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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.

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SOME THOUGHTS

There’s something magical about growing food, its a bit like printing money, it seems naughty, something to hide, but the truth is its wonderfully liberating. To directly  produce and supply a household with nutrient dense food is one of life’s pleasures. It was not always like this, there was a time when we used to rely on the supermarkets for all consumption, and swallowed the cost, put up with the shop, snarled at the food and packaging. I also hated the indirect consumption, no relationship, no satisfaction, no responsibility, money ultimately robs us of establishing a direct relationship and therefor should be used sparingly.

It is important to recognise and appreciate the positive and negative attributes of direct experience verses indirect experience. Direct experience comes with no one or anything in between, instantaneous observations and reactions.                                  Indirect experience is reading or listening for the accumulation of knowledge, which is the standard approach of most education.   A simple thought experiment might highlight the distinction and importance of each discipline.

Consider two school classes of ten year olds, class one and class two. The aim is to teach both classes to ride a bike, assuming they cant yet. Class one is going to learn directly, the kids are lead to a field and become familiarised  with bikes and there features. They are given 2 weeks practice before being evaluated.

Class two is going to learn indirectly with the help of a teacher and a blackboard, starting with familiarising the kids with a big drawing of a bike. The kids have 2 weeks to remember a 20 step process of how to ride a bike.

After 2 weeks the results are in,class one successfully produced proficient cyclists, the kids were asked to write there own 20 step process of how to ride a bike but failed to match the test requirements.

Class two was successful at regurgitating the required information but not one child was able to ride a bike.

This fictional experiment is conceived to draw attention to the lack of general practical life skills or commonsense that are absent from current society, however, our indirect knowledge is vast and we have become isolated or narrowed through specialisation. As the volume of knowledge accumulated by humanity became great, increasing specialisation appeared in response. The more specialised the knowledge the more the whole picture is lost. Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple. We are failing to recognise the weakness of indirect experiences or objective thinking, when we think and talk about objectivity, traditionally we understand it as  a kind of disembodied, transcendent “conquering gaze from nowhere, in which the subject is split apart, distanced from and set above the object of enquiry, inadvertently loosing responsibility  through separation. Another weakness is the world has become so specialised it cant view anything in its entirety.

“The body seems separate from the universe, but it is actually intrinsically one with the universe and could have no independent existence”

Suppose for a moment, an embodied perspective from a position within the world, and undeniably responsible. What kind of world would be created if this was the basis of all thinking.

I would imagine we could recognise our own negative contributions to the world and therefor make appropriate changes. We might recognise our hedonistic and decadent society, is drunk with entertainment and malnourished from cheap food, all part of the “bread and circus” so we dont realise our political processes have become hijacked by corporations, oligarchy and tweedism. Voting for the political parties on offer is like voting for MacDonalds, Burger king or Kentucky fried, we only get variations of the same stuff.  Perhaps we continue to find what else is going on and discover 40% of the worlds agricultural land is seriously degraded, that 1.5 billion people are starving yet we throw away 1.5 billion tonnes of food globally every year. How would we behave if we lost faith in the endless growth paradigm, hopefully after the hangover we reacquaint ourselves with commonsense and realise we shouldn’t drag our entertainment baggage from the hold of our sinking ship.