Our Way Of Life Must Die — Another World Is Possible


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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 25, 2018

Greed is an addiction. Like lab rats choosing pain to get doses of opium, the greed that underlies our way of life is killing us – and make no mistake: our way of life must die. Pathological consumption is no more acceptable in human beings than in locusts. It will die or we will die. The question is only: will we go down with the sinking ship of our culture or will we evolve again, past the folly of homo sapiens’ dubious wisdom into a species willing to live in balance with our one and only planet?

Humanity existed for 40,000 years before conquest, domination, and exploitation of people and planet became hallmarks of our species. In six short millenniums, we have reached the brink of annihilation from this behavior. The crossroads have split between our relatively short-lived modern consumer-based society and the planet that birthed our species and sustains every aspect of our existence. The choice is non-negotiable. We can die or we can change our ways.

The pillaging of the Earth must end. The fantasy of endless growth on a finite planet must be cast aside as the pornography of capitalists and conquest-driven pirates. We must evolve beyond the “plunder monkeys” stage of our species (to borrow a term from author Stephen King). We must seek new meaning and purpose in living in balance with the Earth. We must uproot the destructive parasite of greed from our hearts, lives, culture, economy, and political system. If you are looking for a revolution, here lies ours.

The road of capitalist-consumer culture leads toward death, destruction, misery, and extinction, but a glance down the road less traveled (at least in recent history), shows our choices are not only between gloom and doom. The choice is not between the glitz of techno-contemporary civilizations and the Stone Age. It is a choice between the greed-based addictions that are killing us and the possibility of a world at peace, rooted in respect, community, and sustainability.

A time for healing has come. Mother Earth invites us to return to the round table of all the species. She opens her arms to her prodigal child after six thousand years of horrific, conquest-driven human history. Put down your sword, she coaxes, and your bombs and drones and nukes. Humanity is shell-shocked, broken-hearted, scarred, scared, and yes, still sacred. Take off the armor of domination, exploitation, and oppression. Beneath it all, you are still beautiful, still worthy, still part of this magnificent and fragile planet circling the sun.

A time has come for healing the deep wounds left festering from the cruelties of thousands of years, for restoring the Earth and renewing our species, for righting wrongs, and ending injustices. Humanity is being called home to reconnect with our fellow species; to know the other inhabitants of this world; to taste the terroir of the land that gives us life; to align our way of being with the natural systems.

It is hard to see this through the haze of our painful past and traumatic present. It is difficult to remember a world beyond exploitation when greed is the steel girders of the architecture of our existence. It is challenging to believe that this other world is possible, that it’s more than a fairy tale. Our hands are still gripped around our sword hilts, our eyes still seeing enemies everywhere, our heart still thundering in the war-chants of conquest, kill or be killed, winner takes all.

But this vision of hope and restoration, healing and transformation is real. It’s not just waiting for you, it’s racing toward you, reaching out its hand. You can see it in solar panels and windmills. You can find it in restorative and community justice. You can feel it in trauma healing work. You can taste it in local, organic food. You can see it in wetlands restoration. You can sense it in nonviolent movements for justice and change. This world is coming as swiftly as the old world is dying.

The question is: which one will you call home?

Author/Actress Rivera Sun syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection and the sequel, The Roots of Resistance. Website: http://www.riverasun.com

The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection and the sequel, The Roots of Resistance. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. In spite of severe surveillance and repression, the Man From the North’s banned articles circulate through the American populace, reporting on resistance and fomenting nonviolent revolution. This article is one of a series written by The Man From the North, which are not included in the novel, but can be read here.

See also:

The Sequel: life after economic growth by Shaun Chamberlin

from the archives:

An Open Letter to the Environmental Community: Language Matters! by Ralph Nader

Capitalism: A Crime Story

The Time Is Up–The Time Is Now

Caleb Maupin: Socialism Will Save America!

We’re Addressing the Climate Crisis the Wrong Way

Extreme Heat Could Make One Third of Planet Uninhabitable + Mass Media Fail to Link Heat Waves and Climate Change

Capitalism is Killing the Planet by Eric Schechter

Someone Tell A Reporter: The Rich Are Destroying The Earth by Paul Street + 20,000 Scientists Warn Human Beings Are On A Collision Course With Nature

The End Of The Road For Capitalism Or For Us All? by William Bowles

Trashing the Planet For Profit by William Bowles

What Would Socialism Be Like? by Leela Yellesetty (must-read)

Socialism: Creating a World to Change Our Lives by Sam Friedman

What If Workers Ran Society? by Elizabeth Schulte

Rapacious Consumerism is the Life-blood of Capitalism by Graham Peebles

Marxism, Capitalism and The Environment by Deirdre Griswold

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  19. Yes!!!!

    But I would suggest a different emphasis. Even more than how we are separated from nature, I would focus on how we are separated from each other. And that separation actually =causes= the other one. Indeed, ecocide is an externalized cost, a part of the “that’s someone else’s problem” attitude. We would be better stewards of the ecosystem if we were not busy trying to carve it up into little private pieces. The ecosystem cannot survive in pieces, and the atmosphere — which needs healing — cannot be carved up at all. Global warming cannot be viewed as a personal problem, a local problem, even a national problem. And the rich, if they wait too long, will learn the hard way that they can’t eat money.

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