An Extreme Form of Capitalism is the Ideological Framework of This Divided World by Graham Peebles

Dear Capitalism...

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
November 19, 2016

Civilization In Transition, Uncertainty and Opportunity

British filmmaker Adam Curtis recently released his new documentary ‘HyperNormalisation’. [See video below.] Brilliant in parts, this ambitious film reveals an image of a civilisation in turmoil. It shows how duplicitous, inadequate politicians have repeatedly deceived the public over the last forty years, and how their actions have caused increasing levels of chaos in the world, which they are unable to resolve. “We live in a strange time, extraordinary events keep happening that undermine the stability of our world,” the director declares, and yet, “those in control seem unable to deal with them. Nobody has any vision of a different or better kind of future.”

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The Nature of Reality by Tristan A. Shaw

Wisdom...

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by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
December 28, 2014

I write these words for those interested in the esoteric domain of philosophy (real philosophy). Certain truths, in seeming contradiction, may be reconciled with a novelty of perspective – and so may this short piece help one’s struggle with the many difficulties which inexorably lay ahead.

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Embracing the Specter of Systemic Collapse by Tristan A. Shaw

Know Thy Self

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by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
December 15, 2014

Let us evaluate our collective despondency as activists (the categorical minority of those who care) attempting to sustain the existence of human life. We think our role is defined by the perpetual struggle against imperial empire and capitalism – that the elite class must be vanquished through repeated protests and social organization. But limited is our mental landscapes, for there does exist an unrecognized alternative out of which our efforts will culminate great impact and change. Its essence can be discovered within your latent potential as a spiritual being, an inscribed message from our ancient past. Continue reading

The Great Unknown by Tristan A. Shaw

by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
December 12, 2013

Peering forward to the unknown abyss of modernity’s great unraveling — the instability of industrial civilization and its 7 billion inhabitants — invokes feelings of anguish. So apparent is the trajectory of global civilization, so obvious and clear, that we need not invest more energy outlining our inexorable demise. Continue reading

Climate Change Requires Consciousness Change by William T. Hathaway

Wellspring by Wm T Hathawayby William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
November 28, 2013

To paraphrase Mark Twain, everyone talks about climate change but no one does anything about it. No one, particularly those in power, wants to make the necessary sacrifices. For example, the latest round of negotiations served mainly to postpone decisions and action. The Japanese government announced that CO2 emissions there would be increasing rather than decreasing as promised. The US government still refuses to comply with international environmental agreements.

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The Truth in the Garden by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 4, 2012

Andrea Mantegna's Agony in the Garden, circa 1...

Andrea Mantegna’s Agony in the Garden, circa 1460, depicts Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some call him the son of God. Others think of him as a profit, or an avatar. Still others deny he ever existed… rather just a myth. I say that regardless of whatever many may feel or think about him, Jesus of Nazareth told a story that is beautiful… and so very misconstrued by so many. He spoke of peace. He spoke of the fact that each of us was nothing more than our brother’s keeper. He told the rich man who wished to follow him ‘Go and give all your riches to the poor and follow me.’ Alas, the man could not do it, and walked away embarrassed. According to the New Testament, or to the myth, the night he was betrayed in the garden, Jesus took some time to be alone before the guards arrived to arrest him.

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“… on Earth as it is in Heaven” by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Feb. 27, 2012

No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 11. Exp...

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It matters not if there is the heaven as our religions describe it. Yet, there must be something more vital and more sustained than what we now exist in. Why? Well, look around you, and study history. All we find is that there have, it seems, always been those among us who wanted more and more. Whether wealth was determined by how much gold, silver, or whatever the precious material was that everyone sought after, there was always (sadly) the haves and the have nots. Continue reading

Seeing Through the Illusion of Money by Richard C. Cook

by Richard C. Cook
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
richardccook.com
September 24, 2011

Capitalism Kills

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Based on a Speech to the International Reciprocal Trade Association, Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo,  Mexico, September 20, 2011

First I want to thank you for inviting my wife Karen and me to join you in this beautiful land of ocean, sunshine, history, and mystery. Second, I want to offer the organized barter movement—and by this I mean the barter associations that have placed their work on a sound professional business level—my heartfelt congratulations. I congratulate you not only for acting in the face of the global monetary crisis but also for taking active and practical measures for putting something real in its place.

