Life is What You Make of It

You are the master of your destiny.  If something needs to be done to improve your life, you are going to have to be the one to do it.  To become what you were truly meant to be is something that books are written about.  Movies made.  Life gives what you put into it.  No more, no less.  If you are not giving effort or being just plain lazy, then you won’t get very far in this world.  We all need to strive for a better life, a better world.  How about even a better way of living and relating to each other?  Most people could be living rich fulfilling lives but they can’t because they would have to quit their jobs and not be able to support themselves and their family.  This is for the vast majority of course.  There will be some that could make a big impact on this Earth, but when will they jump to start making it happen?  You can’t put things like this off until tomorrow.  It either happens now, or it never does.

We all have this power inside of us to create what we want and enjoy our creations.  But many of us spend too much time creating what we don’t want through thoughts and actions.  Why?  Because most people are still unaware at what magnificent creative beings they are.  They have not yet mastered creation and therefore are stuck with subpar results.  Many people run patterns that keep them stuck in the same situations for decades.  This is great if the pattern is good and growth-oriented, but if it is a cycle of abuse, self-abuse, monotony, or self-loathing, then what exactly are you contributing by sitting there not changing?  I know we do have the power to create a much better world, a balanced world, a heaven of a world.  We just need to get started on it by unleashing everyone’s creative potential into the world.

In short form, We need to WAKE PEOPLE UP!  We need to drop all their social conditioning that is destroying our whole country.  We need to find out what all these people’s passions are.  We need to inspire people to do what they love, without that worry that they will not make money.  We weren’t meant to sit in cubicles or go over financial balance sheets for the rest of our lives.  We were meant to enjoy our existence every day, all the time.  We were meant to pursue our passions with unbridled enthusiasm.  We were meant to actually be excited about our lives!

The economy crash is giving some people experience of what it feels like to be free and to pursue their passions.  People who haven’t learned anything since grade school are learning new skills to help them through this rough time.  Skills are much more valuable than money when it comes to a crumbling economy.  And if people are learning skills they love to do, it is a win-win for everyone.  Sure, the world may be going to hell, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a great time living it.  Who cares what the dollar is worth when we’re having so much fun?

So don’t dwell in negativity or that’s precisely what you’ll get. A positive outlook can make even the worst situation fun and rewarding.

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First Thing’s First: Reconnection

What we need to do first if we ever have any hope of getting back to nature is to reconnect with it. We need to spend time in nature, enjoying its wonder and abundance. It is the key to understanding how the world really works and has worked for millions of years. It will open us to new ways of living and new solutions to old problems. We need to stop fearing nature and start embracing it. We need to stop tearing down our true home for artificial ones. If we begin to care about nature, then perhaps it will be that much harder to keep tearing it down.

Just a small post I thought I would share before going into work.

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We Could Re-Create Heaven

Nature is perfection.  It is amazing to me how brilliant the system of nature is.  Every being has its place and it creates abundant diversity.  If anything goes out of balance, nature does its job to correct this imbalance.  It is a self-regulating system that has worked for all but the last 10,000 years.  It worked for one billion years beforehand and spawned different varieties of life in all parts of the world.  It worked for the whole, not just one individual species.  It was a wonderful time to be any one of Earth’s creatures.  There was abundant food and water.  Populations of all species were stable.  There was no feeling of deprivation.  You lived, you died, and you experienced a life that was far more abundant without the use of any currency.  It was a life of ease, grace, and lightness.  Then we came along and fucked everything up.

Civilization and its consequences have completely destroyed the majority of what we see as nature, which used to be the entire Earth.  Us humans have inbred with ourselves, creating a world for us, by us.  A world where forests are clearcut for the next mini-mall.  The white man and his conquerous ways.  We even overtook our own species by giving all native peoples two options:  join us or be killed.  We had to think that way, though.  We needed more land to feed our ever increasing population.  We had no more space to grow our grains.  We needed that land.  Damn anything or anyone who stands in our way.  We’ve got a civilization to run here, people (and animals).

