CONSUMER CULTURE AS POISONED DRINK
We live in a culture that’s committing collective suicide.
Whether it’s the cars we drive, the cell phones we use, the food we wolf down, the way we treat our neighbours, etc., it all adds up to committing mass suicide, slowly but surely.
I remember when I was a kid, watching reporters urgently reading off the breaking news of a cult in Guyana led by an American named Jim Jones. As the big network cameras panned over the dozens of dead bodies, everyone realized that they were witnessing a mass suicide. Jim Jones had convinced his followers that the end of the world was nigh, that they would automatically make it to heaven. So, in an instant, they all gulped down a cup of poisoned Flavour Aid, and lay down in orderly rows to sleep the sleep of death.
DEATH THROUGH CELL PHONES
I’m now reading a book named Disconnect, by scientist Dr. Devra Davis. It explains the reality of what cell phone radiation does to our bodies, what the mobile industry has done to cover up the truth, and suggests tips on how to protect our families.
There are approximately five billion cell phones being used on the planet, covering more than half the earth’s inhabitants. The radiation emitted from the phones causes damage to our DNA, deterioration of our brain’s defenses, loss of memory, the risk of cancer, low sperm count in men, Alzheimer’s, and possibly autism. Children’s brains are most at risk, as over half the world’s cell phone uses are under the age of twenty.
DEATH THROUGH DRIVING
The cars we drive are also killing us: increasing the toxic fumes we breath in, breaking down our bodies through stress, setting up scenarios where road rage, negligence and addictions can lead drivers to kill themselves or innocent passengers, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, or bystanders. Indeed, cars are at the top of the list of agents that destroy the environment. Fresh air is turned into pollution, wafting into our nostrils on a daily basis. Landfills are overflowing with old vehicles that contaminate the earth and water tables. Roads and highways blast through pristine forests, deserts, plains, valleys and mountain ranges, destroying water, earth and air. Plants, animals, and of course, humans, all become victims.
WHO IS THE INSANE ONE?
I remember when I quit driving and using a cell phone. My friends and co-workers thought I was crazy. Their main concern: convenience. How would people reach me at any hour of the day or night? What if there was an emergency? How do you go shopping? What if your kids needed to be driven around? What if . . . ?
As much as I’d like to escape from cell phones and vehicle emissions, they are ubiquitous. Everywhere I go, my body is exposed to cell, Wifi and other radioactive waves. I walk, run, ride my bike, and breath in MORE vehicle exhaust than if I were hurtling down the road in a large, four-wheeled metal box, sealed off from the air and elements outside.
DEATH BY EATING
Then there’s the question of the food we all eat. I regularly go to the supermarket. Most of the fruit, vegetables, meats, etc. are imported. Recently I read an article about a new multi-billion dollar mega-port that is being built in our area, along with one of the biggest shopping centres in the country. Valuable farm land, some of the most fertile in all of North America, will be lost forever. When a journalist asked Robin Silvester, president of Port Metro Vancouver about the loss of prime agricultural land, he replied, in effect: “No problem. We can import our food.” (see full quote at end of article).
Not only is relying on imports risky for one’s food security in case of a break-down in the normal transportation lines, but the quality and safety of the products are not at such a high degree as food produced locally. It’s much easier for government inspectors to assess food from the pre to post-production stages, than to check out finished products whose ingredients or production processes are shrouded in mystery. If we knew the truth about food imports, we’d be shocked to discover what goes into the contents, and how it gets there.
The ground we eaters stand on is increasingly shaky. Our fast-paced lives lead us to consume fast food, pre-packaged food, unhealthy food. Is it any wonder that there is an epidemic of obesity, heart conditions, increased stress, and multitudes of other diseases?
TAKING STOCK OF OUR LIVES
Thus far, look at the picture I’ve painted: we Westerners run about like chickens with our heads lopped off, and our brains are nowhere to be found. Our “life in the fast lane”, frenzied pace and jam-packed schedules are made possible by vehicles that allow us to drive to more places, cover more distance. An example: as a transit rider, a cyclist, a pedestrian, I have to plan half a day for scheduled events that used to take me only an hour. Which is more efficient? Or rather, the question should be: which method will allow me to live longer and better?
Let’s do an experiment: if we all started our engines, then stepped outside beside our car’s exhaust pipe for five minutes, we may get an idea to what extent we are killing ourselves and our planet. Try this activity before you drive, every day for a week. Breath it all in deeply: this is what you’re doing to the environment, your neighbour, your family, and yourself.
