Polarity

When you read this keep in mind, I am not claiming to have mastered these things.  I am an imperfect vessel of the truth.  These writings are an urge, enjoyment, and a mental workout.  I do not need your praise.  I am not here to lecture either.  I am merely reflecting on my understanding from nearly 60 years of life.  I hope some of this helps you make sense of things.  Meaning is my primary goal not power.  I do offer an alternative to what is mainstream.  It is meant for a few who have a similar life to mine.  Some of what I speak of is universal.  Everything I speak of is from others that I regurgitate to you.  If it is unique, it is only because I am a product of a unique local of nature and nurture.

Why is polarity important?  It is important because the problem with the world now is human nature.  The symptoms are tech’s destructiveness, energy waste streams, and network dysfunction.  Human nature is a mess in regards to proper species placement in the ecosystem of the planet.  We are now an extinction causing species.  We are a destroyer of a highly habitable and stable epoch for complex ecosystems.  This is commonly referred to as a plague species.  We counter that with we are intelligent and reflect universal intelligence.  This to me points to the evolutionary dead end of intelligence as a specie specialty.  In fact free floating intelligence in an ecosystem leads to the anti-life destructiveness of technology and efficiency.  Wisdom is what is lacking and this is because of scale, balance, and limits.

Stop looking to miracles to mystify.  The miracle of life is enough.  Stop looking for special powers when you are walking upon a power that pervades all.  Stop looking for a God out there far enough away a myth can be created that mystifies.  Respect the sacred which is the truth unknown.  It is sacred for a reason accept this and have humility.  Atheist and fundamentalist alike look to miracles.  Atheist look to tech and knowledge to satisfy a higher power.  Fundamentalist look to a personification of a higher power in our image.  This higher power thinks like us and is omnipotent.

Science says God is unnecessary and this is true from a scientific method point of view.  If you are reducing life to facts, data, and hypothesis you don’t need the spiritual.  The spiritual embraces reality with the feeling and emotions of connectivity.  This is made possible with humility.  Science does not need feelings and humility.  Science needs data, evidence, and a method.  Man’s human nature needs both so they must be good neighbors. 

In this time of so much meaninglessness. Finding the proper balance of science and spirituality is essential for adapting and mitigating the coming decline process.  They both are vital to proper human nature if we are to apply wisdom to actions that have consequences.  Without proper wisdom the destructive process of ever more destructive tech is inevitable.  Spirituality must be tempered also or else we have unrestrained actions inconsistent with planetary system without data and evidence as a guide.

This dichotomy is why we have faith and belief.  They are not entirely different and should not be opposed.  We unconditionally embrace faith from emotions deep in our heart and soul.  We need belief to make sense of things with action and consequence.  This fundamental duality of our nature is detached in both directions in this age of machines and extreme spirituality. 

We believe with a faith or have a faith that believes.  This is a result of our dualistic nature having lost proper wisdom.  Here wisdom is of what tech and knowledge to use and what to reject in regards to what is proper to a life system.  This lack of wisdom is pointing to an impending reset.  This reset is systematic, planetary and evolutionary.  It encompasses all which points to a impending bottleneck. 

The problem today is scale and balance.   Delocalization and the transhumanism of this age of machines has disturbed our nature within nature.  It has resulted in hopium of both science and religion.  Actually, science and religion are merging in a messy meaninglessness.  Excessive science, tech, and knowledge accumulation is causing our self-destruction by contradiction that linear thought leads to.  Life is too nonlinear to fully describe linearly.  Tech just makes this more deceptive. 

Our disturbed human nature is the problem now.  It is civilization that allowed man to power multiply this disturbance.  Civilization is now a metastasizing disturbance.   Populations are beyond proper scale and our consumption destructive.  This arrogance of humanism is now an anti-life waste stream. 

Science, tech, and concentrated knowledge is not healthy now because it distorts the way of things. The vital balance of science and spirituality is now turbulent and manifested in an emptiness.  Emptiness is a manifested waste stream.  Science and spirituality must be properly scaled as neighbors.  This means localism.  As delocalization increases science power projection through economics creating extractive behavior with destructive waste streams. 

When the balance of human nature is skewed to science man draws into himself and becomes invasive and extreme.  This is a destructiveness that disturbs the force of life.  The distortions of spirituality are about lack of respect for a higher power from our power projections of science.  This is about usurping the sacred.  It is about claiming its power.  It is about looking far out of its proper scale when a proper spirituality is near man’s local and close to his family and tribe.  When you erect alters to the gods you have lost it.  When you formalize worship, you are losing it.  Spiritual must be found by being natural in nature. 

A small community is the proper scale.  Ideally in this time of extreme urbanism proper scale is permaculture farms orbiting a permaculture town widely dispersed with natural buffers.   Human waste streams are more manageable in this way.  This is not harmony but it is the right direction.  This may no longer be possible in many places but it is the only way forward. This way forward is backwards which then means embracing a paradox.  Modern life is now regressive not progressive.  Progressive now is rejecting the narrative of meaning of modern life’s progressivness.

If there is new religion to create it would be one embracing a wisdom of balance and scale of science and spirituality.  I am not advocating a new religion only an adaptation to your existing one.  Today these aspects of human nature are both in a turbulence.  Science is now a religion of scientism.  It is now being mechanized with transhumanism with the merger of machines and man.  It is increasing the delocalization of man making him invasive and extreme.  This disturbs the sacred that is that power and truth that pervades life.  Machines are not life and when elevated in importance are anti-life.  Automation and artificial intelligence are not a life essence.  They are only an armor.

The web of life is under attack and this is the problem with spirituality too.  We are looking out into places that are far from where a proper spirituality can be found.  This is arrogance.  This disregard for scale and balance is because we desire its power.  We have humanized the sacred and on doing so have created false idols.  Proper spirituality is based on humility and acceptance not glorification and grandiosity. 

A naturalism of scale is a proper spirituality that grounds with humility.  Accepting this then points to an existential humility lost that needs to be returned to.  Spirituality is now free floating and detached from planetary realities.  A medical term is a free radical.  Immune systems seek out these free radicals and destroy them.  The planet is doing this to us now.

The disruption of science and spirituality’s proper balance is now hard wired in our civilization.  It is when you embrace this reality you can find a transformation.  This transformation is an awakening of the real meaning of life in our age of machines.  A wisdom develops from this transformation. 

When the individual, small group, and at times small community can find strength in this rebalancing of the spiritual and science a proper religion result.  This means transforming your existing religion and rejecting scientism which is anti-life.  The free radical of scientism now touches all so reject this with prejudice through a proper wisdom.

A proper religion is wisdom of scale and balance in nature.  Nature enjoys nature and only nature can overcome.  This is the transmutation of the kind that is simple and natural not the faux one of misdirected alchemy of power over things and immortality.  True alchemy is transformative not a transcendence. 

Transmutation is a phase change and, in this case, it is back to our original naturalism.  This is not so much innocence but instead a natural and functional enlightenment or an expression of a complex ecosystem.  Simple enlightenment that is robust and draws complexity from planetary systems.  We may be trapped in the age of machines but an adaptive balance is possible.

Permaculture localism is salvific.  The redemption is scale and balance with all planetary systems.  This results in what science to use and reject but also the embrace of a proper humility of scale and balance.   Proper human scale to the land where this power and truth is fully connected to is a new persuasion to add to your existing religious meaning.

Those times when man was a seminomadic hunter gather is when we reached our apex of proper human nature.  We used science to gather and harvest.  Science made tools and allowed practical permaculture of ecosystem management.  From this naturalness meaning was cultivated in a narrow but life enhancing way.  The complexity was provided for from the planet.  Adaption to planetary upheavals was more likely.  There has been bottlenecks in the past and we made it through.  It is unclear if we will make it through the next one.

Spirituality was once one of weaving of beings and animate forces with a complete connectivity.  Culture was oral with the passing of meaning on to the next generation from elders who spoke wisdom.  This was living wisdom.  It was not written because a written culture is the beginning of the lost way of codifying the sacred in worship.  It was of respecting planetary systems and cycles naturally not forcibly with engineering or code.  If this was primitive and superstitious it was scaled and balanced in regards to what knowledge is needed and what is destructive.  Survival dictated this.

Today’s turbulence of proper science and spirituality is extreme and invasive.  It is even more superstitious than primitive man because it is empty.   We now know so much that what we know contradicts what we know.  We now have a spirituality that arrogantly worships the affluence and comforts of man not his proper place in life.  Even the traditional religions worship science and tech by embracing this arrogance of humanism.  We pray to a God to have more affluence instead of humility.  We want immortality not connectivity.

Today science is the religion of scientism.  Scientism is sorcery.  It is a modern-day witchcraft.  This results in a spiritualism of arrogance where science and spiritualism combine.  This combination is revolting to life just as opposite poles oppose. 

We arrogantly called our primitive ancestors superstitious yet we desire to know all.  We desire to know the deepest secrets.  We search for a power that will give us the immortality we crave.  Is this not a superstition far more destructive and distorting than the simple ones of these simple but complex peoples? 

These simple people were complex because they drew their complexity from a complex ecosystem.  By being symbiotic with proper scale of people and place proper balance of our instincts of science and spirituality resulted.  This was real sophistication.  A sophistication that embraced a far superior sophistication of the ecosystem they dwelled in.   

A naturalism of proper scale and balance respected nature unconsciously.  Today we are in an extreme reversal of this with civilization with its urban centers of specialization.  Our monocultures and tradecraft create waste streams that the ecosystem can’t properly manage.  The result is rapid succession.  Rapid succession is an extinction event.

Succession is the manifestation of life’s vital need for change to adapt to a changing planet.  Change is the underlying expression of the sacred and here is where we should embrace the truth.  We are an instrument of this truth.  We are in a late stage of this sacred change.   It is now extremely destructive because science has been mechanized and spirituality arrogant. 

The resulting destructive change is taking all systems down in succession.  This is not the great reset the priests and faithful of scientism crave with the singularity of the secret of the universe.  This is not the rapture the faithful who mistakenly believe in leap frogging the consequences of our meaningless.  This is a return to our original scale and balance of pre-civilization.  The planet is forcing us back to this original balance.

We have so degraded an immensely fertile and complex ecosystem of the Holocene we now have the resulting degraded and dirty age of succession called the Anthropocene.  This will further degrade quickly to a time of an age of renewal.  This won’t be in man time.  This will be in a sacred time.  This is where the truth dwells for modern man which is a humility of a rapid succession of his own doing. 

Find a niche of constructive growth that will be freed up in this decent of complexity.  Reject the complicated life of modern man but live it to leave it.  You can’t transcend it but you can transform it.  Simple transformation comes from humility to this destructive process.

This is the awakening.  It is a liberation to be yourself to find meaning in a world of meaninglessness.  What we were told was arrogance.  Arrogance is in our current nature in turbulence.  Tame the turbulence in humility.  Wisdom is the result.  Wisdom is about properly scaled decisions with accepted consequences.  Science provides the data and evidence.  Spirituality provides the humility to stay scaled. The combination of the two provide species balance.  The failures of this is arrogance.  This is the age of arrogance and failure.

The truth can’t be known it can only be approached.  Science grounded in a proper wisdom helps us approach this sacred truth.  Science is our nature resulting in tech.  A proper spiritualism is needed to balance science and restrain our urge to tech.  Spirituality is about knowing the limits to our scientific nature of desiring to know the truth.  The proper combination of the two is part of what the planetary system of life needs to grow complexity.  Evolution needs succession.

We can also say then what is happening is also the process.  Destructive succession is obviously part of it.  The point I am making is for you the individual, family, and tribe is survival which is also part of the plan.  To survive this time of destructive change with so much meaninglessness then embrace the reality of this age of death.  Use its nature to be that force that creates renewal.  Niches of constructive change are part of evolution of destructive succession.  Be the new human type that transitions this bottleneck.  It may not be you who transitions but it might be your seeds properly planted that bear this fruit.

demystify

Science is clear on carbon with the physics, chemistry, and biology.   The planetary carbon cycle has been forced by human activity.  There is no form of industrial human activity that is NetZero.  Sustainability can’t be achieved by adding so called “renewables” to an unchanged affluent seeking civilization.  This civilization is clearly in overshoot of both population and consumption profile.  This is a congenitally broken system of technology and energy that can’t be reformed.  Land use changes alone overwhelm the carbon budget with monoculture agriculture and human habitation waste streams from extractive needs.

The key problem today is decades of forcing is now phase changing.  It took years to warm the ocean and fill carbon sinks.  This will only be mitigated by a planet with significantly less human civilization.  If you want human civilization that is based on high-positivist and rationalist science it will have to be one accepting and embracing destructive change.  There is no other way.  Anything else is a lie of human arrogance.  This predicament of consequences can only be adapted to and mitigated by a localism of downscaling, decentralization and degrowthing within the process of decline.  This is only possible at the grass roots because the top is impervious to reform.  The planet is initiating change with all its systems and human systematic decay is now well past its tipping point into decline.

Pointing fingers at fossil fuel oligarchies and not looking at the same corruption from green tech oligarchies is just a fraudulent wealth and power transfer scheme.  The elites have plans to remain elites.  These plans are not based upon planetary concern or else 400 jets would have not journeyed to CopOut26.  Academics that create intellectual material are themselves oligarchies surrounded by group bias and expensive walled in campuses.  How can they comment on carbon or social justice when they are corrupted?  They are pawns of the elites so their proclamations are more based on an ideology of scientism than facts and evidence of honest science.  State capitalism based on the successful Chinese model of affluent authoritarianism of a minority is taking over the majority of the rich world.  This State capitalism both east and west will have to colonize globally north and south to remain affluent.  The silk road is Chinese colonization just as the American dream once was and before that European colonization.  Carbon has always been the lubricant of colonization.

There are no solutions to this because high civilization itself is wired to be a consumerist-industrial growth economy.  This is congenitally unsustainable and tweaking it with a fake green sustainable development with technocratic control and so-called renewables is just another lie.  These noble lies to save the planet are really just to save civilization for a few and serfdom for the majority.  This will benefit a new global oligarchy of east and west in state capitalism.  This is elite merger.   It is unclear if these elites can avoid a catastrophic war because the drums are beating.  Hegemony is a human addiction.  Between war potential and planetary forces of decline, our consumeristic-industrial growth economy is heading for a break point.  The next step down is forced localization which will result in lower populations and consumption without negotiations from science and technology only appropriate responses.  The only negotiations are with human nature with human nature.  This is the basis of wisdom.

It is this transformation of human nature that is the beacon.  This beacon will come from the many examples already in place among less developed populations of low tech and no tech across the globe.  This is not only in the south.  This can be boosted and leveraged by modern science.  It can not be replaced by modernist science and technology.  This is the problem so if there is a path forward it is not state capitalism that is a fascist combination of monopolistic and Marxist control.  It will be permaculture localism that will seek out niches of growth in sustainability and resilience.   This can only be found with the combine approach of low tech and no tech and ample amounts of basic facts and evidence of modern science to focus best practices. 

This is not the mystifying modernist science and technology that talks of space travel nor the transhuman of AI and automation.  It will be practices already in place found across the globe of peoples that have maintained their cultural identity even after being colonized by the global extractive economy.  These people have already adapted and mitigated the damaging effects of this last stage of civilization by remaining dedicated to their core identities.  This is not blind optimism because the planet is tipping. No matter how adapted locals are with the best practices of permaculture localism there are still consequences so this is why human nature must be transformed.  This transformation is a wisdom and an insecurity.  This is humility and acceptance which is the basis of honesty.  It is only honesty that benefits from the truth.

Subverting imperial greenwashing

By Vijay Kolinjivadi, originally published by Uneven Earth

  • January 6, 2022

Max Ajl’s recent book published this year by Pluto Press, entitled A People’s Green New Deal, is a welcome and important contribution to an increasingly crowded and confused conversation on “green” futures. In the industrialized countries of the Global North, especially the USA, the European Union, Canada, and Australia, governments, social movements, and everything in between have proposed “Green Deals” of varying demands, generating much confusion as to what each of them stand for and the types of interests that underpin them. Ajl’s book places particular attention on the prospects of a US Green New Deal; as the US economy directly infiltrates nations and social classes around the world with its military, petrodollars, and monopolies, what it decides to do in the name of “greening” will have profound implications on the rest of the world under the current order.

The book offers a refreshing analysis, grounded in an ecosocialist lens for a global anti-imperialist class struggle. In doing so, it distinguishes itself from the distractions of rhetoric loosely being advanced under an amorphous “Green New Deal”. Ajl details these distracting narratives as they range from: a) liberal progressives and social democrats using all the right words but ultimately compromising to the interests of capital by advocating things like “greening” the US military; b) techno-modernist socialism unhinged from basic understandings of ecology while continuing to depend on exploitation of a Third World (e.g. “fully-automated luxury communism”); c) Euro-centric working-class solidarities for “greening” in the industrial core that conveniently ignore precarious and racialized labor forces both within and beyond the “Global North” (e.g. “Ecological Politics for the Working Class”); d) global veganism and half-earth nature conservation that have no qualms about embracing colonial logics against non-Western ideologies and affinities, and e) status-quo United Nations and World Bank-speak in support of the “Sustainable Development Goals”, furthering the myth of “green growth” and paying for nature’s “services”, which have thus far done little to halt or have even reinforced global inequalities and hastened ecological collapse. Of course, these narratives are not mutually exclusive, but hybridize into different shades. Common to all however are the silences in demanding climate reparations for historically uneven ecological exchange in which imperialist colonizers of Europe and North America looted the resources and life-energies of billions of people and displaced and shackled hundreds of millions in the Global South as a cheap laboring force to keep prices low and speculative finance afloat. It is this oppressive unequal ecological exchange that makes it possible for countries like Switzerland and Belgium to be considered chocolate connoisseurs, for the United States to foster and produce “innovative” tech hubs like Silicon Valleys that produce tax-evading billionaires, and for cities across Scandinavia, Canada, and Australia to be consistently distinguished with high standards of living.

Put simply, there can be no such thing as an ecologically-conscious future unless it involves popular control over time, territory, and ways of living that Indigenous people, pastoralists, campesinxs, and artisans around the world demand as restitution for historical and repeated assaults on their autonomy. In this review, I assemble a series of quotations from the book under broad themes that highlight a few key take-away messages as well as an invitation to further dive into the details by reading the book. I conclude with some issues I felt the book left the reader to ponder.

Main take-aways

To control industrialization does not mean to eliminate industrialization, let alone modern social life with complex forms of economic interchange and interdependence. It means understanding how on the one hand, the North is gratuitously over-industrialized, and not to the benefit of working-class life. And it means accepting how much northern industrial capital, and the consumption which it encourages, rests on de-development or underdevelopment of the South.”

