corimagua

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Be-YOU-tiful

This Comment is for the Terence McKenna video talking about the impacts of culture on our lives, and Robert Anton Wilson talking about why we shouldn’t blindly believe the things people say.

We can’t let the negative aspects of our culture suck us in, control and shape us. Don’t follow any practice, or ritual, or party, or group of people who are doing things which you don’t agree with. Don’t do anything you don’t want to do. Don’t do anything you don’t believe in. Don’t follow anyone else’s BS. Listen to yourself and follow your own reason and common sense. We are all unique individuals, magnificent in our own ways. Don’t allow main-stream culture to dictate who you become and form your person. Become whoever you want to become. Trust your intuition and have faith, those who look inside for answers are all learning from the same teacher. Consciousness resides inside all of us and it’s guiding us all in the same direction. You are a lot more unique, talented, courageous, and fucking awesome than you ever imagined, TRUST ME! Just Find yourself, then express it. Be the person you know you can be. Become your Dream

Don’t Believe BS

Days of DESTRUCTION, Days of REVOLT

Modified from the Original from the book Days of Destruction Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco

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Corporations are disemboweling every last social service program funded by the taxpayers, from education to Social Security, because they want that money themselves. Let the sick die. Let the poor go hungry. Let families be tossed in the street. Let the unemployed rot. Let children in the inner city or rural wastelands learn nothing and live in misery and fear. Let the students finish school with no jobs and no prospect of jobs. Let the prison system, the largest in the industrial world, expand to swallow up all potential dissenters. Let torture continue. Let teachers, police, firefighters, postal employees, and social workers join the ranks of the unemployed. Let the roads, bridges, dams, levees, power grids, rail lines, subways, bus services, schools, and libraries crumble or close. Let the rising temperatures of the planet, the freak weather patterns, the hurricanes, the droughts, the flooding, the tornadoes, the melting polar ice caps, the poisoned water systems, and the polluted air degrade until the species dies.

Who the hell cares? If the stock values of ExxonMobil or the coal industry or Goldman Sachs are high, life is good. Profit. Profit. Profit. They have their fangs deep in your neck. If you do not shake them off very, very soon, they will kill you. And they will kill the ecosystem, dooming your children and your children’s children. They are too stupid and too blind to see that they will perish with the rest of us. So either you rise up and supplant them, either you dismantle the corporate state for a world of sanity, a world where we no longer kneel before the absurd idea that the demands of financial markets should govern human behavior, or we are frog-marched toward self-annihilation.

The long, long road of sacrifice, tears, and suffering that led to the collapse of previous oppressive regimes throughout the world stretched back decades. Those who made change possible were those who had discarded all notions of the practical. They did not try to reform political parties. They did not attempt to work within the system. They did not know what, if anything, their protests would accomplish. But through it all they held fast to moral imperatives. They did so because these values were right and just. They expected no reward for their virtue, and they got none. They were marginalized and persecuted. And yet these poets, play-wrights, actors, clerics, singers, and writers finally triumphed over state and military power. They drew the good to the good. They triumphed because, however cowed and broken the masses around them appeared, their message of defiance did not go unheard. It did not go unseen. The steady drumbeat of rebellion embodied in their lives exposed the rot, lies, and corruption of the state

The Occupy movements were a physical embodiment of hope. They returned us to a world where empathy is a primary attribute. They defied the profit-driven hierarchical structures of corporate capitalism. They knew that hope has a cost, that it is not easy or comfortable, that it requires self-sacrifice and discomfort and finally faith. In Zuccotti Park and throughout the country, they slept on concrete every night. Their clothes were soiled. They ate more bagels and peanut butter than they ever thought possible. They tasted fear, were beaten, went to jail, were blinded by pepper spray, cried, hugged each other, lauded, sung, talked too long in general assemblies, saw their chants drift up-ward to the office towers above them, wondered if it is worth it, if anyone cared, if they would win. 

We may feel powerless in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture, and our ecosystem. But we are not. We have a power, as the Occupy encampments demonstrated, that terrifies the corporate state. Any act of rebellion, no matter how few people show up or how heavily it is censored, chips away at corporate power. Any act of rebellion keeps alive the embers for larger movements that follow us. It passes on another narrative. It will, as the state consumes itself, attract larger and larger numbers. Perhaps the full-blown revolution will not happen in our lifetimes. But if we persist, we can keep this possibility alive. If we do not, it will die.

 

-Chris Hedges

 
 
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Who’s streets? Consumerism and the I-phone Mania

Hello conscious and rational human beings out there. Can anyone else see the madness in this?? 

People spending days and weeks camped out to purchase a new i-phone is insane. I would be upset if it was any other company, this has nothing to do with apple, I have friends who work at Apple and even have a mac computer at home but this video highlights a lot of things which are wrong in our societies. To me, it is sad and irrational that it is perfectly okay to camp out for weeks on the streets waiting for a new i-phone but if you want to camp out in the streets to send out messages of defiance, messages against consumerist culture, messages of care for the natural environment, messages of revolution, message of change, messages of love, then you are removed with force or with the threat of force, you are beaten away from the streets or sent to prison. It is critical for a healthy democracy to have open public spaces for people to gather in. Like Evelyn Beatrice Hall said in her biography of Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. You can disagree with the Occupy movement but one thing is for sure: they understood the truth about the streets. The truth is that the streets don’t belong to any authority, they don’t belong to corporations, they don’t belong to anyone in particular, the streets belong to the public, the streets belong to the people. The people involved in the Occupy movement understood and exercised their rights to freedom of speech. They occupied public spaces to speak their truths and share and discuss things which truly mattered to them. But in this crazy world we live in, it is sometimes “illegal” to stand up for what is right. Like Voltaire wisely said, “It is dangerous to be right, when the government is wrong”