ECONOMIC JUSTICEWritten by Ed Howes
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As local marketing returns in West, corporate food producers lose their markets, reduce their production accordingly and poison much less land and water. That is, unless taxpayers continue to subsidize them. When an individual only produces value of food s/he consumes, s/he can now live with ten to twenty percent less income. If s/he produces a surplus, other income could be cut in half. Should s/he lose main source of income, s/he eats well as s/he increases production with mostly personal labor, which essentially removes this person from corporate value system and all its hidden costs. Economic justice becomes a lifestyle.
Food is so basic to life and health as to be first need addressed in Lord's Prayer. So it is in any economy also. It is foundation of economic prosperity. Food has usually been grown so inefficiently, only people who loved work or immigrants would do it. Making agriculture a chemical and machine operation was one of huge mistakes of Machine Age. Individuals are now in a position to make it right and would be wise to do so. I understand about nine million people are out of work in America. Use those unemployment benefits to grow and store food and have more money for housing.
As local agriculture replaces corporate agriculture and hydrogen becomes new fuel for power, water becomes very valuable. Rainwater, which is superior to ground water in so many ways, for plants and people, can be collected. Large storage containers, such as swimming pools are not only justified but necessary to food production and home security. Use enough water gathering capacity to weather three years of serious drought. A back up well can be a handy thing for a neighborhood association. Indoor and outdoor water can be stored conveniently and provide thermal mass for moderating home and greenhouse temperatures. It can be raised to high temperatures and pumped through radiators in winter. We could all live in cozy, clever, greenhouse homes. Eat fresh strawberries year round and earn lots of money for as long as it is worth anything to do so. Feed your neighbor. Feed your community and encourage others to grow. Food independence is true independence for an individual, a group, a town, a nation.
When we love our neighbors more than we love our money, we create economic justice. We move least valued things to top of old value system. We know there is great intrinsic value in other. We want to know each other's thoughts on world issues and be free to respond. Freedom exists in service. If we love our neighbors, we include them in our work, as time, need and desire requires. Who do we wish to exclude from relative prosperity in global crises? What if world demands win - win solutions for every problem, instead of win - lose? Can we not create such a world by increasing our chances of surviving its plagues? Green plagues would be a perfect reason to keep and produce much of your food in your home, where you can have environmental control and protection. This is especially so in city where cultivating land may be impractical.
What is wrong with living with one's food as a lifestyle? How many people need to choose this to make a positive change in balances of external, material power? One thousand? One million? Ten million? They don't have to congregate in Idaho, though it's good for like minded folks to congregate anywhere. Most folks can be far more independent in their choices than they are. It helps when they know they have choices, regardless of corporate, political and bureaucratic systems. When there are people starving anywhere, someone has made poor choices and it might be you and me that made them. Governments feed people in emergencies. Will you be needing government food in future? What will you do to get it?
Stored grains, nuts and seeds provide ready food you can eat dry, while sprouting pounds of tender, delicious, baby plants; in anywhere from one to seven days. These are fine food storage items when vacuum sealed to keep insect eggs from hatching. Add water, increase nutritional value and eat, fresh, live food. Meat, fish and poultry can be stored in cans for quite a while if desired. Jerkys will also satisfy a taste for meat and keep a long time. Build stacking sprout trays according to your available space and begin indoor food production. Go meet your neighbors with samples. They will soon be your customers.
It is Boy Scout motto to Be Prepared! It applies to all of us today. The hard times are so much writing on wall. Who will you and I help through them? When will we begin to practice economic justice in our personal lives? When will we divorce our old world corporate masters?
Freelance writer published on many websites and newspapers. firstname.lastname@example.org justanotherview.com
Do not Forgive: Infidelity, Unfaithfulness,Betrayal and the Dishonesty of Cheating HeartsWritten by Nevine Al Seidi
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On his return, I exposed him to that poor woman. He was leaving her. The surprise? I said I would never ever take him back for a day - leave or stay is nothing of my business. I have fallen in love with a man not a mutt. Obviously, I had no love to give now that person is someone else. One thing I did right: I did not get confused; I did not ‘forgive' and never intended to trust again. Why would I need to do that? Love? It is not love on his part; and I can not be true to who was false to me. I cannot love who does not mind hurting me, betraying my trust, fooling and using me. Can you? Those who do that to you hate not love you; wake-up!
We are all willing to correct something that went wrong. But in these situations only thing that is wrong is to be in love with a cheating heart. No, you are not overweight, not boring, not sexually uninspiring. You did not neglect them. No, you could have not given them more passion, compassion or validation. No, you do need to be blonde, beautiful, more fashionable, better-educated, smarter, richer or younger to keep them. If they would stray they do anyway. Khan did that to Rita Haywarth, Charles to Diana, Kennedy to Jackie ( and to Marlyn Monroe herself). Cruise left Kidman for Cruz, and that guy left his wife of 22years for a 25years younger Zeta-Jones. The other woman might have something above you and might not. It is not about her; it is about him. When a man loves a woman, he fails to see all Marlyns in world. He would not trade his Juliet for glory of God himself. When a man loves a woman, he is committed to her. Yes, he does not go to vacations with someone else to fix something else. When he does not love her, he cries, throws tantrums, threatens suicide. Throw him out of door; and he will knock other one with same tears dribbling, same cracking voice and trembling hands begging for a ‘second chance'. No one should be given a second chance, when first one was a very long generous opportunity for love and happiness they paid back in hate, hurt, misery and suffering.
I wish I do not see all tearful messages I see in my life and online from women complaining about ‘the-still-love-him' anguish; love yourself first! I wish women knew how to give less, forgive less, love less to get more respect.
An Egyptian-born English-published poet and essayist.