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Its all ABOUT the "bling bling"(smoke one, and read this)
    #1914093 - 09/13/03 11:52 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Contentment is natural wealth; luxury, artificial poverty.
-Socrates (B.C. 469-399)

wise man does not accumulate for himself. The more he uses for others, the more he has himself. The more he gives to others, the more he possesses of his own. The way of heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.
-Lao-Tzu (c. B.C. 550)

Our grasping arms are being crammed with the produce of an age of abundance, our eagerness to grasp being more than matched by the zeal of the people who shower such produce upon us. Abundance in the West has become a menace threatening to inundate us under mountains of television sets, houses, clothes, flowery toilet paper, cars, snowmobiles, books, furniture. In order that we may avoid being deluged, goods must be "kept moving." Advertising has been carried to lengths never before known. Our mailboxes, telephones, radios and televisions are channels for would-be sellers of merchandise who are hard put to get rid of what the manufacturers produce. There is nothing wrong, of course, with a proper distribution of goods and services. I am not talking about that but about the promotion of superabundance. We need food, clothing and shelter. Even abundance and comfort are gifts of God. But we are no longer his creatures accepting and distributing the goodness he pours upon us but the feverish and slavish worshipers of abundance itself.
-John White, The Golden Cow, 1979

The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd President of the United States

Advertising tries to stimulate our sensuous desires, converting luxuries into necessities, but it only intensifies man's inner misery. The business world is bent on creating hungers which its wares never satisfy, and thus it adds to the frustrations and broken minds of our times.
-Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979), Lift Up Your Heart, 1942

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith."
-Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
-Socrates (B.C. 469 ? 399)

O America, how you've taken necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.
-Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968),

The poor tread lightest on the earth. The higher our income, the more resources we control and the more havoc we wreak.
-Paul Harrison quoted in the London Guardian, May 1, 1992

Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of you life fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.
-Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk

But prosperity without a soul is like a corpse whose heart has stopped beating. There is no life, only consumption.
-Cal Thomas, Who Lost America speech in Oklahoma City, 11 March 1999

we have become dulled, if not brainwashed, in our eagerness to embrace technology. We have become slaves to a system that presses us to spend money on new gadgets, and we have accepted without question the argument that, by working harder, we will have more time to do more important things. It is a perverse logic.
-Johann Christoph Arnold, Seeking Peace, 1998

The] illusion that mechanical progress means human improvement . . . alienates us from our own being and our own reality. It is precisely because we are convinced that our life, as such, is better if we have a better car, a better TV set, better toothpaste, etc., that we condemn and destroy our own reality and the reality of our natural resources. Technology was made for man, not man for technology. In losing touch with being and thus with God, we have fallen into a senseless idolatry of production and consumption for their own sakes. We have renounced the act of being and plunged ourself into process for its own sake.
-Thomas Merton (1915-1968) Mystics and Zen Masters, 1967

Modern man is drinking and drugging himself out of awareness, or he spends his time shopping, which is the same thing.
-Ernest Becker (1924-1974)

I understand that it's the music that keeps me alive?That's my lifeblood. And to give that up for, like, the TV, the cars, the houses ? that's not the American dream. That's the booby prize, in the end. Those are the booby prizes. And if you fall for them ? if, when you achieve them, you believe that this is the end in and of itself ? then you've been suckered in. Because those are the consolation prizes, if you're not careful, for selling yourself out, or letting the best of yourself slip away. So you gotta be vigilant. You gotta carry the idea you began with further. And you gotta hope that you're headed for higher ground.
-Bruce Springsteen quoted by Barry Schwartz in The Costs of Living, 1994

When advertisers fill our consciousness with images of beautiful, happy, one-dimensional people, they feed the illusion that our innate dissatisfaction can be relieved by material acquisition. By stuff. A cool camel smokes a cigarette; a couple in chinos sit on a sun-reddened mesa; buff teens run around on a beach knocking back soft drinks. These ads work on our unconscious by showing us a model of completion: "lack"-less people whose lives are not ruled or even touched by anxiety or desire.
-Richard Wainwright, "Our Empty Desires," Adbusters, June/July 00

The essence of the problem is about consumption, recognizing that a society that consumes one-third of the world's resources is unsustainable. This level of consumption requires constant intervention into other people's lands. That's what's going on.
-Winona LaDuke, Cascadia Planet , "Native Activists",
by Patrick Mazza Jul 23, 2000

The idea is the least labor and capital and resources you put together and the more you accumulate the better capitalist you are. So the suggestion I will make to you is that the idea of constant accumulation, which is what America is about, what consumerism, NAFTA are about, means that you always take more than you need and you don't leave the rest. So I suggest that it is possible from an indigenous world view that capitalism is inherently out of order with natural law.
-Winona LaDuke, speech on "Social Justice & Racism," UC Boulder 28 Sep 1993

Our enormously productive economy...demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption...We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever increasing rate.
-Victor Lebow, retailing analyst
quoted by Vance Packard in The Waste Makers, 1960

We Americans think we are pretty good! We want to build a house, we cut down some trees. We want to build a fire, we dig a little coal. But when we run out of all these things, then we will find out just how good we really are.
-Will Rogers (1879-1935),
quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greeenhouse Trap, 1990 *

The concept of work that is valued because it benefits people is all but lost in the modern marketplace. Work nowadays is largely seen as a commodity we exchange for the fruits of consumption.
-Stacy & Paula Rinehart, Living For What Really Matters, 1986


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Re: Its all ABOUT the "bling bling"(smoke one, and read this) [Re: Psilocybeingzz]
    #1914432 - 09/14/03 03:02 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

it's about choosing sides carefully. of course it's about the bling bling.

The ultimate meaning of our being can only be fulfilled in the paradoxical leap beyond the tragic-demonic frustration. It is a leap from our side, but it is the self-surrendering presence of the Ground of Being from the other side.
- Paul Tillich

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Re: Its all ABOUT the "bling bling"(smoke one, and read this) [Re: Malachi]
    #1915282 - 09/14/03 02:02 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

you forgot:

would you rather have a lexus, or justice/
a dream or some subtstance/
a beamer, a necklace or freedom/

-M1, "Hip Hop"

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Re: Its all ABOUT the "bling bling"(smoke one, and read this) [Re: domite]
    #1915293 - 09/14/03 02:06 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

very cool


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Re: Its all ABOUT the "bling bling"(smoke one, and read this) [Re: domite]
    #1915448 - 09/14/03 02:59 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

dead prez?

All I know is The Growery is a place where losers who get banned here go.

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Re: Its all ABOUT the "bling bling"(smoke one, and read this) [Re: afoaf]
    #1915775 - 09/14/03 05:20 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I dont know

although they are cool

I dont like mcuh rap but my cousin, check him out(although I think his name is LAME) Just'b

and Dirty Circus(sweatshop union)

WOW check them out they are GREAT
just search for an MP3 of "humans race"

"inside the place wher we hide our face"
"and try to fake out fate , with the faith we place"
"inside a worldwide race where the humans chase"
"for more then what their given"


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