Category Archives: The Good Guys

Endgame, the Premises: Derrick Jensen

Premise One:  Civilization is not and can never be sustainable.  This is especially true for industrial civilization.

Do you feel the rumblings?  Does your heart ache for something more simple, more free, more human, than what we have created?

I do.  Mine does.

Are you beginning to sense that something is not quite right?  Have you pinpointed the moment that your creativity, your wildness, your heart and soul and humanity, was co-opted?

I am.  I have.

Have you ever really thought about how this country became “ours”?  Does it make you uneasy and do you tell yourself that was a long time ago and we had nothing to do with it?  And then do you wonder about these wars we continue to fight?  Do you wonder about the people in Afghanistan and Iraq?  Do you comfort yourself by believing they are all terrorists, out to take our freedoms and our lifestyle, our manifested destiny?

Are you afraid to look, afraid to follow the crumbs back to their original source?  Is everything still working for you or is your home foreclosed, your job gone, your child hungry?  What will it take for you to see?

Is it beginning to occur to you that you, too, might get in the way of progress?  What if that is what you decided to do – get in the way of progress, before progress decides it for you?

Do you feel the rumblings?

 

Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen is a writer and environmentalist, a survivor of abuse, a man with a brilliant mind and a great, great love.  But most of all, in my mind, Derrick is a realist.  He’s unafraid to ask the questions that most of us would never consider asking and he’s unapologetic toward those who  make judgements uninformed.  Which is most of us by the way.  He’s been called, unfairly I think, the “violence guy” because he is not afraid to say that violence returned may be the only thing that will work to reclaim our world from the powers that have overtaken it.

Following are the first two paragraphs from Derrick’s book, “A Language Older Than Words”:

“There is a language older by far and deeper than words.  It is the language of bodies, of body on body, wind on snow, rain on trees, wave on stone.  It is the language of dream, gesture, symbol, memory.  We have forgotten this language.  We do not even remember that it exists.’

In order for us to maintain our way of living, we must, in a broad sense, tell lies to each other, and especially to ourselves.  It is not necessary that the lies be particularly believable.  The lies act as barriers to truth.  These barriers to truth are necessary because without them many deplorable acts would become impossibilities.  Truth must at all costs be avoided.  When we do allow self-evident truths to percolate past our defenses and into our consciousness, they are treated like so many hand-grenades rolling across the dance floor of an improbably macabre party.  We try to stay out of harm’s way, afraid they will go off, shatter our delusions, and leave us exposed to what we have done to the world and to ourselves, exposed as the hollow people we have become.  And so we avoid these truths, these self-evident truths, and continue the dance of world destruction.”

Derrick’s writing, his fearlessness in questioning the assumptions by which we have all come to live, and his ability to pry truth out of the delusions that frame our world are at once courageous and terrifying, wound and balm.

Read him if you dare.

Seed Savers Exchange

Ninety-eight percent of seeds sold in the United States are now sold by Monsanto.  Of course, they won’t be labeled as Monsanto seeds, they’ll be sold under the names American Seeds, Inc., Johnny’s, Cooks and Territorial, among others.  It’s a pretty safe bet that if you’re not sure it’s not a Monsanto seed, it’s a Monsanto seed.

I noticed recently they’re getting on the heirloom bandwagon by offering their own versions of heirloom seeds, but I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw a John Deere tractor.

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) was founded in 1975 by Kent Whealy and Diane Ott Whealy after Diane’s terminally ill grandfather entrusted them with garden seeds that his parents had brought from Bavaria.

Their mission is to save the world’s diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations.  SSE has more than 13,000 members who collect, maintain and distribute heirloom vegetable varieties as well as heirloom trees and fruit trees, and even endangered farm animals like White Park cattle.

Purchasing seeds through Seed Savers Exchange ensures the heritage and viability of the product.  And, so far, Monsanto hasn’t gotten their very grubby hands on these seeds.  Let’s keep it that way.

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