Firewood

I have included pictures of my firewood system on the pages side of this blog

Briefly, this post will not apply to many of you.  It is worth a look if you are interested in a REAL Green homestead and permaculture.  Firewood heating and forest management is a permaculture activity.  My effort is REAL Green.  This means I utilize both natural and mechanical means.  I combine the old with the new.  I use fossil fuels because it is realistic and relative to what I am capable of doing.  I keep it local to reduce the carbon footprint and enhance resilience and sustainability.  This is not TRUE Green.  To get to TRUE Green would mean no modern machines and instead human and animal labor.  This is an important post in regards to REAL Green prepping and permaculture.  Going REAL Green means embracing local biomass to lower your footprint and enhance your resilience and sustainability.  It is also an aspect of spiritual permaculture by connecting to the land.  This is the basics of a REAL Green homesteading in a higher latitude where heating is necessary.

My wife is from a small mountain village in Northern Italy.  This post’s pic is from her village.  Her region is a cow and wood culture that of course, modernized.  Yet, the people remain true to their roots.  They are a wealthy hard-working people that find a spiritual satisfaction from maintaining the old ways.  You see cultural beauty in this place.  Cows grazing in mountain meadows in the summer.  Fresh made cheese in small batches made as close to the old ways as is possible.  There is also a culture of firewood.  There are wood lots in the mountain heights you can buy and manage.  It is tightly controlled and no development is allowed.  Here there are wonderful hiking trails.  This is a great place to live but the work is hard and the weather harsh.  I mention this because this is what is needed with a new “old-world” permaculture of low carbon capture centered in localism.  Firewood is not a biomass that fits all locals but many do have good firewood potential for space heating.

Keep in mind if everyone would go back to heating with wood there would be a return to an environment like can be seen in old photos of the 19th century.  A panorama of barren land.  We have our forests partially back from this period of mass industrialization and exploitation of nature.  Here in my Missouri Ozarks the place was cut over by 1900.  The people then turned to the soil and raised row crops that ruined the soil.  This place was an ecological mess by 1930.  These days it is mostly a cow and wood natural resource region with small towns.  The pastures have come back with the result of soil building back.  Forests are back nicely too.  Fossil fuels allowed this. 

What I am advocating is not going back to the 19th century of extraction en masse this is not possible.   I am giving a warning that the modern way of life is unsustainable and at some point, in the stairstep down, an extractive period is again possible.  This post is for those who want to beat the rush of decline and go local now.  If you are going local and seek resilience and sustainability then biomass is required.  In my region it is animals, hay and firewood.  It is also gardening, orchards, and grapes.

If you think you are saving money doing firewood over other fuels you may be mistaken.  There is a lot that goes into firewood.  Lots of differences with stove efficiencies and their lifetime production.  Does your area have good firewood type wood and sources?  Firewood in my area averages $400 delivered not stacked.  This is likely not seasoned.  I can go to a lumber mill and get scrap wood for free.  Nothing is free!  You still must drive there and have some way to move the wood.  You must then split then stack it.  It is likely the wood must be seasoned so it will need storage and management. 

Many people do not buy in quantity.  They will buy wood when they get close to running out.  This means reliability will be a factor.  The price can vary depending on supply.  Wood is not like gas or electric with a steady supply.  Biomass can be in short supply so this in itself has a cost of being without.  Always have backup to wood.  Always have backup to any energy source but especially wood.

The equation of EROI “energy return on energy invested” and ROI “rate of return” have meaning if you are a green.  I cut wood sustainably on my land.  I cut dead or dying trees.  I also manage the forest by cutting out trees that will never grow into good trees.  This is the taking out of understory trees that will not turn out well.  New trees are important but too many of them will slow growth.  Find good ones and give them room to grow.  Reduce competition to promote a strong forest.  I also leave dense areas because that is another habitat type for animals for them to hide in.  Letting the whole forest be dense means a narrow habitat mix.  Mix up your habitats in what I call a mosaic of habitats.  Animals like diversity of the land they live on. 

ROI would not consider this in its equation.  ROI would only want the lowest cost with highest return to your pocketbook.  EROI does not consider habitat well either.  Animals are not a factor unless you consider the energy return of food taken from the land from a better forest.  So EROI is expansive and ROI narrow.   A further inclusion of ecosystem health is what makes REAL Green a green spirituality.  Firewood is part of that spirituality.

REAL Green involves spiritual permaculture.  This would be the spiritual effect of engaging in low carbon capture locally and the resulting meaning.  Low carbon capture is mainly local biomass.  Industrial methods are generally high carbon.  Even renewables have a high energy and carbon content in its lifecycle with manufacture, transport, and removal.  The wind and sun are not free despite the green “noble” lies that they are.  The mining of minerals and the environmental destruction of the brownfields they create all have a hidden environmental cost not talked about.  Low carbon capture locally is more sustainable and resilient. 

REAL Green solar and wind are advocated for the homestead but in a relative and realistic way.  A simple small system is advocated but this is along with local low carbon capture of biomass.  A lack of resilience can be dangerous in a crisis without support from outside your local.  Sustainability depends on how independent your permaculture farm is.   Generally staying local and keeping things simple is a sustainability feature.  Localized low carbon capture is as good as it gets.

Firewood is spiritual.  The spiritual is a “goodwill” asset.  In business goodwill refers to the “established reputation of a company as a quantifiable asset and calculated as part of its total value when it is taken over or sold”.  I like to refer to the spiritual as “Goodwill”.  That intangible nature of firewood would involve comradery of family making firewood together.  The feel and smell of fire wood on a cold night.  The feeling of security and accomplishment of seeing your firewood stored up.  The benefits of your forest improvements to wildlife.  Firewood is an ancient fuel and, in this respect, when you burn it, you are realizing an ancient art.

Firewood can have a high opportunity cost.  In economics opportunity cost is “the cost of an opportunity forgone”.  This is most often the case why people do not do firewood.  They do not have the time.  Their labor is much more valuable elsewhere.  Their threasholds for hard physical labor is low.  Some people ae too old to do firewood although I personally think firewood keeps you young with physical activity on the fresh air.  Status quo delocalized lives make firewood hard. 

There is more to firewood than making it.  You must stoke your stove.  It must be fed and cleaned out.  My indoor fireplace stove requires a 4 hour burn time once it has been brought to a quality fire then it needs its contents stirred and wood added.  The key is allowing good oxygen penetration when stirring.  Starting and bringing the fire up to an efficient burn takes time.  Proper fire starting strategies are important.  I collect the shavings from the wood when I split.  This is my kindling.  My outdoor stove always has a coal bed so it does not need to be started. 

The indoor stove is not run all the time because it will get the house too warm.  I mainly use it to keep my wife’s great room and kitchen cozy.  When it really gets cold the outdoor whole house heat does have cool spots.  One of these is my wife’s area.  The indoor stove is like a booster for those artic air masses that descend on Missouri periodically in the winter.  My outdoor stove is good for 8 hours.  The problem with my outdoor stove which is a wood boiler is being gone on a trip.  This stove must be protected from cooling down too much.  Water freezes so this requires an effort to ensure the wood boiler is safe.  You will have to have grid or gas backup if you want to go on a trip.

The costs and benefits of firewood vary greatly between individuals.  It works for me because I am REAL Green.  Spiritual goodwill has a high value for me.  Green prepping is central to REAL Green.  I discount the opportunity cost of my labor elsewhere with the intangibles of localism.  Firewood promotes localism when properly done with minimal outside influence so having firewood delivered is less valuable from a REAL Green perspective.  I could be working the weekends making good money doing land restoration for others.  I choose to stay local. 

I choose the spiritual of permaculture.  I have green compassion for those who do not have the time.  Green compassion is the humility of realizing many people do not have the opportunities I have to be green.  In this way it would be arrogance on my part to point a green finger at these people.  It is so easy and cheap to just flip a switch on grid heat of gas and electric.  Many people have other interests and obligations.  Firewood beyond just a weekend enjoyment is a lifestyle.  If you are a green prepper and live in a good firewood region like me then firewood is a basic that should be embraced.  If you live in the city not so much.

Prepping is an important consideration.  If you are a homeowner in a region where it freezes, I would have the potential for heating with firewood.  One needs only recall that Texas was hit with brown outs in a deep freeze.  Many people were put at grave risk.  Many had property losses when pipes froze.  Firewood became an essential in this situation instead of an enjoyment. 

As a REAL Green I consider the world on all planes in decline.  As a REAL Green I consider more brown outs coming with an unstable grid.  Europe is in the news now because it is rushing into NetZero at the expense of fossil fuel backup.  Obviously, renewables lack a resilience to power a continent.  Seasonal storage is all but nonexistent.  The problem is an inability of modern economies to learn to live with intermittentcy.  I see more resources in short supply.  If the trucks that feed the economy gets reduced by economic problems you will have increased instability that will spill out into the grid reducing reliability.  You may not get your propane delivery.  A tree down on your electric lines may not get fixed in the timely fashion we expect today.  Firewood is a key component to a prepping.

Equipment is a big issue.  I will give you a summary of my cost at the end of this post.  I have gone to a higher end of equipment cost because I buy quality.  This may or may not payout for me when amortized solely with ROI.  I had people install my equipment so there was a cost there.  Some people can do this themselves and save lots of money.  Wood stoves can be made also which saves lots of money.  Safety is an issue with homemade stoves.  I had a masonry chimney so I put in an insulated stainless liner and these are expensive.  This increases cost but also increases safety and efficiency.  Efficiency is increased because of the increased vent of the fire where heated air and gas is not cooled by a cool chimney.  A vent gets oxygen to the fire so it burns more efficient.  A blower makes a difference.  My indoor fireplace insert takes in cool air and circulates it near the hot stove into the room.  An open fireplace does not heat a house well because so much heated air escapes.  It does provide radiant heat and, in some cases, this is better than nothing in an emergency but lots of firewood is consumed quickly.

I have two wood stoves.  I have an outside wood stove that is a wood boiler.  The wood boiler heats 100gal insulated water tank.  This is a whole house heat source with a forced air circuit and a radiant heat circuit.  This stove also heats water with a heat exchanger.  This stove is very safe.  One drawback it needs electricity to operate.  I get around this resilience lowing situation because I have a solar system to run this stove.  2 amps on average are needed which my solar covers this with ease.  There is also the issue of a pump going out.  I keep spares to address this problem.  There is still the issue of pipes leaking.  This stove is more technical than my indoor stove.  My indoor stove will last a lifetime and no matter what my power situation it will still work.  This stove is raw heat maker.  This is part of the reason I have two stoves.  

The other drawback with my wood boiler is when I want to leave for more than a day this stove will be outside and subject to cooling down.  There are strategies for this but it is a further inconvenience when you want to travel.  If the weather is at or above freezing then nothing is needed to do.  The stove is well insulated.  If a bitter cold outbreak comes and you are gone you could lose your stove if the water freezes and ruins the water tank, pumps, and or lines.  This is an extreme event but damage is a possibility. 

What I have to do is fire up the electric heat in the house and shop/barn.  I put a small heater in the firebox and one in the back of the wood boiler where the pumps and lines are.  The water circulates into the house and the warm house keeps the stove water warm.  So, this is a reverse heating process.  As you can see if you travel much in the coldest times of the year this is a further inconvenience. 

I have modified my wood boiler for summer water heating by utilizing thermal water heating evacuated tubes.  These tubes heat the wood boiler’s water tank.  This hot water circulates into the house and heats water through the heat exchanger.  The stove already has all guts to heat water so my adaptation is a cool way to continue to heat water into the summer when it is not economic to burn wood to heat water.

This outside wood boiler has two heating methods.  One is forced air where a blower forces air through a radiator moving hot air into the house.  The other is radiators spread around the house that radiate heat all the time.  I really like this way because it is a stable lasting heat.  Air heat is noisy and dissipates quicker but it is immediate if you are warming things up.  A radiant heat actually gets the material in the house warm so the house has a warm feel. 

My wood boiler heats my shop with infloor heat.  The shop is next to the house.  There are two main line running to two buildings.   The shop square footage is similar to the house.  This infloor heat has an insulated 6” concrete slab to warm up with pex lines running through it.  There is a special baffleing system that does this because of the amount of water needed to heat a 30×36 concrete floor.  Once this concrete is warmed this serves as a thermal heat sink.  It will stay warm for a long period even without being heated.  Once heated is requires much less heating to stay warm.  My Amish Monitor barn that is a shop/barn has R30 insulation and R10 in floors so it is easier to heat and cool than the house.

If you are going to do your own wood you will need equipment and time.  You will need chainsaws and a splitter.  You will need something to haul the wood in.  You will need time to cut down the wood, spilt it, transport it, and stack it.  You need a way to store it out of the rain.  Yet, you also what it in the weather in the summer to season so this requires plenty of sun and ventilation. 

I have a system that I have made up with 4 shipping pallets screwed together.  This hold around half a cord.  I can then move it with my skidsteer.  In the summer when I split wood I can stack it in this rack and then move it to a sunny spot with good ventilation to season it.  I then can move it to the lien-two overhangs in the shop where it will be out of the weather for the winter. 

This is important for my type stove.  My outdoor stove is a wood gasifier so it needs properly seasoned wood that is not wet from rain.  There are some stove that burn wood by cooking it.  These are much less efficient but do allow green wood to be burning.  The burn from the bottom up with forced air moving up.  My stove pulls the heated gases down into a burn chamber to burn the gasses.  So, in my stove there is the afterburn of the smoke but also the heat of the fire itself. 

Wood preparation and management is a significant time factor is important if time is not something you have.  You must consider your opportunity cost which is what you would get from your labor elsewhere.  Firewood is tedious and it is routine.  This is just making the firewood, you must also feed the firewood daily into the stove.  You are not going to save much or any money especially if the opportunity cost of your labor is high.  You will have a security of sorts which is resilience.  If you have the right setup this is a way to achieve a component to overall sustainability.

If I wanted to heat with wood the TRUE Green way I would need to do firewood differently.  I would only use axes and a cross cut saw.  I would have a mule team to transport the wood.  I would not have a wood boiler.  I would have stoves in each living area.  As you can see this would not work for me and all I do.  It would not work for me at my age and the fact I take care of 400 acres, animals, buildings, and equipment mostly alone. 

What I do is green prepping with REAL Green which is the realistic application of the new and old in a realistic and relative application according to what you can do.  I want to be TRUE Green but this is not in the cards for me.  I know how to go TRUE Green and could if the situation arises I can make changes but I will need young men to help me and new equipment.  The addition of the mules alone would be a major change.

REAL Green is relative and realistic which means I blend in the new ways with the old so I can live in both worlds.  This means I utilize mechanical equipment that run on fossil fuels applied to old word biomass capture.  I try to reduce these mechanical imputes and when one keeps this activity local to your land it increases the EROI value.  The problem is that it also lowers the ROI.  Equipment is expensive and must be maintained.  My equipment to make firewood is used in other activities on the farm so this blended use lowers the cost. 

I do have hand saws and axes.  I could have a team of mules and do the same thing but in my case, this is not cost effective.  I admire people who do firewood and farming this way but from a REAL Green point of view this is a specialty some can engage in.  It is more a hobby in this day and age.  REAL Green is a hybrid that seeks to live in both worlds attempting to leave the modern unsustainable and less resilient world.  Combining the two makes for a better solution.  The world is now being altered by a planetary force of decline.  This will force humans back to the 19th century living and eventually to earlier times.  Adapt best you can to the old ways but do not neglect your responsibilities to the new world or it will consume you in its insidious appetite for energy and resources.

The Fire

I am going to talk to you as a green shaman.  Picture in your mind’s eye an old Native American elder sitting by a fire telling a story.  When you read this post, you need to read it naturally not scientifically.  Humans are dualistic with the ego impulse to science and data.  There is also the connectivity to that which is other.  Here human spirituality operates at a metaphysical level.  Science is of no good here although this does not mean science is to be discounted and or dismissed.  This would be the same error as when science is elevated to the spiritual as a pseudo religion.  To properly sit and listen to the elder one must be natural with both aspects of humanity.  This is grace and it is grace that breaks humans out of the mechanistic action with prior intent and without conscious control.  Grace is naturalness and it is how oak trees and birds live.  It is only here nature is nature.  It is only nature that can overcome nature in the natural.

This may all sound odd and may be contrary to your higher power persuasion.  If this is the case you are already down the wrong track of the mechanization I speak of.  I take this further by telling you reading this experience is not the same as being with me at the fire as it crackles.  This fire that is warming us on a dark cool night.  The stars overhead glisten.  Coyotes howling occasional in the background.  Here is where naturalness occurs.  It is not found on your computer screen.  Taking this further the talk I am having with you is using language which is not it either.  What is really the “it” is you and I around the fire on the cool night embracing in conversation as humans have done from our very beginning.  Writing is no substitute for the true spirituality of the fire and friendship.  Connection is made in authenticity not its reflection.  It is from here that we can embrace the stars overhead.

These are my opening remarks to something I would like you to read.  I would like for you to try to read this as if we were talking about it around the campfire on a wonderful night.  The reason is you must not take it too seriously.  You should not try to get something out of this.  Instead, you need to just enjoy it like you are enjoying the warmth of the fire.  It is then you will get it.  You see we are just on a journey.  We are not at the destination.  In fact, life is so short we are already dead.  The spiritual is something to enjoy and feel.  When it becomes something to have and hold it is lost.  Find your fire and your friend.  Enjoy your nature.  There will be plenty of time to study and learn when the morning sun comes up.  You will have a full day ahead and it will be a day you remember the previous night of the fire and your friend.

I am presenting to you a wonderful post from a dear friend of mine.  I have never met him in person.  I am in the Missouri Ozarks.  He is across the world and in the other hemisphere.  I could point down and with a bit of an angle and he is where I would break through the earth.  We could not be further removed from each other yet our occasional remote conversations are like a friend around the fire.  My friend’s gift is explaining aspects of human spirituality in a natural way as if he were sitting across from you around the fire.  I ask you to read his latest post “Raising Consciousness Through Truth” to take a journey through the insight of the Maya” if you like. 

