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I’m Officially a Nut

Cashew, to be specific.

I was happy to hear this label applied to me, as it reminded me of this alarming analysis of our society offered on a freegan's website:

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Often when you are caught at a dumpster by store owners, you are treated with contempt. What if what we considered contemptible and inexcusable were the waste of our society in a world where millions are starving? What if we considered it contemptible and ridiculous to actually lock up this waste (as most corporate dumpsters are) to keep hungry people from eating, and having the gall to act self-righteous in the process? Notice how corporate authorities almost always tell you it is "for your safety". Notice that tyranny in all its forms all over the world is almost always done "for your safety", "for your security". The corporate tyrant is turning the tables to look like the compassionate one, the intelligent one. The tyrant is telling you you are not smart enough to take care of yourself. Simply because the tyrant is a have and you are a have-not somehow makes the tyrant worthy to treat you like a child who can't take care of yourself.

The tyrant is also not speaking his or her own mind, not speaking from the heart, but is speaking a script programmed into him or her by the corporation that is paying him or her. Notice how the tyranny in humans is not from reality, not from human-ness, but is scripted programming, paid programming. A human running from the heart and not from a program is not going to guard a dumpster from the hungry. A human running from the heart has common sense, because he or she is not motivated by dollars and cents, not motivated from fear of losing a job. This is the secret in human relations, learning how to see the human beneath the scripted program, and appealing to that human. Believe it or not, there is actually a human beneath the facade of corporate managers and cops and their lackeys. We all know what it's like to be a paid employee, compromising who we are so we don't lose our jobs. It's hard. It's hard for the store manager, for the cop, for us. But overcoming what's hard to be authentic is the whole point of life. Learn how to be totally real, totally sincere, with these robots and, as a result, you learn how to wake up the sleeping human within them. I mean, respect them, as humans. Never respect them as robots. You can love a human. You cannot love a robot, so don't pretend. Try it. Be bold, be brave, be real: be wise as a serpent, gentle as a dove.

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Please browse the living without money website if you:

1) Have any doubt in our monetary system

2) Want to read some brilliant quotes, FAQs and philosophy on the freegan / living without money lifestyle

3) Want to further your dedication to not judge a book by its cover. It's a pretty ugly website, y'all.

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