What is missing in the First World left is not an abstract commitment to solidarity and partnership but a committed internationalism which takes the anti-systemic struggles of the periphery as the fundamental departure point for solidarity…thus climate debt or ecological debt must be a fundamental part of any serious green transition.”

If capital is under pressure from social movements or political parties and needs to find a way to give something away to domestic middle classes, that something has to come from somewhere (my emphasis added). And that somewhere will be those not included in the social and political struggles: in other words, the South.

Ajl’s work offers a reality check reminding us that the influence of ecosocialism in contemporary global politics is at a historical low and indeed superseded by the more organized forces around pro-capitalist and techno-futurist versions of eco-fascism. The (often failed) electoral politics ambitions of recent legislators like Bernie Sanders in the US, Jean-Luc Mélenchon in France, and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK should not distract us from this reality. He also emphasizes the utter importance of placing agrarian reform for agroecology and peasant sovereignty at the core of what an anti-imperialist ecosocialism would require.

Modern industrial agriculture does not feed the world; it is incredibly wasteful and takes the capacity to produce food away from people who understand their territory the best. Instead, it forces everyone to be market consumers of pesticide-ladened and chemical fertilizer pumped monocultures that generate mass death of pollinators, birds, and soil life. It also heightens the risk of animal-human transfers of new epidemic diseases that lead to potential pandemics. With industrial agriculture, being fed is no longer something that every human deserves but something that reflects purchasing power and the capacity to absorb rising costs of food . These values neatly follow racial and class lines, with the vast majority of people unable to afford healthy and sustainable food production systems as these are re-branded into market consumption as “artisanal”, “organic”, or “heirloom”. Perhaps worst of all is the way modern industrial agriculture mines arable soils, stealing time, land, and knowledge from human societies and rendering current and future generations bereft of food-producing potential.

Why an internationalist, anti-imperialist politics is what being ecological should refer to

Colonialism itself is not over. As formal and legal decolonization gave way to neocolonialism, nations lost control over their economic sovereignty, the pot of gold they had hoped to find at the end of national liberation…Indeed, even during the brilliant noon of decolonization from 1947 to 1980, farmlands, forests, banks, currencies, factories, salt iron mines, quarries, and oil fields remained in the hands of the colonizers. Almost never was decolonization so successful as to allow peoples to fully determine their own histories, even within their own nation-states…the climate crisis is basically the child of northern imperialism, pure and simple.

Ajl reminds readers that it is impossible for the global ecological breakdown that we witness today, such as COlevels reaching their highest levels in 3 million years, to have occurred without past and present (and expected future) dehumanization of black, brown, and Indigenous people. It is consequently impossible and counterproductive to treat ecological crises like climate change as separate from those that perpetuate settler colonial land grabs, class divisions, and a military industrial complex. Tackling ecological crises requires structural transformation rejecting a militarized global police force (e.g. the US military) that justifies war-profiteering over the lives of Yemenis and Palestinians in the name of free markets.

Why other Green New Deal proposals based on “green” social democracy or domestic “green” Keynesianism are fundamentally flawed

There are four problems with green social democracy. First, it is not achievable through current strategies. Two, even if it were possible, it would be imperialist and rest on devastating the South. Third, it is being marketed as something it is not: namely, eco-socialism … and four, it limits our political imaginations.”

This does not mean it is bad to have anti-racist green left-liberals in office. It means that they will not implement eco-socialism unless massive movements and parties outside the state, and worldwide, are fighting for actual eco-socialism – which Ocasio-Cortez, 350.org, and the Sunrise Movement are not.”

Ajl historically contextualizes “green social democracy” as Keynesian concessions to labour that worked to stave off the spread of communism in the post-war era and were ultimately intended to reinforce capital accumulation. He highlights precisely why left-liberal politicians and journalists confound the terms of debate by ignoring this history. Instead, “green social democrats” tiptoe around very real uneven ecological exchange while superficially signalling support (largely by recourse to electoral politics) to anti-imperialist social movements and Indigenous demands around the world.

“Greening” as securitizing capitalism

Green Social Control aims to preserve the essence of capitalism while shifting to a greener model in order to sidestep the worst consequences of the climate crisis. [It] is a decision to avoid reparations [and] a blueprint for world management in which imperial loot remains in the North.” 

In relation to the confusing politics of Green Keynesianism as described above, a People’s Green New Deal explicitly rejects “green social control” or any eco-friendly attempt to maintain capitalism intact while deflecting or dismissing conversations around climate reparations for colonial violence and theft. Securing capitalism through greening takes the form of carbon offset purchases, eco-certification schemes, industrial and high-tech precision agriculture, “nature-based solution” projects and ecosystem service policies and others that co-opt intimate ecological relations as alienable forces of production.

On (green) technology

Those who argue in an absolute way for technology’s categorical social neutrality, especially from the left, forge one of the most dangerous, subtle, and effective instruments of ideological counterinsurgency: they accept the myth of progress and confuse opposition to the capitalist agenda. And this is dangerous, because capitalists do not choose technology willy-nilly, but in order to maximise power, as has been shown time and again by critical historians of technology.”

Amazon relies on a certain way of organizing the human relationship with the environment. Each item for sale on Amazon’s website, its energy-guzzling “cloud” data servers, its gossamer logistical systems which enable same-day delivery, is tied with a million threads to use of carbon sinks and the atmospheric space for CO2 emissions. These occur without the permission of humanity.”

To meet UK electric car targets in 30 years, the (British) Isles would need twice current world annual production of cobalt. It would swallow up current world production of neodymium, gobble three-fourths of world lithium production and at least half the world’s copper. If mileage did not shrink, to charge that monster fleet an additional 20% of current UK-generated electricity would be needed …. Cobalt, one necessary mineral, is kept cheap by a half century of neo-colonial massacre in the Congo, and lithium extraction turns on the mangling of Latin American water tables. Even now Microsoft, Tesla, and Dell are being sued for being party to child labor in the Congo mines that supply material for the batteries that keep their doodads cheap and briskly selling.”

Ajl emphasizes that technological futurism cannot be discussed in isolation from the interests and voices that fund and imagine it. Popular control of knowledge and deliberation of its impacts is dismissed in favor of techno-utopias dreamed up through visions of human exploitation, despite the window dressing of “fully-automated communism” or (white) working-class ecological politics. Technology, no matter how “green,” is therefore always political.

On the colonial violence of suggesting “global veganism”

Plant or culture-based meats … now rely on tremendous inputs of energy, and according to lifecycle assessments, may be more carbon-intensive than cows.” … “We have to keep in mind that the problem is not meat, but certain kinds of meat production: capitalist concentrated animal feeding operations.”

The demand that meat-eating cease … creates northern consensus around encouraging, coercively or otherwise, transformations of how people live. It also creates a justification for unnatural ‘climate solutions’ based around biofuels and bioenergy or ‘afforestation’ based on trash-tree plantations which will allow the great petroleum corporations to keep burning their assets, to great profit. And it will be the poor who will suffer.

A People’s Green New Deal would never impose universal cultural blueprints. It would not continue imposing imaginaries of human-nature relations from entitled Northern countries onto all people of the world through strategies like “compulsory global veganism” or “half-earth” conservation. Such tactics would scream colonialism and border on eco-fascism.

On ways forward

Although we should embrace scientific advance in healthcare, from regrowing knee cartilage to organ transplants, the obstacle to world-class worldwide universal healthcare is not technological. It’s social. It demands a social revolution to shatter the capitalist organization of healthcare and to restructure it as primarily care-centered, preventative, and decentralized.

If social wealth is generally allocated based on labor inputs, relatively labor-intensive agroecology will receive more compensation…Command measures ought to extend to phase-outs of industrial agriculture, which has no justification for existing, and wholesale shifts in research spending away from conventional agricultural research and towards agroecology.”

Land should be redistributed everywhere. Each country should have total control over the food import and export trade, so that food dumping is impossible. Communities rather than farms should be in control of water, seed, and eventually land. This is the agenda of food sovereignty.

Intra-urban transportation would occur on bicycles, electronic bicycles, and mass transit, from trolleys to trains, where possible. Private cars would be most often reserved for ambulances and emergency transport – the times and places where society can collectively decide to use the fruits of inherently damaging industrial production in order to protect and convenience human life.”

Shifting from brick cladding, vinyl windows, asphalt shingles, and fiberglass insulation to a wood-frame house which substitutes those other products with cedar shingles and siding, wood windows, and insulation made from cellulose can convert such a home into a net absorber of CO2 emissions provided that when the house is demolished, the material is recycled instead of entering a landfill.

A People’s Green New Deal devotes its second half to sketching alternatives to the ‘Green Deal’ idea that put power back into the hands of workers, recognizing crucially how the production of “green” means exploitation of people especially in the Global South. It proposes several key improvements in terms of worker-controlled production; quality and anti-imperialist healthcare; urban re-design; large-scale agrarian reform and the dismantling of agri-business; intra-regional and collectively-controlled transportation systems, and locally-appropriating siting and construction of widespread social housing among other strategies.

In reflection: Thinking with and beyond A People’s Green New Deal for anti-imperialist organizing

Ajl’s A People’s Green New Deal has enormous implications for many who have put their eggs in the basket of “green” environmental politics. It is a wake-up call (or perhaps a slap in the face) to eco-minded social democrats, left liberals, and Green Party followers in rich countries to reassess the colonial violence of their proposals. Ajl stresses that Green New Deals have failed to center the rising tide of dissent ranging from Indigenous sovereignty on Turtle Island to Palestine, to the abolition of systemic racism and carceral assaults as demanded by “Black Lives Matter”, to reproductive control over (femme) bodies, to material transfers of “Land Back” and ecological debt reparations. A People’s Green New Deal redefines (or perhaps defines more clearly) what a just transition implies. Thus far, it is only the degrowth movement in the Global North that makes advances to redirecting the violent processes of growth; though tweaking the machinery of “growth” requires an explicitly anti-imperialist emphasis. As Ajl makes resoundingly clear, “greening” must be redirected as an international class struggle and demand for Indigenous sovereignty. The only way to do this is to ensure transfer of wealth back to those it was stolen from in the form of payment of climate debt (and ecological debt more broadly).

Yet, the means by which such a profound cultural shift can be accomplished leaves the reader somewhat wanting. Ajl notes that “being has a tendency to determine consciousness”, referring to the fact that Global North bodies are less likely to feel and experience the effects of imperialism due to the comforts that they’ve inherited and continue to obtain from an “imperial mode of living”. The problem is simple, yet difficult to overcome: the absence of crucial experience in the inherited comfort of middle-class bodies without which the true depth and nature of ecological crises as a class struggle is potentially not graspable nor perceivable. As Catherine Liu recently writes in Virtue Hoarders: The Case against the Professional Managerial Class, we left progressives in electoral politics, academia, journalism, and other facets of the creative sectors and knowledge economy refuse to talk about class or class consciousness in proposing solutions to things like social and ecological crises. As a result of repeatedly masking questions of our class status with deference to increased gender and racial identity politics and tolerance, the outcome over the past four decades has been an ultimate boon to neoliberal capitalism. Moreover, the perfectionist tendency to “be” and embody anti-oppressiveness as the key to social change excludes people that do not live up to a constructed (though often unspoken) ideal depicting a sort of commitment to struggle. It has also resulted in alienating allies for changing their minds or making mistakes. These legacies of a neoliberal era occur due to a deeply individualizing ethos of personal responsibility that permeates palpably in spaces of well-meaning self-identifying left progressives. The consequence has been the generation of new forms of leftist accommodation within liberal market economies around knowledge generation, and more detrimentally, a pernicious intransigence to truly organize in solidarity across class divides. The potential of engaging in anti-imperialist eco-socialist politics without falling into the trap of an identitarian bourgeois politics of anti-oppression Olympics needs careful attention yet is all too often brushed aside.

For others in less comfortable positions but who are able to get a foot in the door to the fabled “American”, “Canadian”, or “European” dream (even in the abject exploitation of their labor they may experience), the pressure to prove oneself as an entrepreneurial and well-behaved visible or cultural minority enormously sets back the possibility for working class solidarity. Given this gulf of class difference, through what cultural means can class convergence take form in practice? How might this arise? What will it take for comfortable, even anti-racist eco-minded liberal progressive Westerners (and other privileged groups elsewhere) to recognize that Indigenous sovereignty, Third World working class struggle, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) peoples’ dreams for the future, and religious caste oppression are not side objectives, but fundamental for reversing ecological breakdown, generating and resurrecting alternative relations and relationships into being?

Alternatively, why should “greening” strategies direct attention to comfortable middle class Westerners at all? Why even (re)center voices of those who can’t possibly understand the material and everyday violence inflicted on countless people? Would it not make more sense for this demographic to cede place entirely and listen (for a change) by following the lead of those who have been and continue to be violently erased in the name of colonizer ecology? If this latter, what might this look like? These are questions that are left open in trying to imagine a “People’s Green New Deal” in action. It is here where thinking about organizing for anti-imperialist solidarity in the context of generational imperial living could benefit from both class- and region-specific context. What can liberal progressive-minded people in North America learn about “greening” from racial, labour, and decolonial struggles in their own communities? How have middle classes in places like Chile and Ecuador amplified voices and contributed through meaningful rather than performative allyship in anti-imperialist struggles?

Ajl raises some relevant points on the question of national sovereignty from imperialist resource and labour grabs, to reclaim popular control over the means of governing and administering resources in a society, and the role of a national governing body as an appropriate jurisdiction to ensure climate and ecological debts are transferred and appropriately administered. At the same time, he rightly stresses the “hierarchical international system organized around nation states.” Here, some greater clarification is needed. Since demands for national sovereignty often work in parallel to demands around land rights within capitalist political and economic relations, similar questions arise. Both have to do with understanding sovereignty not as a codifiable “right” but as a legitimate relationship. On the one hand, recognition of land rights and nation states are necessary to reclaim autonomy over cultural and economic lifeways; while on the other hand, they reduce diverse political subjectivities and relationships of territory to that of land or “national identity” as an entity to possess and enclose, to erect exclusionary borders around, to ally with or war against. How can overtly or indirectly socialist-oriented governments like Bolivia, Venezuela, and now Chile (under newly-elected Gabriel Boric) effectively reclaim popular control when they are at the same time imbricated within capitalist global markets for primary resources? What unintended effects does the stickiness of globalized markets and their infiltration into anti-imperialist ecosocialist national projects engender? Furthermore, how might the ‘national question’ support Indigenous sovereignty and demands for “Land Back” in different parts of the world? The potentially messy confluence between national sovereignty and a broader vision for an anti-imperialist (and thus anti-capitalist) internationalism needs some fleshing out. What comes first, a popular struggle to demand a fully internationalist anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist world order or nation states etching out sovereign ecosocialist agendas within an ossified and violently militarized capitalist world order? A People’s Green New Deal would require further guidance as to which of these strategies comes first as well as how they might interact or counteract each other.

Finally, Ajl argues that casting a glance away from these questions and instead turning to what is “feasible” or “pragmatic,” as liberal progressive professional managerial classes in the Global North all too often do, effectively confirms that the exploitation of people and nature from a fabricated Third World is an unquestioned necessity. But the questions of how to combat the always-present penchant for pragmatism, even among comrades on the Left, as well as the unexpected outcomes of trying to realize idealized forms of popular sovereignty and control among extremely heterogeneous and internally fractured societies remain open ones. Greater clarity is needed on how anti-imperialist local direct action or municipalisms can better align with an anti-imperialist internationalism, while perhaps reducing the role of the nation state to facilitating this convergence process.

Ajl rightly emphasizes that the “Left” is by no means organized enough. It is clear that status quo establishment has a firm hand in the driver’s seat of a melting planet when tax-evading fortune-500 companies own more wealth than entire countries (with politicians blithely casting their glance away and indeed participating in tax evasion schemes themselves), when stock market bros capitalize upon sophisticated machine learning to squeeze profits from Wall Street, or when eco-fascist elements carry on the legacy of systemic and historical Eurocentric imperialism in “solutions” like replacing (certain) human populations with pristine wilderness. Dislodging this cabal of eco-modernists (regardless of their capitalist or socialist inclinations) through popular revolt has never been more urgent and yet seemingly so far away. A global “People’s Green New Deal” therefore demands that our ecological practice is anti-colonial and anti-imperialist or nothing at all.

Appropriate Tech

I am presenting to you an article that has some amazing insight into the nature of technology.  REAL Green adaptation is primarily a system to reconcile technology and spirituality.  The REAL Green message is meant for more affluent westerners.  I am relatively affluent so I will not pretend to be an expert on what is best for the poorer subsistence farmers of the world.

This article is directed to their protection and advancement through “AT” appropriate technology.  The affluent need to reflect on “AT” as a new benchmark.  An alternative to the status quo of ever-expanding efficiency and tech that is clearly failing to delivery real happiness is now needed more than ever.

The wisdom of what tech and knowledge to use and what to reject is a key aspect of REAL Green.  This article lays forth a foundational approach to this wisdom from the tech perspective.  Those in the 3rd world are the beacon now in regard to appropriate tech.  Those in the first world the problem with high tech.  The planet is in decline and in need of beacons and less problems.

I recommend you read the article I linked.  In this post I am highlighting terms, nomenclature, and definitions from this article mainly to digest the best points.  These notes are useful to explain green prepping tech.  Appropriate technology is central to localism and permaculture of REAL Green.

My goal in REAL Green is to get affluent westerners closer to appropriate technology.  REAL Green considers decline an unstoppable force now.   The embrace of the affluent with tech and efficiency is complete now meaning the penetration of tech and efficiency into our lives can’t be reduced. 

Affluent people are trapped in an unsustainable world of ever-increasing demands for tech to solve problems.  This is now the problem.  Affluents are trapped in carbon and the path dependencies of growth.  This trap is the culture we are locked into so adaptation is only incremental and marginal. 

We affluent westerners are comfort and convenience driven consciously and subconsciously.  Technology is central to our lives directly and indirectly.  This is a self-organizing systematic process beyond human control.  If there is human control at this point it is just exacerbating the negative process through delusions and denial.

Reason itself is corrupted in scientism.  Human wisdom is not trusted with trust given to algorithms and automation developed by compromised humans.  This means the damaged will be swift and brutal if more care is not taken.  Machines have no empathy or compassion and those who employ these tools have malice in their hearts.

My goal is to get people to develop a wisdom that is primarily focused on throttling down the affluence of the modern world.  This throttling is relative and realistic to the local of people and place.  My point is there is no way to go back completely to this AT world for the affluent people short of collapse.