Do this in enjoyment.  Feel your place in the cycles of time.  He has a gift of placing you in this other world.  Avoid using this to navigate.  Navigation is to come naturally without study.  If study is desired then do it with enjoyment.  You will find in this spirit world the power you seek will not be found.  The power is already there.  Being smart is not it either.  The clever will be deceived.  This is just for the night and the warm fire. 

Navigating the Greatest Shift: 2022 to 2032 (1) – Raising Consciousness Through Truth

Note: This series follows on from the Darkness Before Dawn series

We will be witnesses to the confrontation of the Negative and Positive forces, the eternal fight among polarity, the fight between the Eternal Fire and the Eternal Ice, as the Great Masters have named it, rough and magical times, prophetic times, as the Master, Don Pascual, would have said – Carlos Barrios

A Confluence of Energies:

As we can see from the chapters in the Darkness Before Dawn series, there’s a confluence of energies taking place with many cycles and transitions shifting and overlapping. This is causing a shadow-play of dark and light, as had been predicted by Maya and Vedic elders. Energetically, it can be summarized as follows:

In the current 20-year energy pyramid of the Maya Short Count Cycle, we are passing through a peak-polarisation period from 2020 to 2025. We will be in the eye of the storm in the years 2022 and 2023 which will probably extend into 2024 (see Part 1).

The prophecy for Katun 2 Ahau is unfolding in real-time and is exacerbated by the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 measures. The feast to famine shift-point will be in the middle of this katun, at the end of 2022 (see Part2).

We are currently in a 20-year time period that returns every 256 years (the Maya Katuns Cycle/Short Count calendar) during which, major ideological, religious and spiritual crises arise that have historically led to revolutions and civil wars (see Part 2).

We have descended into the metaphysical underworld as defined by Mayan mythology, within the context of the Dark Rift transit (see Part 3). Between 2027 and 2032, we will traverse the centre point of the Dark Rift. Different rules apply in the underworld; we are constantly being tested by the dark forces within it (more details will be provided in this series).

Human consciousness is in a general slump (and a slumber) and, therefore, a low, due to the World Soul transition in the Precession of the Equinoxes Cycle (Parts 3, 4 & 5). Lower consciousness results in greater upheaval, because when consciousness descends it reverts to a less structured, and, therefore, less differentiated (i.e. less developed) state.

In the Maya Venus Cycle, the same energy returns every 104 years. The years 1914 to 1918 are aligned with the years 2018 to 2022, placing us energetically in a similar (but not exactly the same) time-period as the First World War (see Part 5).

The Spanish flu happened in 1918, which is 104 years ago (when counting back from 2022). That indicates a pattern in the Maya Venus Cycle (see Part 5). Since March of 2020, the world has experienced a pandemic-scenario called Covid-19. To date, the two pandemics have been very different, which is in line with the tendency of cycles to return, but to not repeat exactly in the same way.

The new Light of Truth has starting to filter into the world because of the Vedic Subsubyuga shift that started in 2020. At the same time, dense and dark energies have been accumulating rapidly to suppress it (a phenomenon to be expected, according to Maya and Vedic sources). By 2032, the Light of Truth will have grown strong enough to illuminate much of the deepest darkness of the Dark Rift transit (see Part 5).

In 2032, we will shift into the most spiritual katun – Katun 13 Ahau that will last until 2052 (there are thirteen 19.7 year katuns in the 256 year Maya Short Count/Katuns cycle and Katun 13 Ahau is the last katun in the cycle. A new 256 year cycle starts in 2052).

In the Vedic Subsubyuga Cycle, we entered the Satya Sububyuga in 2020. In terms of consciousness, it means a shift from high materialism to lower materialism, and from low spirituality to higher spirituality (see Part 5). On a practical level, withdrawal symptoms could result in resource hoarding and competition over left-over resources and that could lead to wars.

The world has entered a fossil fuel energy decline [1] (please see the Resources Page for video presentations) and that’s likely to have significant repercussions in the years to come. This long-predicted scenario is in line with the 2022 feast to famine shift-point in the prophecy of Katun 2 Ahau (see Part 2).

Contemplating the above, naturally raises the question of how to navigate it all and as we continue through this chapter, we will see that by always having truth as our guide, we will have the wind in our sails.

Staying Conscious

Staying conscious during a time of decaying consciousness is of the essence, because the consciousness of the World Soul will, after its descent into the underworld, awake into a higher state and to a different, more refined, energy frequency compared to when it ‘went under’ into its hibernation slumber. Tuning into that higher energy vibration in advance could be the only way for individual souls to awaken fully from their slumber, along with the reawakening of the World Soul (see Part 5).

We already know that a more truth-and-heart-based consciousness – which is less materialistic and more spiritual – could be expected during the next 80 years. However, higher consciousness is not always simply downloaded, as is the belief in some spiritual circles. If that were the case, a state of enlightenment would be easily accessible to all, dark ages wouldn’t really pose challenges, and shifts in consciousness would happen naturally.

Although metaphysical energies that affect human consciousness do rise and fall cyclically, an effort is required on the part of humans to be in line with them. The same applies for generally raising one’s consciousness through personal development; it demands individual effort, whether or not one factors in any of the energy cycles. Factoring those in, though, provides for more specific orientation and direction within metaphysical frameworks that are defined by very accurate, ancient energy systems.

If ever there was a time-period when spiritual development would pay out future dividends, that would be now, because, in the years to come, the spirituality-adept will increasingly be called upon for guidance through the darkest of times. Their ability to guide others would be complementary to the fact that they would be able to guide themselves, which will put them at an advantage as darkness descends.

The main problem posed by a gradual decline in consciousness in the population at large – when a very long energy cycle winds down (see Part 5) – is that people would generally be unaware of that happening. Individual consciousness, therefore, tends to decline along with the general consciousness in the population. In other words, a regression in personal consciousness can happen by simply not paying attention to the general state of consciousness in society, or in the world.

Once individual consciousness has dimmed significantly, then recovering it first and afterwards also raising it even further, during a time of low consciousness in general, might be easier said than done. To avoid staying behind in the underworld (see Part 3), it’s recommended that personal consciousness is maintained at all times and also raised in line with the new consciousness that’s starting to come online (see Part 5).

Truth is the Light of Consciousness

The easiest, simplest and most accessible approach to remaining conscious, is to align oneself with truth, because truth is the light of consciousness. Searching for truth in each situation is an effective method for navigating the unconsciousness that’s currently enveloping the world. The revelatory light of truth can provide for better clarity and more insights into some of the darker realities of the present time and could improve one’s ability to foresee the probable realities of the near future.

Dealing with truth by facing it, is an antidote to denial. Courageously facing reality through the path of truth, is the way of the hero in The Hero’s Journey (see Part 3). Ongoing challenges posed by the forces of the underworld can thereby be navigated better. Since truth is one of the most important elements of the new incoming consciousness, being orientated towards it, means being naturally aligned to it. Being naturally aligned to truth in advance means actively bringing the New World into being.

Dealing With Extreme Duality

Knowing that extreme duality is a temporary phenomenon that’s metaphysically amplified (See Part 1) and that it has purpose within the framework of the energy shifts, can provide for deeper insights into why so many current events are so out of the ordinary, or seem so unreal, or even surreal. An open mind and a willingness to consider deeply esoteric (and even religious) concepts are recommended as this discussion develops further.

Although opposing energies will always be embedded in the nature of duality, those energies become highly amplified – and also greatly exaggerated – during the Greatest Shift. Due to such extraordinary amplification, most people end up being drawn into the social and societal upheavals of the transition, leaving few people sufficiently centred to counter-balance such polarisation.

Genuinely balanced people find that extreme polarisation is rather frustrating because, despite their efforts, they generally don’t manage to offset it very well. However, knowing that everything that’s currently happening is by metaphysical design, can provide for a more pragmatic assessment of the situation, and thereby, a more pragmatic approach to it.

In recent years, the potent, ever-growing friction caused by the ongoing polarisation, has caused the left and right poles to move so far away from each other by now, that virtually everyone has landed in opposing camps on a variety of important subjects.

Notable examples have been the polarisation between the left and the right in the political spectrum in relation to presidential election campaigns, as well as various issues surrounding identity politics. Since the Covid-19 crisis started in 2020, that subject has become the most polarizing of all and that’s likely to increase even further as peak-polarisation will be active for 3 or 4 more years.

The above are practical examples of how the conditions have been forming for the ideological, political and spiritual differences between human groups to become so amplified that those differences could potentially boil over into serious internal conflicts within nations – as a result of a split that’s taking place in many societies. According to the Maya prophecy for 2012 to 2032, that’s exactly what should be expected to happen during this time-period (please see Part 2).

Realistically speaking and in terms of group consciousness, the likelihood of opposing camps reconciling under such polarized conditions is rather low. That said, transcending such exceptional levels of polarity on a personal level is indeed very possible, and that’s exactly the challenge that’s presented to individuals during the Greatest Shift (please see the Incubator Earth series for further details).

Identifying the Sides

On a societal level, it can be observed that mindsets mainly oriented to collective thought and group consensus can be found on one side of the divide, whereas mindsets that are orientated to independent and critical thought – with the autonomous individual in mind – is representative of the other side.

People in the collective-consciousness camp tend to favour their affairs being taken care of by central governments or states, whereas people in the personal autonomy camp tend to favour as little state intervention – or control – as possible. These two opposing mindsets have always existed, but they are now much more in opposition to each other than would be the case under normal circumstances, because of the polarized spirit of the age.

Another observation that can be made, is that there’s a strong tendency for one of the two sides to want to impose its will on the other side. That side has a very low tolerance for exceptions to the rule in their demands for mass conformity and mass compliance; and metaphysically speaking, that’s happening due to a combination of extreme polarisation and a return to radical collective thinking.

On the pro-autonomy side, it’s in the very nature of individuals to resist insistent calls for universal collective uniformity and conformism. These people instinctively steer clear from thoughtless compliance. For them, the individual is more important than the collective, meaning individuals should think for themselves and make their own decisions (after weighing things up thoroughly). In other words, people shouldn’t just go along with everything that society does and should be able to opt-out when they’re not comfortable with the direction that things are going.

The pro-autonomy side is, therefore, naturally and instinctively motivated to insist on the importance of personal independence, individual rights and self-direction, along with self-responsibility. For them, those are the basic principles required to maintain and preserve individual freedoms and autonomy. This group’s way of thinking is also strengthened by the amplified polarisation of the age.

Energetic Cause and Effect

There’s a clear energetic cause-and-effect principle at work within the world and that has to do with the recurring metaphysical shadow-dance between dark and light energies. Everything has a purpose and can be a catalyst for motivating, or triggering, its opposite.

For example, it’s the suppression of freedoms that give rise to wanting more freedom. Not having free access to the truth (anymore) can prompt a strong motivation to seek it out. Finding it difficult to find the truth can lead to valuing it more than before, with the final result being that the truth is demanded, defended and protected more. For instance, should there be a lack of access to truth regarding medical issues, having access to the truth surrounding such matters would become a basic necessity for one’s safety and peace of mind.

Having to make a great effort to find the truth will in itself eventually be the catalyst for a great spiritual awakening – internally first, and then externally. That would be because once that which is contrary to truth and which opposes truth had been experienced thoroughly (and perhaps also severely), the higher importance of truth would become self-evident once more.

It’s Darkest Just Before Dawn

If it’s darkest just before dawn, then it would follow that a time-period would arrive when the opposite of truth – which is the opposite of light – would dominate, rule and subjugate for a period of time. That would manifest as blatant lies instead of clear truths, bottomless corruption rather than ethical transparency, and the return of destructive and already discredited ideologies, but now wrapped in a flowery new language.

How Darkness Descends

When metaphysical energy drops very low, the light within consciousness is dimmed. That has an impact on how concepts such as truth, transparency, honesty, conscience and compassion are experienced and viewed. Simply put, such concepts would be cared about less and there would be less motivation to enable or enact them. Therefore, they would be considered less important by people who have not maintained their higher consciousness. If that becomes the general mindset, a lower state of being within societies would be the result.

Most people who are conscious would attest to the reality that getting to the bottom of things in recent years has become exceedingly elusive. It has almost been as if truth has completely vanished, and that (by implication) almost everything now seems to be based on lies. Underlying that though is that darkness can only infiltrate human consciousness to such an extent – and displace the light within it – when the majority of people have limited spiritual fortifications, structures or boundaries in place.

In other words, besides the Greatest Shift that’s causing darkness to descend, a long-term spiritual decline within nations has created a vacuum, and that’s made it possible for darkness to infiltrate consciousness so much. To be more specific, over the years, an adoption of post-modernism has led to a steady decline in values associated with inner structures that had their origins in traditional ethics, morals and norms. In practice, neither classical liberal values nor old conservative values have been preserved very well, and religion has to a large extent fallen by the wayside, or has been abandoned.

The Great Divide

A divide has been forming in recent years between the children of darkness and the children of light, or said differently, between the practitioners of untruths and dishonesty and those who are in support of truth and honesty. When we look at how prominently and consistently the duality between truth versus its opposites features in all important debates, disagreements and controversies in the world, it’s clear that it lies at the very core of the Greatest Shift.

We also know that to be true when consulting the energy cycles. The Vedic Subsubyuga shift of 2020 is taking us into an age where truth will be much more energised than before and as a response, darkness has been mobilising to constrain and restrict the incoming light, as expected by Vedic Masters (mentioned in Part 5).

We can, therefore, conclude that The Great Divide is a metaphysical phenomenon and is by design because it’s part and parcel of what usually happens during the Great Shift (as the quote by Maya elder Carlos Barrios tells us at the start of this essay).

The Nature of the Underworld

The nature of being within the metaphysical realm of the underworld (see Part 3) is that people who are not very conscious could be susceptible to being at the behest of the dark forces within the underworld. Remaining conscious means that one is aware that distinguishing between light and dark (i.e., between truth and its opposites) and that making conscious decisions and choices according to those distinctions, is of the utmost importance. Such an approach guards against unintentionally and carelessly falling into the service of darkness through one’s indifference to what is true and what is not.

The Purpose of the Great Divide

The Great Divide has a great purpose. The situations and circumstances created by the highly polarized energies are testing everyone. Through the results of the testing, a sorting process is taking place. A clear division is forming between those who are aligned to darkness (whether they are conscious of the fact or not) and those who are aligned to the light. Personal choices and decisions when conflicting circumstances arise, require distinctions being made between what’s wrong and what’s right, what’s good and what’s bad (in particular situations), and what’s true and what’s not.

Not making decisions, become decisions in themselves. It is, therefore, of the essence to understand that the situations and circumstances that are currently generated by the opposing, conflicting dark and light energies, are very powerful and very purposeful and will continue to be so throughout the Greatest Shift.

The truth is, not everyone is sufficiently motivated to choose truth, so the divide that’s been forming has been between those who would rather remain in the comfort and familiarity of darkness, as opposed to those who have the courage to step out into the light. As stated before, in the physical world that’s manifesting as a division between people who stand for truth, and people who are in opposition to it.

The aforementioned ongoing sorting processes distinguish between those who truly want to go through to a new truth-based age and those who don’t want to. Individuals who prefer to stay behind are doing so by not currently making the right choices or decisions to align themselves with the side of light, and that places them on the side of darkness.

Wrong Side of the Divide

Many people might unwittingly find themselves on the wrong side of the divide, because they have misread developments, or they simply went with the flow of things by joining certain sides or ideological groupings driven by darker motives than what was apparent on the surface of things.

However, the shifting real-world circumstances during the Greatest Shift, are continuously demanding decisions and choices, and individuals can shift their approach to being conscious about such choices and decisions, through discernment, rather than just blindly following the herd.

That said, in some cases, people may have gone so far down the Dark Road, that it may be difficult for them to come back, or they may already have painted themselves into a corner (so to say).

Conscious Decisions Required

Even if a conscious decision was not made to support darkness, a person could unknowingly be on its side, hence the need for conscious decisions through personal will that overrides unconsciousness, carelessness and indifference. Those who are consciously self-directing are able to serve the energy of the light actively. The circumstances during this shift are such that people are constantly confronted with moral or ethical decisions – decisions that require discernment each time. People who ignore moral or ethical considerations simply fall on the dark side.

The Agents of Evolution

There’s purpose in everything that happens in the universe – if we choose to see it. Those who have a yearning for truth, will seek it out. A yearning for truth means a yearning for evolution, as opposed to indifference, which results in devolution.

Due to duality, the agents of devolution have a powerful role during the Greatest Shift; through their destructive ways, they are bringing the old world to an end. The agents of evolution have a powerful role too; through their Light, they are bringing the new world into being. The question every individual should ask themselves is, “What will be my role during the rest of the Greatest Shift?”.

The Path of Light

We are at a crossroads for humanity in many respects and every individual should choose wisely which road to take. It’s not something difficult to do; to choose the Path of Light, which is the Path of Truth. Any person can make that simple decision. They can support truth as much as possible, where and when possible, even if the truth is not always self-evident. Supporting truth is especially important for upholding inner and outer structures to mitigate the worst effects of the ongoing decay, turmoil and upheaval in the world. By seeking out the truth, truth is energetically drawn to the person who seeks it out.

To be continued in Part 2 …

By J.J. Montagnier

J.J. Montagnier is an independent researcher and writer. He has been studying and writing about Maya calendar-related subjects since 2014. He travelled to Central America in 2015 to familiarise himself better with Maya culture and history.

Note: The views and opinions are those of the writer. Creative license has been applied to make some concepts more accessible.

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WARNING

I am a normal guy.  If you meet me you would have no idea I am the one writing on this strange blog.  I have no special charisma like people look for today.  I am not a person to lead a great movement and do not want to be.  It is important to me that you know I am not your better.  I am very much an egalitarian with compassion for the less fortunate.  I passionately love this planet and its life system.  I am now your servant in the sense of giving you my story.  My hope is this will assist you in your journey.  I especially say this to the young because your future will be one of crisis.  This is it.

The last great turning of modern man is at hand.  This human existential changeover is happening now just trust honest science to see this.  Don’t trust mainstream science that is completely corrupted and is now the problem.  This is man’s turning of his short time as a species with civilization.  The time frame is less important than the transition itself which points to a process.  Strong events will occur but the process is key. 

