Archive for the ‘4c. Conscience and Sacrifice: Actions towards Utopia.’ Category

On Utopia

August 1, 2009

When the perfect order prevails, the world is like a home shared by all. Leaders are capable and virtuous. Everyone loves and respects their own parents and children as well as the parents and children of others. The old are cared for, adults have jobs, children are nourished and educated. There is a means of support for all those who are disabled or find themselves alone in the world. Everyone has an appropriate role to play in the family and society. Devotion to public duty leaves no place for idleness. Scheming for ill gain is unknown. Sharing displaces selfishness and materialism.
— Confucius

“Without the Utopians of other times, men would still live in caves.…..Out of generous dreams come beneficial realities.
— Anatole France

“It is no longer enough to point out what we don’t like, we have to work out ‘What sort of society do we want?”
— Sheila Rowbotham

“The world is now too dangerous for anything less than utopia.
R. Buckminster Fuller

“The first arresting fact about the Utopians is that they were practical enough to try putting their ideas to the test of fact. Owing to the greater opportunities offered by a New Country, many of these trials were made in the United States. The familiar names of Brookfarm, New Hope, New Harmony, New Enterprise, record these efforts, and the personalities of Hawthorne, Horace Greeley, Ripley, Albert Brisbane, Henry James Sr., adorn a movement of ideas which continue to live, though in much modified form, in the modern world. Contrary to usual belief, the actual settlements did not all come to an end from incompetence or quarrels or unworkability. Some even grew rich and became the object of their nonsocialized neighbors’ envy…..”
— Jacques Barzun

Life without idealism is empty indeed.
Pearl S. Buck


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Kenyan women hit men with sex ban

April 30, 2009

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8025457.stm

Women’s activist groups in Kenya have slapped their partners with a week-long sex ban in protest over the infighting plaguing the national unity government.

The Women’s Development Organisation coalition said they would also pay prostitutes to join their strike.

The campaigners are asking the wives of the Kenyan president and the prime minister to join in the embargo.

They say they want to avoid a repeat of the violence which convulsed the country after the late-2007 elections.

Relations between Kenya’s coalition partners, led by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, have become increasingly acrimonious.

Now the dispute has moved to the nation’s bedrooms.

Patricia Nyaundi, executive director of the Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida), one of the organisations in the campaign, said they hoped the seven-day sex ban would force the squabbling rivals to make up.

The Politics Of Protest and Individualism

April 20, 2009


Survival Acres is the most fearless blogger around.

JGrace

Me!

http://survivalacres.com/wordpress/?p=1666

If you’re going to stage effective protest (versus protests), I guarantee you, it’s going to cost you something — personally. And this is where so many Americans fail, they want group “cooperation” as a necessity for their involvement, where they can link hands around a tree or something, otherwise, they won’t do it or they won’t commit. They’re not willing to put a personal aspect to protest, where it will cost them something personally.

Of course, this means that such protests are absolutely meaningless and ineffective. What do our leaders care when we publically protests with signs and placards and letter writing campaigns, but then go right back to compliance or cooperation or funding after our weekend spree of “disobedience”? If you’re going to protest, you have to commit your life to the effort, not just your mouth.

Our leaders have long recognized this tendency and have used it effectively for their own advantage and agenda. Group participation is highly manipulated in this country (and probably elsewhere too) as being socially acceptable. Non-group participation is widely frowned upon as being “anti-social”. We’re taught this behavior from birth, never realizing that we are unwittingly going along with the mass brainwash of herd manipulation.

Haven’t you noticed that group participation is allowed, whereas individual protests is not? I’ve read countless stories where the isolated individual who stands out is swiftly silenced. Ever wonder why? Because this frightens the living hell out of those who are trying to manipulate us into compliance. While America prides itself on “individualism”, the truth is another story. We’re a nation of herd animals, the vast majority unwilling to take a stand on anything, especially if they have to stand out and be identified.

A Wise person is made, not born.

April 12, 2009

You don’t need to be brilliant to be wise.  

 Barry Schwartz on our real crisis.  (We stopped being wise.)

Celebrate moral exemplars. People are inspired by moral heroes.

How to Help People the Health Ranger Way (aid to Ecuador homeless)

February 3, 2009

By Mike Adams, January 31, 2009

The last time I went to Ecuador, I spent some time thinking about how to help people. It didn’t take long to find the simple answers: Just get out there, ask people what they need and get it for them!

So I started filming these events, and today I’ve posted the first of many that you’ll eventually see posted on NaturalNews. You can watch the video here: http://www.naturalnews.com/025487.html

This first video is about Julia Maria, a woman living in a shack on the side of the road, literally sleeping with chickens in shockingly unclean conditions. While we couldn’t put a new roof over her head that day, we did find out what she needed (a mattress, some clothes, some shoes, and some food), we went out and got it, and delivered it to her.

Towards the end of this video, you can hear her asking for a cola, which we try to explain to her isn’t good for her health (we don’t bring people colas).

In the future, we’ll work to bring people fresh produce, but at the time of this filming, our gardens in Ecuador weren’t producing yet, so we got her what we could from the local stores (whole-grain bread and some fresh fruit).

What’s interesting about Ecuador, by the way, is that it’s so easy and affordable to make a difference in someone’s life. This is true anywhere, actually, but in Ecuador, a dollar goes a long way towards improving the life of a fellow human being.


Quotes on Goodness

December 5, 2008

“Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.”
Pablo Casals

Get Service – Got Empathy?

November 26, 2008

Todd Rundgren – I can’t Stop Running

November 7, 2008