Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

22 October 2009

What we can learn from the Maori

The Maori world of work

Unlike us modern westerners, within the broader family group, each member of a traditional Maori community did the job for which he or she was best suited ...

but here's the clincher:

... and rank depended not on the accumulation of goods but on the extent to which a person provided them for others. A tohunga was a 'specialist' (e.g., a woodcarver was a tohunga whakairo rakau) but few were engaged full-time on their special skill. When not so occupied they would join in the ordinary everyday work of the tribe from which even the ariki (chief) was not exempt (source).

Now how could we apply this to 2009? Well first off, we should all be working in jobs designed to "provide goods for others". That would mean provide for our families right? That would mean providing for our children, our future. Right?

That means our jobs should be about protecting biodiversity, revering nature/our future/our children (it's all the same thing) and save earth's "resources" for a rainy day.

Instead our jobs are about making profit for corporations today, at the expense of tomorrow.

We should rise up and refuse to work another minute until all employers (especially big corporations) enact gender-sensitive, earth-friendly, child-relevant, future-friendly budgets, policies and business plans.

Hey it's just an idea ... and it's a start.

20 October 2009

Witch hunts alive and well in Mzansi

SAPA reports that two women were brutally murdered in the Eastern Cape in the past four days for being witches.

I had hoped people had moved beyond this in the 21st century, but hey I am no longer surprised by this complete lack of humanity among civilised people. The point being that this would never happen in an uncontacted, indigenous community ie pre-civilised humans did not abuse each other like civilised humans do. San elders, even women elders, for example, were revered and worshipped, not disrespected and slaughtered. Ugh!

Here are the gory details:

2009/10/20 TWO women, aged 86 and 79, were murdered in separate incidents in the Eastern Cape after being accused of using witchcraft.

The latest incident was reported in Tsolo at 4pm yesterday, where an 86- year-old woman was stabbed to death, said Superintendent Mzukisi Fatyela. The alleged culprit, a 25-year-old man, had accused her of using witchcraft on him.

In a separate incident in Lusikisiki, a 79-year-old woman was stoned to death on Saturday. She, too, was accused of using witchcraft. Police said four men aged between 18 and 20 saw the woman walking home on Saturday and began throwing stones at her. “She was severely injured and died at the scene. All four were arrested for murder.” — Sapa

08 October 2009

We're at tipping point - RIGHT NOW

When you are standing on the edge of a cliff, a step forward is not progress. -- Anonymous

06 October 2009

will we ever learn?

When man interferes with the Tao,
the sky becomes filthy,
the earth becomes depleted,
the equilibrium crumbles
creatures become extinct
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, ca. 550 BCE)