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Survivalists' Guide for the New Millennium: Chapter 3

Author: Matthew Webb and Courtney Schmidt

© 2000 BY MATTHEW WEBB AND COURTNEY SCHMIDT

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WAKE
UP, GET DRESSED &



MOVE OUT



The
search for Truth and meaning that occasionally marked the philosophies of
the ancient world, appears to be in a state of serious decline in the
present day.  In our
institutions of psychology and philosophy, there is little emphasis placed
upon independent thought, a quality that is so necessary for researching
and recognizing what is true. 
There is only the simplistic categorization of personality types,
post-Freudian analysis, prescription medications for nervous disorders and
the growing conviction that the mind is primarily a reflection of genetic
variables, rather than a self generating phenomena. All of these trends
seem to do their utmost to avoid the fact, that it is we who
are responsible for our own beliefs and mental states.


For
the most part the public is no longer motivated to dedicate itself to a
social focus of meaningful living.  Meaning
and Truth we are told, are relative to each individual person. 
The facts of life are supposedly a matter of personal
interpretation.  With this
view in place we study all subjects from God to gossip as though they are
intrinsically equal.  Society cannot seem to clearly define what is of importance to the
general welfare, because our priorities are bundled haphazardly
into one chaotic ball like old fishing line. Education is of no help in
unraveling this ball of chaos, because it views knowledge
itself as enlightenment
,
which is as logical as saying that a large pile of bricks is a house.  Having
knowledge without wisdom is similar to possessing a wide variety of
quality tools, and yet being unable to effectively plan how to use them. 
Learning facts without any concept of relevance,

is like hoping a pile of bricks without order will somehow organize itself
into something useful.  Each
brick may be compared to a piece of knowledge and the pile of bricks, a
modern diploma or degree.  The
bricks are only potentially useful, and
that potential depends entirely upon how they are used. In other words,
they are useful only when they are applied cooperatively, according to a logical plan.  The
deepest knowledge found in nature is still not well understood by the
scientific community, because our studies are oriented around phenomena
rather than underlying cause.  In
other words, we still do not understand the plan of evolution found
underlying natural processes.  The
ongoing evolution of life in nature is not the subject of mainstream
scientific study, because our researchers are not, for the most part,
involved in their own personal evolution. Therefore the importance of such
studies are simply not perceived.


Humanity
is too busy engaging the complexities of technology rather than improving
the human condition.  Regardless
of the vast quantity of knowledge we possess, the quality, direction and
application of the sciences is still lacking. 
Bits of formally studied knowledge are essentially no different,
remaining relatively worthless until wisdom is applied to them. Our
scholars and school children possess a wide range of informational bits,
with some mathematics here, sociology there, earth science, foreign
languages, music, literature, etc. Yet with all this information at our
fingertips, we are still truly at a loss, as a culture and as individuals,
in deciding what to do next to solve tomorrow’s social crisis. 
It will surely be there when we wake up tomorrow, just as it was
today and yesterday.  Without
a strong sense of priority or even a clear definition of truth, we stumble
on in an uncoordinated fashion without ever truly addressing the real
problems of the world.  Knowledge alone is not enough. 
So-called "higher education" is not enough.  Only a complete restructuring of social values, or in other
words, social focus, will be sufficient to save the majority of humanity
from its own misconceptions.


We can all see the results of modern destructiveness, yet
this simple knowledge is usually not enough to cause a person to
fundamentally change.  Could
it be that we feel we can afford to ignore the condition of our lives, or
even the decay of our own bodies and minds? 
This is no doubt at least partially true. But even more importantly
it could be said that like electricity, we tend to take the path of least
resistance.  In the social
context, taking the path of least resistance means two basic things. 
The first of these is that:




  1. We
    stay within our threshold of comfort.  The human being is already so stressed and overloaded by all the
    considerations of the modern world, that we feel we cannot take on even
    one more thing. Our own bodies and minds, let alone the state of the
    world, are secondary considerations when it comes to making money.  This is a predictable reaction to artificiality and unwise social
    policy.  In essence we lack
    the vital energy to act in ways which are radically different from the
    normal routine, because it drains us totally of every particle of
    positivity and vitality.




  2.  We
    feel an extraordinary sense of pressure from our peers to “perform”
    according to expected standards.  These
    standards are based upon what this materialistic life is supposed to be. 
    We are told by the media and those in our immediate environment,
    that the most important thing in life is to “fit in” and be a
    “worthy member of society.”  This
    of course implies competitiveness rather than cooperation, and bank
    accounts rather than being spiritually accountable.



