The Fentanyl epidemic is fueled by a culture that has to have more/better/faster/Now! Commercial TV (Etc.) is grounded on the premise that we don't have everything (anything) we desperately need NOW! Commercials sell us everything we don't have yet, or have enough of yet, and don't know what (All) we need NOW! The commercial culture is in the business of creating need that it is quick to supply for the low, low, price of everything we have. Capitalism is commercialism. Capitalism is the root of all our problems today. Or, as Jesus said, "The love of money is the root of all evil." Take a bow, Jesus!!! Commercial TV (Etc.) creates the milieu, the umwelt, the lived environment of the entire planet grounded on the premise that we don't have enough of what we need to be happy with our life as it is. And we can never have enough. Which means we can never be happy. And Fentanyl is right there to compensate everyone for what they don't have by helping them feel better (Great!) about what they do have, and to care less about what they will never have. And, of course, Capitalism benefits from that as well. Capitalism gets us coming and going. Capitalism is the addiction that kills. Everyone. Sooner or later. (The environmental crisis is Capitalism's baby, too, you know). The cure/preventive/prescription is to withdraw into emptiness/stillness/silence, return to our original nature and to the innate virtues that are ours from birth (The characteristics/qualities/traits that define us, identify us, and set us apart from everyone else whoever lived, the way our fingerprints and our retina cones do). Distance ourselves from our desires and our fears, and live "as one thus come," just as we are, who we are, where we are, when we are, how we are, doing what needs to be done when, where and how it needs to be done, and finding our joy in living like that in each here/now of existence all our life long. It will take, in other words, a complete re-writing of the script we are now handed at birth, turning the light completely around, flipping the cultural perspective, and transforming life as we know it. And there is no time better to start than right now!
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For years, in study cirles in Los Angeles in the 1990s, I studied The Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque Region of Spain. Mondragon is a worker-owned system of related companies created in 1957 with the help of a Spanish priest to help workers create jobs for themselves in an area that was economically challenged.
My whole heart felt this type of structure for a workers organization was one of the answers to work against the Corporate structure I worked in for years and a way to empower worker/owners to work on behalf of one another and their companies.
I even got to present a talking points proposal on behalf of that kind of working structure in Los Angeles at a systems thinkers group that met at the Rand Corporation (they were a diverse group, much more refined in systems thinking at the Rand level than me, a laid off Administrative Assistant (LOL!). I still feel this type of orgaization can make an end-run around the traditional corporate structure but perhaps its time has not come. Here is a fairly concise introduction to Mondragon:
Hi Sandy, Thanks for your response! I look forward to exploring the link you provided–and it’s good to know that their is a viable alternative to our present way of “doing business,” and has been around for a while! Awake and waking up individuals have to get behind such grassroots types of responses to the way things are, and snap a new world together insofar as possible as soon as possible!