Humility and Arrogance

Behavior is the key and acceptance the goal should be what honest science messages in regards to the environmental problems of our age. This means science would admit humility and reject arrogance. This cannot be admitted because the general public is not able to handle this truth nor can the corrupt scientific community. Science is honest on the problems but dishonest on the solutions. Admitting there are no solutions is failure. This would require science to admit limitations and the separateness of science and the spiritual. The elites that are pushing the “Great Reset” do not even want to hear of it and instead have hijacked and weaponized science for their own ends. They have decided they can force change on the population in the name of science while remaining uber affluent. This is the ultimate arrogance.

What is an honest green to do? First be honest and go as boldly as you can where that leads you. This is unique to you so don’t look for a template. If you go local to your people and place as the starting point then you may find the scale that allows a balanced approach. I say may because this is a gift not a right. You cannot escape the trap civilization is in but you can live within this trap. This does not mean you can transcend the consequences which is a decline process. Collapse is the destination of decline but you can journey to this destination in the hope and joy of meaning. Meaning is only found in honesty. Meaning is a reflection of the truth.

Civilizations rise and fall why would ours be different? Epochs come and go why would the mother of our civilization, the stable Holocene, be different? It is the arrogance of intelligence that got us here to a planet now abruptly forced into change. It is the lack of humility that allowed doors to be opened that should not have been opened. Wisdom must have humility to function as the gate keeper for intelligence. There has to be checks and balances which is humility. There are no checks now and the result is no balance.

It is not useful to judge the situation but instead have the understanding and acceptance this is the process. This is the natural process it just seems supernatural because humans believe we are special. This is human arrogance. Intelligence manifests as knowledge, tech and also spirituality. It is knowledge and tech that have taken over with spiritualism relegated to the back seat. In fact, spiritualism has been hijacked and Scientism has taken its place. Scientism seeks to elevate the transhumanism of knowledge and tech to the spiritual. A transhuman immortality is the new God. We killed the idea of God only to replace it with human centric intelligence as a new a God. The mechanization of human arrogance is sweeping aside anything that challenges its supremacy. This mechanization will result in self-destruction. They always do just like a Ponzi Scheme. This is what lies do.

This is where the individual can be far superior to civilization. Civilization can’t reflect on failure but the individual can. The systematic self-organization that occurs with growth-based systems like civilization is its trap. Civilizations are path dependent on the growth that got them to where they are at. It is their DNA. They can’t degrowth they can’t even consider degrowth. Civilizations can only bifurcate.

You the individual can adapt within this trap. You can find a micro clime of constructive growth within an overall system destructive growth. I call it destructive growth because this in reality is destructive change where dysfunction, irrational, and abandonment increasingly dominate as the nonlinear of diminishing returns of growth is reached. The current inflection is near or past where problem solving is the problem. Yet, the individual can live in both worlds through meaning. Humans are dualistic with the isolated ego and oneness. Go local to find human scale so you can properly balance the ego and oneness. This is the only place wisdom can function as a gate keeper. Where humility can guide intelligence. Yet, you will have to remain global too because this is the world, we live in. The answer is uniquely yours on how you live in the dualism of both worlds.

Energy Shifts

I am offering an excellent work by a dear intellectual friend of mine at http://energyshifts.net. His Essay is “There Are No Limits To Growth”.

I am not going to go into the detailed issues of energy and decline but to explain my journey. I have hundreds of saved articles and comments on the subject. This education is over 2 decades. I was educated in economics and finance in the early 80s. I also took many electives in philosophy, ecology, and geology. These electives actually impacted me much more than my core studies. During this time, I was heavily invested in globalism and supported the ideas of sustainable development. I read every globalist magazine “The Economist” that came out for years. I now reject globalism and especially the ideas behind the “Great Reset” which is a doubling down on globalism and transhumanism based upon a religion of Scientism.

I graduated from college and moved to Europe working in Germany for a year in a construction company as an apprentice. My first wife was Spanish and French. I spent a few years in Spain and France following my time in Germany. I was able to learn a functional German and Spanish but never became fluent. This meant I returned to the US to work in our family’s business eventually. Because I had excellent opportunities there.

In 2000 I became aware of the systematic dangers of modern life with Y2K. This may have been a hoax of sorts but it also pointed to the instability of modern life. In my geology classes I studied peak oil and in ecology class climate change. These topics started to heat up in the early 2000s. I moved out of the city to a farm that was very remote despite being within a 50 min drive of my job in St. Louis. City life had so disillusioned me I braved the commute. Here I developed my real passion which was permaculture homesteading skills. This time was the beginning of my Green Prepping development period.

I had a spiritual awakening of sorts and decided to leave my job in the family business in the city. The corporate way of life was not conducive to my spiritual health so I took a buyout. This was a drop in affluence but I was free. I gave up a wealthy future to live closer to nature. I embraced the idea that peak oil was a near and present danger. I eventually was somewhat radicalized in my response to peak oil and by the 08 crisis had made dramatic changes to how I lived.

Of course, the 08 crisis and peak oil came and went but only in respect to the short-termism of the human narrative. Peak oil and the condition of late stage capitalism is here still but buried with other problems that when combined are a predicament. Renewables will never break out of the need for fossil fuels in my opinion. Now we see those experimenting with Marxism and socialism as if that is a transition for late stage capitalism. Instead it is just a hijacking of power as civilization crumbles. In my opinion all of this is part of the decline process including the planet and the web of life.

There is today a movement to be zero carbon with the promotion of renewables. Over the past 8 years I have focused extensively on the possibility of a transition to zero carbon world. I can tell you I reject this completely but I do feel renewables are vital as a transformative path meaning we need to develop these technologies to cushion the blow of the coming resource constraints of a world reaching an existential inflection. This inflection includes energy, technology, and governance. Renewables are part of my life but I do not believe in them as an energy transition.