Children
are taught that image is more important than sincerity from an early age,
through the example set by adults.  We
are expected to “put up a good show” regardless of what is going on
inside, even when there is the unmistakable intuition that the normal
belief system is dead wrong.  We say on
the one hand that a book cannot be judged by its color, and yet we judge
others primarily by their appearance, as in, “the clothes make the
man”, (or woman).  When we
ask others, “What do you do?”, (meaning what form of employment do you
have) the real question being asked is “What is your social position and
value in the eyes of society?” as a determination of how our opinion of
them will be formed. Attitudes such as these stem from the belief that
life and the meaning it holds, are hollow, that there is no lasting Truth
nor real purpose for human existence, other than those defined by a
suicidal society.  We
feel hollowness in our own lives, and the only thing that seems to
counteract this depressing state of affairs, is to try to convince others
that we are not hollow inside.  By
convincing them of our worth through a gaudy show of material possessions,
we can supposedly boost our own flagging self image, even though we know
the entire exercise in futility is a lie. 
This is the whole reasoning behind, “keeping up with the
Jones’s”.


It is clear that in order to change effectively, (for it to become
a daily reality) we need more than false images or simple knowledge. We
need the willingness to suffer the sometimes uncomfortable state of
transition from one mode of living to the next, so that a better way of
life might be attained.  But
even more critical is the willingness to challenge the assumptions of
society in full, and to care so much for the truth that peer pressure
becomes a trivial thing.  Inner
strength is not defined by ones’ ability to take orders without
question, to make false appearances or to cater to public opinion. 
On the contrary, inner strength is best defined as the ability to
follow through with ones’ own best judgment and aspirations, even when
there is not even a single other person who shares the same vision. 


The
example of history shows that the majority of people do not display the
inner strength necessary for independent and enlightened action. 
We must be careful not to assume that this lack of initiative on
the part of humanity, demonstrates its inability to live a natural and
spiritual life.  The
innate capacity of the human is genius
. 
Public action is therefore
most restricted not by its ability, but by its willingness to act
. 
It is easy to assume that we can afford the time to put off change
for another day, even when convinced of its urgent necessity. 
In all honesty we no longer have the time as a species upon this
living planet to be wasteful, artificial or careless. 
The products of carelessness and greed have finally caught up with
us.  For the individual person
this is particularly so, because we must employ both intelligence and wisdom, in order to maintain a sane, worthwhile life in this
insane age.  Each individual
must deal with the consequences of what may be called the “world
karma” or the “misdeeds of past generations” by living well
regardless of pollution, crime rates and corrupt governments. 
At the same time they must conduct their personal lives in such a
way as to maintain good clarity of mind, progressiveness, positivity and
naturalness.  This is not a part-time task or a hobby to be toyed with. 
It is a necessary life focus that makes the most out of physical,
mental and spiritual potentials, regardless of a society that cares little
for its health, sanity or right action. 
To the truly natural and spiritual person it may be said that all
praise is due.  Maintaining a
natural focus in life rather than a material one however, is the least we
can do for ourselves and for this planet as a consequence.


Even if one were inclined to adopt the ideas contained in this book
blindly and without question, they would be of little value.  In order to take action with strength and wisdom we must see
for ourselves, in our own fashion, the nature of the facts at hand. 
To live out the Truth is a matter of personal realization. 
It is necessary therefore, for the reader to see very clearly as a
matter of personal experience, the validity of the facts and principles
contained herein.  This
entails a process of checking and double-checking the seemingly
preposterous conclusion that our entire civilization is built on the lies
of money and social position, (”power”). 
It is necessary to come to grips with this conclusion and its
implications, through an honest evaluation of worldly affairs. 
It is necessary to perceive with unwavering clarity that the
things we are expected to strive for, represent a destructive value system
that is devastating all life on this world, and us in the process. 
The reader is therefore strongly urged to question everything they
encounter for its accuracy and true usefulness, including the ideas
herein.  The authors are
absolutely convinced that those ideas are universal, and are fully capable
of standing on their own by virtue of their consistent merit.


