Most of us have seen the word "natural" on food and product labels. Consumer Reports has conducted surveys and has found that many people have a misunderstanding of what that word mean [some believe it means that the product or food is organic, for example]. You can go to this Food Politics blog to get the Consumer Reports report on this survey. Unfortunately, the use of that word is not regulated nor defined by any agency, governmental or otherwise. While we don't necessarily agree with the FDA and their regulatory decisions, you might want to weigh in on the use of the word "natural" on food and product labels. If so, you can comment through the this website link.
You may want to check out this documentary on the Pig Business. From the website Documentary Heaven, this documentary explores the rise of pig factory farming, as well as how the methods used in the U.S. have been transferred to Eastern Europe, where human standards are much less 'strict' than in the U.S.
Meet the Ecocapsule!
Interested in the tiny house movement? Don't have the time or skills to build your own? Need something temporary while building something bigger? Want a small portable structure? Into wind power? The Ecocapsule might just be the thing for you! Watch the 2 minute video to get a few details and more info.
But, just take a guess at how much it costs!!!!! A little out of our price range!
The Gazillion Bubble Show
We really enjoyed watching this short [less than 3 mins] video of this woman, Ana Yang, doing some amazing and cool things with bubbles! Check out the Ana Yang: Gazillion Bubble Show!
Did you know:
Most animals being trucked to slaughter are not given food or water for at least 12 hours. For World Farm Animals Day, take a pledge to fast, or just fast, to show your solidarity for farmed animals.
Learn more at this website.
Could it be that Ignorance and Violence are the top Problems in the World?
Violence seems to create more Violence. People are always fighting this or that. Be it the War on Drugs, the War on poverty, or the War on Cancer. We seem to just get more of whatever we are fighting.
I like what Buckminster Fuller said: You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model Obsolete.
What if Left, Right, Liberal, Conservative, Progressive just divides us?
What if it were about good Ideas and bad Ideas. What if we could vote on the Ideas? What if we apply values to Ideas and discover if an Idea was better or worse? Does the Idea create more violence or less? Less Ignorance or more? More Freedom or less?
How long before we move on to the Psycho-Social Frontier?
Have We Been Lied To?
Although I think the title speaks for itself (unfortunately, there is a lot of lying going on!), this animated video from Farm Animal Rights Movement [FARM] presents some of the dismaying facts about agribusiness. It is not a gory or blood-filled video, so I encourage you to watch it. It's only about 3 1/2 minutes long, too.
World Farm Animals Day is Oct. 2, and FARM encourages all who care about farmed animals to participate! You can check out this event more on the FARM website.
You can also pledge to fast for 12 hours in honor of farmed animals who are denied food and water for at least 12 hours before being slaughtered. You can post your pledge on the FARM website above.
Why "Friends of AnimAJourney"?
Why “Friends of AnimAJourney” as opposed to community? In my experience with community, let’s say even an “intentional community” in an alternative sense, it seems that people seem to project their fantasy on the people and/or project that is being called a “community”. I even watched it happen again a few years ago with a new start up “community” here on the Big Island. And I’ve seen it happen other times in the past, and it doesn’t end well!
So what to do if you want more friends with your values and you happen to be a diehard Idealist? You know, wanting to create “Heaven on Earth” or even better. First, it would seem good to not make the same mistakes as I have seen so many times. Then at least one can make new mistakes or possibly start at a better place with some better Ideas in terms of dealing with human nature. Of course, I have become more practical with time.
So it seems like a good Idea to clarify values for oneself before any attempt to hang out with anyone else on a closer relationship ring, if one is into socializing with purpose to create a model that could possibly be a better Idea for some people.
What’s that model? I call it “Friends of AnimAJourney” or it could be called an “Integrated Homestead”. Well, we have been at it for ten years here at AnimAJourney and we are barely getting started. I think of AnimAJourney as the ten to twenty year plan. Even so, I’m leaning toward a much longer plan now with sound proof, fire proof , termite proof, and hurricane proof buildings that would be assets of a corporation and or nonprofit that would provide the “Illusion of Security” for all of the Friends of AnimAJourney by building businesses, wealth and assets over the very long term – like hundreds of years – so as to be able to promote our Values and Models of the evolutionary transformation. Wahoo!
How do we do that? One step at a time! One step I think would be helpful is what I call the PsychoSocial Frontier. This is where people use honesty, willingness, and open mindedness to integrate Nonviolent Communication, Radical Honesty and the five plus two agreements [see Miguel Ruiz’s books].
We are just now accepting work traders, and then there will be interns and more!
Making progress almost every day.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
I recently watched "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2", a documentary done by Joe Cross about his process of going from an overweight unhealthy guy to being a promoter of a healthy diet by juicing and a focus on a plant-based diet. It's a great documentary and I encourage you to watch it and see what you think!
You can also learn more about Joe Cross and follow his work and information at this website: RebootWithJoe
I was hanging out with some neighbors and one said to me: "okay, stop the preaching." The last time I had heard this was a couple years before when my brother had visited me. He had told me that he wanted to visit and drink some smoothies and loose some weight. So I took him at his word. As soon as he got here he was already sick because he hadn’t eaten all day. He told me that the same thing happened when his doctor had him not eat so he could do some tests. I won't getting into the icky details, but after a couple days he was really feeling bad . I did my best to tell him what was going on and to help him out. This to him was "Preaching," telling him what he didn’t want to hear. I realized that I just didn’t get clear enough with him beforehand. So again I was hearing the preaching idea when at least one neighbor wasn’t wanting to hear what I was saying. Basic disagreement or something else? Who knows, don’t go there. Don’t dig into it and find out. I’m okay with agree to disagree . Then at least you know. Where are the folks that want to Socialize with Purpose? Where are the people who want Honesty, who are open minded and Willing to explore our and humanities ignorance about so many things. To leave behind the Idea that it’s not good to talk about politics and religion, and go onto the Psycho-Social Frontier where you can talk about anything and do it in a way that allows us to learn about ourselves. Knowing that if we get plugged in or upset that it’s an opportunity for growth. Knowing there’s no blame and that it’s going on inside us and we can learn from it by not taking it personally. So what if we can all teach what we wanted to learn at AnimAJourney in the not too distant future? A.J............
The authors of the blog could be either Willow or Allan of Anima Journey.