posted on Dec, 10 2012 @ 05:22 PM
There isn’t really any need for food stamps.
Economic and political ramifications of these statistics aside, we should consider what they say about our way of life in general. Western society is
estranged from its relationship with nature. The continued survival of the population is contingent on the sustained functioning of an obviously
flawed economic system (yet I repeat myself) around which mass agriculture and the need for industrialization have grown. When there’s no food in
the pantry, the first option most people consider is a trip to the supermarket, not giving much thought to where that food came from and the processes
involved in distribution. When there isn’t enough money available to make necessary purchases for survival, people turn to where they can get the
money to do so—by stealing usually, either directly or indirectly through state-managed resource confiscation and reallocation.
The idea that, as human beings with a fundamental and inseparable (as much as we’ve tried to deny it) relationship with nature, they should know how
to grow and hunt their own food never even occurs to them. They don’t recognize that not being able to survive as an organism on this planet without
an artificial system of resource organization called “economics” driving it all is a huge problem. They seek an immediate solution to an immediate
problem—an illusory monetary one—without addressing the philosophical implications of that problem at all.
If you have any land at your disposal, I would venture to argue that it is irresponsible for you as a human to not be growing as much of your own food
as possible, which would probably be self-sufficient with minor supplementation from outside sources. If you have a lot of land, raising your own meat
sources wouldn’t hurt either.
If you have no land of your “own”, it would be relatively easy to set up co-ops within your local communities to make use of what areas are
suitable for cultivation, even in urban settings. The question is, are people willing to do it? Or is the detachment from nature too deep and the
convenience of one-stop, everything-at-your-fingertips-now culture simply too tempting for most?
We’ll find out one way or the other, as the current system cannot sustain itself. The problems within our systems of social welfare are not nearly
as important as what the need for such systems in the first place says about the way we live our lives as human beings. There isn’t any need for
food stamps, or any economic remedy. Nature provides for all our needs simply and for free. All it asks in return is the recognition of the fact that
we are not separate from it, and should treat it as we would have ourselves treated—with love and respect.
A revolutionary concept, I know...