After a person endures the process of de-conditioning themselves of
the absurd, urgently repeated suggestions of the media, they may then
create a new, better life for themselves. 
The full potential of mental health may not be enjoyed until the
disease of consumerism is cured. After having braved the discomfort of
sweeping change, and daring to think for ourselves regardless of the
neighbors, a higher stage of personal unfoldment occurs for the
progressive person.  This
process is not for everyone even though everyone would benefit from it,
simply because not everyone is willing to live the truth regardless of all
else.  Most people do not
realize that they have been cheated of a full, satisfying life by not
following the truth, until or near the time of their death. 
It is then that the material realm is failing them utterly, when
possessions lose their luster and the body its coordination. 
At this point material things can no longer provide a shelter for
further indulgence.  It is
then that people cry out to God or to cruel fate asking, “Why?”,
“Why must life end this way, and why can’t I continue to cling to all
the ‘things’ I have known?”  It
is unfortunate that many people wait until they are nearly dead to take
such questions seriously.  Once
we see the light of Truth we are then saved from unnecessary misery. 
Those who refuse to acknowledge that light must be allowed to see
it for themselves.  All souls
will in their own time and fashion progress. 
More important than what we want others to see, are the actions we
continue to take.  It is wise
to simply let the natural lifestyle speak for itself until interest from
others is demonstrated.
 


The
first step on the pilgrimage to the simple, the efficient and the
practical involves the mind alone.  This
is a matter of inner decision, which may have to be made repeatedly.  The decisions we make to enter a natural, sane life will
probably involve a few slips backward along the way. 
Each slip back into consumerism and wastefulness will require a
reaffirmation of what is important in life, and this process will at times
seem to be trial.  Regardless
of this, the intelligent person will either gradually or immediately
extract themselves from that which is poisonous. 
To detach from decay may involve a process of many steps, yet it
must be done.


In adopting a natural life we replace the debtor mentality with a
more logical stance.  The sane
view is to evaluate what it is we
really need
, before even considering a purchase of any kind. 
Amazingly, it is common practice to buy a house, property, vehicle
or some other item of great price, and then actually spend the majority of
ones’ life trying to pay it off.  It
is not unusual to “get a loan” for the next several years in order to
“afford” that new house, boat, car or property. 
In assuming debt on a 20-30 year loan, we are declaring that the
next 2 to 3 decades are going to be dedicated to ceaseless wage slavery,
whose fruits shall not even be our own. 
To get a loan is to borrow against your own future, which in most
cases serves to stress out and destroy ones’ present-day livelihood. 
As a culture we are constantly buying things we cannot presently
pay for, which is the whole concept behind credit. 
So long as we are in debt we do not truly own anything. When
payments aren’t made the property reverts to the true owner, which is
usually the bank, and by the time they are
paid off their condition, like the health of our own bodies, has
diminished to a fraction of their original value.


How
wise is it to buy things we really don’t need to live well, and then be
forced to spend years and years paying it off? 
How intelligent is it to pay double, triple or quadruple the market
price of an item because of the so-called “interest.” 
By the time most people finally do pay the interest and purchase
price of goods in full, time and use have reduced their market worth by
20-75%, (as in the case of most houses, automobiles, boats, stereos,
etc.).  How willing we are to
hand over a suitcase full of money earned through various labors, only to
find that the newest, shiniest, or most “impressive” thing really
doesn’t satisfy after all.  This
willingness is the direct result of the mass-hypnosis induced by a world
of advertising, whose prey is the capture of your battered mind.


The philosophy behind the world marketplace reflects our social
value system.  The pricing of
goods is not done according to their actual, practical value or cost of
production, but according to what people are gullible enough to fall for. 
This type of thinking is known as selling according to “what the
market will bear.”  Even
though it makes no sense, the public will spend hundreds of dollars on
such things as simple plastic toys, clothes, and devices that have a few
flashy attributes, simply because everyone else is buying them. 
Where have our values regarding what is truly important in life
gone?  They’ve been reduced
to the level of senseless advertising slogans, incredibly shallow,
egotistical imagery and an imbalanced craving for anything that displays a
few gimmicks, no matter how ridiculous. 
We must seriously ask ourselves if such a state of being represents
affluent living, or the final self-destruction of decadence. 
As a people we need to remember out roots and regain the sense of
natural dignity found everywhere in nature. 



