knowledge of our phone numbers, acquaintances, even our voice and text messages and contacts’ phone numbers! And now Google Tabs?
What are Google Tabs? They are going to start dividing our email into categories, Primary, Social, and Promotions, for example. That SOUNDS like a good thing… right? Maybe. Maybe the Promotions folder of today is the Spam Filter of the past, allowing us to read the promos we want WHEN we want to, instead of having to weed through them to get to the truly important stuff. But I’ve got a birdie whispering in my ear (or perhaps that’s me talking to myself) suggesting that it won’t take them very long at all to start offering to put XYZ Corp’s sales pitch in your Primary folder — for a fee, of course.
I resisted Gmail for a long time. Though it’s a hassle, I kept my own emails on my own hard drive. That meant that if I wasn’t at the very same computer, I couldn’t even get to the old emails. And gone was forever. So then I tried leaving them on the server… until I overloaded my servers’ capacities with old spam that never got deleted. Along comes Gmail to the rescue! And for a while, it truly was bliss. Just one email addy to log into, the rest of them being fetched to that one account… having it all with me no matter where I went was a virtual godsend. And then things started getting sticky.
As I step back, I know that I don’t trust Google or Gmail any more. But I don’t know how to replace them. They’ve seduced me with their candy, and I don’t want to lose the conveniences… but I don’t think I want to keep feeding them my private info. Not that I have anything to hide, per se, but I’d rather not have prying eyes making a mountain out of literally nothing.
Is Google truly evil, or just another drug dealer trying to make a living while spreading the happiness? Jury’s still out. We may not know for some time (if ever) whether their eyes are on the everyman’s data… but we’re destined to repeat history until we learn from it. I invite your thoughts; What do YOU think?
Edward Snowden, a 29 year old NSA employee, very recently blew the whistle on that government agency’s flagrant abuse of power in the form of tapping our cell phone conversations and reading our emails without warrant, cause or permission. No one had to rat him out. Mr. Snowden came forward voluntarily, openly identifying himself as he rightly claimed that he has nothing to hide (or be ashamed of.) In the time to come, there will be those who accuse him of attempting to undermine the safety of the United States and her citizens. The plain truth is just the opposite; What undermines this nation to its very foundations is the so-called Patriot Act, and the abuses inherent in such unbridled power.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Most all of us have heard that expression. We inherently know it to be true. Here in the States (and in most of the free world) our governing system is one of checks and balances, designed to ensure that tyrants do not arise by limiting their powers. The Patriot Act flies in the face of that sage wisdom, allowing Homeland Security and all its many tendrils to act with impunity. They are not even obligated to answer to the U.S. Supreme Court. Merely playing the “National Security” card allows them to do literally anything, and not even have to explain why they needed to do so. Of course abuses of that power are going to exist… but tapping everyone’s phones and other communications is just too much a Big Brother move, even for them, an action we cannot ignore or allow.
When news of this action first came out, my reaction was muted. If you have nothing to hide, why would you care, I asked to myself, rationalizing their repugnant actions. Many of us may take that initial perspective, desensitized as we have become to our government’s intrusions. Yesterday, though, I had an encounter that brought home the significance. A trio of campus security guards, none of them peace officers, decided it was their right to detain me “to find out what’s up with you,” when I did nothing suspicious, other than to not bow to their presumed authority. Subsequently, one of them elected to order another to park her vehicle behind mine, not allow me to leave — after I told them that if they were not peace officers our discussion was over and I’d be leaving. A little power is a dangerous thing. I had to call the REAL police and have them explain to these rent-a-cops that they do not have any authority to detain me, let alone to effectively confiscate my property (the car.) At most, they could have taken the plate number and phoned the police.
Verb: Accept something reluctantly but without protest.
