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Are We Brats?



In this world   WOMEN

    Do ⅔ of the work

          Bring home 10% of the pay, and

                Own 1% of the property.

                                                                                        –   NPR



Every stone that you have ever seen was

right then

in the middle of a long journey.

                                                                                      –  A’Journe





A few minutes ago I asked my computer –  “How much solid waste does the US produce?

And (from the 155,000,000 search results) here’s what floated to the top:


GarbageSolid Waste. Every year, the United States generates approximately 230 million tons of “trash“–about 4.6 pounds per person per day. Less than one-quarter of it is recycled; the rest is incinerated or buried in landfills.

I have been doing Recycling for 20 years or so (and have talked with many people about it) … and it is my belief that OUR DESCENDENTS (if we live that long) will be MINING our LANDFILLS.


If this is true … it means that WE ARE BRATS.


While we usually think of a brat as a young kid … but (in any case) what we mean by “a brat” – is someone who makes messes (for others to clean up) and who generally causes trouble.

(We do NOT mean that they are, in their heart, EVIL.  We just mean that they are thoughtless and impulsive … and probably oblivious about the results of their behavior … probably from just being young)

A three-year old, who pulls the pots out of the cupboard … does cause some trouble by doing that, but we do NOT think of them as a brat.  This is because we realize that they are living in a completely different reality.  (They NEVER use a pot to cook something. They can not yet do that. To them cooking pots are just these curious, clangy THINGS which are small enough to be handled and moved)

But by the time a person is 8 or 10, we consider that they (essentially) live in the same reality as WE do.  And so, the messes that THEY make  we ascribe to impulsiveness, self-absorption, and (general) obliviousness.  We hope that they will learn to take care of the people around them (and NOT make so much noise, and messes for others to clean up.  But, till they DO … we consider them a brat.  Mmm?)


I used to live in British Columbia, on Quadra Island (about halfway up the inland side of Vancouver Island).  To go to Quadra, you will probably take a ferry from Campbell River, which is on Vancouver Island. 

Well, the NEXT island to the east … is Cortes Island.  It takes most of an hour (on another ferry) to get there from Quadra.

Well … the folks who live on Cortes do a pretty good job of taking proper care of their trash.  As far as I know they have NO landfill, NOR do they haul trash off their island.

(they DO haul RECYCLING off … but not trash)  They just work hard at the 3 R’s (Reducing, Reusing, & Recycling)

If you look here


you will see photos of their Free Store, etc.


Impressive, I think.      Good.


But more impressive still is the village of Kamikatsu in Japan.

Not long ago, the people there thought of trash the same way MOST of us think of it  – WITHOUT THINKING about it. Everyone burned their trash (or dumped it in Nature); but because of the resulting smoke and pollution, they decided to CHANGE.  In 2003 they made a ‘Zero Waste Declaration’ (that everything would have to be recycled)

They now have 45 categories of recyclables.

The transition was not comfortable and easy, but they DID it.

They have learned – TO BE CONSCIOUS … and to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY (for their environment … and their STUFF)


They learned to be MINDFUL, organized, and cooperative.


Watch this (4-minute) video         (Kamikatsu / Zero Waste)


this (5-minute one)    (re Kamikatsu, no-waste village)


Buckminster Fuller (surely) did not invent the idea that the earth is finite, fragile, and keeps us alive: (that it’s our Spaceship) … but he did understand and appreciate the importance of this truth.  And (in 1968) published 

     Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth     

              ISBN 0-8093-2461-X


On a (normal) spaceship there are NO mines.   Whatever you have with you on board … THAT’S IT.  

You must make do with it. 


One of our ‘problems’ is that we are unaccustomed to thinking of the past   and future (the continuity) of objects. We tend to think  in the short term.

This problem is mentioned in the ‘play’ :  “Vine Maple Preschool Student Interviews” (which I wrote in 2013).  


Here is the excerpt   (from p.3):

Hi. What’s your name?

You know my name, Nancy. 

I know. But this is an interview. People we’ll never meet may hear it. 

Oh. Okay. My name is Samantha Goodwin. 

Do you like it here, Samantha? At Vine Maple? 

Oh, yes. 

What do you like about it?

 I like it that we get to do so much music and dance. 

Me too. 

And I like that mind game that we play. What do we call it? … ­­ “Where Was This?”. That’s it. You know ­­ the teacher holds up some object and says. “Where was this?” Then we all take turns saying where we think it was … and then where it was before that, and so on. Then after we get used to doing it backwards, we do it forwards in time too ­­ talking about where we think it will be. It helps break down your static view of the world. And it’s fun. 

Yeah. I like that game too. …


About 45 years ago I was told (by two students of the Ascended Masters) – that the Van Allen radiation belts were PUT HERE  … to prevent the negativity which we collectively generate from infecting the ‘neighborhood’ … that WE approximate the thinking of the 4-year old who’s now pulling the pots out of the cupboard (and otherwise causing trouble).  It’s a form of quarantine. The belts are there as a shield.

Mmm ?   [It may be so.  It makes sense to me.]


It wasn’t that long ago (on this planet)  that women were regarded basically as property.   Mmm?

And, from its inception, Western Civilization has been  a Warrior Cult … and an Old Boy’s Club … and deeply Materialistic.

And, while I have no intention or desire to minimize the progress we’ve made in recent years  (for example – women have had the right to vote [in the US] since 1920 [with the ratification of the 19th Amendment].  Nearly 100 years) – we’re still a long way from gender balance.

Ask any woman – if the playing field is level … and fair.

We STILL live in a male-dominated society.

And the way we treat our women (the mothers of our children) … is the way we treat our planet  – The Great Mother (the Mother of us all). Mmm ?



I put before you – that we have a CHOICE.

We can continue as we have been behaving  – like selfish and self-absorbed children (who do not realize the Importance of The Mother) … like BRATS


We can choose a higher way  – one which leads to our Survival.  Conscious.  Caring.  Knowing what is what.  Decent.  Loving.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    (the tree of forty fruit  – Sam Van Aken)    (Clean water  [not for 90%, but] for ALL)

[film]:   Iron Jawed Angels  (2004, w/ Hilary Swank  –  about the struggle for women’s suffrage)                                                Trafficked  (2017  w/ Ashley Judd et al.  –  film about human trafficking)

In 2016 sex traffickers made $100 billion in profits … (more than was made by Intel, Microsoft, Nike, Google, and Starbucks    COMBINED)

                                                                                                                          –  Siddhartha Kara


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