Gabrielle Giffords: victim of the moment…

EMail from Political Action begins with Here’s what the petition says: “I call for an end to all overt or implied appeals to violence in American politics. We must debate, not hate.”
The post continues: And violent tendencies have been inflamed by the careless and irresponsible rhetoric of certain political leaders. Sarah Palin’s infamous “target list” displayed Democratic districts, including Rep. Giffords’, in crosshairs, as if viewed through a gunsight.4

In addition, violent imagery was prominently featured during the last election. For instance, a rally for Rep. Giffords’ Republican opponent, Jesse Kelly, was promoted with the following notice: “Get on Target for Victory in November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”5

Perhaps it time to re-evaluate the unmentioned, underlying and unconscious theme of violence in the American Culture.

Should we be surprised of violence in the “old west”? What about the daily emersion of violence of hit video shows, movies, electronic games, and warring attitudes and language. Consider the presence of all of the military weapon manufacturers. Consider the power of the NRA.

Why the shock at the inevitable? Gabrielle Giffords is the victim of the moment.
What will it take to delete guns and violence?
Perhaps understanding and respect of self and others should be part our education system.

And then what can we do to replace the adrenaline rush of violent entertainment? Unfortunately we seem to be wired so that the adrenaline thrill trumps the radiance of love…


Tribute to Richard Holbrooke — A broken Heart?

Just conjecture, but…

If you were a world renowned Ambassador, a first class servant of his country and a bearer of peace and goodwill worldwide… and became disenchanted by the fall of America from Democracy to a compassionless Plutocracy, how would you gracefully remove yourself… and a broken heart from an untenable situation… perhaps a tear in an aorta?

Peace be with you. You are respected and admired.

An Economy with Integrity

In an interview recently, on NPR, I heard fragments of interviews of Wall Street Brokers at a bar they frequent.
They were distressed that the current administration was considering raising their taxes. They were adamantly opposed to President Obama. The bailout they got from him (and his team of ex-Wall Street Players)? It was deserved. They are smarter than everyone else and deserve everything they can get.

Reflecting on that, it dawned on me that this is the 21st Century incarnation of pirates and robber barons.
The Somali pirates that appear occasionally in the news are petty in comparison. They only get away with several millions of dollars in ransom. And that is covered by insurance.

Simply, greed, especially institutionalized greed, is not sustainable. It sucks the life out of the system. Reflecting on nature or the living earth, we find that healthy systems are always balanced and reciprocal.

To establish credibility and integrity to the economy, the pirates and robbers must be prosecuted.

When they are imprisoned, however, we should release simple drug offenders so that they are not corrupted by the brokers.

Yesterday’s Economy

We can no more restore yesterday’s economy than we can reprocess yesterday’s lunch.

That economy, which led us to be “first in the world,” was based upon militarism, consumerism and greed. In today’s world, wrought by our past behavior, this is a diet that is unsustainable. Even if our politicians, historians, economists, stock brokers and statisticians can’t see it, the little planet we live on and share with a myriad of other species, provides all the resources our vanities prod us to gobble up and waste.

Unbelievably, people habituated to self aggrandizement through amassing buckets of money and power don’t seem to be able to comprehend that the consumption and greed party is over.

The attempts to restore the “good life” and comforting middle class habits are leading only to more frustration, distress and unrest. Our economy and quality of life are plummeting, to less than “middle world” economies. There is no BACK. And the comparisons with “the great depression” no longer work because we had only begun to over exploit Earth’s limited resources.

Is it already too late? Even our kings and multibillionaires are still human animals, part of the web of life integral to Earth. Our life support systems are shutting down. Unless we quickly become conscious and mature as a species, more of our oceans will die, more of our soil will become impotent.

Show me the Money!?

Rethinking money

Ronald Reagan’s economist, Arthur Laffer, was wrong. Money does not trickle down. It trickles up, like moisture in nature’s water system. When all the moisture is in the clouds, the game comes to a halt and many people, and the whole world suffers. To start up the game again, we must find a way that people with all the money can rain a bunch back to those at the bottom. (Bill Gates has found a way.)

There is no crisis of an inadequate money supply.

There IS an abundance of ignorance and fear. People and companies are holding their funds closely in fear for the future and that they will lose further value, which is, of course, a self fulfilling projection. In addition, there is great uncertainty regarding the local and global upheavals in the environment, food supply, air and water pollution, etc.

The first pragmatic expenditure would be for research and education. Have a clear vision of the projected future.

Learn about and understand people that have grown with different experiences and consciousness than you. Why do many people born in the middle east persist with a consciousness grounded in the 7th century? (It is curious that Native Americans found a way to maintain some of their culture and traditions by engaging their conquerors with games of money and chance, an overlap of cultural behavior.)

With some comprehension of the future, and understanding that however gratifying the recent past has been, IT CANNOT RETURN.

The WORLD economy must reflect and anticipate a radically different future. Earth’s resources cannot accommodate our consumption patterns of the last 50 years.

And where can you focus cautious expenditures?

