February 10, 2012 in Videos
March 14, 2011 in World Exposed Blog
How does it feel to starve? Have anyone of us ever asked ourselves that question and if not: Why? This article investigates these questions. It investigates the silent and secret resistance that most of us experience when it comes to a subject like starvation – a condition that more than 1 billion people are born into without any possible way of ever getting out. It investigates the problem from different angles and offers a Solution that brings the Perspective back to a Common Sense Re-education of all of us to start Caring for Real and Participate in bringing about Changes that is in Fact Best for All.
So how does it feel to Starve?
Alouette Mayer writes: “What does it feel like to be hungry, really hungry, for many days? And many weeks? And longer. It’s easy to imagine the beginning symptoms like weakness, shakiness, irritability, fatigue. But what happens when those aren’t remedied by food? Is it painful when the organs begin shrinking as they do in starvation? It must be. And as the immune system loses force, how does one endure the cramping, combined with the weakness, combined with the lowering body temperature, combined with the overall bloating as the body retains fluid?”
Can you imagine yourself feeling that terrible? Now expand it to your family. Your daughter. Your tiny son whose tummy is distending and who cries with headaches. Your grandmother, coughing and scared and silent. What would it feel like to watch a toddler, your toddler, weaken and beg for what you can’t give? No running water, no toilets, huddled in refugee camps miles and miles long, And its getting cold. It’s going to get really, really cold and wet heavy snows are coming. And you’re so terribly hungry.
Imagine the stench and disgusting danger of raw sewage, of the infectious diarrhea that comes from that. And there are already dead bodies to be dragged away to be buried or burned by weak hungry men. How does a frail starving man dig a grave for his neighbor, his friend, or his tiny son? The nights must be endless, filled with prayers for a warm morning sun.”
All that Matters is food
That is unfathomable – except if you are one of those 1 billion people that actually are literally starving to death or one of the 2 billion living in extreme poverty. What I find when I look at it for myself is the word “desperation” – not even a single thought creeps into my mind because all I can think about is food. Maybe I don’t even know how much food actually exists in this world and believe that everyone lives the way I do, or I have seen food at the market, luxuriously prohibited and out of my reach. Maybe my village had food once, but a drought caused the animals and crops to die, so now we have no food. Or maybe I lost my parents to malaria and now have to live on the street begging for scraps and rotten food. Whatever the case: I am hungry.
All I know is that I am hungry. If I am able to, I drink water to fill the stomach and get some feeling of being full. I feel tired and drained, but I have to keep going and I look desperately everywhere for any sign of food anywhere. I look at the dogs running around and when we had a goat, it was difficult not to kill it, but we needed the milk more than we needed the meat. I keep looking for a way out, but there is no way out, so all I can do is survive.
In a documentary from Nigeria a woman talked about how it would be like to live in a Western country. What she said was: “that would be nice because then I would not want to die”. Another documentary about North Korea, two men in their twenties, who had escaped the regime and was living in Soul, said that even though they had lived there for over two years, still all they thought about was food. For those of us who have been used to plentiful and endless access to food, it is unimaginable to conceive how it must be like to live your entire life, only thinking about food.
The Good Intentions of The West
In our Western and 1.World countries, it has become fashion that young people travel to third world countries and for example work as aid workers for Humanitarian Organizations, maybe out of the goodness of their heart or because it looks well on a resume to show that you are someone that cares. One blogger wrote about people travelling to third world countries: “I saw so many hungry and starving kids. It was unbelievable!” This is a too common occurrence in the experience of people who visit Third World Countries and get shocked and in awe of the witnessing of Starving Children, and provides insight into how lucky the rest of us are to have high standards of living that are actually met.”
A question that brings itself to the forefront is whether we are actually lucky or if that is yet another word we have used to justify the fact that we are Equally Responsible for reproducing and recreating starvation and poverty? We know that people starve. We know the figures and the images of starving children. But do we see them as our neighbors, Equally Living Here on this planet or as spots of guilty conscience on our minds? Do people then go to third world countries, only to return with a feeling of relief that it is not them who are in the shoes of those that suffer?
If you Google the words: “How does it feel to starve?” you will be surprised to find that the first ten results are questions people have asked in regards to how it feels to starve to death – literally posed and categorized as “trivia questions” – as something people ask for fun or out of curiosity. There are articles about being anorexic or how to starve oneself to get the perfect looks. An example is an article called: “how can you starve yourself without slowing down your metabolism?” If we take Google as a representation of what we as people in the west are willing to consider and investigate in regards to starvation, this is what is revealed about us. We don’t care – even when we say we do, even when we sell and buy products with labels that say we do – we don’t care. Because otherwise we would do something about it. We don’t want to know what it feels like to Starve.