My central postion of REAL Green is an acceptance that society is path dependent in a carbon trap and technology will only make this worse. Diminishing returns is now the governing force behind decline. Diminishing return eventually goes nonlinear. In this nonlinear transition zone, there is a move from problem solving to making the problem worse. We are near this point with dishonest science pursing dellusionals solutions because civilization cannot handle the truth of decline. The science is honest on the problems for the most part in my opinion. It is the social narrative that cannot and will not entertain the idea that a baked in collpase process is self-evident based upon path dependencies of civilization with tech and energy.

REAL Green was born with my concerns on climate change, peak oil, and systematic decline. I have done extensive studies of all three over the past 21 years but extensive daily studies over the last 10 years. I am now living a way of life based upon my findings. I am no longer concerned on the direction civilization is going in because it is trapped in its need for carbon and because of path dependencies. This is self-organizing and reflects the fact all civilizations end and end for similar reasons which is denial and delusions. This is most evident with the elites in history and today this is never more apparent with our elites.

I am including a very well written essay by a fellow blogger who has given me permission to post his essay. He has come to similar conclusions that the only way forward is the pursuit of spiritual assets of meaning as the inevitable decline of physical affluence becomes unavoidable. He is in the Southern Hemisphere on the other side of the planet. This to me is an example of a global awakening. Many others who value honesty are coming to the same conclusions.

I recommend you read his essay. He gave me permission to repost “There Are No Limits to Growth” here on my blog. Go to his site to see his work. He also went through a profound journey. REAL Green’s basis is journey. My dear friend is a real writer. I am not. I am only relating my life as reference. My work is on the land in localism. He has produced a stunning work that has come to similar conclusions to mine. He still holds out civilization might transition spiritually when my opinion is this is the end game for civilization but instead it is the individual who can transition. My dear friend is more optimistic and likely you will find his writing more palatable. Nobody likes to dwell on collapse and basically REAL Green’s conclusion is your journey must start from the acceptance of a collpase process on all levels. Here is his work:

There Are No Limits To Growth

The overall message of this essay is about returning to a more spiritual way of life that is less resource intensive, due to a looming decline in the availability of fossil fuels.

Introduction

In this chapter, we will explore why humans are driven to such strong material growth and how we could transition to a less resource-intensive form of growth in light of future physical resource constraints. Given that humans are naturally driven to growth, how do we canalize our will to grow appropriately and in line with the new incoming energy of the age?

Unconstrained Material Growth

During a materialistic epoch, such as the one that we are in, it would be natural for civilizations to generally tend towards material growth, because humans are to a large extent bound by the dominant energy of the age in which they find themselves [see Part 5].

Most cultures would, nonetheless, endeavor to preserve and promote spiritual practices that would offset materialism in order to maintain some balance. There is usually a natural understanding amongst spiritual leaders in all cultures that by abandoning spirituality completely, people could ‘lose their heads’ in materialism – and that would be especially true in a material age. Should that happen, sufficient internal moral codes to limit external material excesses would disappear.

Disconnected Material Growth

Material growth, accomplished with restraint and within an environmentally conscious framework, would require maintaining a connection with the natural environment, but the concept of modern progress in itself depends to a large extent on moving away from nature. Urbanization and modernization go hand-in-hand, which means that physical removal from nature is usually followed by intellectual removal from nature – and vice versa.

The Power of Modernization

Bearing physical constraints in mind would always be the wise thing to do, especially when moving away from nature; however, maintaining such an equilibrium when almost permanently isolated from nature may be easier said than done.

When societies are swept up in the heady currents of modernization, with the driving force being progress at all costs, nature and the environment recede into the background. They are only occasionally focused upon, usually temporarily, mainly when large environmental crises hit news headlines.
The price that we would pay for living within resource constraints would be reduced material growth with limited modernization, while the price that we are paying for powerful, unconstrained modernization is a loss of perception in relation to natural resource boundaries. The more we modernize, the further we drift away from limited resource realities and the more our collective myopia grows.

Severed Connections

A loss of connection with nature results in a loss of empathy for it by not having any direct relationship with it. Indeed, the idea of having empathy for nature would in itself seem odd to many. However, watching National Geographic documentaries about the living earth, with us as part of the biosphere, simply doesn’t suffice.

You have to live in the natural world, or live very close to it, to engage with it and to experience it in order to have a connection with it. When such direct and natural interactions with nature are lacking, a sense of the sacredness within nature is lost. Maintaining a moral approach towards the natural world and the biosphere then falls by the wayside.

When we do not know nature directly, our inclination to appreciate it, respect it and care for it is diminished, and so is the likelihood of feeling a sense of duty or responsibility towards the natural world.

One-Sided Growth

Interacting with nature regularly puts people in a better position to have natural empathy for it, because they would understand that nature has natural empathy for them in the sense that it provides for them. Everything that we use and consume comes from the natural world first and foremost. It is then processed and refined, but the modern mind tends to not make that connection consistently enough.

There is no doubt that incredible human progress has been made through modernization, notably in the sciences and technology. This progress has undoubtedly led to the further development of the human mind, but it has also led to a one-sided form of development due to our intellectual disconnect from nature.

An imbalance has developed in that modern humans do not fully comprehend that they are naturally and fundamentally connected to nature at all times, and that they are an intrinsic component of nature. We are not alien to this world and neither are we aliens in it, but one-sided intellectual development away from the natural world can and does at times lead to such a perspective.

Committed to Material Growth

Our dependence on material growth for modern prosperity, welfare, safety, comforts and quality of life – things that everybody wants and aspires to – means that our capacity for prioritizing anything outside of this paradigm is greatly compromised. Even the idea of limiting material growth would, in many cases, motivate an even stronger commitment to it.

Indeed, having to let go of material growth without anything to replace it would be near-impossible for most people. Much of what they have ever known, especially in the developed world, has had to do with material growth, with a bit of spiritual growth on the side. Therefore, the idea that material growth could potentially come to an end one day would oftentimes be experienced as a looming disaster of epic proportions.

Growth of the Urban Class

Once people are modernized, they rarely voluntarily revert to the pre-modernization state. By the same token, once urbanized, people generally do not return to the land.

