Killed For Profit by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
September 3, 2012

Capitalism Kills

Image by Resident on Earth via Flickr

I retreat in the summer to the mountains and coasts of Maine and New Hampshire to sever myself from the intrusion of the industrial world. It is in the woods and along the rugged Atlantic coastline, the surf thundering into the jagged rocks, that I am reminded of our insignificance before the universe and the brevity of human life. The stars, thousands visible in the night canopy above me, mock human pretensions of grandeur. They whisper the biblical reminder that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Love now, they tell us urgently, protect what is sacred, while there is still time. But now I go there also to mourn. I mourn for our future, for the fading majesty of the natural world, for the folly of the human species. The planet is dying. And we will die with it.


via Truthdig

Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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  5. Another splendid article from Chris Hedges. He writes with such great depth of feeling, expressed with exceptional sensitivity. What he describes is excruciatingly poignant for those of us who genuinely love Nature, and have been devastated by the realization of the extent of the agonizingly intense assault upon Her, “divinely” sanctioned since industrial times. Some of us have witnessed in a single lifetime the unprecedented tragic decline of ecosystems, perpetrated through the agency of ruthlessly voracious competitive interests. How can we live with the knowledge of this horrendous crime against life and simply do nothing? I occasionally draw attention to the pious indifference of brain-washed consumers, long since acculturated to comfortable assumptions; how hypocritical it is to condone the corporate destruction of our sacred Earth when the chosen elect would never dream of violating or desecrating a church, a cathedral or a treasured national site of historic interest. So we must do everything in our power to alert the sleeping herd, disabuse the cynics, and disable the mindless torture hierarchies of consumerism by lending our most strenuous support to the endeavors of those who would arrest the sickening, sanctimonious glamorization of cadaverous exploitation.

    That is why I endorse unequivocally the ethical initiative of the Scottish barrister Polly Higgins. I strongly commend her work to discriminating followers of Dandelion Salad

    Also, please don’t vote for cosmetic cowboys or token heroes, demand that your politicians acquaint themselves with the real facts about the sanctity of life on this cosmic Earth, as for example by absorbing this ~

    Thank you Lo…

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