Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Documentary Suggestions and A Little Rant

I came across a very important and enlightening video on Google the other day. I am not sure what the actual working title is, but the google link calls it Controlling Our Food and I have heard the name The World According to Monsanto. This French produced documentary has an in-depth look at the history of Monsanto, the massive global bio-chem firm which leads the rush into trans-genics (cross-species genetically modified organisms). This is another presentation that I believe must be watched and shared with as many people as possible.

Another video presentation that I am suggesting is Earthlings. This one, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, documents many of the practices associated with the human use of animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and research. I believe this MUST be watched by anyone who does not pay significant attention to how animals are treated in their use by humans. I must be clear tho, I do not argue for the total end of animal use. I DO argue strenuously for a much more involved and conscientious relationship between we humans and the other lives with which we interact, especially those that serve our needs directly (I wish I could have found a better way of wording that).

Many people tell me that I should stop watching this kind of thing so much. They say there is nothing I can do about it anyway, so why weigh myself down by reinforcing information I already knew or believed. While this pains me, I understand the sentiment. I understand how easy it is to get lost in a sense of personal helplessness when it comes to some of these massive and incredibly dangerous issues. But, at the same time, we HAVE to be more conscious of these issues. We have to talk about them, painful or scary as they may be. We have to drag them out into the light and deal with them. We cannot hope the right political types come along to make these issues go away. The longer we do so, the less likely it is to happen. The ONLY way these issues get dealt with, is at the local level...by altering our consumption and political choices and by DISCUSSING IT. We can talk about what we believe and what we are doing, without being "preachy" or condescending. We do not have to force our opinions, but we must not close in on ourselves either, hoping that our examples are seen and heeded.

I am saying once again right now, very seriously, that if we don't get very very busy with these discussions as well as our personal efforts....we will run out of time a lot faster than most of us think. So many massive issues are closing in on us with incredible speed.

May God/Goddess give us strength...

Peace to all.


MoonRaven said...

I've been given a Bookworm 'award' and now I'm giving it to you. Tag--you're it. See the comments on my post of Sunday, December 7th for more information.

SoapBoxTech said...

Apparently, from Moonraven's blog, this is a Bookworm award. The rules are:

"RULE ONE, I have to grab one of the books closest to me, go to page 56, type the fifth line and the next two to five lines that follow.

RULE TWO, I have to pick five people who love books and who could receive the Bookworm award with honor."

Damn, the books from which I'd have preferred to choose are too far away to be considered close. In the book I did choose, the line is midsentence so I am going to include the 4th as well:

"A 4-litre BMW is always going to outpace a 2-litre BMW unless the latter happens to be a later-generation, higher technology design. In this section we will see that Homo Sapiens has the best of both worlds - a relatively large brain AND a highly efficient design."

My 5 choices are:

RAS at My Flight From the Grid

Theresa at Pondering the Myriad Things

Amber at Unstuffed

Tammie the Unusually Unusual Farmchick

Nika at Peaknix

Now I am off to let them all know of their award.

Thanks for thinking of me, MoonRaven.

EJ said...

More scary food stuff: