Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Things which are used.

So often I read about all sorts of solutions to reduce the carbon foot print. All kinds of new products (even Green clothing lines) that will lessen your pollution contribution. But the simple fact is that anything newly manufactured is going against this whole concept of green. The real problems people are having is not in finding low carbon producing products, but rather getting their heads around the idea of brand new. It should be listed among all the other offensive word/phrases of our culture. Not only is the actual process of creating the unneeded product an insult to the earths environment but this whole brain washing of the savior like qualities of the concept of "Brand New" is an insult to our intelligence and the idea of thinking for ones self. There is such an abundance of used clothing and many other perfectly good used products available that most of the manufactured crap is a tragic mis use of our energy and resources. Of course there are many things we require to be newly produced, but they are not the sort of things we buy just to satisfy low self esteem and boredom. If you really want to change the world, change the way you see it, change your mind, change your ideas of what new and brand new are. While you're doing this you'll probably save yourself hundreds maybe thousands of dollars in the process. "Green" has itself become a Brand name or tag in advertising and for that reason must be held up to the light. The corporations are savvy to trends now a days, so they will put on the sheep's skin and get you to give them your money in exchange for their ideas and conceptions of "Green", "Left", "Right", "Truth", anything you want they will sell you. So I say stop buying, stop being sheep to the slayers of your minds and free choice. I realized many years ago that we have been duped into thinking that many options equate many choices. This can be true, but only when the actual options are individual, that is separate choices. But how is choosing coke cola or pepsi or fanta much of an option when first of all they're all poisons and they represent nothing more than a select groups of ruling elitist corporations who are actually selling us the same things, just with different names. You may say that coke and pepsi are different tasting and you'd be right. But if that is the only choice you are ready to make, well you've been deceived as to what is important in this life. Diabetes causing beverages or foods are not choices, but rather addictions. The change in perspective is a personal one. As the person in Plato's cave who realizes that what she/he has been taught to see and think is not reality but a carefully controlled illusion, instituted by the puppet masters. It is key that the individual in their mind without coercion or manipulations finds their own personal path to this freedom. Don't be a sucker or a chump, be free without a price tag. You want to rebel, the only form of it that scares them is to stop spending on what they say you need. Deconstruct, un-learn, so that you can finally see who you really are without the insecurity and the fear of acceptance. You already are perfectly you. The Buddha was just a dude who realized this sort of thing and more. He was an absolute rebel, pulling his whole social structure apart and recreating a more egalitarian way. The idea is that thought can and will remake the world. So don't let the advertisers tell you what to think.

Buddha said:

  • I consider the positions of kings and rulers as that of dust motes.

  • I observe treasures of gold and gems as so many bricks and pebbles.

  • I look upon the finest silken robes as tattered rags.

  • I see myriad worlds of the universe as small seeds of fruit, and the greatest lake in India as a drop of oil upon my foot.

  • I perceive the teachings of the world as the illusions of magicians.

  • I discern the highest conception of emancipation as a golden brocade in a dream, and view the holy path of the illuminated ones as flowers appearing in one's eyes.

  • I see meditation as a pillar of a mountain, nirvana as a nightmare of daytime.

  • I look upon the judgments of right and wrong as the serpentine dance of a dragon, and the rise and fall of belief as traces left by the four seasons.

1 comment:

Greg Eddie said...

I've just read through your 2008 posts and we share many thoughts, so I wanted to say thank you for your efforts.

I find the endless chatter, analysis and consumption of modern society the greatest challenge of our time, at least if the goal is to increase awareness and sensitivity of our oneness in spirit with the entire natural world.

Keep up the good work.

Portland, OR