Starves Real Child to Feed Virtual Child
In 2008 there was an article in several newspapers about a Korean couple who starved their child to death, because they were busy raising a virtual child at the local internet café. The virtual child, called Anima in Latin ironically translates to: “A living Being”.
A police man later told the local media that: “The couple seemed to have lost their will to live a normal life because they didn’t have jobs and gave birth to a premature baby,” “They indulged themselves in the online game of raising a virtual character so as to escape from reality, which led to the death of their real baby.”
This situation is indicative for the current situation in this World, where people of the West are living in virtual realities of their Minds, while disregarding and neglecting the Physical entirely. And why? Because Reality is too hard to Face – because there is no hope anyway and so one might as well lose oneself in the endless layers of information and stimulation provided by The Mind as thought and feeling and manifested into Reality through games such as the one described above. Entertainment is nothing but the suppression of the Fear of not Surviving that is already dictating and directing our lives. We might read this story and be appalled, but who of us has not gotten lost within the entertaining of our Minds? What are people actually doing but watching television all night or being busy imagining their future lives? So many people live only for that which is created through and as the Mind, while the Physical is forced to tag along and live out our cravings, desires and nightmares. So this couple depict in brutal clarity the situation of what we have Allowed Ourselves to be and become: Consumed with fear and powerlessness, turning to virtual realities which we try to keep alive, while the Actual Physical Reality, as Who we are – Suffers.
In spite of the Fact that there is currently more than 1 billion people (every 6. Person on the planet) Starving – the world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day (FAO 2002, p.9). The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food. (worldhunger.org)
What is the problem? And is there a Solution?
As stated above, the main cause of hunger is poverty and the main cause of poverty is the lack of money. Poverty is furthermore re-created and reproduced through generations, which means that virtually no one born into a country with extreme poverty has any chance of every getting out of the living hell that they are born into. This is all do to an extreme income inequality, where half the world’s population are literally carrying the other half like dead weight on their shoulders – and I am not talking about the rich carrying the poor, quite the contrary.
Patrick Bond writes: “The question as to who and what is responsible for African underdevelopment can be answered at two levels. Firstly, the answer is that the operation of the imperialist system bears major responsibility for African economic retardation by draining African wealth and by making it impossible to develop more rapidly the resources of the continent.”
Looking at the world as a whole, with a 6. Of the world’s population living in poverty and starvation it is obvious that it is not what is Best for All. But too often do we see the world as separated in smaller units that have no influence on each other. Placed into perspective we can use the following metaphor: Imagine a body. Imagine that as you eat and drink, you pull all nutrition from one limb such as the leg or an arm and instead only disperse nutrition into the rest of the body and primarily the head. Imagine having a leg or an arm, completely starved and sucked dry, the muscle issue deteriorating, the skin becoming thin, sensitive and you cannot stand the feeling of pressure or clothes against it. Imagine you dragging your leg after you because it has lost all its muscle mass and are no longer able to function. Imagine the bones of your arm breaking as easily as glass and while the rest of your body is in better condition, this limb is constantly filled with excruciating pain. This is basically what we are doing at this planet, where a 6. Of us are starving to death having exactly these experiences as described above. Now imagine the body being all warped with a big fat head, legs so skinny that they cannot stand and arms and hands worn from working all day.
If the Earth was a single Human physical body
If Earth was a Human Physical body, this is basically what we would look like. Would we be able to stand, walk or move? Probably not. It is unacceptable that people suffer when there is in fact enough food in the world, it shouldn’t matter that it is someone else and not us and only something we care about when we place ourselves in another’s shoes – because when one suffers, all suffers consequently. It is not someone else, in some other world, separate from us that suffer – what we do and how we live is directly influencing what is happening in other parts of the world.
The people that are starving have no possible way of changing their situation. Their situation is caused by unequal distribution of resources and by our collective Acceptance of a money-system of inequality as the Directive Principle that is managing the world and everyone in it. How are we equally Participating in upholding and accepting these systems? By turning our backs on those Suffering, because we don’t Act. We either blame our governments, each other or ourselves, but that doesn’t in fact Change the situation – it only makes us feel powerless and from there we can again justify that we are not responsible. Imagine standing in front of a mother starving with a dying child. What do you think she will tell you? Do you think she will blame you or ask you to feel bad for her? Is the Solution to finish our meals or send our leftovers to Africa or Indonesia? No – none of this will change the situation, because the root of the problem is the entire world-system as a whole – a system that is based on our Acceptance of and daily participation in an unequal distribution of resources.