To
emancipate ourselves from compulsive cravings and imagined needs, it is
necessary to reject consumerism, indebtedness and wage slavery as the
everyday norm.  We cannot
survive as a species without doing so. 
The individual may accomplish this through an understanding of
simplicity, efficiency, practicality and a realization of what is truly
necessary to live well.  To
live well we need not impress the neighbors, who are themselves trying to
impress us at the same time, and in both cases for no particular reason
other than this is what is expected. 
We don’t need the 20-30 year loan, because we don’t need 5,000
square foot luxury palaces, equipped with every imaginable though
unnecessary device.  We don’t need a new car regardless of the brand name, the
image or the price tag associated with it. 
We don’t need the boat, the satellite dish, the stereo system,
the riding lawnmower, 30”color TV w/remote or the pool, just as our
great-grandparents did not.  The
sheer extravagance and waste of these items, and the scope of destruction
rendered upon the earth to create them, represents the degeneration of the
noble human into an appalling nightmare. 
Let as recognize with humility that our primary desire for such
trinkets is not personal enlightenment, wisdom, expanded health,
intelligence or spiritual practice.  The
motivation for these things is primarily that of ego, and the bizarre
notion that owning expensive things implies being a better person. In the
final analysis the clothes do not make the man….only right action can do
that.


Having recognized the falsehood of social ideals, it behooves the
intelligent revolutionary to start the process of building a new life this
very day.  The reader is
advised to take the following action;




  1. Get out and stay out of debt.
     




  2. Don’t buy what you don’t need to live well.
     




  3. Get rid of all items in your life which do not
    contribute to simplicity and well being.
     




  4. Cultivate self-understanding, spiritual wisdom and
    knowledge of natural laws.
     




  5. Reject utterly the images and motives of society.
     




  6. Quit work whenever possible, and in the future,
    work only when it is necessary to maintain ones’ health and well being
    through an efficient minimum of material needs.
     




  7. Value material items only for their inherent
    practicality, (and no other consideration). 
    Buy used goods which still retain their practical attributes, but
    whose costs are only a small fraction of their new counterparts.
     




  8. Don’t make the mistake of identifying yourself
    with something so small and trivial as an occupation. As a soul, as an
    inherently intelligent, potentially wise and spiritual being, we are far
    more than the contents of a resume.  We
    are not a job description.  Identify
    with your soul instead, and with the spiritual progression that is our
    purpose for existence.  In
    this way you will be able to value right living more than a “career,”
    or so-called “job security.”  There
    is no security to be found in death by slow torture, (the 20-40 year
    retirement plan).



Remember that money is only a representative form of energy.  Energy can be either wasted or employed effectively. 
In nature we find that energy is employed efficiently through the
means of practicality and simplicity. 
In simplicity, irrelevant, redundant and unnecessary features are
done away with, a fact which biological systems reflect. 
Living beings are practical in the sense that they are compelled by
nature to do what works to
survive.  Because it is
practical and simple, nature avoids wastefulness, thereby making the
maximum use of its resources.  Wastefulness
is the needless loss of energy.  If biological systems had always been as wasteful as modern
humanity, there would be no life on this planet today. 
It is our task to transform the waste of modern living into the
efficiency of a natural lifestyle.


To accomplish natural living we must be clear about what is
efficient and what is not.  As
we eliminate waste, we conserve and even increase our available energy in
a variety of ways, as in “a penny saved is a penny earned.” 
This means also that we may achieve a state of maximum independence
of mind, body and spirit.  The
more we waste, the more we become dependent upon the devices and
institutions of our age.  The
material in Chapter 4 will examine very specific suggestions regarding how
best to achieve this independence, primarily through living
in your own vehicle
.  The
advantages of this will be discussed at that time. 
Besides the primary consideration of “vehicle living”, 
consider the following specific suggestions which identify what is
both practical and impractical.  The
following list compares what is essentially undesirable with those items
that actually improve the quality of living:

























































































































