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Don’t Owe. Won’t Pay

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Don’t Owe. Won’t Pay
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted July 15, 2019

don't owe, won't payThe legitimacy of a given social order rests on the legitimacy of its debts. Even in ancient times this was so. In traditional cultures, debt in a broad sense—gifts to be reciprocated, memories of help rendered, obligations not yet fulfilled—was a glue that held society together. Everybody at one time or another owed something to someone else. Repayment of debt was inseparable from the meeting of social obligations; it resonated with the principles of fairness and gratitude.

If one debt can be nullified, maybe all of them can.

The moral associations of making good on one’s debts are still with us today, informing the logic of austerity as well as the legal code. A good country, or a good person, is supposed to make every effort to repay debts. Accordingly, if a country like Jamaica or Greece, or a municipality like Baltimore or Detroit, has insufficient revenue to make its debt payments, it is morally compelled to privatize public assets, slash pensions and salaries, liquidate natural resources, and cut public services so it can use the savings to pay creditors. Such a prescription takes for granted the legitimacy of its debts. More…

What Does July 4th Really Mean?

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What Does July 4th Really Mean?
by Marianne Williamson
Posted July 8, 2019

Marriane talking about meaning of July 4thWhat a delight to hear a candidate talk candidly and honestly about what needs to happen to heal the country and move it forward into the future. She chose to give this on July 4th, because as a nation we have lost the true meaning of that day and what it really meant at that time and what it means today.

Marianne talks about the history of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and what those documents and the movements that made them possible meant to that generation and what it means to this generation. She considers the major transformational movements that have taken place in this nation when there were serious issues that needed to be dealt with: the Revolutionary Movement, Abolition, Women’s Suffrage, and the Civil Rights Movement, and how each affected the generations that launched and participated in those movements. Then she describes how now it is this generation’s turn and duty to launch its own movement. Her message is one of hope and a call to action.

She warns us about focusing on the symptoms of problems rather than the root causes. She outlines how money has totally corrupted the system and how this is a key root cause of many of our problems. Both political parties have to share the responsibility for this happening and for not moving decisively to eliminate this growing cancer on our system. For a political candidate, there was very little political content with the focus on social and economic problems and solutions on how to deal with them.

I found it amazing that Marianne could speak all this time, never missing a beat and yet using no notes, no teleprompters, no presentations, no reminders, and no scripts. This is someone who truly believes what she says and speaks from the heart.

You owe it to yourself just to listen and make up your own mind on your thoughts about her message. Watch here…

Out of the Box Peacemaking

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Out of the Box Peacemaking
By Amir Paiss
Posted July 6, 2019

love is the best revengeRight before the Gaza war, after the three Israeli teenagers Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah were kidnapped and murdered and after Muhammad Abu Khdeir was kidnapped and murdered in revenge, there were riots all over Israel. I was coming back with my wife and our two little children from the Galilee to Jerusalem, in a bus full of Hasidic Jews when, at around 2 am, our bus stopped at a stop light and we were attacked by angry Arab men, throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks onto and into the bus… People scream in terror, windows shatter…

Miraculously we managed to escape without severe physical harm. The next morning I was told by many – ‘Now you experienced first hand the hate, and now you know that the right response is revenge!’ ‘Yes’ I replied, ‘you’re right, we have to have revenge!’

That morning I had already been planning to meet with Haj Ibrahim Abu El Hawa and Raed Hashima who is the East Jerusalem coordinator for Jerusalem Peacemakers and the Abrahamic Reunion. I was very shaken up, but we met anyway and worked hard to prepare an interfaith gathering to be held two weeks later in Nazareth, at the home of Sufi Sheikh, Ghassan Manasra.

Sure enough, we had a very powerful event, with Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Israelis, and Palestinians, praying side by side and supporting one another. We then had a walk of love, holding hands and walking through the streets that witnessed a riot a day earlier. At the end of the evening I shared my experience with everyone, and how some of my friends told me that my best response has to be revenge… well, this powerful gathering, when we come together in connection and harmony, demonstrating what can be, in the midst of war and violence, is the best revenge. The revenge of Love! More…

When Negative Thoughts Keep You Down: How to Break the Addiction

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When Negative Thoughts Keep You Down: How to Break the Addiction
By Dylan Harper
Posted July 3, 2019

your thoughts influence how you feelDo you frequently obsess over worst-case scenarios? Do you struggle to think well of yourself or others? Are you frequently stressed, anxious, or depressed? You may be suffering from an addiction to your negative thoughts.

We all fall into patterns of negative thinking from time to time, often triggered by difficult circumstances or everyday stress. But when that pattern occurs over a long period of time, it can degrade our health in body, mind, and spirit.

We trade our own joy and happiness for certainty. It’s a huge price to pay for a bill of goods. Because in truth, the certainty we crave is an illusion. More…

The War on Human Consciousness

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The War on Human Consciousness
By Rachel Horton White
Posted June 28, 2019

human consciousnessMany of us wonder if we will ever feel better, if the Earth will ever heal. There are scares about climate change, about mass extinction of entire species and about the future of humanity itself.

But the greatest danger to the human race is our own unwillingness to pull the blinders off of our eyes. Smartphones have taken over many people’s consciousness to the point where they are numbing themselves to their loved ones and to their own souls. Our addiction to the news and to sources we think are telling us the truth have turned friends and family against each other just because they voted for a certain person for President.

We have reached a point when people can choose the path of love, healing, forgiveness, kindness and freedom. It is a path that requires great courage, risk and overcoming fear. The alternative is the path of being afraid, of going along with the crowd and of making choices based on worry about worst-case scenario. We have free will as human souls. We can choose love, or we can choose fear. Often we choose a mixture of both. More…

Eating Someone

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Eating Someone
by Lori Marino
Posted June 6, 2019

animals have complex feelingsOne of the most insidious misconceptions about farmed animals (indeed almost all animals aside from human ones) is that they do not care about their young, who do not need a mother for normal development. This mythology of emotional detachment has become the lore for chickens, cows, turkeys and other farmed animals. But what is the evidence for this convenient fabrication? At first blush, it is irrational to think that any mammal or even vertebrate would be indifferent to their offspring. If that were the case, none of us would be here now.

Instead, there is ample evidence that farmed animals care very much about being able to raise their offspring. Several studies show that calves must be brought up by their mothers to be socially well-adjusted. Young calves allowed to stay with their mothers grow up more socially confident with other cows. Conversely, cows prevented from being raised by their mothers show more fearful responses to novel situations and unfamiliar cows. Dairy calves raised in more complex social groups in general tend to have increased coping abilities and higher capacities for dealing with change. The same effects are seen for piglets and lambs. More…

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