The systems with which we manage our world, determines the lives we live. The money-system does not exist by itself – it is managed and supported by Human Beings. This is why we propose an Equal Money System, because whether we can feel it or not, whether we can imagine ourselves in the shoes of those suffering or not: we are All Equally Here on this Earth and as such have an Equal Right to a Dignified Life.
It is imperative that each of us Face ourselves within Self-Honesty about how we are Participating in Allowing the world to exist the way it does – this is not easy as we have existed within separate mind-bubbles of Separation, Inferiority and Fear and in this not been able to See and Realize that we are Equally Responsible for what is Here.
Through The Desteni I Process we re-educate ourselves to Self-Honesty, Self-Responsibility and Self-Respect. We do this through some very simple tools that each can Apply for themselves, through Applying and Living the Common Sense of What is Best for All, bringing ourselves Back Here to Earth and out of the Separate Mind-Bubbles of Self-Interest, Denial and Fear. We do this through Supporting each other to keep it Real, To Realize Ourselves within and as the Whole – Standing together as All as One as Equals. Join The Process Towards World Equality – Support and Participate in bringing about an Equal Money System For The End of The Human Annihilation of Life – For The End of Suffering and Abuse and for Bringing Forth a Life that Cares for All Life Equally.
March 11, 2011 in Equal Money Blog
Recently the new Xbox 360 Kinect Kinectimals was released. The Kinectimals is a version of the new kincetics hype that is based on interaction similar to Wii and the new Playstation games. The product itself costs around 300 Euro or 400 dollars and the basic Principle of the game is that you get a virtual pet. As described by one blogger:
“Xbox 360 Kinect Kinectimals is designed for the entire family as a result kids as well as men and women will delight in building partnerships with exotic pets. If you or your children have always dreamed of having a tiger cub, then this particular game is right up your alley. You could listen to the Kinectimals purr with pleasure as you scratch him behind his ears; not an adventure you can expect to have in real life.”
So basically you get to play with a tiger as if it was real life, right at home in your living room, but without the risk of being killed or bitten by mosquito’s.
The blogger continues to describe how the game works:
“The game starts with the user adopting and then naming one of the different exotic animal friends, such as a tiger, cheetah, or lion. The Kinectimal will learn how to respond to the users tone of voice and commands. Eventually the Kinectimal learns to fetch, and will explore the on-screen island. Then there additional tricks to teach the Kinectimal for instance fetch, as well as other activities to participate in for example jump rope.”
What is striking is that these types of games that are becoming increasingly popular, where the plot is based on one not having to leave the comforts of ones living room and at the same time be able to play games that have a sense of connection, intimacy, relationship and “realness” about it. Obviously there are also those targeted for the adult players that will often be exercising games where one can play tennis or golf and become the image of one’s dreams
So basically one has all the pleasures and stimulation of a real life situation, without actually having to be Here. This brings associations to Science Fiction movies and novels such as Wall-E and Surrogates, where the virtual life has virtually taken over Living in the Physical.
So – Imagine for a moment if all the people who had purchased an Xbox and the Xbox Kinetics games would spend their money on for example making sure that the tigers don’t go extinct. Imagine the billions of dollars and resources that have been put into creating these games in the first place – All for What? For some human beings to make a buck and for others to buy a life of leisure in safe distance from everything that is Real. And meanwhile we are happily merchants of extinction of the Animals, the Earth and ourselves – but hey, we will always have Virtual Reality.
What could we do with 25 billion dollars?
In the first 60 days on the market, the Xbox Kincect broke the world record of being the “Fastest selling consumer electronics device” having sold devices for more that 25 billion dollars. The company had spend 500 million dollars on advertising alone – the slogan for the campaign appropriately being: You Are the Controller.
With 25 billion dollars we could change, if not the world, then at least feed the Starving for the next 10 years, while we figure out how to create a sustainable Solution so that no one will have to Starve ever again. Why create a virtual Reality, where there is a Real World Right Here. The sustainable Solutions have been created and invented. The scientists are skilled enough to create cars that can last 100 years. Meanwhile the headfund (pun intended) of Microsoft, the company that produces Xbox, Bill Gates is Promoted as the Angel of Mercy, a Modern day Mother Teresa of the Age of Knowledge, who supports the needy wherever he goes and stands as a beacon of charity and compassion.