   
PRACTICAL



   
IMPRACTICAL



1)  A used van in good working condition


1)  A new house or car


2)  Small radio, cassette, CD player 



2)  Large stereo w/expensive features


3)  Warm, durable, used clothing 



3)  Flashy new clothes


4)  A simple fire or burner 



4)  Microwave and other ovens


5)  Cooking pots w/lids, plates, cups and 

     utensils


5)  China, silvered utensils, cocktail glasses, 

     electric can openers, coffee makers,   

     collectibles, plates and mugs
 


6)  Mind expanding books, videos and 

     meaningful
discussion


6)  Television and cable channels
 


7)  Healthy eating and exercise


7)  Prescription drugs and surgical procedures


8)  Natural vegetation


8)  Lawns and riding mowers


9)  Health foods and vitamins


9) 
Junk
foods


10) Broom and dustpan


10) Carpets and vacuum cleaners
 


11) Candles and lanterns


11) Chandelier and track lighting


12) Ponds, lakes, rivers, streams


12) Chlorinated, olympic-sized pools


13) Organic farming and natural predation


13) Chemical pesticides, fertilizers and 

      herbicides


14) Natural soaps and cleaners


14) Harsh, toxic cleaning materials


15) Interacting with nature


15) The latest toy or game


16) A rock and a sleeping bag


16) Over-stuffed furniture and
waterbeds


17) A tent


17) A motel room


18) Vehicle/tent living


18) Monthly utility bills


19) A box of tools


19) Dolls, magazines and antiques


20) A plant


20) Stuffed animals and exotic art


21) A day in the beach or forest


21) Tanning and beauty salons,
make-up and 

      perfume


22) A few free weights and a pair of running 

      shoes


22) Health clubs, diet pills and counting
 

      calories


23) Meditation and right living


23) Psychotherapists, coffee, alcohol, soft 

      drinks and other mood
altering mediums


24) Real fascination with, and experience of, a 

      subject


24) 2-10 years of college


25) Cash or barter


25) Credit cards


26) Do it yourself


26) Hiring an “expert” for $50 an hour


27) Grow it yourself


27) Buying
sprayed, irradiated produce


28) Silence and introspection


28) Constant talk and trivial activity



In
the process of ridding your life of unnecessary elements, one must also
seek out a greater simplicity of relationship(s) to their immediate
environment.  In everything that we do or focus upon, we invest a
significant amount of energy.  For
the most part our energy supply is limited, and therefore we must choose
wisely regarding the manner in which it is spent. 
As we eliminate unnecessary material objects, we can also avoid
unnecessary involvements and activities that do not generally contribute
to better living.  It is the
wise who will avoid relationships based primarily upon gossip, the
exchange of worldly trivia or light discussion for the sake of distraction
from ones’ problems.  The intelligent person does not wish to be distracted from
their problems. They wish to clearly perceive them, engage a workable
solution and move on.  When it
is based on trivia and nonsense, discussion becomes like alcohol, as a
place of hiding or escape.  In
this way useless talk is just as damaging as the drunken stupor, for it
yields nothing and drains away valuable life energy. 
Our lives are worth too much to indulge in the continuous
blabbering of nonsense.


As
we perceive more about the truth of the self and the Universe in general,
interest in the trivial as an escape mechanism automatically drops away. 
It is then that the involvement of ones’ self with idle and
irrelevant discussion can actually be a painful experience.  The truth is too vast, too beautiful and invaluable for life
to be focused on anything other than its exploration.  The world condition could be radically changed for the
better, simply by redirecting in a constructive way, (for a period of one
week only) all the energy spent in meaningless talk. 



As
for our activities, it may be said that the waste of energy in this area
is equally great.  There seems
to be a fascination with the spending of time as though it was so much
spare change weighting down the pockets. 
Apparently we are looking for a way, any way at all in fact, to
avoid the silence between activities, so that a genuine reconsideration of
life’s meaning does not take place. 
Our eagerness for the trivial is a tragic symptom of the failure of
humanity to prioritize its time and mental state. 
To avoid any clarity about the falsehood of modern views, we need
constant stimulation, entertainment and endless work, so that these might
replace the pain of realism.  The
knitting club, the gossip circle, endless telephone conversations, hobbies
and crafts, Saturday night bingo, sports talk and spectatorship, 20 soap
opera channels, 50 sports channels, 75 sit-com and mindless drama
channels, social posturing and manipulation, art critique of critiques and
a nameless hoard of other ills, are in most cases the symptoms of mass
mental disorder.  In all but
the rarest of cases, the above activities are used as little hide-aways
wherein one may pretend that insanity and chaos do not exist.


Thus
it is necessary to choose only those activities and relationships which
offer lasting practical benefit.  Selectivity
in our relations is needed for exactly the same reason that unnecessary
material attachments must be eliminated. 
The amount of energy that will be freed up in our lives by getting
rid of the trivial and superfluous is enormous. 
The time available for inner reflection and transformation will be
equally increased. As an increase of time and energy is made a reality, we
may then make significant gains in our physical, mental and spiritual well
being.


