"Do you believe that our culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living? For the last several years I've taken to asking people this question, at talks and rallies, in libraries, on buses, in airplanes, at the grocery store, the hardware store. Everywhere. The answers range from emphatic nos to laughter. No one answers in the affirmative. One fellow at one talk did raise his hand, and when everyone looked at him, he dropped his hand, then said, sheepishly, 'Oh, voluntary? No, of course not.' My next question: how will this understanding that this culture will not voluntarily stop destroying the natural world, eliminating indigenous cultures, exploiting the poor, and killing those who resist/shift our strategy and tactics? The answer? Nobody knows, because we never talk about it: we're too busy pretending the culture will undergo a magical transformation."And yet we walk on. Stopping is not an option. Anyone who thinks we should stop is delusional. The only societally acceptable argument is ... what is the correct speed? Once that is determined everything will be just fine. But we know that's not true. Regardless of what the feces-flinging monkeys screech or the placating voices of liberals murmur ... it's not true at all.
So step by harrowing step the panic starts to build. Why doesn't somebody do something? Why doesn't somebody stop us?
Maybe if we change our lifestyle we can stop marching to the cliff. What if we all ran to our hardware stores and bought energy saving light bulbs? What if we all took shorter showers? Left the car in the driveway and took a bus? And if that's not good enough ... what if we went over to the breaker box and turned our houses "off" for 12 out of 24 hours each day? Would that finally work if we cut our energy and water consumption in half?
Each day a Palm Springs golf course consumes as much water as a family of four uses in four years and a U.S. navy destroyer uses the same amount of oil in a week that Huntington Beach California, a city of 200,000 people, uses in a year.
To paraphrase Bill Clinton, "It's the Dominant Culture, stupid."
We may have seen the beginnings of a way to stop The Dominant Culture. It's going to take Occupy ... Everything.
Occupy Everything. It's as simple as Not Buying Anything for God's birthday and Staying Home on a national strike day ... and the next day ... and the next ... until the psychopaths understand we're not walking up to that cliff any longer. We're going to stop. And talk about where to go from here.
Anyone who doesn't agree had better come up with a different plan pretty quick. Because the feces-flinging monkeys and the placating liberals are going to grab you by the throat and shove you off that cliff if you don't voluntarily jump.
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