Category: Work Hard? NO! Go Slow…



The Economic Crisis is worsening all over the world, driven by high fuel / gas /petrol /diesel /natural gas price hikes.

THIS SITUATION IS NOT GOING TO RECOVER!

Even if tghe price goes down a bit, within a short time it will double again.

Peak Oil, we have heard this catch phrase over and over.

DO you really know what this means?

It basically means that we have already passed the point where we have pumped all the easy to get at oil, and the extraction will get progressively more expensive.

Because almost all goods and serives are dependent on oil for their production and also for their transportation, the rising oil prices affect the price of not only the petrol for your car, but also all goods…especially our food production and transportation is heavily oil-reliant. Food prices will increase in proportion to the increase in oil, and populations are increasing faster than we can pump oil…

it is an inevitable equation…we are heading for global economic disasters…

What can we do?

We should become self-sufficient as soon as possible. It is not necessary or advisable to allow yourslef to be completley dependent on the modern way of living. If fuel supplies were to run out due to demand or due to some other reason, like natural disaster, you cannot imagine how vulnerable city-dwellers in particular are. Most stores turnover all the food int heir stor within 3 days. This means, there are constant deliveries to replenish their stocks.

If there were no deliveries, you would have no chance of buying food after 3 days…then, what would you be able to do then? Drive to the countryside? But if the food transport trucks have no fuel to bring the food, then needless to say, it would be almost impossible to get fuel for your car,s o how would you get out of the city?

Feeling insecure and claustrophobic yet?

I am telling you, this is the future, unless we voluntarily make our solutions now in advance. It will be too late to do anything when we hit this crisis and we can expect a huge loss of life, after an ugly fight for survival.

WAKE UP! This is real!

Can’t you feel the urgency?

We have to form sustainable intentional communities and learn how to live “off the grid” as they say. We have to grow our own food and find ways to live differently. It is not only possible, but is positive in terms of our health, the health of society and life-style.

After a period of adjustment, we will have more leisure time and more stability than ever before as we work together to share resources and skills. In modern society, people are working endless hours, eating badly, living lonely and miserable existences anyway, with permanent financial stress, created by an artificial financial system which is designed to keep you in debt.

HEY! Nature gives us everything for free in reality. We need to find that reality.

That is the truth. Mother nature does not send you water bills and rental bills

What have we got to lose…?

Only everything to gain, I think.


I am not an anarchist or into using physical violence as a a radical form of psychotherapy…and I don’t think that the whole movie of Fight Club sends us an inspirational message – after all the main character had a multi-personality disorder; but there are so many factors that many of us can identify with, especially our growing dis-ease with our own consumerism.

when I saw this film, the thrill of our main character’s freedom from materialistic slavery hit a spot in my conciousness which gave me secret delight 🙂

I loved the way they introduced us to the main character’s apartment…(before he blew it up with home-made explosives^^)…

“Like everyone else, I had become a slave to the IKEA nesting instinct. If I saw something clever like the coffee table in the shape of a yin and yang,I had to have it. I would flip through catalogs and wonder, “What kind of dining set defines me as a person?” I had it all. Even the glass dishes with tiny bubbles and imperfections, proof they were crafted by the honest, simple, hard-working indigenous peoples of …wherever.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOx9uQ4cuJk

and there are many memorable quotes from the film ….Here are some of my favourites:

Q: “Do you know what a duvet is?

 
 A: It’s a comforter…
 
Q: It’s a blanket. Just a blanket. Now why do guys like you and me know what a duvet is? Is this essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No. What are we then? 
 
 A: …Consumers?
 
Q: “Right. We’re consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear.”

….

…..“I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars.”

“Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.”

“We’re the middle children of history…. no purpose or place. We have no Great War, no Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives.”

“We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJdfWdIBfE8

The Bottom line is –

“The things you own end up owning you”

Hey….^^

How about emptying  our desires to be “millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars”

The point is…

If

“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet…..”

then, who are we really then?

…”It is only after we’ve lost everything that we are free to do anything…”


 

From the viewpoint of nature and the universe, human beings are working too much and wasting energy on making unnecessary things. Humans were born for evolution but rather than evolving, they are regressing and are adding pollution to the Earth. It is enough to use your labor power within the conditions for you to evolve, that is, in a way where you can eat, wear, and live simply. For the remainder, you are expected to use your energy for cultural, creative and spiritual work. However, the situation is, conversely, you would be blamed for being extravagant if you give priority to culture.

