Now you guys might have thought I just wanted to show off when I put up those pictures of my little house, and yeah, I was a little bit, but I also had a broader vision in mind. I wanted to show first hand what a person can do with a small amount of cash and a boatload of initiative and effort. Basically my message is the same as always. . . . The times are changing, don’t fear them, but prepare yourselves to live through them.

I honestly think Obama  tried, but soon after taking the oath I believe he was summoned to a meeting where he learned he was merely the new figurehead of a silent coup that ended long before he entered office. His duty is to do what he is told and he has no chance at all of succeeding without ‘their’ approval. He talks, and that is in essence, the only job requirement left to the visible president of the United States of America.

The transformation from democracy to corporacity goes like this:

A Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on what is for dinner.

A Republic is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on what is for dinner, with a Farmer (that cares about the lamb) overseeing the voting.

A Corporacity (?) is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on what is for dinner, with a Farmer (that cares about the lamb) overseeing the voting, while the corporation that owns the wolves, the lamb and the entire farm, already knows damn well it will be eating the wolves the lamb ‘and’ the farmer for dinner.)

Today the times of excess are over, the times of austerity have begun.

Now what? Oh no! . . . the American dream is over? Guess what, it was always just smoke and mirrors anyways. We have been up to our eyeballs in bullshit all of our lives. We’re just coming back to the real world, that’s all.

Does anybody actually believe that we americans could continue our tromp through the rest of the world’s tomato patch with impunity forever? Well, the bubble is bursting, things will never be the same as they were before the markets took a dump in the center of Wall Street.

Fact: The industrial base that made everything work for us for so long in this country has been sold out from under us. We must face up to that fact. It ain’t coming back.

As a young person do you really want to live in the phoney atmosphere of Ken and Barbieville (where all the kids are never seen, and the golf course lawns are poisoned, fake and green) anyways?

 Do you really need a flashy car and expensive clothes to impress the neighbors who are way too concerned about THEIR  expensive clothes and flashy cars to really give a damn with what you have anyways ?

The good news is that you don’t HAVE to live in their bubble. You don’t HAVE to impress anybody except yourselves.  You can live well . . .  just by living simple. Simple living is NOT a bad thing . . . simple living is a GOOD thing.

Today I am proud to see that many of our young people have deserted the ship of state and are charting their own life courses. This Tiny House movement is just one example as to what can happen when they begin to think outside the box and begin to do their own thing without acquiring unnecessary debt. Kinda reminds me of the young people of the sixties except . . .

Today there is no comparison to what the environment was like for my 60’s generation. Back then kids lived in the streets cause it was the cool thing to do. Today there is no more dancing in the streets, they have became mean and many times murderous.

Today the middle class has fallen into the widening chasm between wealth and poverty. All we have left is hope, but while we stand in the unemployment line and watch the country melt around our feet like an iceberg in the jungle, hope is not enough . . .

We are entering critical mass and too many, are too dumb, or have been living the illusion too long, to believe it. The age of the 60’s is beyond the point of no return . . .  Welcome to Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World.’

What now?

Well, it’s not all that difficult actually. Read your history of the great depression. How did people survive in those times . . . and how did they not?

Look around you today at people like the Amish who live outside the borders of modern society and join them, (not religiously, but in lifestyle and personal initiative)  . . . and prepare to get off the government teet before they withdraw it anyway and starve you to death. And above all remember you are . . . infinite potential.

During a recent meditation I had a vision. In this vision I watched as Dick Cheney was wheeled down to his place behind the podium where Obama was to give his inauguration address. He was sick and dark and gloomy . . . a perfect caricature of the past administration.

Obama, on the other hand, looking to be somewhat the cross between MLK and Benito Mussolini, stood before his throng of many thousands, well and bright and full of promise. The first black president  began his speech and laid out his goals for his administration.

It was a speech of promise, of change and betterment for all. The people ate it up and roared in approval. This new president was going to make life easier for them, they all knew it . . . and they all, in one large voice, approved.

Obama finished his speech and took his seat. As he sat there he quickly morphed into a sick and dark and gloomy old man. His words were good, the emotion just right . . . but in reality it was all bullshit.

How many times has this sort of thing taken place. How many promises will it take before we realize, in large enough numbers to make a difference, that NOBODY is going to do it for us? That even if they wanted to it will never happen. We want change we must do it on our own, to our own selves.

The list I copied from the Christian bible is a starting point. These are goals we should approach on a very serious level and practice each one diligently, as diligently as if we were cramming for our final exam.

Practice talks and bullshit walks. Practice kindness . . . make a concerted choice to NOT tell someone off the next time your feelings are hurt or you get run off the road accidently or . . . Every day opportunities arise for us enabling us to practice kindness . . . and we all know that in order to play that guitar well it takes a LOT of practice.

Do you think it is even possible to save the Earth in our present condition? I don’t. We can demonstrate, raise hell and even destroy the Corporation, but then what? What are we going to do? Who is going to lead us into our goal?

So far, none of that stuff seems to have worked. Revolutions seldom make a difference long term because the people fomenting them are no different than the ones being replaced.

If our goal is merely to cause some kind of truce for awhile we can make it happen, but if our goal is to bring mankind into union with the rest of creation and find his place in the hierarchy of things, we will have to change inwardly as well as the physical stuff around us.

Obama promised change, but true change cannot come from an outside source. . . We can do this, but we must practice as well as demonstrate in opposition. Give it a chance and you will see how well it works . . . the hippies were right.

One thought on “Austerity

  1. sibyltowers

    I promise not to bother you again. I agree with our post-war-babes 60s Freedom Era as having a major influence on our Psyche. I never smoked (the pipe of peace) weed or participated in free-love promiscuity. I/We (on the Wirral Peninsular) did love the parties, fashions, MUSIC & DANCING, but I also know now that it was more to do with our coming of age. When a certain age is reached (about 24) that is our true age. Our berth-day Earth-suits age and die but our Spirits don’t. Don’t take my word for it, ask yourself how old your Spirit feels (don’t ask your Weary Soul). Whatever you feel it is, is what you are or have become.


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