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Think Like a Commoner to Save the Planet: The Imperative Work of David Bollier

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Every one of us is faced with increasing levels of air, water and land pollution. Not a one of us is going to escape the consequences of our collective behavior. This is not an "us and them" nor an "us vs them" situation. We are at a point where the consequences of our actions scream to all of us, "YOU need to change! Don't fight the corporations. Stop living the lifestyle they want you to live and which you buy into."

One of the changes caused by our lifestyle is our climate. For example, consider the following graph regarding CO 2 levels from NASA:

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Perhaps our planet is at-risk for becoming a desert void of any life. If you don't believe this, consider the wasteland image of a tar sands oil site below.

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Many say that the external world is a mirror to what is within us. We project ourselves onto the world. Think about this relationally. How does this image of the tar sands relate to the way our children are being educated through the "no child left behind" mentality. In that state, which boils down to teaching to the test, what is happening to our children's minds? Are we creating a planet of wastelands, be they of mind, matter or atmosphere?

All of these are one. This planet is a hall of mirrors.

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What are some of the drivers to this situation that cause us to create such horrible wastelands? I would state our philosophies of life that lead to our lifestyles, which are spurred by corporations that tend to brainwash us into thinking that their products are what we need. But, blaming the corporations doesn't get us off the hook. Ultimately, our first step is to say "no more" to several thousand years of conditioning dating back to pre Greco-Roman civilization.

That's a lot of conditioning to go through. But, that's exactly what is needed. Ultimately, it's about our changing whether the corporations and government do or not. James Burke puts it beautifully at the end of his wonderful documentary, "The Day the Universe Changed":

"If the universe is what you say it is, then please say!"

I doubt you would say "Make it so" to a world of tar sands oil fields. The only piece I would add is that first you have to look at what you are currently saying.

Corporation-based schooling entices us into dependence through getting us to believe that we need them to employ us, provide us with food and shelter, and entertain us. Yes, folks await the stock market reports to declare the health of the economy. Meanwhile we embody their lie: Not living in line with corporations entails a sure death physically and/or of a lifestyle that they have convinced us we need to survive. To reinforce this issue, how often do we listen for statistics on the "job market?"

"The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away" was not originally spoken of the Corporation. WE have allowed that translation. What is actually "too big to fail" is the Earth not the banks. It is past time for us to reconsider where our true livelihood comes from and where our true allegiance lies.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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