The transition is now in progress.  This is the key point because time is running out for adaptation.  Beat the rush.  I am warning you as a friend.  There are those among you who are more advanced than I am with knowledge.  Many of you better communicators.  I am dyslectic so communications are a struggle.  I hope some of you take my message and spread it.  The planet and small communities will be better places if you do.  

I have no specializations as a scientist or engineer.   I have spent the last 21 years in focused study on the multifaceted topics of REAL Green.  I am a generalist and combined with REAL Green vision I see things others don’t.  Few people look at the world like I do because my vision is abstract.  It is depressing in an age of fake optimism.  If you start seeing surreal everywhere you are on the right track.  If you see paradoxes and incongruous juxtapositions then you are getting closer. 

Failure and decline are not uplifting unless you approach it like I recommend in acceptance.  I feel being hyper specialized in engineering or science is an impediment in regards to understanding of decline and failure.  The reason is you must have an understanding of many fields and be spiritual.  REAL Green recommends a specialty but this cannot be to the point where a multifaceted understanding is reduced.  In REAL Green practically you should have a specialized skill but also be a jake of many trades.  This is the same with knowledge and understanding.  There is a balance of science and spirituality that must be attained.  This is the dualism of REAL Green and through this process a wisdom of insecurity is created.  Wisdom is the gatekeeper.  There must be choices and consequences.  Sobriety and humility are a must.

Spirituality is key and this does not mean religion.  Atheism is likely an impediment because atheist tend not to trust spirituality.  You can be spiritual and not worship a deity.  I understand why people are atheist.  They are honest about how bad religion has been.  Science says God is dead.  Many atheists are scientist.  If you are religious, you can’t be a science deniar and adapt with REAL Green.  Science is the problem but also a solution.  It dominates the world we live in so science must be adapted or more directly limited.  Science can’t be denied.  You must understand science and know how to adapt it.

Few people have any interest in degrowth doom.  Degrowth doom is the result of honest acceptance and this leads to humility and being meeker.  Meek seeks less power and with this more dignity is attained.  You will get closer to honest meaning by being meek. 

Many consider me a nutter just because I am a degrowth doomer.  In my local most do not know I am a degrowth doomer.  I don’t talk about it unless it is brought up.  I am just a gentleman farmer in my local.  People see me as a bit odd.  Eccentric is the best term to describe me in my local.  Online is where many of you read what I say and think this guy is not right.  This is a badge of honor in a maladapted world.  It means I am closer to the truth.

I am a green prepper.  Preppers are not mainstream.  Keep in mind being a green prepper is different.  Green is more prepped.  When I say I am a GREEN shaman they have even more nutter thoughts.  I am running a permaculture farm and practicing permaculture spiritualism.  This is how you connect to the planet.  There is a power in this.  This is my REAL message and it is a simple message and a local one.  Time is short and a REAL Green adaptation takes a decade.  This is why I am reaching out now to a few with the right stuff.

A shaman speaks about spirituality for his tribe.  Science destroyed the shaman’s place.  Science is now destroying science.  This is because those who practice science have no shamans.  What I mean is they have unbalanced the necessary relationship with spirituality and science.  Spirituality is something that must be given to you by grace.  Grace is defined as being natural.  Science has destroyed naturalness that was vital to early humanism.  It is now time to properly place science and spirituality in a new framework and this framework must be in recognition of the failure of science. 

The failures of religions are well documented but scientists are loath about self-criticism.  Science is the problem now or better put science without a proper wisdom.  This wisdom is of what knowledge to use and what door of knowledge to leave shut.  It is not wise to know as many secrets as can be known.  Not only is this a waste of resources it has also resulted in a dilution of meaning.  Knowledge is now noise because there is too much.

There is a power that is present in that which is natural.  Connecting to this force and then orientating to its gradient or current is where this power will support you.  Humans can tap into this through honesty.  You will be required to be humble and meek because honesty today means acceptance of the failure of humanism.  Meek is declining in place.  The arrogance of humanism is what has pushed growth well beyond a natural state. 

This power may flow through you but it is not yours.  This power can only be found by honesty.  It is only attained locally where there is proper scale.  This power is diffuse.   This power for humans is spirt that is manifested in permaculture.  Permaculture is key because this is where man meets the land.  Keep in mind permaculture can be the support of permaculture like a carpenter or an ironsmith.  This power connection results in natural morals and morale. 

Centralization and concentrated power are the enemy of this natural power.  Centralization and concentrated power are the mechanization of nature.  Too much leveraged knowledge and the power multiplier effect of networking destroy this connection.  Today this has resulted in mechanistic transhumanism.  This force seeks to subjugate humans and nature to maintain its power and affluence.

Now is the time to embrace what I call the wisdom of insecurity.  This wisdom is of less things and more meaning.  It is a pessimistic optimism in a time of fake optimism.  Today we have fake techno optimism.  This is the worshipping of a false god.  It pathway is transhumanism.  Transhumanism is delocalization that comes from unbridled knowledge and machine living.   Delocalization is the reason for a destabilizing planet and a humanism in decline. 

This wisdom of insecurity is 80% spiritualism with 20% practice.  Connecting to the power in the planet gets you to 80%.  The 20% is a transformed lifestyle.  Once proper wisdom is achieved there is a natural elevation of proper action far above what you now have.  This action is natural and because it is centered on meaning it is effective.  It is REAL productivity not making and doing things to increase affluence.  Instead, it is proper action that is green and prepped.  Affluence is the problem today.  Affluence is a product of excessive science and knowledge. 

I am not asking you to reject tech and knowledge for spiritualism.   This would be unbalanced.  Yet, since science is so dominant today more effort must be dedicated to a spiritualism.  The wisdom is knowing the trap science and knowledge have put humans in.  Even those who are poor and do not even know science are exposed to the excesses of science.  The green revolution allowed an order of magnitude too many people that is forcing the planet.  The problem is more than the affluence science is creating it is also population.  Knowing this trap then requires scaling accordingly. 

The trap of carbon and the path dependencies of tech is now complete.  There is no going back and no going forward.  The day of reckoning is approaching. The trend today is towards transhumanism and this is a hyper delocalization destroying humanism and planetary stability.  This is the mechanization of human arrogance.  This is where machines merge with human agency.  It is failing because of the problem of trust.  Trust means letting go in the truth.  Humans do not even trust human behavior anymore and seek artificial intelligence and automation.  Algorithms are now employed to game human behavior. 

Distrust is the result of transhumanism.  If you do not trust then you can never let go.  Here modern science has opened so many doors the truth is now completely relative.  It is now quantum and debatable. Not debatable as in an intelligent analysis but debatable because of the noise.  One field says one thing and often another the opposite.  Online advice changes with the day.  Today machines are watching machines that are watching humans and these humans do not even trust their own nature.  This is a vicious circle of maladaptation.  It is a mechanization of control.  Human nature can’t be trusted making human nature that which must be subjugated.

Science is now scientism.  Scientism is embracing Marxist authoritarianism.  These techniques of coercion and lies are the result of existential distrust or the lack of grace.  Again, grace is being natural.  Picture an oak tree being an oak tree.  The wisdom of insecurity seeks grace through humility and being meek.  Meek is being scaled properly to nature instead of arrogant with power over nature.  The humility of this is important.  The simplicity of it should be understood.  This is what is ahead not the complex and complicated of AI and exotic machines.

Be wary of the addiction to the light switch and the ignition key.  These everyday luxuries of affluence are slow boiling you with delocalization.  You are trapped with them but with all traps adaptation is possible.  I will tell you here and now if you are in a city especially some of the worst in regards to resilience and sustainability, get out.  If you get out and move to a rural area you should embrace low carbon capture technics of green prepping.  This is basic permaculture and not rocket science.  In addition embrace the wisdom of insecurity which is a spiritual permaculture.  What is green is more prepped.  This is vital because eventually the reliability of the grid and supply chains will be in crisis.  A wisdom of insecurity is your starting point permaculture is your action.

Next post is the practical activity of firewood and heating your permaculture homestead.

REAL Green Conservation

I am appalled when I take out the trash.  I imagine this trash as it builds up in landfills.  I see the leachate entering the sacred water table.  I am disgusted with myself.  I drive my vehicles to get stuff at grotesque places that offer me so many enjoyments and capabilities.  So many choices my head spins.  So many possibilities.  I use machines on the farm to manipulate nature because nature is no longer allowed to be itself.  I do these things because I am human in the Anthropocene.  I have no choice.  I am trapped.  Forgive me I am human.

I am under no illusion what I am doing makes a difference in the bigger picture.  Most people I interact with are not concerned with conservation.  They know it is a good thing but they don’t live it like I do.  Even the mainstream green sites I visit the understanding of what real conservation values should be are low.  Conservation in this world today is a token item.  Instead, there are green tech lies and social justice hype of detoured identity politics environmentalism.  Instead of actual conservation we get the warped arrogance that comes with affluence.  This arrogance is “not in my backyard” or the hypocrisy of conservation with preaching conservation but not doing it.  John Kerry is a fine example flying a private jet to a climate function! 

This long discussion is not worth reading for many of you.  This is especially true for those who are trapped in cities working long hours with little time left for much.  I do not want to be self-righteous about conservation.  My reasons for being an obsessive conservationist are for green prepping reasons not identity purposes.  I do not care how I appear to others as much as I care about my local of people and place.   Their health is my paramount concern.  I have a deep environmental spirituality but a realistic and relative one.  If you are not passionate about the earth and its creatures then move on.  If you don’t feel impending doom then move on.  These many pages of conservation reflection are just a waste of time because the bigger picture is lost anyway.  Yes, nothing you can do will alter the bigger picture of a declining world.

On the other hand, if conservation is a deeply felt life ethic, then read what I am posting.  I am not saying this is what you should do.  What I am saying is why you should do something.  I am showing you why for self-preservation and altruistic reasons.  Even if millions do as I do the effort at lower ecological footprints just gets sucked up into the growth impulse of civilization so don’t expect planet wide results.  My effort is not that great compared to someone who has gone completely TRUE Green into off-line life without the grid and store-bought stuff.  A person with no car living away from an urban area.  This type of person is the true conservationist.

Downcycling is a term applied to conservation efforts that actually result in less conservation.  This is similar to the diminishing returns of tech applied to problems that just create bigger problems.  Downcycling is when diminishing returns turn a green effort into a dirtier effort.  This is also psychological with attitudes of righteousness and indignation.  Hypocritical, arrogant and condescending attitudes abound in those who continue to live dirty lives of affluence while criticizing the poor uneducated masses for their smaller footprints that just happen to be more fossil fuel dependent.  The affluent green in his McMansion with solar pannels, a power wall, and two Teslas calls the joe six pack with his pickup a dirty deplorable.  The reality is actually the affluent green has a larger footprint if you breakdown the lifestyle.

This downcycling is self-organizing in the system itself as it tries to improve efficiencies with the net result of more consumption.   Decoupling is a fancy misdirection play by the academic green.  There is no decoupling in today’s world.  Carbon taxes are a joke for corporations to offload their dirty laundry with loopholes a truck could drive through.  The reality of economic savings is they are just reinvested not sequestered in the system as a whole.  Offsetting is often talked about which is just transferring consumption elsewhere.  The elites and woke corporations like Google love offset talk because they utilize hypocrisy in misdirection corporate ESGs.  Many times, new technology offers marginal benefit when you look at full lifecycle cost.  There is the mothballing of an existing technology before its useful life is used up to lower this marginal benefit even more.  Downcycling is rampant in the corporate world.

Society is growth based both overtly and covertly.  This is self-organizing and policy.  This means system rehabilitation is futile.  The greater the real conservation effort the more moral hazard of phony policy and lies.  Net zero is a lie in affluent nations.  Real net zero is not even possible in poverty.  It is only possible with small populations in semi-nomadic hunter gather populations where humans take on a niche in a greater ecosystem.  Even at this level humans are disrupters.  Ecosystems need disruptors to punctuate complex ecosystems with succession.  Succession is necessary for adaptation.  Adaptation of an ecosystem is evolution to the brutal geologic change the planet evolves with.  When disrupters go into overshoot is when the ecological problems become destructive.

My conservation approach is different because my attitude is embracing failure to begin with.  In this case of failure, it is a humanistic failure.  From the point of view of the planet humans are just doing what life does.  If you are an arrogant humanist then you say things like “We need to save the planet”.  The planet does not need saving.  It does what it does and you are only a part of it.  When you arrogantly say that it is from a humanistic point of view where you want to save a human planet.  Really you are saying I want to save civilization with a nice environment to visit in your Tesla.  We want natural beauty which is natural.  We want a cornucopia of a rich ecosystem.  The problems with humans are they want this and they want their own affluence.  Just the act of saying you want to save the planet means you are out of proper scale.

Nothing this civilization can do can avoid its nature and nurture.  It is carbon and affluence trapped with behaviors and the equipment.   It utilizes these in path dependency of built out infrastructure and learned behavior.  I skip over anger, bargaining, and depression right to acceptance.  This way I am embracing honesty first.  Not America first or build back better just failure.  The truth is always found in honesty.  Nobel lies are still lies.  Bargaining is still an attempt to hang on to something that is suffering consequences.  I accept that this system will be made greener by the planet enforcing the physics of planetary efficiency not the policy of growth-based efficiency.  The planet will force smaller footprints through less affluence.  No amount of human effort will change this so modern green policy is a lie.  At least browns are honest about not caring or not believing the science.  Greens just lie about it.

Now, where green policy can shine is locally with people in acceptance of the reality of a failed civilization.  Here people can practice green prepping.  Green prepping is based in localism with relative and realistic applications of green behavior and lifestyles.  Low carbon capture of permaculture is embraced.  Conservation activities of smaller footprints are embraced not because this will save the planet and civilization but because it is more survivable.  Civilization is doomed so quit trying to save something that is doomed. 

This denial is at the highest level and when society embraces this idea it is in a codependency of all in a maladapted narrative.  This is where hospice care comes in.  Anyone who has had a loved one die in hospice will understand this process.  The effort at saving the life turns to making death more dignified and less painful.  This hospice care is needed today to seek dignity for a process that is going to be undignified.  Becoming poorer and being forced into serfdom is not going to be accepted easily.  Keep in mind this is not a feudal lord forcing this it will be the planet.  Feudal lords are going to pop up because the elites will naturally take positions of power but this will be a vastly different world by then.  Extinction is possible too 

Having a lifeboat is the idea behind this survivability.  Green prepping is more survivable and this equates to a win-win locally because despite the destructive nature of civilization in the human forced Anthropocene you in your local can proactively renew and restore.  You can be a microclime of constructive growth within an overall new epoch of destructive decline.  This also means using this a destructive civilization as a tool of restoration and renewal locally.  This is why it is important to understand that REAL Green harnesses the destructive forcing to renew and restore locals and by doing this makes them more resilient and sustainable. 

There is still low hanging fruit that can be drawn on to build up resilience and suitability but time is running out.  This process takes a decade to complete.  The attitudes can change overnight but the building up takes a decade.  Unfortunately, attitudes are the problem and the potentially easiest part of the process but actually paradoxically the toughest part of the equation.  Once attitudes change there is an explosion of activity because meaning is unleashed. 

You will need to be dirty to get green which may sound counterintuitive.  You will need to build up things that are more survivable until a new reality sets in where a greener living is the physical requirement of a finite planet a new society will embrace.  Currently society is based on tech and growth.  Even mainstream greens want this.  Degrowthers only talk about a circular economy in a basic affluence.  Certain greens talk about radical change away from technology but they do not admit to the cost.  Read Derick Jensen and see how radical greens are also deceived.  They are right about the science but wrong that the solutions are anything more than a death to humanity of billions.  Few discuss this like REAL Green that says this is a paradigm shift of planet and civilization.  Decline and collpase is ahead regardless of what is done.  Prepare locally and embrace the wisdom of insecurity. 

Eventually enforced consequences will change society in crisis.  Beat the rush and start changing today.  This planet will dictate a greener world not fake green policy consumed in the noble lie that affluence can be made green.  You can’t green up population growth and increased consumption when limits are bumped up against.  All species are culled when they get to the point humans are at.  The problems with humans is the arrogance of humanism thinks we are different because of our knowledge and tech.  This just makes the process worse.  When you combine sustainable and development talk of the globalist technocrats, you get the worst of both worlds.  Leave this lie.  Go local and build up a permaculture homestead and practice spiritual permaculture of green prepping to beef up survivability.

What you will achieve might be marginally greener depending on how green your local is.  It may achieve a lot of green.  Yet, the point is there are no refuges and there is no green nirvana.  There are just locals engaged in life boat strategies and a hospice of honesty.  Be a green prepper and see a windfall of increased survivability in a time of decline and locally restore and renew a microcosm of a greener world that might actually be a seed bed a new human type can live and grow in once society as we know it has collpase.

REAL Green defined conservation is an adapted version.  Normally conservation is considered: “prevention of wasteful use of resources”.  REAL Green takes this a step forward with a focusing on localism and relative and realistic application of resource reducing efforts.  Conservation efforts are watered down when they get delocalized.  In many cases there is a downcycling.  If you are using more resources to conserve than what is being conserved then you are downcycling.  This is most apparent when transport, energy, or water gets involved.  Many times, this involves delocalization from movement out of the local or importation of goods or services into the local to increase conservation. 

Now, keep in mind REAL Green is realistic and relative in regards to the people and place.  The trap your local is in is the metric.  An important part of REAL Green is integration into your local of the alternative views of REAL Green.  You will often make a bigger REAL Green impact by practicing less conservation.  The reason for this is radical change will be rejected by your local of people and place.  Introduce conservation practices that can be absorbed by your local depending on its delocalization.

Downcycling is a well-known issue with such things as recycling.  The condition affects conservation as well.  In many cases this involves introducing high tech efficiency into your efforts.  For example, buying a new TV when your old one has plenty of useful life left.  The green establishment wants you to buy green things.  Fake green corporations want you to buy to increase their fake green bottom line.  Life cycle cost are key.  Transport and embedded cost of manufacturing often outweigh the mothballing of old less efficient technology with useful life.  If your current TV is old and inefficient and conservation is an important lifestyle for you then use the TV less. That is a minor example but keep this in mind with all you do.  Cars are a fine example of this downcycling of equipment mothballing for efficiency improvements.  It is a scam in many cases to make more profit by corporations and politicians.  Many times, it is how people justify another purchase.

Delocalization efforts are an important consideration.  If you understand the nature of EROI and ROI in regards to energy in nature and energy in human society.  If you understand energy return on energy invested and societies return on investment you will see the difficult choices you will face.  Energy is considered a constant in relation to a cost that is generally stable in ROI.  This energy const is often artificial because it is a market price not a physics cost.   If you understand this then you will see that the humans bottom line often does not correspond with natures.  Transport is one of the biggest factors.  Humans like to ignore transport costs as a variable beyond a narrow gas cost.  The upstream costs of all that goes into making transport available is rarely considered from a human economic point of view. 

This EROI and ROI issue with conservation is manifested with gathering energy locally which I call low carbon capture.  The movement of resources or the regulation of activity is impacted by delocalization.  A case of low carbon capture I engage in is utilizing firewood.  Move firewood very far and you have lost its benefits of net energy.  In regards to conservation if you need to drive 20 mi roundtrip to recycle aluminum then you likely used more energy then you were saving from an EROI point of view.  If you just consider ROI with a basic transport cost of MPG and not the EROI of the activity you may be deceived into thinking you have conserved something.  These are subtle issues but multiplied over a billion people decisions it is significant.  If you want to be green you must consider EROI.

In regards to your efforts to go local and reduce delocalization, in everyone’s case localization will be greener.  Society will always make the pitch that efficiency in centralization and economies of scale can magnify a greener policy.  The globalist technocrats love this line of thinking because it enhances their power.  This narrative does not take into account many factors influencing a REAL Green equation of EROI.  If you can influence all your decisions by the parameter of localization you will be greener.  Localism is decentralization.  If is leaving the grid and going offline mentality.  Remember greener is more prepped.  A green lifestyle of localism and conservation orientations is more resilient and sustainable.  There is always the outlier but in general in most cases this is true.  It is common sense and obvious to those like me that have made a life of this. 

Keep in mind the relative and realistic in this equation.  Which is the nature of your local.  Many locals can only be greened up so much.  Excessive efforts at conservation may reduce your success.  People do not want to be changed too much.  Many times, they actually react negatively.  Introducing conservation strategies may get these people to turn to less green efforts to be greener.  This involves trial and error too.  Sometimes you will not know how positive you are with EROI until you experiment.  R&D is wasteful many times because success is often not accomplished.  ROI is generally more apparent because it is much easier to see profit and loss in regards to alternatives at the level of human economics.  EROI is trickier because you are dealing with energy at the very basic level of planetary physics beyond civilizations concern with profitability. 

Know your local of people and place.  What you will be doing is a juggling of conservation activities that will be part of other activities.  This can be surreal and annoying so you really must care about green.  If you have no interest in green then don’t bother but this means survivability strategies don’t matter either.  You will do what is easy and comfortable.  I am not knocking this.  It is your life and in the bigger picture the trap is set with civilization in decline and failure.  Nothing you can do will change this much.  You will do what cost you the least and gives you the greatest benefits if you don’t care.  Your attitude may well be “I have to die anyway” or “it is what it is”.  This is a typical reaction of laziness, helplessness, and self-centeredness.  These people are the ones the whine the most when their life implodes.    

If you care about green, you will do what benefits your local of people and place.  You will do things that benefit the planet.  You will do things that make your local more survivable.  Yet, you must be realistic and relative because you live in the Anthropocene of human forcing.  Nature is reacting with instability and the results are going to be death by a thousand cuts.  In this world all you can do is balance your actions based upon a proper cost benefit analysis that is often just common sense and apparent.  The amount of time, money, and resources you have available is vital.  Don’t go bankrupt trying to be green but by the same token do not be wasteful when you don’t have to be. 

Let honesty dictate meaning because denial and codependence of a civilization heading for a train wreck is not very smart.  Meaning is the ultimate spiritual assets.  I am presenting a pathway for meaning and truth. Meaning with the reality of the cost and the cost benefit.  Be honest that you are dirty a priori because you are human in the Anthropocene.  Yet, realize you can make a difference for the planet and life in a small little niche where beauty and renewal can flourish.  The beauty of this is more than this renewal it is also the process of being more prepped for a crisis or collpase.  A strong community has a natural abstract human beauty.

Conservation is critical to REAL Green.  It is the basis of green but also prepping for crisis.  Crises will be the fundamental nature of this new age paradigm of a planet and civilization in decline.  Systematically this will involve all those qualities of what science calls chaos theory.  There is abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational.  Keep in mind there is a special quality to chaos theory and that is a process within the nature chaos.  Sometimes we think of chaos is complete randomness but this is not the case.  Chaos is a turbulent process of an undoing in the process where growth unravels.  It does not have an equation but this does not mean it is pure randomness.  This is a chaotic process but with a physics.

These conditions of decline which are qualities of chaos are plainly on view these days.   Yet, a normal person because of the social narrative of problem solving with knowledge and technology gets lost in the distortions of the lie.  This process is now actually the problem and making decline worse in an accelerated way.  This unravelling is speeding up and compressing.  Civilization will not be able to adapt this narrative.  It is hard wired and trapped in a carbon trap with path dependencies of growth. 

The elites are now compressing the process through a technocratic governance with globalist goal seeking.  They are trying to micro manage this resistance to the decline process.  This is the reason for the compression.  The compression is juicing the system with new problems from a failed policy frame work of problem solving with more knowledge and tech.  This involves corruption and incompetence.  They are both related.  Corruption is the creeping of moral hazards of avoiding consequences.    Incompetence is failed applications of power.  This is always how civilizations fail so whining and moaning about this is also failure.  What has to be done is a management of this process locally.

Growth and increase affluence are a bed rock principal of all cultures.  As a REAL Green you will turn this on its head.  You will manage the destructive results of this new age.   The path dependencies of this failed way of growth with increased affluence can only be managed locally with strategies to use this destructive growth to leave it.   This forced decline on all levels is adapted by the local. 

All levels are in decline except spirituality.  Keep this in mind when the depression sets in because this is a depressing topic.  What you must try to gain in this depressing transformation is an optimism that comes with meaning.  A spiritual affluence of getting closer to the truth.  This really is all that matters for true human nature.  The truth is the greatest quest of a fully human person.  So REAL Green conservation is actually truth seeking in humility.  This does not mean knowledge for knowledge’s sake.  It means the wisdom of insecurity.   

This is an exercise in existential dualism that will be surreal and often painful.  It will be painful because of the choices you will need to make.  Many times, these choices will go contrary to the status quo view of what choices you should make.  This will involve cognitive dissonance but also REAL Green insight.  It is only by declining in place into a localism of people and place that a scaling is achieved to properly navigate all the issues. 

You are not going to transcend this conundrum but you will be able to manage with a wisdom of insecurity.  The wisdom of insecurity I speak of is a knowledge of what knowledge to keep and what to reject.  This rejection principal in humility is key to this new age of decline.  Normally we feel more secure with more things but the wisdom of insecurity turns this upside down.  Less things mean more security at least less status quo things.  Having the ability to say no and embrace less for more spiritual meaning is an art.   This will require science but also education of what science that is needed and what is actually making the problem worse.  Some science must be rejected and purged.

This then will require spiritual strength to face the tough decisions ahead.  This is the hospice aspect of what you are doing.  You will have to be ready to apply palliative care principals to those who do not understand.  This will be difficult because society’s narrative does not include doom and prep.  Doom is a fringe element of the narrative.  Doom is taboo in many circles.  Much of this is because the masses can’t handle the truth so they are given a noble lie. 

The problem today is the elites who are doing this noble lie are lying to themselves and are in denial.  These elites for the most part have no interest in a local of people in place.  Locals are where the serfs are and the serfs need to be managed is their thinking.  They are interested in wealth and power.  That is what they seek to maximize not conservation for the sake of conservation.  Conservation will be on your backs and strictly to increase their power and control.  Do not forget this compression from the elites who are forcing decline onto your backs while they expand their house of cards.  This is an existential Ponzi Scheme. 

Get out of this compression and find a good local to invest in then begin the decade long process of reorientating a local of people and place to the realities of the new paradigm.  You will be an imperfect vessel of truth but it will be on the right track.  You will have a beacon of truth to guide you.  This beacon is the planet itself and its web of life.  This is your immediate higher power of support.  If you follow this way the planet will support you because this is the way.  Orientating to the truth means the activity is supported by harmony with nature. 

You will struggle to find a local that is robust becuase so much delocalization and disruption has occurred with modern civilization.  Modern man is in overshoot of consumption and population so in most case finding places with low populations and consumption is advisable.  Cities are almost always bad but some people are trapped in them for employment, families and their estates.  Ideally going into this decline period, you will want to be near enough to a city to draw parasitically off its ability to supply your local constructive growth potential.  Your vessel is a permaculture homestead.   Your monestary of is your spiritual vessel of permaculture meaning.

P.S. go to the pages side of this blog for some of my conservation activities and behaviors.

Terminator

Preface – I am working on an addition to the pages section of my blog covering my conservation strategies.  This is a practical tool.  I want to balance my preaching with some practical living advice.  I am not a writer so it can be difficult to follow my thoughts when I preach.  My lifestyle is my real manifestation of REAL Green.  My work on conservation strategies is going to take time because I need to evaluate and put to paper my activities and dispositions.  My post below is long but it ties together many aspects of decline and REAL Green.

Forward – I recommend you read a very important work by a dear friend of mine who is a great writer and researcher.  He is exceptionally versed on energy topics.  He is an expert on the ancient Maya knowledge of cycles.  We both are coming to the conclusion of the importance of spiritual adaptation to this current age of dislocations.  His post “The Light Along the Way” relates to what my comment covers in the sense of a cycle transition.  He explains this Maya’s insights which is helpful to understanding the deeper level of cycles both with the planet and human destiny.  Please read his post “The Lights Along the Way”    http://energyshifts.net/the-lights-along-the-way/

If you could attain immortality through technology, would you?

The “terminator” movie is art reflecting a reality of sorts these days.  The actualization of a type of immortality pursuit by the elites but even deeper the system itself is self-actualizing through the mechanization of technology and knowledge.  This merger is turning against life in subtle but dangerous ways and humans are being slow boiled into complacency.  The elites are flush with powerful resources for action because of the digitization of citizenship.  The global system is a powerful organisms created by a network of people and machines as a power multiplier.  Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  This is a worn-out expression but do not be deceived by its casual use.  What we are seeing today is a mechanization of this power impulse of people and machines merging.  This merging of biology and machines is transhumanism.  The worship of this power through science in transhumanism is scientism. 

This merger of man and machine will end in a fantastic end one day in the future.  Mechanization is a vicious process of life destroying activity.  It is a vortex sucking engine.   A growth of more power and capability is never satiated.  The elites have always sought an immortality but today the system itself is developing its own biological/machine programed intelligence into a digital immortality.  This is a systematic merging that is now self-organizing because of mechanization.  It is now beyond human control.  How well would you survive without your machines?  Most of us would starve without all those gadgets that support our daily life.  This dependence is now turning against humans and will likely destroy lives and life.

This merging of biology and machines in a quest for immortality by the elites few know about.  The elites are seeking absolute control through the great reset and woke globalism.  The masses must be subjugated to the purpose of supporting this quest.  This is a camouflaged policy to enslave the masses to the engine of woke globalism.  The irony of woke globalism is that it is a tool of enslavement.  It is a façade so many are identifying with to their eventually detriment.  Woke is actually racist but deeper a tool of division.  This is why you should now be concerned by all the lying and disinformation by the mainstream media.  These lies are more than the noble lies of our so-called betters but instead are the Marxist lies of the quest for absolute control.  Propaganda, spin, misinformation and coopting of mainstream media is the modus operandi of a totalitarian transhuman elite who are the priests of scientism. 

Many believe in the message that science will save us.  Who does not believe science has been a good for mankind?  Science now is corrupt.  It is now a lie.  This lie is the core platform of the uber elites’ global organizations through a technocratic control.  This is a global movement of domination primarily because of the degree of power tech offers the elites and the elite’s reaction to the converging of planetary dangers.  The elites will give their complete trust to tech and the networking of the centralization of power to preserve their wealth and power. 

Many of these elites are themselves deceived because in the end they are slaves too.  Many will likely lose their wealth and power as power concentrates in ever smaller circles.  This is the nature of corrupted power.  Keep in mind this is not some secret revelations.  This is what happens in a late-stage civilizations.  Ours is global and technocratic techno tyranny is the result.  Elites always bring down civilizations.  Technology when uncontrolled will destroys itself just as human power does.  Combine the two and you get what we have today which is more insidious then ever in human history.

To understand this situation, you must understand the nature of uncontrolled technology which is a mechanization of uncontrolled growth.  The elite are actually mechanizing themselves but thinking they will be the ones in control with freewill.  The reality is the systematic nature of technology and control through mechanization will consume them too.  This is eventual destruction because control mechanisms can’t control control mechanisms.  At some point activity get so compressed by efficiency and power a critical breakup occurs much like when a diesel engine runs away into self-destruction.

Mechanization destroys itself if left unchecked.  The quest for the secrets of the universe and ultimate control is an eventual paralysis.  Intelligence and its inevitable automation when allowed to proceed far enough leads to paralysis.  A condition of knowing what comes next will proceed the next step which leads to this paralysis.  This is a metaphysical paralysis.  It is grace that breaks this paralysis.  Grace is truth and truth can’t be controlled.  Grace is naturalness.  This is why tech will fail.   Tech seeks to have the truth not dwell with the truth.  Tech’s uncontrolled nature is to know the deepest meaning and control it for maximization of power.  Grace on the other hand is the naturalness of not letting your right hand now what your left is doing like when a body functions naturally. This is why nature is so powerful and tech vulnerable.

It is this naturalness that sparked life to begin with.  Inanimate animated naturally.  The reason mechanization will destroy itself is its unnatural control impulse.  Naturalness cannot be trusted with mechanization.  Nature enjoys nature and only nature can overcome nature is an old dictum of the Egyptians for good reason.  Geoengineering and genetic engineering will fail because they represent a human arrogance in relation to the naturalness of life.  Humans can’t control this power because they can’t control themselves.

This is important to you the individual now at this time in history.   Mechanization is now the final destructive cycle of civilization.  We went from agriculture to industrial to the digital revolution and finally now artificial intelligence.  All of this involved the mechanization of technology.  The Forcing of this arrogant humanism over human history.  This evolution of technological cycles has now caused a threshold change both with the planet and the abstract of human civilization.  This inevitable mechanization through technology worship has tipped an earth epoch.  Technology is now the terminator. 

You the individual if awakened to this can find constructive growth opportunity of physical restoration and spiritual renewal in those places where tech is not dominant.  In fact, the spiritual renewal is the most important aspect of this new world you will be journeying to if awakened.  This spiritual renewal is the rejection of scientism instead with a faith in nature.  This includes your higher power of your spirituality and or religion.  What this means if you are a Catholic just for example is understanding scientism has coopted the Catholic church.  It is similar with other mainstream traditions.  In fact, all of human is being corrupted by this mechanization through scientism.

Scientism’s mechanization is diametrically opposed to spirituality.   They are pole opposites.  Science and spirituality must remain separate.  This is a key condition of man’s duality.  The ego in its quest to know the truth through deduction in the scientific process separates itself.  Spirituality is man’s quest to connect to the whole of life where meaning and truth is inclusive.  You can’t break down the truth in analysis and be part of it at a point.  Limits kick in.  Science is an effort to know that leads to separation because it breaks apart for inspection.  Spirituality is an effort at connecting with faith and feeling.  Science does not mesh with faith and feeling.

Mechanization is when the scientific process goes malignant.  Wisdom finds a proper places for man’s natural dualistic state of self-consciousness for a proper balance.  The inquisition was spirituality through religion running amok.  Currently the mechanization of technology is entering the death impulse where efforts at problem solving become the problem itself.  This age of technology is ultimately the final age our late-stage civilization.  It is the age of death.

REAL Green is an adaptive individual behavior confronting this existential dysfunction of late-stage civilization.  This is important to clarify.  This dysfunction is destructive and now is shaping the human era of the Anthropocene.  Humans are forcing the planet into abrupt change along all planes and in abstraction with the human metaphysical realm of rationalism.  Rationalism is now corrupted by moral hazard of lies.   Lies are a tool of control.  Sometimes they are called noble but lies are never noble because they breed lies.  Technology is driving the lies because absolute power requires lies. 

At some point lies are required because failure can’t be accepted by arrogant humanism.  Admitting failure is then the death nell of civilization’s narrative of the success of its power.   This is the reason civilization is now based on lies like renewable energy and artificial intelligence as the next revolution.  Civilization is already failed but the narrative is desperate to admit this.  In fact, the narrative is itself deceived.  Few will admit failure mainstream.  In fact, it is forbidden. 

Humility comes from the acceptance that the truth is beyond attainment and control.  Humility destroys technologies power of control by the implementation of restrictions found in proper wisdom.  Wisdom is knowing what knowledge to use and what to reject.  It is about limits and acceptance of consequences for failure.  Technology is about breaking through limits into a world where substitution is always possible once limits are bumped up against.  Uncontrolled Technology is arrogance and pure destructiveness.

Technology is a revolutionary human activity.  It is now religious with the transhumanism of scientism.  Scientism is the worship of knowledge for knowledges sake.  Technology flows from this arrogance.  We want to know the secrets of everything without restrictions or consequences.  Transhumanism is the incorporation of technology into biology so what we now have is a merging of mechanistic features with living biology.  Actually, the car cult culture and the digital lives we live are the preamble and the enabler of this process.  Delocalization is the result.  This is where humans lost scale and broke our proper relationship with nature.  This is by definition a cancer.  Arrogant humanism is malignancy.

The industrial revolution accelerated the dysfunction of humanism.  There is now a raw arrogance of humanism even with greens.  Greens are supposed to be earth friendly but much of the green movement now is committed to covering the earth in renewable energy machines.  We glorify dirty cities as the place where a green nirvana can be realized.  Cities cannot be made green.  Cities are a manifestation of both the arrogance and the dysfunction of humanism.  If you live in one you would be wise to leave them because they have no future.

