You don’t need to have society reduced to rubble and ashes to start over. We can start over at any moment we choose. Nothing is true except the present, and the seasons. I’m learning to flow better with the seasons, and live more in tune with the natural world around me. You could say I’m becoming something of a Druid, learning to understand nature and everything she has to teach me. Since we are in the season of reflection, I have been thinking a lot. I have been looking at what I want to do in the world, and how to go about doing it.
After learning a lot through youtube and different facebook groups and pages all across the internet, I’m seeing a lot of those possibilities more clearly. One thing I have learned is that to understand what you want, first understand what you don’t want. Well that part’s easy. Just look at the world around us. It’s easy to get overwhelmed at first by the sheer weight of all the “problems” the world has. I put quotations on “problems”, because I think it’s actually just one problem, though it has many facets.
Let me explain, the biggest problem we face today, is ourselves. More specifically, we don’t believe in ourselves. We don’t believe we have the power to change things. Well, I believe we do. And I’m seeing it happen already!!!! I want to be a part of that change, I want to help nurture and grow this idea that we can all make a difference. The best way to do that is to start with myself I suppose, and share it with you so you might feel inspired to do the same. What are things I can do to change the world, right now? Let’s explore some of these “problems”, and find the solutions that are already within our power.
One big issue we face today is directly tied to our food. We are no longer eating things found in nature, companies like Monsanto are creating franken-food, which has been banned in multiple countries because it has been shown to have very negative effects on our health and the health of the world. Corporate farming is displacing animal habitats, it is poisoning the planet, and throwing off the delicate balance upon which everything depends. The food we are eating is making us sick, and so we go to the doctor, and are given a pill which makes us even more sick, and broke.
We have been so disconnected from what we eat it’s insane, and because food is a vital necessary part to life, the fact we don’t have control of it is a very bad thing. If the dollar were to collapse tomorrow, and suddenly your money was useless, what would people find valuable? Gold? Can you eat gold? Nope, can’t eat gold. Your best bet is food. People will always have a vested interest in food. Food is freedom. The food they sell us now is shit, utter total garbage. The seeds from this kind of food are useless, they won’t sprout after the first season. This crap is covered with chemicals that people can’t inhale and we’re eating it. Go figure.
Let’s rip up 100 acres of nature so we can plant rows and rows and rows of genetically modified corn, then we’ll spray it with poison, and wonder why we’re all getting sick and all the animals are dying. Never mind all of the useful things growing in that forest. Never mind all the animals living in that forest. The blatant dis-respect we show is astounding. I think maybe nature has a better idea of how to do things. What’s even funnier is the large amount of useful wild plants labeled as weeds. Well they have roundup to take care of those. Our agricultural system is all messed up. If I were to walk around outside I could find in five minutes dandelion, cat-tails, plantain, wild-raspberries, burdock, nettles, and clover, just to name a few. They all are either edible, or have medicinal qualities, or both. And these are just a FEW of the things that we blindly, arrogantly consider weeds.
So we have this misguided notion of the natural world and what’s useful. Someone please tell me why lawns are considered normal? There is an awesome page on facebook called grow food, not lawns. I suggest you check it out and see all the awesome alternatives to mowing your lawn. Find ways to work with nature, not against it.
The whole thing is set up as one gigantic system with many arms designed to keep you in bondage. You can’t see the chains, they are made out of fear and apathy. They use everything in their power to keep us under control. From fluoridating our water and killing our desire to fight for something better, to poisoning our food and making us sick, to polarizing us and keeping us fighting amongst ourselves, to downright denying our constitutional rights when people start to protest this system. They are working very hard to make sure we don’t wake up. Why is that?
Is it perhaps because they don’t have that much power when we wake up to our own potential. Get angry. You need to get angry. You need to get angry because anger is better than apathy. Make sure your anger is useful. Use it as inspiration to get out there and do something about it, instead of falling into the trap of impotent rage. I will be adding a lot of information and links in the future so you can see for yourself how badly we’re getting fucked, er I mean so you can educate yourself on what’s happening and why it needs to stop.
Still, you would think with all that oil, they could at least use some lube eh? Pricks. I kid, I kid, but no not really. On the bright side, the right side, I will also be adding tons of material on how to stop the rape of our planet and it’s people.
There are options out there which will free you, me, and the planet from the poison tentacles of the corporate machine. From simple things we can start doing right away, to things which might require more planning, teamwork and investment.
Growing your own food and herbs can save you money in the grocery store, grow enough food and you can start selling or trading it with others, get a bunch of family, friends and neighbors together and you can share your bounty and help each other. Grow your community by growing food. If you live in an urban area, don’t get discouraged, there are lots of creative alternatives to a traditional garden that also account for space restrictions. You can also look into joining a community garden. I would also suggest starting community gardens. This is something I want to start, and I’m really excited about it. We have the resources, it’s go time!
If you don’t have a garden and can’t grow one, get your food organic from local sources. It can be a little more expensive then the pseudo fruit at pick-a-slave, but it’ll save you thousands of dollars in medical bills down the road, and it will keep money in the local economy. Money that will help friends and neighbors who are also struggling to get by. Who needs the money more? The 80 year old guy at the farmer’s market every Sunday, busting his ass to grow some peppers, or the corporate parasites who claim they own the world and have everything money can buy and then some?
It’s funny, while we are forced to live in an ugly grey “habitat” they created by destroying the real world, they get to enjoy the last bits of paradise left. Why do we live in a grey world? Because they tell us to? Why do they tell us to? Perhaps because color and beauty and curves and texture are exciting, and calming, and inspiring all at the same time. They don’t want you to feel those emotions, they want you to feel hopeless and apathetic. They want you to feel like your sanctuary and peace comes from living in that stupid fucking box, surrounded by trinkets from walmart. Just sit down in front of the TV, watch your “programs” (read: programming) and everything will be fine. I refuse to buy into that bullshit system any longer. Not when there’s something I can do about it.
I have access to greenhouses, land, and the tools I need to start making this a reality for me and the people close to me. I’m planting my garden this year, I’m sharing the fruits of my labors with anyone who needs it. I’m going to help people get set up to do the same. I’m going to preserve that food when it comes time to harvest it, and share it with anyone who needs it. I’m going to make the world around me more beautiful, more natural, more wild.
I’m going to find out the best ways to become self-sufficient and live in harmony with nature, and help others to do the same. I’m going to plant flowers in unlikely places. I’m going glorify trees. I’m going to get my hands dirty and my armpits fucking sweaty, and fuck it, I might not shave em either. Call me a dirty hippy and see if I care. I’m going to shout out far and wide to anyone who will listen to me that this doesn’t have to be the world we live in.
Most importantly, I’m going to share my Journey with you, and invite you to join me. We might start out small, even the mighty oak has to start out as an acorn. The thing about the acorn is this, it knows it has the power to grow. We should follow it’s example and wake up to our own strength and potential.