having a new thought tonight. I haven’t had time to work with it so it’s still
very undeveloped, but I wanted to jot it down so I don’t lose it.
been so frustrated that we haven’t found a way to tackle all of the “converging
catastrophes” we face. We haven’t found that crack that would let us enter into
a new paradigm. The old paradigm is a sinking ship still trying to charge along
at full speed, but all the while taking us all down with her. Stopping the
madness seems impossible. How do you topple the system?And not only topple it, but have something
even better to replace it with?
the new thought has to do with not how to bring about change, but where to bring about change. I was thinking
again about the land and the unique energy of each place. I was thinking about
Jared Diamond’s book Guns, Germs, and
Steel, and how Diamond believes that unique features of the land brought
about the domestication of animals, the rise of sedentary lifestyles, city-states,
eventually colonialism, etc. When I read the book I remember being depressed—it
made a pretty convincing case that the rise of Western society was an
inevitable and very organic process of the earth.
I am wondering—if there were propensities held in the land which led to the rise
of our Western culture, might there not also be propensities held in the land
that might give rise to the next
there places in this world which would be conducive to birthing the next
paradigm?Are there places which possess
the right “personality” for that?Are
there places that are already small-scale success stories?Are there places more conducive to evolving or
need to think about this more—not tonight, too sleepy. But if such places
exist, we need to work with those places and help to expand the solutions so
they can work globally.
are the geological features that would birth of post-consumer, post-ego
another way to think about this would be to have every locale do an inventory
of its “personality” traits and learn what part of the solution it might be
able to give birth to. I’m sure each locale has its own particular strengths—each
locale might have something to contribute to a global solution.
having a cold October. It got down into the low twenties the past two
nights.The garden is done.I’m not even sure the chard made it through.
When all is said and done the tomato harvest was 241 pounds. I could’ve gotten
more if I had picked all of the green tomatoes but I let them go into the compost.
was a good year in the garden. I canned tomato juice, tomato sauce, marinara,
ketchup, hot sauce, salsa, and three kinds of pickles, froze tomato paste,
pesto, zucchini, chard, and green beans, sun dried (well, oven dried) a batch
of tomatoes, dried oregano, coriander seeds and dill seeds.I’ve got a string of garlic, the small pile
of butternut squash, beets still in the ground, piles of cantaloupe and
watermelon (although mostly they didn’t ripen). I still have tomatoes on the
counter, the giant bag of hot peppers to deal with, more chard waiting to be
frozen and basil to be made into pesto.Is still have to dig the last of the potatoes. Collin has a mountain of gourds
(plus I donated all but one pie pumpkin because they just didn’t get big enough
to bother with).
failures this year were lima beans (again), the potatoes (darn grasshoppers),
cabbage, and peas (I got a good harvest of snow peas, but only one serving’s worth
of shell peas before the frost hit). The onions did poorly too. The sets I
planted had their leaves snapped off by wind and hail so they didn’t bulb out
very well, and the onions I planted from seed didn’t grow fast enough to produce
all in all it was a great year.I can’t
believe the season is over already. Next year will be even bigger and better.
And next year I’ve GOT to get hens and rabbits.That’s a must.
been getting really bad vibes they lately about the stability of our society.
That’s on top of my regular doom and
gloom about climate, population, and the environment. Despite the official line
of bullcrap we’re hearing about the recession being almost over, I don’t
believe we’ve even begun to see the worst of things. I still think we’re heading
for something absolutely catastrophic—far worse than the Great Depression. They
keep pumping fake trillions into the economy, as if that could possibly create
any real change. It’s mere
slight-of-hand. What’s the point of any of that when the dollar is totally
so many reasons the time is now or never for converting to a steady-state
economy. But it won’t happen.The machine
is too big. The only way it will
happen is through catastrophic collapse of civilization, with the survivors having
to rebuild from nothing—and who’s to say those survivors will be smart enough
to do it right?
I would like to survive the coming collapse just for the adventure of it, but
at the moment I feel very ill prepared.
most immediate goal is to deal with the food issue. I’d like to have a year or
two of staples stockpiled. I normally have at least a month of food on hand
simply because I tend to only do one shopping trip per month. But one month’s
worth of food isn’t going to cut it. I need a big stockpile of beans, rice,
flour, sprouting seeds, salt, yeast, sugar, etc., etc. I need a grain mill and
a pressure canner. I need rabbits and chickens.The list goes on and on. I need to practice foraging.I need to learn about hunting and trapping. There’s
so much to learn and acquire. Fortunately this is stuff I’ve always wanted to learn
and do. Even if everything were peachy in the world at large, I’d still be
working towards self-sufficiency. This just adds a sense of urgency to the