December 12-A, 2022

Lows Lake 09/24/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Adirondack State Park, New York
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.
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!


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

3 thoughts on “December 12-A, 2022

  1. 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:


  2. 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!


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