Throughout this blog I've argued that civilization is bad for humans in most every way imaginable. One can certainly argue that it does have little perks, like ice cream, and emergency surgeries, and skydiving (which might require emergency surgery). Overall, however, it seems clear that humans were happier before we started living "civilized." But on the other hand, who's to say that life on Earth is supposed to be so idyllic? Is the point of life just to have fun with your friends & family? Buddha would argue that the point of life is to end rebirth, since life is full of suffering. Well, that argument falls on deaf ears when your life does not seem to have much suffering compared to the joys you experience in your community. But if one investigates the disjoint, witnessless, perfect reality that Buddha discovered , one will indeed come to his conclusion that life, in comparison to nibbana, is full of suffering. In fact, every moment of even the best life, is
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(This poem was inspired by the love of my life, Nanou) ------ We live in cages called "houses," rarely with happy spouses, working like slaves to buy gas to get to work, trying to eat the delicious soup of life with a fork. "Money don't grow on trees, ya know!" But pure water falls from the sky, and food does grow for free on trees. Oh... and fresh air is made by leaves, not treaties. Sigh... When your village is so big you can't tell the psychopaths from the saints, consider a return to Mother Nature, free of taints. Sayonara cyborgs, Internet, Outer Space, Re-discover spirit, the "inner-net," the inner space, Life Without A Trace.
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A recent study of ancient civilizations has come to the conclusion that I already came to, which is that the standard idea of civilization's start is all wrong. It didn't start because of agricultural food surpluses that led to specialization of labor. It only started where grains were grown, because unlike tubers, grains could be stored indefinitely. Anything with that characteristic also lends itself to theft -- and a nicer form of theft called taxation, which is the genesis of an elite governing class. Below I will give my theory of how this all began which goes a bit deeper than just grains. ------ Civilization, based on the etymology, originally meant to “lie down” or to “settle.” If you think of the small bands of happy people who existed before government, this makes sense. They stood up tall, and would not lie down for anything but to sleep. They didn’t need to settle for anything because they were in tune with the natural flow of life. Today, we lie down to get stom