Back to technology and its revolutionary tendency.  This quote is most telling:

“Intelligence and rationalism are not in themselves revolutionary. But technical thinking is foreign to all social traditions: the machine has no tradition. One of Karl Marx’s seminal sociological discoveries is that technology is the true revolutionary principle, beside which all revolutions based on natural law are antiquated forms of recreation. A society built exclusively on progressive technology would thus be nothing but revolutionary; but it would soon destroy itself and its technology.”

– Carl Schmitt

Take this to hart because this is what is driving our destruction and the only way it will end is when it ends itself.  Technology is now approaching the point where diminishing returns goes nonlinear into an inflection point where problem solving becomes the problem.  Time is speeding up because the cycle is compressing with the uncontrollable urge to ever greater power and efficiency.  We are in or near this point of rupture in multiple areas of civilization and the planetary system.  When the summation of the negative feedbacks from these problem-solving “problems” reaches a breaking point civilization will end.  When civilization ends the mechanization of technology ends. 

This drive of substitution when limits are encountered is a denial of limits.  It is the application of constant disruptive change that frays the fabric of life where stability is required.  The trajectory of this substitution is the lie of humanism and the reason humanism now is considering transhumanism.  Humanism can no longer be trusted.  The Irrational is found in that zone in the dualism of humanism where the ego dwells in all its nakedness.  A balance of spirituality and our scientific impulse in humanism must be found or extremes occur on either side.

The key component to spirituality in this sea of meaninglessness is the basis of a wisdom of insecurity.  Wisdom is about choices and consequences.   Human wisdom is being altered by knowledge and tech for the sake of more knowledge and tech.  A proper wisdom seeks less instead of more.  Affluence has been the result of this surge of technology and knowledge.  This is why the consequences have been ignored.  The pleasure of affluence is so great that sobriety faces an impossible task.  Now we are approaching or at the diminishing returns of these humanistic activities and downscaling is resulting.  Downscaling is the destructive activity of problem solving creating new problems.  

This is now a revolution that is forcing destructive change on humans and the web of life alike.  The result is planetary forcing that is affecting habitability.  Habitability is increasingly being degraded in localized ecosystem failure with overall ecosystem decline.  Nature is resilient but to a point.  When threasholds of a summation of failures builds to a point they will bifurcate the planetary ecosystem.  This forcing is cascading to a point where the abrupt change creates altered states with vital planetary systems.  Human civilization requires stability.  Tech will seek to impose its stability through mechanization and automation but the planet will not be mechanized or automatized.  The planet will make man honor his consequences because this is naturalness in action.

Planetary systems are now reacting with negative feedbacks.   The very stability that allowed human technological growth is in abrupt decline.  The hydrologic, nutrient, geologic, and carbon cycles are all in dangerous extension from threasholds of balance.  Life systems harness all of them to form complex ecosystems so the planets life system itself is now in a process of rapid and abrupt change. These systems are being forced by human activity and population levels with technology supporting these human excesses.

This means a new complex life ecosystem is in the making but first the death of the current one is in process hence the labeling of this age as the age of death.  The stability of the Holocene is tipping over into the destabilized Anthropocene.  These destabilizations happened periodically on planet earth and represent major extinction/evolution periods.  Unfortunately for us mortal humans these periods are over thousands and millions of years when a rebirth occurs.

The adaptation I propose to you is REAL Green living of green prepping to adapt to this age of death.  This includes a permaculture spiritualism which is a mental green prepping.  The wisdom of insecurity is the basis of green prepping.  This wisdom seeks to embrace the awakening to this period of destructive change across all plane’s humans dwell in.  This wisdom of insecurity asks you to embrace the destructive change and allow it to transform you into action.  This is the psychology of optimistic pessimism.  It involves the green prepping of life boat strategies and the hospice of palliative care for both the land and people of your local.  This involves your own personal scaling of human intelligence and the inevitable use of technology.  Scale is all important to this wisdom and the only proper scale for humans is significantly local.  The more local the better should be your orientation.  This includes spirituality.

A local is a place where you can walk to.  It is a place where knowledge is scaled to where you can apply wisdom properly.  Today it is most of all a boundary to delocalization.  A REAL Green adaptation adds to localization strategies a triage and a hybridization.  Part of your REAL Green adaptation is recognizing the Anthropocene’s delocalization for what it is and that is a new earth period with a new ecosystem.  This is a period of high human population connected in a digital and economic web.  Excesses of technology in delocalization is tipping over this age.  As an individual in your local you will live and survive in this delocalized ecosystem.  Your efforts will be localization as a way to find a niche of constructive growth in a complex ecosystem breakdown.  You will live the opposite of what the techno age of scientism is proposing.  You will embrace permaculture spiritualism to enhance your higher power of meaning.

This is quite important and the reason you will live in the surreal if you seek this adaptation.  In fact, if you experience the surreal daily then you are on the right track.  The extent of your delocalization is the clay you work with.  You’re awakening to the destructive nature of the Anthropocene with its tipping over into decline of everything has one variable that is not in decline.  There is growth potential with spirituality.  This is a fundamental change from the age of human growth which was represented by increasing meaninglessness from the uncontrolled pursuit of knowledge.

This spirituality is based on the wisdom of insecurity.  True wisdom is the wisdom of what knowledge to use and what not to use.  This wisdom has been destroyed at the top level of civilization with scientism and transhumanism.   This worship of technology is self-destructive.  Now more than ever a REAL Green adaptation of a local is required to triage out this delocalization.  This is a wisdom that seeks to the best of one’s ability adapt and embrace a more circular lifestyle with voluntary simplicity.  Decline in place and downsize with dignity.  Beat the rush to collpase with a personal manage collpase.   This is done within the driving forces of the Anthropocene of technological advancement of power and efficiency.  Use the Anthropocene power to leave it in a mental judo.

This will require a hybridization but also salvage.  The salvage is of the old ways that have been lost but the knowledge is still available because the modern world has stockpiled knowledge of all kinds and this includes knowledge from earlier times.  The knowledge is there but the lifestyles in many cases are gone.  So, the DNA is there but the nurture of education and applied lifestyles are gone.  The hybridization is the recognition that although technology and knowledge is destroying life a wonderful amount of valuable technology and knowledge is out there that can be applied to restore and enhance the old ways to create a very resilient and stable local.  This stability is relative because all locals are exposed to the destructive decline of the Anthropocene.  There are no refuges only lifeboats.

This transformation starts with acceptance of the arrogance of humanism running amok.  This tips over into a wisdom of insecurity of the understanding that tech will not save us and in fact is killing us.  This situation is going to collapse eventually because this is the nature of the mechanization of technology without control.  Even though you are awakened this will not save you except to save you from the lie.  Truth is where lies are not.  This wisdom of insecurity seeks to limit the mechanization with a proper scaling to a local where restoration and renewal is possible.  When a complex ecosystem breaks down new niches are opened up for growth with species adapted for new biomes.  Be that adapted species.

This may sound complex and obscure but it really draws on the common-sense humans have developed over the millennia of survival in a changing world.  Humans have a survival instinct so draw on this.  Humans have a common sense of things especially when they are not right locally.  Embrace these instincts.  This human and planetary crisis should be obvious if you trust your instincts and common sense.  You will feel insecurity even though civilization want you to think you are safe with safety nets of health care and income.  Society wants you to think problems will be overcome like climate change, pollution, and social ills with more science and technology.  This is why the narrative is a lie.

Embrace a wisdom of insecurity that seeks to find a proper range for scaling.  In this proper range is your people and place.  Here practice a wisdom of insecurity that seeks to reduce the knowledge and technology overload of delocalization.   Focus on the human basics of food, energy, and resources for shelter.  Get back to the basics of low carbon capture.  First find a good local if you have the opportunity.  In all cases cities are bad but cities are where the power and wealth are concentrated so you will likely have a local that is within a range of this concentrated delocalization.  Find a zone far enough away from this danger zone cities represent.

Low carbon capture is the key.  This is finding good water, good soil, and habitable climate.  From here low carbon capture is using local resources to feed, cloth, and build shelters.  Of course, we are in the delocalized Anthropocene so adapting the greatly reduced ability of a local to produce quality low carbon capture is a struggle.   Seek to be like our ancestors but relatively and realistically in this new age of destructive change.   This is where the triage, salvage, and hybridization come in.  This is where monocultures, transport extremes, and digital dislocations are throttled down.  Localism is this throttling. 

More local is greener so you are connecting to nature which is a spiritual windfall.  This is a key spiritual asset where the truth is found by living not in science but instead in permaculture.  You will have to live in both worlds but with a focus on reducing your exposure to the delocalized world of humanism run amok towards of local with a planetary connection.

This becomes a spiritual exercise because you will constantly need to evaluate your local through your wisdom of insecurity with faith.   What to use and what to reject will focus your effort to restore and renew the local you chose to inhabit.  The degree of delocalization is your own personal trap.  I call this a trap because traps are limits.  This is a finite planet.  These limits are with people and they are with place.  People and the society they have in place but also the dirt you live on.  You will have to develop your own unique wisdom of insecurity to deal with this.  This is where the wisdom of insecurity becomes personally focused.  Your soul is the ultimate local.

This breakout is grace destroying the mechanization.   Grace is realized by approaching the sacred in humility.  The sacred is uncontrolled and unknown.   Truth places you in proper scale when approached in humility.  This condition of humility is letting go.   Grace will set you free of the viciousness of mechanization.   It is best you find smaller scales with local ranges because it is here proper meaning can be found. 

Meaning is the spiritual asset that will power you through the existential angst of the lonely isolate ego adrift in an age of meaninglessness.  The naturalism of a properly scaled human is grace.  This will be what breaks your isolated soul out of the meaninglessness of the mechanization of modern life.  It is meaning that will offset your decline in comforts and affluence that is baked into this technological period of decline.

Is It Worth It?

REAL Green is about adaptation.  This adaptation is both physical with tech and metaphysical with psychology and spirituality.  The key to adaptation is a metaphysical orientation as the basis.  This is the psychology of a rejection of the social narrative of growth, affluence, and optimistic humanism replaced with existential pessimism.  This existential angst allows spirituality meaning from acceptance.  This acceptance then allows an application of optimistic meaning.  This is a transformative lifestyle of green prepping.  Importantly this is an add on to your existing higher power.  Atheist and agnostics should entertain this spirituality too.  The realm of Spirituality is that which is beyond your ego.  If you entertain the “why” of it all then you are a candidate.  If you have the feeling of a process and a system to existence then you are delving in the spiritual.

This is not religion this is an add on.  An add is the clothing of your being.  In this case it is your shoes because you will be on a journey.   The physical adaptation with tech and knowledge is easy enough to learn.  It is available from existing sources and in today’s digital age so much knowledge is at your fingertips.  As an add on to your existing self the application of this huge amount of knowledge and tech depends on your education, financial position, and time constraints.  This is your own unique nature and nurture.  Leave the world of what you are told is right and wrong and turn inward to your own meaning in your soul. 

This is a decade long process of a reshaped world.  Small physical adaptation can be achieved by anyone immediately though.  You can get an orange belt with little effort.  To get a black belt takes years.  A GREEN belt is attainment.  Attainment is humility.  This humility is spiritually and psychologically your measure in a connectivity with the planet and its life force.  This must be in a balance with your human world of community and greater world that is society.  You either have it or don’t or should I say you have it and don’t.  If you have it then this is a lifelong adaptation.  You don’t have it because you can never have the truth but only approach it.

Before you embark on this journey you must preform a personal cost benefit analysis both physically in regards to the physical investment but also in regards to your higher power.  This is very important because some of you should not do this adaptation because your local of people and place and the local of your soul.  This is a rigorous process that is disruptive.  This is an expensive process of physical change. 

I feel this adaptation is worth it for all in regards to a minimum of a personal cost benefit analysis.  It is likely worth it to do some minor green prepping.  Prepping is a wise thing to do.  The basics of prepping are easy to find out.  There are many sites that focus on lists of dos and don’ts.  I highly recommend some prepping in this age of decline.  The green part is worth a look at because in this age of emptiness there is immediate connectivity with natural beauty.  Doing some gardening and natural restoration is a rewarding undertaking.  Appreciating nature with acts of kindness instead of negligent destructive behavior is spiritually rewarding.  This adaptation is practicing basic good citizenry of society and the planet.  There are no miracles here because life is miracle enough.  Stop looking for special powers because the power is both minute and complete.

If you want to get serious about this way of life then becomes a REAL Green monk.   The teacher is the life force within the planet and web of life.  If you choose to be a REAL Green monk you must embrace radical change.  The key to REAL Green is the relative and realistic approach of this radical change.  This is where it differs from other spiritual traditions.  The radical of REAL Green is the relative and realistic approach within as an add on to your existing higher power of meaning.  Acceptance of death on all levels is radical.   This is the key because decline is death but death is also the soil for life.

How outward you are with the radical adaptation is dependent on your people and place.  REAL Green is deeply local so get out of your layers of being and go directly to being naked and alone.  No local is the same but many are similar.  You first must know your local and determine what change is possible.  Many have no local.  Many are lost and wander from place to place, person to person, and religion to religion.  Many feel unhappiness where they live and the people that inhabit their lives.  This is a prime indication you need adaptation but keep in mind you are trapped.  This trap is the limit of your adaptation.  Many are dependents without ability to be a leader.  This adaptation is about leadership in your local of people and place.

So first know yourself and your local of people and place.  Once you come to the key prerequisite of REAL Green of acceptance of this change over to the epoch decline then you must know your range.  Your range is your scale.  It is no different than an animal.  Humans are divorced from our place in nature so determining your range includes reintegrating your animal nature.  Get out of the traditional arrogance of humanism of man and nature as separate and start seeing your place in nature.  Your local is where your scale is.  Your range is your local.  Remain in your range so you can properly adapt with constructive growth.  Delocalization is your enemy but also the clay you will have to work with.

If you accept decline as the current dawning of a new epoch and you have done deep reflection on your range and scale then you must determine what is realistic and relative to your adaptation.  Since this is about a local of people and place the adaptation becomes more than you it becomes about them too.  The local of community is critical.  It is the body of Christ so to speak.  It is here your survival is critically linked.  This is why if you want to be a GREEN belt you must find the proper people and the place. 

You can only do your journey by leaving yourself.  At this point is where a value from your cost benefit analysis must be determined.  If you are significantly trapped then stay lite with your outward adaptation.  If your local are not adaptable and you can’t leave your people/place then don’t do it.  If your local of community and the land you inhabit is not adaptable then why risk the effort in time and resources for radical adaption.  You will turn radical if you embrace REAL Green but in wisdom not necessarily in action.  Much of what you participate in will be called into question by this wisdom but you will have to participate.  The age of decline requires this so the wisdom is an adaptive wisdom with surreal manifestations. 

Finally, if your psychology and spirituality are not up to it forget it.  This will be most rigorous with your higher power of meaning.  Your view of yourself and your view of your local of people/place will go through a surreal reflection that many will not be able to handle.  This is a calling into question everything you have been taught and much of the activity you have participated in.  Yet, in this radical psychological change there is the reward of meaning.

A GREEN Belt is going all the way into adaptation.  It is the highest level and also the lowest.  This means you will attain a spirituality that is high but you will embrace decline itself which is low.  So high is low which is a juxtaposition.  Much of your adaptation is surreal because you will face paradoxes and incongruous juxtapositions.  The value in this surreal of meaning is meaning itself.  The search for meaning is surreal because of the human condition of dualism.  If you do not experience surreal then you are not there. 

Meaning is a spiritual asset of the highest level.  It is meaning that comes with an honest approach to the truth within the imperfect vessel of your higher power worship.  So, a GREEN Belt is about the attainment of meaning.  This meaning will manifest itself in action.  You will be awakened and this awakening will transform you.  Keep in mind there is no transcendence except with spiritual experiences.  These spiritual experiences will be quick and powerful like a shock.  Transformation will open you up to this.

You will have vision quests because you will be untethered from a reality forced on you by the social narrative.  You will experience the transcendental for moments as you descend back into the mundane of the drudgery of living to die another day.  The key component of the awakening is the transformation of pessimism to a pessimist optimism.  This is a key to the worth of it.  It is a cracking of an atom so to speak in your soul but this will fall out.  You will not inhabit these places of immense energy for long because it is not meant to be.  This is a journey not the destination.

If you accept decline which is getting out of the denial of death then you will have pessimism.  Your ego will experience existential angst when honestly embracing decline.  There is no sugar-coating decline or death.  It is the ultimate challenge.  It is only facing death in all its forms that a transformation is obtained.  This will be a mystical experience of an inner journey.  This is akin to this beautiful prose:

“in the first degree the higher power enters into the soul and she turns inward. in the second she ascends above herself and is lifted up to the higher power. in the third the soul, lifted up to the higher power, passes over altogether into it.  in the fourth the soul goes forth on the higher power’s behalf and descends bellow”

So, you see this is a journey.  If the destination is what is important then REAL Green is not for you.  You will be faced with the surreal of meaning.  You will spend time and money on things that will not make sense from the point of view of the social narrative of affluence and growth.  You will be in a constant state of an inner journey moving in and out of meaning as fresh challenges are encountered.  Your mind and body making this journey will decay.  At some point if you are lucky enough to get old dementia will set in.  There will be very little left at some point.  All the things you built up will turn to dust.  The worth of this is journeying to death but in vigorous living.

For most people the adaptation of REAL Green is worth a look.  Some small REAL Green actions will be wise.  Green prepping is a good approach to increasing resilience and sustainability.  Discovering your local is another important activity.  Learning the destructiveness of delocalization and turning local is an important component to increased survivability.  Delocalization is both physical and metaphysical so learn your spiritual local too. 

Yet, if you want to embrace the wisdom of insecurity of the last step of a GREEN Belt then I will tell you, for most of you it is not worth it.  Many of you will not have the time, money, or the education to do a permaculture homestead with a monestary of knowledge that is the outward physical expression of the transformation.   This is an outfitting for a journey into the valley of death.  Most will not want to undertake these kinds of rigors.  Most want comforts from the mundane of survival.  If you want comfort then go elsewhere.  This is especially true of inner meaning because you will be asked to let go.  This is what insecurity is.

