Image of Clear Cut: marlimillerphoto.com
Ah, but Plum Creek did make some amends. Yes, they built some summer housing for the rich folks that could afford it. Thus, for the first several miles traveling into what used to be the rustic scenery of an old growth forest, saturated in a rich display of wildlife containing both plants and animals; there remains, instead, the desertification of upper-middle class vacation homes. Gotta give these folks some playtime in the woods so they can pretend they are like Thoreau sitting comfortably in his shack adjacent to Walden's Pond.
Oh, how much does that shack cost sitting upon a scenic lot overlooking pristine waters? Yes, these types of waterfront properties used to house the poor due to it being close to resources for human survival. Yes, it was scenic. Yet it was also one's life blood. It was about survival! Now, it is a status symbol for the elites!
Plum Creek must be laughing all the way to the bank!
This nightmare contains the promise of public banks in my mind's eye, and hopefully they will give the public a promissory note on this! With public banks operating as public servants, perhaps they would care about the environment in which their public lived? That is, IF the new politicians cannot still be bought out by the banking-corporate empire...a very big IF that becomes more elusive with each ruling of our similarly owned and indoctrinated Supreme Court.
That "perhaps" appears to be the case in North Dakota, coincidentally (?) the only state with a public bank, the only state to remain in the black since the 2008 financial disaster, and the only state with the resources to respond immediately and fully to natural and man-made disasters. Indeed, Public Banks might even realize that the public that they serve need oxygen to breathe, which the trees breathe out and that multinational corporations like Plum Creek pulverizes through their process of desertification for profit.
Yes, corporations do indeed take our breath away. But not in the same sense that an attractive person may take our breath away. These hands are those of a rapist. They wrap themselves around our throat and cut off our air supply while thrusting themselves upon us. They are not lovers. They are abusers. They abuse Nature just as they abuse our Souls. Remember, Nature has two meanings: birds and bees as well as Self, or Essence. The wasteland of a clear-cut forest is the wasteland of our standardized minds molded into shape by standardized education. These are all part of the rape.
Could Public Banking be one of those arenas that could help us reclaim our loving relationship to Nature and hence to ourselves? Perhaps Public Banking could invest in enriching individuals minds, bodies and souls as well as that of the environment those souls inhabit? Can Public Banking be a lover and not a rapist?
I think so. While she may not verbalize it as such, or may need more convincing, I think Ellen Brown, author of The Public Banking Solution: From Austerity to Prosperity is on the same track .
Ah, prosperity, she says in the title of her book. Envision this alongside this author who read Ellen's book: a rich variety of trees filling your senses with the lush beauty of their smell, taste and sight. You know those trees are producing the oxygen you and your loved ones inhale. And you, in return for the favor, breathe out the carbon dioxide the trees so love. It's a "win-win" proposition. Thus, you have a world filled with breathable air! Can you smell the sweetness of that air in your mind's eye? In sensing this, does the planet seem so hostile? This, not financial wealth, is the meaning of prosperity--where life prospers. Yes, changing our banking system can help; but changing our mindsets and values is even more fundamental.
Is Nature's Way truly about competition and survival of the fittest as Darwin was reported to have said? Was Darwin's conception on "fittest" actually "strongest and most competitive", as modern interpretation reads, or "that which fits best into its ecosystem"? Mm, I have read that Darwin never focused on competition and survival of the fittest.....it was a man named Spencer! In a Quickwiki article (listed below), it is stated:
An interpretation of the phrase "survival of the fittest" to mean "only the fittest organisms will prevail" (a view sometimes derided as "Social Darwinism") is not consistent with the actual theory of evolution. Any individual organism which succeeds in reproducing itself is "fit" and will contribute to survival of its species, not just the "physically fittest" ones, though some of the population will be better adapted to the circumstances than others. A more accurate characterization of evolution would be "survival of the fit enough".
In listening to the idea behind Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis, it appears the creatures, plants, and rocky formations on this Earth work in symbiosis in creating a habitable atmosphere balanced with oxygen and carbon dioxide. This is true even in the predator-prey relationship. A lion that eats a gazelle is helping to control the population of gazelle which then allows for a more sustainable relationship between gazelles and the grass they eat. Thus, the relationship of predator to prey isn't so much predatory, it is complementary. The planet operates more on a partnership model than on competition.
Making economics more of a partnership model than a competitive model is my dream regarding Public Banking. I'm not sure Ellen would say this is hers! I don't want to put words in her mouth. But, I do think she would mull it around and eventually come to agree. I also think she would agree that Public Banking is about serving the public and NOT competition and survival of the fittest, as interpreted by the banksters.
I often wonder if competition is truly a pitting of This against That. Indeed, it is through competition that one becomes stronger. Two wrestlers actually foster evolution in each other by challenging the opposition to build muscles as well as technique in order to win. In this sense, the two wrestlers are in partnership, which is why Oriental wrestlers tend to bow to each other and boxers shake hands prior to a match. Perhaps competition is a subset of cooperation? Not knowing the relationship of cooperation behind competition is partly why we are in such a mess politically, socially, financially and ecologically. Its another way the "powers that be" manipulate us.