In our current milieu, it is well to realize that our own “king’s horses and king’s men” haven’t a clue about how to proceed. We are faced with a fork in the road, one leading to Servoglobe (a Disnefied other world devoid of all that is real and natural.) and another, leading to the rich diversity and sustainability that is found in all natural systems everywhere around the globe.
The first cracks in the egg stemmed from disparity in wages that we were experiencing before the Great Depression. This had led to thinly-veiled criminality in the guise of “what is best” for the American Worker. Unions, and responsive leaders carved out a series of concessions from industry that created the weekend, social security and minimum wages. A few of the stronger unions went further still and fought for job security, health care, paid vacations and other quality of life issues that slowly eroded over time. The poultice that was applied facilitated some rapid and necessary change. Many of the monopolies that had a stranglehold on the general public were broken up to encourage competition. All these things were done to create positive change.
What many had not realized was that you can’t legislate morality. The harms that had befallen Americans were due to a few of the largest corporate players creating a world that would enhance their power and wealth while leaving the vast majority of the population out in the cold, scraping by as best they could.
Within a generation or two, there were new scams being run, and the loopholes in legislation were being exploited to the same end. When I was coming of age in the time of the hippies, they would say, “Tune in, turn on, drop out.” This was almost quaint in that it was a great saying, but few had the ability to do any but the easiest of the three. Tuning in, for those raised on digital entertainment, comes from the fact that to cut through the static that is out there in the electromagnetic spectrum, one had to constantly tune receivers to get the signals that were broadcast. In the hippy lingo, this had nothing to do with entertainment but everything to do with media generally. Tuning in was in fact a code for getting educated about what was going on around us. Turning on was often dismissed as “doing drugs”, but this was only a ruse to get people further off track. What the hippies I knew meant was to find your true self. Get in touch with what gave your life purpose. Once you get turned on, it is nearly impossible to shut you back off. Imagine for a moment what the world would be like if we all turned on to our higher purpose and expressed our dreams and aspirations in the real world that surrounds us! Drop out was the call to not support some rich guy in a suit. Live like Gypsies, dance, play music, make art and get things done that people really need. A great friend of mine once told me, “If you can do dishes, take care of the children and bake bread, you will never be homeless or have to pay rent.” Other friends were on the road with suitcases full of cooking appliances, cooking for their room & board, or traveled with a kit and caboodle, practicing a craft that both expressed them and created useful items to share. It was not glamorous, but it worked. Lifestyles grew organically, and never did the hippies feel left out. They lived a dream until one by one they donned the suits and took the positions that people over forty clung to with a white-knuckled death grip. Caring fell out of fashion and has led to the reopening of old wounds.
Our oil addiction, continues to grow out of control, like cancer. Schools, overburdened by rising expectations from overworked parents spiral out of control. Education generally has created microscopically defined specialization as opposed to the well-rounded, humanitarian approach that used to lead to being well-read. Corporate owners of “genetic information” use the courts to use food as a weapon and Health care has little to do with either one! Far from being a dour state of affairs, we have more possibilities ahead of us now than ever before in history. Each of us has unlimited potential to take up the cause that we deem most necessary to create positive change. If you “turn-on”, no one will be able to stop you! When the world gives you cracked eggs, make an omelet. The genie is out of the bottle, now make a wish!