The larger we became, the more we grew to fear nature.  The reason we feared nature is because we no longer knew nature.  We spent our whole lives outside of nature, so how could we regard nature with comfort?  We simply feared the unknown, and set out to destroy it.  True, we are victims of circumstance, but that doesn’t change the fact that we’ve pillaged and burned most of all life that has ever been here simultaneous with our civilizations.  We’ve kept around certain beings that served us (and that we served), such as cows for milk and grain for food.  But everything else that we did not find useful or pretty or fun was destroyed with no regard for its value in ecosystems or simply on its own terms.  I’m sure we didn’t know what we were getting into.   But it’s not too late to stop the destruction.

We are naturally forager-hunters.  That is what we were for anywhere between hundreds of thousands or 2 million years.  We looked for foods we could consume, including hunting wild animals that sustained us to live another day.  We did not see ourselves as better than the rest of life on Earth, but an equal part in the dance.  That is, until someone started to realize that we can spill the seeds into the ground and grow our own food and never be at the mercy of the Earth ever again.  That power became addictive.  It was a power never before seen in any species and was a major breakthrough with unintended disastrous consequences.  At the time, we didn’t know.  We didn’t envision a world like the one we live in today.  We simply envisioned food security and a slightly larger and more powerful population.

But this became pathological in its own right.  The more people we had, the more food we had to grow.  The more food we grew, the more people we had.  We ran out of land and started taking more to house and feed the expansive population that simply was getting out of control.  Of course, it grew very slowly by today’s standards.  But in those times, there were so few people to begin with that even what seems like a minor growth today was a major problem that needed to be rectified.  We could have gone back to our roots and abandoned the civilized life, but it was so much easier to keep going down that road than to stop and go back.  We saw the good in civilization and denied the bad.  We latched onto power and ignored destruction.  No one was in charge, and we just kept speeding down the fast track of grain agriculture/animal domestication.

In a blink of an eye of the history of the universe, we went from eating mangoes and hunting wild game to shopping in supermarkets and commuting 45 minutes to and from work in a vehicle that has proven to go faster than any animal on the face of this Earth.  Sure, life is easier in some ways, but in other ways it is increasingly difficult.  For example, the average forager-hunter maybe worked one to two hours a day in activities related to survival.  The rest of the time was spent slacking off and playing.  Today, 40 and even 50 hour work weeks are the norm and that is just so we can afford a basic subsistence life.  Most of the work today is meaningless and has nothing to do with survival, other than the fact that the tokens we receive for the work go towards our basic survival needs.  Even the one or two hours primitive peoples spent on survival were also viewed as a blissful experience, something that was looked forward to.  Try asking 100 people today if their current career is bliss.

We still have the ability to create heaven on Earth, but nobody has the time because they have a job, a house, 2 cars, and  payments that bind them to the slavery of work.  It really is a shame that 99% of the people in the world could not live in the wilderness if their life depended on it.  Of course, there’s not much wilderness left, never mind enough to support nearly 7 billion humans and all other life on Earth.  We are the most helpless human beings that ever existed.  We are dependent on the very system that is destroying us.  I truly believe it is the only thing that is holding us back from living the way we are supposed to.  If we spent less time working and more time planting gardens or rewilding vacant lots, we could start to create the world we used to live in and make it better (i.e. more diverse and abundant).

While not an impossible task, it is certainly a daunting one.  How do we drop the baggage of civilization and move from there to where we are in balance?  A crash would certainly help.  A crash of civilization would leave an opening for a new way of living that has never been seen before.  We will start having to do more things for ourselves and become more self-reliant.  It could indeed start a chain reaction that would lead to us learning a whole host of skills in wilderness survival and other necessary interventions from a society gone bankrupt.  It may take 100 years or it may take 1000 years, but I am certain that at some point, our Earth will once again become the heaven it was.  And if it is through the extinction of the human race entirely, then so be it.  And besides, do we really want to be remembered as the species who ruined it for every other species?  Is that what we truly want our calling card to be?

