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Thanksgiving Food for Thought

I like the concept of Thanksgiving, though the history is rightly associated with the Native American genocide at the hands of Euro-banker mercenaries.  Thanksgiving should serve as a metaphor for the kindness which the “real human beings” embody.

Those European expeditions, financed by the inbred Sangreal (bloodline) Illuminati Kings, were designed to decimate indigenous people and, more importantly, their collectivist worldview, which still today serves as a roadblock on the bankers’ path towards world domination.

The best book I’ve read lately is The Real Human Beings by Calvin Luther Martin.  A well-known Rutgers history professor, Martin tired of the academic climber scene, quit his job and went to live with the Yupic people near Bethel, Alaska.

Martin’s book speaks of two very different realities, which cannot be reconciled.  As such, the indigenous reality has been continually discredited, suppressed and physically attacked by the invader reality.  It is a story of givers and takers- a tale of a people who see themselves a part of nature and a people who see themselves separate from nature.

While the latter group outwardly appears arrogant and superior- inside they are haunted by the guilt, shame and fear that result from this alienation from nature.

Where this last group went wrong is the subject of countless books and much debate.  Quantum physics has become a major thorn in their intellectual side- a sweeping indictment of the notion of objectivity which serves as the foundation of Western invader “science”.  Here is another small piece of the puzzle dissected in a paper I wrote titled The Importance of Selfishness.  The argument goes something like this:

Indigenous cultures hold a high regard for gift-giving.  The Lakota Sioux and most Plains tribes have a giveaway ceremony. The Northwest Athabaskan tribes practice this same tradition through potlatches.  In Ituri Pygmy society the hunter who makes the kill always eats last.  In all hunting and gathering societies there is an understanding that giving is a means of gaining respect and is thus the ultimate act of selfishness.  In such a society one’s self-interest coincides with the interests of the tribe, destroying the dualistic Western invader notion of self which facilitated the rise of Homer and Aristotle and other purveyors of the merits of pirate capitalism.

This same metaphysical harmony exists in all the world’s major religions.  Hindu doctrine espouses a circular notion of karma, whereby a person- through good deeds and purity of heart- accumulates nirvana or enlightenment.  Nirvana ultimately translates into being reincarnated into a higher caste in one’s next life, so acquiring karma through giving is most definitely in one’s self-interest.  Tibetan Buddhism- along with its counterparts Taoism, Confucianism and Shintoism- goes even further down the road of selfishness.  The Dalai Lama teaches that compassion towards oneself is the primary component of compassion towards others and towards life in general- that self-interest is equal to the interest of the whole.  Early Christian sects believed that giving alms would result in eternal salvation.  The modern day passing of the tray at most churches symbolizes the notion that through giving one can attain Heaven.  Islamic and Jewish laws contain similar non-dualistic ideas on the subject.

So what caused the emergence of this guilt and shame-ridden duality in Western scientific and cultural circles?  The reason probably has more to do with economics than it does with philosophical underpinnings or scientific consistency, though at some point the three became inextricably linked.  The market began dictating and funding a certain brand of science and philosophy to perpetuate the consolidation of international monopoly capitalism.  It is instructive that when scientists cynically rail against the evils of human nature, while their philosopher cohorts chant down self-interest, both camps are quick to cite unjust economic schemes and relationships as their example.  Rarely do they mention that these schemes seem to be confined to modern Western capitalist societies, where a skewed framework based on duality encourages the split between self-interest and altruism.  Nor do they broach the question of whether greed is, on a long-term basis, a truly selfish act or one of self-destruction.  Their self-censorship keeps them well-paid spokespersons for the oligarchy, which profits from this mockery of logic via its never-ending international capitalist shakedown cruise.

In indigenous cultures and pre-industrial societies- where buying and selling occurred only at a local level- the economy was based on sharing, reciprocation and an egalitarian dispersal of resources.  Those whose kindness was greatest were honored and respected leaders of their communities.  Since there was no perceived duality between the interest of oneself and the interests of the whole tribe, the village worldview remained un-fractured and intact- reinforcing a loving, sharing integration with all living things, rather than the defensive violent separatism which has accompanied the rise of industrial capitalism.  When resources are derived at a local level it is obvious that any hoarding of goods results in the demise of both community and self.  Self-interest is furthered reinforced by a healthy respect for the ecosystem that sustains everyone.  One must give back to the soil and thank all hunted animals and gathered plants.  Without reciprocity survival is imperiled.

As commerce moved beyond a local level, it needed justification for the short term greed which propelled it outward.  Self-interest increasingly came to be viewed in terms of money and property.  A class system emerged.  Equality and sharing gave way to colonization of resources in far-away foreign lands and the exploitation of cheap labor through a rigged international monetary system.  Western invader philosophies which promote dualism and atomism are myths fashioned to rationalize this colonization process.  Self-interest became associated with this cunning colonial approach to attaining wealth, so that potential competition could be intellectually snuffed out.  This supposed self-interest is now played out daily on the world’s stock exchanges and in corporate boardrooms around the world.