If you have the right stuff especially if you are young and unattached, I highly recommend this.  In fact, if you are young and unattached, I recommend going TRUE Green of off grid and directly immersed in nature.  It is likley someday you will return to REAL Green because this is where the people are.  It is exceedingly rare to find communities of TRUE Green.  This would be found in the natural world for example a tribe in the amazon or a group who have gone completely off grid in the simplicity of circular living.  This is man’s true nature not where civilization is.  Civilization is the destination and the destination is death.  Then life starts again.   For those of you like me who are now older you will be trapped in people and place.  You will be attached to making a living and paying bills.  This is where you go from TRUE Green to REAL Green. 

Actually, REAL Green is more demanding than TRUE Green.  TRUE Green is immediate spiritual satisfaction albeit with lower physical affluence.  REAL Green is spiritually challenging but generally with more affluence.  Affluence is the key trap of REAL Green and why you must be realistic and relative.  I wish I could go TRUE Green and I have at an earlier time but I did not know what it was at the time.  This happened to me in a spiritual experience.  This TRUE Green lasted for 40 days.  Then my family dragged me back into the real world in a psychosocially violent way.

So, in conclusion to my rambling world salad I would say REAL Green is worth it and this brings you to where you started.  This is deeply local of people, place, and especially your soul.  I cannot tell you if it is worth it.  This would not be my place.  In the big discussion above I was telling you my REAL Green not yours.  Keep this in mind.  I was talking about myself so disregard everything I said above and start your journey.  You have to get up in the morning and make your bed not me.  You will die alone.  I can’t make your bed or die for you.  Good luck on your journey.  4X4

Tao of Degrowth

I am a degrowther and a doomer but this is not what your first reaction indicates.  We are taught to be optimistic and so forth.  People loath pessimist and doomers.  People tire of people who cry wolf constantly.  This is what the doom movement has done for decades now.  There is some truth to this but there is also the reality of the slow boil.  A frog will slowly boil without realizing its fate.  Humans because of our short-termism and immediate gratification tendencies slow boil with periods of change.  Some of this is beneficial because it is the degree of shock and the duration that is the key variable of survivability so adapting slowly allows survivable change.

My doom approach is different.  I am a visionary of sorts in regards to the tipping over of an age.  This is academic and I have been studying this for decades now.  I have been living the response for over a decade.  I have digested the available science not as a specialist but as a generalist with some specialization.  I study all fields in general picking through them in relation to decline.  I specialize in energy and systems for my theoretical approach.  It is my assessment that a multifaceted tipping over is now at or near the peak point.  The tipping over is at or near where diminishing returns to technological efforts go non-liner into problem creation.  I see an extinction event for life systems with localized failure and general decline.  The planetary systems that support life is in abrupt change with climate but also the nutrient, carbon, and hydrologic cycles.  Finally, systematically, civilization is in a phase of degrading.

Decline is dominated by the element of chaos where turbulence increases.  With civilization this is chiefly abandonment, dysfunctional networks, and irrational narratives.  Growth happens generally on average slowly and methodically over many years but decline can happen rapidly.  In fact, often there are stair steps of rapid decline followed by a time when threasholds of stability are reached.  We are near or are in this stair step process now.  The dangerous aspect of this current time is the negative feedbacks from a convergence of multiple negatively influenced systems.  This is holistic.  It is a negative feedback paradigm.  Multiple smaller failures lead to a catastrophic failure.  This is seen when a plane crashes often times.  My surmise is that the current situation of multiple failures converging is still held in check systematically.  This could drag on for years plus the degree of failures and the duration of their effects are still allowing a slow boil adaptation.  Locally, failures will increase but the overall system may remain intact.   They key point you the individual needs to understand is a break to a much lower floor of stability is at hand even though the slow boil continues.  Time is of the essence now because it takes a decade to adapt properly.

My approach to degrowth and doom is different.   The typical judgement passed on doomers as nutter and crying wolf does not apply well to me.  I am well adapted and sober.  My approach is engagement of the slow boil and how to do manage it with optimism.  I am better prepped than most people and my local is relatively strong being rural and agricultural.  There is good water and wood to heat with.  Yet, it is not enough in a cascading failure.  I may or may not survive and that is just fate.  I do have assets to draw on so in this respect I have options that give me time to avoid immediate panic.  My approach is different mainly with behavior.  My doom approach is 80% attitudes and dispositions.  It is based on a realistic and relative response with a proper scaling towards what is more local.  This involves less delocalizing modern habits.  It involves an effort at the low carbon capture of food and energy.  It is not possible to live like our ancestors did but there are many of their ways that can fortify your local.  Strategies for food, water and shelter are critical.

This is primarily about living a wisdom of insecurity that draws on a wisdom of acceptance of macro decline and then orientates daily life towards that reality.  This orientation is only as much as one can.  The status quo narrative is the opposite of the acceptance of decline with growth and increased efficiency from technological improvements and knowledge building.  In effect you live a dual life of one foot in this status quo world of growth and the other in an individual local response to a new age of decline.  You are threading a needle here both physically but also mentally.  The surreal of both worlds takes proper grounding.  The way you find grounding is embracing the land and life.  You do that by being local and organic.  Urban areas and careers in delocalizing trades makes this approach very difficult so if you have any interest in what I speak about, I recommend you leave that world.  If you can’t then at least see through the facade if only enough to avoid the worst of it.

Since there is really no amount of prepping that will save you, there must be a humility of acceptance.  But this is only part of it.  The destination for all of us and all of our creations is death.  Mortality is a given for all.  My approach is about the journey.  The journey is life and it is this approach that allows an optimism within and dooming pessimism.  It is about finding a niche within the destructive period of change that allows constructive growth.  To achieve constructive growth where meaning and hope is found means proper people, place, and attitude.  It then becomes a journey with a life boat and a hospice of palliative care for the decline process.  Pain, suffering and death are the process.  The simple reality of this is getting out of the denial of death both personally and with the social narrative.  This does not mean a transcendence just a transformation to humility with acceptance.  This then translates into a sobriety that focuses on the fundamentals.  The fundamentals are local and with people.  This is tribe and family.  If you are Christian, it is the body of Christ.  Nothing new here just dust of traditions that have been neglected.

This involves a way of life that revolves around a wisdom of insecurity which seeks to triage out baggage of the status quo that is so easy to load up on.  This baggage is more than things it is also lifestyles.  It seeks a hybridization of the old ways with new.  This includes the best products and knowledge to leverage and turbo charge your efforts.   You have to understand localism and low carbon capture of harvesting and gathering of energy locally is a marginal return on efforts.  Your opportunity cost of making money with your time is much greater in the status quo.  The things you accumulate are low power but more robust.  These marginal efforts do not support modern lifestyles so in effect you must use both worlds as needed to maintain an inner and outer status quo.  Some can go off grid so to speak but most are trapped or engaged in this status quo because of family and career. 

Radical changes generally are costly in this situation so it requires a gradual and measured approach.  This is for those who can I want to stress.  For some of you there is no room for maneuver only understanding so I am appealing to those of you who have the right stuff to make this move. It is no fault of many who can’t.  I am humbly your servant in a sense because I have been gifted with this way of life.  It should be realized also many are self-absorbed selfish brats or psychopaths who only seek advancement.  Steer clear of these people who are as bad as choosing a poor local with low survivability.

If you would like meaning and have a feeling all is not quite right then this pessimist optimism of degrowth doom I am prescribing may be for you.  This requires a reorientation that focuses on how you can decline in place and downsize with dignity.  It is about beating the rush while good materials are still available to fortify your local that will in effect become your defensive position.  Since greener is more prepped you are also getting spiritual windfall of restoring and renewing the planet.  This is good for the people in you immediate local in respect to humanism.  It is academically good for you because it involves rationalism and seeks wisdom. 

This effort will ultimately be subject to failure but it is the effort itself that is life and it is this effort where meaning and enjoyment is found.  Things like animals, gardens, wood heat, hay making and local forage are my enjoyments.  This is also a toil.  It takes routine and mundane chores.   Hard uncomfortable work is a given.  Yet, the results are a satisfaction of occasionally reflecting with amazement on how much has been accomplished.  It is a struggle with real results that gives the ultimate value of meaning.  Meaning is getting closer to the truth.

For those of you who follow me I tend to ramble and much of my message is redundant.  Yet, it is a story and it evolves over time in response to my learning curve of experience but also the changing situation of this age tipping over into a new age of decline.  I have more or less achieved my prep portfolio and now I am tweaking to find the important details to make it easier for people like you who show interest.  I am also at peace with the land and the life process that is being forced and destroyed by human activity.  This is the way of an age so quit fighting it.  This peace comes primarily from the humility of acceptance.  Again, I have not transcended pain, suffering, and death.  I am embracing it as best I can in humility and with purpose.  This is with ups and downs.  I still have normal emotions.  It is just I have meaning to fall back on.

I leave you with a comment I made to a web site I follow daily.  I am an environmentalist and a degrowthers.  I live doom but an optimist one.  The challenges invigorate me and I have meaning.  This site is one of the best I have found for quality environmental news.  I sadly see the environmental movement going woke and techno green so I feel it important I mention my approach which finds both approaches as a detour and a hijacking.  Woke is based on an arrogance of humanism.  Woke is an elite capture hijacking for their wealth and power preservation.  The elites could give a damn about woke but it is useful to their ends.   Techno green is just more of the same of status quo growth.  Technology is mechanization that ultimately destroys itself.  Renewables are vital for resilience but not a transition to maintain modern life.  Modern life is ending.  Enjoy it while you can just as you enjoy life as you age until death. 

I do this blog and make comments to this site as my mental work out.  I also run several times a week.  I fast to strengthen my mind body.  So, this writing is not seeking notoriety.   My writing is more keeping my mind stronger.  Very few people follow me and I do not make an effort to have a following.  My purpose is relating my experiences of degrowth doom I call REAL Green.  My art is my permaculture homestead and the monestary of knowledge.  Everything I talk about is for you to use.  This is open source with no copywriting so to speak.  In fact, it is my hope somebody who can write and is smarter than me can take this to a higher level of accessibility.  My book is my permaculture homestead and my spirituality is REAL Green. 

If you read this and could care less that is not important to me.  I do not ask for donations.  I am speaking on behalf of the planet and life.  My writing is from them.  I am just the vessel.  All I have has been given to me and this will be taken in due time.  My homestead and monestary will be an interesting estate sale one day.  In this respect I am a green shaman living on the edge of society speaking spiritual truths.  I am an imperfect vessel and do not claim superiority.  I am just speaking on behalf of that which is superior.  That superiority is the planet and web of life.

If you have made it this far you may be interested in reading my comment on degrowth and the article from resilience dot com.  I leave you now.  Like the old Indian says “the barking dogs go to sleep”

Comment and article:

The systemness of complexity theory clearly show that the current system will not manage degrowth well in fact it will have cascading failures.  This means the degree of degrowth and the duration of the resulting systematic perturbation is a key compass point for degrowth policy application.  Individual degrowth policies will have to implement a means testing study first determining dangerous results.  The problem with this is the short term and long-term variables.  A manageable short term degrowth policy action may play out longer term in catastrophic ways.  This is most notable with food, water and shelter.  Curbing industrial agriculture is a risky venture but one that should be central to degrowth.  The modern food chain is very brittle to change.  This brittleness is in its brittle resilience.  Monocultures and value chains when combined with just-in-time transport supports all areas as a back stop.  There are now no famines in rich countries.  Remove that backstop and there is serious risk of areas of failure and its emergency support.

Is there the will to experiment with such dangerous outcomes?  I see no will in fact it is completely focused on cheaper food through further technological advancements and efficiency improvements.  A degrowth policy for the food system would need a complete redesign with elements from activities from pre-industrial times where food was produced locally with much more human and animal labor and greatly reduced industrial inputs.  This means a decade or more of massive changes with many more people being moved out of urban areas back to the land just to lay the foundation of this dramatic change.  The consequences of this means initially more growth not less.  A system that was in place was abandoned in favor of industrial agriculture.  This will have to be rebuilt ground up and not only physically but socially.  Instead, what would likely happen is what is typical of policy today and that is force change from the top so it forces change at the bottom.  This worked fine in the age of growth but now civilization is tipping over into decline.  Systemness of complexity shows this will result in dangerous abandonment, dysfunction, and irrational response because a new layer of resilience was not created pre-policy.

This point to the main point of this comment that is the nature of degrowth policy and what degrowthers need to focus on.  This article covers policy from the top which should be an academic study in what is not possible instead of offering approaches to policy.  The only degrowth policy will come from the grass roots and only in those places with the right ingredients for resilience to the effects of destructive change imposed by planetary decline.  There are very few places really because so much has been destroyed in growth.  This means proper degrowth policy stops all attempts at top-down approaches for economics and social change.  It instead focuses on tools and policy for locals of people and place to fortify.  This above all is behavioral because it will be meaning and the resulting courage of morale that will power these places with hope through the coming age of crisis.

Proper degrowth policy will go from a behavior-based acceptance of failure of civilization to a proactive local of regeneration and restoration albeit within an overall decline process that will be unavoidable.  Almost all locals are delocalized beyond a safe resilience and sustainability.  Even those very resilient and sustainable are threatened by neighbors who are not with migration and dangerous unraveling industrial processes like NUK and chemical plants.  The key ingredient is meaning in degrowth for reasons of resilience and sustainability within the context of a destructive period of decline.  Wise locations will start now when there are still resources to fortify and time for an indoctrination in the art of decline.  Yes, this is an art because it is about a spiritual response that results in concrete behavior reflective on a new way of living.  The Tao of Degrowth.  It is here that the keystone of a new human type results.  This new human type has one foot in the status quo and one in the new age of destructive change.

Currently all the knowledge and resources are available for sourcing.  There is adequate science for locating these nodes where constructive growth can dwell within an environment of destructive change.  What is missing is a doctrine.  More importantly it is a doctrine to add on to existing meaning for people.  Locals are unique and communities have specific systems of meaning.  Individuals have specific higher power worship.  What is needed is an add on to this because this is about behavior first that comes from a wisdom of degrowth.  Wisdom starts from a knowledge of what knowledge to pursue and what to reject.  In fact, in the age of decline triage and salvage are a key function in a humble wisdom of acceptance.  So, in conclusion a new degrowth academic response must be localized and with behavior and then restoration and renewal can begin.  Realgreenadaptation.blog

Taking International Relations into the Degrowth Era

By Jack Ainsworth, originally published by Degrowth.de

  • August 25, 2021

As a young movement, many of degrowth’s intellectual confrontations and practical obstacles are yet to come. As a normative concept with a broad scope of practical and analytical applications, we can reasonably expect degrowth to be challenged by various intellectual disciplines as its exposure increases. The challenge from the notoriously stuffy and conservative discipline of international relations is undoubtedly on the horizon; I wish to present some of the key takeaways from my own research from which we may begin to consider a degrowth-informed approach to international relations. Discussing this may provide answers to extremely valid critiques of degrowth and localism, like those of growth-minded globalists, who ask me “surely we are digging our own grave through degrowth, won’t China subsume us as we fall behind?”, or feminists and minority-rights activists asking, “how can we possibly protect the vulnerable without a centralised authority?”.

Traditional theories of international relations and Degrowth

International relations has always struggled to step outside of its traditional intellectual current. The clue rests in the name of the discipline itself; it has, for most of its history, been the scientific study of relationships between national, sovereign states.

The two most popular theories of international relations since its formal introduction into academia in the 20th century have been ‘realism’ and ‘liberalism’. Realism, simply put, sees relations between states as a zero-sum game. With the absence of a world government and a perceived scarcity of resources available for our survival, realism dictates that states attempt to accrue power and dominate over others in order to ensure their own survival. For realists, peace is merely an interlude to war. Their pessimistic view of human nature deems conflict as inevitable, with peace only being sustained temporarily when a so-called ‘balance of power’ produces a fragile restraint on violence. Liberalism, a slightly younger albeit equally influential theory of international relations, suggests that cooperation between states is possible by way of the mutual benefits gained from cooperation. Liberals praise economic interdependence as a peace mechanism, for in a thoroughly interconnected world, the war between economic partners becomes unprofitable. Liberals also put forward the somewhat dubious claim that democracies do not fight each other.

Three key problems emerged out of my research, which sought to approach these two traditionally hegemonic theories of international relations from a degrowth perspective.

Firstly, both approaches to international relations heavily rely on economic growth as a linchpin for their inner workings. For realists, economic growth is essential for the simple reason that wealth = power. Prominent real-liberal theorist Robert Gilpin suggests that “the pursuit of economic growth and the pursuit of power are indistinguishable”, for if we cannot grow our economy, we cannot maintain a competitive military. For liberals, continuous economic growth is essential to maintaining the economic interdependence necessary to keep the world peaceful. The tension here with degrowth thinking is somewhat self-explanatory, in a political economy of degrowth, economic growth as we know it must be abandoned in favour of a reduction of our material footprint and an eventual ‘steady-state economy.

Secondly, realism and liberalism make sweeping, a-historical assumptions about human nature and behaviour, which comes into conflict with degrowth’s general intellectual approach that institutions, social structures, behaviour and the economy itself are all products and constructions borne out of our current historical conditions. For realists, humans are naturally violent and our lust for power is an essential aspect of our species. Such an assumption follows the social-Darwinist model of human behaviour. For liberals, individuals possess a natural harmony of interests, in which it is assumed that the world is on a path towards global cosmopolitanism. Enlightenment values of reason, utilitarianism, liberty, secularism and progress are deemed destined to become the essential, universal aspects of global culture. Both views of human nature are problematic from a degrowth perspective, primarily in light of their universalising tendencies. Degrowth (and political ecology as a whole) values theoretical pluralism, sometimes termed a theoretical ‘pluriverse’, which takes the view that the homogenising Western development model is to blame for climate breakdown. A diverse array of cultural, political and economic models that are particular to certain cultures and biomes is required to reverse this path.