It can be observed in developing countries that when individuals from indigenous communities become urbanized and modernized, they tend to consider themselves as having become more advanced than their peers who had maintained their traditional lifestyles in rural areas.

This is a phenomenon that has become clearly visible in the developed world, too. City dwellers often consider themselves to be more educated, more sophisticated and more forward thinking than rural or farm residents. This became quite evident during events that played out during and after the UK-EU ‘Brexit’ membership referendum in 2016 and during the USA presidential election in the same year.

It would appear that on the part of the urbanized population there tends to be a lack of understanding of what it takes to live and work close to the land and how the educational, technological and social requirements would be different.
Urbanized middle and upper classes, therefore, seem to develop a tendency to look down on those who had “stayed behind” in the country. There is, perhaps, a perception that rural people suffer a deficit in education and a lack of sophistication and, therefore, by implication, that they lack class. In spite of such perceptions, the urban class remains fully dependent on farming communities for their food supply.

Although there are many communities worldwide with one-foot-in and one-foot-out of urban living due to spending time in the countryside with family members or by commuting from the countryside to towns or cities for work, once people become fully urbanized and have never known rural life, then choosing to become a farmer becomes a rather remote possibility.

Towards Upward Mobility

There is, presently, a strong, ongoing, worldwide trend towards urbanization [1]. The number of countries where this trend does not feature is no more than a couple of dozen [2]. This means that there is an ongoing trend towards more materialism through the consumerism which is an embedded feature of urbanization and modern living.

When people urbanize, they get access to a variety of goods, services and forms of entertainment that they would otherwise not have access to on a consistent basis. They would also have access to modern infrastructure, amenities and technological conveniences which are lacking outside of urban areas. There are also educational and skills-oriented opportunities available in urban areas, which rural environments simply don’t provide. There is a strong correlation between urbanization and prosperity [3].

The Freedom to Grow

Personal growth in a material sense requires freedom. Community-oriented, traditional lifestyles don’t usually provide many opportunities for fully pursuing personal interests and objectives. Modernization, however, promises to potentially deliver individual achievement and success on multiple levels.
That people would choose to modernize in order to self-realize is simply a logical conclusion of going after opportunities, in many cases pursuing new opportunities that are opening up [4]. It is, therefore, little surprise that given the innate drive of humans to progress and to evolve, people would be drawn to self-realization through modernization within a materialistic paradigm.
Modern progress (through industrialization, mechanization and automation) only becomes a problem when global population numbers grow to the extent that massive environmental degradation is caused by so many people self-realizing through modernization that it ends up threatening the collapse of civilization back into a pre-modern age.

Material vs. Spiritual Growth

The natural close proximity that indigenous people have to nature allows them to maintain – quite naturally – an equilibrium between materialism and spirituality. Indeed, indigenous people are often more spiritual than materialistic, even within the context of a material age.

Human consciousness being predominantly materialistic in its orientation in the present age means that becoming more spiritual and less materialistic within an urban environment could have the benefit of reducing over consumption on an individual level.

There is, however, a relatively large difference between personal development in a modernized setting compared to nature-based spirituality. Becoming more intellectually spiritual through self-development while living in a city does not necessarily result in having closer contact with nature.

One Foot In and One Foot Out

On the other hand, it is also true that many people do, indeed, manage to maintain some form of balance by getting out of cities frequently for nature-based activities. In addition, they may also maintain frugal and responsible environmentally conscious living practices.

These individuals would probably cope better should a need ever arise to leave urban areas and return to the land. Nevertheless, it remains unlikely that even this section of society would relocate en masse from urban areas by their own volition.

Individually removing oneself on a permanent basis from a city or town could be a solution and would, perhaps, be the only real way to bring about a personal transformation in terms of actively being more in harmony with the environment on an ongoing basis.

Modernization vs Simplification

The bottom line is that, for the time being, nobody wants to go back in time in terms of progress and, in the minds of the vast majority of people, progress means modernization, which is, of course, also true for them on a practical, material level. Modern progress is what the vast majority of people want.
‘De-modernizing’, degrowing and deindustrializing go directly against the modern concept of progress and are completely counter-intuitive to the majority of people, regardless of resource depletion realities on the ground and ongoing environmental degradation.

Negative Progress

Once intellectually modernized through urban living and by embracing modern technologies, there’s virtually no going back. In that sense, one could say that collapse is by design, because there seems to be no reverse gear built into the human psyche once it has become modernized.

Collapse happens when the majority of people within a civilization are unable or unwilling to change their thinking or their behaviors when such change would be the only way to save their civilization. Civilizations, therefore, in some cases progress themselves into collapse.

The Economic Growth Imperative

Macroeconomics is the study of the overall economic performance of a country, and ‘the growth imperative’ is an underlying principle of macroeconomics that takes the view that growth is always good for an economy [10]. The reasoning behind it is that continuous economic growth – measured in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – reflects better living standards for the population.

Better living standards become possible when there are more jobs and higher salaries, and that would depend on more manufacturing, more production and more service delivery. These economic activities are driven by the main objective of companies for more profits for themselves and for their shareholders (their shareholders often being employees and ordinary working people.)

Higher industrial output and more jobs result in more taxes from corporations and individuals. More taxes would mean that governments can provide better social support systems, health care services and infrastructure development and can improve overall living standards.

The growth imperative is, therefore, fundamental to modern progress, and it is usually reflected in economic policymaking worldwide as it always aims to stimulate more economic growth for the economies of all countries.
Towards More Upward Mobility

The possibility of achieving better living standards draws people from rural areas towards urban areas which results in more industrial activity – which then causes more environmental degradation [4] [3] . Any long-term decline in economic growth would cause a decline in living standards for just about everyone, except for those who had never had their living standards raised in the first place.

Generally speaking, once living standards rise and people enter the middle classes through upward mobility, they vote for politicians who would continue to secure their living standards. Also, voters usually wish that the politicians they vote for support policies that would provide opportunities for the further raising of their quality of life through sustained and consistent economic growth.

