I can't help it: back on my "the world is going to shits" mode. Went to Columbia and bought some books on Wall street, the resource based economy and a book of Rumi (but that one is pretty difficult for a square insensitve male blockhead like me).
Eh, don't worry, just let me rant for a minute, it won't last. And no it won't, maybe Pablo's will be alright yet, but whoever comes after us, ah screw em (politely), or as George Carlin says: "fuck em good".
2013 has been good to me: health, travels, relationship changes (I include my dogs here who are almost through puberty), buildings, friends, motors, friends, grants, it's all been good. We even got the O'man back in the white house, but it won't matter much. Perpetual growth on a finite planet, how come you have to be blind to rule the world? And how come we all go along with it? Just because it is comfortable. I hope next year will be less comfortable for you!
We're like chickens shitting in our own drinking water, except chickens have a much higher tolerance for poop.
Going for phantom wealth, which has so little to do with happiness. Not to end 2012 on a bitter note but on 9/11 thirty thousand kids died of starvation (and the day after as well).
Poverty is the worst form of violence, (Ghandi).
Really: can't we just cut it out already? We can spend money on paving all of Texas, but we can't get some measely waterpump put in for everyone in the world? Might cut in to the 1%. WTF, you get 250 K a year, and you bitch because your tax goes up 4% (on everything that you make OVER250K? Slow down Pieter.... There is more to life than in creasing its speed (Ghandi)
The cut off for any meaningful incremental happiness/dollar is around 75000 dollar per year, after that dollars really don't help much for happiness. Every house a dish washer, 3 toilets, , our god given right... (except 50 years ago). There is sufficiency in the world for mens' needs, but not for his greeds. (Ghandi)
Anyway, since the place is going to pots I figured I'd go get on a plane and go to Jamaica. Talk about ecologic footprint and indulgence. I did have the following thought though to alleviate the impact I think we should go twice as long spreading the flight damage over a longer period. So in the new world you have a mandatory stay of 4 weeks for any flight. What Ghandi thought about western civilization? He thought it would be a good idea.
So hopefully next year will be as good as this year: spreading wealth, bounties and eggs, snickers and rabbits, houses and land, some of myself if I feel like it, and hopefully a few dollars trading the fruits of my labor for your labor vegetables, and all that as locally as possible.
And, what really seemd to help in my life last year to make it all bearable: it is famous from Ghandi, (but he stole it from my dad)
Most of what you do is unimportant, but it is important that you do it.
Pieter Los, born in Scotland, raised in the Netherlands, lost in the USA. .