The
day will come when you will wake up at the usual time to get dressed, not
in work attire, but in the casual comfort of practicality. 
You will have quit your “job” because you have better things to
do with your time.  There will
no longer be a need for a lot of money to buy useless items on behalf of
egotistical purposes.  You
will be relaxed and have a clear mind, filled with the relief of having
been released from the so-called “daily grind.” 
When all your energy is not being “ground up” by consumerism,
you can them begin a new and exciting journey. 
Call this early retirement if you wish, or some other name that
amuses you.  After you are
dressed in the clothes that happen to suit the occasion, you can start the
process of “moving out” into a better life. 
Sell and otherwise get rid of all those pointless devises and
encumbering “things” in order to consolidate your resources. 
Don’t bother about future rent payments because you won’t be
making any.  Don’t concern
yourself with mortgages, the car loan or “bad credit history” because
you won’t be needing the new house, the fancy car or the instant loan
plastic chip.  Tell the
neighbors that you’re going on a long road trip, (you can use that term
“extended vacation” if you want). 
Cancel your credit cards, cash out your checking and savings
accounts, give final notice for the apartment and sell the house. 
Box up what you think you’ll need with a sense of ruthless
detachment and minimalism.  The
preceding lists and general suggestions will help in this regard.


Begin
looking now for a used vehicle, preferably a van, (as explained in Chapter
4) that is both within your means and sufficiently practical. 
A boat, towed trailer or RV can make an effective substitute for
this.  As a minimum you must
at least have sufficient monetary resources to purchase such a vehicle
that is in good condition, or to repair one which is not. 
Mentally prepare yourself to live in a mobile fashion, carrying
with you most if not all of you worldly possessions, leaving behind the
stagnant, slow decay of an eternally predictable routine.


It
is very useful to cultivate a point of view, (as has been alluded to in
previous pages) that resembles the focus of our great-grandparents. 
The period of the late 1800s and early 1900s’ contained the last
decades of a pre-technological age.  At
this time there were still large numbers of people who knew how to live
close to nature, and who did not feel the need for every kind of
artificial stimulation and “convenience.” 
It would seem that with the invention of every new contrivance,
every technological gimmick, there is instantly felt in the publics’
mind an unquenchable thirst for that device. 
Instead of Pavlov’s dogs we have Pavlov’s consumers, because as
soon as the commercial ends we start salivating. 
One might imagine that this represents the publics’ discovery of
needs that it never before had knowledge of. 
The truth of the matter is that there
is only one need
, one central root from which all other imagined
needs spring forth.  This one
true need is for humanity to return to its own foundation in natural and
spiritual living.  That
natural foundation is composed of love, clarity, accurate intuitiveness,
intelligence and wisdom. This is the only stable basis upon which we can
build anything with lasting value.  All
else has been, and will continue to be, a threat to our very survival as a
species.  So when considering
the adoption of a natural life, one of simplicity, efficiency and
practicality, do not be deceived by thoughts that you will not be able to
live without all the amenities of today’s world. 
Our ancestors did not need them to live well and neither do we.


A
natural life is the saving grace of the modern age. 
The idea that a life surrounded by more and more “things” is a
better life, is an outright lie.  You
will be truly amazed at what you can live without, to the point where you
can’t imagine why people ever started to desire such things to start
with.  It is a demonstrable
fact that the primary cause behind all global devastation, warfare, social
discord, political dishonesty and disease is the artificial set of values
held by the modern age.  The fact that we feel a great need for plastic and cancer
causing devices is what stimulates their continued production. 
Continued production drives the destructive machine we call
consumerism, giving advertising more energy to stimulate even more
distorted desires.  Many
people speak of “saving the environment” donating money to groups such
as the Sierra Club or Audubon, calling that “doing their part.”  Ironically, these same people usually live in large,
well-furnished homes whose total cost in energy and resources to both
build and maintain, is equivalent to several thousand acres of stripped
forest somewhere on this planet. Giving a donation or two to some
environmental group while living in extravagant luxury, is like going to
church on Sunday while spending every other day of the week upon the goals
of greed and corruption.  Few
people actually think about the consequences of their lifestyle, never
fully realizing the sheer hypocrisy of their ways.


The
feeding frenzy of this credit card world is like a great bonfire,
whereupon the innocents of the world are pitched to provide amusement for
the decadent.  Consumerism cannot last without being supported by devotee
followers who are constantly willing to throw their lives away on its
behalf.  When we do not
participate in this feeding frenzy, we cause the global fire of
consumption to burn more slowly, and in the process improve our own lives
many fold.  A spiritual and
natural life becomes in itself such a great reward, that its practitioners
will never truly lack for anything.  Joy
will fill your days, and the good deeds which spring from a natural life,
will take root and bear fruit wherever you go.


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