Life evolves.  That is the order of things.

There are individual changes.  And there are societal changes.

Monumental changes are not fully appreciated until they have occurred or are in their final stages.

For example, smoking has been around since 5000 B.C.  Indeed, smoking was pretty much an accepted social activity for much of my life.

An old family picture I found demonstrates the magnitude of the change in our culture regarding smoking in the 65 years of my existence.


This is my Dad and me.  See the cigarette?  This doesn’t happen as much in twenty-first century America.

I remember that in the nineteen-seventies and eighties I would consume a pack or two of cigarettes while I took a deposition.  That certainly does not happen now (both because I quit smoking in 1984 and because such conduct would no longer be tolerated.)

Smoking is older than coinage and perhaps as old, or older than money itself.  If people can come to a consensus that smoking should be deterred, can we not come to similar conclusions about our monetary systems and materialism generally?

The peoples of the world can and should decide that the monetary system and materialism which it promotes has become more harmful to the whole of humanity than is warranted by the benefits it provides to a few.

It is time to reflect with regard to whether money and materialism gets in the way of achieving those goals which are necessary for our planet’s survival and evolutionary growth.

As we battle to keep the banks from taking our homes and holding our youth subject to lifetime debt, we should acknowledge that we are not alone in our struggles for a better future…  a better world.

If you look beyond our leaders and those who claim to be the owners of everything you will see there are many like us.  Many who recognize that the world cannot survive when the accumulation of money remains a primary purpose.

Materialism must come to an end.



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About Scott . Stafne

Mr. Stafne is very experienced in property rights, including banking wrongs and foreclosure prevention; Constitutional Law (under the United States and Washington State Constitution); Appellate law; land use law; personal injury law. Scott has recently become a media focal point as his win record of foreclosure defense cases against the largest financial institutions, servicers, trustees as well as MERS have blazed the trail toward ending the foreclosure crisis and representing the rights of the homeowner above the profits and secret dealings of corporations.   Scott sees law as a foundation for establishing a system of twenty first century liberties for the people; and for removing that corruption of power within our government which makes the achievement of real purpose beholden to only money.   Scott Stafne has been an attorney since graduating from the University of Iowa in 1974. He worked for a large law firm in Indianapolis (Baker & Daniels) for two years. Thereafter, he moved to Seattle Washington in order to obtain a Masters of Law degree from the University of Washington, which he obtained in 1977. Scott practiced law while going to graduate school and has practiced ever since.   This is a personal blog, and does not constitute legal advice in any form, and is not necessarily reflective of the policies or opinions of Stafne Law Firm. Visit the Law Firm: Visit the Google+ Page: Visit the Facebook Page:   *Web Developer: David J. Posel
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