What does this show about us Humanity? That we have become so warped into our imaginary bubbles of self-interest that we are shaping the world to fit our inner virtual Reality – Mind you that it is only a fraction of the world’s population that can even afford an Xbox. Surely there are also parents working two or three shifts only to be able to provide such a service for their precious young. Seriously humanity: Is this who we want to be?
Why do we rather live in a virtual reality?
People would rather live in a virtual reality, than fixing what is Here. It is tough Facing what is Here as this World with 2 billion people living in grim Poverty and so by living in a virtual Reality, we can push the Real World away and pretend for a moment that it is not as bad as it looks. But it IS as bad as it looks – and starving children are not images in the newspaper – they are Real and their Suffering is Real. We have gotten so used to seeing these images that we do not even consider that they are portraying Reality for millions of people in this World. We even believe that by being appalled, we have done at least something to state that this is unacceptable. But statements of intent are Lies if they are not Applied into Action. Principles only Apply if we Actually Live by them, not some of the time or when we want to, but in every moment of every Breath.
It feels safe and warm and comfy in there in the virtual realities of our minds and living rooms and often we don’t even realize the extend to which we will plan our lives according to fear. The fear of not surviving is not only for those who actually have to fear for their lives, who fear that they will not even be able to feed their child today or that they will be killed by soldiers if they go to the market. The reason behind purchasing and playing a game like Kinetics is also fear and so we can hide in our minds separate realities or even create virtual ones at a physical level. The only problem is that all bubbles burst eventually and so no matter how hard we try, we cannot keep Reality away and it will eventually creep up on us as thief in the night or when our fences are broken down by angry mobs, our houses burned down by forest fires or our water is contaminated to the point of poisoning and genetic mutation.
Citizens of Facebook – Unite
Measured in population, Facebook is currently the world’s largest country in the World. That means that we as citizens of Facebook have a Direct vote in this World, that is currently being wasted on virtual realities where all that matters is the next moments entertainment, and the next… Why not join together and each of us decide for Ourselves that we would rather Live in the Real World and fix it so that we can Actually Enjoying being Here for Real.
Instead of spending 3oo Euro or 400 dollars on a virtual Reality that will only postpone the Moment of Facing what is Here – Join the Equal Money Movement and Start Participating Actively in Bringing about Real Change. Practivism is Activism with Common Sense Consideration of What is Best For All, at a Real, Practical and Physical Level. We have the skills, the resources, the money to Change the World – All we need is each other. That means – all we need is Ourselves. To Decide for Ourselves, each and every One – that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – TILL HERE NO FURTHER and that we would rather Live in a World where Tigers run Free, than to be looked up in a room petting imaginary friends.
Join the World Equality Process – The Equal Life Foundation where we work towards Creating an Equal Money System that guarantees Everyone an Equal Right to a Dignified Life with Clean Water, Food, Shelter and Education. Where no one has to Fear for their Survival or Live only to Survive.
Join the Re-Education of Ourselves from Organic Robots Living in Virtual Realities as Slaves to Fears and Personal Desires to Beings Standing up for Life, Equal and One, In Self-Honesty and Self-Respect.
March 9, 2011 in Equal Money Blog
From the article “Corporations, Governments and Consumers – The Unholy Trinity of Inequality” in my column on The Sociology Journal on Sociology.com
Q – from Derrick:
What is the obligation of a corporation to the people of the world? I believe it to be a bit more than making a cheeseburger that half of the world can’t afford and that kills the half that can – – – at the expense of the most bio-diverse eco-system on the planet, the rainforest.
I would like to see a buyer caveat on products and services. If there is no legal way to nudge corporations towards philanthropy, then I want to at least see a sign in front of the mega-department-store pointing to the millions they gave in the recent election to anti-gay candidates. How can such massive entities move without a sound?
A – My Reply:
The corporations can move without a sound, because of a system of governance and consumption that we have all accepted as legit – It moves without sound, because We move without sound. Because the sounds we do make, are accusations, blame and acceptance of ourselves as powerless.
I have fought many battles in my life trying to beat the System, trying to get off the grid, to live sustainably – until I realized that the System is within me, that I am the System – That a poor man given the chance would do exactly the same as the rick guy, once getting his fingers into the cookie jar. That the System in which we have Accepted ourselves, is build on fear, competition and greed and that actually Living by Principles that Stands for What is Best for All Life requires a score to be settled with all and everything that we have ever done and been – that words are easy, but action not.