This means that virtually all economically active people support the economic growth imperative, whether in developing or developed nations. The more that people have their material living standards raised, the higher the demand becomes for more material growth which, in turn, exacerbates the negative impact on the environment.

Sustainable development is, therefore, an oxymoron, because in the bigger scheme of things the economic growth imperative almost always wins out over limited resource realities and environmental concerns.

A New Ethic

Should the Spirit of the Age change organically, a new ethic could potentially arrive naturally, (as discussed in Parts 3 and 5), but that would require a shift in the metaphysical energy of the age which would result in a general shift in human thinking. Such a shift will arrive incrementally – but may not arrive soon enough to avoid a partial collapse of our civilization.

A time will eventually come when humans will be less materialistic in terms of their thinking and would naturally want to move away from the material growth imperative (see Part 5) but, until such time, everything points to the fact that it would be up to individuals to make such a shift on their own (as far as that would be possible for them), both in thinking and in lifestyle.

When physical resource limits for further economic expansion eventually set in to the extent that the majority of people are personally and directly affected, a general shift in thinking may occur. Regardless, lifestyle changes will eventually be forced upon people due to a decline in the availability of affordable fossil fuels (See: Limits to Growth – A Final Warning.)

Eventually, the number of people motivated to shift to another form of growth would swell exponentially and they would then follow in the footsteps of those individuals who had made the shift earlier on.

There Are No Limits To Growth

There are no limits to growth. Although there are limits to external growth, there are no limits to internal growth. One thing that will never change is our will to grow. As humans, we are absolutely driven to grow. The very reason why we are here is to grow – but not only materially so, and that is where we need to change our thinking. What has to change is the way that we grow. We need to shift our approach from being outer-growth-oriented to inner-growth-oriented.
The Great Shift

Growth is cyclical; sometimes it is material and sometimes it is spiritual (as illustrated in Part 5). We have entered an era of exponential spiritual growth while the window for material growth is closing. Most people are so committed to material growth that they are unable to make the shift in advance – and few are even contemplating it.

From Circles to Spirals

Unlimited material growth is a closed circle – a self-reinforcing loop that relies on the continuous availability of limited external material resources, some of which we will eventually run out of, without there being sufficient substitutes.

Spiritual growth in the form of inner self-development is an open, ascending spiral with infinite growth potential that draws on unlimited intangible resources within and which can be tapped indefinitely for internal expansion.

Making the Shift

The whole objective of self-development and self-transformation is to grow beyond the general state of being that is the standard level of development of the times. Those who follow this path become the pioneers who traverse The Valley of Shadows in advance. They transcend the limits of the present paradigm early by living in the next paradigm consciously and practically, while still being in the old paradigm at the same time.

The Inner Growth Imperative

The inner growth imperative will, one day, become as powerful as the outer growth imperative is today. To be in line with the new energy in advance, we would need to switch over from an external economic growth imperative – based mainly on material and physical accumulation and consumption – to an internal self-realization growth imperative that is based on internal expansion and the accumulation of non-tangible inner-wealth.

Once we have made this shift consciously and intellectually, we will have the ability to be happy with less and we will be able to embrace the coming changes more naturally. Individuals who choose this path are a minority, but they will be better positioned to pioneer and conceptualize new ways of living compared to people living exclusively in a material growth paradigm physically and mentally.

The Vision Quest

We have to evolve into creating for ourselves more non-material comforts and pleasures. We have to create an environment that would provide peace and spiritual prosperity, notwithstanding having less material abundance. We have to formulate a new ethic that allows for personal and individual freedoms within the context of a renewed responsibility to our community and our environment at the same time.

This and more are achievable, but it would require forward-thinking people who are motivated to make an early shift. While we still have time, we need to envision the world that we would like to live in. It is most likely going to be a return return to a slower way of life. Taking a positive view of this probable future and having a pragmatic approach towards it would enable us to envision solutions more clearly as we shift.

Towards Simplicity

The meaning of progress and development will change. In the future, it would mean a return to a simpler life, combined with personal inner development, as opposed to a complex life with external development in the form of possessions and status.

We have to revert to the Great Year Within and uplift ourselves. We have to spiral upwards along with the upwards-moving energy on the ascending arc of human evolution. Such a state can only be reached through self-development.
The more people start moving in this direction and combine it with a one-foot-out approach – spending more time in nature – the sooner we will make the transition in advance and the more people will be available to build resilient communities in anticipation of the coming changes.

By J.J. Montagnier

J.J. Montagnier is an independent researcher and writer. He can be found at EnergyShifts.net.
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The Green Lie and Reconciliation

I made these two comments on resilience dot org. Resilience is a great environmental site that inspires me with posts I do here. It is a site that often deals with behavior which I feel is the most important part of green. Tech must follow green wisdom. The first comment is to the article linked below about earth day. The second is to an excellent response to my first comment. This individual inquired how can we reconcile green and affluence. I feel these are very important topic because of all this talk of net zero 2030, 40, or 50. The strong green buildout by Europe and now contemplated by the US for a Green New Deal is permeated by delusions. These delusions are not with the science of the call to change but the solutions and the narrative of what is green.

I feel it is vital to do a green build out but not the political based buildout contemplated. This is especially true because the .01%ers are behind a radical change to society that is really just a power grab. There are lies behind the enormous change talked about. This change is just a green washing of more of the same. This is not going to be green in the end and instead disillusionment will grip the people. Much good was being done before at a slower pace. Too much effort too fast will actually be a less optimal outcome because civilization and tech are already at diminishing returns. Debt and social instability are the indicators. The proper behavior behind green wisdom is not being addressed. Instead a green tech is being pushed and mixed with advanced high tech. This is fake green not true green or REAL Green.

Either way the system is failing so our goal should be palliative not the narrative “failure is not an option” talk with a doubling down on advanced tech. Advanced tech got us to the trap we are in more of it only makes the trap less green and dehumanizing. The other issue is the woke detour being implemented as if a hijacked social policy can be green. The Great Reset, transhumanism, and the new religion of scientism are behind the hijacking. The elites want the people to be green but they have no interest in it themselves. This is resulting in woke capital of monopolies and dangerous governmental overreach. This hijacking by the elites is always how civilizations fail so in a way this is natural. Social and Green are two different spheres that overlap but should be separate in focus. So, in conclusion this post is really two posts, The Green Lie and Reconciliation.