Then read up on cell phone and Wifi radiation. Add to that all the electromagenetic rays (EMRs) that your body is exposed to on a daily basis. Afterwards, walk around your home or workplace, identifying all the wave-emitting machines which you expose yourself to on every day. Touché, the truth comes out: you are committing slow suicide, along with your family members, your neighbours, and most of the planets’ inhabitants.
BECOMING AWARE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT
In many a war strategy book, such as Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, the author usually mentions that in any war, leaders have to be extremely aware of their environments and the ever-changing circumstances. This will help an army best respond to their enemies.
In a similar way, world famous martial artist Bruce Lee once explained that a fighter, in every situation, must examine their situations, and become as flexible as water. Water comes in liquid, mist, steam, snow or ice. It shapes itself to whatever container it finds itself in: cup, jug, barrel, ground surface, or free falling through the air.
It’s amazing how we fight the battle of life, and yet remain woefully ignorant of our immediate surroundings and situations.
The few of you who do wake up and respond to the truth of your circumstances are responsible. You must not delay, but rather move quickly to act, to change your lives, and to lovingly yet firmly warn others:
“We’re committing mass suicide.
Stop yourself, before you take that poisoned Kool-Aid.”
Feel free to contact me: dimitri.pravdin(*a*)mail.ru.
ON JIM JONES AND THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, GUYANA:
ON THE DANGERS OF CELL PHONE RADIATION:
Davis, Dr. Devra, Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family, Prime, 2010.
Dr. Davis’ Youtube lectures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNkzflwD0BU
60 Minutes on Cell Pone Radiation Dangers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQiJKdLDiqE
WARNING- Cell Phone Radiation is very dangerous: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP3JzRnA0YU
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC9EAF8395C675E94 series on dangers
ON THE DANGERS OF CARS:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/feb/19/pollution.health fumes linked to heart attacks
http://www.everybody.co.nz/page-f61abceb-1e18-4acb-83d2-b195c48667d5.aspx staying indoors is no escape from air pollution, NZ study says
ON THE DANGERS OF THE FOOD WE EAT:
“All told, more than 400 hectares of Class 1 agricultural land in Delta will be lost to port expansion. Another 100 hectares will succumb to residential units slated to be built on TFN land adjacent to the megamall. “That’s the best soil in Canada,” says Steves, incensed by the shortsightedness of corporate capitalism. “You’re looking at the Richmondization of Delta.”
Steves says that when he protested in 2011 to Robin Silvester, president of Port Metro Vancouver, that Terminal 2 would harm the province’s agricultural future, Silvester told him: ‘You don’t have to worry about food security for B.C. Give us the land in Delta and we’ll use it to import food.’”
(from Delta Expansion Project Threatens Farms and Wildlife, Georgia Straight: http://www.straight.com/news/343311/delta-expansion-projects-threaten-farms-and-wildlife)
ON BRUCE LEE’S CONCEPT OF WATER & ADAPTING TO ENVIRONMENT:
“The Three Stages of Cultivation — The first is the primitive stage. It is a stage of original ignorance in which a person knows nothing about the art of combat. In a fight, he simply blocks and strikes instinctively without a concern for what is right and wrong. Of course, he may not be so-called scientific, but, nevertheless, being himself, his attacks or defenses are fluid. The second stage — the stage of sophistication, or mechanical stage — begins when a person starts his training. He is taught the different ways of blocking, striking, kicking, standing, breathing, and thinking — unquestionably, he has gained the scientific knowledge of combat, but unfortunately his original self and sense of freedom are lost, and his action no longer flows by itself. His mind tends to freeze at different movements for calculations and analysis, and even worse, he might be called “intellectually bound” and maintain himself outside of the actual reality. The third stage — the stage of artlessness, or spontaneous stage — occurs when, after years of serious and hard practice, the student realizes that after all, gung fu is nothing special. And instead of trying to impose on his mind, he adjusts himself to his opponent like water pressing on an earthen wall. It flows through the slightest crack. There is nothing to try to do but try to be purposeless and formless, like water. All of his classical techniques and standard styles are minimized, if not wiped out, and nothingness prevails. He is no longer confined.” (John Little, The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee, McGraw-Hill Publisher, 1996, pp. 108-109).
ON ROBERT GREENE’S 33 STRATEGIES OF WAR – ADAPT TO YOUR ENVIRONMENT AND THE ENEMY: