Boundaries and Adivasi

In Edargorter (https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/edargorter/), because it seemed to be one of the more unique news items of the Mercury-over-Pluto-Pallas Can-Opener, we suggested that the recovery of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket would be back in the news in mid-January, when the Mercury-Pluto-Pallas Exposition occurred.  Sure enough, SpaceX is planning another launch and recovery, this time again on an ocean barge, for this coming weekend.  This is about stretching the Boundaries of our Thought-Space, kind of another Atlantean Wilbur-and-Orville-Wright moment.

Here’s another…

“Most important of all, India has a surviving Adivasi – indigenous people – population of almost 100 million.  They are being pushed into the market or they’re being crushed, but they still exist, they still remember how they used to live.  They are the ones who still know the secrets of sustainable living.  If they disappear, they will take those secrets with them. Wars like Operation Green Hunt will make them disappear.  

“So victory for the prosecutors of these wars will contain within itself the seeds of destruction, not just for the adivasis but eventually for the human race.  That is why the war in central India is so important.  That’s why we need a real and urgent conversation among all those political formations that are resisting this war.

“The day capitalism is forced to tolerate non-capitalist societies in its midst and to acknowledge limits in its quest for domination, the day it is forced to recognize that its supply of raw material will not be endless is the day when change will come.  If there is any hope for the world at all, it does not live in climate change conference rooms or in cities with tall buildings.  It lives low on the ground, with its arms around people who go to battle every day to protect their forests, their mountains, and their rivers, because they know that the forests, the mountains, and the rivers protect them.  

“The first step towards  reimagining a world gone terribly wrong would be to stop the annihilation of those who have a different imagination, an imagination that is outside of capitalism as well as communism.  An imagination which has an altogether different understanding of what constitutes happiness and fulfillment.”

Arundhati Roy, Reimagining the World, 2013, p.7; Alternative Radio, http://www.alternativeradio.com .

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