The article:

Earth Day 2021: Awakened Not Woke

The Green Lie

If the challenge is solving climate change when climate change is a trap how can we expect the collective will to rise when the trap must continuously be lied about? How can we expect the collective will to rise when there are numerous detours from those who should be focused on the challenge instead of Woke? How can the collective will rise to a challenge that does not add up so we create trillions and say modern monetary theory is great? This message that your life will remain the same or be bettered by a green new deal when technology got us to this point is a lie? Technology is not green that is man’s biggest lie.

I like to point out intelligence always overshoots and that is because of arrogance. It is arrogance to think you can do the same behavior in a slightly different way and solve a problem or is that insanity? Maybe arrogance is insane. This is a mental Ponzi scheme of making things up as we go. The Ponzi payout is consoling advice so people can continue to believe the lies. I say lies not of the problems because science is clear about them but of the solutions. Renewables are not clean and not cheap in a dirty world that is broke. Renewables are vital but not a solution. The solution is accepting the consequences of arrogance which is our wonderfully protected feeling that knowledge and tech will always be there to save us. Where is the wisdom in this? Wisdom would say no if this is the truth. When do greens say no today except to the other side? Of course, we are not going to make American great again but we are not going to build back better either. Greens are unable to self-reflect negatively because the theory goes the stakes are too high. The stakes unfortunately become perpetuating the Ponzi Scheme of the arrogance of the overshoot of human intelligence because people can’t handle the truth.

I am living a life trying to reconcile green and affluence. It does not reconcile unless you accept the two are irreconcilable. Acceptance is a kind of forgiveness for living a lie. The honesty of this seems to be too much for our brightest minds who find forgiveness a failure. They know failure is staring at them hence the use of challenge. A trap can be lived within but it cannot be transcended. You cannot leave a trap but you can learn to live within the trap maybe even transform it if you stop fighting the trap. The unfortunate reality of the socio-political is people must believe the lies otherwise social cohesion is lost. But when our wise men are also self-deceived then real problems occur. When civilization basis is lie bad thing happen quickly. Imagine what people would think of if the challenge is no hope? The fact that we are accepting the lies intead of accepting the trap does serve a purpose but that purpose is still a Ponzi scheme of lies. Lies must be propagated and supported with more lies. The truth will always be there.

I am a passionate green which includes conservation and also permaculture localism. I have invested all my wealth from a fossil fuel drenched life in going local with a permaculture homestead. I am having my coffee now and will soon go visit the animals and do the farm chores. My day is full to the brim and much more needs to be done I will not find the time to do. Sometimes I do not know where to start. There are always the detours of health, weather, and resources. Without my investments of a previous life my semi-retired life devoted to being green would not add up. I have found meaning in what I consider my failure. My operation is small without profit necessary for affluence because otherwise it is industrial agriculture. I have to participate in the transport and digital culture or I would have a difficult time trying to be green and have some affluence. Transport and digital are among the dirtiest undertakings. Electric cars are not going to change that. Putting wind farms up to offset Amazon, Google, and Twitter is just fooling ourselves. Affluence is not green and never will be. The spiritual assets of meaning are found in accepting this failure and going forth in a green prepping mentality. Why, because in forgiveness there is truth not lies. Forgiveness is humility not arrogance.

There is much that can be done but in my opinion the challenge and the collective will needs more wisdom and less tech. The realities of the socio-political and economics means there has to be a collective will. Entropy requires rising to the challenge. Yet, if the destination is more of the same then the Ponzi Scheme remains but Ponzi scheme always end in tears. Maybe if more of us who care would show healthy skepticism to moderate and mitigate the lies of our fake green world maybe there will be more humility and less arrogance. I can tell you I am living a life that does not add up but it is a journey not a destination. The destination is failure and death. The difference is I am humbly trying to reconcile the irreconcilable just to know and to live to die another day. The journey is rewarding because I am finding meaning in it. My animals and family are happy and the land is rich with life but this was paid for and made possible by technology and arrogance that is a lie.

Reconciliation

“I am living a life trying to reconcile green and affluence.”
“How easy is it, to accomplish the former, while starting from a point allowed by the latter?”

True green is someone who is not affluent, period. I am not true green even though I am a dedicated conservationist, permaculturist, and localist. My biggest obstacle but also opportunity has been my affluence. I am REAL Green which is realistic and relative and it is focused on my local of people and place. I am taking my uniquely existential situation and modifying it as best I can within my anthropogenic status quo trap. My obstacle to being truly green is the affluence of my people and place who I feel I cannot leave. They are my family and I am on my land. I could very well embrace voluntary poverty and move away from my life as it is and go true green which in my point of view is extreme simplicity in localism. Keep in mind there is a spiritual asset of meaning that can be found doing this so poverty is a relative poverty mainly physical not spiritual. I would say the individual would likely need to be young and unattached and approach this like a monk. Most people do not want to go into a poverty and simplicity to be green so they pretend they can be green otherwise.

My opportunity is I have investments from years of being in the world before we were awakened to the science of a disrupted planet, the web of life in an extinction event, and civilization in decline. We now know beyond the club of Rome type studies I saw as a student the science is playing out to be true. From this world I was able to gain affluence thinking that world I studied as a youth was far off. I was once a globalist embracing sustainable development which I now know is a lie. Now I am here in the cauldron as an old man. I am now embracing REAL Green which is accepting my trap. Accepting my path dependencies. Accepting those significant others who respect my positions but do not want to be as passionate and obsessive as I am about living permaculture, localism, and a being dedicated to conservation. I am relatively adapting my situation to be greener within my trap. I am realistically changing my life and asking of my significant others to accept my adapted behavior. It is not true green of simplicity and poverty. Again, poverty of things not of spirit. Ture green is a freedom but also without comforts and facing uncertainty that is poverty. Instead of moving to the sunbelt or buying a summer home I have decided to dedicate my life as best I can to permaculture, localism, with passionate conservation.

