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At 1:16pm on March 4, 2010, Juriaan Steenekamp said…
Difficult. what is todays dominant cultural story, capitalism? What I see all the time are people wanting to make a difference without actualy leaving thier home or comfort zone. Charity from afar, or what I call clean charity, helping without understanding or getting ones hands dirty!

Was very involved in veggie gardens in the locations in and around cape town, what I found was huge interrest and work from the woman but theft and vandalism from the rest of the community at large. My project soon turned into a security opperation instead of food production.

The point I am trying to make is that one can sponser or donate seed, help, tools and land thinking one has helped or done a good deed but actualy one has just sponsered a criminals tik habbit!!!

I think think the same goes with these huge charity organisations desighned to make the have's feel better about having, the illusion of having helped to stop the guilt of driving a suv to drop off the school kids in the morning!!!

Bleeding heart housewives who want to save africa but but buy gm products all the same.

In my view the realists are the ones that understand that to make a real difference the entire world system must change, profit must not be the goal, sustainabilty has to come first.
If I have enough to educate, feed and house my own, that should be enough. Profit means making everyday more than I made yesterday. How can that work? The planet must run out of we can take!
Any system that increases the haves means that the have nots have less!

Sorry to rant on but hell, I cant walk out my front door without seeing the results of our system and its not pretty. The great debate is what should we replace the system with?
The geat problem is that we are a violent animal who has a god complex and believes we have the right to be our planets architect. We are and animal that must understand that harmony is to blend into the planetary system, not mould the planet around our sopposed needs and desires!!!
At 11:14am on March 4, 2010, Bruce Haynes said…
would you agree that the visionaries, the one's challenging today's dominant cultural story, are the new realists?

welcome Juriaan, look forward to reading (and power voting) your first evidence posts

my cuz and aunt across in the states are into weaving? are you interested in permaculture as well?

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