Monday, April 09, 2007

Being here....


While getting started this morning, I heard an interesting interview on the radio. Since it was early and I wasn't paying optimum attention, I didn't catch the name of the person being interviewed.

They were chattering on about being here, about living on this planet, global warming, consumerism ~ all of those various topics.

One of the interviewees said that we should ask ourselves this question:

Have I been a good houseguest?

Good question.


Peace,


~Chani

15 comments:

caro said...

That is one hell of a question. David Suzuki, one of my heroes, has been asking the same question for years. Check out his website-really worth a visit.

sushil yadav said...

Thailand Gal,

You have written about the interview on Global Warming, Environmental Crisis and Consumerism.

In this context I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Speed, Overstimulation, Consumerism and Industrialization on our minds and environment. Please read.

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.


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 :

FreeInfoSociety

ePhilosopher

sushil_yadav

MsLittlePea said...

Yeah. I haven't been the best one. But I'm trying...

sober briquette said...

Here comes that Mindfulness again. Good reminder.

Others I know have been going to help out with my terminally ill friend. I can't go, but I know that I wouldn't be an ideal candidate anyway. I'm still too selfish and oblivious of others, but I've been giving the situation a lot of thought, which is sort of a step in the same direction as your question is heading.

Mary said...

That's a great question, Chani, and gives good food for thought. I have areas that need improving and I'm aware of them. I guess that's a step in the right direction.

Thailand Gal said...

De, it disturbs me to read you talking this way about yourself. I don't even know if you'll come back to see this comment, but I feel the need to say it anyway.

You are not selfish!

You have two children to raise and a husband. That naturally comes first. While you may not be able to physically be *with* your terminally ill friend, that doesn't negate your good thoughts for her, your support of others, your support of her within the context you have available is plenty enough.

The idea that we have to be all things to all people is just another lie of western culture.

Don't buy it. You are fine.. just as you are.

And I'd be willing to bet the old homestead here that your friend feels the same way.


Peace,

~Chani

Thailand Gal said...

Caro, I will definitely look it up. Sounds great!

~*

Sushil, that might very well be the interview I was hearing. It was some alternative radio station.

Your references are great and I agree with 99.9% of it. I'm curious though.. what are you doing in India to prevent American corporate hegemony? It's great to define the problem but as long as India allows the offenders to keep coming, the problem will never be solved.

Quite a dilemma, eh? Jobs v. sustainable environment.

~*

MsPea, I'm not the best one, either. The learning goes on.

~*

Mary, definitely a step in the right direction. Something is pulling me more in that direction, toward going a bit more gently on the earth. There are some things I'm already doing that certainly have impacted my life in a positive way. There are some things I have yet to even consider. :)

~*

Peace,

~chani

Pam said...

I believe my attitude toward our planet has always been respectful and appreciative, but there is always room for improvement and I keep working on it.

Gina said...

Hi Chani, thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!

I fervently wish more people would ask this question of themselves.

Thailand Gal said...

Pam, I think we all do our best. Well, most of us. :) (see my post about corporations... blecht! pooey! :)

~*

Gina, I'm very glad I stopped by your blog! It was a pleasant surprise. I've seen and enjoyed your comments on various forums.

~*


~Chani

meno said...

Not always, but i get better all the time.

Way to give De hell too. Right on!

sober briquette said...

OK, Ok. I'm chuckling here, which is an improvement. Today has been a very cranky day, but perhaps you've headed me off at the pass. Thanks!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Excellent question. As always, you make me think.

QT said...

I try to make daily, conscious efforts in that direction. Sometimes it is easier than others. Thanks for the reminder!

sushil yadav said...

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.

The first rule of sustainability is - destroy less.

The fewer things we make the more sustainable we are.

A society that destroys ecosystems for "consumer goods" in addition to food, clothing and shelter is the least sustainable - and will exist for the shortest duration.

Industrial society has destroyed necessary things [animals, trees, air, water and land] for making unnecessary things [consumer goods].

In "Industrial Society" work turns into overwork, unnecessary work, destructive work.


"Growth Rate" - "Economy Rate" - "GDP"
These are figures of "Ecocide".
These are figures of "crimes against Nature".
These are figures of "destruction of Ecosystems".
These are figures of "Insanity, Abnormality and Criminality".

Infinite growth and development on a small planet that is just 40,000 km in circumference? - Industrial Society is insane.

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

PowerSwitch
EnviroLink
iLovePhilosophy

sushil_yadav
Delhi , India