A scarcity society is one without access to directly obtain resources and services at a local level, but instead are centrally controlled by legal systems and economics. An abundant model is what naturally condenses from self responsible communities that are free from or resistant to imperialism which means essentially owned. We are currently deprived of the moral decision as to how we should live our own lives, and instead are ruled, fed, clothed and educated as a social unit, to except and contribute to the convenient culture that not particularly convenient anymore. Rather than PROGRESS we are continually dazzled with technologies as novelty items that are not necessary, as we marvel at our chocolate tea pots we fail to recognise any global catastrophises other than a shortage of chocolate, well until now. A new disaster is unfolding, and just as unwelcome as covid, but carries far greater risks. An economic landslide is just around the corner, depending upon severity may well eventually redefine our economic fabric, what a brave new world!
How did we collectively get to this type of society? Where we all regularly declare the World as Mad, then get back to the Madness. I think recovery begins with the recognition that liberation is synonymous with responsibility, it always has. As Humans, Its part of our DNA to arrange ourselves appropriately and respond to our environment with protracted directives. Our ability to change the face of the Earth increases at a faster rate than our ability to foresee the consequences of that change. We can all make time to change if we had too, unfortunately, a preference to conformity keeps us bound to madness. Formal gardens and lawns surround our homes, which were originally conceived by the wealthy establishment in an effort to demonstrate control over nature and there people. Why would we wish to copy such bizarre behaviour? Its like a tribute to servitude. Using abundant design and working with nature, we can instead establish thriving food forest gardens that look and feel great, and produce fantastic food at the same time.
All naturally abundant systems require water, lots of it, and it falls out of the sky for free. As a society we don’t collect rain water in meaningful amounts for domestic purposes, the typical british water butt tank is not fit for purpose, even underground tanks in small gardens are just one of the options to water liberation.
As a society we currently design our houses and structures in primitive ways, without thoughtful design we inevitably follow the path to centralised systems as if its been designed. A properly built house passively regulates itself and requires little or no central energy inputs.
We can choose to liberate ourselves from the hard grip of the capitalist economy by peacefully transforming how we operate. By using only money to supply our resources and services, we inevitably behave according to the current economic paradigm, trapped in a repetitive existence with a promise of monetary liberation. Many people are fooled by the false freedom that comes with chasing money, the trap of capitalism, is not knowing when to stop earning/spending more than you need. True freedom can only be found from a responsible position and functional directives that sustain indefinitely. Top down solutions will inevitably prioritise the continuation of our current unsustainable social arrangement which includes irrational responses to threats and further wealth divide. Permaculture is a do-ocracy from the ground up ,it encourages a reclamation of responsibility as individuals and collectively with common sense solutions for all. This includes appropriate use of technologies but with greater focus towards small scale resilient systems, essentially re-localise everything. We can change our future by changing our attitude and behaviour, if we believe we are victims of the state we will confirm these beliefs.