The Butler Did It

Note: See the introductory remarks for the previous post. This is unedited.

The Butler Did It
by Roberto & Ricardo

“[When it comes to agriculture] …the only question our culture asks is how can we grow it faster, bigger, cheaper. That isn’t noble. That isn’t sacred.” — Joel Salatin

“Why don’t those school authorities at least talk to you when you say that you can get lots of money for education in California, Papi?” — a twelve-year-old who (Papi) Ricardo knows

Once upon a time there was a country, far north and far south of here, where farmers found a new domestic creature, superior to sheep, pigs, or chickens. It happened just after money had been reclassified as an animal. One day it was a thought; the next day it was real, and had horns and an udder.

The breeders soon found that the new animal needed much air and water; and some of the poor had to be moved to the inner cities and others to the suburbs, to make room. Although it was regrettable that people had to lose their old homes and their security, nothing could be more important, the Senate and the House said, for the future of the nation than this new money cow. What they needed was one great money bull for the development of the line.

A perfect money bull was finally discovered; his name was Bottom. For a while, everyone was satisfied with Bottom, and many gifts were brought to him. Boys wore their caps backward as an honor to Bottom. He finally learned to speak, and his words and his sperm were sent all over the world.

When Bottom began to demand sacrifices, some people became uneasy. But Congress agreed to his demands. Hundreds of people lined up to be sacrificed to him. This line of people about to die was called Bottom’s line.

The line drawn at the bottom of the spreadsheet is important, as we all know. The sentence “Let’s get out of this airy stuff and look at the bottom line” ends with one small phrase, and yet a whole civilization can disappear through that small hole. The family can’t afford a violin, so there are no violinists; building costs run higher than expected, so beauty disappears from our cities; taxpayers voted down a bond increase, so someone’s children don’t have a place to sit in class. Joseph Campbell remarked that a medieval traveler approaching Chartes or Strasbourg could deduce that the human soul is the most valued thing there; but when we approach New York from New Jersey, we see the buildings of Wall Street and know what is the main thing.

The line which is most important to me is the one that connects me to my ancestors. I put that in italics because I don’t really have a blood connection with most of the people I am referring to here, those to whom I am obligated to honor because of a connection of values… a line of something that is much more important than mortal blood. A line of — for want of a better expression — divine blood.

Smedley D. Butler’s later work is part of that line. And I can tell you — all educators, concerned citizens, parents et alia — that the ongoing, scam of aggression which victimizes us financially (and in more important ways) is avoidable. There is a lot of money to go around in California (contrary to popular misinformation), bucks to cover addressing all the major challenges which are dear to our hearts. BUT… the first thing we have to do is to move in solidarity right now to end our obsession with the bull we’ve bought, the bull we’ve brought into our lives unnecessarily. The bloodless, bloody bull we’ve made into a god.

United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler felt that life was sacred. For me, the butler did it.

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. For a leisurely discussion with ample time allowed for in-depth Q&A. Neither one of the authors sees an alternative, but if the reader knows of a viable option please let them know.