Make or break
I want to repeat and emphasize one point from Graybill's 1889 Populist 'sermon', cited earlier today.
... and the people of [Free-Trade] countries are therefore driven into the few occupations which are left, by reason of the destruction of their formerly more varied pursuits. Hence those diversified talents with which men are endowed are not developed but remain latent and unused, an incalculable detriment to the prosperity of their respective countries.
Men need to make things. We have 'diversified talents', and only a few
are being allowed and rewarded in the wreckage of Globalization and Free Trade.
Women need to make families. This talent is only allowed among the rich. Others can still bear children, but they are not allowed to make NORMAL families. The men are unemployed and unsatisfied, the churches and culture are working HARD to rip families apart.
When men can't make things, we either break things or die from alcohol and drugs and despair. When women can't make families, they either break people or die from alcohol and drugs and despair.
And that's where we stand.
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The preceding dismal mood was sponsored by a strong dream in afternoon nap. I was walking around the neighborhood and realized most of the houses were being taken down and replaced by THE TEMPLES. THE TEMPLES were gigantic, resembling Babylon,
and they were encroaching quickly on the neighborhood. I wanted to take a close look at them, but kept ending up inside various houses, and had to navigate out of the houses through a maze of crudely built doors and walls. Maze stuff is a standard ingredient of my scary dreams. THE TEMPLES are definitely not standard. Not part of my usual imagination. Between THE TEMPLES and the remaining houses was a growing pile of trash, with some evicted neighbors living on and in the trash. Favela.
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