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[SD-Integral] Green reframe of addiction/new

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”


If you want an excellent example in the U.S. of creating problems of existence that can’t be solved by the consciousness that created them, the “war on drugs,” propagated by unhealthy Blue and Orange, is one. If I drop into the unhealthy expressions that have emerged out of this unhealthy meme, it’s clearly one that doesn’t belong in a Living Human Living Earth superordinate goal, with such expressions as:

  • Over $23 billion spent per year in the last few years (see this website for a very detailed analysis of this an other costs associated with the drug war: http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/economics#sthash.BkysF3g2.dpbs);
  • Imbalance of drug-related prison incarceration toward minorities, increasing the expression of racial discrimination (from same website above);
  • Increasing support for terrorism through illegal drug-related money (from alleged CIA support to other global networks supporting terrorism);
  • Big Pharma’s own “war” so it can monopolize the whole drug industry; and more.

This article:
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html
explores the fascinating assumptions that were made decades ago, leading to the Common Knowledge beliefs about addiction, that upon deeper scrutiny, were proved to be partial as well as misleading. To summarize the article (focused in Orange-Green), the whole dysfunction around addiction and its remedies has as much to do with lack of psychological/social connection as it does with the physical dependency on whatever the object of addiction is. As this new frame gets immersed into the Common Knowledge belief system of the culture, we’ll see a shift away from spending billions (trillions?) of dollars on a “war on drugs”, and hopefully into cultural expressions and infrastructure that provide healthier experiences of social connection… with ourselves as well as nature.

One aspect of Green that has been emerging culturally is its belief that war (on anything) is not the answer to solving our problems of existence. Data is clear that any kind of war has been the cause of much more suffering than it has alleviated. As this memetic grow stronger, we will see the rise in Yellow strategic thinking influencing first tier expressions toward healthier meshworks. Those of us who see SDi as an integral aspect of this new thinking will have plenty of opportunities going forward to be part of the solution, and for that, I am extremely grateful to Don and everyone on this list for doing your parts in healthy human emergence.
Ben

Ben Levi  | &nbs


Mike’s response:

Im not sure I agree with Ben’s statement about the costs of war, far more is lost on iatrogenesis and there is no war there…

War is probably necessary, as a gamma trap buster, therefore war as a tool, even though there are many other things to kill us, maybe important

All those looking at war dead should see how many are killed by other means…and then it would be contextualized more easily, to see that war, while violent is no less violent than number of farming accidents every year, people who get caught in PTOs…

While I agree that war does the most damage collaterally, and usually affects the innocent, so does drunk driving, falling off ladders, and so one down the list of people dying…

people killed every year by TB is enormous, they are all innocent and the facts remain, the damage is collateral because 1 billion are not able to fight off immune disease, this war is bacterial…

the problem as I see it, is the confusion that erupts when values, or something someone values is used as an issue to make policy…

anyway, rant off…

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Global TB statistics
There were an estimated 8.6 million new cases of TB in 2012.
There were an estimated 1.3 million deaths. Of these 940,000 deaths were among HIV negative people and there were a further 320,000 deaths among HIV positive people.
There were an estimated 2.9 million cases and 410,000 TB deaths among women (250,000 among HIV-negative women and 160,000 among HIV positive women). There were also an estimated 530,000 cases of TB in children and 74,000 deaths. The estimated number of deaths among children excludes TB deaths in HIV positive children, for which estimates are not yet available.
In 2009 there were almost 10 million children who were orphans as a result of at least one of their parents dying of TB.2
In 2012 there were an estimated 170,000 deaths from MDR TB, and 450,000 new cases of MDR-TB.

The tables below summarize reports on Iraqi casualty figures.
Scientific surveys:
Source Estimated violent deaths Time period
Iraq Family Health Survey 151,000 violent deaths March 2003 to June 2006
Lancet survey 601,027 violent deaths out of 654,965 excess deaths March 2003 to June 2006
Opinion Research Business survey 1,033,000 deaths as a result of the conflict March 2003 to August 2007
PLOS Medicine Survey[2] Approximately 500,000 deaths in Iraq as direct or indirect result of the war. March 2003 to June, 2011

Even though war is not something we should vote for, confusion among what kills people and collateral damage is very large.

where is the activism for TB, or immune-related diseases…

I think you may get my point…

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