They call it paradise, which means you can kiss it goodbye

Anybody seeing any price ‘corrections’ on the land in their area?  Not here, not yet.  I just checked Craigslist, realtors (and homeowners) are just as greedy as ever.  But there is a LOT of land for sale.

Years ago, this was a nice place to live.  Then the whiteman showed up and messed everything up. Now it’s paved, mined and leveled.

Every year, they hold races down on the river, you can hear them clear up here and I’m miles away.  I think this is dumber then shit, but nobody asked me.

All the nice place in the world have been invaded.  Isn’t Victoria Falls in Africa surrounded by developments now?  I remember reading about this as a kid.  It was huge challenge just getting there, now you can order a rhino burger as you watch the water flow.

It’s tragic, deeply disturbing.  Everything we touch we fuck up. I’m not going to ask how this happened, I’m going to ask how come we keep letting this happen?

I’ve lost count of all the places we’ve destroyed.  If it’s paradise, you can kiss it goodbye.  The developers and money grubbers show up and decide to market the view, the water, the air, the wildlife, the remoteness, the wilderness and turn it all into cash to line their pockets.  This is sick, only a sick culture would do such a thing.

I don’t care if it’s inaccessible — let it stay that way, because that is the only way we can keep humans from destroying the place.

None of the places I visited when I was in the Boy Scouts remain.  Whatever forest I climbed and hills and mountains I hiked, they’ve all been taken over by the developers.  I’ll ask it again:  how come we keep letting this happen?

Isn’t anything sacred? Or worth preserving?  I know this is just a rant and I know it’s too late, ha!  I’m the “author of too late”, the dude who keeps claiming it’s all coming down…. damned good thing too, or we’d screw everything else up too. That 40 billion barrels of oil they just found in the Arctic?  I hope it dissolves.

There is no place on Earth today that has not felt our heavy footprint, leaving behind death, destruction, pollution and profits.  The merchants of the Earth have made sure of that and tourists did too.  I’ve got a nice little collection of artifacts (fakes) in my house from around the world.  Indian art, African, South American, pipes, pictures, drums, pottery, paintings, etc, that I enjoy.  But I didn’t go there and get any of it.  It came to me, wherever I was.

I bought it to remind me of the places I’d never been and the cultures that live there. And the tiny hope that it helped some poor exploited bastard make a living.  I knew this Ecuadorian who sold handmade clothing and art.  I bumped into him a few years back (again), but he did not remember me.  I “made his day” as I picked out several items his village had crafted.  I knew I was buying directly from the source, but that’s really rarely the case.

You can go visit a tourist shop anywhere in the world and find inflated price on mass-produced products imported from other countries.  I won’t even go inside.

We’ve traded the experience of paradise for the convenience.  Because we are lazy, fat, slothful and believe that everything should be priced fairly and affordably, including the accessibility for fat slugs.  This is disgusting, a sign of a corrupt culture.

Merchants of the Earth Unite!  Save us from having to walk, run, swim, paddle or hike!  Fly us in air conditioned helicopters to the remotest mountain peaks on the planet!  If it’s pristine – it’s not anymore.

We should go to war with this civilization.  We should tear it down to the bedrock and burn the ashes. We should make sure all the ‘deeds’ wind up there too.  Anybody that thinks they own this place is nuts.

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7 thoughts on “They call it paradise, which means you can kiss it goodbye

  • March 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm
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    WRT to land prices, in MT theyâ’ve doubled or trebled in the past couple years. Iâ’ve seen several recent (random) listing asking $1/2 million or more for ‘remoteâ’ 20 acre tracts (no structures). I paid $6k, 10 years ago. Some ‘correction’.

  • March 27, 2008 at 12:53 am
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    Wholeheartedly agree. Civilisation is the culprit. The question is then: How do you battle civilisation?

  • March 27, 2008 at 5:15 am
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    Something else I find pretty disturbing is that many of these people that tear up the land and rivers for their recreation would describe themselves as “nature lovers”.

    From my point of view, if you love nature then you’ll leave it alone. It doesn’t need your help, assistance, or presence and is better off without it.

    I hate the fact that so many of us seem to think we have to witness something in order for it to be of any value.

  • March 27, 2008 at 9:49 am
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    “I hate the fact that so many of us seem to think we have to witness something in order for it to be of any value.”

    Great comment! That’s the mindset of the narcissists who dominate our culture.

    Regarding attacking civilisation – I think civilisation will do an excellent job of destroying itself. I just hope it happens sooner rather than later.

    All signs point to sooner…meaning that there may be hope.

  • March 27, 2008 at 2:52 pm
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    It’s true, civilization seems to have an obsession with “touching” everything. For some bizarre reason, man must leave his mark everywhere, sort of like the dog who simply must piss on the tire to leave his own mark, even when his bladder’s not full.

    I cringe to think about the land with which we border on the north side, as it is “owned” by a federal agency and while they clearcut every tree they can find these days, they haven’t touched this particular piece ONLY because it’s difficult to access and because they must cross private property to skid out the logs, therefore it hasn’t been logged in over 50 years, maybe 70 or so. I don’t even want to mention the state where I live for fear of giving ideas to some federal employee lurking on this blog. For now it’s wonderful to ponder that the federal agency might “forget” this small parcel at least for a while.

  • March 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm
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    I know how to fix that problem.

    Go buy a bunch of “Extreme Bio-Hazard” signs, “Government Property” and “Use of Deadly Force Authorized” signs. Post them in conspicuous locations around the parcel of ground.

    Now step off 100 yards. Lay your rifle across some sand bags and sight it in on the “Government Property” sign. Aim where you’d normally put a period. Shoot.

    Do this again on the Bio-Hazard sign, except aim to dot the i. Shoot.

    For good measure, hang up a Forest Service uniform by tacking it to a tree in the most obvious spot where intruders would enter. Use your shotgun this time, and fill it full of holes.

    If that doesn’t work, I’m sure your rifle will.

  • March 28, 2008 at 1:02 pm
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    Around here (NW Kansas), the developturds continue to push the concept of exurbanism, bringing subdivisions out into the countryside. They have absolutely no care for the burdens they place on society for roads, EMS, fire, police, schools, water, electricity, sewage, etc. Just transfer all of this to the taxpayer is their solution.

    However signs of strain are showing. Houses are on the market for longer times (there’s a glut). And people are selling possessions. Can’t tell you how many big pickups are for sale everywhere.

    I think what the admin is witnessing is inertia. The inertia is carrying the paradigm of “the good life” of waste and consumption forward. It will take some major shocks to bring it down. The real estate market is one. Unemployment is another. The real threat is peak oil which will wreak havoc on the distribution system and the long commutes people have. Finally, climate change. How long it takes to affect the food supply to change the paradigm is anyone’s guess, but it happening now.

    One of the most outrageous ironies is that we are subsidizing ethanol production with our tax dollars. This ethanol requires more energy to produce than it gives off. and as a consequence of using food to make energy, our food prices are rising. Talk about stupid.

    As I like to say, we are being forced to impoverish ourselves through corporate governance. Consider it a form of flagellation.

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