Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Befitting the Moon

This is the hairstyle I've decided upon for the Full Moon in Aries, just coming up.
Perfect, would you not agree?

8 Comments:

Anonymous The_Ninth_Immortal said...

Uh oh, Aries full moon. More fireworks and histrionics looming.

Batten down the hatches! Secure the fo'castle! Thaar-shhee-blooowws!

And um, etcetera, and so forth.

25/9/07 4:08 AM  
Anonymous Elena said...

I loove your photos jm...eye candy par excellence.

25/9/07 5:55 AM  
Blogger Elena said...

hey jm, I was reading about the Kyoto protocol-the carbon emission agreemenst throughout the world, and the US is the only developed country that has refused to sign it. That got me to thinking why this country that has the best possible resources for developing renewable sources, is so hell bent on the old ways, and doesn't give a damn about the environment. I know you have analyzed the political side of the US chart, and its leaders, but do you know of any indicators that might show this eco-unfriendliness? Just wandering...

25/9/07 6:40 AM  
Blogger jm said...

That got me to thinking why this country that has the best possible resources for developing renewable sources, is so hell bent on the old ways, and doesn't give a damn about the environment.

I don't know the real story on the Kyoto agreement, but it's always more than meets the eye. All so complicated. Never believe the media.

Actually a lot of work is going on with renewable resources in this country, especially out west. A lot in my own state that never gets press coverage. The year before last, a national tax break was given by Congress for using biodiesel, and lots of other things have been going on which get no attention.

The emmissions standards are strict here compared to the rest of the world, and appear to be tightening more in some places. The laws governing industrial waste and stuff are also comparatively strict, so it all remains to be seen. Asia is terrible in this regard so they really need work.

The problems now are the multinational corporations desperately trying to get profits while they can and the governments in alignment with them. And as I've said, the fundamental problem of human greed demanding these cheap commodities lies at the center. The people are reluctant to give them up for fewer and higher priced goods. This is the real basis. The consumers who fuel the multinationals. An addiction that runs deep and long.

So it's complex and will take evolution. Renewables will probably be big business soon and then this country will be in on it. The scientists are busy now. I think we're in transition with all of this as the environmental movement gets going big time. Alternatives will be here and when we look back we'll remember amazed at what life was like without them.

The planetary system is vast and complicated and we're all dependent on one another and the way it is at the moment. There is no simple solution, but time will tell.

We never know exactly what's going on. It could be better than we think, and it could be worse. Whatever the environmental problems are, they will most likely be solved somewhat as history has proven humans will do with ingenuity. Survival determines and the greedy thing wants to live.

This country in particular has a lot of 2nd-8th house dilemmas around greed and shared resources, and these are going to be addressed in a big way soon with the Pluto return in the 2nd house in Capricorn.

Many people here love the environment and again, in the west, people are changing politically in an attempt to protect what they have. Clean rivers and streams for fishing, protected national forests, family farming businesses, etc.

So I wouldn't draw any firm conclusions quite yet.

25/9/07 2:31 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Media reporting is based on lies, and the bloggers are astoundingly naive when it comes to geopolitical affairs, so I wouldn't follow that if I were anyone. The experts are naive, too, for that matter.

The best we can do is become conscious consumers ourselves while the thing sorts itself out. By the time it reaches the government, the work has probably been mostly done.

People are unaware of how much they are consuming and wasting even when trying to pay attention. It's mind-boggling. How much goes into a human mouth in one day? calculate it. Amazing. The Hollywood stars (the great leaders) are "green" now but they are having a million babies like some new fashion craze, and the public always follows. Can you imagine what one baby produces exponentially in more consumers? They attend events with all kinds of expensive food and gifts, probably most of it thrown away, being anorexic as they are. So these are the real messages underneath the shrieking. Behaviors have to change first, the hypocrisy addressed.

25/9/07 2:52 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

I have a brother who could be considered a fundamentalist Christian. I recently had a long conversation with him regarding his beliefs. It's the usual cliche stuff: abortion, "family values", the "hoax" of global warming, the perversion of homosexuality etc. One thing I got from the conversation was his manifest unconcern for the environment (humans aren't at fault and even if there is a problem we can address it), as opposed for his total concern and actual psychic pain he experiences for the lives of unborn children. He is convinced that what is important is raising children, bringing up the next generation.

I found the contrast enlightening. The environment will take care of itself, (human ingenuity is enough to deal with any crisis without taking much concrete legal action) but if we don't stop abortion everything is threatened. It has to be stopped and mandated by law... That is more or less his view.

I started to wonder if it's an axis. His concern for life is totally localized and hysterical at that level (some larger scale loss of life like in a war is not as vexing). The other pole, opposite his is global and hysterical on that level, yet pretty much unconcerned about ending life in the womb. Those at either pole not only are completely dismissive of the other side, they actually make a mockery of the actual psychic pain those on these poles are experiencing that leads them to do what they do. This mockery makes them even more reactionary. I have a thought about this but I'm not convinced I have it right. JM's commentary has been very helpful lately and really spurred me to try to see if I could figure out what's going on. So anyway: maybe neither is really being threatened. It's as hard for an environmentalist to admit the possibility that there is no horrible longterm apocalyptic global crisis we won't solve as it is for a fundamentalist pro-lifer to admit that maybe not taking legal action againt abortion isn't a threat to the fabric either.

27/9/07 12:36 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

The thing that struck me the most is that his pain is real. Even if it's a projection or what's thought of as "referred" pain, it's really there. Similarly, those of us who feel great pain about what's happening to the planet know this pain is real, even if it's projected or "referred".

I don't know the answer but I believe recognition of the reality of distress has to be there for transformation to occur. Taking a dismissive attitude won't work.

27/9/07 12:46 PM  
Blogger jm said...

So anyway: maybe neither is really being threatened. It's as hard for an environmentalist to admit the possibility that there is no horrible longterm apocalyptic global crisis we won't solve as it is for a fundamentalist pro-lifer to admit that maybe not taking legal action againt abortion isn't a threat to the fabric either.

Absolutely, and this is the hard part. The environmentalists are the tough nuts to crack because it appears as if they have logic on their side and the "real" good of humanity their concern. Their eco-horror is more subtle in its exaggeration. I agree that fear and pain motivate and these are unlikely to solve problems. Groupthink exacerbates it all. Media lies further promote the fallacies, and as always, confusion reigns. Ignorance perpetrated.

This is very important to me, mpk.

I believe recognition of the reality of distress has to be there for transformation to occur.

I feel very very strongly about this recognition of the reality of distress and how harmful is is to progress. I think it's the basis of the transformation. Awareness, concern, and some disturbance with life as it is, is useful, but the panic adds to the destruction and masks reality. It is still unknown whether or not the global warming is part of a natural cycle. It's leaning toward that.

It's completely naive and megalomaniacal to think that humans could destroy something as substantial as the earth who has been around for a sizable length of time with survival skills of her own. We are her creation and she's in charge, something people hate to realize. Hate the feeling of being overpowered. More than anything, humankind needs to recognize this and start to work cooperatively with other manifestations of life. The recent discovery of the conditions for life on another planet and space exploration could help in the coming years.
The earth is doing just fine. She understands cycles.

Life is as a series of adjustments and they always happen. We're inside looking out and can't see the whole. The feeling of being trapped, I think contributes. Trapped in the body, trapped in society, trapped on the earth, etc., so people feel powerless and afraid. This has to be worked with more than anything. Trust in life and process.

27/9/07 2:48 PM  

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