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Ch. 3: Conscious Peace: World Peace Depends upon Our Collective Consciousness by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 15, 2011

Peace to All

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Conscious Peace:
World Peace Depends upon Our Collective Consciousness

From the book
RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
Published by Trine Day

I was sitting in full lotus, body wrapped in a blanket, mind rapt in deep stillness, breathing lightly, wisps of air curling into the infinite space behind my closed eyes. My mantra had gone beyond sound to become a pulse of light in an emptiness that contained everything.

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Buying the Lies… Karma Americana by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 18, 2011

End the Wars! Weekly Protest in COMO

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In previous columns this writer has mentioned Karma: the total effect of a person’s actions and conduct during the successive phases of his existence. Boy oh boy, what karma our America has! If one reads Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, we can see how much damage our ancestors inflicted upon the indigenous people. The Indians who settled in North and South America over a thousand years ago were systematically exterminated by the White man. Their lands were taken from them and they were interned or massacred. Continue reading

YOU & ME: The (Cosmic) Film by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 8, 2011

OK, I cannot prove how I feel… I just know it is true! The Hindus teach that our 3rd dimension, this ‘life‘ we are all living, is but a dream that our souls are creating…as we go. Thus, as taught in Autobiography of a Yogi, we are the creators, directors and actors in our own dream, or illusion. I state all this as not really the purpose, rather the preface of my column today.

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2010: Humanity’s Choice as Foreseen by Rudolf Steiner By Richard C. Cook

by Richard C. Cook
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
richardccook.com
August 5, 2010

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was an Austrian philosopher and esotericist and founder of one of the key modern spiritual movements in the West. He is best known for his books and lectures before and after World War I, when he founded the Anthroposophical Society with its present-day headquarters in Dornach, Switzerland. After World War I, Steiner and his work were criticized viciously by right-wing nationalists in Germany, which caused him to give up his residence in Berlin. Among the critics was Adolf Hitler, who attacked him in print as a traitor to Germany for his efforts to promote peace.

The work of prophetic thinkers like Rudolf Steiner makes clear that the history of humanity proceeds through the evolution of consciousness, where changes take place in the psyche of people well in advance of their outward manifestations. Thus an understanding of what is happening before our eyes is never simple, nor can it be taken at face value. Discernment requires a level of knowledge that can only be achieved through study and insight.

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Time to Act — Now by Richard C. Cook + Ruth Stout’s Garden

by Richard C. Cook
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
richardccook.com
February 24, 2010

Yummy Juliet Tomatoes

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Many thanks to those readers who have stayed in touch with me and continued to follow my blog as my wife and I continue packing for our move to a location in the Southern Appalachian mountains.

Lately our reading has included many interesting topics. We are currently studying The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (Penguin, 2004) and finding it a deeply inspiring source of wisdom. We have been researching the Essenes, who some say wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also of great interest and importance are the translations of Essene wisdom by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely which we encountered through our Australian friend Omna Last.

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The Zeitgeist of 2010 by Ariel Ky

by Ariel Ky
Dandelion Salad
Peacevisionary’s Blog
excerpted from Open Salon Jan. 6, 2010
Jan. 12, 2010

What kind of year will 2010 be? If we tune into the energy of this year, it’s readily apparent that 2010 is a year of new beginnings, of the end of disillusionment. It’s a time of becoming, of growing as a global community, of peace and healing, of sharp endings, and gentle beginnings where the ground is ready for new shoots to come forth.

2010 is a time of potentiality. The tide of growing spirituality among common people will rise like a tsunami and overcome the nefarious plans of the ruling elites with all of the money. Money will no longer have such a hold on people as they begin to make heaven on earth by sharing and caring for each other.

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