Synonyms: consent, agree, assent, accede, comply
This is the extent to which our society has slowly been groomed, taught to obey “authority” and to do as we’re told by most anyone in a uniform. It was then, with that incident and my boyfriend’s reaction, that it dawned on me how crucial it is to our nation that we undo that programming, remain vigilant against such usurping and abuses of power. No one has the right to listen in on someone’s private conversations in this country, unless a legitimate judge issues a warrant based on evidence that justifies further investigation. A JUDGE, not a supervisor, not a police officer, and certainly not the secretive NSA. Allowing any individual or agency to act without checks and balances is bound to result in abuses. Our right to privacy is essential to a free society.
Also essential to liberty is the right to speak out, to raise objections when our government is not acting within the scope of that authority which We The People allow them in our Constitution. While the 1st Amendment does not allow one to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater when there is none, it exists specifically so that a courageous soul can do so when a danger exists that the People are unaware of. The latter is precisely what Edward Snowden has done. We should thank him for that service, and must stand fast alongside him, supporting his choice of action. We all have both the right and civic duty to blow the whistle, to sound the alarm. Indeed, it is the NSA which must be held accountable for their actions, not the patriot who calls attention on their misdeeds.
Similarly with Bradly Manning, the young soldier who leaked video of American soldiers murdering civilians. What he leaked posed no legitimate inherent threat to our nation’s security. He wasn’t giving away the passwords to the NSA’s computer systems. He was simply revealing what some are doing with our money and power abroad, letting us and the world know that innocents were being murdered in the streets by indifferent agents of our government. For doing so, they have had him incarcerated, punishing him before he has even been convicted, and plan to try to throw the book at him. It would seem our government doesn’t like the light of truth being cast upon their misdeeds.
Regardless of a whistle-blower’s actions, the fault remains with the agent or agency which is perpetrating the unconstitutional act. The fault is NOT with the one shedding light on that crime, and it does not matter what agency or cause may be presented to justify that crime. The real threat to our nation is found in those who would punish the whistle-blower, attempt to squelch and silence others in the future by making examples of these today. The treason was not done by Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden. Treason was performed by the NSA. The danger to our troops was not caused by Bradley Manning’s leaks. It was caused by those who would gun down civilians, thereby giving ever greater footholds to those who are our true enemies.
The enemy of Liberty is not Truth. We must never allow our government to persecute these whistle-blowers for performing their civic duty.
As I watched the honored members of Congress, Supreme Court and the President’s cabinet file into the room, the question that demanded my attention was “This is the best our nation has to offer? These are the best and brightest?” The answer is clear: No, they are not. They are the cream of what has risen to the middle.
Listening to the President, I became mindful of some good news. They don’t need to be the best or the brightest. They only need to be willing and determined to make progress for *us* rather than themselves and those who have lined their pockets.
President Obama is a very gifted speaker; his speech was inspiring. Listening to him, I made a few notes, noted a few key points:
- He dared to call it “drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.” That was courageous.
- Next, a point I had to disagree on. Our nation’s North Star is not JOBS. It is a greater Gross National Product; we need to be MAKING things here. THAT drives the jobs and prosperity.
- 3-D printing, this has come at me twice in a week, the second time by our President, so I’d say it’s very much worth investigating, learning about and shouldering up to this manufacturing process.
- Fact check: Our cars do NOT now go twice the distance on a gallon of gas. The 1980′s Geo Metro, powered by a 3-cylinder Suzuki engine, driven by a manual transmission, got 45-53 MPG — THIRTY YEARS AGO, Mr. President. We need to get back to basics in many ways, when it comes to transportation, Mr. President.And “aging infrastructure”? To be sure, we’re behind Europe and other civilized places, but our entire nation is yet in its infancy. Much of the infrastructure is simply too recent to be called “aging.” Europe has banisters still in use that are older than our entire country. What we need is modernization. That doesn’t mean repairing 70,000 bridges. It means rebuilding that infrastructure with modern means and tactics. Cars shouldn’t be waiting for trains to pass. Both should either travel together or above and below each other.