Finally, both traditional theories of international relations are reflecting on the modern nation-state, which for its functioning requires a highly efficient, centralised system to produce the scale of growth and complexity required to remain competitive in military and economic senses. Realism and liberalism both possess highly centralising tendencies, in which power is concentrated in the upper echelons of the state and the boardrooms of multinational corporations, and in which strict hierarchies ensure the optimal division of labour and an efficient production process. Degrowth imaginaries, on the other hand, require a radical decentralisation of economic and political power, through the shortening of supply chains and devolution of political power to foster a more direct democratic approach to politics.

These two theories of international relations are products of their time and historical conditions. The study of international politics has hitherto reflected the characteristics of the Western development model, one of perpetual war in pursuit of new commodity frontiers to fuel our insatiable desire for economic growth, compounded by the unwavering dominance of top-down patriarchal authority, and the historical hijacking of Christianity to thinly veil our chauvinism in a divinely ordained cloak.

Furthermore, international relations remains tightly bound to what Robert Cox calls ‘problem-solving theories’ of international relations, in which scholars observe our system, try to identify patterns, and attempt to predict how we may orient our actions to prevent these problems in the future. This approach sums up why many scholars deem international relations to have largely been a “failed intellectual project”. Therefore, we must re-orient the discipline towards a more active and interventionist approach, typified by the burgeoning ‘critical’ school of international relations. By interventionist, I mean that international relations must cease to be simply an analytical reflection on reality. Rather, we should seek to actively incorporate international relations into political praxis and shape it into a more desirable form with specific, liberatory objectives. Our economic and political architecture are both inventions, created by humans for certain objectives and the international political system is no exception to this rule. It is not like many would have you believe, subject to eternal laws or constrained by assumptions about human nature.

Unless the future takes a bizarre turn, and humanity is united in one country under the flag of ‘DegrowthTopia’, in which the only ‘enemy’ that remains is the extra-terrestrial, the puzzle of how we relate and interact with those beyond our borders and communities will remain. It would be ridiculous and dare I say negligent to assume that violence will simply disappear in a political economy of degrowth and that our nuclear arsenals will go up in a puff of smoke as soon as we begin to degrow. We must be theoretically and practically prepared to have these conversations about how best to protect ourselves and others in a decentralised future, for degrowth thinking has mostly avoided the topic until now.

International Relations and Degrowth: two proposals

I wish to offer two tentative proposals for considering a degrowth-informed approach to international relations. From a theoretical perspective, an appreciation of complexity is a sensible starting point. Complexity theory has its roots in systems theorising, put simply, it suggests that due to the unpredictability of all of the systems that construct our reality, one-size-fits-all approaches to controlling these systems are misguided. Dr Elizabeth Sawin notes that we continue to act as if the world is infinite, simple, and disconnected, thus making it easily controllable. The opposite is in fact true. The world is finite and connected in webs of mutual causality, most of the effects of which we cannot feasibly predict in the long term. The takeaway from this for thinking about international relations is simple: we must abandon dogmatic and totalising approaches to international relations and instead seek to understand, on a case-by-case basis, problems specific to certain contexts. Specific problems require specific solutions that are informed by local knowledge, contextual understanding, and an air of caution for the potential unforeseen future effects of our actions.

In a more practical sense, a convivial approach to the possession of the tools of violence may better help us consider defence and security in a political economy of degrowth. Arms adorn our military parade, reflecting the power of the beholder, our nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles represent what is supposedly required to defend ourselves from outside threats. When considering what defence will look like in a political economy of degrowth, two things must be considered: what tools do the political entities of a degrowth society require to protect themselves, and if they require less sophisticated tools than the ones that we currently possess, what should we do with the tools that we no longer need?

I suggest that in a decentralised society, in which power is transferred to the municipal level, certain defence mechanisms may be necessary in order to ensure the security of those living in each community. Arms, if their use continues into a degrowth paradigm, may be owned in common, as they are in Rojava, in which collective participation in policing and defence exists, with those defending their community being wholly answerable to each other and their community, rather than a higher authority. The defence of a municipality would theoretically require relatively modest tools, leaving the question of what to do with our weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) up for debate. The possibility of democratic ownership of nuclear weapons seems far-fetched even for the most fervent direct democrat. The mere existence of WMDs is a product of the centralisation of power, leading me to assume that a degrowth future would be hard to wed to a nuclearized world.

Continuing to introduce degrowth into various intellectual traditions is essential for its progression as a normative political economy theory. The ideas raised in this article are discussed in greater detail in my own research dissertation, which I hope will be one of many forays into a greater dialogue between international relations and degrowth.

Hard-Scrabble

“I got out all my pretty covers, baskets, books, etc., and tried to make it look home-like and comfortable, but this was hard to do. The little house looked so unattractive that we facetiously decided to call it Hardscrabble.”

– Julia Dent Grant

“hard-scrabble (adjective)involving hard work and struggle.”

The picture is Grant’s cabin and his attempt at 19th century homestead farming.

When you read this some of you may think I am whining.  So many people are suffering and locked in deprivation.  I respect and understand this.  This is not my intention.  My intention is to relate how hard it is to follow an alternative life that seeks to be more secure in localism.  This is about my internal struggle of meaning.  I am actually firmly middle class and happy with my affluence.  I am much better off then the 6BIL poor of the world struggling daily with food, water, and shelter.  The point of view I am making here is the battle with the status quo that is destroying human nature, the web of life, and forcing abrupt change in a stable planetary phase.  I am trying to use my affluence to reconnect to an early time of relative harmony.  I am not upset with my affluence in fact I am well off.  Now, keep in mind I could be rich but chose to be a degrowth doomer.  The result is a happy middle-class life with meaning.

When I talk to you about REAL Green, I make it the point to emphasize this is significantly behavioral as opposed to tech driven.  It is about behavior to manage knowledge and tech.  Yet, a behavior adaptation also relates to the management of feeling, attitudes, and common sense.  REAL Green is a difficult mental activity of juggling two worlds.  Man is gripped with a search for meaning.  Our daily lives in our local of people and place is more real than the outer world media blasts into our safe space daily but this is clouded and must be renewed.  The key point to this behavior is a wisdom of insecurity in response to an age tipping over into decline.  Your sense of self must be sorted out when you call into question the lies.

The social narrative will never change until the Baghdad moment when tanks are in the city center.  This is the nature of it so don’t get angry and frustrated.  Make an effort to distance yourself from the many lies of the status quo or suffer the consequences.  The consequences are a meaninglessness that occurs when all those beacons of meaning in the status quo fail.  They are failing now dramatically.  Instead begin your journey into this new age of decline.  Be prepared for a struggle.  The struggle will be as much internal as external.  The struggle is the path to meaning.  Here truth to power occurs.  The spiritual asset of meaning will offset the coming decline in affluence of comforts and things.

This internal reconciliation is the reconciliation of the absurdities of this decline trap.  It significantly involves reconciliation of the dissonance of the absurdities of required dualistic solutions.  On the one hand you will be drawn to succeed in the status quo of growth by playing the growth game.  These path dependencies incudes all those seductive dopamine activities of consumerism and leisure.  You feel safe and secure so you indulge in material and physical satisfactions.  On the other hand, there is the sobering task of increasing sustainability and resilience of existential survival in the real world.  These activities are efforts and struggles against a narrative telling you safety and pleasure are assured if you play its game.

Permaculture localism does not pencil out economically.  If you believe in permaculture localism you will be embracing increased poverty.  You will have to invest in things and do activities that do not create a return that will cover the opportunity cost of the investment.  What I mean is you will invest in things that could otherwise bring greater profit.  Green activity is not profitable in the sense of ROI (return on investment) but it is very profitable in the sense of EROI (energy return on energy invested.  EROI is simply the energy a fox expends to catch a rabbit.  ROI is money invested to achieve a profitable return.  This is mostly abstract and often does not relate to the real world of survival. 

The modern green solutions out there of net zero and decoupling from the destructiveness of affluence are lies.  TRUE Green is embracing a lower affluence quantitatively not theoretically.  Affluence is the reason man is at the brink.  Affluence includes population not just consumption.  A poor location with too many people is still an affluence of sorts.  Most importantly it is the nature of life to avoid discomforts in favor of comforts.  Where this instinct of life becomes delusional is with humans and their oversized frontal cortex where we construct and abstract world.  This place of abstraction n our mind must have the checks and balances of wisdom.  This place of abstraction allows for creativity but also destructiveness.  This has to be controlled in the sense of remaining scaled to the real reality not the reality of the status quo.

The other issue is green and brown.  TRUE Green mean you will do things that make room for the health of the planet and the web of life in a greatly reduced footprint.  The status quo will force you to make brown decisions or FAKE Green decisions.  These revolve around delocalization and more importantly the car culture.  Just because you are in a city and walk and bike ride does not get you off the hook.  Cities are completely brown because they cannot sustain themselves.  They extract and import so if you live there as a green, you are provided for with brown extractions. 

This green and brown tension is very important even for those of you who do not care about green issues.  This is because what is green is more prepped.  Localism and permaculture will make you more survivable so even if it does not pencil out with the status quo it is highly beneficial in relation to the tipping point of decline we are now facing.  So, choosing comforts and profit in the status quo will mean you are significantly exposed to a cascading failure or even a slow boil of decline.  Having stable food, water, and shelter has no price, it is pure existential value.

I speak to you about hard-scrabble because it goes to the heart of what I am doing.  Ulysses S Grant coined the word for me.  I am a voracious reader of history because your history is a defining attribute of your local.  Look back at least 120 years and determine what worked in your local because that is likely where we are heading.  Grant left the military in the 1850’s.  He took his wife from a wealthy background and started his own farm near his father-in-law’s large affluent farm.  Grant made a home and farm in what I would call 19th century permaculture. 

Their farm was called “hard-scrabble” because even in the 19th century these efforts when compared to the luxury of the then budding industrial revolution was a struggle.  The explosion of growth was the budding of a new age so Grant left after only a few years.  At this time in history brown became the tipping point.  Industrialization of tech and knowledge was at this time the new paradigm but now this arrogance of humanism is in reversal.  This is why hard-scabble is the name of the game.

I come from a wealthy family.  I could have chosen comfort instead of hard-scrabble.  I chose a struggle instead but one of meaning for me.  Keep in mind I am humbly grateful for my opportunity.  Many do not have the time, money, and or experience to do what I am doing.  Many who are doing this in different aspects have far fewer resources and opportunities.  There are those who are doing permaculture localism that blows me away in achievements.  Yet, this is not about others as much as about me.  It is about my nature and nurture being applied to my local of people and place.  This is about my struggle to be greener and live in the absurdity of a dualism of green and brown.  It is about the inconsistencies of permaculture localism and the status quo of profit and comforts.

I struggle with the absurdities constantly even more than the comforts.  Keep in mind I am REAL Green which means relative and realistic.  This is what I call “Moss” which is the color you get when you mix green and brown.  I have plenty of comforts.  My life is filled with vigor from doing what I find meaning in.  Where my struggle develop is with the inconsistencies of living in both worlds honestly.  Investments made and activities undertaken that do not pencil out are disconcerting.  Seeing my labor applied unprofitably when a huge opportunity cost of greater returns is apparent. 

Investments made in infrastructure that does not compare to the status quo version.  Wood heat system, solar, and insulation strategies are much more expensive and lower return than just doing it the easy status quo way of throwing power at it or building bigger and cheaper.  Short term advancement ignoring longer term value.  For example, my recent appraisal on my REAL Green homestead for a refi mortgage spells out the status quo.  A normal person would see a nice home, barns, solar, wood boiler, and 23 acres.  I have 80 acres but for a good appraisal I divided it up as 57 acres and 23 and a home.  My alternative energy systems and Amish barn added little to no value but a big swimming pool would have.  To me that reflects the absurdity of the status quo.

I struggle with the daily grind of low carbon capture with a grazing system of animals that barely covers cost.  I harvest hay with low horsepower equipment and lots of manual labor.  I have a garden, orchard, and grapes that do not bring a return.  I do redundant unpleasant labor I can’t find anyone to do.  If I wanted to get a higher return, I have to greatly industrialize the effort with high stocking rates, fossil fuels, and chemicals.  That is not green and permaculture but it brings more comforts and greater profitability.  Yet, in a green point of view it is delocalizing and does not offer resilience to shocks.  It is not sustainable when complexity declines but the hard part is waiting until complexity declines.  I might be dead by then.

What I try to do is mix what works within my struggle to be local and permaculture.  This is similar to my efforts at localization.  My local is so delocalized there is little interest in my REAL Green.  In fact, I don’t advertise REAL Green because people would see me as a nutter.  I am already looked upon as odd.  I am looked upon as a gentleman farmer because you know people need a classification.  I am considered a gentleman farmer because they know I don’t have to do this. 

People do not have time and they have their own interests be that church or hobbies to invest in a system of localism.  We are more local here than any city but still increasingly delocalized by affluence.  The Ozark region was just a few decades ago very poor in relation to the big cities.  Today the Ozarks has caught up in a relative affluence.  Most people are now locked into the delocalization of the status quo and when they have time off the want comfort and enjoyment not a hard-scabble.  So, I feel absurd approaching people for localism strategies that involves less comforts and affluence. 

I struggle with the effort especially as I age and my mind and body are in decline.  The struggle is keeping me younger in a way but at the price of pain.  My body always hurts and my disposition is often cranky.  Not cranky at others but with myself.  Many of my mistakes are my own doing.  Many of those things that breakdown are items that have useful lives I am pushing to their limits.  I am one man taking care of 400 acres.  This is my 80 and the 320 of the family farm bordering mine.  I have 4 barns, a guest cabin, and a house.  I have 5 wells and associated water systems.  I have a small garden, grapes, and orchard.  I have a rewilding effort to manage and cattle, goats, and dogs in my grazing system.  I have a wife and kids to spend time with.  I have a wealthy family constantly making me feel guilty because I avoid their high impact life by trying to stay local.  I have a family farm of 320 acres I have to be careful to not upset the family status quo.

The struggle is with consumerism and my need to outfit this effort and try to remain green.  This is a tough trade off because I need to outfit my life boat for the coming decline but how I do it is critical.  Many products that are brown are essential for the journey into this new age of decline but many are not.  The dissonance of choices is always an issue.  Being prepped means being stocked and when you have things they must be stored and managed.  So, you then have more efforts that are another struggle of how do you maintain your warehouse of resilience and sustainability? 

How do you avoid downcycling with logistics?   This is where you are spending too much time and money with prepping supplies needed for resilience and sustainability.  Keep in mind because of this dualistic world a green prepper is trapped in, this means the inconsistencies of sustainability in the status quo and a green prepping.  Green prepping seeks sustainability in the age of decline.  Sustinability in the status quo is financial wealth and class attainment. 

This is another juggle game like my appraisal indicated with status quo value of my homestead and REAL Green value in a green prepping sense.  I talk about using the status quo to leave it but this is a tricky business.  Too much either way is distorting and unproductive.  You must have key instincts of both worlds and this is a moving target.  Just look at how many greens are delusional with economics and how many browns have no sense of resilience and sustainability in regards to he reality of decline.  In a nut shell you live this surreal world of incongruities.

So, this paradox of existentialism is a mixed dualism that must be balanced by a reality you have marginal control over.  You will be burning the candle at both ends trying to be profitable and trying to be resilient and sustainable.  Somewhere in between you will have your permaculture homestead and monestary of knowledge.  It is this surreal of the mind and the incongruities of green value and status quo profitability that will constantly gnaw on you.  The physical pain that comes with hard manual labor but also the mental pain of juggling alternative life styles is draining.  Do I take the easy way out or follow my green instincts?  Remember non-greens what I said by what is green is more survivable so green instincts means more survivable yet, to a point.  Bankruptcy is likley if you disregard profitability. 

There must also be the acceptance of failure even with good wisdom.  I am light years ahead of most with my prepping but this may only offer me a few weeks or months of security.  It could be worse and I am destroyed immediately in a collapsing situation.  Collpase is very consuming and the chaos means rational responses have limits because of fate.  If your local of people and place is not prepped you are greatly at risk.  My local is good but not great.  If you are in a mega city, I would be extremely worried.  I would almost tell you just live in denial and enjoy life.  Forget about worrying about safety because you are very exposed.

I sometimes feel like where do I start?  I have so many things to do and not enough time, money, and help.  So, what I often do is just something.  I work every day I can baring weather, health, and family responsibilities.  The weather prevents me from working sometimes especially here in the Ozarks with its many seasons.  I am approach 60 so my body is beginning the breakdown process you notice at the end of the day and when you wake up.  My body is creaky when I get up and hurts when I go to bed.  I am already a cancer survivor.  I went through that during covid BTW.  I have two 14 year old boys to take care of and attempt to train.  Instead they love video games but I can’t force REAL Green on them.  I have a wife to be a loving husband to. 

Some days it is just like riding the wave of a chaos in my mind of prioritization and firefighting.  I do what I can do and hope my instinct of prioritization is optimal.  Some days everything is breaking.  My problem is partially I am a perfectionist and a bit obsessive.  I am obsessive about efficiency so when I do things sloppy, I am very hard on myself.  I get cranky with my family for food and energy waste when the reality is they are not an obsessive green like me.  They are normal and I am abnormal so I just suck it up.

Yet, at the end of the day I look how far I have come and sit in amazement sometimes.  I am now a specialist at REAL Green.  I feel this is a vital way of life for the future for many of you.  I am an artist of natural beauty and a practitioner of a REAL Green permaculture localism.  In the past 10 years since my effort coalesced and formed into REAL Green I have done so much.  This is a journey of discovery and meaning.  It has been with lots of luck but also lots of skill. 

I credit much of this to mother nature and our planet supporting me.  What I mean by this is I have embraced the wave of destiny.  I am following its way and not taking this special power for my own advancement.  Where I fail is with my arrogance and sloth but I am in acceptance I am an imperfect vessel.  I am in acceptance that most around me are not green.  I accept that civilization is either FAKE Green of pure brown because of its carbon trap and path dependencies.  This civilization gave me the nature and nurture that became REAL Green so I have to give thanks to it despite its dirty nature and absurd behavior.

