Thursday, June 21, 2012

Talking Totems

They make totems more and more beautiful every day.
You can find them in the most unexpected places and they speak for BC.
I wonder why the Indians in Quebec do not expose their culture like they do here in BC?
I wonder what their totems would say?
Totems say a lot and they should be put up in public places with the story behind them.
They are a part of the heritage this country carries and it is a beautiful and proud heritage
which we should never forget.

In as much as we are all different, we are all the same.
We all come from South Africa from the same mother, Eve.
We are all her children.
We are all immigrants, all bohemians looking for answers, in all places.
The answers we are looking for are not out there, but close to home.
If we raise our own cows and sell milk from them to our own town, it will be cheaper.
In fact, every one could visit the farmer to buy their milk.

If we grow our own apples. Our town could have its own apples and apple sauce the whole year round, cheaper without packaging and shipping costs.
Most basic things like meat, eggs, milk,  cheese , fruit and vegetables, we can grow at home and supply our own communities, cheaper.
If we did this, this would be our story. Our totem would show others how we lived and survived.
Control would be kept at home where it is easier to do.
We can't control a company selling basic goods from another country and as a result we are then are forced into doing things, depending on things, eating things, which we do not want to to do or depend on or even eat.
Someone doing our thinking for us instead of us doing it for ourselves, is never good.
A man not able to be in control of his life, is never a good thing because systems are cold and have no feelings ethics or values and therefore destroy people.
Of course there should be trade but trade is always more expensive even in the olden days.
Things like spices, material, jewelry, wood, construction equipment.
But towns need to be small with an infrastructure able to support them with local jobs food water and basic supplies.
Learning to live in a self supporting system is something people are being robbed of.
What happens when large systems break down?
Shelves become bare very quickly.

Totems speak of families and families are a good thing to have.
 In the end, there is no place like home.

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her
husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?",
she asked.

"Hunting Flies",
he responded.

"Oh! Killing any?",
she asked.

"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females,", he replied.

Intrigued, she asked...

"How can you tell them apart?"

He responded...

"3 were on a beer can, and

2 were on the phone.”


Have a good one :)


Zuzana said...

A very passionate post.;) You know, you would do really well in politics.;))
I love totems, they are truly an artful story telling.;)
The joke was realy funny.;)
Have a great weekend and thank you for your nice comment on my last post, I will keep the candle burning for him - in the window and my heart.;)

Akelamalu said...

Totems are beautiful and fascinating, thankyou for explaining their reason.

George said...

Your thoughts on totems (actually society) are very interesting and well-reasoned. The totem itself is beautiful. I enjoyed your joke.

Have a great weekend.

A Lady's Life said...

Zuzana - It wouldn't be a bad idea but then you can't please every one . I would go in for family and the economy . Obama made a great speech today to the nation. I have to hear what Romney has to say. It is true that when you raise little Americans to adult hood, they are Americans and deserve to stay in America.

A Lady's Life said...

Akelamalu - I agree. It would have been interesting to find more cave paintings and more of the other things left behind from our ancestors. Eve left nothing for us to find about her life.It could have made a difference.

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks George :)

Diane said...

I love totems. I knew one of the carvers years ago, a man named Mr. Hunt. They are so beautiful and expressive. And I agree with your take on community. And family. Thank you!

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks Diane