The affluent can walk back a great deal and doing so can improve resilience and sustainability.  This strategy is then a lifeboat and hospice approach of small groups and individuals who can learn from the subsistence people our society has been colonizing for centuries now.  We can learn from them and be the ones colonized with a wisdom that seeks less of what we have become.  

This article is useful to know what direction we need to go in but we are not in the same world as these subsistence people this article reaches out to.  In the past we forced these subsistence people into our world of novel tech.  Now a forced planet and unwinding civilization will force us affluents back to the world of appropriate tech found among the subsistence peoples of the world. 

Techno fake greens take note.  Your world of wind and solar are a ruse for what is really green.  Renewables have a place in the world of decline now being entered but NetZero is a lie.  Green new deals are just more of the same tech and efficiency that guarantee failure.  This article addresses the correct path forward all true greens should reflect on.

“Appropriate Technology, Traditional Cultures and Degrowth”  by Alex Jensen, originally published by Local Futures.  I found it here:  https://www.resilience.org/stories/2021-12-14/appropriate-technology-traditional-cultures-and-degrowth/

Notes from appropriate technology:

The industrial-capitalist-technological system

novel ‘needs’ are manufactured

boundaries and norms of comfort and convenience are continually reshaped socially necessary

 ever-accelerating throughput of matter-energy and output of waste

Technological planned obsolescence begets material objects of short functional lifespan but nearly permanent environmental harm

being made of industrial processes and toxic substances that do not return safely to the environment (e.g. plastics, stain-resistant coatings with toxic ‘forever chemicals’, heavy metals

From an ethical and sustainability perspective, the reigning technological system is fundamentally in-appropriate but wearing the mantle of high-positivist and rationalist science

Rube Goldberg machine, where solutions, no matter how brilliant in isolation, are applied to either ridiculous ends or a ridiculous complication of means.  Each stage of the unnecessary or absurd contraption itself produces a new series of problems requiring further (profitable) technical mitigation, treatment, and ‘externalization’ (i.e. dumping) in turn.

technologies are whimsical cartoons

life cycle assessment

surplus exchange value for profits, rather than use or subsistence value for needs.

insidious seductiveness, since it disperses, mystifies and socializes its real costs in time and space, causing a “non-intersection between advantages that are privately consumable and disadvantages that have to be borne collectively

socially paid but nevertheless hidden from the end consumer. Only by way of this accounting legerdemain can complicated high-tech devices appear “efficient” against simple manual tools.

use value over exchange value; social necessity; place-based, hand-made and low- or no-energy; non-polluting; durable but also ultimately safely bio-degradable; democratic and decentralized; and non-alienating

the avoidance of technical interventions and superfluous innovations where none are needed, or where their utility may be overwhelmed by their harms: the sufficiency principle, and the precautionary principle, respectively.

I would also call this the ‘a-novation’ principle – the application of intelligence and creativity to not-doing, to non-production.

nothing should be made by man’s labor that is not worth making, or which must be made by labor degrading to the makers

Traditional/original AT, based on communal social arrangements, hand-crafted from local, natural materials that cultures have used since centuries mostly for subsistence purposes, satisfies practically all of the principles of deep sustainability.

contra modernist prejudices

externalized costs

modern AT (aka Intermediate Technology)

indirect pollution

technologies graft well onto and enhance the subsistence economy while responding to novel challenges of modernity, and maintaining critical qualities like autonomy and cooperation

some of them necessitate entanglement with the cash economy.

modern ATs as solar cookers and water heaters, rocket stoves, ram pumps, trombe walls and other passive solar building techniques are widespread.

This belies misconceptions of traditional cultures as static and closed; indeed, traditional ATs themselves are the result of centuries of careful refinement and innovation

chief disadvantage of both traditional AT and modern AT vis-à-vis modern high-tech is precisely in their non-mystifying nature: less privatized convenience borne of cost-shifting.

This lack of ‘convenience’, conventionally conceived, and the physical muscle input required in its use have been the very features of traditional tech long denigrated as backward,

pretext for colonial intervention and domination.

traditional cultures are eroded by incorporation into the extractive global economy. This is of particular concern at a time when living examples of AT and sustainable modes of social organization are so desperately needed as lighthouses by which to navigate the downscaling of industrial society.

still being muscle-powered enough to stop short of an energy stroke” of the sort suffered by the over-developed societies.

reversion to simpler, manually-powered AT

praise of traditional AT mere romanticization?

convenience through mechanization and automation under the banner of technological progress

epidemics of both physical and mental illth

lack of ‘conveniences’, facilitating reasonable and necessary bodily exertion and movement, connection to nature, and alleviation of loneliness.

AT movement, intermeshed with the degrowth movement, is doing exactly this sort of ‘reverse development’, re-peasantization and deliberate in-conveniencing, motivated both by ethical objections to the socialized harms of high-tech, and by practical ones of independence and autonomy, especially from centralized energy grids and fossil fuel oligarchies.

durable advantages

hegemony of the dominant system.

Agroecology

in the pursuit of “technological sovereignty

decommodify life through projects of sharing and repairing are also pointing the way towards a ‘social AT’: repair cafes,  remakeries, tool-lending libraries, and reskilling hubs.

planned obsolescence’ and criminalization of repair

not on ever more innovation, but rather ‘exnovation’ to dismantle harmful technologies and technological systems that are incompatible with eco-socially just futures.

There is no AT in traditional cultures independent of traditional community-based social arrangements: reciprocal labor sharing and care, mutual aid, and the like. The two are mutually constitutive.

Just as sustainability cannot be achieved merely by adding renewable electricity technologies to an otherwise unchanged consumerist-industrial growth economy, neither can AT in isolation make significant impact situated within an otherwise congenitally unsustainable system.

Unsustainable substitutions are often ushered in on the wake of community disintegration, and cause further such disintegration in turn, because by nature they obviate the community element, privatize the use and shift dependence to global industrial supply chains.

AT is therefore not just a matter of tools and artifacts, but requires supportive social and political-economic conditions.

smaller-scale, more localized, sufficiency economies

social maladies of alienation (from our own labor, ourselves, other people and nature)

downscale, decentralize and de-grow the economy

 This paper was originally presented at the online conference, “De-growth or Reinventing Life: Prospects and Projects”, 4-6 October 2021, by the M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political

simplicity

I wrote 8 pages on simplicity and realized that is not simplicity so I am going to struggle and keep this short. 

 “Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities.”

– Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain

“The clever will be deceived”

Somewhere in my readings of Taoism I read this.   Maybe it is my quote.  I can’t find it.

This is the passage where the rich man runs up to Jesus and says,

“Teacher, what must I do to experience eternal life?” and Jesus responds by saying, “Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor…for it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Mark 10:17-31

The truth is only found in simplicity for the truth is simple complexity.  It is this incongruous juxtaposition that is paradoxical.  The circular nature of the human condition written about by the greatest of those in the past points to a cycle of knowing and not knowing.  This can’t be deviated from.  It is the central nature of intelligence because it is only by losing ourselves, we find ourselves.  This is true of the individual as well as the collective.

If you want to find the truth at some point you must stop looking.  You have to look and this is part of it.  You will not find it and this is part of it.  This is the way and it is the simplicity of this process that is required.  Nothing is simpler than failure.  All is found in failure.  You are naked and alone and it is at that point you find it.

The collective is at this point.  You may be there too as the individual.  The collective is locked into this process beyond human intervention because this is the self-organizing process of billions of decisions that must run its course.  This is the consequences of complicated behavior in a complexity of civilization.  The end game is destruction because this is the basics of the dualism found in humanism.  Fighting it just makes it worse.  Embrace humility and failure by acceptance.

You the individual on the other hand can embrace this locally in people and place even within this end game of civilization where civilization discovers it is naked and alone.  You can find the burst of constructive growth within the destructive process of the human ecosystem self-destructing in its late stage.  You can’t transcend this but it can be transformed.

Simplicity is required.  Go into nature and become natural.  This is relative and realistic within the trap you are in.  The trap is the same for all individuals.  It is now all of our civilization that is unravelling.  Grace will visit you.  It will trick you by you outwitting your wit.  You will only find this through simplicity because an oak can’t grow in the desert.  Birds can’t fly in the sea.  Man can’t know the truth.  He can only get closer to it in humility.

Green Decline

The life I am living is in preparation for this collapse scenario.  Collapse is not popular.  People entertain it like they do when they study a disease, they think they might have.  They do this in a quiet secretive way.  My site is not very popular because of what I discuss.  If I were more uplifting, I may get more traction.  I am not seeking popularity nor recognition.  In fact, I want neither.  I want to give to a few of you something that will change your life.  It will be you that changes your life not me.  I am just showing you a door to open.

My response to this aversion is that so many people miss the liberating aspect of green prepping.  It is truly the most important nonimportant lifestyle people could follow today.  I say nonimportant because society considers it fringe and just for curiosity.  It is considered a hobby just like hobby farming which is actually much more.  Many hobby farmers would only be farmers if they could make a living at it.  Decline is not taken seriously.  It is taboo in many circles.  We are told to be optimistic and happy instead.

I explain this disregard for embracing decline and collapse as path dependencies and the trap of affluence.  The trap of the worship of science and the arrogance of humanism.  Humans are now hard wired with transhumanism and delocalized lifestyles.  Any contemplation of simplicity and localism has little traction other than in nostalgia.  I myself that live this life do it in a surreal and dualistic way.  I have come to a way of adapting to these mutually exclusive life systems by a hybridization.

I use the status quo of growth to leave it.  I leverage the status quo to build up my local and get positioned for a simpler life.  What this means is living a dual life of conventional growth and non-conventional growth.  You will need to grow either way.  Constructive growth locally in permaculture with renewal and restoration is essential to life.  The status quo growth of getting wealthy and comfortable is a delusion. 

The local world I am trying to return to has been dismantled from many decades of modernization and it has to be rebuilt.  Simplicity needs tools and education.  You will also have to continue to live the status quo life or you may lose your family and be thrown to the street as homeless.  The reality of the status quo is you must produce status quo results are end up a ward of the state or homeless.  Profit drives survival in our status quo world, don’t think otherwise.

There are some exceptions with the young who are unattached.  There are those who can come together as a group and do this move out of the status quo into a permaculture localism.  I am not speaking directly to these people.  I am speaking to people like me that have the time, money, and education.  I am trapped in affluence because of my people and place.  I accept this and wish it could be different. 

Most of these people I am speaking to will be middle age and older and have already experienced life.  They will have built up skill sets and established relationships.  They will have resources to make a move to different way of life.  I don’t offer much to urban people either.  My advice is, get out of cities while you still can.  I will not pretend to be an example for everyone.  I am just relating my experiences to those who might fit into my way of life.  Yet, there are many aspects that apply to all walks of life.

I have to respect those who can’t follow what I am preaching.  I have the time, money, and education and because of this it is my duty to do what I am doing.  I feel in no way superior nor judgmental on those who can’t.  Even the fools who are the robber barons and killers of nature I feel I am below.  They are the most deceived.  Their way is the most difficult.  You can never get enough affluence and knowledge which is basically what power is.  Power is an illness of the soul.  These people will never find true piece of mind.  Their empty soul will never be quenched because you can never get enough power.  The power of tech and affluence is a killer that causes self-destruction individually and collectively.

I am not going to pretend I am sheltered and others doomed.  This is not at all the case although I am prepped and will have options others don’t.  One thing I do not have is luck.   I have increased the odds but they are still odds and subject to luck.  I have the preparation but I do not have lady luck.  What I do have is proper preparations so if luck visits me it will prosper.  I will also know who she is because I will be humble and accepting for failure of everything I do.  If lady luck visits, then I have the potential to flourish in adversity.  This is the best it gets.  With REAL Green there are no assurances.  There are no places to hide.  You face death with dignity.  You seek to find a good death and find life in the process.

What I am doing has another silver lining if you want to take green prepping to a higher level.  What is green is more prepped and what is more prepped means more odds at survival.  What is green is more natural and a pathway to grace.  Keep in mind REAL Green is adamant about not being a religion.  It is an add-on spirituality to your existing spirituality.  It localizes and attempts to throttle down anti-life tech.  It attempts to embrace low carbon capture locally with efforts to harvest carbon naturally.  It attempts to gather carbon with lower tech. 

No tech is applied whenever possible which means embracing nature naturally.  Man is tech orientated so REAL Green does not attempt to dispense with tech.  Instead, what it does is humanizes it and seeks to eliminate the worship of tech. A proper REAL Green way is to live the status quo to leave it. 

This means triage, hybridization, and salvage.  The triage is removing the destructive growth from your lives that is leading to self-destruction.  The hybridization is taking the old ways of low tech or no tech and boosting them with the best of modern knowledge and material.  The salvage is being efficient with what you have.  Efficiency is a killer in the modern sense with ever rising need for performance.  This efficiency is different.  It means taking what you have and using it properly with applications.  This tech type is more related to conservation.

Salvage will be a critical element of decline.  In decline there will be abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational ever more present.  This means an adaptation and mitigation through taking what you have and repurposing it.  This is not about hating tech either.  Tech is a natural response of our human essence so respect your nature.  Do not hate things either.  Consumerism is destructive and an illness but this does not mean hating the things you bought.  That is a complete waste.

Instead apply strategies of triage and hybridization to salvage what you have.  Many things have a high imbedded ecological cost.  Make use of this in the sense of avoiding obsolescence.  Trashing an item because something better is available is often a green downcycling.  You might think you are saving energy but instead you are increasing energy use.  The important aspect of salvage is seeking to lower the status quo and build up localism.

The biggest aspect to decline that is necessary is not the things you need but the attitudes.  You will need to go through an awakening that will transform your life.  You will need to reject scientism with its transhuman idols.  Tech and knowledge must be controlled with a proper wisdom.  This wisdom is of less and local.  It seeks proper scale.  This wisdom is a wisdom of insecurity.  You will accept failure and mortality and through this acceptance find a liberation to be optimistic. 

This is transmutation.  You will change state from a creature of the status quo to being natural in REAL Green but not without a purgatory of the surreal.  This transmutation will deliver you from the latent pessimism found in the cognitive dissonance of the anti-life of transhumanism and scientism.  This transmutation is changing back to the naturalness of pro-life.  This is a grace that comes from letting go and accepting mortality.  Tech and affluence are not going to save you.  This is what the priests of scientism want you to think.  This is their deceptive message.  What will save you is right in front of you and under your feet.  It is becoming real and authentic.

That was a wordy introduction to the next level up of collapse.  Remember in these chronicles I am showing collapse in an ascending way in optimism.  You started with all-down.  This is where you are in the belly of the best with the worst-case scenario.   Now you are in the guts of REAL Green which is a place of dignity and optimism albeit with respect for the pessimism of decline.  Your demons become angles and through this transmutation a grace of naturalness is found.

This is the life you will live where the effects of decline come naturally.  The all-down is a relatively swift death and destruction.  Green prepping allows you to find a good death in this situation.  You will find dignity and preparations for death but not a refuge.  There will be some lucky ones who will be the seed bed for the future but they will be few and far between.  Extinction is also possible but that is a given for all species eventually. 

In green decline you will have adequate resources to adapt and mitigate if lady luck visits you.  I say this because in this phase of decline there will be general decline with localized failure.  All-down is global failure.  To be successful in general decline it is absolutely critical to find the right local of people and place to increase your odds.  It is like finding the right job to advance your career.  There is no substitute for the proper place and people.  The key is a place to force multiple with relationships.  Community is a force multiplier so people are as important as place.  This is not a time for lone wolves.

This next level I called green decline.  The world is in decline and green is the new pathway not industrialization.  It is a pathway to renewal and restoration of people and place.  It is both material and spiritual.  It is with proper footprint yielding a powerful force multiplier of material and spirit.  The body of Christ so to speak is where the kingdom is.  I do not want to be religious here other than to point out that Christ mentioned community as the “salvic” ingredient to life.  Salvic here is saving grace that community opens up. 

In REAL Green the permaculture community grounded in localism with low tech is the gold standard.  This is permaculture farms orbiting a permaculture town.  This is it so quit complicating things as we do in the status quo where we search in vain for what is right in front of us.  This is so simple it is next to impossible for some to find.

The priests of scientism with their technocracy of increasing applications of knowledge and tech to further anti-life control is what you will want to reject.  Smart cities and centralized control are anti-life.  In this way scientism is evil.  Transhumanism is dehumanization.  Delocalization is invasive and disruptive.  Seek to leave this modern-day religion of affluence in a relative and realistic way.  Every institution is corrupted with this virus.  Every system coopted.  Accept this and use a spiritual judo to use it to leave it.

Get out of cities for they are where you will be deceived and turned against life.  Get out of the modern techno optimistic green lies and the color revolution tools of woke.  These are fascist lies.  Governments have combined with large monopolistic corporations to now drive these soulless changes.  There are the noble lies of our so-called betters who feel the sheeple can’t handle the truth.  The real problem with the truth is with these people.  They want to control you to maintain their wealth and power. 

There are no noble lies except with children.  With grown adults these are just lies of deception.  There are also the Marxist and Machiavellian lies of coercion that these elites use once the noble lies fail.  You must realize these people do not care about you at this level.  They can’t because so much of their energy must be expended to attain more affluence and power. 

Social justice and green policy are a lie today.  Normal greens and caring people have been coopted.  Science and academia are the deacons of these elite devils.  I do not trust science and have a huge disrespect for academia.  All I see with universities these days are shiny new buildings and bloated staff.  Professors are tenured and care little about the sanctity of the truth that knowledge is supposed to give us.  Everything in science and academia is corrupted by the profit motive now.

This is where we are at in society today with the globalist.  They are seeking to transform humanism in subversion to transhumanism.  This is the last stage of the destructive process of the arrogance of humanism.  This is where death is worshiped.  Humans can’t be trusted because they are irrational so instead, we trust algorithms and automation.  Nature can’t be trusted so we do geoengineering.  We are told to own nothing and we will be happy.  What this amounts to is an age-old elite capture technique.  Divide and conquer to assist the elites in their worship of affluence.  If you follow this you will die.  If you reject this you will find the truth.  It is as simple as this.

I have to reiterate this, leave cities and go rural if you can.  Cities are the cathedrals of scientism.  It is here you will be subject to the worst of its prescriptions.  If you can’t leave then at least be aware of what is being done to you.  Honesty is a prerequisite of the truth.  The consequences for this arrogance of humanism are now at the level of species extinction and abrupt change to all the planet’s systems.  The acceptance of this is embracing the truth. 

