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October 2nd, 2006

ladycatherina @ 08:46 pm: Uganda Calling
Answer the call.

Sorry if this is not allowed in the community, I can remove it if asked - but I thought some of you might be interested in this new community.

I'm a board member of ugandacalling, and we exist to raise awareness of and work for the end of the civil war in Northern Uganda, which has victimized many innocent civilians, particularly children, and left many homeless and desperately poor. We're trying to provide resources for local groups working on this issue - collecting petitions for groups to circulate, providing ideas for fundraisers for worthy projects, posting news articles and bulletins about Uganda, and letting activists and interested people get together to learn more and network with each other. And we still need lots of people to help us carry on all these functions and get us off the ground as a nonprofit - as well as community leaders who'd like to start something for Uganda!

If you're interested in learning more or helping out, please check out the community - everyone's very nice and positive, we'd love to see you!

September 12th, 2006

sushil_yadav @ 01:46 pm: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.


Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.



A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

http://www.planetsave.com/ps_mambo/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&Itemid=75&func=view&id=68&catid=6

http://www.earthnewswire.com/index.php?option=com_forum&Itemid=89&page=viewtopic&t=11


sushil_yadav

Current Location: India

June 24th, 2005

thedarkcrystal @ 12:02 pm: Death
This is crossposted to my own journal. I am going to start crossposting things that are relevant because this community does mean a lot to me but I haven't been giving it the attention it deserves.


Yesterday Holly saw this incredibly beautiful redtail perched on a fence near 101. Then today she saw what is almost certainly the same bird lying dead by the side of the road. There has been so much roadkill recently, and a huge number of birds of prey. They almost never get hit normally so I don't know what the hell is going on. It makes me sick and horribly depressed. I know it's not fair to discriminate, but birds and cats get to me the most. Birds mean a lot to me and I actually have this tendency to see a dead bird as both heartbreaking and a very bad omen. I have to stop doing the latter or I am going to end up seeing every day in a dark and terrible light. And with cats I will see them dead and think that if I had just found them yesterday and taken them home then somehow they wouldn't be dead now. Once I saw one which looked so much like Maxis that I had to stop and call home to make sure that he was all right.

In other death news, my tree would be dead by now if I hadn't moved it. The row that it was in has now been cut down. I knew that would happen eventually. I wish I could have found some way to have saved all of the trees there, but I can't. I'm glad I saved my tree though. It's very special and I love it and I couldn't let it be killed.

They are also starting construction on Bear Ranch. We drove by the other day on the way back from a serve and I saw the bulldozers there. I've been trying not to think about it too much or I'll start making myself sick again. I still can't handle it. I hate having to "not think about" things. I've always seen it as weak and blind and dishonest and just wrong. I feel like I should stare everything in the face unflinchingly all the time. Otherwise I am just like everybody else. I feel that someone has to do this. Almost everyone else just ignores all these things, pushes them as far as possible out of their conscious mind, makes excuses for them. I feel that I have to make up for all of this. I have to see for the whole world. I have to feel for the whole world.

In the interest of self-preservation I have stopped being so involved in activism and I have been avoiding the news. When I was working to save Bear Ranch it made me so sick and so desperate and so depressed all of the time. I had to stop because I think it would have killed me. When I read the news I feel the same way. The whole world comes crashing down. I am seemingly incapable of reacting to anything in a moderate rational manner. I've always been very dramatic and I am trying to work on these things. Right now I have to take care of myself first. You can't save the world if you don't even know how to take care of yourself. I feel selfish and horrible about it, but I know that if I can't learn to put myself first then everything I do for the rest of my life will be selfish.

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February 17th, 2005

sainteterrer @ 10:12 am: A community for older unschoolers
I started a community for older unschoolers called uncollege. Check it out and join if you're interested!

--Andrej

(x-posted)

January 12th, 2005

sainteterrer @ 03:42 pm: Hi all! My name is Andrej. Presently, I've "stopped out" of college because I'm in the process of deschooling and persuing college education on my own (uncollege).

