Call me Goofy

Published June 12, 2013 by Sandee

I’m a visionary type, idealistic.  I glaze over details in politics, and take in the gist of what’s going on.  I read historical books and essays to understand the back bone of the system.   After years of reading all the papers, The Financial Times, The New York Times, and papers from around the world, I gave up trying to remember minutiae, because I discovered that my mind processes things abstractly.   I tune into news reports and periodicals here and there but I don’t think it’s necessary to do so every day.  It becomes a bombardment.  News organizations are generating business for themselves and sometimes it’s all too obvious.  When there’s a crisis I tune in more regularly.  But I might have stopped paying attention because a lot of politics is a game that I just don’t compute because I don’t have any quile.

I see how someone might think that what I wrote yesterday about the market system was simplistic, idealistic and naïve.  Generally, the message I wanted to convey is that there’s a connection between injustices and the way that the market works, and that if you’re indignant because these injustices keep happening, maybe you should look more closely at that connection.

While I didn’t mean to say necessarily that we should be a tribal world community, I do think that there are some great opportunities to come up with a better global market system now that the world is smaller.

I don’t think there’s any wrong or right way to look at the world, because it’s really all just a process.  I just wanted to share ideas that people would think about.

I’m sure that environmentalists and naturalists might have considered that their ways for harvesting food and having community stem back to people in small tribes from around the world.  I’ve seen adages and proverbs from these tribes on walls of some of our institutions, such as the Museum of Natural History in New York City.  Wisdom from these societies is in our faces but we’re not getting it.

I cried after Hurricane Sandy thinking of climate change and what we’ve been complicit in doing to the environment, because it occurred to me that there were tribes and indigenous people who thought of the planet as a living thing to be respected.  I want people to realize that these people who have been dismissed as barbaric and primitive may have a lot to teach us.

I’d love for us to experience a heightened consciousness that helps us to see the connection that we all have to each other.  When you trample over some of us, or dismiss us as insignificant or as a drain, in the long run we’re only hurting ourselves.

I can understand that there’s a philosophy of living that is hedonistic or dog eat dog at the root.  Just don’t complain about crime, crooked politicians or wonder why you’re all depressed. There are other social maladies that can be attached to this type of an existence.  Call me goofy, but I think this is just the price we pay for ‘living well’ in a material world.


21 comments on “Call me Goofy

  • I love what you wrote on both counts. We are all connected. From a Christian/religious point of view, the world is in the process of becoming more global to prepare for the second coming. This is the direction we are going in, there’s no denying it. When I watch the news and see something happening across the world in Greece or China or Africa I know it will have an impact on all of us. Financially, philosophically, environmentally, etc. we are becoming one. In the book of Revelations it says something like, “the seasons will become one.” I think we’re feeling that in our strange weather patterns. The things that divide us will become more pronounced. Good versus Evil? I think we’re seeing that, too. I don’t know? I do know that we have a front row seat to all of these EPIC changes that will make us one world community. It’s a scary time, but depending how you look at it, it could be very exciting, too. 🙂
    Very thought provoking Ms. Sandee Harris. Well done.

    • Thanks Lisa! I believe this too, no matter how one might interpret it! I think some of the spiritual and religious doctrines were definitely motivated by ‘divine’ intuition about things to come.

  • All you’re doing is looking at the big picture and seeing the connections everything has, and seeing the possibilities of what could be if we could just get the hell out of our own way long enough to do something about it. Like I said before, it seems simplistic because it really is a simple, logical answer. It just doesn’t seem to have any easy answers.

      • I read an article in Bitch magazine a couple years ago that said communes are called “intentional communities” these days to take into account that they happen in all sorts of places. It made me want to buy an apartment building and have all my friends move into the apartments.

  • Hi Sandee!

    Glad to see you back at blogging. I have been ignoring my blog for the most part, last post was May 24. What’s up w that?

    I look forward to reading your writing again. I am interested in the thoughts you put forth in these last 2 posts. That Texas shit is SO BAD. It’s another country down there methinks, but then again, we are all connected. Sometimes I think the bad behavior is HUMAN and part of human history, not so much pieces and parts of the human race based on our skin color. Other times I think I would never take part in certain behaviors or act in a certain way, but I’m human too, am I not capable?
    Maybe Texas has a higher rate of sociopaths living there–like attracts like. I do feel lucky to live in a Blue State, but hey, the first slave owners were in Massachusetts. Rhode Island, CT, MA, all the money that was made on the slave trade by the shipping industry but not as direct slave owners. There is so much about economics that is tied to how different people in the world are treated, just as you say. Policies of keeping people disempowered is definitely in many nations’ economic interest. Right now the Koch Brothers fund the TEA party so they can own more, make more, keep more. The TEA party is the front organization, filled with xenophobes. I like that you distinguish between that word and racism. Interesting and hard to be human. The world does indeed feel out of control to me nowadays….

    If you want me to never blab like that again on your blog, I understand. I get carried away.

    Glad to have you back! Maybe I’ll be blogging again soon.


    • Katherine! I really appreciate your comment. Thanks for being supportive. You remind me in your comment about that “human nature” question. I thought about the philosophers and intellectuals (myself excluded being a pseduo-intellect if you will) who debate the nature of man. Then there are the anthropologists who study tribes from all over to see if they have the same cultural attitudes, xenophobic tendencies, etc. as we do in this culture. I guess different theories about how society should be constructed come out of that. Some people think that ‘weaker’ people might just as well be weeded out if they can’t keep up. That’s fine. I wonder about that myself. I’m not all kumbiyah. I just think people need to be realistic and truthful about the way things are set up.

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