- It’s a noble aspiration, making quality pre-school available to every child in the U.S., but if the cost is $200 per week, it’s also obviously not obtainable. How about just improving what start they DO get, and maybe starting them sooner. Because this is just PART of why Europe’s young people are ahead of our own. Another key aspect is that Europeans don’t take time off of school every time the wind blows. Their dedicated job is to study, to LEARN. School isn’t just a daytime babysitter in Europe. LEARNING must be the goal. Then our high school students will catch up with Europe’s. But let’s set the goal higher. Let’s figure out how to surpass them.
- The President has repeatedly stated that the promise of America is that if one works hard, one can get ahead. No, sir, Mr. President. If one works SMART one gets ahead. No respect to the hard-working, but that doesn’t get one ahead. That just gets by. Fortune favors the bold… and the clever.
- A point I feel very strongly about: Tax credits are NOT money. What good do tax credits do a company if it has no profits, no money to be paying taxes ON? Saying “we’ll take less from you” doesn’t provide that small business with the funding needed to grow. So let’s lay off the empty rhetoric.
- Same thing with housing loans. The responsible home owners with good credit ratings? Rather, let’s take a good honest look at the credit rating SYSTEM that the banks are using. It isn’t designed to decide what a person can or will afford. It’s designed to frighten people into towing the mark set by the banks, into paying whatever they want to charge, whether that money is deserved or not. Fix the process, that aspect, the banking system, Mr. President. Rein them in, and rid us of the credit rating system as it is now. Most everyone who is actually out there in the world has credit RATING problems somewhere, even if they are credit-worthy. Then again, so long as tax credits are thought of as the same as money, it’s only to be expected that there will be confusion between who can pay and who will do so.
Those were the points of contention. On the whole, it was an inspiring speech, and the news was favorable. I’ll close with quotes from President Obama: ”We are CITIZENS”… and that means more than just a legal status. It’s what we are, it’s what we do… when we are at our best, being responsible for each other. And Congress wasn’t sent to Washington to be perfect. We sent them there to make progress, to do the best they can. Together, we and our representatives are now writing the next chapter of this nation’s tale, he said. Right you are, Mr. President. So, elected representatives, see to it that this is a glorious, triumphant chapter that sees ALL people empowered.
Thank you. Gawd bless these United States of America.
I leave you with this, from the other side of the world, so we remember that the United States is far from the only nation that matters, nor is it the only one with beauty we can learn from:
When I write about the critical hits being done to our planet’s ecology, people say “What can I do about it?” Or they think I’m being alarmist, fanatical. Or they just push it out of their minds and hope it will go away. What happens Over There somewhere is easy to ignore. Can you still ignore it when it’s happening in your very own home, in your very own children and grandchildren?
Two separate articles from two entirely different publications came out two days apart — from two different parts of the world. The Minnesota Public Radio website ran a story about girls’ breasts budding, universally accepted as the beginning of puberty, at a much younger age. Halfway around the world, Washington Post reported that the boy’s choir in Leipzig, Germany has to worry about essentially the same thing — that boys’ voices are changing earlier. Stefan Altner, manager of the St. Thomas Boys Choir reports that when he started working at the choir in 1993, most voices broke when boys were 14 or 15, but the average is now closer to 13.
The problems don’t start and stop with how long the boys can continue to sing in sweet soprano, nor with girls needing a training bra earlier. These girls are having other issues from it, physical and psychological burdens that can be quite serious medical concerns. The article noted that “development at an earlier age can lead to depression and eating disorders, as well as stress for their families and peers.”
This isn’t entirely a new phenomenon. In the mid 1700′s, boys’ voices changed between 17 and 18 there in Leipzig. When the stresses of the War of Austrian Succession began in 1740, the age “spiked,” and some began questioning diet and stress as causes back then.
Another related article from the New York Times tells the story of a little girl in Fort Collins, Colorado, who began growing pubic hair at six years old! The article goes on to point out that this is widespread. Rather than address the issue, though, doctors are simply revising their definition of “Normal.” Six year old girls have no business entering puberty. Ten year old girls have no business needing a bra. Wake up, people! Things are going VERY, VERY wrong!
