SNOWDEN AND THE FARM, PART TWO

21 05 2014

A remarkable number of people have read my “Edward Snowden and The Farm” post, although there has not been a lot of discussion about it on WordPress.  In a way that’s fine with me, because I have been writing and talking about the topic for decades, and grown weary of repeating myself.  Indeed, the only reason I wrote “Edward Snowden and The Farm” was because IT insisted that I write it down.  The piece was more of a download than an act of conscious creation.

The post did evoke the typical Farm responses in a thread on Facebook.  They came from a guy I’ve known for forty-three years, and I wanted to give him my best response, which turned out to be way longer than would reasonably fit in a Facebook thread.  So, here are his remarks, and my response.

He said: the farm changeover was brought about by a vast majority of people whose material needs were not being met period.

Note  “period,” as in, “end of discussion.”  In my experience, his response was pretty representative of the attitude of current Farm residents. He later wrote this:

we’ll have to agree to disagree martin,family’s got to independently make its own decisions about the basics.can’t run around looking for basic footwear forever.it got 2 where the system manipulators thrived.at that point we’re at square 1.people are people no matter what system you’re in,no point tying your hands behind your back.seems like most everyone is happier now.but enough arguing,you feel like your social experiment failed,well it did but the community recovered and became what it needed to become and is thriving.that’s the long answer.

Again, typical. What follows is my long answer to him.

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ANSWERS TO LIFE’S EXISTENTIAL QUESTIONS

13 01 2013

music:  James McMurtry, “Outskirts

Kate Wolf, “You’re Not Standing Like You Used To”

Last month, I took the opportunity of the Winter Solstice to reflect on the seemingly Quixotic attempt by the counterculture, which includes the Green Party, to change the course of civilization before we devastate this planet.  It seems I was not the only one working through a dark night of the soul.

Just a few days later, I read Jan Lundberg’s “solstice musings,” entitled “Waiting for Culture Change (or something like it).”  Like me, Jan has spent the last several decades pushing for, well, culture change (the name of his website/movement) and, like me, he is beginning to wonder if he (or anyone) will live to see the promised land, and, like me, beginning to wonder if he has spent most of his adult life in a futile attempt to realize that promised land, that “Earth restored.”  Jan wrote:

…here are a baker’s three-quarter dozen thoughts that came to me in reflecting on my past year, or upon the ending of an age, as we face an ever-dawning world:

• Paradoxically, this is a time of minimized solidarity — when we need it most.• It is undermined by the cherished notion that the world — nature’s womb — is forever our playground for individual gratification.

• Right livelihood — lifestyle change away from consumerism — is unrewarded except perhaps in karma or Gaia’s appreciation, if you will.

• Hitting hard with the truth that one has found is not necessarily appreciated by many people, despite creative efforts coupled with compassion, assuming you can get to them at all.

• The sharp distinction between the Earth-engaged person and the material world-engaged man or woman has not lessened, despite momentous forces and trends becoming more clear. There are the few who, while not being perfect human beings, live for more than just themselves, as they share their vision and go up against corrupt power. But the greater number of citizens just look out for themselves, being taken advantage of by the subset of sociopaths extending institutional conditioning to predation. Read the rest of this entry »








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