While many who worship scientism understand the consequences of modern man’s growth.   They are fooled at the next step of how to fix all the problems.  They are fooled by the priests of scientism who claim tech and knowledge are our only solution.  Tech as our savior is a false god.  Reject this or face the consequences of dehumanization.  REAL Green says this is a lie.  The only solution is a natural wisdom that seeks to minimize tech and knowledge.  Tech and knowledge must be placed properly or they are a destroyer of worlds. 

This does not mean anti-tech it just means properly applied tech.  Most often in this modern world this means rejecting new tech and instead downsizing in dignity.  You will find a spiritual windfall in being natural and authentic.  You will naturally find renewal and restoration in niches of constructive growth surrounded by a slow decline in succession of the planet, life system, and human civilization.  This wisdom will be what you employ to reduce transhumanism and delocalization.  You can’t leave these forces because these are the conditions of this new age of the Anthropocene.  But you can adapt them to prepare for the next age that is the breakup of the Anthropocene where nature reestablishes its order.

This ascending level of an optimistic decline is the one I am planning and working towards.  This means a life of permaculture.  It means learning new skills that revolve around low carbon capture locally with others.  This will only be a niche movement.  Most people will be hostage to transhumanism and delocalization.  Yet, at some point these pockets of permaculture localism will be vital as this world of transhumanism and delocalization self-destructs.  It will be these locations that will harbor the skills and knowledge to rebuild locals.

This is why I often speak of the monasteries of knowledge and things.  You can use consumerism now to buy things and sources of knowledge that will be vital post collapse.  In the decline phase of green decline, you will be gathering knowledge preferably in books and art to guide those who will come afterwards to a more harmonious and balance life in nature. 

You will buy tools and machines that will assist this process.  Quality items with time proven uses that are low impact.  You will gather these together in a barn just like has always been done.  You will store these out of the weather and continually debate through your REAL Green wisdom what should be kept and what should be triaged out.  There is not enough room for everything so you must choose wisely what you store in your life boat.

This monastery is about education too.  It is here you will instruct those who show an interest for what is REAL Green.  You will advise and instruct so these people take knowledge to other locals and fortify them.  Hopefully this green wisdom will be contagious.  This is also about spirituality.  I am a green mystic and shaman.  Not all are called to this.  Some of you will be carpenters or metal workers.  Some of you teachers or doctors.  Know thyself and grace will inspire you. 

My calling is to be a spiritual advisor on REAL Green.  The planet has instructed me to do this.  No, it did not speak to me.  It instructed me through my life experience.  I listened and understood what to do.  I have had spiritual experiences both in the light and the darkness.  I have been awakened and transformed.  I now go forth on behalf of the planet.  My higher power is mystic meaning I have given up on knowing and now go forth naturally on the unknowable behalf.

This is a surreal way of life.  If you pulled up to my homestead you would not see that much difference from other homesteads.  In fact, my permaculture is likely less potent than others who are more skilled.  Remember I am a green shaman so a spiritual advisory.  My permaculture is secondary to this spiritual permaculture.  I have modern things.  You will see my energy gathering devices.  My solar panels will be of interest but normal.  You will see my wood boiler.  You will see my elaborate grazing system.  None of this is out of the ordinary.  It is just a typical farm.  I have equipment and furniture just like everyone else.

It is digging deeper that the REAL Green prepping and spiritual permaculture bubbles up.  Everything I do is influenced by REAL Green prepping so if you would dig deeper, you would see a transmutation of a different state of consciousness.  Taking this deeper as a green shaman I would take you to your more natural state like the oaks and the birds. 

I would tell you that you can’t find this it will find you.  All you can do is open up to this.  It is only found in acceptance of death which is the wisdom of insecurity.  It is the wisdom that yields the humility that offers the grace that will lead you away from the anti-life of scientism and to the pro-life of permaculture localism.

You will see my library and art collection.  My maps and painting will be of curiosity but without digging deeper you will not see their meaning.  Most of my painting are Native American.  This is the time we will need to return to Native American ways.  It is the time of preparations for some of the basics of the oral culture of these semi-nomadic hunter gathers.  It is not likely I will get there but this next or the generation after will. 

My library is full of history books.  Many have old photos.  Many books are how-to books recovering the lost ways of the past.  Many books are books on comparative religions and spiritualties.  Remember REAL Green is not a spirituality so much as a way to bring honesty back to your existing spirituality by becoming natural.

You will see my carbon capture devices with wood, animals, and plants.  You will see a permaculture design.  Again, I am not an expert in permaculture.  I’m getting good with goats and cattle but with my garden, grapes, and orchard I am not an expert.  I have them because these types of things are required of a well-balanced permaculture homestead. 

I am a specialist in a few things but a generalist in many things. I can do carpentry and be a mechanic but this is not my specialty.  I try to surround myself with people who have specialties.  This is the nature of permaculture farms orbiting a permaculture town.  Various specialties will be in each farm with concentrations in the towns.  All together this is a powerful system embracing the planetary ways of life.

I have cars, tractors, computers.  I have electric devices.  I am essentially modern.  This is because I am realistic and relative to my local of people and place that is highly delocalized and transhuman.  Even in the Ozarks of Missouri this is the case.  Even rural areas are now adapted to the technocrat lifestyles of the cities.  I am no different.  In fact, I am a kind of oasis in a transhuman world. 

I have reached out with localism everywhere I go but the time is not right yet.  People are so indoctrinated and attached to these transhuman delocalized conditions my calls to embrace permaculture localism falls on death ears. In fact, I do not even talk about REAL Green unless asked and even then, I do it in a camouflaged way or else I will be judge as a nutter.  It is better to use trickery to get people to be natural.

So, I come across as normal but a bit odd.  I can’t hide everything and really don’t try to hide REAL Green that much.  It is just I respect the fact most people can’t handle too much truth so I give it out in small doses.  Keep in mind I do this in humility and obligation.  I am in no way superior and in fact I am the servant of others. 

Christ talks about this.  You will be humble and have compassion and empathy for others.  You will also have to have compassion for yourself because this life is so difficult to follow.  You are an imperfect vessel of the truth do not beat yourself up over this.  You will constantly be faced with challenges but also ones that are part of the surreal of living a life to leave it.  You will constantly be faced with a local of people and place delocalized and embracing transhumanism.

I define transhumanism deeper than the normal definition.  My definition includes the car and the digital culture.  The standard meaning today is merging tech with life with implants.  This is just transhumanism taken to the extreme.  The transhumanism I talk about is what happens when we rely too much on cars and computers.  We are setting ourselves up for hunger and pain unfortunately.  There is no future in the car and digital culture. 

Keep in mind I am transhumanized and delocalized.  I am fighting it or it is better to say utilizing it.  Fighting something is less effective than harnessing it.  This is like entering a river and swimming with the current but at an angle instead of head on. 

It is not possible for me to leave this transhuman delocalized world but there are others who can.  If you can, leave it.  Go to a rural place and engage in permaculture.  This should be spiritual permaculture also which is the embrace of green spirituality.  You can include your existing higher power.  We all have a higher power which is just our source of meaning and truth.  If you don’t have this then I can’t offer you much because what I speak of is challenging and requires sacrifice.  Without meaning you will not make it.

The next in my collapse chronical series will be a review of prepping strategies.  I don’t want to dwell too much on these strategies and technics because there is a wealth of information on-line to draw from.  Yet, it is important to review the basics.  Some of these I will be using and some are not relevant to me. 

It is important to be prepped in my opinion.  This is what our ancestors did because they were more exposed to crisis situations regularly.  Their daily lives were more precarious and the times were much more brutal for those unprepared.  Today there are safety nets and emergency services.  The reason you will want to prep is because these are luxuries of affluence that may not always be available.  It is my opinion the next generation will be faced with challenges we have not seen in hundreds of years.  You can prepare these people as teachers and spiritual advisors.

All-Down

I am going to start with the bad one.  This would be a situation where civilization is damaged beyond repair.  These kinds of events could be nuclear war, cascading world war without Nuks, and natural events.  Climate change and net energy decline don’t fit this category but will be discussed in the next step up in my series where collapse is an accelerating process but not catastrophic.  This less severe decline type develops within the global system with time to adapt.  The sudden loss of electrical grid and primary energy supplies for transport across the globe will be catastrophic.  The critical element of human collapse or not is degree and duration of shock.  This dictates species survival and we are no different.  All-down differs by being an event and being global. 

The natural events that could strike would be a caldera volcano, severe solar flares, and an asteroid.  Any natural event that would end the resource chains of primary energy and the value chains of industrial economy would bring down civilization.  Surprisingly, this breakdown is easier to occur than many would care to consider.  The loss of the grid is an end game.  If the grid goes down so does civilization.  Without electricity our overextended way of life collapses.  The grid is very fragile so do not take it for granted.

There are few refuges from this all-down collapse because of population levels and consumption profiles.  Even sustainable places with low consumption profiles will suffer the waste steam of collapsing industrial civilization and the movement of peoples from overpopulated areas.  All sustainable peoples are only partial sustainable because of delocalization.  Even the poor subsistence farmer still gets products from the globalized world.  In an all-down ALL are at the mercy of fate. 

The waste stream of nuclear waste ponds boiling dry is just one example of poisons leaching across the planet from system failure of centuries of human development.  This would be a very dirty event so any of those extremist environmentalists that lust for an industrial civilization collapsed are sadly mistaken.  This will be a global destructive event that will likely do more harm than a gentler decline process of managed destructive change.  The dirtiness of it will threaten all other life with dramatic decline in ecosystem health.  As an environmentalist I seek managed change and understand and accept what we have done to the planet.  A human die-off will do more harm than good for life.  A slower power-down is more desirable.

I have been a doomer and prepper since 2000.  I didn’t know fully what that meant back then but I had a gut feel for decline having researched extensively multiple different fields that appeared to me interconnected.  I am a generalist not a specialist.  This has allowed me to see things the best minds don’t see because of their fact prejudice from specialization.  I also tag different collapse variables as less severe than the experts portray.  This applies to climate change that is far too hyped in regards to other variables.  Climate change is bad but it is not alone. 

It is more the convergence of several variables that is the issue.  The runway train of technological development is a central element to all man’s problems and potential solutions.  We are digging a hole deeper with our worship of technological progress.  It is our evolutionary dead end.  Individually get out of this worship if you want to improve your survival profile.

I differentiate decline and collapse for a very important reason.  While collapse is always possible, collapse is an event.  Decline is a process.  Collapse actually applies more to localized collapse mirroring the global ecosystem with localized failure but only general decline.  I have found human civilization mirrors natural ecosystems so follow the science of ecology to understand what is happening to our global civilization.

I saw right through the hollow social narrative of techno progress years ago on multiple levels.  I entertained renewables in the 90s.  I made plans up for an off-grid cabin back when it was a more a curiosity.   I researched renewables extensively in the 2000s watching their development.  I came to the fair conclusion a few years ago they will not transition us from fossil fuels with a status quo of affluence or anything close. 

NetZero renewable systems will stall at 30-40% primary power in most places and even then, cause dramatic drops in affluence.  By the way I have a 3600-watt solar system with battery and inverter.   I know firsthand the pluses and minuses.  Renewables are vital to a managed decline by offering diversity but will not save us.  I mention this because they could cause our ability to resist an all-down worse if not properly applied.  Today’s NetZero is a dangerous plan that will expose civilization to collapse dangers.

I have always mentioned on various sites where I was in conversations about renewables that energy is only part of the reason behind the overall decline process.  There are multiple reasons for decline and no single one is the primary driver rather it is the convergence and negative reinforcement of all of them driving the system into destructive change.  This change includes abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational.

Improper human decisions are a huge problem today with technological progress.  Destructive change includes the abstract and physical of the human system.  It is self-organizing with billions of carbon trapped and path dependent decisions.  In my opinion it is unstoppable so don’t fight it with denial and poor lifestyle thinking we can power out of this.

If the grid goes down and no resupply is possible, I will turn to my stocks of food, equipment, and energy.  I have guns and ammo.  I have medical supplies.  I have water equipment.  I have a working farm that can be turned to for food.  I have livestock guardian dogs for security.  I have fuel stocked up.  I have a lot of goods to barter.  I have a lot of alternative equipment to utilize when all else fails.  I have a garden, orchard, grapes, natural forage, and hunting. 

This sounds great for me but it is not what you think.  All this stuff just delays the inevitable unless lady luck spares me.  These blessings of luck will be few in an all-down.  I do not expect to survive long in an all-down.  I am not in denial and I live day by day contemplating death as a safety valve for fear.  If you live with death, it becomes your friend advising you on how to live life fully.  I often speak of allowing your demons to become angles.  Hell is here on earth so face it and you will find beauty and grace.

Yet, I can survive several months like this if not attacked or overwhelmed by the needy.  In this extreme all-down case, I will likely be short on help.  In milder cases I am a go-to place for my family as a safe house.  In extreme cases I doubt my family will make it here.  I am talking greater family.  My immediate family of wife and two 14-year-old boys are here with me most of the time.  Although they may not be here when the event strikes.  If all-down hits and it is just me here on the farm the difficulties will be enormous.  Warm bodies are essential to surviving collapse for multiple reasons including division of labor but also morale.

Labor is going to be an issue although too many mouths to feed is an issue too pointing to a sweet spot.  Preparations are required to support more people and more people are required to extend out survivability.  My wife and 14-year-olds will help but the reality is without a grid and fossil fuels I will need 12 people minimum.  This will be for home economics.  We will need to forage and hunt.  We will need a security detail.  Water will need to be gathered daily.  There will need to be shifts so rest can be had.

In the first months my backup generator will assist my solar to keep my freezers cold and give us light.  If this happens in the winter, I will have the solar to run my wood boiler which heats my home and shop.  My backup fuel will go many months if I husband it.  This will eventually run out.  My solar and battery may breakdown but will probably continue on for years.  Still if the solar breaks down it will be of little use since resupply of replacement parts will not be an option.  Something as small as a fuse will stop it if I don’t have a spare.  I have a stock of candles and other light devices but these too will run out. 

In this extreme situation the basics in regards to equipment will last a relatively short time and be highly at risk of permanent breakdown.  Having all the spare parts needed is quite an effort.  I have lots of backup but it is never enough.  Yet, I will likely have a grace period to organize and implement a longer-term survival plan.  Eventually that plan will have to be human and animal labor with local biomass.

I have a stock of charcoal to cook with.  I have a large propane tank to use for cooking.  My wood boiler produces charcoal in its process that I can utilize.  Yet, these things will run out or break eventually.  So, cooking will at some point need to be with a wood fire.  I have a wood stove that is an oven I can utilize.  This will be a great item to draw upon because cooking over an open fire is messy and exposes you to the elements. 

I will make an effort to immediately start foraging and hunting.  Keep in mind others will likely be doing this too so I expect the deer, turkey, and rabbit populations to be decimated quickly but this depends on how many people survive me locally.  Lots of things like blackberries, walnuts, acorns are available around my farm.  There are many eatable greens. 

It matters what time of the year this all-down hits.  An all-down in the deep of winter will make everything all the more difficult here in the Ozarks.  The fact that I have months of long shelf-life food will power me through this dangerous period.  If you can buy some long shelf-life food.  Have two months minimum.  Your pantry will empty quickly and the freezer even quicker.  Your freezer may not have power making it useless in day.  It is an insurance policy that will give you breathing room to make proper decisions.

In an all-down any animal will be game.  Any kind of meat will be used.  Dead animals will be utilized depending on how decomposed.  Remember I have 4 dogs that will need to be fed too.   They have no problem eating dead animals.  They eat the equivalent to a man.  I may be short on labor for all tasks making the effort of hunting, foraging, and preparing food a time juggle with other efforts.  Food is a critical element so you will need to rid your mind of any food prejudices.  I fast twice a week and I can tell you it never gets comfortable.  I have been fasting for 10 years both for health reasons and prep.  I am used to it but there is something about an empty stomach for 36 hours that focuses thoughts.

I have a solar system which can power my well pump.  This requires I power down everything else because it takes all my system can do to run the ¼ horsepower electric well pump.  I have a wood boiler to heat water without the need for an electric water heater.  It does this through a water-to-water heat exchanger.  So, I will have water and the luxury of hot water for a time.  I estimate equipment failure with the solar and wood boiler will happen eventually.  In a maximum of 5 years, I expect them to be useless.

I have plenty of water sources.  I have a device I can lower into a well casing to pull water back up.  There are lakes and ponds on my farm.  I have the equipment to purify water.  Eventually these water purifiers will degrade.  There is a spring on the place I can get clean water at all times but this is a quarter mile walk.  To lengthen the use of my purifying equipment I will likely need to get water from this spring as much as possible.  This lengthening out strategy will have to happen with many other applications.  We tend to use the best and easiest first but this will be problematic in an all-Down because resupply will be nonexistent.  I will need to get water to my animals too.  Lots of back breaking efforts will be needed with water.  Water is 8lbs a gallon and many gallons will be needed.

Animals will be very important to my survival and especially to longer term survival if that is even possible.  It is unclear how long we will make it when all goes down but having animals will greatly increase my options.  This is why I often speak of a working farm being so important for longer term survival.  I have goats, cattle, and chickens.  I wish I had more animals especially for labor and transport but I am maxed out running a working farm as it is.  I manage a household, equipment, buildings, systems, and 400 acres.  I am approaching 60 and wearing out.  Nobody seems to want to do the work I do and there is no money in a small farm so there is a limit to what I can do.

The goats are my best resource because they are easy to handle and prepare into food.  Cattle are more difficult to deal with but offer lots of meat if I can find the time and help to prepare them into food.  They may be more for trade and barter or group food efforts.  I will have refrigeration because of my solar but again this will depend on how long the solar works and refrigerators work.  I have air drying equipment as an alternative to refrigeration but this is much more an effort. 

Chicken will have to free range and it is likely since I will not have feed for them, they will be eaten for food instead of eggs.  The problem with both goats and cattle is in the winter time.  Hay is needed and it may not be available.  I have small size hay equipment but remember fuel will run out.  I have a scythe but this requires lots of manual labor in groups.  I may not have the time and help to get enough hay. Still, the animals can make it through winter but loses will go up.  They will have to range over many more acres requiring me to be more a shepherd hanging out with them to keep them from wandering off.  This is just more labor and time I will be short on but is still an option.

Washing and cleaning are important for the maintenance of clothing.  Cloths will be wearing out so I do make an effort to have backup.  I keep tough work cloths as backup but these will eventually wear out.  I have hand washing equipment like in the old days and cleaning supply backup.  Supplies will run out in a year or so.  I do have books on how to make soap but this again will require labor and some supplies.  I have hot water for as long as my wood boiler and solar hold out.  I have equipment to boil water which will be my last resource.  This is inconvenient and inefficient but still an option.