I presently maintain this blog, which I plan to use to document my struggles and progress with non-traditional education and other unconventional things.

Check it out.

http://5ofneptuneyears.blogspot.com/

September 21st, 2004

anyachan @ 12:02 am: Hello, I'm Anya.

July 3rd, 2004

danielmurphy @ 08:13 pm: anarchist festival
i don't know if you'd call it a festival, but there's this huge anarchist thing going on in Larry, K. "The We Are Resisting Conference aims to bring together people from across the spectrum of the movement(s) against Empire. The WAR Conference will take place June 30-July 3 in Lawrence, KS." speakers included chris white, a former marine, who goes around trying to sway people from joining because it is so corrupt and nasty, and all that goodness. it's interesting stuff. they made a big deal of it in the local papers, but i think many of the people in my town were a bit surprised that these "anarchists" were not grungy gutter-punks or something, but regular everyday people. wellp that's all from me for now. tchüss!

March 17th, 2004

danielmurphy @ 01:11 pm: hello world
i know there aren't many people in this community, but i am now!! i live in lawrence, ks, and i go to KU. recently i've been reading books by daniel quinn and derrick jensen for class, and it's been totally upheaving my world. i found this community when searching for anyone interested in derrick. we've got these class synthesis projects, which we turn in after we finish our books, which are basically to prove that we retained something from what we read. this time around i'm going to write a really long letter to derrick jensen, since i just finished a language older than words. don't know why i needed to tell you all that, but there it is. it's nice to know that there are other people, other . . . others. i don't know how to say it without sounding campy . . . but i'm sure you know what i mean. anyway, it was good to find you all and i look forward to reading your posts.

February 27th, 2004

_fuct_tape_ @ 01:48 pm: how?
i'm cutting this just cos it's another *sigh* rantCollapse )
di novello tutto par bello; nullum est jam dictum quod non dictum est prius
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it. -Douglas Adams

February 7th, 2004

thedarkcrystal @ 11:33 pm: A letter
I was going through some back entries and found this letter which I had written to a friend last year and then posted, and I thought it might be a good thing to post here. This is why I keep on fighting, this is how I get through even when things are at their most difficult.
The letter:

It won't stop. And this is a difficult reality to live with, especially when people like you and I only make up about one percent of the population. The entire rest of the world spends the vast majority of their time trying to ignore us, discredit us, and do us harm in any way possible. It's hard, probably the hardest thing in the world, to keep on fighting a losing battle. To stick around when you know it's all over and that you can't fix it. I know it's the hardest thing for me. But somehow it's also the easiest thing I do, it's as automatic to me as my breath or my life. I'll never give in, it's just not in my nature to. Even if I wanted to I don't think I could. But that doesn't mean that it's easy to do what I do, or that life isn't any less sometimes than a series of choices which all look the same. I feel like nothing I can do will make a difference because the end is so sure. I feel weighed down by all of the emotions which most people cast off and refuse to feel. It's too much sometimes for one person to feel the pain, the grief, the heartbreaking sorrow for the whole world. And no matter how much I apologize it's never enough. It might be heard and appreciated, but it's never enough.
All I can do is do the best I can in my own life, try to reach out as much as possible, and tell the truth. Usually this feels like enough. I know that any change I make, no matter how small, is still a change. But there are times when it does get the best of me and just can't take it anymore and I don't know what to do with myself. I always feel better again if I just wait it out, but there is a part of me that wonders if the way I feel when I am buried in this depression isn't the right way. I know it's not, but still that unbearable sadness resides inside of me like a restless ocean. And it's always there.
But I do feel that I am doing the right thing despite this sadness, and the feeling that comes with it. I don't believe that there is anything we can do to stop this, as you so aptly described it, vampire culture. But if I change one person's heart I am fighting against it. If I stand up for what I believe is right, then I am fighting against it. All we can really do is keep on fighting, and be there for each other. The biggest blow that we can deal to this culture is to keep on going on, being what we are.

Your friend,
Crystal

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