I saw the first two separate articles and recognized the correlation. The causes are plain enough to see. What we’re eating, the meat and milk so full of growth hormones, combined with the stresses of the way we’ve let our lives go haywire, have taken their toll across the board, with people of all ages. So what will it take for us to recognize the pattern, see the writing on the wall and start DOING something about it?
What to do? Start with what you feed yourselves and your families. It wasn’t that long ago that we took raw food sources, fruits, vegetables and grains, and made food at home. Junk food has not been with us all that long. It wasn’t all that long ago that we ate healthy meals most of the time. In a time when fast food is neither quick nor inexpensive, it makes less and less sense to grab grub at the drive-through. Start there. Dump the fast and frozen foods. Then:
- Eat real food, made from raw ingredients at home.
- Switch to a largely vegetarian or vegan diet. There’s ample evidence to prove that meat is not essential, that we’re actually healthier without it.
- Push for organic and non-GMO food sources on your table.
- Stop using plastic that is not specifically sold as BPA-free. BPA is decidedly affecting us and our hormone levels.
- Start eating meals at home together, slowing down the pace, lowering the stress.
Human beings, like all creatures, have been evolving, changing to meet the needs of their environment, and occasionally improving, for a very long time. Such changes occur over countless generations; A couple hundred years is nowhere near long enough for evolution to make any significant genetic changes in a species or its races. External/nurture factors can do so. We’ve noted, for example, that people are growing up to be taller now than they were a hundred years ago, presumably owing to better nutrition. But that is not genetic evolution. Genetically speaking, we’re pretty much the same as we were in 1776. And yet humanity seems radically different.
There’s another sort of evolving, sociological transition, which can and does occur in just decades. For example, within the past 60 years, smoking tobacco has gone from being “cool” to being anathema in mainstream American culture. (Smoking continues to be far more acceptable and prevalent in health-conscious Europe. Go figure.) In that same timeframe, we’ve gone from treating black people as second class citizens, to electing a black man President. Gay people have gone from hiding in dark alleyways to being openly accepted in the U.S. military. Indeed, Bob Dylan, the times, they are a’changin’.
What’s next for us? Will it happen in the 2012 that is now upon us? What’s next for us is huge, enormous, monumental. But in this case, it’s not just a matter of a shift in perspective in any one society. This time, it is going to affect humanity all of mankind, on a planetary basis. How do I know? Because it has to. We have no choice. We will either evolve, or we will quite literally die.
At the most foundational level, mankind has long held the belief that his domination over the other the living beings on the planet is a God-given right. It is that mistaken concept which has brought the planet’s oceans from brimming over with abundance to a very real and imminent threat of total annihilation in just a little over a century. As of this date, humans have brought the oceans’ populations of fish down by NINETY PERCENT during that same past 100 years. Credible expert opinion gives the planet’s oceans just 40 more years before they are utterly void of life. Yet commercial fisheries continue to strip the ocean of her last remaining profits. It is an undisputed fact that if the oceans die, we die too. As of this date, March 14, 2012, it appears that the oceans would still be able to recover, if we were to halt our impacts immediately. Make no mistake, though. Our new-found superpowers are destroying this planet so rapidly that our species may not survive to see the dawn of the 22nd century. And so, you see, we literally have no choice. We MUST adapt, evolve socially, or we will die… and take out the rest of the planet with us as we commit suicide.
What can we do? What must we do? What must we change? What must we do differently? How do we stop this?
The answer is found in that one sublime difference of perspective. We must realize that our purpose, our job and responsibility is that of STEWARDSHIP, not dominion. We must recognize that the other living beings are not ours to do with as we please. We must evolve to know that our fellow Earthlings are not unclaimed chattel, whether domestically raised or wild. In doing so, in making that shift, that evolution, we will indeed become Homo Sapiens — the wise ones. Whether domestic or wild, the creatures exist for their own purposes, think their own thoughts. They are not ours to take from their families and natural environments, nor to imprison for our entertainment, nor to kill for food or profit.