So, to answer your excellent question it is almost impossible to embrace green if you are affluent unless you follow REAL Green in my opinion. Having a McMansion that is solar powered with a Tesla in the 4-car garage is fake green. Being a John Kerry and flying in your private jet to a climate discussion is fake green. I am faced with fake green too. I am forced to do things because of my family I do not want to do. This is why I call myself REAL Green not True Green. To the best of my ability I am reshaping my life and finding meaning. I am not virtue signaling like an AOC and gaming a fake green environmental and political movement requiring huge growth impulses. We see the same thing in China with all the deference to the Paris accord as they build out new coal plants and consume huge amounts of coal. Ironically this coal is creating solar pannels that are then shipped on Large ships across the world with bunker fuel.

REAL Green accepts this is all a done deal. Humans have failed and are trapped. Not only has the transhumanism of tech taken over the green movement but science is now a religion dedicated to the fake green tech world. World behavior will not change because it is impossible to cooperate competitively and embrace poverty. Poverty is the only true green and unfortunately unlikely to save the world because it is already gone. Instead we humans will deceive ourselves that we can be richer and also greener. It is only with this acceptance of failure of this last narrative of civilization that you can go REAL Green. Then you go forth in a journey to find a unique micro clime of green that is local in a world coming apart all around you. Here you can green prep. That which is green is also more resilient and sustainable so you will be more prepared to face the decline of civilization, web of life, in a destabilized planet. Most of all this is behavior based not tech although the wisdom of real green will embrace tech or reject it in relation to your realistic and relative situation.

The Switch

How do we make that switch from light to darkness? How can we maintain our spiritual asset of meaning that is so critical when facing decline? I have been blessed because many things have come together for me over the last few years. My instinct was to go for this while I could becuase I saw the darkness approaching. I succeeded beyond my expectations but now the darkness approaches. Soon I will have to turn off the buildout and shift to maintenance as decline sets in. This decline is across the board with living standards but also the environment. I am just about to the point where I will turn off the spigot of growth as a winter of discontent approaches. It is a depressing feeling as I am about to close the door on a summer of growth.

I see the country breaking down across the board. The lying, cheating, and stealing is now legitimatized and being encoded into a new type of law of making things up as we go or in other words a Ponzi Scheme. The economics of money printing as if that creates something is another activity. The reality of inflation of everything within the stalling of stagflation is the new reality few are ready to embrace. Some will never embrace it and others will take it unjustly from what little others have. Even maintenance is going to be tough. It will increasingly be about downsizing and lowered expectations. This is entropic decay. I am very happy I got done what I did. Now the hard part that I have been talking about must be realized. Tough decisions of triage and salvage are near.

How do I hold on to the spiritual asset of meaning when the darkness is descending? I often talk about acceptance as the critical element behind the spiritual asset of meaning. The acceptance of darkness and the engagement with darkness in one’s life. The toil and discomfort of less with expectations of less is what is ahead. This is why I recommend toil and discomfort because it is training. How do you keep the focus of acceptance when in discomfort? Humility is the critical next step of the acceptance process. The humility of the greater power behind the darkness. Here there is light because the simple step of acceptance with the resulting humility means anger, anxiety, and the resulting depression of spirit can be mitigated. This is meaning and the truth.

I preach decline not collapse. Collapse is the destination both with our mortality but also civilization. Our planet has ecosystems declining including human civilization. Civilization is just another ecosystem. If you fixate on the destination there is no hope. Having false hope and ignoring reality will only make this process worse so somewhere in between is the journey. This journey of decline is going to be most evident with our civilization that has grown rich with years of advances from extraction without proper investment. Wisdom should have stopped our growth years ago but my feelings are this is beyond human agency. We were in overshoot long before we understood we entered this trap. It is the nature of intelligence to overshoot. This is likely the evolutionary dead end for humans but again that is the destination and I am concerned with the journey.

Still people refuse to accept there is a trap and this is why the darkness will be darker yet. Even the poor 6BIL have expectations to drive them on with their daily toil. Now the great turning is in full swing there will be much anger because many only had expectations and hope. Take that away and their world becomes meaningless in despair. Some will cling to their false promises of build back better and it will all be OK if you just trust technology. The pandemic demonstrated just how delusional and unreal human agency has become. To be fair it has always been delusional it was just we could extract our way out of these delusions for a time. Those days are over.

Spiritual meaning is now more important than ever. It will be those who maintain it and accept physical decline that will thread the needle of a life worth living. Tough decisions of loss and less if properly engaged can offer hope. This hope is that these decisions where right and proper and ones’ life better than it could have been. Now is the time I recommend one embrace decline. Start the process now in hopes that when that darkness descends the journey is less traumatic. Species survival is based upon two things one is the degree of shock they encounter and the duration of that shock. It is not enough that in the onset they survive but also the survival of the duration of the attrition.

I have spent the last year building something that will be a final monument to something I believe in and that is REAL Green. The shop I just finished incorporates many important conservation ideas as well as beauty of form and function in relation to low carbon capture. Barns have always been vital to farming. This barn that serves as a shop is built to last multiple generations with plenty of second life in it. I am in those years of decline but I have two sons who now have a life to start. This shop is going to be a place for them if they chose. I am not going to force my REAL Green life on them but I will offer it as an option. I will do my best to train them and get them to learn a trade related to permaculture. This will involve many skills and some specialization. These kids have come at great cost to me mentally and financially but maybe they will take care of their dad as he winds down his life.

