Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Gardening

"Every person needs to have a piece of garden, however small, to keep them in touch with the earth and therefore with something deeper in themselves..." 1

"The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which joins one family." 2

"There's not a pair of legs so thin, there's not a head so thick,
There's not a hand so weak and white, nor a heart so sick,
But it can find some needful job, that's crying to be done,
For the Glory of the Garden glorifieth everyone." 3

1. Carl Jung.
2. Chief Seattle.
3. Rudyard Kipling, 1911. the Glory of the Garden.
Why are you here? To be with friends.
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" 1

1. Freud.

Consumerism

Anything can be consumed; religon, protests etc.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Talking about conflict between economy and environment in Tasmania, "this issue will only be resolved once both sides stop looking at it as a battle, and treat it instead as a shared campaign for a shared future." 1

1. Paul Kingsnorth, December 2004. The Ecologist, Global Rescue.
"The one resource the developing world has in abundance is people. So why are we promoting systems of agriculture that negate this advantage and which seem bound to contribute directly to further human misery and indignity" 1

"Globalisation of responsibility" 1

"Industry without art is brutality" 2

1. Prince of Wales, 23 October 2004.

2. John Ruskin, ???

Monday, December 20, 2004

"Your hammer will always find nails to hit." 1

1. BENOIT MANDELBROT, 20 December. The Edge.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

The Worlds First Multinational

"Corporate greed, the ruination of traditional way of life, share-price bubbles, western imperialism: all these complaints were made against the British East India Company in the 18th centuary." 1

1. Nick Robins, 13 December 2004. New Statesman.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Short Term Profit

"Edward Goldsmith of the International Forum on Globalization provides an instructive apocryphal story of two friends who both inherit a 10,000 acre tract of forest. Friend one leaves his 10,000 acres in its pristine state, friend two sells the trees to McMillan Bloedel Corporation who cut them all down. He then sells the mineral rights and the topsoil, he fills the resulting dank hole with toxic waste. He then constructs a shopping mall and theme park. Friend one is labelled as a waster, friend two boosts GNP by $1,000,000s runs for office and becomes a senator" 1

1. Goldsmith and Mander 1996:15.

FOE Founder David Brower

"Think globally, act locally" 1

"We do not inherit the earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children [and]...we're not just borrowing from our children, we're stealing from them - and it's not even considered to be a crime" 1

1. David Brower

Value of Nature

The value of the services that nature provides to humanity for free has been put at £18 trillion per year, nearly twice global economic activity measured by GNP. 1

1. Costanza et al in Nature. 1997, Vol. 387 pp253-260.

Development

The developing world and the over-developed world.

Friday, December 10, 2004

EDO and War

"EDO are proud sponsors of war and oppression all over the place. They might argue, as others have, that if they don't do it someone else will. This logic has yet to save a heroin dealer from being convicted." 1

1. SchNEWS 477, Friday 10th December, 2004.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

IF

If you can keep your head when everyone around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you... if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you and make allowances for their doubting too... if you can wait and not be tired of waiting or being lied about don't deal in lies, or being hated dont give way to hating- and yet dont look too good nor talk to wise... If you can dream and not make dreams your master... if you can think and not make thoughts your aim... if you can meet with triump and disaster and treat them just the same... if you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools and watch everything you gave your life to broken and stoop and build it up with worn out tools... If you can take one heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch and toss and lose and start again at your beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss... if you can force your heart nerve and sinew to serve its turn long after you're gone and then hold on when there's nothing in you except the will which says to them " hold on"... If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue or walk with kings nor lose the common touch... if neither foe nor loving friend can hurt you... if all men count with you but none too much... If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distant run, Yours is the earth and every thing in it and which is more...

YOU'LL BECOME A MAN MY SON!

by Rudyard Kipling