As I said, well-being is the gigantic stream to the path we are supposed to return. Right now it is threatened by those with vested interest and regarded as the doings of the eccentric minority. However, the mass media is already showing interest, and it is rising as a leading group and a main trend. It is the stream that we cannot refuse.

Ultimately, we can say that well-being is the purification movement for the body and soul. This is the answer to the question of spirit, health and evolution which humans need.


 

The current conflict

From the point of view of the Universe, there’s no need for a human to have to work that much. There is already an excess of everything.

But from the view of companies or the country, as they have to keep making things in order to prosper, they keep making more. You must make a lot to sell a lot and then the government collects lots of taxes. To make a lot, gradually more and more labor is needed, and since you make too much, it all becomes waste and this creates a problem for garbage disposal and the environment.

For those who recognize that all of this is destroying our environment, all of this is such a crime, but to businesses and governments, it is a crime not to produce more.

That makes the conflict which we experience these days….

How are we thinking?

– We think that working extremely hard means you are a better person or is what makes one’s life meaningful

-Materials are important and should be produced as much as possible

-It is better to live all on top of each other in cities than to be a part of nature

-Nature is ours to be used and abused

-Nature is a seperate thing  from us

-That our food and living comes to us from our own efforts (and not provided  to us for free through nature’s blessing)

Here is a short piece of the film “Baraka” (1992)

I think it is a wonderful visual representation of how ridiculous and undignified our lives have become…how we manage ourselves and how we manage nature…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mUitg6oKhc


 

There are so many various attitudes, values, goals, and practices which appear amongst human beings, but the things we all have in common for sure, is that we are all human beings and we all share our planet earth.

No matter which nation, religion, or background we come from, we collectively have to come to the same conclusion: That we have to take some action to reverse the damage we have done to our planet.

It becomes more and more obvious that the planet is in trouble, and that the cause for many of the economic and ecological disasters are arising directly from the general greed of human beingsand their  ignorance about our ways are affecting nature.

It seems that materialism has become the collective culture of all earthly human beings.

We have all become “Consumers”

But culture can be a powerful human tool for survival because it is also a fragile phenomenon. Our mistakes do not have to be permanent. Culture is something which is constantly changing and also something which can be dramatically changed, because it exists as a set of ideas in our collective minds. For this reason, there is still much hope if we conciously change our ways.

I believe that the fastest way to reverse the damage to the planet, is to change our very culture.

I believe it so strongly (and with all my hope) that I have made this blog dedicated to concious culture creation.

Our languages, governments, buildings, clothing, food, and other man-made things are  the material products of culture. They are not “culture” in themselves. Therefore all those things necessaily reflect our minds.

Archealogists cannot dig up “culture” directly in their excavations to find out about a people.  The broken pots and other artifacts of ancient people that they uncover are only material remains that reflect cultural patterns–they are things that were made and used through cultural knowledge and skills. So, a culture is a non-material phenomenon which is held in a group of people’s collective mind, but which shows its effects on the material world too.

Since “culture” refers to the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes a group of people, what do you think the archeologists of the future will find out about our culture, in this early part of the 21st Century?

What a question!

What will our future, more evolved ancestors think about the way we are living right now?

Putting on my archeologists hat, I can imagine the way they would describe the way we lived…

A Short Documentary…

“Homo Sapiens living in the early 21st century valued material goods above nature or spirituality. They seemed to practice a work ethic of furiously producing every kind of material goods and piling them up repeatedly. It seems that the homo sapiens of the early 21st century, had a strong belief  that working really hard would result in living well. We can see from the enormous volume of material goods and waste that they produced, that these people must have worked really hard from early morning to night…”

  

They tried to force nature to conform to their new unnatural way of life, by building large buildings and covering up the very land that was their only source of food.

“They produced enormous quantities of waste, which they simply buried in the very soil which was intended to provide their food, or simply dumped it into the oceans; because they could not cope with the quantities of it.”

 

 “With the little land remaining, they raised billions of cattle, pigs, chickes and other domestic animals as meat food sources, while growing crops to feed the animals instead of directly eating the grain themselves. The combination of these strange practices meant that even though the earth itself was capable of supporting many millions or billions more people, the skeletal remains show that most of the population was undernourished and unhealthy.”

Seeing our actions from the perspective of future human beings, we should really be asking ourselves…

What on Earth have we been doing?!

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