Begin preparing for a sustainable future. Learning from Bucky Fuller, we must continue doing more with less. Consider people living comfortably in Japan in houses on a 300 square foot lot.

Buy GREEN. Spend moderately on items that are more efficient, conserve energy and position you for a livable future. Moderate (and rational) purchases will shift the economic escalator from down to up.

For people with lots of money, the priorities are education, food and fresh water for everyone.


The money game is a human invention. (Other animals do quite well with nature’s abundance and without money). Our money fixation is overlaid on the reality of collapse of the natural system, which is being ignored, at our peril, because of the focus on the inequities caused by the money game.

We need to also begin restoring Earth life support systems.
Eliminate trash from the ocean, plant billions of trees. Rebuild soils. And the most critical, control and reduce global warming gasses.

What you can DO:

• Bicycle for local travel (Could be electric)
• Edible Landscaping
• Efficient Appliances
• Replace the old standard tungsten lightbulbs with CFLs or LEDs
• Install Grey Water Re-use System
• Install Green Roofs and Walls
• Buy Smaller Hybrid and Electric Cars
• Install Solar Panels on Roofs
• Install Tankless Water Heaters
• Xeriscape Landscaping
• Downsize your home
• Limit family size to two children

What to Avoid:
• Buying dust collectors that serve no function
• Big gas guzzling Cars and Trucks
• Letting Runoff was soil and fertilizers down into the ocean
Green Investments
• Alternative Energy Systems
• Hybrid, Electric and Hydrogen Cars
• Systems to capture CO2 and other Greenhouse gases

I got it! It’s displacement.

I was having a very hard time understanding the giant popularity of action packed Killer Video Games and the ongoing abundance of vampire and horror films. Particularly since the reality of the global conditions are dire, scary, horrific.

In psychology, displacement is an unconscious defense mechanism whereby the mind redirects affects from an object felt to be dangerous or unacceptable to an object felt to be safe or acceptable.[1] For instance, some people punch cushions when they are angry at friends; a college student may snap at his or her roommate when upset about an exam grade.
Displacement operates in the mind unconsciously and involves emotions, ideas, or wishes being transferred from their original object to a more acceptable substitute. It is most often used to allay anxiety. From Wikipedia.

What could be more dangerous and unacceptable than the demise of humanity? The loss or a job or income? The decline and fall of American Pre-eminence in the world? Maybe the loss of white racial superiority in the US? Absolutely understandable for people to escape into fantasy games where they are all powerful and can kill and destroy by whim. And there are those not into technological escapes but chemical. Drugs and alcohol are abundant and regularly abused. (Not to mention mucking up tranquility across the border.) Reality can be discomforting.


I think that the only way we can get out alive (well in the short term, life after all is terminal) is being alert and personally responsible. Your wisdom, your clear faculties, your creativity and your loving engagement are urgently needed.

I am very much influenced and mobilized by Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer in Residence with National Geographic Society, world renown diver and author.

I am not willing to give up on you and the rest of humanity.

I am focusing now on my home community: San Diego. I’ve begun a program called Vision2020 SanDiego, to alert and mobilize this community to evolve to a thriving environment in spite of the multiplicity of hazards we humans have created.

I invite you to work with me toward our global future. Ideas, referrals, donations, even well wishes are valued. Together we can build a future we can look forward to, not fear.

Bigger Picture Please

Time Magazine June 21st, 2010 issue.

Letter to the Editor.

Global Health, Global Aid, Compassionate Philanthropists…All laudable.

All very well and good. The results of the Malaria “plague” are deeply distressing. Stumbling politicos and greed are also distressing.

But: Bigger Picture Please.

What is (Mother) Nature’s functional reason for Malaria? What is the net result of its presence here in Eden? And AIDS?

All the other diseases we battle vigorously and compassionately? When we win, what do we win?

Within our closed global life support system, disease functions as a balancing force to keep populations under control.
The primary reason for ALL global environmental, even social problems is OVER POPULATION.

Keeping more babies healthy and alive is, on the surface, very laudable. Our hearts are moved by the wonderfully human emotion of empathy. But what of the next phase? How do we keep them healthy? What do they have to eat? Where do they live? What of their many children?
We do have a very short attention span and don’t think of the results of noble causes.

I am not demeaning compassion. But. My compassion is tempered by asking the next questions.
And here at home, particularly here in San Diego, companies are working will all due speed to eliminate ALL diseases. What good is immortality on a world barren of resources that have been exploited mindlessly?

What is the result? A dying planet. Simple. By ignoring and interfering with Nature’s delicately balanced Systems, which have been evolving for billions of years, we have thrown them out of balance and place a dire threat on our own future.

A small issue, multiplied by 7 Billion (people) has a major impact on the limits of Earth’s Life Support System.

If we are to survive as a species, which is in question, we must learn to understand natural systems and work in harmony with them. We must learn also to balance the sweet emotion of compassion with the cool wisdom of an aged (4.5 Billion years) and supremely wise Mother Earth… or goddess GAIA, if you prefer.

To a wise and evolved human species, living and thriving in harmony with each other and the living Earth.

Marv Lyons

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