There is plenty of wood around my farm and I have equipment to get wood.  The fossil fuel equipment will degrade within a year and then I will turn to axes and a cross cut saws.  These require lots of labor and time that will already be needed for food, water, and animals.  I wish I had the time and money to have a mule team but I don’t.  A mule team is essential for hauling logs out of the woods.  I am maxed out already with very little margins for extras.  I can buy this stuff but this is just part of the process.  A mule team needs to be maintained and I need an education on their care.  This all takes time I don’t have.  In an all-down they will need to be fed and watered too.

Heating will be vital in the winter.  I keep back up propane but this will be used up quickly and I will likely not want to use this for heating and instead use it for cooking.  I have electric backup but remember the grid is down.  My solar can only run a small heater and only do this when there is full sun.  I have generators but fuel will run out.  Heating will have to be with wood.  I have 2 years’ worth of seasoned wood stored up.  Making seasoned firewood takes time and labor that will be in short supply.  Wood will be vital like water and food.  Without help I can’t do them all very well.

In an all-down situation for the first few months security is going to be a big issue depending on how bad the all-down is.  A Nuk war situation will mean most large cities will be destroyed.  A situation where cities remain this will mean there will be some refugees on the move.  It is unclear how many and how far they will venture.  Fuel will run out so cars and trucks will not make it that long except in cases where organizations take what fuel is left and utilize it for security and or exploitation. 

I have a shortwave radio, CB, FM/AM, and weather band where emergency broadcasting will be made.  I have a neighbor who I speak with once a month on the shortwave radio.  We will keep in touch during a crisis period both as a way to know if raiding is occurring but also for morale.  When all down hits having people to talk to will help with the crushing reality of collapse.

How much military and police there is will depend on time frame.  Early on they will be around but latter they will be struggling to survive too.    I imagine war-lordism will develop.  I personally feel in an all-down, cities will die out rapidly.  I estimate they will drop down to a tenth of their former populations.  Many will completely depopulate. 

People will likely not move far because this means leaving their security and psychological comforts.  If they know there is no place to go, they will likely just shelter in place where everything will run out.  In 90 days, a mass die off will occur in most places.  If you can make it through this 90 days your odds increase.  Delocalization has produced settlements that are not sustainable nor resilient to shock except with a functioning global civilization.

I have guns, ammo, and dogs.  My shop has been reinforced as a defensive place.  Yet, I will need people to keep good security.  This labor need will be in addition to food, water, and wood efforts.  I do have neighbors who I have already been in contact with in regards to security.   We can draw together for security if there is a very dangerous time.  How well this will function is hard to say.  I will be a hardened target but depending on how big the raiding or refugee forces are.   My security success will depend on how many people I have.  If security fails then everything I have could be wiped out in a day.

Human power is again the big limiter of survival but it is also a liability that must be fed, watered, and kept warm.  One big issue will be the need to turn people away that need help.  This will be a very tough situation because I tend to be a helpful and generous person but this must be restricted or else my survival and those under my care will be at risk.  I dread the thought of killing in self-defense but this will be required in certain situations.  I am going to need to turn people away and possibly with force.  Bribery may be the best options in combination with being a hardened target.  If I can give something to a group and not have them attack this may be an alternative to a fight.  Bad actors will move on to easier targets hopefully.

REAL Green is heavily weighted towards attitude and morale.  It is absolutely necessary in this all-down situation to have proper mental preparation.  Everything you have will be pushed to the limit so you do not have the time for anxiety, confused decision making, and feeling sorry for yourself.  You will need to respond like someone in the special forces.  You train like you are in a war and act like you train in war. 

You will want to be organized and prepared with proper attitude.  This is the surreal part of being REAL Green.  You will have to live the status quo narrative that all is well but prepped for a crisis.  This prepped condition is in a constant state of readiness.  Having stuff is good but not good enough.  It is just like the military you have to be in a constant state of readiness.  The way I do this is to try as much as I can to combine the two worlds so an adapted status quo life is in a state of readiness. 

Living REAL Green means using the status quo to leave it.  You will green prep which will satisfy a spiritual desire to be more resilient and sustainable.  What is greener is more prepped.  Of course, there is a sweet spot between the two as is the case in life with most things.  I am talking true green not fake green.  Techno green is fake green but because we are in a status quo world of tech and efficiency you will have to incorporate fake green into green efforts.  This is what I call hybridization.  You will need to triage out tech that is not optimal for survival.  You will have to learn to salvage and produce systems that leverage higher tech with low tech and no tech. 

Green for me is also spiritual.  I find a spiritual connection to the planet.  I am a green mystic and practice a simple green shamanism that is little more than a connection to the land like Native Americans had.  I live this so my green prepping comes more naturally than it would for others who are urban and more humanist.  I am speaking of humanism that is removed from nature.  Most techno-optimistic people don’t have much of a connection to the planet.  Many established religions are not connected.  I am connected and live it and this will enhance my survivability.

In an all-down your state of readiness is vital so learn to live a life that is in a state of readiness but also live a rewarding life.  This means more work and less affluence because survival will be with lower comforts and more work.  This is a certainty so don’t think the rich with their bunkers will avoid this either.  A few warlords will have workers, soldiers, and slaves and have comforts but not many.  Just expect a life of discomfort and hard work.  Start living this now if survival matters.  You don’t want to learn to adapt to discomforts in discomfort.  You want to learn this in a state of affluence to work up to readiness. This frame of mind is tough to do and takes discipline. 

The most important aspect of all decline types including all-down is localism.  Go local to find proper balance with proper scale.  A spiritual windfall results from localism too.  If you have a system that runs smoothly then it will work when put under stress.  I have found this to be the case with my grazing system.  A functioning localism is worth more than a region with more resources.  Humans are a power multiplier.  Localism is a power multiplier.  Family, tribe, and community is the key.

I have many aspects of my grazing system invested in to lower my labor inputs.  I try to utilize nature as much as possible to lower my labor inputs.  I want my animals to do more of their own work.  This often means less productivity.  Lower stocking rates and less fossil fuels are an enhancement to my system but it means less return.  My system will not support my middle-class lifestyle with my working farm but it is more resilient and sustainable.  In an all-down situation, it is worth its value in gold by being resilient.  A return on investment will be with resilience not profit when all goes down.

I do not prep for this all-down situation.   My prepping is for a decline process I will write on in the next of the series.  Prepping for a decline process will take care of me for a time in an all-down.  Being prepped means I will be more likely to die a good death as Native Americans speak of.  This is with dignity and preparation.  A good death will be ok for me.  I often say that life is so short we are dead already.  In the blink of an eye, you are old and dying or in an instant dead from an accident.  Live life fully and a good death is more likely.

I prep for the low and medium collapse situation.  This all-down is truly a scary situation and the reason I feel we all need to be prepping for the two less dramatic decline scenarios instead.  I will discuss in later posts a more optimistic prep that is rewarding and educational. 

I have considered a filtration system for a NUK war fall out situation with a safe room.  I am in a very exposed location because of military bases in Missouri.  The bulk of the silo based NUKs of the US are out in the northwest plains so they will be hit hard.  Lots of fallout will result.  Much depends on the winds here in the Ozarks for how bad the fallout is.  If the winds are out of the south or southwest, I will do much better. 

NUK war is something I dread.  I mention this last because this is something man should contemplate so we avoid it.   Yet, I constantly hear and see preparations for it.  The southern hemisphere will fare much better.  In the north where I am at, I do not have much hope.

I have given you much to think about on decline and collapse.  I will give you more uplifting material on the next step up in the process with a slower decline process.  This will not be all-down globally but will be all-down locally in many places.  My Ozarks has lots of pluses for a slower decline.  This means if you want to avoid all-down situations find a resilient and sustainable local now. 

There will be failed locations to avoid and the science is clear where the worst places are.  Common sense will tell you where disastrous situations are lurking.  You will need to have the ability to move too.  I am planning on making my last stand here but maybe I will send my kids off if it is safe enough.  Again, I want a good death not one on the run.  None of us will be able to run from an all-down.  So, if a major NUK war hits or they announce an earth killing asteroid is coming just hunker down and get ready for your end time.

Collapse Chronicles

I am going to embark on a series highlighting collapse scenarios.  I call this collapse chronicles.  It will chronologize my vision of my collapse with different scenarios of degree and duration.  These will be my stories so deeply personal.  I plan on three but there should be many more because the diversity of decline is so great.  I say stories because at this point it is unclear how bad it will get.  This will reflect your collapse stories but it is not meant to be a comment on your situation. 

I am deeply local so what happens to me is only a reflection of what could happen to you.  My point is although I am a master at green prepping this does not mean I will succeed and you fail.  Collapse may be common but its effects are deeply local.  There is a science too so respect the science.  Situations and scenarios can vary widely so one size does not fit all. 

The degree and duration of shock is the keystone determination of survivability for a species.  For humans this goes deeper with the abstract species type of a human settlements and networks which are like an organism.  Corporations have quasi-individual status under the law.  The mechanization of transhumanism and delocalization give them a quality that is part life and part machine. 

City, rural, suburban, and wilderness will greatly influence how collapse proceeds.  The networking of strong or weak communities likewise are a variable.  The geography of collapse is a critical element.  Desert, mountain, swamp, lowlands all have a collapse character.  The temperature of a location is a critical element.  Mild conditions year around naturally offer advantages and bitter cold or extreme heat challenges because energy and food will no longer be a global commodity.   Water is a profoundly critical benchmark.  The world is now moving water around with large energy inputs that no longer will be available.  Population densities and consumption profiles rank high and generally will favor low densities with low consumption.

Some high population densities but low consumption profiles may fare better than low population high consumption.  This has a ratio where the combination of the two have a sweeter spot and the divergence an increasing risk.  Social capital is of great importance.  Populations that have cohesive populations with good behavior will naturally fare better.  Multicultural or homogenous will have a risk factor.  In those places where a healthy consumption allows multicultural stability there will be problems when affluence drops.  Homogenous populations will likely fare better generally but this can also allow bad group think and lack of diversity of action.  Luck is a huge variable.  Collapse is a gamble where some odds are known but overall most of the population is conned into believing they will win when the house is always favored.

Any population with a fragile and faulty narrative will be in danger when the truth destroys the lies.  Class structure and the genie coefficient is vital because the elite are where poor decisions tend to coalesce.  The reason for this is the corruption of wealth and power preservation when decline sets in.  In war we celebrate leaders who fight at the front leading by example.  Polarization of class will turn on each other because fairness is a cement.  If a population is taking on pain and suffering equally a force of community spirt is a power multiplier.  In places of great disparity, the rich will be at risk when the poor strip them of their thing and dignity. 

Energy is an issue especially where temperatures are more extreme.  Food is the traditional issue that is always a key benchmark.  If a region is a heavy food importer this is a serious issue.  Food shortages are the fuse the lights up other issues typically.

None of the above is new information but what is important with this common knowledge is these days the interconnectedness from transhumanism and delocalization changes this common historical perspective.  A global car culture with a digital web is far more dangerous than a Roman style collapse.  The fragility of the global human network is far more dangerous.  This global network is very stable and robust in the run up of growth but when growth stalls it breaks apart with dangerous cascading bifurcations. 

Global competitive cooperation that has allowed global action will turn dangerously competitive on the downside of the curve.  This is why cooperation further down is critical.  This is why localism is now vital.  The complexity with complicated parts of man’s mechanized civilization makes it a ticking bomb. 

The key ingredient is social cohesion with wisdom in my opinion.  Morale plays an oversize part and this is why I make the morale in REAL Green so high.  Acceptance leading to humility transforms to action.  Collapse will require huge amounts of action.  This morale is the pessimistic optimism of REAL Green that inspires heroism.  Heroism will be needed.  Crisis demands this. 

There are so many variables as to make a prediction of how you will fare in collapse difficult.  Yet, reviewing the variables of weakness and strength do have a common theme.  There are vital elements that can’t be lacking.  Food, water, and energy are critical.  Location and population densities less so if food, water, and shelter are good.  The social fabric is critical because of population with high morale will go the extra distance to adapt to decline. 

Decline needs to be embraced and where it is not there is a lie that will be shattered with bad consequences.  Luck is always a variable but luck is for the cavalier.  If you want to live that way fine but I would not want to live that way and have responsibility for love ones who are mostly innocent of reality.

I am speaking to leadership here but often latent leadership.  If you are not a leader move on.  My message is for those who will be leading by example and at the front facing death.  The innocent must be protected.  This is the most basic of human nature and must be respected.  You will not have the nation state to look too when SHTF. 

The psychological with action is called for but with honesty.  The psychology must be of acceptance.  Don’t fight reality with false narratives.  The results of decline must have an action of proper adaptation to mitigate succession if survival is the goal.  The embrace allows proactive planning.  Action is a must but proper action.  If the narrative of growth is maintained then the action will not be proper. 

This is the situation today with our growth-based civilization.  Although decline is recognized growth is the gold standard.  Decline is always considered temporary.  Collapse is taboo and doomers considered nutters.  This should illuminate how difficult the coming collapse will be.  A Ponzi scheme of growth with a narrative of lies will not end well.  This is especially true when it has been extended out decades beyond safe adaptation resulting in high populations and large consumption profiles.  The situation today is a paradigm shift of decline on all levels.  The only level with huge growth potential is meaning of getting closer to the truth of decline.    

I often talk about leaving cities because they will depopulate.  Yet, in some scenarios cities will be where effective defenses are put up to defend against some kinds of collapse.  This means careful evaluations before you cut and run from cities.  Best bet is to orbit a healthy city.  The rural areas could be left to their own devices.  In fact, cities may loot rural areas as needed for survival. 

Cities are the problem so don’t think you will be safe in them longer term even when they are walled against threats with good stocks of food, water, and shelter.  They are highly extractive with dangerous waste streams.  This will never offer safety longer term.  History as shown this to be true. 

This is why the Great Reset crowd are liars.  Their path is a path towards death through concentrated complex urbanization.  The great reset crowd as well as Chinese CCP of state capitalism are pushing a dehumanizing death cult.  Reject this by adapting to life.  The elites always bring civilizations down.  The life system will prevail because nature enjoys nature and only nature can overcome.  Humans will be greatly reduced soon so don’t worry about global extinction.

Your local is where you can make a difference.  This is down to the extreme of people and place but also the orbit you are in with other peoples.  My ideal is being located where food, water, and shelter are adequate.  Being engaged in a permaculture farm with important variables like food, water, and energy covered as much locally as possible. 

A green prepper is an ideal with backups that can be both technical and natural.  A fortified homestead is not enough longer term if the local you are in is poor.  A fortified homestead that orbits a fortified permaculture town is optimal.  The world is so delocalized today these vital combinations are rare.  Permaculture towns have been destroyed by delocalization.  The results are ruins that dot the landscape of towns that once flourished.  When I look at a map of the Ozarks, I see so many towns that are really no more but they still represent a reason for settlement in an earlier time of localism.

I have a permaculture farm with a fortified homestead.  I have been doing this for 10 years.  I have been an evolving doomer and prepper for 20 years.  My start was seeing decline in peak oil and ecological failures in the 80s in the university.  Although peak oil came and went as a collapse variable it is still alive and well in net energy decline.  Ecological decline is accelerating. 

In college I embraced globalism because I bought into sustainable development narrative.  I thought abrupt change of the planet from human forcing was far off and humans could responsibly mitigate this.  I became disillusioned with this by 2000.  Earth systems have been forced far too much even in my short time.  So much has been damaged just in these 30 years since my formal education. 

It is almost as if the destructive tendencies of globalism sped up decline by an order of magnitude.  Transhumanism of the car culture and delocalization allowed for a mechanization that gained speed and lost control.  The digitation of the world is the last gear.  Land use changes are so great as to be equivalent to geological changes.  Anyone who denies the science of decline is not science honest.

I am a master of green prepping in some ways because this is my life’s work.  I walk the walk.  I practice what I preach.  I have the time, money, and education to do it.  I am not an academic talking about it abstractly.  I do it.  What I lack is a permaculture town to orbit.  I have made efforts over the years to influence small towns into permaculture but the world is so delocalized my calls have fell on deaf ears. 

This lack of a permaculture community to orbit will be my undoing in some scenarios but in all scenarios my prepping has fortified me for an initial period.  I will not be in panic for the basics in the initial runup to crisis.  I am psychologically prepared which is the most important.  This means I have courage on which all other virtues rest. 

This does not mean I will not suffer.  It means I am preparing myself to suffer.  I won’t transcend fear but I will not fear fear which is a vicious psychological trap of circular behavior that most often leads to panic.  This is important because it allows me choice instead of panicked action.  I have taken this further with green prepping and spiritual permaculture that are an action response.  These are what sustain me in the prelude to collapse which is what we are in now.  I am living a life style high in value and this gives my green prepping efforts meaning.  The opportunity costs of what I do are an easy life on the beach or the warm southwest.  Instead I labor on a working farm in adversity.

What is green is more prepped but what is more prepped is less green.  There is a sweet spot.  Hording is not green and being too natural in a transhuman delocalized world is not prepped.  It is this sweet spot that allows good preparedness and good spirituality. 

My spirituality is eclectic.  I am a green mystic.  This means I have done the spiritual journey to mysticism and now go forth on the planet’s behalf.  My higher power is a reflection of humility in mysticism.  What this means is I respect science and spirituality.  I can only find a place between the two.  I am not pure faith nor pure deduction.  I show respect to both worlds.  I now go forth on behalf of the planet.  This is green shamanism.

The key aspect of green prepping for me has been an optimism of action.  This quality of being is what honest green gives me.  This means although for the last 10 years there has been no collapse crisis to engage in, I have been living a rewarding life of reverence to the planet through permaculture localism.  This is a key ingredient because the journey is life.  If you engage in prepping for the destination that is collapse then the wait in anticipation of that single end point, your life is a waste.  

You are not rewarded with a good life you are only rewarded if collapse comes.  What kind of life is this!  This is why much of the prepper crowd are nutters because they throw away life in coveting life.   There is no reward for collapse so don’t waste your life in anticipation.  Instead, live day by day in green prepping.  Nutter preppers live in the future for something instead of living life in the moment.  Honesty and humility give this appreciation of the moment.

The current social narrative is a carbon trap in path dependencies.  It is a global civilization tipping over into decline from the nonlinear approach of problem solving through carbon, knowledge accumulation, and the mechanization of tech that are now a predicament. 

For the individual this leads to the surreal of paradoxes and incongruous juxtapositions.  This means collapse is as much physical as mental.  Actually, the mental is the more important aspect.  The morale of an army is a force multiplier that offsets size and capability deficiencies.  It does not replace them completely so know your limitations. 