What will we eat then? We will eat what we have eaten since the time before history began: Everything else. It is an inconvenient truth (for those who raise and sell animal flesh) that humans do not need animal flesh to survive, nor do we need it to be healthy. Quite the contrary, in nearly all cases, we are far better off without ingesting meat.
With 7 billion people on the planet today, and that number rising literally as you read this, we have no choice. Neither our species nor our planet can sustain the farming that is necessary to raise and feed the sheer volume of animals we are slaughtering for their flesh. Over ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND cattle are slaughtered each and every day in the U.S. alone, far more pigs, and exponentially more chickens (15,000 per minute) to support our unhealthy addiction to meat. The oceans are already depleted of fish. The Passenger Pigeon was hunted to extinction at the beginning of the last century, as we began our transition to superpower. We are out of options. We have no choice but to go vegan to survive.
What happens next? Already, vegetarian and vegan eaters are on a very fast rise. The evolution is under way. But will it happen fast enough? This is not hyperbole: The earth is on a headfirst dive towards annihilation, and nothing less is going to stop that stoop into the abyss. We must stand up against those who still see other living beings as something to kill, trap or enslave as they like.
Humans have grown so arrogant, so full of hubris, that we accept most any validation, no matter how vapid or erroneous the excuse, to justify continuing our selfish actions. Since that perspective is so toxic to us, we must eschew it entirely. No longer can the tortures and killings be ignored. We must stand up with a loud, clear voice and police ourselves, telling all who would kill or enslave fellow beings for any reason that their actions are reprehensible, archaic, superstitious, and will not be tolerated. No, it is neither acceptable nor sustainable to to feed grain to animals so that we can eat them. It is time to cut out the middle-man and eat the plants ourselves. THAT is sustainable.
It is also not okay to continue to breed ourselves as if we were a prey species. Seven billion people is already overpopulated. No matter how much we may value our own opinion of ourselves, few couples can justify replacing themselves. Since there is no World Order/Government, it is incumbent upon ourselves to have no more than one child. Not all people will observe this, which makes it all the more important that those of us who know better do everything we can to stave off the rising population. “Yes, but not in my back yard” is not an acceptable caveat. The solar panels, wind generators, tide generators, decreased reproduction and vegan eating are necessary, prescribed, and the duty of us all. We all must evolve to survive.
It would be easily to misunderstand the concept, to think that if we do so, the genes that survive will be those of the people who refused to evolve. This is a fallacy for the simple reason that those who refuse to evolve in their own back yard will be the first to starve to death, leaving the evolved humans free to return to a sane pattern of growth once the crisis is over. So, you see, the evolved humans are those who will survive. Thus the evolution of homo sapiens is the only thing that will allow for his survival. Those genes which cannot or will not do so most certainly will not survive.
Here is the timeline for our survival: First, we voluntarily limit ourselves to one well-raised child per couple per lifetime. Concurrently, we recognize the inherent right of all living beings to life and liberty, and embrace vegan eating. By this, the population slowly begins to decline, eventually returning to sustainable numbers. Meanwhile, factory farming of meat and commercial fishing are phased out by the lack of demand. This gives the planet the break needed to recover.
Many of the vegans will realize the satisfaction and better health found in a life which is connected to the earth, and begin all manner of growing organically, at home. Some will use window boxes as gardens. Some will build small hothouses. Others will turn to hydrophonics. Growing seasons will be extended. Wellness will be regained by those changes, while the medical technologies which sustained longer lives despite the chemical toxicity in our foods continues to advance. We can realistically expect lifespans and quality of life to improve as a result of these changes. Others will come to realize the values and promise of evolving as well, and soon much of the planet will evolve, 99th Monkey style. As we remove the pressures of pollution and harvest from nature, the planet will begin to recover. If we act now, the damage done by the past 100+ years of indifference towards our decadence will be reversed, and mankind will finally be able to welcome a new prosperity for the entire planet, finally acting as the stewards we should have been all along.
