Had a great conversation at Sizizis under the Jupiter full Moon early Thursday morning about how the socio-cultural-economic harms people, and leaves them hanging. Rampant fear, distrust, disease. The real trickle-downs from the predatory Wall Street style economic system.
The worst part is that the system is set-up so the big corporations actually have a "fiduciary responsibility" to cut throats in order to be most attractive to investors.
Maybe we would be better off eliminating the owner/investor class from our society, if people are not able to refrain from hurting each other, and killing each other, in their quest to accumulate wealth...
And thanks for the hot chocolate!
The newly revived and under new (no)management Free Skool Olympia has come out with its February calendar of classes!
Free Skool Olympia is an autonomous, all ages, egalitarian, volunteer-run collective which works to offer a wide range of workshops, classes, trainings, and skill shares freely to the community. The Free Skool offers a direct challenge to educational, economic, and social systems that oppress and divide our communities by providing vibrant alternatives to those systems and safe places for them to thrive so that we may begin to imagine and build a truly free world.
This month features classes on:
As well as a Black History Reading Group, White Privilege Reading Group, film showings, a Stitch 'N' Knit circle, and a Theatre of the Oppressed troupe!
All classes are absolutely free. The whole month's calendar, which includes descriptions, times, and locations is attached to this post!
Child care will be provided at classes on request. If you have child care or accessibility needs, contact the facilitator of the class you'd like to attend.
To find out more about the Free Skool, you can come to our general meetings every Sunday, 2:00pm at Media Island (816 Adams St. SE) or find us on Facebook. To contact us, e-mail olyfreeskool (at) riseup (dot) net
The NYT Magazine recently featured an article about ecopsychology. This is a topic I am very interested in, because a large source of my distress comes from witnessing the degradation of the natural environment here on Earth. It's so sad to see what humanity is doing to the planet and the living systems of this wonderful world.
Here's a link to the article and an excerpt. This article doesn't say it all, but it's nice to see ecopsychology get some recognition in the mainstream. It's also a decent starting point for learning about the field:
Is There an Ecological Unconscious?
Daniel B. Smith
I post this because in relation to the conversation that has occurred about imperialism and American society on the post about the Army Recruiting Station Protest.
On a side note, the opening lines of the first film in the series reminds me of the Lorax. Here's a description of the video series by the maker:
"This series is about how those in power have used Freud's theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy." - Adam Curtis
Do you think Internet communication (especially insofar as it provides relative degrees of anonymity) brings out the worst in people?
If so, can you think of some possible remedies (besides shutting it down)?