Friday, September 30, 2011

Baseball and Democracy

A quote from one of my favorite philosophers about baseball.

"Baseball serves as a good model for democracy in action: Every player is equally important and each has a chance to be a hero." Edward Abbey

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sitting Bull's Perspective

More on freedom from Sitting Bull's perspective:

“This land belongs to us, for the Great Spirit gave it to us when he put us here. We were free to come and go, and to live in our own way. But white men, who belong to another land, have come upon us, and are forcing us to live according to their ideas. That is an injustice; we have never dreamed of making white men live as we live.

“White men like to dig in the ground for their food. My people prefer to hunt the buffalo as their fathers did. White men like to stay in one place. My people want to move their tepees here and there to the different hunting grounds. The life of white men is slavery. They are prisoners in towns or farms. The life my people want is a life of freedom. I have seen nothing that a white man has, houses or railways or clothing or food, that is as good as the right to move in the open country, and live in our own fashion. Why has our blood been shed by your soldiers? . . . The white men had many things that we wanted, but we could see that they did not have the one thing we liked best,­freedom. I would rather live in a tepee and go without meat when game is scarce than give up my privileges as a free Indian, even though I could have all that white men have. We marched across the lines of our reservation, and the soldiers followed us. They attacked our village, and we killed them all. What would you do if your home was attacked? You would stand up like a brave man and defend it. That is our story. I have spoken.”[i]

Derrick Jensen provided made that quote available in Endgame.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Note Post

Occasionally, I wonder what freedom is.

"Population growth creates a loss of one thing pro-growth advocates seem to value most: freedom. As alluded to previously, increasing population density causes restrictions on behavior and freedom. Loss of freedom is an inevitable consequence of population growth." [Pg.77, Humanity's Environmental Future]

Of course, our growing population is dependent on one thing: increasing food production.