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A Collapse is For the Best

I’ve been wanting to write another blog post for awhile, but I just haven’t been inspired to do so.  There was nothing that I truly wanted to post here that I thought would be of true value.  I guess that comes with working nights because my days get all messed up.  I’ve had less quiet time to write posts and when I do have time to write something, I just simply don’t feel like it.  I just know that there is something seriously wrong in our world and while I currently lack the power to fix it, I can inspire others to create positive changes to the world as a whole.

Many people are ignorant of our collapsing civilization.  Many people are in serious denial.  The people who do see the collapse and are aware of the consequences see it as an overwhelming task to fix, so they become hopeless and depressed.  We have used up almost all the world’s resources in just a couple of centuries.  But we’ve been stealing from the Earth for at least 50,000 years.

Grain agriculture was a response to an ice age or something similar that left our species short on food.  We had to think fast, so we started taking control of our food supply by domesticating animals and growing our own monoculture crops.  This in turn led to a larger and larger population to the point where we now have around 7 billion humans inhabiting this planet.  We keep stealing from the land and calling it progress.  We destroy entire habitats just to house all these people or build a Walmart, the shopping center of civilization.

Most people will not change until it is too late.  Most people are not ready for change.  Most people need to be forced into change.  Well, now that fossil fuels are dwindling at a rate we’ve never seen before, things are most certainly going to change.  The cheap, abundant energy we were so used to in the past will become an expensive scarcity.  We will fall down a couple of pegs.  There will certainly be less cars on the road and less heating and air-conditioning of homes.  Some of the manufactured necessities we are so accustomed to now will be gone.

There is no savior for this problem.  Solar energy is a crutch at best and will have nowhere near the exergy we need to power vehicles or even power entire homes on a massive scale.  That energy from the sun is not concentrated enough.  It is spread out for 93 million miles before it gets to our planet.  That makes it energy-lite, something that may be able to be used for light energy tasks, such as heating up water.  Wind power will fail for the very reason that it costs so much energy just to create these windmills and the return will be nowhere worth the investment.  The same will soon be true of oil and fossil fuels as well.  It will soon cost more in energy to extract these resources that it will be a futile attempt to even drill for them.  Coal is yet another resource that is either going to pollute us to death or run out as well.  Just in case you didn’t know, coal is what most electricity is created with.

Our energy systems are vastly inefficient, with over 75 percent of the energy created going to waste through heat and transport.  We could afford this inefficiency when we had cheap, abundant oil.  But now we no longer have that luxury due to spectacular incompetence and a pathological need for infinite growth instead of simple balance.  All this behavior was created by the agricultural system.  We used to live in balance.  We definitely did.  We kept our populations at a very sustainable rate and ate what the land gave us and nothing more.  Agriculture may have saved our lives as a species, but it has caused way more trouble than it was worth.

Just imagine what the world would have looked like today without any civilized humans.  I’m sure it would look similar to the way it looked before we ever came along.  Diverse, full of life, free of toxins.  An interesting and wonderful life for all the species present.  No one species trying to control or exterminate the rest.  A nice life.  A simple life.  A world where everything balances out and there is never a thought of scarcity.

It’s a shame we got out of balance, but I do hope the collapse brings us back into balance for good.  That or we go extinct because we obviously cannot handle our own intelligence and have used it to rape and pillage the Earth and every living creature on it, including ourselves.  We are not good stewards of the Earth and we should have never gained all this control over it.  But since we have, we need to find a way to get back to the way it was.  But with our robber-baron consciousness we inherit from an early age in a world of fierce zero-sum competition, how could we ever trust that the whole world would go along with getting back into balance?  So it will certainly take a complete collapse for there even to be a chance of any balance.  And that makes collapse one of the best things that could happen to us.

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