The first act of disobedience is contemplation.
I followed my heart
To find a parting gift.
I was drawn to a mushroom with a heart on it.
The mushroom told me
“Love is also found in the forces of destruction”
And I was reminded,
Love is stronger than death,
And that it is in parting
That the face of love is most brightly seen.
from Stephen Harrod Buhner.
(as pointed out from the comments, percentages would tell a more accurate story - antibiotics would be an interesting case study - as we know that it certainly does save lives.
in contrast to this quote I offer a post from Frank R Litchenberg
About how new drugs do save lives. ( I would also note that at the bottom of this article it describes the writer as
”..a professor at the Columbia UniversityGraduate School of Businessand a research associate of theNational Bureau of Economic Research. Some of his previous research has been funded by unrestricted grants from the pharmaceutical industry.”
Those unrestricted grants have a lot to say about how the movement of opinions are swayed. Money moves statistics around, and any mathematician knows you can use statistics to prove or disprove anything you want)
People often jump to conclusions about things, especially when it threatens their own health or lives. Its important to think critically when investigating medicine. Nothing is black and white. As Carl Sagan might say, Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Scientist, feminist, ecologist and author, Vandana Shiva, presenting the keynote address at the 2009 Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon, on February…
There is a revolution going on in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America, a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat. …
If you can find the full documentary, its well worth a watch . Unfortunately I can’t find the full version on Youtube. (i did find what seems like a load of misleading propaganda films, trying to supersede this film though! )
News analysis and media criticism
I am often made aware by my friends of the fact that I don’t watch the news, therefor I don’t know what is going on in the world.
Firstly I say in response, usually, that the news is only one mini perspective of what is going on in the “world”; on a more metaphorical level, there are “many worlds”.
However, I do wish to keep my view of reality fairly accurate, so over the last year I have been dipping into this website, to keep me up to date. It is one of the few media awareness raisers out there that I really trust the opinions of. Check it out.