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A collection of significant and unrelated (to the main purpose of this web site) writings for the truth seekers.
Let's face it. Most of what we are given to read on the internet is of little value. Let's not even mention the mainstream media which is nothing more than distraction.
But even the so-called alternative media falls prey to sensationalism and superficial content.
From time to time there is some really good stuff though that makes you think "wow !".
I am not interested in short term things and the latest of the latest. This web site is not a news web site.
I am usually not interested in politics especially not american politics.
I am interested in whatever point of view on whatever topic that makes you think outside of the square and stays with you for a long time.
This material, although being somewhat "unrelated" to the normal content of these pages about Ecuador and Loja, will be stored here under the title "unrelatedisimo" ...
"The simple and in the end only answer is peace and social justice. How to achieve that is a different question. It needs a shift in paradigm. It requires a different human consciousness, one not driven by greed and power, but by a sense of human solidarity, by a desire to live together in harmony and in harmony with nature – a society that is not just thriving on consumerism, on absurd annual growth of consumption – a society that is aware of its surroundings, of Mother Earth, her entire ecosystem, animals, plants, natural unrenewable resources – a society that takes care of and protects its ‘neighborhood’ which is precisely that – the globe’s precious ecosystem. It is generously giving us everything we need for life, for a decent life that is – without having to kill and destroy."
"This consciousness is inherent in human beings. We are all born with it. But it is imminently destroyed as we enter this greed-driven society. Yet, there is in every human brain, call it spirit or soul, a spark that glows up ever-so-often and tells us, there is something wrong with what’s going on around us. We only have to grasp this glow, this warm little light in the back of our minds, and follow it, look where it leads us. It will lead us to the truth. Maybe we have to look for it in alternative media, or just by opening our eyes. It may disturb our comfort zone. That’s the major hindrance for most people who ignore this little warm spark. In fact, crossing that threshold of abandoning our comfort zone, brings a richness of mind from which you never want to return. – That would be the solution."
A VERY thought provoking essay by Dmitry Orlov. Do we really really need that car? I ditched mine years ago and I don't really miss it. Granted I have a small motorbike, far less thirsty on that "useless byproduct of petroleum distillation called gasoline".
Living in Ecuador sure helps as millions of people here rely on the public transport system which is generally speaking EXCELLENT and not to be compared with whatever it is that they call public transport in the "developed" world.
Dmitry Orlov makes a compelling case against the car. Not sure all of it is 100% the way he says but nevertheless this is a MUST READ.
"Specifically, what seems to be generally missing is an understanding that the technosphere doesn’t just control technology; it controls our minds as well. The technosphere doesn’t just prevent us from choosing technologies that we think may be appropriate and rejecting the ones that aren’t. It controls our tastes, making us prefer things that it prefers for its own reasons. It also controls our values, aligning them with its own. And it controls our bodies, causing us to treat ourselves as if we were mechanisms rather than symbiotic communities of living cells (human and otherwise)"