The blog unfolded from this emotion: observation and evidence show, whether I like it or not—and I don’t like it!—that there really are people who appear to want to take all they can, exploit all they can, even abuse, kill and rape all they want—as well as people who use others to spread terror to make it happen.
Not only that, it’s often sanctioned, legal and celebrated—in short, the norm.
The resulting shock to populations—as Naomi Klein and countless others have pointed out—allows even more pernicious exploitation, legislation and manipulation to take place.
This appears to be a significant aspect of what it means to be human, around the world, and in varying degrees, within us all—and within all of this, there is so much beauty, as well. How humbling. How possibly refining—for all the questions it then begs.
And assuming there are people like this everywhere, exploiting all that they can, at whatever cost, often within so-called “legal” boundaries, I just wanted the last blog to really call a spade a spade by satirizing what we think is crazy while pointing out the deeper madness of what is accepted as the norm.
BUSINESS AS USUAL
This norm—the unsustainable, profit driven exploitation of resources, the systemic, legal torture of billions of animals and the denial of even basic human rights (if necessary) and so on—is expressed unequivocally as a significant and exalted aspect of the corporate model, arguably the dominant motif of this incredible age.
If you have a business executive who really wants to take on social responsibilities, get rid of him fast. He doesn’t have the right sense of priorities and will do a poor job running the business.
This idea is a worldwide corporate motif, considered practical, common-sensical, and the norm.
A WHALE OF A CHOICE
On the flipside, disabling a whaling ship that adamantly refuses to obey international law—and for profit (and, granted, livelihoods) relentlessly massacres, say, endangered sea-life, which puts our life on earth at risk—by ramming it, is considered, if not a terrorist act, crazy.
Indeed, it is a little crazy—while noting the act is neither a random nor unannounced happening, and its sole focus is disabling inanimate property (granted, there are people on it) to stop ongoing mass slaughter.
But in the rapacious, collective phenomena of countless Transnational Corporations in conjunction with leaders of various ilk and their storm troopers, could some of their actions—by definition oblivious to effective “social responsibility”—not be considered a pervasive form of ongoing terrorism?
After all, terror is an aspect of what takes place everyday against individuals and populations all over the world—Iraq and Darfur, in part, being simply the obvious examples—when citizens simply by circumstance are attacked, killed or displaced as a result of policy—by both physical attack and/or environmental disruption.
THROUGH A GREEN LENS
Take a look through this staggering article, Casualties from the Iraq War (the Invasion of Iraq and its fallout). No current situation in the world, it says, has created more displaced people.
Then consider the corporate profits of oil corporations—the largest in history, of any corporations—security and surveillance companies, weapons corporations, and the stock portfolio of the inner circle of the Bush regime.
With the numbers in hand, consider then how big media corporations label the Khartoum government and its Janjaweed henchmen as heinous and genocidal (rightly) and the Bush government as misguided (instructive—hey, I feel the difference that facts don’t bare out, too).
As for my mood, having read about Paul Watson, his vegan stance in opposition to factory farm cruelty and the resulting environmental decimation—and seeing even as a director of the Sierra Club he couldn’t make fellow-directors see the irony of not speaking out, let alone contributing to the problem—I felt a twinge of “shock and awe,” and my response found itself on the page. It was fun.
For reasons perhaps superior intellects can figure out, big media and politics exist at a bandwidth of consciousness that lives off the tension created by ongoing bold-faced deception. The intensity of the lie, its destracting electrical charge, is its core power—all the rest are lesser details.
Iraq is never immoral no matter how immense the slaughter of children and women. Politicians have affairs and apologise—still hungry for the same. And why not? Emotional evolution is very difficult, I would guess, trapped at this plane. Infinite news spins round and round, information samsara (the cycle of repeating births and deaths, with no liberation), sucking our consciousness down by its centripetal force.
So be careful, and seek more edifying, beautiful, joyous, discerning association.
So I’ll leave you with this comment, which unintentionally seemed to sum up part of life’s experience for many of us—both a longing for the well being of all and desperation in its non-attainment. Let me know if you can relate. Then take a deep breath and carry on! With beauty!
It comes from Urgen Tenzin, executive director of the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, as the brutal Chinese government clamp down on Tibetans in the not so Autonomous Region:
Mr. Tenzin’s cellphone trilled and he grabbed his notebook. The call was a secondhand report of a protest breaking out Monday at a medical college in a province outside the Tibet Autonomous Region.
“We are quite helpless,” Mr. Tenzin said. “What we can do except disseminate information?”
Ain’t there a little truth in that sentence?—as the Chinese and countless other governments know.
As for me, I apologize for the limitations and generalizations of some of my comments here, as always. My hope is they are mostly edifying and inspiring, and hopeful, even for superior intellects. Armed with yoga—armed with consciousness, armed with love, armed with gratitude—stand and fight, and/or, stand and write.
And seek joy, solidarity, gratitude and laughter as much as possible.
Big fat hopeful love to the greatness of you,