A sweet spot is required and this requires action that is often trial and error effort.  Expect to fail at green prepping because so little is known about it.  Problem solving is both psychology and action.  The sweet spot is a place where the combination yields the best results.  Sounds easy enough but it is the hardest of efforts because of the irrational of human nature.

This series will be about different scenarios of my collapse.  I live collapse daily.  I appreciate foods knowing they will be gone.  I appreciate having access to resources knowing a resource starved world is ahead.  I appreciate security knowing insecurity is ahead.  I appreciate knowledge at my fingertips so vast as to be unlimited for a mortal like me.  I can never know all there is to know at the tap of my fingers.  If you live collapse, you are embracing the flow of life instead.   

This is grace.  Grace is naturalism.  There was a time when growth was the planetary flow and different psychology and actions were needed.  There was a time when growth was more natural and much less destructive.  Decline is the new natural of the planet.  Ecosystem in destructive change where complexity is being broken down still offer niches of growth.  Find constructive growth to downsize in dignity.  Here is what you should seek out but to do this you must be mentally and physically prepared.  Now is the time to adapt because we are at the doorstep of collapse. 

I hope this mental exercise assists you.  I have made choices and investments over many years.  Many of these were trial and error because I had few teachers.  I have had many failures.  Many were being too radical with change.  Try to be gradual and evolve like nature does. 

It is my hope what I tell you allows you to skip over some of this trial-and-error period directly because the resource in shortest supply is time itself.  Certain actions that will fortify your local must immediately be implemented. 

My ideas tend to be orientated around the best defense is a good offense.  Yet, this is about a retreat in force so defense.  Defense is degrowth doom.  In WWII the Germans fought off the Russians with this strategy for much longer than a last stand would have.  They successfully won many battles even though they lost the war.  Their hope was a fantastic new weapon to tip the odds but that never materialized. 

This is telling for what you will be doing.  The war of decline can’t be won but it can be adapted to and mitigated.  It can be slowed down.  This is the best it gets.  It is about life boats and hospices.  The end is still death so accept failure completely.  Get out of the denial of death because if you do not embrace death you can’t embrace life.

The life boats are your physical efforts and the hospice the mental part with palliative care.  Triage and salvage leading to hybridization is required because you are in a faux growth-based world that will need to be adapted to with decline strategies that are reality based.  You have no choice but to use growth to degrowth. 

This is a very mental exercise with the key element being acceptance.  The acceptance of the wisdom of insecurity that there are no refuges.  You will live in insecurity to die another day.  You will practice a basic ancient wisdom of what knowledge to use and what to reject based upon survival.  Today there is no wisdom just more knowledge and comforts.

This bottleneck is both local and global.  This world that is now small because of globalism will become large again.  The global will wither on the vine and the local increase in importance.  While a quick collapse is possible, I suspect it will be more the scenario of many quick local collapses accumulating into general collapse down the road.  This mirrors the situation globally with ecosystems. 

This means work on getting out of quick collapse areas.  Science can help you here so embrace the reality science offers but this is more than science because acceptance is spiritual not scientific.  The general ecosystem of life for the whole planet is in overall decline but this is accompanied by multiple local ecosystem failures.  Use the planet’s life system as a guide.  This mirroring is the best guide for where the human ecosystem is going. 

This exercise I am relating to you is not for the faint of heart.  Some of you may be better adapted just to remain sheeples and believe the narrative that all will be well.  Brush me off as nutter and move on into comforts and security.  There is nothing wrong living in denial except if you are caring for people.  It is then you are practicing a grave error.  If your life is good with low responsibility maybe just enjoy what you have and not worry about the future.  The end result is the same anyway.  If you are already late in age with few years left maybe it is not worth the effort but I remind you the youth are the future. 

If you are old and awakened to what is going on offer the youth advice at a minimum.  It is their world soon.  I have kids I care about I want to invest in them.  If nothing else treat what I tell you as a story to enjoy with drama.  What I speak of will not be a great movement.  Most will reject my advice.  What I am preaching is for a few that will make an outsize difference.  The most rewarding actions are heroic.  Be a hero in your local.  A restoration and renewal will germinate in many places and if it doesn’t it was still a good fight to die a good death.

Sweet Spot

I have demons but I strive to be honest with them.  I see the angles on occasion.  It is in this torment I find beauty.  Beauty is a reflection of life.

Poverty is a grisly word nobody takes lightly.  In fact, in this day and age it is outright frightening.  In a time of so much polarization between rich and poor poverty strikes fear in people’s hearts for what they could become but also a deceptive lure for what they can be.  Yet, poverty is what I am telling you to embrace.  This embrace is not what you think though.  It is a managed thoughtful embrace of the proper way of living that leads to an affluence of spirit.  It is getting closer to the affluence of spirit that will require poverty of living.  We see this in the monks of the early Christian church.  We see this in Buddhism.  There is a reason for this and this reason is affluence is a disease.  It is a disease that kills the spirit.

Let’s be clear affluence itself is not bad it is rather the uninhibited pursuit of affluence that is like a drug addiction.  Affluence is killing the world.  This affluence is man’s addiction with comforts and capability.  It is also his procreation.  Population levels are a very difficult issue to deal with but this type of affluence is an issue too.  Large families are killing the planet no different than consumption levels.  When these types of affluence become out of scale with the rest of the planet there is a destructive effect that leads to less affluence for all life. 

Affluence leads to poverty and vice versa.  This is why a proper amount of affluence and poverty should be the goal.  Actually, this issue I speak if is the standard or benchmark the human narrative has established as the goal for proper living.  This is actually the problem because it is now delocalized and transhuman.  Even in the poorer subsistence parts of the world where good practices are present these great examples of human living are under pressure and being coopeted.

I often bring up China pre-Deng Xiaoping when China was a beacon for sustainable living at the nation state level.  China had a rural population practicing age old permaculture practices.  Cities were full of bikes instead of cars.  This relative poverty compared to the west was jettisoned for wester living standards which was the last straw of planetary decline.  This decline was inevitable but has now progress at such a rapid pace it is likely in the next decade severe natural consequences are inevitable.  China is unstoppable in its drive because its government is a state capitalism machine.  It epitomizes technocratic authoritarianism of a small cabal of elites.  This is criminality and it is destroying its people and its land for hegemony.  The west is just as guilty but the clever Chinese have taken this to new levels of destructiveness

Enough affluence for dignified living but not too much that leads to the deadly sins of excesses is the elusive sweet spot.  This is our goldilocks standard that is not definable nor is it a static point.  It is a moving target.  In REAL Green this sweet spot is surreal and is the hardest part of green prepping.  What is green I smore prepped and what is more prepped is less green.  You will have to participate in affluence to embrace poverty.  The poverty of things gives you affluence of spirit.  It is somewhere in this purgatory of proper living where the destructive sins and salvation of spirit dwell.

Let me be clear I know of no prosperous nation or individual who can claim a physical prosperity that eventually did not destroy itself from within without a humility of spirit.  We see this today with the west and its righteousness.  The secularization of the spirit in scientism and a so-called justified prosperity.  I should say the elite rich because the whole world has pockets of wealthy elites and upper middle class who are prosperous. 

This is now a borderless world of globalism.  The key element that is lacking is the placement of nature into what should be considered prosperous.  Modern green is a lie.  It wants a greenwashed human prosperity that is just self-deception at its most extreme.  Competitive cooperation assures the extremes of affluence until war results.  War results because prosperity is limited on a finite planet.  The war now is on nature but nature already won.

The hubris of sustainable development is the last sin of civilization.  All people deserve a basic living standard but the problem is with the elites who push sustainable development.  This policy is corrupted by profit motives and the benchmarks they have established.  The American dream is a killer because it is not scaled properly to planetary realities.  It is planetary realities that should be the basis of a wisdom directing man.  Instead, there is a wisdom that is only the development of more. 

There are no checks for any “isms” I have studied.  This is an uncontrolled manifest destiny of human arrogance that is our evolutionary dead end.  We have examples of wise living with indigenous peoples in earlier history but these have been rejected as primitive.  There are the Kogi of South American currently warning the younger brother (that is us) of this sickness but few listen.

This is deeper because this purgatory is the human dilemma itself of the ego and the other.  It is human instinct to seek survival.  This instinct becomes a demon at a certain point when survival is achieved and prosperity tasted.  It is here where demons of destructive living torment us.  Our demons can become angles but only when the demons have won. 

The angles are found when the ego turns itself over to the other in abject poverty then goes forth in a new affluence.  It is a rock bottom of loss of meaning that is the beginning of the journey to enlightenment.  Today the mechanization of humanism into transhumanism is leading life off the cliff.  Reject this as evil.  This is not evil in the binary religious sense but instead anti-life.  You will reject it but don’t forget you are trapped in it.

This process is the process of life itself in ascending levels of abstraction.  This process is the dance of life where succession and evolution allow for decline and extinction.  In the individual this a process too mirroring the greater process.  It is your life so find the proper affluence for your place and your people.  This ends in death but seek out a good death.  A good death is dying with a spirit in harmony with life. 

Being natural is what nature requires of us.  Only nature can overcome nature.  Human must come to this acceptance which is the only wisdom there is.  This wisdom is the hardest won of all human affluence.  Anyone can buy affluence few can find affluence of spirit.  No price can be put on it except the expense of pain and suffering of surviving in a worthy life.  A worthy life requires poverty of things and affluence of spirit.  An affluence is needed to survive and too much affluence leads to poverty of spirit.  This is the paradox of affluence.  The more the less.

OK, this is all well and good but this is not going to make your bed or feed your children.  This paradox of affluence is just a reflection for proper living.  You will have to go back and live in the turbulence of being and try to find some meaning for it all.  Where wisdom is important these days is with insecurity.  The insecurity of poverty is a profoundly important driver of action.  This is dualistic because the spirt world and the material world have different realities.  Humans are dualistic because of our oversized brain.  There is no dualism in nature except our tiny human part.  Most of nature is natural but in reality, we are natural too.  Do you see the incongruous juxtaposition?  It is in our trap of self-consciousness where this purgatory is found.

Your instincts are like any other animal to have food, water, and shelter.  Yet, as a human you will not have a place to shelter because the thought of abject poverty is so debilitating and destructive.  This is the consciousness of being dead while living.  The contemplation of homelessness is a torment.  The dive to achieve prosperity a demon.  These human natures are debilitating because it prevents good actions in relation to what is right with the planet.  It is destructive because it allows too much action or anxiety of action. 

There is a sweet spot to find.  This is an art but also requires skill.  A great artist has both.  He has the skill with the brush and paint but also an eye for beauty.  Some of it is nature and some nurture.  The art of living I describe is an art of connecting self-consciousness back to the planet in proper living.  It is about living life with failure and success.  The wisdom of insecurity is the humility of accepting the ultimate failure of death.  When you accept and deeply embrace mortality life is possible.  This is what I call optimistic pessimism.  This optimistic pessimism is the journey.

This incongruous juxtaposition explains so much about life.  Affluence kills and poverty gives life but also vice versa.  The important aspect of REAL Green which is a lifestyle of green prepping, is finding a sweet spot in affluence and poverty realistically and relatively.  Humans can’t just live right by instinct there must be a wisdom because we have self-reflection of our mortality. 

This means you will have to invest in poverty to gain affluence.  Poverty is a type of mortality but it is also life.  It is in this surreal world of choices in ego and other the art of the wisdom of insecurity is found.  Fundamentally this is humility and humility is given by grace where our wonderfully guarded egos are tricked back to naturalness.

You will have to have affluence to appreciate how important poverty is.  Wisdom is about what knowledge to use and what to reject.  Wisdom is not more knowledge although knowledge is part of it.  Wisdom is not safe spaces and mediocrity although respect for safety and humility is required.  This wisdom is the hardest path you will ever travel.  The reason this is true is because you are modern and the modern narrative is the unrestrained more affluence and knowledge.  This is what is considered wisdom today.  This is why we admire supercomputers so much. 

There is no check value for this narrative.  It is a malignant growth that leads to death of the individual, the collective, and the planet.  This is a world of limits.  This world is finite.  It is a system of interconnected systems.  The life system is competitive cooperation but where it differs from the human version is a planetary naturalness of it.  The human version is an ego driven kind that manifests itself in civilization.  It is said without civilization we will destroy ourselves but the problem is scale.  The scale of today’s civilization is no scale.  It is complete randomness and turmoil.

In REAL Green you will invest in poverty by building up a permaculture farm with a spiritualism.  This spiritualism is a permaculture spirtualism.  The permaculture part of this spiritualism is the resilience to be sustainable.  This resilience is only relative and realistic to what your local of people and place is capable of.  You will not transcend your local.  This is your trap so accept it and go from there.  The only real sustainability is with and in nature.  In REAL Green you see this but you are also trapped in the human narrative of unrestrained knowledge and growth. 

This microcosm of the greater ecosystem of all life is the human ecosystem that is competitively cooperating to perpetuate the destructive human tendency of unrestrained knowledge and comforts.  This makes humans the most destructive force ever unleashed on this earth which can be seen in what humans have done in the blink of an eye with 13,000 years of civilization. 

This is a flash crash because humans are already crashed but fool ourselves that we are not.  It is over for humans with the end near.  This may or may not be extinction but it will be a new human type if we survive this bottleneck.  Your blink of an eye life might not experience this but I predict your children will.  This is why your wisdom now is so important for those who come afterwards.  This is why I say only a few will sow the seeds of this new human type.  These pioneers will be those who practice spiritual permaculture.  Not all seeds will fall on well-watered earth but some will.  If the planet acquiesces our continued life form, we will go forth as a new human type.  It is here you must find your spirituality.

Manifest destiny of exceptionalism is the denial of death of civilization.  Just like the individual the denial of death is a destructive force that prevents proper living.  In the case of the individual this denial can be turned into acceptance.  This acceptance in the individual allows grace that brings man back to naturalness.  If you accept death then you have turned yourself over to complete failure and it is this rock bottom that allows you to go forth on life’s behalf.  In the case of civilization, it is a destructive force that will only end in its end.  This is the nature of species in overshoot.  Bottlenecks are how nature regulates life.  Do not torment yourself over this.  This is naturalness of nature that just must be accepted.

In this tiny amount of time humans have grown to occupy and force the planet itself our actions now are planetary on par with the geologic.  Yet we will just as rapidly wither and die because of limits.  In fact, due to the different nature of growth and decline the downside will be rapid whereas the upside was a slow average building up.  The finite of mortality will erase everything we have built up.  This is very hard for humans to accept but it is here the inflection towards life is for humans and their dualism of spirit.  If you do not embrace death, you cannot find life.

Many are innocent because of being too young, mentally challenged, or advanced age.  Those I speak to are the leaders.  It is your responsibility to follow this path.  It is your wisdom the fate of others depends.  This is a huge burden to carry but you have no choice if you embrace life honestly.  The way you can use this wisdom of insecurity which is a mix of poverty and affluence is find a proper scale.  This means seek out grace.  Grace is naturalness but keep in mind nature is a competitive cooperative dog eat dog world so this is no transcendence from being eaten.  This is only finding your niche or exploiting new niches as nature allows with succession. 

In a sense what humans are doing is natural because only nature can overcome nature.  It is this point that is vital because humans must deal with this through the stages of grief.  Acceptance must be reached of mortality to have life.  Find a local where you scale and this complexity will naturalize.  If it does not it is not meant to be and it is here acceptance is vital.  Civilization is gone and there will be no acceptance so this is why you can only find a proper wisdom locally.  If you are protesting what civilization is doing you are spinning your wheels in mud.  You will get nowhere quick.  You will dig your hole deeper.  You will be used and exploited in this deception.

This local is where you belong.  It is your naturalness.  The grace found here is the ego letting go in the other by being natural.  It is the local where this naturalness can be found but never fully attained because civilization is delocalized.  The attainment of this sweet spot is never allowed completely because life is about succession.  So, there is no transcendence except in momentary glimpses of true beauty. 

Death brings forth life so a safe space is only found by living with the unsafe.  In REAL Green this means you will have to invest in poverty.  You will have to live in that human world of excesses to leave it into the natural world where humans once were before they lost their innocence.  That innocence was a naturalness of pre-civilization.  It was a time of hunter gathers living semi-nomadic lives in an oral culture in a world animated by spirts.  If you look down on that world as brutish and superstitious then you are truly deceived and living in the absurd.  What do you call the world of today in unrestrained conquest of all?  In a world of no limits there is no sanity.  This is the mechanization of the spirit in a pure destructiveness.  This is scientism with transhumanism resulting in a delocalization that is a death worship.  This is the human legacy that is an evolutionary dead end.

In REAL Green you will have to invest in leaving this with investments that are part of this.  Your primary goal is finding a local to grow in but in a world in destructive growth that is in reality a turbulent degrowth.  Growth today is not growth if it is destructive.  This is just an illusion of growth.  We call it growth to make us feel better because failure is not an option these days.  This humility will call into question knowledge and intelligence itself.  Science can never do this because scientism says it is only with science the truth can be found.  This is actually unscientific and instead a religion and an evil religion of mechanization and darkness. 

It never occurs to the priests of scientism that science and the spiritual must respect each other.  In REAL Green you will seek out a place that is in the in-between of science and the spiritual.  Both worlds must be respected or else neither is.  This is found in the wisdom of insecurity that starts with the humility of failure.  This is ultimately the acceptance and embrace of death.  It is this humility that is properly place in nature that allows you to feed off affluence to achieve a proper poverty.  You will have to be poor of things to be rich in spirt.   Affluence is a disease of human nature that must be broken to find real affluence.

This applies to those already in poverty because these poor can be rich by luck and skill.  Think of all the fortunes lost by the newly rich.  Think of the lives ruined by riches.  Think of the poor that have happiness and it is lost when riches are found.  So even if you are in abject poverty, it is vital you understand this condition of affluenza so when or if you climb the ladder, you don’t ruin what you attained in poverty.  It is harder for a rich man to find this true affluence but also difficult for a poor man to keep it once found. 

In REAL Green you seek the assistance of the planet to find your niche and most importantly you accept death which means you may never find it.  The way you do this is embracing permaculture both materially and spiritually.  This is a way of life properly scaled to the land and its web of life.  It is not a power you can possess.  It is only a power you can embrace.  The key element of this is grace that leads to a naturalness.  It is not transcendental except for brief moments.  It is transformative because if you embrace this power, you become part of it.  You are an imperfect vessel so your journey will be one that is constantly beset by demons and angles.  This journey is one of life boats and hospices because civilization is gone.  In fact, from the very first days of civilization it had already sowed its demise. 