I leave you with a word of encouragement.  I would not trade this life for anything.  I know it is a journey to death for me, my creations, and the civilization that birthed me but this journey is of life with meaning.  It is meaning that matters.  It is meaning the springs from truth.  Truth to power is what drives REAL Green.  If you embrace this life, it will bring rewards but keep in mind at great costs too. 

I have to be honest that many do not have the right stuff to do what I am doing and I humbly offer my acceptance to this reality.  This is why I am a servant not a master.  So many are trapped and unable to find meaning they deserve empathy and compassion.  There are also evil ones who I will fight as needed.  Yes, I am a soldier too, ready to fight when confronted with danger.  I also recognize I am one injury or accident away from being back in that world of helpless and delusional.  There is no security or refuge from this reality there is only the wisdom of insecurity where you embrace the acceptance of death.

Moss

This picture represents REAL Green in a sense.  I took this on a trip to the Osage Nation to buy a goat.  I came across this wind farm with an old oil stripper well.  You see the old and the new upon a beautiful southern plain’s prairie.  REAL Green acknowledges the carbon trap of civilization in path dependencies of affluence.  It seeks restoration of scale to the land but accepts the trap of technology and affluence.  A pathway of this journey is the hybridization of technology with permaculture localism.  The keystone principal is behavioral.  This is acceptance of decline and the humility of being trapped in both limits and its unsustainability.

This hybridization represents the best response to the trap.  Decline involves abandonment, dysfunction, and irrational.  Yet, decline of an ecosystem also involves adaptation and niche nesting.  Here a different reality exists.  The overall ecosystem is decaying but within this decay is adapted growth.  Species assume new rolls in microclimes of habitability.  This involves migration but also adaptation.  In our case this involves individuals embracing permaculture localism but within the context of a decaying delocalization of globalism.

REAL Green involves a dualism of being.  This is living delocalized in localization.  This incongruous juxtaposition is a paradox.  This self-contradictory proposition proves to be true for the age of contradictions.  REAL Green seeks to combine and mix new and old carbon capture with a focus on low carbon capture of localism.  These are all those ways of gathering and harvesting energy in the form of power and calories.  Today we take energy for granted by flipping a switch, pumping gas, or buying food in a grocery store.  It is not possible in most cases to avoid this but you can adapt it.  Adapt back in time to the old forms of carbon capture that were low power and local.  These carbon capture strategies are low ROI but high EROI meaning they offer high sustainability in the local but do not pencil out in the status quo modern of high returns.  Lower affluence is the result but higher survivability.  What is green is more prepped and vice versa.

REAL Green combines the two through realism and relative applicability.  The realism concern traps and limits.  The relative applicability involves the nature of how delocalized your local is of people and place.  Notice this applies to both the land and your significant others.  This hybridization yields a moss color that is a mix of green and brown.  The Anthropocene as an age of human growth but now is destructive growth from human forcing.  We are now in the age of death.  In this age of decline you have no choice but to be part brown.  Try living with less modern affluence yet by adding green strategies to yield better survivability.  This is profoundly spiritual with technical responses.  Green when in the context of the local yields an organic meaning.  The land will fill you up with its harsh but harmonious reality.  This is why it is so important to find the right place to build your REAL Green homestead and permaculture monestary.

What I am talking about applies to all in general but most importantly to REAL Green knights who have the right stuff.  This takes time and money but also people and place.  This requires education both with studies but also experience.  This first and foremost takes the humility of acceptance through the acquiescence of the planet and web of life.  It is here you will be chosen or not.  If you are choosing to lead you then are the servant.  This leadership is free choice but you cannot find it.  It finds you. 

This leadership in service emulates an ecosystem in the succession of decline.  A few species will populate new niches.  The decline and death of this complex ecosystem is both of evolution and extinction.  In the case of the human ecosystem, it is the end of civilization as we know it.  This is time based so it may take years but the trend is set.  The momentum is nonnegotiable.  If you have the right stuff then you will be that species who experiences constructive growth within destructive change.  You will evolve into a new human type.  This human type has been forged in the crucible of a destructive end of an age of human forcing.  It will be the wisdom found in the insecurity of this existential reality that will allow you to choose the right path and open the correct doors.

This is something the planet will bestow on you.  You will be an expression of the web of life.   Because of this you will have a special power.  This is not your power.  If you claim it, you will lose it.  You are only its vessel.  This is the reason for humility.  It is in humility of acceptance of the decline of all that the one area of growth is found.  This is spirituality.  This is now the spirituality of a new age and it is ironically the spirit of an older age.  This is the age of insecurity which was always the state of being for humanity.  Modern humans have been deluded into thinking technology and affluence has eliminated insecurity.  Instead, we now have insecurity without meaning which is darkness.  REAL Green seeks the light of meaning in honesty and acceptance.  It seeks to relatively and realistically blend these realities to navigate through the valley of death ahead.  Make no mistake this age is the age of death.  Ignore this at your own peril.

This call for an embracing of the best of spiritualities.  One can get much of the mechanics from comparative religions.  This also includes the religion of tech and affluence which is now scientism.  Respect knowledge and things as a reflection of life.  Man acts like these are his but the reality it is life not man that has created tech and knowledge.  Not all scientism if bad.  It is the elevation of scientism to the primary religion that is the problem. 

Science and spiritualism must remain separate because of human dualism.  When each accepts its proper roll and place a turbo charging effect occurs.  Science supports spiritualism and vice versa.  The result is wisdom of what knowledge to keep and what to ignore.  Man cannot have it all yet that is what happens with the ego when it seeks immortality.  The ego seeks to know all.  It is this false hope that destroys spirituality that must include acceptance of mortality in an existential humility.  This acceptance is grace.

The basis of this wisdom will guide the individual and his local with what things and lifestyles to live and what to triage out.  The triage is needed because this is an age of too much when less is what is called for.  This way of life is an expression of permaculture localism that seeks to be more circular and steady state with the nature of things.  This means leaving the delocalization of excessive human dualism as much as is possible within the trap of being human in a dualism of being.  This Anthropocene trap is grounded in the carbon trap with the path tendencies of networks and the social narrative of meaning.  To reject this situation is to reject human reality.  If you want to be green you must accept brown in this age of human forcing.  The resulting color is moss.  Green is more prepped and wiser but brown is the reality of the age.

In this age of decline of everything the spirituality of the meaning is found.  So, decline yields growth only with spirituality.  Meaning is the asset that will offset the decline of affluence and comforts but also the condition of meaninglessness.  It is what will power you through to live to die another day.  This is a journey to a destination.  The destination is pessimism because death is painful yet, the journey is life and constructive growth on the way to death.  Here is where you find your optimism.

Green Economics

I am going to ramble a bit.  Part of this is because I am not a writer, I live what I talk about.  If you could be here, I would show you but instead in my imperfect ability of prose I will try to describe to you REAL Green economics. 

I am going to talk about REAL power that is rather difficult to know.  This is the case despite it being all around you and the simplest of realities.  Dostoevsky said: “In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith.”  The point here is if you are looking for this power I speak of as something that will give you power then you will be disappointed.  If you think this truth is the truth that will liberate you then you will be deceived.  The reason for this is you will toil and suffer to find this truth and the best you will get is only marginally closer to it.  This power is the greatest of powers that is the least discernable and of the lowest effect. 

You are wasting your time reading this if there is something dramatic you desire.  The dramatic comes from the smallness of it.  You will find it as you lose it.  All of a sudden it will hit you as you wipe the sweat from your brow.  It is the giving up of the search that is the revelation of the destination.  The destination is the journey.  The journey is the optimism and the destination is where pessimism dwells.

If you want to find power look low and dispersed.  Remember it is said of Jesu saying “the meek shall inherit the earth”.  In Taoism power is like water acts in nature. “Water does not resist, yet it conquers all; it is tasteless — suggesting the invisibility of the Tao — yet life-giving.  It moves through all that lives and in movement remains clear and pure. It is supple, flexible, and humble; it does not compete.”  It is also said of Taoism that to know it is not the Tao. 

I don’t want to get too absorbed with these human wisdoms other than to relate this to the dualism of REAL Green.  Status quo power is a trap not a power in relation to what really powers life.  In REAL Green you will learn how to manage and adapt to this status quo trap of human power to find the REAL power.  You will use man’s power to leave it.  REAL Green power is both spiritual and economic and it is nested in nature.  Only nature can overcome nature.

In REAL Green you will pursue spiritual permaculture.  Some of you may even become REAL Green Shamans.  This is really is all about behavioral because behavior is where deception is.  You will be tasked with lowering the deception.  It is the connectivity with the planet and web of life.  The planetary pulse of power in nature will inhabit your soul and support you.  Flowing with its current you will naturally find proper orientation.  This will lead you to meaning and in meaning there is truth.  This spiritual asset will offset the pain and suffering of loss ahead for mankind. 

I have said this numerous times.  REAL Green is not a religion or a new age spirituality.  It is a add-on to your existing higher power, faith, and or religion.  The reason I say this is because of the extreme nature of localism to REAL Green.  The ultimate localism is that place deep down that in you and only you.  That place where you are naked and alone.  That place where fear and love are and all there is.  This is the powers in your soul you call “me”.  I cannot know or explain your nature and nurture.  To do this would be a gross overreach of my humble abilities.  It would be a gross violation of my own wisdom.  This is your vessel not mine.

I wanted to briefly touch on this spiritual power to make the connection to economic power.  These powers are interrelated and both point to the same meaning.  The reality is there is no difference except when humanism creates arrogance.  In humanism man deconstruct to understand instead of just living on instinct.  Today man deconstruction is destruction because it has gone to the peak of arrogance in transhumanism.

The difference arises from human behavior that is the dualism of being.  We have our ego of self that is self-conscious and seeks to live and survive.  This is naturally selfish in this regard.  If you did not take care of yourself, you would violate your own nature.  Needs are natural and one must not feel guilt over them or you can never know more than needs.  All life strives to live and thrive.  Where the extreme distortions arise is with human networks that ultimately is civilization.  Here the power that comes from the leverage of specializations and economies of scale destroys that which we wish to preserve.  Beauty is destroyed by breaking it down to understand it.  It is destroyed by holding it as your own.

The other aspect is the other orientation of the ego seeking connection with the whole.  That which gives life and that which is our creator.  Here we find a higher power.  There is no separation just as time is timeless.  Time does not start or end except when we humans become self-conscious of time.  Then it becomes a measurement.  This similar relationship exists with economics and spirituality.  REAL Green economics is spirituality and spirituality the reason for economics.  The keystone element is the nature of green economics and spiritual meaning.  Man’s biggest obstacle is his mind but it is also his greatest asset.  It allows him to find a reason to toil.

Humans put a measurement to economics when the reality is nature is circular.  Even human activity is circular in nature.  Humans are incredibly concerned these days with planetary destruction and for good reason.  I am in no way trying to belittle this.  It truly is a crisis of our civilization.  To say this crisis is natural which it is, then is a difficult concept to understand.  This crisis is the arrogance of humanism at work.  When we externalize this crisis as our doing, we have just discounted nature primacy in our arrogance.  The power I speak of is the acceptance of this process and our part in it as natural.  The reason this is important to REAL Green is letting go in acceptance and going forth on a journey.  The outfitting of your life boat will be extractive and not green but it is part of the green way.  When you understand REAL Green then you see there is no difference.  The guilt begins to evaporates as an obstacle but it will never go away.

Humans have an elaborate system of language for our arrogances’.  It really is just a cleaver game.  The reality is the clever are deceived.  Going deeper this game is a Ponzi Scheme.  Civilizations don’t practice real economics.  Civilizations game economics.  Anything extractive that follow linear growth patterns are not making a real return.  In the short term this may be true but longer term it is not.  This is why all civilizations end.  It is usually the elites who are concerned with wealth and power preservation that destroy civilizations.  They are game masters.  Green economics is the basis of life and its interdependence.   The truly circular is with waste streams that are nutrient streams.  This is the REAL Power.  This is the true nature of life on this planet.  Yet, evolution comes when this rigid system is disturbed.  Man as the destroyer will eventually allow life a new definition.  In this acceptance of our destructiveness there is solace for the sins we beat ourselves up over.

The reason I mention this is the surreal nature of true economics that REAL Green professes to.  This is a spiritual economics.  It is planetary and seeks out planetary power.  It is spiritual with a behavior of permaculture localism.  It is also engaged with the status quo in a parasitic fashion.  This blood sucking of the powers found in the status quo is the activity of using the status quo to leave it.  The planet is now in the Anthropocene and this for humans means the pyramid of power is dominated by human activity.  You have no choice but to tap into this or you will be consumer by it and become its waste stream. 

When I talk about REAL Green economics, I want to emphasize respect for something that is like a shark for a scuba diver.  You never take the status quo for granted except at your own peril.  A scuba diver always keep an eye out for them.  If they come for a fish you have speared you give it up.  Here what I am implying is yield to greater forces or also like is said by Jesus, “Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  In this respect the status quo of making money and paying taxes must be acknowledged.  You are not going to transcend this.  The best you can do is adapt and accept this world and through this be transformed. 

The transformation is seeing this status quo world for what it is and not getting too lost in it.  Remember it is a trap and one you are in too.  This world is not where real meaning dwells.  REAL Meaning is within the way of the planet and the web of life that is our mother.  For you to truly realize you higher power you will have to respect this or else you will be lost in your mind.  You will be adrift and not attached.  Here destructiveness is at its greatest.

I know this is a rambling but it is critical to have an understanding of this if you are going to find meaning in the low carbon capture of REAL Green economics.  Only a few will accept this calling.  Only a few have the right stuff or else there would be a human utopia.  In the same respect the spirituality found in permaculture is of acceptance and humility.  This economics and spiritualism are of the type that will make a normal person feel weak and naked.  This is it!  If you feel special and powerful then you are deceiving yourself.  You are trapped in the trap trying to eat your tail.  True meaning is found in the lowest of places.

This type of economics is all about localism and low power.  Voluntary simplicity in a poverty of things but riches of meaning is what it is about.  Yet, a rich man is able to find it also but it is much more difficult a journey.  This is why REAL Green says respect the relative of your local and embrace realistic action. 

This type of economics is based in permaculture and or the support of permaculture.  A carpenter may not be a permaculture farmer but he can build a barn that is part of permaculture.  A doctor can keep the permaculture farmer healthy.  This is the community of permaculture that support permaculture.  The ideal permaculture that man had in the past is gone.  Now we strive to build mega cities and consider them our finest achievements when the reality is they are our greatest trap.  I you are in a city I advise you to get out. 

Currently man is as far from REAL meaning as we will get.  Man is now turning back to his true power because of how lost he has become in his search for the all-powerful.  The reason this is vital for your survival is you will need to reconnect to the old ways but in acceptance of the trap of the consequences of our great detour of affluence.  The Anthropocene is the age of affluence that is the age of death because affluence is death.  You will use affluence to reconnect to our original nature.  This is the surreal world of the in-between of the trap and salvation. 

REAL Green economics excludes economics that are concerned with profits as the ultimate economic meaning but uses profits.  Profits are the abstract of economic growth.  Capitalism, socialism, and Marxism are one and the same.  State capitalism found in China is the most destructive.  REAL Growth is orientated to the circular in nature with waste streams that are nutrient streams. 

This tension of human dualism of man’s way and nature’s can be expressed by the use of two scientific terms.  One is ROI and the other is EROI.  Return on investment (ROI) is something that does not concern itself with its energy return on energy investment (EROI) in relation to the environment.  So, you may have a positive ROI but a negative EROI.  ROI is how you survive in man’s world.  EROI is how you survive in nature.  It is the combining of the two where REAL Green is found.

You will seek out a ROI that is more EROI.  The point here is you will have to make a profit in the status quo world or your life will be taken from you by foreclosure.  Yet, nature will foreclose on you if you do not embrace the natural way of things.  What is greener is a greater EROI.  Here low carbon capture in localism is paramount.  Do not confuse the high EROI of fossil fuels.  They are a one-shot deal of stored energy that once used are for all practical purposes gone.  Man is at the net energy cliff now so beware of you fossil fuel drenched world.  Don’t deceive yourself with renewables either.  They are fossil fuel derived.

What is greener is more prepped.  Prepping is what man always did because he lived on the edge of famines and war.  It was those who properly found places to make their home that had better chances at survival.  They also left bad places when confronted by the reality of unsustainability.  This includes within ourselves with our spirituality.  If your spirituality is not adding up leave it in the same respect.  It is not good enough to find a place.  There must also be a behavior.

I am not going to go deep into low carbon capture in localism.  This knowledge is readily available for you now.  We need only review human history.  The net has a wealth of it if you search.  Books are everywhere on it.  I say available for now becuase man is in the neighborhood of collapse.  When or if collpase comes much knowledge of the past that has been saved will be gone.  It may not be our collpase but it may be those who come afterwards.  If you don’t care about those who come after then enjoy the game of modern affluence.  Instead, if you care about yourself, your land, and those who will come later then you will build a permaculture and you will accumulate artifacts of wisdom.  This is physical and mental.  This then is the permaculture homestead and monestary of ideas of the spirituality of permaculture.

It is here in the midst of a slow boiling apocalypse you will find a niche of constructive growth.  Within this age of destruction, we call the Anthropocene you will find a micro-clime for proper growth that is greener.  This niche in destructive change is where resilience and sustainability will be closer.  You will not be safe but safer.  Your wisdom with be a wisdom of insecurity.  You will appreciate toil and suffering because this is the way to the comfort of meaning.  The truth will set you free but not how you think.  You will give up on finding the truth and once at that point you will go forth in truth getting closer to it.

The economics of REAL Green is low carbon capture adapted to the trap of affluence that is the arrogance of this modern age.  Your spiritualism is the humility of rejecting the arrogance of humanism that seeks the primacy of knowledge and power over nature.  You will reject this but you will also harness it.  It is the purgatory of this in-between place where everything will take on a surreal that you will dwell in.  It will take wisdom to thread this needle.  You will live to die another day.  You will not find eternal life.  The eternal life is the journey.  It is all around you like the sea you are floating on.  The destination is death.  All will end stop fighting this and get on with your journey.  This is where life is born.