Saturday, November 20, 1999, 8:27:39 AM, you wrote:
Roberto> Today, it appears that corporations have been more successful
Roberto> in domesticating human beings than people keeping
Roberto> corporations human.
That is a human failing.
Roberto> ... I am describing the corporation AS IF it were a different
Roberto> species, created by us but escaped into the wilds, with its
Roberto> own genetic programming (=search for profit), having acquired
Roberto> better short-term adaptation skills than humans, higher up on
Roberto> the food chain than us, and able to domesticate humans for
Roberto> their own purposes.
That's a very good metaphor, but certainly not the way *I* feel (and
if you do, you have my sympathy). I don't see the corporations getting
a lock on life giving forces (even if they'd *like to), because their
focus is on things that can be bottled (i.e., exploited for their own
use), while life is like the air you breathe: If you try to keep it,
it gets stale on you fast.
Roberto> They are basically taking over the world (e.g., WTO, MAI,
Roberto> globalization) and transforming it in their own image.
Not my world, Roberto. You really think WTO is going be able to pull
it off for very long? That is the best way to relegate themselves
into obsolescence. The gmo thing is a classic example: These orgs can
try to bully all they want, but no one will buy the garbage. And just
wait until the bill for damages comes in. The rat's will all be
looking for other corporations to hide behind, and other goodies to
exploit. It's comic.
Roberto> And they are not part of nature...
They are an abstraction of their own desires, with the same underlying
needs as everyone else. (Next time you get one of those things you're
talking about bearing down on you, look for the driver behind the
wheel and project your message to him - he'll get the picture, if you
really mean it. *I've* been doing it all my life).
Lastly, your messages come in with no indication that they were posted
to sanet, except in the headers that are normally hidden, and even
there, there's nothing that indicates what mailer was used. Also, when
I select reply to all, it comes out just to you. Is anyone else
experiencing this? For me it's just with Roberto's posts.
PS. You might feel better if you could check out a couple of Rambo
movies, even if those explicitly catered to people who would pay to
experience vicarious rebellion, thus keeping them on the job at the
corporations they work for.
In any case, everything's under control (& not by the WTO). So don't
worry too much, just keep working in favor of your ideals and you
shall see that Douglas didn't steer you wrong. (Ask Sal. In spite of all the
BS he has to go through, his whatchmacallits are still intact).
In short, you don't don't let anyone or thing psych you out, brainwash
you etc. Use your own criteria! How else are you going to be
congruent? (And without congruence, how are you going to accomplish
that which needs to be accomplished)?
Those are rhetorical questions. Form your own corporation, draft
your own articles and follow the hell out of them. Fight fire with
fire. There's good ones and bad ones, like anything else.
This was a discourse on the essence of theoretical and practical
sustainability, and it's relation to slavery. If one's daddy was a
slave and one's grandaddy was a slave, perhaps one can be forgiven for
not knowing any better, but that doesn't mean everyone else is going
to follow suit - and the truth is a very contagious commodity, not so
easily exploited for false or shallow ends.
Stop eating fruit from grafted trees.
My downloads done and I'm going to log off.
To Unsubscribe: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the command
"unsubscribe sanet-mg". If you receive the digest format, use the command
To Subscribe to Digest: Email email@example.com with the command
All messages to sanet-mg are archived at: