"Capitalism is in trouble. Capitalism has put democracy in trouble." Words of warning, words to heed.
Bill Moyers burned himself into my psyche when I first saw him interview Joseph Campbell, way back when.
In this link and video interview , he talks with Banjamin Barber, who’s latest book "Consumed" looks at our world of consumption and how we (at least us folks in the marketing industry) push the model further to the brink.
At a point in the video, they discuss ‘intervention’. So … when do we intervene?
Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 38 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index .
In Manhattan, a small group of women who call themselves “FAB”, short for “Female and Barren”, meet at a designated location the first Tuesday of every month.
At their meetings, they discuss victories and more often, defeats, associated with facing a life of being barren. The format of the meetings is similar to AlAnon (although without the religion), where people introduce themselves to the crowd, talk about their history, describe their situation and end with the question: “Does it matter?”
For most of these women, they’ve moved beyond the notion that childbearing and breeding are important facets to their lives. “Does it matter?” is the leading question that was intentionally institutionalized as part of the structure in order to open a discussion about the need to bring more children into the world. Continue reading
Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 37 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index .
Heather Harken’s suicide struck the town deep. For several days, everyone drove around town with blank looks on their faces and the level of sadness was unique, despite the arrival of spring.
A few weeks had passed. The family had a small ceremony and the attendance was high, despite the Harken family not being very well integrated with the community.
However, a cloud still hung over the town like an April cumulonimbus, dark and brooding. Towards the end of a few weeks, the senior town representatives decided that it was time that some additional and very influential support be shown. It was decided that one of the senior founders of the MOMYS movement would be invited to Heresford to address everyone and try to bring back some excitement about the creation of God’s Army. Continue reading