I worked in a supermarket for a year and a half until June 2011. I often 'wondered' why the Universe had sent me this job. It wasn't a 'good fit' for me in so many ways... and as the year progressed on... I began to "see". I began to 'awaken' as I sat in my little check-out booth ~ another one of the 'drones' politely 'meeting and greeting' customers, paid a minimum wage :-/
I didn't start reading the Ringing Cedars of Russia books until November '10, way after I left the supermarket, but I knew a lot of the basics and i've had my own spray-free garden for decades for health and political reasons. I learned so much in that supermarket job (Feb '09- June '10), not just the 'theory' or the 'rhetoric'... but I became a part of that 'machine' which is "the modern 'food' distribution mechanism". It's insidious... in so many ways. A viewing of "Food Inc." movie put the seal on the deal of everything i'd felt, perceived, seen, intuited, pondered while in that job. Now, I really hate supermarkets... packaged, processed... 'nothing'... death in a sachet... euuuugggghhhh.... And people don't see it... are blinded by decades of conditioning and acceptance of the status quo... "Let's all go to the supermarket" !!!
And I did today... with great reluctance. I'm pretty careful... and mainly just got a fortnight's worth of dairy... and some semolina, which i've been 'hangin' out for' :D But i'm also aware that dairy products are loaded to the hilt with various drenches and veterinary medicines, oil-based fertilisers, hormones, pesticides... whatever else they want to stick on the grass that the poor cows have to eat. And the cows don't get to live out their natural life-cycle. Those poor cows... the spirit has been torn out of them. You can see it in their doleful eyes in the Autumn still... still mourning the loss of the little one that got torn from her side minutes after she'd licked off its afterbirth in Spring (July-Aug)... that she was forced to bear, being impregnated by a man in a big rubber glove thrust into her up to his armpit. Uncomfortable? Painful? You betcha. And now they take her little one away who was forced to be born within a 6-week window... so that all the cows 'come in' together... into the milking shed : ( Sad. Flesh as commodity : ( That's the kiwi farmer mentality... always with one eye on the Bank Statement : ( exceptions of course... thankfully : )
Dairy farming in this country is just horrible... no respect for Life : ( And this factory farming totally upsets the natural balance of the Land : ( and the waterways : ( The carbon footprint Fonterra is responsible for is something like 70% of the nation's footprint. Additionally, we (taxpayers) fork out around 90% of Fonterra's carbon tax bill, through our taxes !! Why is this? And why are we, here in NZ, being expected to pay global prices for dairy products produced right here? There seems to be some shady dealings going on here : (