As capitalism reaches its final phase and internationalizes further, one can expect even darker views of self-interest and human nature to emerge, foisting additional guilt and confusion upon an increasingly fractured and shattered people. Self-destructive tendencies will become more prevalent as people become more alienated from the wholeness of self and from the planet- which operates on a basis on whole cycles.  Amusement, distraction and titillation- all products of self-hatred- will become the norm.  Failure to recognize these delusions will result in increased destruction of both the planet and its increasing “not-real human beings”.  Perhaps these deadly myths can only be destroyed if the economic structure which spawned them- namely monopoly capitalism- is itself destroyed.

A Lakota proverb says it best, “We are not much, but we are a whole lot more than nothing.”

Love yourself, so that you can love your family, your neighbor, your community, your state, your country, your world and your Mother Earth.  Hoka Hey!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel.  You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com

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9 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Food for Thought

  1. From Gullivers Travels by Joanthan Swift, 1726: “Ships are sent with the first opportunity; the natives driven out or destroyed, their princes tortured to discover their gold; a free license given to all acts of inhumanity and lust; the earth reeking with the blood of its inhabitants: and this execrable crew of butchers employed in so pious an expedition, is a MODERN COLONY sent to convert and civilize an idolatrous and barbarous people.”

    Posted by Gino Bernofsky | November 24, 2010, 9:41 pm
  2. Thank you for this thanksgiving gift Dean. It makes me smile that our tasks intersect in the same call for a recognition of subjectivity, participation mystique, local worldview, and all these terms.

    Today, I posted my own ongoing reflections on spa culture where these same contradictions are to be found in stark relief. Meanwhile, Joe prepares his book taking us back to a qualitative view of number that radically shifts our worldview to one far more skillful than any quantitative approach to economics or politics or science can ever offer.

    I am discovering many people who are valiently and persistently articulating a different way. I believe that we can all apply this more natural law to whatever our chosen path and interest is. And we can make a difference.

    For this and for you, I give thanks!

    Posted by Sara | November 24, 2010, 10:30 pm
  3. Greetings Brother ~ Appreciate you sharing the above with the world, or at least those who happen to sumble by here. This Turkey Day grates against my consciousness, but I am of a people who endure as surely as
    the stars still shine bright at night above no matter how stormy the clouds may be to us. Thanks for being there as we strive towards oneness.

    Blog post today > Leonard Peltier’s Greetings 4 the Day of Mourning
    http://help-matrix.blogspot.com/2012/11/leonard-peltiers-greetings-4-day-of.html
    Namaste! Peter S. Lopez AKA @Peta_de_Aztlan c/s

    Posted by @Peta_de_Aztlan | November 22, 2012, 2:33 am
  4. This day for giving thanks has been revived from nothing a few times in history. I read long ago about the original day , called the”green corn festival,” the prayer that day were in short like all the other national prayers of the time, mostly thanking their gd, ( they called him the “gd of providence” , meaning only that whatever was possible for them to take from others was obviously provided by their gd for them to take for their own consumption). Anyway the green corn festival was a holiday of sorts of the original owners of the territory and this day the europeans chose to slaughter them and then they thanked their gd for giving them victory over these ignorant savages. I know it is the same gd who is in charge of the defense department and foriegn policy today,, well okay the media too, and of course he is in charge of the minds of the faithful patriots and the right wing worshippers of the image known as israel .Does anyone have the info on the original?

    Posted by Ron Norris | November 22, 2012, 10:39 am
  5. Reciprocity as a way of life and natural living is a shared existence in cooperative synchronicity and synergy. Thanksgiving is a full moon at harvest time and an emergent celebration of consciousness and connectivity. However mixed in its history, it is one of the purist days of joy and togetherness that human beings have marked as a collective action; a living-breathing/ sharing prayer to existence and humanity itself.

    How is it that it has become devalued under markets that alienate and individuate people as units against each other, and that raise and praise duplicity and competitive exclusion as some kind of godlike virtue? How is it that commercial venturism has blinded new generations and turned it into a cash cow (or Turkey) if you will)?

    Posted by Bruce E. Woych | November 23, 2012, 6:32 pm
  6. We are magnetically oriented to find our tribal family as this digital facade is scattered to the four winds. Thank you First People for leaving us an bountiful trail to follow towards healing and restoration of our Home Planet. Thank you Dean and Jill for being here now! One Love! One Peace! Keep the light on for us all!

    Posted by peacepioneer | November 29, 2013, 9:03 am
  7. Great post Dean. It’s a shame more people don’t know about the sham known as Thanksgiving. We have here in Australia – Australia Day which is based on a similar lie. There is nothing glorious about the slaughter of the indigenous race of Australia and we have no shortage of imbeciles driving around with Australian flags hanging off their cars boldly stating “We are the Black Friday crowd in Oz” It’s as sickening as Black Friday is in the US. Peace All.

    Posted by Eudoxia | November 29, 2013, 8:54 pm

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