As shown by Raj Patal and others, the only political power the modern consumer-citizen has, is to chose between organic and regular products – And for many that is seemingly enough to make us sleep through the night. The problem is that responsibility is shifted between corporations, governments and consumers in a way where no one is held accountable, let alone holding themselves accountable and where half the world literally is left with the consequences of what we are collectively accepting and allowing in this world.
The solution is therefore not to simply stop buying certain products, and anyway that is most often done to keep one’s own hands clean, while not considering that choice comes with money and that money is what motivates all of us, because it has become synonym for survival, comfort, safety and happiness. When you are poor you do not have the luxury to go organic or vegetarian and thereby this choice is an elitist choice, that does not have an actual impact on the world as a whole.
A collective Stand is required, where each takes it upon themselves to be accountable for what we are participating within and as, as a collective – That is firstly done by researching what it actually is we are allowing, by removing the veil that lets us sleep through the night, by recognizing that we not only have the power, but that we are also using it, knowingly or unknowingly every time we shop, think, eat and breathe.
Next it is required that we Stand together to actually create the necessary changes – to realize that behind corporations and governments and money, are people just like ourselves, living for their own survival only, just like ourselves.
We’ve gotta move the System as the System, from within the System – We’ve gotta Stand by what we have created and Change it in fact, in practical, actual reality – into a world that we would want our children to be born into. Dreaming up some Utopian society, bashing the powers that be – that is easy. What is not easy, but what is also required is for us, each of us, one by one, to be the Change.
If your life, your thoughts, your actions represented One Vote, what is yours? Are we even able to answer that honestly? Or is the brutal facts of what we are Accepting in this World too hard to Face? Is there even a choice?
I am One Vote for World Equality and an Equal Money System – Where governance is about making the choices Always that considers what is Best for All, not as an idea or a philosophy but as a Common Sense, Physical Fact – Once we get there, it will be easy to see and do what is required to be done.
Participate in Changing
One Breath at the Time
The Desteni I Process – Where we Re-Educate Ourselves to Common Sense, Self-Honesty and Self-Responsibility for Our Participation in and as this World
The Equal Money System The World Equality Process is where we work together to Create a Global Equal Politics and Money System, Working towards Giving Everyone an Equal Right to a Dignified Life
Practivism is Activism
with Common Sense
In Oneness and Equality
As What is Best for All
January 17, 2011 in Equal Money Blog
“The foreigners love all these images of poor people to sell, to make Money” -
“We want justice for all those who live in tents, while the NGO’s make millions”
” We are telling the States and the NGO’s: You’ve made Money for one year – We’ve been in tents for one year – people have sent millions to help us, but nothing has been done” – “NGO’s can’t really develop or help develop the country – in Fact they make the country even poorer”
This Clearly shows how there is no functioning International Community or Aid/charity organizations that are Actually Functioning – Still people in the West Justify the Abdication of Self-Responsibility through giving money to these organizations, without fully Investigating what they spend their Money on – Haiti is a small country that is easily accessible – With the Money donated, the entire country could have been re-build and instead they are now dying from cholera for no reason, while aid workers cash in – This should serve as a fucking Reality Check for All those that believe that “someone else” takes Care of it – That the governments and aid organizations know what they are doing and are the one’s Responsible for Assisting these people to rebuild a society that already was one of the world’s poorest and most politically unstable societies.
The root of the problem is the accepted Inequality and indifference of each western citizen towards the rest of the World – which is why Self-Responsibility for the Whole, as this World and ALL PEOPLE is the Solution to Stopping the Suffering and Abuse that is currently being Accepted – So what do we do?
At Desteni we suggest a Re-Education of Ourselves, wherein we Face the Brutal Fact that we have in deed been indifferent, even and when we have believed not to be, when we have believed ourselves to Care. We are doing this through the Desteni I Process, wherein we Support Ourselves and Each other to Start Living according to the Principle of what is Best for All, instead of Surviving within and from Self-Interest as Personality and Preference -
Through this we Start taking ACTive Self-Responsibility for and as this World – We Suggest to Create an Equal Money and Equality Politics System – where we at a Global Scale, Create a System that is Based on the Principle of What is Best For All on a Practicable, Livable Level based on the Simple Fact that Everyone has an Equal Right to Life – a System based on each of us starting to take Self-Responsibility for and as This World.
January 8, 2011 in Equal Money Blog