Saturday, 16 June 2007

how much more can one person be worth?

Source: United for a Fair Economy, Executive Excess 2005, based on annual CEO pay studies conducted by Business Week (1990-2004) and the Wall Street Journal (2005).

Monday, 11 June 2007

death of the individual

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Serious, important decisions are made not through democratic discussion or participation, but through negotiation between the relevant groups based on expertise, interest and the ability to exercise power. I would argue that the Western individual acts first as a group member. As a result, they, we, exist primarily as a function, not as an individual. We are rewarded in our hierarchical meritocracies for our success as an integrated function. We know that real expressions of individualism are not only discouraged but punished. The active, outspoken citizen is unlikely to have a successful professional career.

[John Ralston Saul; The Unconscious Civilization]

Sunday, 3 June 2007

war is dangerously contagious

death by a 1000 ducks

In our world there is an agreed-upon reality of values. More is better. Bigger is better. Faster is better. And modern technology will achieve all three of these desirable goals. All the while we are being removed further and further from nature, from the soil, the weather, the sun, the wind, and all natural processes. All the while we are being nibbled to death by ducks.

Saturday, 2 June 2007

i live in a vacuum

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I live in a vacumn, no air
I'm stuck in back room, somewhere
But it don't bother me amyway cos I know
Go'in to get out soon, I got places to go
Theres a big world waiting for me
I just need a break, someone to believe
But right now I'm just try'in to survive
Liv'in rough, shack'in up, hang'in tough, shapin' up
- Supertramp [It's A Hard World]

Friday, 1 June 2007

FEAR: the glass house of all glass houses

Today we live in a climate of fear. Fear of dying. Fear of losing. Fear of failing. Fear of not having. Fear of looking bad. Fear of not looking good.

Fear surrounds each of us as a glass house. Invisible to the conscious mind. Constraining our thoughts and our actions. Containing our deepest dreams and aspirations.