The prevailing discussion is about Global Climate Change… Our polar caps are melting, ocean water temperature and levels are rising, there are increased global disasters that are climate based… New studies are now showing that aquatic life forms like fish will get smaller as the water temperatures rise…
If you really think of it, we really do live in a State of Fear.
After all, there’s money to be made and people spend more and save less when they are afraid.
The question then is, why is it possible for the wealthy to buy and build panic rooms and bunkers on their estates but ‘normal’ folks can’t – partially because of the laws and partially because of affordability.
What do they know that we don’t?
‘Normal citizens’ are being attacked for having home gardens, for collecting rain water for use for their gardens and lawns… However, the First Lady herself has an organic garden on public property from which she harvests fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes for consumption at their dinner table… Quite possibly using public funds – all the while SWAT Tactics are being used on Average people who are trying to survive or live right, and denying them their basic right to survival.
The argument is about Man Made Climate Change.
It is documented that more than half the world’s population now live in cities – after all this is where all the jobs are at, where the goods are manufactures and distributed – gas prices make it too expensive to ship goods over land or by air and now sea, thus making common goods more difficult to purchase, and even less affordable.
Now, we have more than 4 billion people living in cities, using municipal power, municipal water, municipal waste water processing, municipal roads, municipal transportation, municipal communication – which are on the most part privately owned monopolies by large multinational corporations – be it the ones building the municipal infrastructures, building transmission lines, managing municipal resources and controlling the majority of the stakes.
Sure, we ‘elect’ political leaders – however, they all represent these special interests – because they are the true owners.
Statesmen are used to write laws and enforce them, create penalties and enforce them…
All the while, the wealthy owners get away with treason.
Reading through my Provincial Building Code – as written by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing – any person desiring to build a home, build an addition, build a deck or a swimming pool, add an additional carport or garage, or even add a chimney, must by law apply for a building permit, which takes 5 to 10 business days – and cost a fee that is annexed to inflation.
Building permits are for public safety.
Or are they?
In cities/municipalities with large populations, with people living on top of each other, or in close proximity to each other – we need laws and rules to protect us and our possessions – safety is necessary. We can’t have our neighbors raising chickens and having their rooster waking up the neighbourhood at 6am, just because they want fresh eggs in the morning… (Our Neighbors, not the Roosters...) Nor can we tolerate having horses or cattle in our neighbor’s garage leaving their droppings all over the place – people barely follow the poop and scoop by-laws for dogs – and when was the last time you saw a police officer stop, stoop and scooped after his or her horse, after they’ve relieved themselves? (The horse, not the officer...)
Hardly seems fair – you need to clean up after pooch, but they doesn’t have to for their go gallopers?
As land prices increase, building material costs increase, building permits increase, the cost for professionals to come into our homes and do the electrical work, the plumbing, the air and heating, the ventilation, installing the windows, the roofing, the digging the well, the hook up fees to main electrical service, digging a sewer – and meeting constantly changing codes that meet ever new standards – one is forced to question the purpose…
Are insurance companies behind writing the Building Codes? Are mortgagers behind the rise in property prices - isn't it funny how unemployment numbers go up as more middle class citizens demand better wages - as minium wage increases? We have inflation and hyper-inflation, which is a product of Supply and Demand - as the supply deminishes and the Demand increases, prices increases with the demand. But, in a world where Corporations and Banks are price fixing to adjust their earning to increase stock shares... Was the game ever really about what we were always told? Does the conventional business model actually apply?
Socially, it seems that symmetry seems to be at play – everyone needs to be on board the same vision, the same plan. Yet, is this by design or by natural progression?
After all, when we look at it, everyone’s homes have to look the same… We all have to live the same lives, follow the same routines, accept the same platatudes.
If we examine homes from the 1940’s and then again in the 2000’s we can noticeably see the vast difference in contrast – from our philosophy to how to build a bathroom, to butler pantries, to the placement of the stove and fridge – and kitchen layouts… From flooring materials, to insulation materials, to roofing materials… The world is about evolution – but it’s also about commerce.
It’s about industry – designing, manufacturing and distributing goods that people will buy because it both appeals to their sensibilities, but also because they meet new Laws.
Every 20 years we are forced to buy new refrigerators… First because of the deadliness of Freon, then because of the energy efficiency of the motors… All the while, the three largest manufacturers that have a monopoly on electrical appliances are making a fortune – because 3 times over the life of your home, new appliances were purchased…
To you, it’s a $700 refrigerator, to them, its 2 million units sold in 2011. What about 20 million units sold, or even 2 billion units sold world wide?
After all, you need a refrigerator – you need to eat 7 meals a week with meat – meat needs to be refrigerated – you need to consume dairy, which needs to be refrigerated. You always cook more than what you eat, so you can have ‘left-overs’ for lunch tomorrow – you need to buy 2 weeks worth of groceries don’t you and stock up for emergencies – everyone likes to have a cold drink once and a while – especially after a hard day at work…
We are keeping the economy moving – over consuming because we live in fear that something will happen to cause us not to be able to buy food for a prolong period of time – we may only be 4 or 5 people living in a home, but we need a structure that is large enough to house 10 to 15 people, so that we can store our possessions… We keep consuming, purchasing ‘things’ because one day we may need them, or we use them daily because they make us feel good, they make us happy…
All the while domestic violence is increasing. Gang activity is rising. Drug and alcohol dependence is increasing – all of which are industries that generate revenue – more police officers – more uniforms for those officers, more munitions and weapons, more police cars, a larger police precinct building, larger jails, more jail guards, kitchen staff - kitchen appliances – stainless steel appliances – more expensive… The Police Chief and Prison Warden get larger salaries because now they have to manage more…
There’s always a bigger picture – and yet here we are, arguing about the details – how it should have been spelt their and not there… Or even, they’re… Oh My Gosh!
Is climate change real – As real as it gets. But is it an unnatural phenomenon? The facts show that the earth’s climate has been cyclical for as long as we can measure. Just as human ignorance – we constantly strive to look for answers in our leaders – trusting that they are looking out for our best interests.
All the while, they are conspiring against us – either knowingly or unknowingly, in support of some larger vision.
You can’t go back to the way things were, because they were never anything other than what they are now. Every aspect of our lives has been controlled – we merely learned to behave within the parameters of our boundaries.
If it makes us feel safe, then its good enough – but the thing is, fewer and fewer of us are feeling safe these days, and we are beginning to look for new meanings, new definitions – but there’s aren’t any, because everything resides within the confines of our boundaries – our descriptions.
More of us are asking questions – and the opposition isn’t solutions or new paradigms, but rather oppression – silence the questions and punish the disenfranchised – because, for now, it doesn't fall within the consumerist paradigm.
As long as we can continue to feed into our system, it will continue to survive – even if its barely holding onto a thread – because figuring out a way to fix the system would mean something far more devastating then what we are living with today – until it too becomes the new norm – and we merely learn to live within that context until one day, we begin to question even its value, and rebel.
Are we then doomed to doubt ourselves and each other? If so, isn’t that Hell - Life in a constant state of anxiety and guilt?
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