Does this sound like a religion? If it does, then so be it. There is no prescription for killing, torture or death within it. There are only life and prosperity, as we cherish all beings and take our true place alongside (not over) our fellow Earthlings.
The rift between “Liberals” and “Conservatives” grows wider and deeper every day. Here in the United States, these two train(wrecks) of thought seem to divide us as markedly as the differences between the North and the South ever did. So-called Conservatives blame everything on the “Liberals” (which loosely translates to “Anyone I don’t agree with or like.”) Then there’s pretty much everyone else, from one end of the spectrum to the other. The far left may seem too radical to the middle-of-the-road Democrats, but that’s still preferable to the hypocritical platitudes and restrictions that the Right Wing “Conservatives” espouse. And ne’er the twain shall meet.
I’ve had to part ways with people over the difference — people that I would otherwise have gotten along with. We get into it because they insult President Obama in some crude fashion. Or insist that gays shouldn’t have the right to Marriage because God said so. But when pressed for justification as to why this should be the case in a country with a secular government, they mutter something unintelligible and parrot another insulting, mindless barrage of regurgitated tripe about the many ways that two people of the same gender being legally married will most certainly destroy the nation. When it comes down to it, the beliefs of the Right Wing are nothing short of religion for them. Their particular brand of repression of all that is different is knee-jerk. Arguing against their positions is pointless because they can’t justify why they believe it. They can only firmly insist that they do, and that failing to observe their wisdom will end in horrible ills and make God cry.
What about civil war, though? When two sides are separated by irreconcilable differences, that’s the eventual result. Neither will be ruled by the other, yet in our two-party system, it’s either that or literally nothing, no progress. The more astute amongst us realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans are two sides of the same coin, but they seldom bother to think about why that is the case. It comes of compromise. They compromise so much, though, that they are no longer individual, distinct, or functional. Alternatively, they can butt heads and likewise get nothing accomplished. In either case, all that transpires is the maintaining of the status quo, and that is not enough, not acceptable to the average citizen on a long-term basis. People elect others in the hope that they will change things for the Better, (as defined by what they want to see different.) Both sides are unhappy with moderate actions… and that will eventually bring us further into apathy, or into a civil war.
Is there a way out? The introduction of a strong, viable 3rd party might help, but neither of the current parties is going to allow that. Why should they split the pie 3 ways, they think, when they only have to split it in half now? (Of course, the practical truth would be that, by political negotiations, 2/3 of the people would get something of what they want that way, as opposed to the stagnation happening now.)
What do you think? Do you think we can come together, or are we heading towards a civil war?
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The U.S. Postal Service reports that it plans to eliminate 35,000 jobs this summer, while closing or consolidating 223 mail processing plants.
In the last quarter of 2011, the Postal Service lost $3.3 billion. That sounds like justification to cut back. But it’s not. MOST of that was from retirement and healthcare benefits owed to future retirees. The USPS claims it will lose $18 billion in 2015 if nothing is done. And averting such a loss is only prudent. The means of doing so, however, is vastly flawed. There’s no need to add 35,000 people to the unemployment lines. read more…
“Why can’t you just keep that to yourself?”
You mean the images, the truth about the horrible things we humans do to our fellow men and other living beings? Because those who perpetrate such atrocities depend upon their dirty deeds being kept secret.
Oh, you mean the Gay thing? Sexual orientation?
Because I shouldn’t have to. You don’t. Your photos of your family shouts out “I’m straight!” Your “Just let me check with my wife,” announces your sexual orientation. Your proud proclamation that your son or daughter has/is/did whatever, is you not keeping “it” to yourself. And you shouldn’t hide any of these truths of your life — nor should anyone else. At the end of the day, it’s not for you to have an opinion about anyone else’s life but your own.
To those of you who are still in the closet, and those who are but cover it up with “I’m not hiding who I am, I’m just not comfortable with public displays of affection” (PDAs):
The day will come, (and when it does is up to you,) when you are fed up with apologizing for who and what you are, done with hiding, and done with being a dirty secret. I will not put you down if you lack the strength to do so now. read more…
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