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Everything Must Run Its Course. Let's Plant a Tree...Shall We?

My friends, my colleagues, my family and acquaintances are but innocent children shielded by the comforting paradigm that everything will remain the way it is regardless of these world events.

Our lives are small and fleeting in the scheme of things, and yet we get caught up in our events, seeing them as eternal and overwhelming. If we could only step back and see the bigger picture.

We make our world significant by the courage of our questions, and by the depth of our answers. –Carl Sagan

We forget our place, both in how insignificant we are and in how special we are.

Yes the current system must come to an end.

Everything we know has a life cycle. Like the sapling your great grandfather planted in the yard that grew into an enormous oak tree and has surcome to pressures and forces of this world and have relegated it to fire wood.

The tree has provided acorns for the animals giving life. It flourished with oxygen. It's branches were a perfect places for the squirrels and bird nests. The wooden giant gave you and your children a strong limb to climb and build your fort allowing your imagination to run wild. You carved your name of your first love in that tree. The huge wooden giant eventually provide shade and was a landmark in the yard that was the cornerstone for years to come. But today, that tree must come down. It has lived well beyond its time. There is nothing anyone can do to make it last. Its bark is coming off from the many beatles and insects that devour it. Its trunk was struck by lightning. The leaves are no longer resistant to disease.

We have a small group in our family who wish to cut it down and salvage what we can before the long winter. But many of our family think it can be saved. Others can't bare to visualize our yard without that giant steady tree that we have anchored our lives to.

Finally we see this old tree losing its limbs as it decays from within. Little by little as the November winds blow the tree begins to lose its shape. Falling all over the yard. So many limbs that we are having trouble collecting them. It is becoming down right dangerous. A young man climbed the tree and a branch split in two as he fell to the earth and was hurt by his fall.

In conclusion the old tree split right down the middle. Its huge dead weight fell right on our house and destroyed everything.

Perhaps if we would have realized that everything runs its course and we would have listened to the family members that wanted to cut what was left of the tree we would still have a house to live in. But because we were caught in our paradigm and believed this day could never possibly come we now must endure a long winter with no shelter.

This whole economic system is also coming to an end. It has lived its cycle. It has been a lot like that tree. Many of have tried to salvage what we could but realized its day has come and gone. Unfortunately your other family members did not listen and could not bare to live without the way things always were. Anchoring their lives to this monster of a system that we have had in our country for years.

But fear not.....for we have a seed for a new sapling. It is not an oak tree but it is a hardwood. It will not grow overnight and it might not make it. But with all the care and protection ...and if the conditions are just right....we can grow another tree.

BTW, everything will be ok because I have you.


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The Nature of Things … r’Generations and Lightness of BEE-ING

There is more than an acorn of meaning planted deep in this fine thread of the past which your excellent post helps photosynthesize into an appreciation of sunny moments of presence and future with those in our own yard:


Tolstoy summed up our place in history in this way:

“As the sun and each atom of ether is a sphere complete in itself, and yet at the same time only a part of a whole too immense for man to comprehend, so each individual has within himself his own aims and yet has them to serve a general purpose incomprehensible to man.
“A bee settling on a flower has stung a child. And the child is afraid of bees and declares that bees exist to sting people. A poet admires the bee sucking from the chalice of a flower and says it exists to suck the fragrance of flowers. A beekeeper, seeing the bee collect pollen from flowers and carry it to the hive, says that it exists to gather honey. Another beekeeper who has studied the life of the hive more closely says that the bee gathers pollen dust to feed the young bees and rear a queen, and that it exists to perpetuate its race. A botanist notices that the bee flying with the pollen of a male flower to a pistil fertilizes the latter, and sees in this the purpose of the bee's existence. Another, observing the migration of plants, notices that the bee helps in this work, and may say that in this lies the purpose of the bee. But the ultimate purpose of the bee is not exhausted by the first, the second, or any of the processes the human mind can discern. The higher the human intellect rises in the discovery of these purposes, the more obvious it becomes, that the ultimate purpose is beyond our comprehension.
All that is accessible to man is the relation of the life of the bee to other manifestations of life. And so it is with the purpose of historic characters and nations.”
-War and Peace, First Epilogue: Chapter IV

PEACE, to you and yours. ;-)

Thanks for sharing

Appreciate your comments

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

The trees grow fast after a forest fire, economic correction

I like your analogy to nature and the oak tree. Just as an ecosystem goes from grasslands to a climax forest of hardwoods where little new life grows because the mature trees block out any available sunlight. They consume all the nutrients, in this example of nature the correction is a forest fire. A century of dead wood is returned to the soil as nutrients, light can once again reach the forest floor. After the fire wildlife explodes, a rebirth of diverse species proliferate, spring is in the forest. So it is with the economy, only after the correction can the economy once again grow, long dormant seeds can germinate green sprouts.

When Bernake bailed out the too big to fails, he did no one a service. The giant corporations need government support to exist, they have have become the dead wood of the economy. They need to restructure into smaller efficient companies so that their talent and assets can contribute to the economy and not weight it down. IMHO

Now your talking my language

Your on board. Good stuff!

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

I think that was a healthy

tree until the termites infested it. How do we keep the termites from infesting our homes?

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

They are already in

Time to build a new home

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

ytc's picture

Beautiful poetic summary of what we are doing!

dext, this is a wonderful Sunday composition.

And the Halcyon youtube is a breathtaking reminder of what we earthlings are blessed with.

Many thanks. Happy Sunday to you and yours!

We certainly are blessed

and a great Sunday back to you.

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.


There are endless grammar and punctuation threads here on the DP -- I'm not trying to start one of those. However, when promiscuous apostrophes appear in headings, it's particularly noticeable.

Here's how you remember whether to put an apostrophe in "its":

His, hers, ours, theirs, yours -- do they need an apostrophe? If not, then its does not.

Use the apostrophe only when "it is" needed.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/


Just don't send this to my english teacher ok?

They might recall me.

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Time To Cut Down The Fed, Democracy, U.S. Government

Before they collapse and crush us all.

Best to be proactive and take down these beasts before they fall on us.

The Oracle

We can still salvage some firewood


For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Advice from a woodworker

Keep the straight grained pieces for re-sawing into lumber. Cut the twisted pieces and branches into firewood, the bark, small branches and leafs go to compost. Every part has a use and its own value.

Better Yet, Recycle Fed Notes As Tissues For Infants!

Keep the Navy, return the army and its equipment to the state militias, turn Washington D. C. Into a Museum, give back all the shares in the corporations to the people (fed funds are shares owed to us).

And yeah, we could tear down the Oligarchy's mansions and make enough firewood to survive the transition from fossil fuels to radiant energy.

Yes, there are lots of firewood possibilities from taking down the Fed, The Wars, The Corporatocracy.

Call it a peace and freedom windfall.
Let's split it up.

The Oracle