Posted by pancho from pool0267.cvx24-bradley.dialup.earthlink.net (126.96.36.199) on Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 10:35AM :
In Reply to: Add to this also AZTLAN ... posted by andreas from dtm2-t8-2.mcbone.net (188.8.131.52) on Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 9:00AM :
No way. If there is an upheaval America will only emerge the better for it.
We need to get money out of politics so no one is beholden to any corporation...if we are going to be bastards anyway, let us at least be our own...not because someone else pulled our strings. Anything genuine is a better start than something phoney.
It isn't just America...the entire planet is groaning under the burden of an impossible lifestyle. What the West has developed and appropriated for itself is not an envious lifestyle at all. Aside from killing us, it is depleting the planet.
This earth can't sustain a BMW for everybody...probably not even a washing machine for everybody. America's travails are old hat already...same as the rest of the developed and overdeveloped segments of the population on this planet.
A whole new meaning to "life" will have to evolve or none of us will make it much further. The skills and techniques of industrialized society will be seen as mostly harmful to the well-being of the planet. But from our technology we might develop some remedies...but only as band-aids and repairs for what we've damaged.
Had it been possible, Jefferson's idea of "gentlemen farmers" would have been ideal. At some point...someday...we're going to realize that the best lifestyle for everyone on this planet will be the best for any one of us.
We can get the basics without killing the world...all that excess is just intended to fill a yawning gap in our psyches...damaged by what I don''t exactly know...but meant to be filled by gadgets and gee gaws and drugs that just hurt the planet and everyone in it and don't do the job anyway.
A whole new thrust in childhood education would be a good place to start, but not as defined by the corporate structure.
We will survive...and things can only improve, after some bumpy spots...takes a crisis unfortunately...a REAL one.
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