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Monte Hines
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There are are lot of hot button issues that divide us today.

Recent discussion on Occupy and Permaculture developed into a discussion of Capitalism vs Permaculture.

Everybody has their own definition of Capitalism and Permaculture, so that is going to cause conflict immediately.

Capitalism and Permaculture can coexist and both can be good.

I think the key is that there must be "Integrity" in individuals pursuing Capitalism and/or Permaculture or any other systems...

I think the problem today, is that most don't believe that there is "Integrity" in systems influencing our lives.

Many of us think we are not treating "Nature" (total environment) with "Integrity". Paul might say we are treating nature as our personal bitch...

Many of us think that some Capitolists are gaming the system without "Integrity" and our political systems are not helping bring about "Integrity".

My opinion... We all need to focus on fixing problems of the "Spaceship Earth" with "Integrity" and not waste our energy on arguing about definitions and playing the blame game.

If Occupy focuses on bringing "Integrity" to our systems and offers fixes to "Spaceship Earth", we will benefit.

As individuals, we should focus on our individual talents in helping our earth community to fix "Spaceship Earth".

If we do that with "Nature" as our partner we will have a chance to continue as a species, but time is running out.

I believe this is our time to all work together as community and build a synergy to get fixes accomplished.

I urge that we communicate peacefully and be paying attention to whether we are being destructive or creative. Paul has created a wonderful place to benefit us/society. Lets keep it positive...

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I find Bucky (Buckminster Fuller) quotes on "Integrity" helpful... http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Buckminster_Fuller

Only Integrity is Going to Count (1983)
Interview (26 February 1983)

Each one of us has something to contribute. This really depends on each one doing their own thinking, but not following any kind of rule that I can give out, any command. We're all on the frontier, we're all in a great mystery — incredibly mysterious…
I have to say, I think that we are in some kind of final examination as to whether human beings now, with this capability to acquire information and to communicate, whether we're really qualified to take on the responsibility we're designed to be entrusted with.
We are here as local information harvesters, local problem-solvers in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe. The fact that we get away from physical problems doesn't mean we go away from problems. The problems are really rarely physical.
I find people only listen to you when they ask you to talk to them.
The question of integrity will get finer and finer and more delicate and more beautiful.
I find the audiences very excited. But then they come and say to me, "Your optimism has brushed off on me. I didn't know we had an option. I feel so much better." They say, "Your optimism." And I am not optimistic or pessimistic. I feel that optimism and pessimism are very unbalanced. I am a very hard engineer. I am a mechanic. I am a sailor. I am an air pilot. I don't tell people I can get you across the ocean with my ship unless I know what I'm talking about.
I think it's absolutely touch-and-go whether we're going to make it. But the point is, for me to tell you that you have an option is not to be optimistic... Time and again, of course I am running into millions who don't know we have the option, because it's invisible, and I feel I have tremendous responsibility. So when people ask me to come and talk to them, I do my best to let them know they do have the option. Of course they're pessimistic, not knowing that.
The courage to cooperate or initiate are based entirely on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth as the divine mind within you tells you the truth is. It really does require a courage and a self-disciplining to go along with that truth.
I never try to tell anybody else what to do, number one. And number two, I think that's what the individual is all about. Each one of us has something to contribute. This really depends on each one doing their own thinking, but not following any kind of rule that I can give out, any command. We're all on the frontier, we're all in a great mystery — incredibly mysterious. Each one possesses exactly what each one is working out, and what each one works out relates to their particular set of circumstances of any one day, or any one place around the world.
I have to say, I think that we are in some kind of final examination as to whether human beings now, with this capability to acquire information and to communicate, whether we're really qualified to take on the responsibility we're designed to be entrusted with. And this is not a matter of an examination of the types of governments, nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with economic systems. It has to do with the individual. Does the individual have the courage to really go along with the truth?
Integrity of the individual is what we're being judged for and if we are not passing that examination, we don't really have the guts, we'll blow ourselves up. It will be all over. I think it's all the difference in the world.
When I was born, humanity was 95 per cent illiterate. Since I've been born, the population has doubled and that total population is now 65 per cent literate. That's a gain of 130-fold of the literacy. When humanity is primarily illiterate, it needs leaders to understand and get the information and deal with it. When we are at the point where the majority of humans them-selves are literate, able to get the information, we're in an entirely new relationship to Universe. We are at the point where the integrity of the individual counts and not what the political leadership or the religious leadership says to do.

http://hines.blogspot.com/2011/12/buckminster-fuller-everything-i-know.html - Additional Bucky "stuff" including inspiring historic videos

With regards to all,
Monte Hines
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Hear, hear. Indeed, let the hot button issues inspire us to integrity.
 
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