The young are the future and a spiritual asset. You understand this as you age. They may not find interest in what I do and might move to the city for the false hope of opportunities but there is this option I have created for them. I feel it is a worthy occupation. Maybe some of the results of the coming decline will vindicate the ideas behind REAL Green. REAL Green is low carbon capture in localism with the underlying spiritual meaning of acceptance. Maybe decline is what is needed to finally give wings to REAL Green. Currently few people have any interest in what I am discussing and living. Hope for a better life is always what people embrace. What I preach is something else. This is our human nature and I accept that but it is also our nature to survive and I feel green prepping in localism is the future of human survival. I realize not everyone can do this and few are blessed as I am with the money, time, and the morale. I leave you with the darkness because it is our teacher. The education darkness gives should lead to the acceptance and humility that gives the meaning that gives one the motivation to live to die another day.

Nuts and Bolts

Forward

First
It is important to understand I am REAL Green but there are those who are far more REAL Green than I am. I have been blessed with an awakening but this is also a burden to carry. Life is about trade-offs. There are no free lunches and you pay to play. REAL Green is not nirvana, if anything it is a tougher road to follow. It is a road to spiritual wealth that will offset the physical decline that a REAL Green life calls for. REAL Green calls for decline because this is the planetary way for humans now. When I tell you about my REAL Green it is uniquely personal as all locals are which goes as deep as your soul. If you want to compare and contrast in regards to who is a righteous green this is not REAL Green. This binary psychological process is inevitable and natural but keep in mind REAL Green is realistic and relative local action unique to you.

Second
Everyone can green prep and be transformed by honest science and reject the anthropogenic status quo narrative of growth and success. Few can become a REAL Green monestary and or permaculture homestead. The impediments are physical as well as mental. REAL Green takes resources but it also takes attitude. The attitude of humility that comes with failure is hard to stomach. The few that can are vitally important as seeds for the new human type dawning post status quo. Notice I did not say post collapse and extinction. This is information that is still wrapped up in time and unfolding. It is beyond our understanding. Yet, it is clear if you tap into the planet’s revelations, decline is on every level and the root cause is human forcing of the transhumans we have become.
REAL Green is tasked with exposing and adapting the arrogance of transhumanism to the planetary way. I define transhumanism as our technical appendages way of life. This is even more radical with techies seeking immortality in the singularity of AI. Scientism is the new religious fade of techies. REAL Green means taking humans out of the prime importance slot and inserting them back into nature in scale and balance. This can only be found locally.
I have a monestary and a permaculture homestead. This requires humility and obedience to the planet’s way. It means being a green shaman which is connecting to the planet’s way spiritually and expressing this to your local of people and place. REAL Green is about being a prophet. It is not about being the new human type. It is about preparing the way for this new human who will be post transhuman. This new type will be advanced spiritually from the power the planet bestows on the honest and humble. REAL Green is about spiritual rewards of meaning obtained through physically decline into simplicity relatively and realistically according to the trap that is your place in the world. The trap of your spirt in your soul that is your education and experience. There is no transcendence but instead transformation that leads to going forth on a journey that is an awakening.

Third
Normally I try to keep my post to one-page comment. I know how busy people are with our modernism. The fire hose of information we take in daily limits critical discovery. I also understand that often points are better made in a short and simple way distilling out the word salad of descriptions that often lead to distracted attention spans. I do this myself. I scan articles searching for words that hint at nuggets of truth. This curtness does affect understanding because certain ideas will have to be taken for granted. This means people new to REAL Green will not understand points that others who have researched the deeper meaning understand.
The following is a discussion of my low carbon capture of my REAL Green permaculture homestead. This includes my monestary of ideas and things for future use. The permaculture homestead is the application of the knowledge and things of the monestary to the gathering and harvesting of solar energy in all its forms present in one’s local. A monestary is traditionally a system of rules both with activity but also morality. I follow a routine and live by certain rules. I call this REAL Green but you can call yours what you want. This is my unique local and it adapts to my local of people and place.

Fourth
There is nothing more basic physically than food and water and a place to sleep. This is the guts of REAL Green because this is our inescapable connection to the planet tech cannot erase. The modern world obscures this and this is part of the reason the world is so delocalized these days. Competition is another reason for the obscuring. Often more performance is delocalizing but it outcompetes less performance even though more is often less.
Don’t copy my REAL Green but instead search out your own. Your local is unique. What is common is the acceptance and humility that comes with embracing failure of human civilization. This includes embracing the way of the planet which is now in a succession of abrupt change with a web of life in a process to lower complexity. This is the Holocene shifting to the Anthropocene. It is also the advent of a new human type that goes along with this great turning.
This is not a religion you can join. This is a way of enhancing your current higher power by including localism and the planetary way into your existing spirituality and religion. You unique local of people and place includes your local soul. If you are not true to the locals in your life you will not be successful with REAL Green. If you are searching for spirituality and religion do not use REAL Green to replace this. Once you found yourself and your local of people and place then REAL Green it as you would add an Ap to your phone.

Low Carbon Capture Contents:
Ideas behind low carbon capture
Green prepping
Low carbon capture
food
garden, orchard, foraging
water
shelter
wood
solar
insulation
grazing system
animals
hay
Conservation
Knowledge and education
Money and finance
Why
Time
Wisdom

What is low carbon capture? Basically, from a REAL Green point of view it is the harvesting and or gathering of solar energy as locally as possible. This involves efficiency, conservation and specifically localism. Localism is needed because how quickly a low energy high volume energy source degrades. I compare it to how large a wire must be to move low wattage electricity over a distance. At greater distances the movement is negative. To achieve proper low carbon capture involves behavior and lifestyle to be mentally orientated to this condition of diminishing returns. The green prepping triad is then solar energy gathering/harvesting, efficiency/conservation in the behavior of localism. This is a strategy of systems with underlying behavior. The behavior motivates to take the more difficult road to survival that is the proper road that is the instinct of life itself. This road is both more resilient and sustainable but with less comforts and affluence. The modern world of high performance with little effort is naturally the road chosen by many and why wouldn’t it be. The green prepping triad takes the form of the traditional old ways of low carbon capture adapted with modern knowledge and things guided by REAL Green behavior.