Go local and be natural.  Embrace the wisdom of insecurity.  This world will require the hybridization of affluence and poverty.  For those reading my message it will for many be mostly triaging out affluence.  I am not worthy to speak to the poor except to say the meek will inherit the earth.  You will not have a place to lay your head if you embrace the wisdom of insecurity which is the self-consciousness of fear in self-consciousness.  You will second guess yourself until you let go in faith.  You will die a thousand deaths to be reborn.  This is so simple it will be the hardest thing you do. 

I say this for the clever and ambitious.  The meek are already there.  The simple and contrite are there already and although many of these people suffer, they suffer less than those who are tormented by the demons of affluence.  The meek have found their angles in acceptance.  It is only in the local of voluntary simplicity this can be found.  It is here the wisdom of insecurity allows choices between poverty and affluence.  It is your journey so don’t listen to me.  I am finding my way too.  I am now getting old in cognitive and physical decline.  If I am lucky enough to grow old, I will once again be a child.  I will find my innocence again in that world of animated spirits all around.  

Hall of Ma’at

In this time of dramatic change with much of it destructive it is paramount to review what affluence actually is.  I will relate this to growth because there are many similarities.  We have productive growth and unproductive growth that is more apparent these days than ever before.  This is because rates are repressed and liquidity managed.  Debt is monetized and this has allowed an explosion of debt levels and unfunded liabilities that represent a way of life detached form reality. 

This results in investments in growth that are claimed to be productive when they do not pass a traditional rate of return test.  If you lower the cost of money and supply money to speculative parts of the economy then investments will reflect this privileged access.  Less real value is realized because the growth signal is distorted.  Firms that should not be in business are left in business.  There is construction of physical infrastructure that does not bring a positive return when compared to the claim of an actual investment. 

This creates a hollow economy.  Spending is made by privileged parts of the economy in a parasitic way.  The key point here is ROI type analysis needs to be applied to affluence.  Affluence is a reality testing that is similar to calculating ROI on investments.  It is either productive or not.  All the marketing in the world will not change this.  This is why facing reality is so important when it’s our lives.  If the social narrative is like our economy, it is in trouble.  I feel it is a flection and this is why you should at least entertain what I am telling you about what our lives have become.  Art reflects reality and this is my painting.

Affluence is comforts and power multiplication.  This comes from energy and networking creating efficiency.  Food calories, space heating, transport, and production all have an energy components.  Networking is a human power multiplier producing a proper application of energy and technology with equipment.  Efficiency is from the networking of energy.  Technological capability is then built up over time. 

Efficiency impacts a life system on fundamental ways.  It is important to understand there is sweet spot where more or less efficiency degrades.  Not enough and you starve but too much delocalizes and mechanizes which destroys the capability.  It is this sweet spot that needs to be defined and a wisdom applied.  The reason I mention this is these days energy is more powerful than it should be for balance.  Networking and technology are too dense with complexity and complicated parts.  This means efficiency is lowering real affluence similar to growth being nonproductive when its value is skewed from productive to parasitic.

This is vitally important today as humans move into an era of extreme transhumanism.  I define transhumanism different from today’s version which defines it as the merger of man and machine with the digital.  This digital is artificial intelligence and automation.  In my definition transhumanism is with man and machines at a much more basic level.  This is key because it is the transhumanism I am defining that goes to the basics of human overshoot.

The basic level of transhumanism is the car culture.  This ability of individual transport allowed an explosion in capability that all other methods and results of transhumanism are based on.  Delocalized is my benchmark for discussions in regards to meaning.  Delocalization drew man away from true meaning of the ecosystem.  Man had a place that had meaning.  It may have been brutal and short at times but man had a raw and powerful meaning. 

Transhumanism is where man loses meaning but gains capability.  This process began when man left his seminomadic hunter gather lives of an oral culture and took up civilization.  It is at the basic level of car culture when this decline in meaning went nonlinear towards meaningless.  The human power multiplier of civilization made modern transhumanism possible.  This modern transhumanism is now mostly human noise.  It has no future because industrial man is now fully in decline in an end game of consequences.  This mechanized complexity will have a short half-life.

Delocalization is the basics behind our current globalism.  Rapid transport with high energy and networked systems has force multiplied the human ecosystem.  This allows economies of scale specializing with comparative advantage and lean systems.   This is the physical elements of today’s value chains.  Delocalization requires this and will not survive being localized.  This means transhumanism will not survive decline.  Decline will bifurcate our transhuman civilization into a salvage civilization and some breakpoint ahead.

Humans have automated systems with less human participation but also fewer goods as backups.  Our manufacture of goods just-in-time is robustly capable but very unstable in decline.  Lean manufacturing is a dangerous journey in uncharted water for civilization in overshoot of population and consumption.  Lean manufacturing is seen as efficient.  This modern system has transhumanize affluence.  Mechanizing human life by reducing humans from the value chains actually devalues human meaning.   The deception of affluence masks this.  Meaningless is the result.  The narrative today is noise not the signal.  The signal is the pulse of life.  The signal is the heartbeat of this planet that is full of life.

We can say that too much or too little affluence is not good.  We don’t want to be fat and lazy in sloth.  Destructive happiness leads to lower resilience and sustainability.  No pain no gain has to be respected.  Hard work and taking risk are the hallmark of success.  These days human agency is fat and lazy.  Look at affluence today like an investment.  The view of affluence today is like price discovery.   The price of something today is more about price than reality.  Price signals are noisy the richer you get.  The deadly sins are a great description of the symptoms of the age.  Pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth represent the arrogance of humanism damaging the heart beat of this planet.

Being able to retire and do what you want when you want is a goal these days.  Working less and doing more.  Eating well with plenty of quality foods is what all cultures want.  Pretty places to live in with happy stable human relationships with less effort and more freedoms.  Finding a sweet spot with these basic human desires is now more than ever deviating from reality.

What is lacking is the wisdom of a proper humanism.  Too much affluence destroys this.  Today we have an arrogance of humanism that has gone out of control.  Humility and respect for the rigors of the learning process that comes from respecting and embracing failure is being massaged out of people’s lives.  The religion of Woke expresses this very well with safe spaces and mediocrity.  This sort of thing is a luxury of affluence.  There are no heroes in such places.  The result is dumbed down populations of fat and lazy participants increasingly living in arrangements that on the surface may appear efficient but the reality is this efficiency is brittle and corrosive.  The all-important human element is mechanized with extreme prejudice because human nature can’t be trusted and human effort lacking.

This has not only affected humanism but also the planet that allowed it.  This is now more than ever about our relationship to the rest of the planet and its systems.  An indicator of all of the earths systems is the life system.  This life system serves as a command system for the other planetary systems.  It helps modulate nonlife systems with reactions to the geologic and climate.  Only by fitting humans back into this command structure can the system be made whole again.  This extreme species growth is now destroying natural complexity.  Our complexity will not survive this.

The heartbeat of life is dance.  It is a wave with frequency.  The point here is you must look honestly at the life system and its health to tell the health of the planet.   The planet acquiesces stability for a beneficial life system.  The life system will react to its environment to mitigate change.  Our system will react to changes in the life system even though we think wee have safe spaces and can be fat and lazy with machines and networks.  This is just hubris and a fatal flaw of modern humanism.

Today’s life system is not healthy with general decline of the overall ecosystem and this includes localized ecosystem failures.  Ecosystems are a summation of planetary wide ecosystem.  An indicator species is a telltale sign of ecosystem health so in the big picture the fact that we have many ecosystem failures in our great ecosystem tells us there is trouble ahead.  Normally there would be a response from the life system to mitigate this.  This is what succession does by freeing up niches where new constructive change.   This change pushes the greater ecosystem back to stability.  Complexity is modulated short term and longer term with life activity.   longer-term this is evolution.  Devolution is part of this too with and without extinction.

We can reasonably say human forcing is degrading the planetary life system.  This life system is now less able to modulate.  This lack of respect for this life system’s natural modulation function means more human forcing.   Modern humans are now adapting in ways causing a vicious circle of more forcing.

A new wisdom must be applied in these times of overall macro decline with localized collpase.  Man is forcing more to maintain an affluence that is of lower value.  This is commonly call by many as digging a hole deeper when the attempt is to get out of the hole.  The catch 22 of this is man has opened doors of affluence that can’t be walk back through.  There are doors that now can’t be closed.  This condition presents new doors to open through the carbon trap and path dependencies.  The result is a maze that leads nowhere.   The more we know the less we know is the resulting deception.

This is the nature of affluence today with transhumanism and delocalization.   This is the forcing nature of tech and power.  This gets more problematic when you get into the human networking with social narratives leading people.  The leaders themselves are leading us further into the maze meaningless.  Life is now being forced as the house of cards is built higher and higher on a crumbling foundation.  Elites have done this in all civilizations so this should point to this as a human condition.  Civilization has this fatal flaw.

Civilization is a Ponzi scheme of false affluence.  There is a return but it is a parasitic return because it is extractive and a destructive waste stream.  We are eroding true affluence with forcing more.  There is a sweet spot that has been departed from.  The consequence of this is overshoot of population, consumption, with a corresponding ecosystem decline.  The localized failures should be a sobering warning.  The human response is more of the same. 

This is why I say modern man is far more superstitious today than the primitive men we look down upon.  The Kogi of South America are actually the most advance human type but most would laugh at that as absurd.  This is absurd because they are seen as superstitious when they actually are less superstitious than we are in our deception of affluence.  This is just the doors of perception that deceive.  The doors that continually get opened without wisdom but instead the lust for knowledge.

Primitive man lived enmeshed in ecosystems that modulated the planet.  Now man is modulating ecosystems and degrading them.  This means primitive man had superstitions that mainly served the purpose of limiting his effects of the environment with taboos and requirements.  Today’s human narrative has only one motive and that is increased affluence with transhumanism and delocalization.  This has risen to the religion of Scientism with ever increasing transhumanism.  These psychological forces outcompete humility and respect that come from proper human wisdom that is in its deepest form an existential decision.  Modern man does not make decisions anymore he is now completely mechanized.  Civilization is a runaway train.

Scientism is pure superstition far worse than primitive man.   Primitive man actually lived truth.  Today truth is optional.  This superstition is the only thing we can really know is found in science.  What this means is science is now a religion that is usurping the spirtual.  The spirtual requires humility of giving oneself over to a higher power.  Instead, we have the hyper ego driven focus to know and control everything.  Nothing is sacred anymore even the building blocks of life are manipulated like a young kid tearing things apart.  Uncontrolled science is about breaking down life into packets that can be digested with no respect or control.

It is this drive to know and command that is now the greatest superstation man has ever engaged in.  The superstition is we have to know more to get closer to what is divine.  The secrets of the universe are where divinity is.  What this now has done has elevated knowledge and tech to god like stature.  This is the false god often talked about in religion as the golden calf.  Most human institutions including traditional religions have been infected with this modern superstition.

Traditional religions have compromised their deeper spirtual meaning because they have no choice.  If they don’t submit to science, they’re rejected.   The result of this is a homogenization of humanism in the revolutionary drive of affluence found in tech and knowledge accumulation.  This is called adaptation but at some point, adaptation becomes maladaptation.  Humanism is now completely compromised by tech and it is because of this it will destroy itself. 

This will be a rebirth but not before a collpase.   To be reborn a sweet spot must be found where real affluence dwells.  That affluence is not delocalized and not transhuman although until the bottleneck is passed through this faux affluence is all we have to work with to rebuild a proper human wisdom.  Wisdom is now about less.  Not less with more or even less will create more.  It is the less of collpase.

This means we are in the end times that can be signified by death.  This is the iron age of tech.  This death is a drive into destructive change by a malignancy of technological affluence.  Human networking is now a trap.  This trap is more with less has morphed into a problem with no solution.  What is really needed is less but this is no longer a seamless option.  This is destructive degrowth with a human narrative of self-deception.

This less can be obtained by the individual, family, and tribe but only with the spirtual component of meaning.  It is only from dignity that comes from proper wisdom that less can be embraced to modulate the extremes of human superstition found in scientism with transhumanism and delocalization.  Remember delocalization is a human footprint out of balance with the rest of life and this forces the planet that forces life.  The keystone on which this age rests is the recognition of failure of this modern humanism.  This can only be found at the grass roots.  At the top there is a self-organizing snowball of billions of decisions carbon trapped and path dependent.

Remember doors have been gone through that can’t be gone back through.  Doors have been opened that can’t be closed.  This is a maze of madness that is taking the very last aspect of affluence down with it and that is the meaning of it all.  If we are self-destructive that is one thing but if we are doing this without meaning then all is lost.  This points to complete destruction.  It is this process that must now be reflected upon with a wisdom of less but also a wisdom of insecurity.  Failure can only be throttled down It can’t be fixed. 

The key aspect to human survival is how quick and with how much force we wreck this train.  It is the degree and the duration of shocks that influence species survival.  It is in this regards that man must reject the current religion of transhumanism and delocalization that is the basic of scientism.  Man must turn to the spirtual which requires humility and the embrace of total failure.  Spirituality is faith based. 

Proper faith is not blind faith but faith in knowing the more you know the less that is known.  It is acknowledging the circularity of life in contrast to the vicious circle of unknowing modern man is lost in.  This is the existential lie man is now locked into.  We have not learned lessons of previous civilizations and their hubris and instead doubled down on it.  We consider their failure a failure of science.  We will succeed because of science.  We are learning the secrets of all and this will save us so the story goes.

This becomes even more difficult because a big part of the population can’t handle the truth.  There are those in the community that need noble lies now that the system is so far into failure.  If some are told the truth but can’t understand the truth then chaos is assured.  This is where spirtual leadership is needed but unavailable. 

It is the respect for science and the spirtual that must be recognize.  They inhabit different human spheres.  They must be in balance and today they are not.  So today what we have is science usurping the spirtual.  What is needed is less science and knowledge.  The truth is too dangerous for the masses but too deceptive for the leaders who are the elites.  What there is today is one great lie that is the arrogance of humanism.

This is why for real leadership going forward we need priests who can manage science and human spirituality.  This human spirituality must be planetary.  It can be traditional as long as the planetary element is included.  The reason I say this is many traditional religions are little more than the worship of a higher power who has a human expression.  This human expression gets bastardized by science and arrogance of the ego and becomes dysfunctional.  These human fantasies are easily corrupted by the affluence of transhumanism and delocalizations.   Increased affluence becomes the real spirituality.  The blessing of this false higher power is affluence.  Where the planetary element comes in is with the indicator species of life. 

It is for this reason that modern priests are little more than more of the same deception.  They are preaching fantasies because civilization is now based on fantasy.  We have the bottom who can’t handle the truth living a narrative that is a noble lie but also the leadership that is deceiving themselves with the lies of affluence of transhumism and delocalization.  Human networking that competitively cooperates for more affluence is just digging the hole deeper. 

A spirituality of less is not possible at the level of the human narrative until the modulation of the planet and her systems forces the human system back to the reality of what life does and doesn’t do.  Regardless of the human interpretation of this what we have is a force of change beyond human control.  This means to get to the dignity of meaning at the civilizational level means collpase.  It will only be by collpase that man will return to a proper sweet spot of affluence.

Collpase is pure pessimism.   This can become optimistic pessimism at the local level of proper place with a proper footprint of family and tribe.  The only place this new spirituality of less gives more is with meaning.   This can be lived.  It is local with smaller groups in proper places.  This really can only be realized with a permaculture of place and people and this is a spirtual permaculture that reconnects man to nature.  In this time of a destructive affluence of transhumanism and delocalization this becomes a surreal task that is dualistic.

You can’t just descend into less to get more meaning.  This is more like embracing sanity because life is insane.  Modern human civilization is destroying everything irrationally to be rational.  This human deception is just a poverty of mind and body.  A Ponzi scheme of fantasy.  Remember there is a sweet spot of affluence.  Not too much or too little.  You will have to use what you have to maneuver closer to that spot that is increasingly difficult if not impossible to find.  Remember doors can’t be gone back through and doors remain open.  New doors are seductively ahead that just dig the hole deeper.

This is not a new religion.  This wisdom is common sense of our ancestors as old as homo sapiens themselves.  Take your existing religion you hold near and dear and apply the narrative of failure.  This must be done at the local level because the top is hopeless caught in the circular effort of more affluence.   This destructive circularity is a systematic diminish returns of making problem solving the problem. 

The level where small groups can properly embrace a correct footprint is limited.  The world is now a human forced world of destructive affluence with efforts at more transhumanism and delocalization.  This then requires feed off this system to leave it.  It is only here a proper foot print can be found.  Localism and permaculture in the humility of failure is the adaptation your current spirituality requires.

This new way is an old way we are returning to.  It is a respect for the dominant force of the planet in abrupt change from human forcing.  It is adapting to a new epoch of macro life in decline.   It is then people and place adapting to less to get more with this reality in mind.  Decline is the new beacon not growth.  It means playing the game of the arrogance of humanism but in acceptance this is what is killing us.  This is getting out of the codependency of maladaptive behavior.  This acceptance is then the hospice that will apply palliative care of mitigating and adapting to the mortality this modern system is pushing life into. 

Optimism comes from the understanding there are still niches of constructive change left where productive affluence can be found.  Constructive growth can be found and it can give meaning.  It must be found in a wisdom of insecurity respecting human failure.  This is a required humility.  It is requisite and nonnegotiable.  This power is power the planet will bestow on you because this is the truth.  It is a reflection of life itself.  It is not your power it is only yours to harness for the planet.  If you use it for personal gain, it will be lost.  It is only through humility this power is found.  This power is low level but pervades all.  This is why it takes an adaption element to your existing spirituality for a true spirituality to be transformed.  The sacred will give you grace.  Grace is naturalness.

It must recognize that dignity is found in downsizing not expansion.  The new force of change is destructive but this will free up niches where constructive change can relatively and realistically flourish.  Constructive change is only possible where people and place has a proper foot print of an affluence of less.  This is always more local and with less transhuman power.  It is inevitable this spirtual effort will be delocalized because the human system is as far into delocalization as it can go.  It is now tipping over and you must embrace this wave of change to find meaning.   We can’t just depopulate cities without rural places to go to with food, water and shelter systems.  These will have to be built so delocalization will have to be lived with like a terminal illness.

This is why a modern sweet spot is needed and this sweet spot needs a new humanism of less with the humility of failure.  This spiritualism calls for a new planetary component that strips out the excessive self-deception of human exceptionalism.  Exceptionalism is a false power created by the deception of human affluence.  What is instead needed is a recognition that in a sense knowledge and tech is an evolutionary dead end.  At a point it self-destructs.  This is why humans today would be far more secure in a world where technology and knowledge are recognized as a revolutionary force of eventual self-destruction.  The problem is this is too much to handle at the top.  It can only be found locally.

