‘our purpose here’

2012-10-21 su–during my trike ride i saw and heard leaf-blowers, which, on this blustery day, strikes me as very silly–as paul simon sang, ‘who am i to blow against the wind?’–or with it, or any which way; watched the garden at karma

2012-10-20 sa–rain off and on; skipped what’s on your plate?, but not fresh! at chigamik, followed by a circle where lj challenged each of us, like the guy in the film (that’s him on the right; he grew up in farming but went to college and into business and pro sports, until one day in europe he reconnected with his past; now he connects urbanites to farming), to do something inspired by the film. ●we know what sue, lj, julie, brenda, and luke are doing, kinda, but there were new stories to share: ●i said i’d write–what else am i good for? ●we need to eat, else we die; in a POW camp, harold ate dandelions growing along the fence (now things are just as desperate–but most of us don’t know it yet). ●we talked about sourcing local, free range eggs and meat; being a lactarian, the actual content wasn’t personally relevant, but people sharing experience sure was. ●some of us sprout or eat raw foods (like the rest of life)–higher nutritionally, lower emissionally. ●found out larry’s a vegan; hope he comes to forks over knives; afterwards, i asked larry how he gets his b12; he takes supplements daily (when he remembers) and gets a shot every 3 months; he’s specifically requested b12 analysis on his bloodwork; he says dairy is worse than red meat (it is? uh oh), tho yoghurt is the best of a bad lot (whew?). ●heidi’s name came up a few times as a future farmer; corinna’s daughter too loves farming; is there anything better asks a farmer in the film than to see the Morning_Dew_by_Lonely_Enigmabejewelled morning dew? back to the film: many, many good points, including: ●yes, organic food costs more (tho i live below the poverty line and i choose to afford it; organic food, unlike industrial ‘food’, ie, the stuff you buy in the supermarket, is not subsidized, nor is as economic as industrial ‘food’; industrial food’s true costs are externalised and we pay for it elsewhere–higher healthcare costs or greater military costs to protect our oil, for example–see the link below) but it tastes better and it’s more nutritious src--http://www.mmsb.nl.ca/images/MMSB-vermi-composting2.pngsupermarkets–purveyors of tasteless ‘food’–sprang up in an adult’s lifetime; the entire food system depends mightily on oil (we so easily forget that less than a hundred years ago everyone ate organic food and less than two hundred years ago there was no oil; the idea is not to go back in time–we can’t–but to go forward and learn from the past) ●composting builds soil, builds community. fresh! is a good film–if you want see it (if you want see it again) you can borrow it from SHARE.

src--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death; Uploaded in FlickR by Kessiyebennett maps out her life. born in 1982, she hopes one day to be 80 but ‘when something is unknown [like what will happen between now and 2062] I get anxious. When I have certainty, anxiety disappears. If there is one thing certain in life, it is death. So what is behind our resistance to articulate, discuss and come to terms with it? Facing up to death need not be a source of anxiety. In fact it may make you less anxious than acting as if it will “never happen to you”. Owning your death, truly accepting it, and living your life in the certainty of it, can be source of empowerment. Thinking about death helps me appreciate every moment I’m [alive]. It … helps point out the humour that comes from the fickleness of it all…. [You can] narrate a story of suffering. Or you can … narrate a story of laughter and care. At my end, when my body starts to croak, I hope I can look back and say—“wasn’t it good.” ‘

Regina Brett offers many words of wisdom, including:

  • Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  • Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
  • Pay off your credit cards every month.
  • You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  • When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  • Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  • It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  • Over prepare, then go with the flow.
  • No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  • Forgive everyone everything.
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  • Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  • Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  • All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  • Yield.

feeling overwhelmed? this is the best clip: ‘i will be a hummingbird. i will do the best i can.’–wangari maathai

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2012-10-19 fr–gorgeous, sunny, fall day, full of leaf mould and leaf colour; wrote a review of A Short History of Progress; triked to the gardens, saw lj (who walked), luke (who biked), and julie (who’s building composting displays for tonight’s film); watched dirt! at st. mark’s, kick-off to the first fresh food film festival.

A natural, healthy and compassionate diet–To be truly healthful, a diet must be best not just for individuals in isolation but must allow all six [now seven] billion people to thrive and achieve a sustainable coexistence with the many other species that form the “living earth”. From this standpoint the natural adaptation for most (possibly all) humans in the modern world is a vegan diet. There is nothing natural about the abomination of modern factory farming and its attempt to reduce living, feeling beings to machines. In choosing to use fortified foods or B12 supplements, vegans are taking their B12 from the same source as every other animal on the planet – micro-organisms – without causing suffering to any sentient being or causing environmental damage. Vegans using adequate amounts of fortified foods or B12 supplements are much less likely to suffer from B12 deficiency than the typical meat eater. The Institute of Medicine, in setting the US recommended intakes for B12 makes this very clear. “Because 10 to 30 percent of older people may be unable to absorb naturally occurring vitamin B12, it is advisable for those older than 50 years to meet their RDA mainly by consuming foods fortified with vitamin B12 or a vitamin B12-containing supplement.” ‘ i’ll soon be older than 50….

