Originally posted by stygmartyrZA
I feel like crying..
Why are they doing this to the people of this earth?
I think the answer lies in the definition of they, and the lack of humanity they possess,
and by lack of humanity, the possibility is that they are not human at all.
Do you think that in some boardroom somewhere, a bunch of dudes are rubbing their hands together, twirling their mustaches, and laughing maniacally as
they concoct another "Evil Plan"? Of course there isn't. There is no "Illuminati" no "Brotherhood of Evil" or whatever else.
Do you have a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup in your home? Most people do, so if you don't, just bear with me.
Inside this can of chicken noodle soup are carrots, pasta, often peas, and of course, chicken. The broth is made from chicken, onions, salt,
"preservatives" and what have you. All of these are produced on a massive quantity. The grains and vegetables are certainly not likely to be local
to your area, and just as certainly, they're grown with lots of fertilizers and -cides (fungicides, pesticides, weed killers, you name it) . Without
a doubt, the chickens that laid the eggs for the pasta, as well as supplied the meat and carcasses for the soup and broth, were grown in filthy
battery farms. The animals here are mutilated and conditions demand a constant diet of antibiotics and hormone treatments. of course, all their
"unusables" end up flushed into the local sewer. Then all this stuff is packed into a steel, tin-lined and laminated can, wrapped with
heavily-treated paper and glue, stacked into a box and covered with polyvinyl chloride plastic wrap, and shipped via truck to a central headquarters,
where it's unpacked, re-packed, and shipped to your store, consuming who knows how much fossil fuel.
So to recap. We have animal torture, biological and chemical pollution on ENORMOUS levels (farming, agriculture, mining, and fossil fuel production),
addition of toxins to the food supply (the "preservatives" and can laminates) and an enormous amount of wasted paper and fossil fuels.
Because you wanted a can of soup. Because picking that can of soup off the shelf at the store was just more convenient than picking up the composite
ingredients and making your own soup or - let's get crazy - growing your own celery, carrots, and peas, raising and slaughtering your own chickens,
and buying flour from the community mill.
American consumers have it in their heads that they have a god-given right to cheap and convenient merchandise. We do not.
When your prices go
down, someone else's cost goes UP. When things become easier for you, things become harder for someone else. That shirt at Wal-Mart is cheaper
because they use slaves to make it. it's convenient for you to go to that Wal-Mart, but doing so contributes to putting your own neighbors out of
suppresses the wages of your other neighbors who work at that Wal-Mart.
These fourteen problems are simply things that we've brought upon our own heads by dint of our own stupidity and sense of entitlement. The only real
tragedy is that, much as it was feared that our banks would take hte rest of the economy down if they failed, we in "the west" are going to take the
rest of the world down with us when we go down, because we will not step in to protect a woman getting murdered in front of us, but we'll be
god-damned if we'll let our cheap and easy lives of entitled convenience slip away from us.