Technology, knowledge, and it resulting efficiency that creates so much affluence for so many is eventually a destructive force.  Sustainable development is a lie because it cannot be controlled with wisdom.  This rejection of our human excesses seems like commons sense but that is the problem.  It is common sense that gets coopeted by the relative and realistic of living in a delocalized world in decline.

It is here that those of you who crave meaning should reflect pessimistically on the inevitability of the collpase of civilization.  You will find optimism in this because you will recognize and reflect on the truth.  This truth will give you meaning and meaning is the ultimate expression of the bright light of optimism.  This will not be a transcendence as in being set free like an angle.  It is more allowing the demons to becomes angles.  It will only be transformational.  It is this transformation that will allow you to seek out niches where constructive growth is possible but only in the wisdom of insecurity. 

This wisdom of insecurity requires the humility of failure. It requires the embrace of mortality of all.  It is not just the mortality of the body but also that part of the spirt that craves the immortality of the ego.  When you die you die but there is something more.  So, this is about giving yourself over to the higher power completely.  Once you do this in this mystic loss of all then you can go forth on the higher power’s behalf back into the process that is the dance of life of coming to know and then getting lost.

This is so simple it is almost impossible and this is why it is only rarely we can visit these places.  This is why shamans lived on the edge of the tribe.  It is there they can help avoid the drawing into the spirt the natural arrogance of humanism that leads to destructive affluence. This is why we need modern shaman to return.  We need superstition that is like superstition of old.  We need to return to oral cultures and the true localization of our ancestors. 

The first step is permaculture.  This is small permaculture farms orbiting permaculture towns like was once on the American frontier.  This is the preliminary path of return.  The real path will come post collpase.  Post collpase the path to return is the way of life of the Native Americans precontact.  This is likely the sweet spot of return.   Keep in mind this place may be extinction.  At some point we will be consumed by our star when it becomes a red giant.  So the inevitable journey is to an endgame regardless.

What is required now is brave souls to start the journey to a localism of less but living with an affluence of more meaning.  This will help bridge the gap of fewer basics of affluence commonly called poverty.   Constructive niches can be found but it requires voluntary simplicity.  This voluntary simplicity is threading the needle of meaning.   It requires a wisdom of less to find productive niches.  It requires a wisdom of insecurity to find the meaning in less which is the humility of failure. 

I describe this as green prepping.  What is green is more prepped for collpase.  Green prepping is the journey home to the true humanism of balance.  It is properly locating with the life system that is properly located with the geologic and climate.

Remember nature enjoys nature and only nature can overcome.  This is told to us in the Hall of Matt but also in multiple other ancient civilizations.  Keep in mind what is better than this grand revelation is those primitives that through superstition and natural balance never embraced civilizations.  We never self-destructed until recently when we embraced civilization.  The evolutionary dead end of knowledge and tech is self-destructive.  The primitive is innocence.   We lost our innocence or naturalness when we embraced knowledge for knowledge’s sake. 

This then points to real humanism of the seminomadic hunter gather living in a world of spirts that are animated and all around.  These spirits are revealed and give revelations on how to live.  These spirits were about limiting the destructive impulse to affluence.  This is the self-regulation of nature.  Man is part of nature not separate.  This proves it. 

At this time, we need to move back to our true nature and recognize the failure of knowledge and tech in civilization.  Triage is about removing deadwood.  Civilization is littered with deadwood.  This return is about salvage which is the hybridization of old and new.  It is about most importantly the wisdom found in the humility of insecurity that all this becomes possible.   The age of the decline of all is here.  Yet, mortality has always been here.  This is where the truth is. Truth and judgment are within nature’s nature.  This is a power that is not ours but only ours to use on the planet’s behalf.

Like the old Indian said “the dogs go to sleep now”  I am tired.

SOOM

I am a green shaman.  This story is my cave painting.  I have been to places and having gone there I have been instructed to go back and tell others.  What I tell you is not perfect because I am an imperfect vessel but I will tell you what I have seen the best I can.  This place was very strange and other worldly and has persisted over my life.  So, it is my entire life with a few moments of the bright light of the truth along with moments of complete failure.  It is the visiting of both these worlds that is required.  Keep in mind this may be completely delusional on my part because humans that enter this world will be delusional.  In fact, being delusional is a requirement.  This is not the delusional of what we call sanity and adjusted.  It is the insanity the sane want to repress because this world is so dangerous to their sanity and adjustment.  This is why religion is created and why man now worships science.

If I appear to be crying wolf about doom, I am but my intentions are different.  My goal is to adapt your reality filter not scare you.  Doom is scary and not something people seek out.  In fact, in most cases, it is taboo like many sexual fetishes.  I do not want to judge you or push you to extreme change.  The reality is most of us are trapped and have limited options.  A few can do dramatic change that is restorative but for most because of nature and nurture are trapped in a world that can’t be changed much.  The people that can change can renew places and inspire people.  This is why my message is so important and why you should take doom a step further if you are one of the new human types.  You will pick up the pieces of a destroyed world.

None of this will matter at the macro level.  Decline is a force now.  It is the current of change.  It is what people like to refer to as progress but now progress is regression.  What once was constructive change is now destructive.  Growth is now degrowth.  This degrowth is not the positive kind with proactive discipline of entering uncharted waters.  Positive degrowth is triage of deadwood not taking on of baggage.  It is about bailing water out not taking on water.  This is not the blind embrace of growth because of path dependencies that growth is all we know and the only way to react.  In this case what is called growth is really the degrowth of failed growth.  This growth is lied about and made to appear to be real growth.  This is what human civilization now is.   Civilization is a wonderfully complex and complicated house of cards built on a foundation that is a planet in abrupt change caused by the weight of this human construction 

So, the human narrative is a lie.  This is not a noble lie although the elites are lying to us about what they are doing with noble lies.  This lie is not the Marxist and or Machiavellian lies of political warfare of these elites who are pitting groups against groups to divided and conquer.  This is at work today too.  This is an existential lie of human wisdom that is approaching collapse.  This is a systematic lie that is pushing the envelope of stasis of a planet.  This lie is that humans can grow physically and with knowledge.  It is the lie we have a manifest destiny that we are made in the image of the divine and that this will ensure success.  Science is just as much part of this religious lie becuase science has now become scientism.  The universe is looked upon as embedded with intelligent design with math and physics.  We are discovering the very secrets of the universe we think and worshiping our success with false icons.

There has been talk by the elite of science and academia that God is dead.  Now I say atheism is dead too.  The reason I say this is atheism calls on its faithful in academia to embraced scientism.  They have replaced the God of traditional religion with a god that is the universe of intelligent design in their image.  This is the golden calf of Scientism.  This is a lie just as much as traditional religion is a lie.  Spirit and science must remain at different poles.  Science serves a different human function.  It is ego driven.  The spiritual is when the ego ceases to be the ego in surrender.  When the ego is completely gone is when you have entered the spiritual.  In science man is inquiring and breaking apart into packets of knowledge of all.  In the spiritual there is a connection into what is beyond and above human agency where humanity is left behind. 

This spiritual connectivity is complete humility in mysticism.  Science is about power and control.  The spiritual is above this in the loss of control into complete humility of connectivity with an unknown higher power.  Embracing this higher power is nothingness.  When you mix them there is an existential lie both with religion and science.  This is the human narrative today of dualism with both religion and science.  It has always been the human condition but in times of primitive man it was properly scaled.  There is no longer scale so what we have today is complete failure of control so we are on the cusp of an explosion of spirituality.  This is the necessary lie of being human but on occasion it must be destroyed completely in total humility.  We are now collectively at that point and this is the reason for my doom.

The reason I bring up this lie of traditional religion and scientism is both have been coopted with the corruption of today’s carbon trap and path dependencies of growth.  This is transhuman now with machines.  The most basic is the car culture.  You can live in a walkable community and still are in the car culture.  Population overshoot of all is a function of the car culture of moving human economics that is now global.  Even the poorest who labor and toil in their subsistence without much outside support are subject to it.  No one can hide from the self-destruction of this car culture. 

This transhumanism is now accelerating with the world wide web of the digital that is an ascending level of this car culture of delocalization.  In fact, this stage is the final destructive stage.  This is delocalizing man even further and quicker.  We no longer connect to the land and life around us with our digital delocalization.  They are now calling for the metaverse.  The metaverse is complete and final mechanization of life.  Even environmentalist are looking to science and technology to help nature with large and small geoengineering strategies. 

The reality is we are destroying nature.  It is this false divinity that is the issue because man is no longer scaled properly.  Proper scale is a seminomadic hunter gatherer with the basic science of primitive agriculture, foraging, and shelter.  This culture is a spoken culture that is alive with animation of the spirit world which is much closer to reality than the mechanization of the spiritual in transhumanism.  The spoken human culture of the primitive is superstitious but in a balanced way.  The most superstitious man is modern man in the delocalization of transhumanism of tech and knowledge power.

This discussion above has to be understood to understand the intricacies of decline.  This is needed to understand this decline has been a process from the very time when humans began to gather into small civilizations and then embraced agriculture.  Modern science began with agriculture and proper science will return to permaculture.  The narrative is this.   When humans began their enlightenment it was locked in dualism.   This process proceeded it also degraded until now it has gone to an extreme planet changing process with an arrogance of humanism that is an extreme of dualism.

It has progressed over thousands of years and is now at the point of tipping over.  On a finite planet there are limits.  This includes knowledge and tech.  We are there and somewhere in the vicinity of the tipping over into a new time of decline.  This means a new reality that man has not ever developed in is now at work.  The various dark ages and depressions mirror this but are not it because they all occurred in a steady average growth over these thousands of years.  They were blips in this process.  This is a systematic current of destructive change.  Where as the growth has lasted thousands of years the decline phase will be measured in decades or quicker.  It is this defining aspect that needs to be embraced to properly adapt.  We are talking rapid and complete change not steady average growth.

I call this “Soom”.  This is soon combined with doom.  Doom is not a new concept nor is the soon of collpase.  I would define it as the process of tipping over into decline that will accelerate at a nonlinear rate that knowledge and tech go into as they go from solving problems to being the problem.  It will infect all subsets but at different rates.  All places upon this planet are part of this tipping over because this is a consequence of the human forcing of growth globally.  It is within the human ecosystem of civilization but also geologic change.  It is the planetary systems being forced into abrupt change by human activity.  This is similar to cyanobacteria that initiated the theory of a snowball earth.  Life is also a planetary process and now humanity is the equivalent to cyanobacteria.  This is an amazing view of things because it is a full circle of the complexity of life.

All those planetary cycles that support life are now in phase change.  The carbon, nitrogen, and hydrologic are tipping with negative convergences feeding feedbacks beyond human control.  It is terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric.  It is within the human sphere with activity and meaning.  It is this current that is a river of destructive change.  The planet changes without destructive or constructive change.  It just does what planets do.  The destructive and constructive is in regards to the succession of the life system. 

Here there is the constructive of increasing complexity or the destructive of the undoing of complexity.  It is here where there is evolution or devolution and the combination of both in the turbulence of change.  This is where extinction is also.  Eventually all will be absorbed into a red giant star so the story goes.  In today’s scientism we will be elsewhere in the universe so the story goes.  Traveling in time through wormholes with quantum computing so the story goes.  My cave painting says otherwise and this is my humble story of a delusional green shaman.

You have to see this all-encompassing nature of decline to truly adapt.  This is a process but compared to the run up to the point of thousands of years of growth this will be a rapid decline.  In the world of the mortal humans this may not touch many.  Some of us in our 50s and older may not experience this.  For what it is worth I predict anyone under 30 will have to embrace decline as the new reality.  This is a blind prediction though because there is no way to equate decline.  It now has a life of its own.  In fact it is art and that is why what I am telling you now is a story not science.   

Keep in mind reality now is the tipping point.  It is that place where turbulence will phase change.  It is not a reality of growth or decline it is the turbulence of both in phase change.  Just like turbulence does not have an equation this period does not have the predictive element humans crave.  In fact, this turbulence is allowing humans to mistakenly consider growth growth when the reality is much of this growth is decline.

Since you the individual in your local of people and place are in a phase change.  You have no choice but to embrace both.  This is why I talk of the dualism of REAL Green.  You will be required to embrace both worlds.  Reality is going to tell you decline but the human narrative is growth.  The human narrative is a religion of growth because this is what scientism is.  Science and technology are the only truly revolutionary human force because they are unstoppable in the human drive of progress.  It seeks to know all.  Technology is the physical manifestation of this drive of affluence of efficiency into destructive change.  This human forcing has now adapted the planet and the web of life.  This forcing is self-destruction that is built into the human predicament of dualism. 

It is here the phase change is occurring and it is here where you do REAL Green adaptation.  REAL Green calls on you to live in both worlds.  It creates a new world for humans.  This is the world of degrowth doom.  It combines these two worlds in constructive growth of finding niches in a planet and human civilization in phase change.  You embrace human and planetary change to adapt locally which is the only place left to constructively change.  You will be adapting these two human realities or worlds together in a hybridization.  There will be triage and there will be salvage.  You will know you are there if you see the surreal world of paradoxes, incongruous juxtapositions, and irony.

This adaptation must be local with people and place.  In fact, it is the community of Christ that is so relevant here.  I do not mean to be religious here but only to shed life on what is arguably the most powerful message Jesus left us.  This means small scale.  It is this small scale which humans developed to become the modern human and are no losing in the delocalization of transhumanism.  Is it any wonder scientism is trying to destroy the family?  This is why.  You must begin the journey back to this human type that will become a new human type that will be postmodern after the coming bottleneck. 

It is unclear when this will happen and keep in mind humans may go extinct.  This is the nature of turbulence, remember.  There are no equations for this.  It is instead art and the subject of cave paintings.  We are in phase change now so there is no equation for this future.  Quit obsessing over the destination that is eventual death for all.  Mortality is the great equalizer and true honesty.  Nothing man has created will remain.  When that day comes is vital but also irrelevant to sombody doing REAL Green adaptation.  REAL Green adaptation takes the humility of this ultimate failure and gives it meaning in the journey through this time of turbulence.  It is about being pessimistic about all that is wrong with the modern human narrative and turning that into optimism of the journey of localized growth in meaning.

The truth is the ultimate quest of all humans.  Of course, this varies in intensity but all humans seek to embrace the truth as the proper course of action for actions.  It is the truth of this phase change and what is required that is the new meaning.  This embrace of the truth is what will give you optimism and it is this optimism that will transform your human agency.  You will not transcend this world of destructive change you will just transform it with a meaning that reflects reality.  You will do positive degrowth locally but only as best you can.  You will be declining in place in localism and permaculture.  You will be doing this relative and realistically according to your trap that is the trap of your greater community.  This greater community is like a ladder of increasing complexity and delocalization into globalism and the world wide web of human connections no one can escape. 

It is here where the real surreal living comes in because this will be the fight between localization and delocalization.  It is the fight of affluence between what is physical and what is spiritual.  Growth is with localism and spiritualism.  In fact, the only true growth ahead is spiritual with the meaning of this phase change.  It is this spiritual meaning that will direct small groups to the constructive growth of niches that form as eddies in the current of destructive change.  Yet, this trap will define and limit how much change a local of people and place can change.  This is the critical element of the hybridization.  You will have to try to live more local in a world of increasing delocalization.  You will have to embrace less affluence to find more.  The reason for these juxtapositions is you will have to trade physical affluence for increased spiritual affluence but you will have to do this in a measured way or you will lose both and be destitute and disenfranchised.

This is a critical element of this adaptation process.  It is here where REAL Green becomes an art that requires vision.  This vision is surreal.  It is littered with incongruous juxtapositions and paradoxes.  It means embracing the trap and most of all it is about embracing the humility of the wisdom of insecurity. This wisdom of insecurity is about finding security in insecurity.  This is the paradox of life.  The more you hold on to security the less you will have.  The wisdom of insecurity embraces the turbulence of this phase change.  It does this with meaning.  If you embrace the truth the truth will support you.  If the planet is in phase change, then embracing this truth is the equivalent of the planet supporting you.  This means understanding everything you hold near and dear is at risk including the meaning of your life.  In the wisdom of insecurity, you will be finding wisdom in decline.  This wisdom will guide you through the coming human bottleneck that no one will escape.  There is a great waterfall ahead and you now see the mist given off by this existential phase change.

This wisdom of insecurity will not save you.  There is no refuge there is no place to hide from this phase change but there is the freedom of a spiritual awakening that is a burst of positive energy to restore and renew human connectivity.  In this time in human history this connectivity is to the land in localism.  It can only be found in permaculture.  Keep in mind this permaculture is more than just farming the land.  It is permaculture strategies that require human networking found in small towns that permaculture farms orbit.  

This permaculture is about going local in a delocalized world with people and place.  This means a diverse group but a simple group.  Gone must be all those hyper specializations of modern man who can’t live without delocalization.  In this world all these people must be engaged in the complexity of the simplicity of permaculture.  True complexity is found only in nature.  Only Nature can overcome Nature.  The simplicity must be with the human network of knowledge and tech.  These permaculturist must have one or two specializations and be versed in all the basics of permaculture.  Permaculture is not delocalization.  Permaculture is the true affluence not delocalization.

This is about family and tribe.  It does not rise to urban.  Cities will be depopulated.  These are the places where the greatest turbulence will occur.  REAL Green prescriptions work here in the surreal of seeing the decline process but if you see the decline process then you will leave the cities because there will be no constructive growth in these places.  You will be like those hallowed souls of Chaco Canyon who deserted their development because they saw what it had become.  The difference with Chaco Canyon and today is there is no place to go to.  The world is now totally globalized in delocalization.  This is why you will have to adapt realistically and relatively but it must be towards that which is not what we have today.  Today man is urban and transhuman.  You will want to leave this on a journey of optimism.

This means you will have to flow with the current that is the current of truth with that which is now the current of lies.  This takes a special mentality.  This mentality is so simple that it will be the hardest thing you do because it is about calling into question everything and choosing one of two doors that will have consequences.  If you choose the status quo, you are choosing the world of lies.  If you chose the door of truth and meaning of phase change this will also have consequences.  No choice is not an option because that is a default choice for the status quo.  You will fall back into the current human narrative of the status quo because you are trapped.  Actually, in REAL Green you will go in and out of these doors because remaining in the bright light of the truth is only momentary.  It is the impact of seeing this light but returning to the lies where the support is.  This is why I say the planet and the stars will support you in this transformation.