2012-10-18 th–today is person’s day, celebrating the legal recognition in canada that women are persons, in a campaign led by the famous five–nellie mcclung, emily murphy, irene parlby, louise mckinney, and henrietta edwards; lj, sue,  and i went to lakehead university in orillia to the severn sound sustainability summit and saw gord, stephan, pat, several planners, and transitioners–the key note speaker, tom rand, (who believes ‘that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change, and the economic opportunites afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy’) said right wingers don’t want things to change, left wingers want things to change too fast…result? conflict, paralysis; during the ride back, somewhere near warminster, we talked of doing things with joy, being joyful; emma goldman supposedly said something like, ‘if i can’t dance, i don’t want to be part of your revolution.’ joy needs sleep…..

2012-10-17 we–watched ‘How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth?‘ on pbs, with david attenborough. attenborough says there are 3 things we can do, and we probably have to do all 3:

  1. use less resources
  2. use less technology
  3. have less people

for example: drive less, walk more, use contraception. there are two arguments for this, one moral (it’s in the interest of all), the other self-interest. probably self-interest will be the greater motivator.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation are bringing forward a question of constitutional law before the Joint Review panel challenging the application of Shell Oil’s Jackpine Mine Expansion on October 23rd in Fort McMurray, AB. They are asking the public to join them and stand in solidarity as they present their evidence against Shell’s proposed tar sands expansion project. For more information about Shell’s proposals and ACFN’s Challenge please visit www.stopshellnow.com. A constitutional challenge is historically significant and may be the only remaining pieces of law that can stop the destruction of the land. This will be an incredible day to say you were a part of!

what is our purpose here? the islanders of rapa nui (easter island) ‘carried out for us the experiment of permitting unrestricted population growth, profligate use of resources, destruction of the environment and boundless confidence in their religion to take care of the future. the result was an ecological disaster leading to a population crash,’ write paul bahn and john flenley. ‘do we have to repeat the experiment on [a] grand scale?’

rick‘s rants (text or clip)…. is there anything better?

2012-10-16 tu–no wind and rain, but cold and damp. still got out for a ride today. busy day. made apple-and-butternut-squash muffins (the squashes were harvested by julie b) with deanna. made phone calls. lawyer came by and i signed things. sue and i did running around and dropped the muffins and cookies off at k’s, to feed her while she does palliative attendance; then coffees at grounded while sue postered the upcoming share films, and then the library where i encountered the golden mean by nick bantock while looking for a book of the same name by annabel lyon. meanwhile, sue took out a short history of progress by ronald wright, the book behind next month’s film, surviving progress. spoke with cady. laughed at rmr and 22. whew!

Training the Mind: Verse 3
In all my deeds may I probe into my mind,
And as soon as mental and emotional afflictions arise-
As they endanger myself and others-
May I strongly confront them and avert them.

(not me…some other guy i found on the internet; i don’t know who)

am i an atheist? i thought you either believed (theist), or you denied (atheist), or you were unsure (agnostic). raised as an anglican, i thought i had become a theist-leaning agnostic. but bennett writes, the difference ‘between Atheists and Theists seems to come down to whether one wishes to personify this power, or leave it as an abstract collage of mathematical formula’. can’t you have both…or something else? but to personify or not to personify–by her definition, i’d lean the other way, tho i’m still unsure. i agree with bennett insofar as ‘I do align God with the laws of science, BUT I’m not so sure that the story begins or ends there…’ and she goes on to give examples of uncertainty. but why isn’t she agnostic, then? i don’t think she allows agnosticism–you’re either a theist or an atheist; as for science and god/dess–atheism and theism–‘these two ways of describing the same thing, in my mind, are not mutually exclusive conceptions’ and she elaborates. are you a theist or an atheist, then, if these are two ways of describing the same thing? does it really matter what you believe, as long as you do the right thing, like avoid big box stores as much as possible? i dunno why it’s such a big deal to some people; seems pretty clear to me. but lines have been drawn, curses have been cast, books written, careers created, schisms schismed, laws passed, revolution fomented, wars fought….

2012-10-15 mo–more wind and rain. sue and i did yoga. sue got a new used car: a white 2011 nissan versa, 4 door hatchback, ‘get around, get around, i get around’. watched ‘harrison bergeron‘.

ferron sings ‘our purpose here

bennett wonders, as do i, ‘What is the purpose [of humans], if they do not have a power to influence? How will people learn and discover, if God does not allow us to make mistakes and to suffer, and to discover how to resolve our problems and obtain a productive and creative society?’ she concludes, ‘Evolution is the creative mark [of] a loving God.’ bennett continues, ‘Loving God and loving others is about embracing the wonderful mysterious power behind life that we call God, connecting with this force, listening to that inner voice, following the signs that will guide you toward fulfilling your life’s potential. It is in these two universal teachings [‘loving God and loving others’] that we can continue Jesus’ movement toward a true state of peace that begins in you and from there will radiate throughout our planet and universe’; and (my empasis): ‘the most satisfying thing you can do in your life is find your purpose and live it out. Ask how you can provide the most benefit for the most people. Listen to your intuition; this is God communicating with you. Understand your place in the universe and your unique role in fulfilling God’s purpose: to create.’

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