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10^9 coming of christ

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Dec. 21st, 2003 | 12:09 pm
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I had no idea I was the 10^9th coming of christ.

Thanks to the activist and alan watts I realized that some large fraction of my self hatred is hatred at classes of being that I theoretically belong to.

For instance I hate myself whenever I drive a car because I see all of the environmental and human costs attached to the automobile.

I'm crucifying myself for the sins of my culture.

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from: musicwomyn
date: Dec. 21st, 2003 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah! I was meaning to tell you. Sorry, I forgot. Well, now that you know, we can get ye ol' crucifix out.

I have guilt about my car, too. And, after reading "Stupid White Men", recycling seems useless.

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 21st, 2003 07:06 pm (UTC)
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At least recycle heavy stuff like alumnium or glass, for those things I think it's even economically worthwhile (even in our capitalist culture).

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from: musicwomyn
date: Dec. 22nd, 2003 12:21 am (UTC)
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From what I've heard, most of the stuff we recycle isn't actually recylced, it's thrown back in with other garbage. Michael Moore discusses this in his book "Stupid White Men" I do try and conserve and one of these days I will remember to bring my canvas bags to the market. I do use the plastic bags from the market as trach bags in my house, though

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from: artemii
date: Dec. 21st, 2003 01:13 pm (UTC)
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this is a good part of why i don't drive one.

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 21st, 2003 07:05 pm (UTC)
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I know and the frustrating part is that I've tried to go without one in los angeles several times. And each time I break down because of loneliness.

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from: artemii
date: Dec. 22nd, 2003 02:38 am (UTC)
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yes, this is why this decision strongly informs where i choose to live. i can't imagine living in LA, period, but doing it without a car would unfortunately not be too easy either.

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from: soulspirals
date: Dec. 22nd, 2003 06:10 am (UTC)
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If you keep beating yourself up, you will be too tired, depressed, and lacking in self-empowerment to make the changes that are going to come your way.

As I said to you the other week, we all pick which battles to fight. Even if you stopped picking battles now, and only worked with the ones you're already committing to, you're doing a lot more than most Americans. The crappy part sometimes, is that we all get to make choices. Including choices that I violently oppose. The key, I think, is in helping folks get educated so they have the facts to make "better" choices. As you noted before, this is not successfully achieved by ramming info down people's throats or chastising them. For examples, consider how well PETA has been received by the general public.

Among the many bonuses of the ways you have chosen to live, comes the fact that you have some cash available to you. If you have extra cash anywhere, you might want to think about places you can direct some of that cash where people with the time, skill sets and abilities are doing work that is really important to you. Non-profits and activists desperately need cash in this worl to get their work done.

Places like the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Offering programming services and solutions like webhosting to small groups with no budget - or building them computers and laying down networks. And folks like me and organizations like United for Peace and Justice are going to need money this year. In March, there is a call for a one-year anniversary demonstration against the war in Iraq. G8 Summit in June in Georgia. Protests against the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July, and the Republican National Convention in NYC (scheduled just before 9/11).

Don't crucify yourself. Really. Just pick some battles and fight them. Then go home, eat dinner by beeswax candle-light, and take a bath once in a while.

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