Forgotten History: The 1954 U.S. invasion of Guatemala

3 04 2011

I was reading”the Esential Chomsky” when I came upon the mention of a conflict I have never heard of before. It was the 1954 U.S. invasion of Guatemala.I thought to myself “What the hell did we invade Guatemala?” The proposition of our government invading this tiny central American country seemed Preposterous.

So I did a little research.Two things led to the invasion, Corporate greed, and  Americas ati-comunist Hysteria.Guatemalla had a new government, the president of that country took unused land set aside for corporations and gave it back to the people, the United states Saw this as a step towards communism. That is ridiculous. Giving the people back what was esentialy theirs is communism? I thought democracy was about the people being in charge. Oh that’s right commun ism is a form of economy not government. So,capitalism, being a system where corporations control everything, is actually working against the foundations of democracy.

The real reason for the invasion was the fact that by giving the land back to the people, it to the land away from the American fruit companies, who would take the bananas without giving anything Back to Guatemala, and profit off of it. Why is it that all of our conflicts since World war 2 have been for the sake of resources and Corporate greed. 

Even the Vietnam war turned out to really be about natural resources. the United states has no business Invading other countries and having the audacity to call it self-defense. we constantly wage wars in the name of rescuing the world of some hypothetical enemy that always has a different name and face, but the same  goal : the destruction of America’s values and “the American way of life” . why do we keep falling for the same tricks. our government only cares about its own gains, and does not care about its own citizens.


a treatise on guilt

10 01 2011

one of the most detremental forms of thought  wich impede our spiritual developement is guilt. some of you would say that i am saying that you should not  feel guilty about anything, this is not true. Some modern spiritual teachers teach just that. this is also detrimental. If you do something that harms someone you should feel atleast some guilt, or else you end up becoming a sociopath. Yet at the same time you should never feel guilty about positive things. I have a hard time digesting any spiritual teaching that tells us we should feel guilty aboud feeling happy, or something as natural and wonderful as sex. It is not just spiritual teachings that prescribe to this illogical logic. In our country it is considered bad to want peace, and good to support war. What kind of twisted philosophy is that?  What I know is this, it is not acceptable to feel guilty for good things, just as it is not acceptable to  not feel guilty about bad things. The abrahamic religions teach that you should feel guilty about everything , including being born. I saay that you should not feel g uilty about things such as sexual desire, pride, or material wealth unless it brings harm to other beings. I see good people torture themselves with unneccesary guilt. I reject the religious implications that we are born sinners. the I dea that simply existing makes us bad. To say that there is no such thing as a good person is totaly ridiculous.  in conclusion,  do not fell guitly about doing something that doesnot harm anyone, and if you do  something that harms someone then fell guilty about it and try not to do it again.

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