Sunday, June 10, 2007

Keep...


Keep dreaming of a home like this.

Keep worrying that you have no self worth unless you live in this community, protected from those people" by the iron gates of civilization.

Keep taking the corporate-approved, overpriced, legalized drugs that dull the effects of the boredom and lack of purpose from which you suffer.

Keep consuming your way to eternal dissatisfaction with what you have.

Keep destroying the planet because you cannot live without the various trinkets that define your existence.

Keep talking on your cell phone and listening to your iPod, drowning out the sounds of the world around you.

Keep believing that your God is better than every other God that exists or that has ever existed.

Keep ignoring that nagging feeling inside that reminds you that you are still human.

Keep following the sheep to the slaughterhouse.

12 Comments:

At 12:28 PM, June 10, 2007 , Blogger Birdy said...

Excellent post, somewhat poetic even. You know, it's interesting that the American Heritage Dictionary defines Palisade (the name of the community in your picture) like this: A fence of pales forming a defense barrier or fortification.

 
At 12:56 PM, June 10, 2007 , Blogger skip sievert said...

Ha ha.
'They', use the example of sheep and flocks for a reason.
Our current 'brand' of shepherds, think they are doing us a favor, that is the ones that are 'thinking'.
Social philosophers in the guise of representatives of the power possessors in society, are generally a group of people that are basically worthless as to creative ideas.
Most of them are slumbering, and only mouth things that they do not understand, and will only effect society in negative ways.
It is possible to have a society based on Science. That is the only hope for a future 'good' society.

 
At 2:48 PM, June 11, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kaboom.

The Buddhist philosopher Shantideva remarks that in the most trying times temptations is when we have to remember the Dharma. I sometimes look at people who I know that are trapped in this "I have to be Trump" bullshit and wonder whether their insides are telling them to just leave at peace. Do they have ANY understanding of the things you just wrote about?

If they do, they are waaaay deep down.

Big J

 
At 6:49 AM, June 12, 2007 , Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It looks a great deal like City Place in West Palm Beach - a sort of Disneyland for the nouveau riche arrivalists who are flooding Florida.

I don't however, associate this kind of development with orgiastic consumerism more than I do with the endless tens of thousands of acres of identical little ticy-tacky stucco houses or the mobile home parks for that matter. Plenty of boredom and lack of purpose there too amongst those people and plenty of living beyond their means. The squandering of resources and contempt for the environment is well supported by people of modest and less than modest affluence. They're more likely to vote Republican and support authoritarian governments and wars of aggression and to oppose social justice and equality. Poor people don't drive Priuses and they drive many more miles. 100 small houses use more energy than an apartment building with 100 apartments.

It's my experience that the truly wealthy are more content with what they have than the "not quite wealthy but trying to look like it" set who are mortgaged to the hilt, but that's probably as valuable an observation as any gross generalization.

For what it's worth, the poet Omar, whom I revere, had all the money he could want.

 
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