J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-04-2018

If We had More Imagination, We could Have Less Capitalism

Because if we live in an interconnected universe, then there’s ultimately not going to be a clear and defined separation between human imagination and planetary or Gaian imagination, and galactic imagination, and the imagination of the cosmos. One of the things that I notice a lot is that most people want to engage their creativity and their imagination on a deeper level than they have been able to up until now. There are very few people that feel fully actualised in terms of their creativity and their imagination. If we’re going to think about how we transition our society into where there’s less ecological destruction, more happiness, if we had more creativity, we could have less consumerism. If we had more imagination, we could have less capitalism. 

There’s a way in which that type of short attention span is anathema to creativity and imagination. We’re losing some of the depth, and some of the quality that comes from intense and prolonged engagement with our creativity and our imagination. Scholarship, at its best, has a lot to do with creativity and imagination. Imagination needs to be able to go in whatever direction it wants to go, and creativity should be loose and free and unstructured. There’s a way to activate creativity and imagination in a very loose and open ended way, and also marshal our creativity and our imaginations in terms of creating ecological sustainability and social justice. 

We’re losing forms of the universe that stimulate our imagination and our creativity, and that we have these soul connections with. There’s no aspect of our lives in which creativity is not essential, and whether that’s social change, politics, economics, technology, the arts, education, medicine – all of these things depend on creativity and imagination. 

Keywords: [“creativity”,”imagination”,”there's”]
Source: https://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-07-11/if-we-had-more…

Socialism, Privacy And Charity For The Powerful. Capitalism, Surveillance And Rugged Individualism For The Powerless. – Caitlin Johnstone

You have government secrecy for the powerful and surveillance for the powerless. Julian Assange is currently under siege in the Ecuadorian embassy, deprived of mobility, sunlight and healthcare, and now internet, phone calls and visitors, all because he dared to bring some transparency to the powerful. Instead of defending the single defenseless man who speaks truth to power, mainstream media reporters around the world are spitting on him in near-unanimity because he hurts power’s feelings. We have a situation now where the highest echelons of power are not the wisest among us, but the wiliest. The fourth estate is full of everyday people who at one point presumably believed they were there to bring truth to power, stomping on the silvery head of one who does, while sucking up to the very power that he regularly embarrasses with his leak drops. 

It wasn’t a place where you used your gifts to help the powerful and hurt the vulnerable. To all who work in the media: your selfish obsession with choosing your career over telling the truth when it counts, with choosing not to know rather than to dig and find out something you’d rather not know, with choosing getting along with your mates rather than standing up for what you know is right, that tiny little seemingly innocuous preference you have is what is driving our whole species towards extinction. That’s your copy of the mind virus that is killing us all. You are in a position of power and you are using it to kill us. When you choose to roundly condemn a man for bringing truth to power rather than helping him do so, you are killing us all. 

Every time you suck up to power to get ahead a little, you are killing us all. Do the opposite of John Bolton, who kisses up to power and kicks down at the powerless. 

Keywords: [“power”,”kill”,”powerful”]
Source: https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/03/31/socialism-privacy-and…

New Gallup Poll Shows Democrats Favor Socialism Over Capitalism

More Democrats have a favorable view of socialism than those who have a favorable view of capitalism, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Of Democrats and those who lean Democrat surveyed, only 47 percent had a favorable view of capitalism, down from 56 percent in 2016. Fifty-seven percent said they viewed socialism favorably, which is within the margin of error from the 58 percent of Democrats who viewed socialism favorably in 2016. By contrast, 71 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of capitalism – a number that is within the margin of error from the 68 percent who viewed it favorably in 2016. Only 16 percent of Republicans said they viewed socialism favorably, which is also within the margin of error from the 13 percent of those who viewed it favorably when Bernie Sanders was on the campaign trail seeking the Democratic nomination for president two years ago. 

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Source: https://www.worthynews.com/35846-new-gallup-poll-shows-democrats…

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