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Taking Charge: The Beginning of a Peaceful and Sustainable Planet Lies in Us

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In researching the morning news on April 8, I found the following:

JUBA, South Sudan, Apr 8 2016 (IPS) - Facing an unprecedented economic crisis, South Sudan -- the newest nation of the world -- has urged its 12 million inhabitants to turn to agriculture instead of depending on declining oil revenues.

Ah, the beauty of bottom-up movements. South Sudan is on target. Grow your own food and get independent of the criminal elite existing in the halls of corporations, government, banks, and everything these people control via having loads of money.

On another front, author Michael Pollan reinforces bottom-up and local control when he states, "Yes, it is time to fire the powers that be and we, in turn, begin to govern ourselves."

The currently operating curse of top-down power structures has led us to the decimation of the planet alongside a dumbing down of our children via "teach to the test" tactics. In essence, we are living under a curse that goes back to Genesis 1:2 when Eve (women in general) is told, "The Man shall rule over thee."

This curse is one we have bought into for the past several thousand years. Its time to say to the world of patriarchs, "No MORE!"

The Man rules over none of us. We have allowed it and, ultimately, created this mess we are in (pollution, constant war, physical and sexual abuse, etc). Top-Down management has been a prime star in this mess. We apparently don't realize we are on a planet that is relational, not top-down. All creatures together create the atmosphere of this planet that sustain plants and animals throughout the world.

We the people can do better than what we are currently doing. In the depths of our being, we don't need "experts" or "authorities." Oh, how I love to flesh out the term author-ity. Who gave whom the right to author your life? You don't believe you're being authored? Then, why do you continue to lose yourself in corporate owned media and government and thus lose yourself in surrender to their power? Why do you allow these top-down authorities to educate your children and determine how you labor? As we age, why do we hand the reins for our lives and money to these same leaches?

We did this to ourselves by allowing ourselves to be ruled over. Nowhere is this idea more pronounced than in Eric Fromm's writing Escape From Freedom. (Fromm has written several brilliant books, my favorite is Anatomy of Human Destructiveness. I believe this may have been his last book, though I see Escape From Freedom his best analysis of western culture). Fromm is exactly right. We do indeed escape from freedom. Thus we allow our children to be dumbed down in "teach to the test methods" which works primarily to keep our children brainwashed and not thinking creatively. This makes them easier to manage.

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