counter-culture

what is counter-culture? counter-culture is a think tank and aggregate effort to promote dissenting and/or deviating thought. it is a medium to examine varying perspectives and issues within culture, art, aesthetics, history, philosophy, politics, economics, psychology, and environment. this is an interminable struggle against the forces of ignorance, disillusionment, exploitation, misrepresentation, and propaganda. take whatever parcels knowledge, wisdom, and compassion you can derive, and go forth sharing it with all others; to oblivion, and beyond.

-born in the Bay Area, California,
-living in Edinburgh, Scotland.

"it is easier and less costly to change the way people think about reality than it is to change reality" -Morris Wolfe

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion" -Albert Camus

Regards,
-Christopher


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"Know what it is to be a child… To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour."

William Blake


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Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity

"While the materialist is mainly interested in goods, the Buddhist is mainly interested in liberation. But Buddhism is “The Middle Way” and therefore in no way antagonistic to physical well-being. It is not wealth that stands in the way of liberation but the attachment to wealth; not the enjoyment of pleasurable things but the craving for them. The keynote of Buddhist economics, therefore, is simplicity and non-violence. From an economist’s point of view, the marvel of the Buddhist way of life is the utter rationality of its pattern — amazingly small means leading to extraordinarily satisfactory results.”


#Eggborough Power Station cleverly camoflauged by surrounding indigenous farmlands.
#england #industrial #landscape #nuclear #silos (at Eggborough Power Station)

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#Eggborough Power Station cleverly camoflauged by surrounding indigenous farmlands.
#england #industrial #landscape #nuclear #silos (at Eggborough Power Station)

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How WikiLeaks opened our eyes to the illusion of freedom

"In a country such as China the limitations of freedom are clear to everyone, with no illusions about it. In the US, however, formal freedoms are guaranteed, so that most individuals experience their lives as free and are not even aware of the extent to which they are controlled by state mechanisms. Whistleblowers do something much more important than stating the obvious by way of denouncing the openly oppressive regimes: they render public the unfreedom that underlies the very situation in which we experience ourselves as free."


SOLAR FREAKIN’ ROADWAYS

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5 hour shoot on #Cramond island comes to an end. Tides go in, tides go out. Cant explain that. #edinburgh #scotland #sunset #blue #beach #landscape #twilight #nofilter

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5 hour shoot on #Cramond island comes to an end. Tides go in, tides go out. Cant explain that. #edinburgh #scotland #sunset #blue #beach #landscape #twilight #nofilter

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"There is more reason in your body than in your best wisdom. And who knows for what purpose your body requires precisely your best wisdom?"

Friedrich Nietzsche 


Rana Plaza Collapse Documentary: The Deadly Cost of Fashion

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"All that we are is the result of all that we have thought. It is founded on thought. It is based on thought."

Buddha, The Dhammapada


Midday photosynthesis at Pangong Lake, to which i will revisit, in #Ladakh, #India, near the borders of #Tibet. #landscape #travel #Cropic (at Pangong Tso, Ladakh)

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Midday photosynthesis at Pangong Lake, to which i will revisit, in #Ladakh, #India, near the borders of #Tibet. #landscape #travel #Cropic (at Pangong Tso, Ladakh)

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Anal Retentive Character: One fixed at the infantile level of psychosexual development, when the libido charges the anus with energy.

People who had problems during this stage later develop “anal” personality traits like orderliness, stubbornness, perfectionism, and an obsessive need for control.

Most of the neoclassically trained economists who have dominated global economic policy-making for the past few generations — from Alan Greenspan to Robert Rubin, Lawrence Summers, Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernanke and now Janet Yellen—have been anal character types (to say nothing of the economic professors and policy analysts around the world). They obsess endlessly over interest rates, money supplies, micro and macro management and quantitative easing strategies — in other words, the ‘excremental’ flows of the global financial system — but to such a degree that they completely miss what’s really going on: namely that climate change is the biggest market failure the world has ever known.


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What is Global Citizenship?

For all earthlings out there, a video I made for EUSA Global’s ‘Global Citizenship’ project, promoting the interdependence of all people on this planet


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For too long, I have been promised a wide array of things, of ideas, of possibilities, of futures, by those who see themselves as some sort of leader standing above the crowd. And for too long, have these promises, these inspirational speeches, these appeals to our emotions, our ethics, and logic, aroused our sympathy, our trust, and often ended up falling short of their goals.

Why is it that those we have voted for, those who typically seek to represent us, and furthermore provide us with what we as the people need, or with what they have often promised, often fail to deliver? Why is that those we call ‘civil servants’, do everything but serve ‘us’, the people, and end up representing the wishes of those other than the people, or worse, only themselves?

Democracy has proven itself to be a spectacle, a caricature of what it originally intended to stand for. Our leaders appear now as talking caricatures themselves, functioning as conduits rather than human beings. Our bodies—political, physical, social—do not correspond with what our hearts or our minds truly intend.

Perhaps the issue is that, once given the power or authority to represent or to speak on behalf of, those who hold the authority are then destined to get it wrong or simply lose focus. Perhaps the privilege granted comes with a degree of being complicit rather than accountable. Perhaps a conflict of interest is what characterizes the ins and outs of a ‘democracy’. Perhaps leading from the ‘top-down’ is doomed to fail, and perhaps the only and most practical form of leadership is from the 'bottom-up'. Perhaps we are to be the leaders, we the people, not the presidents, not the ministers, not the officers, not the legislators, not the grandiose speakers, not the representatives, not the CEOs, not the PR department, not those who hold their power above us, for it is not the bud or the branches that holds up the tree, but it is its roots, the infinite network, that connects us and holds us together indefinitely, and keeps the entire assemblage standing.

It is up to us, and only us. We cannot depend on others for our salvation, our sunlight. We cannot defer our responsibility and our duties onto others just because they may be more qualified or just because we may have more interesting endeavors at hand. If we wish to see growth, if we want change, we must draw upon the dirt, the mud, the water that trickles around us and nourishes our being, to grow upon it, for only then can we become full. It is we who must sustain ourselves, and in doing so we naturally become the teeming reservoirs capable of sustaining the entire whole.


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"Truth is a thing of this world: it is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of constraint. And it induces regular effects of power. Each society has its regime of truth, its “general politics” of truth: that is, the types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true; the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements, the means by which each is sanctioned; the techniques and procedures accorded value in the acquisition of truth; the status of those who are charged with saying what counts as true"

Michel Foucault


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"Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide? Your daily life is your temple and your religion. Whenever you enter into it take with you your all."

Kahlil Gibran