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YOUR VIEWS ON DISMANTLING YOURSELF


George

I thank you for the article on dismantling ourselves. I must clarify that I condemn the "global society" and "neighborhood" views brainwashing national sovereignty from our conscienceness. However, I do respect the effect that each one has on the worldwide community. I also believe that the only chance we have of surviving as a world community is a change of heart at the individual level. Legislation will not do that. There is only one movement that I know of that has the potential to do this. This movement is that which has a belief in a personal and loving God and a transcendent moral code. True Christianity (not much of Catholicism & modern Protestantism) is the best example of which I am aware. So, my recommendation is to stop trying to legislate morality toward the environment and start promoting a heartfelt conversion at the grass roots, a morality towards our brothers and toward life itself. It must come from and happen to "the unwashed" from the inside-out and not stop until at least the majority have been inoculated with this beneficial bacteria.

So that I am not completely misunderstood, I should clarify that I support arms ownership by the law-abiding, nuclear deterrent arms production by my government (USA), drastic reduction (80% or more) in my government's agencies, regulations, budget and taxes and a return to true republican government turning us back from the path towards a total socialistic/welfare state and total government. I also oppose the basis of the United Nations. My suggestion is merely to take the movement out of Congress, Parliament and the Judiciary. Grow it in the hearts of the people.

Anyone who wishes to discuss this with me, criticize or even flame me, name is George and my Email address is GeJoSc@aol.com

Thank you for your time and a piece of your mind.


Rachel Few

I am writing to express my support of your project. It is the most innovative and common sense 'green' project I have seen. I saw your web address on a poster in the IT lab at my college, but I would never have heard of it otherwise. I find this a very worrying state of affairs! I would encourage you to publicise, though I have no idea how you would go about it.

I was particularly impressed by your section on dismantlement of self. It seems all too easy to pass the buck from individuals to corporations and I am pleased to see someone redressing the balance.

In short - keep up the good work!

Keep me posted.

Sincerely,

Rachel Few.

"You talk about saving the world now, Eddie, it's our vanity gone mad. She'll survive us all perfectly well when we're all long buried and dead"

'Vanity' - New Model Army


Rupert Cathles
rupert@hypaethra.demon.co.uk
8 May, 1998

The love of consuming is at the root of all our evils. Why do we selfishly consume more than we need, satisfying our greed at the cost of other people's needs? It is a question not just of natural human appetites being insatiable, it is also a question of how we 'construct' ourselves. Everyone is a construction of many parts, personally, socially and culturally. This construction of self, one's identity, needs to be deconstructed or dismantled in order to see that most of our patterns of consumption have been created in order to maintain our identities in society. If status in society were not measured by levels of consumption would anyone buy self-advertising designer clothes and all the other consumerist status symbols of our consumer culture? Further more, would anyone spend their lives trying to earn more money to buy these unnecessary symbols of social status? What I am suggesting is that it is not sufficient to tell yourself that you ought to consume less, but that it is necessary to question one's identity, thereby dismantling the edifice which creates the need to consume excessively. This is no simple matter because our identities are so complex and because society makes such strong demands for us to conform not to our ideas of ouselves but to others' ideas of who and what we ought to be. It is, however, our own defence of our sense of identity, more than other people's desire for us to conform to their ideas, which makes fulfilling the wise injunction to Know Thyself a life long occupation achieved at no small cost to one's ego! Just a small example of identity in our consumer society: Bonsai trees are a great status symbol on executive desks which can be bought at exorbitant prices. On the other hand, you can demystify the ancient art of Bonsai by knowing that it is simply the art of growing trees in pots.Trees can be grown in all sizes of pots, from seeds or seedlings, from species which can be grown inside and outside, including from the pips of many fruit which we commonly buy. The pots need not be bought as special Bonsai pots; pots which are not glazed underneath can easily be drilled for drainage. If it is a species suitable for being outside permanently, then moss grown on the soil will prevent water loss. Such a Bonsai is not a status symbol but a sheer delight, an innocent pleasure, and you will be the richer for watching and caring for the growth of a miniature tree. You are then not a consumer of goods which other people have created, not the owner of a status symbol but the carer of another living thing - with a potential to live for many times a human lifetime. The tree, like you, is living in a constricted space, but is a true tree nonetheless, growing well without consuming large amounts of space or materials. My home page is: www.hypaethra.demon.co.uk





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