Green prepping is a lifestyle of adaptation of one’s ecological footprint towards a more planetary friendly balance. This is a spiritual act where a meaning or truth is present. This seeking of meaning is a spiritual asset you will need to compensate for lower physical and psychological affluence. You will seek to connect to the planet and the web of life by taking action to be less extractive and less harmful. REAL Green does this relative and realistically. You are a citizen of the human race and have a local of people and place that most often are not REAL Green. You will have to adapt your REAL Green accordingly and be realistic about how far you can take it. The relative part is your place in society and where you live. A rich man will adapt differently than a poor man. This is important because if you fail to be relative you will get lost in contradictions and guilt. This green component of green prepping is the moral compass that will motivate you because care for the planet is love of your mother here spiritual meaning is found.

The prepping component of green prepping is the action and activity side. The critical point here is green is more prepped. Localization is more prepped than delocalized. This is both in the short and long term. Short term is the first few weeks or months of a crisis that one is prepped for. If you are localized with robust low carbon capture assets then you can avoid venturing out for supplies and help. It is the leaving of your nest that is the dangerous part of a crisis. Longer term a green prepped homestead in a local of people and place that is more sustainable and resilient is better prepped. Ultimately REAL Green is community. Here is where the REAL power is located. This is also the rarest of REAL Green and what should be your main focus. REAL Green your community f you can. Longer term green and prep really rests with community. Those action and things that are greener are also more resilient and sustainable so more prepped. This means when you satisfy your quest for meaning you are also increasing your survivability. More importantly for a REAL Green you are increasing your ability to protect those you love and those things you invested in. You are fortifying your people and place.

Prep involves a basic portfolio of things and actions. This concerns assets like food, water, and shelter. It involves security, financial, and medical strategies. It involves physical things. The greening of these involves localization of food and water which means you will be more secure and need fewer financial assets to survive. Green and prep go together and this is why REAL Green is so powerful. That which you do for the planet and the people and place around you is more secure. This is the basics of proper human behavior and always has been. If you don’t care about these things then move on. The reason I mention this is civilization has been breeding into the population selfishness and laziness of individualism. The current civilization is a perfect place for psychopathic behavior to get ahead. It is a great place for people who do not care or would rather be taken care of. This is not REAL Green and there is little that is green or prepped with these kinds of people.

If you noticed I took a whole page to talk about what is behind the nuts and bolts of low carbon capture. The reason so much had to be discussed is you will find investing in low carbon capture is expensive with low return. This is both physically and mentally. You really have to be motivated to engage in the collection of energy locally in its many dispersed forms. The reason this is the case is the anthropogenic status quo offers you big box stores and amazon to fulfill your needs without much effort. Modern life gives you the option of travel to pleasant destinations. Of course, you have to work a job and this is hard in many cases but the actual act of supporting yourself is made easy once you have done a hard day’s work. You just drive to the store or get on the computer and order up your needs. If you are going to do low carbon capture locally it will involve more work fewer physical rewards. It will involve time and dedication. Low carbon capture means a daily routine of small task often uncomfortable that will only add up over time to something. Keep in mind the results are still negligible in relation to what you can do with money from a successful job or investment in relation to cultural values of success. If you do not have the basics of behavior and the morale of purpose you will quickly lose interest. If you are selfish and lazy forget about green prepping.

Low carbon capture means providing food, water, and shelter in a resilient and sustainable way relative to your local and realistically based upon your abilities. These are not revolutionary things they are simple basic activities most should know about although in this day and age much of the population has been so dumbed down. Basics of human survival sadly must be relearned. Socirty is teaching the wrong things and holding in esteem false gods. Many people do not even know where food really comes from or the basics of water and shelter. This is the real tragedy of the anthropogenic status quo because it has taken humans so far into overshoot that a real crisis someday will unleash a whirlwind of pain and suffering from a basic lack of understanding of what matters in life. So much is taken for granted and so much lost to satisfy our quest for affluence and comforts. The last issue to cover is time. If you are starting your REAL Green journey you need to realize the time element.

I mention food and water as low carbon capture because of the amount of energy needed to provide them locally. People do not realize the footprint they have on the planet and on their survivability related to food and water. Food is a basic that everyone should be involved in. Even those who are just skill based or service based can be REAL Green. I mention skill based and service based because a carpenter and or a doctor can be REAL green. REAL Green means specialization in something but is also means being good at many things. A truly REAL Green carpenter will have skills to help and assist those engaged in permaculture and or the carpenter may be a permaculturist too. A permaculturist will need support with construction. There is a need for doctors to treat ailments and teach health strategies. So, as you can see a REAL Green local of community with specialist is the epitome of REAL Green. This is a robust community that supports the basic efforts of green prepping with one of the most important being food.

Food is basic to REAL Green. This involves growing, preparing, storing, and travel. Growing means a garden and or animals. It also means foraging and hunting. I do not hunt but can hunt. I know what to forage off my land. This also means doing this sustainably and without sport in the case of hunting. If survivability becomes an issue I will hunt. Everyone should have a garden, fruit trees, and or a rewild place where natural foraging is possible. If you live in an urban area there are plenty of urban gardens. There are plenty of areas that can be rewilded for forage of hunting on the periphery. Often in an urban setting it requires groups to afford these things. In rural places individuals can manage because of the lower cost of living.

Preparing food involves harvesting and preserving food. This involves canning and drying. In today’s world it also means freezing and properly managing frozen food. Another important aspect is seasonality and native sources. If you are going to be greener than you will attempt to eat and grow food that is seasonally correct. You will avoid introducing exotics to your local and instead learn about where the best natives work that nature through evolution adapted for your local. Cook environmentally if you can. A wood fired, solar cooker, and solar dryer are good green prep items.

There is also the issue of food once prepared. Here makes an effort to avoid food waste. Learn to eat food left overs instead of throwing it away. This sounds elementary but the why do we have a huge food waste issue! It is because of a paradox of what is simple is hard. In my case all left overs are given either to chickens or our dogs. Some people without animals are good with composting. Keep in mind how expensive food is then double that cost by only eating half of what is produced. Increase the cost further when you consider driving to the store to get it and the waste disposal truck picking up your trash. As you can see these cost escalate rapidly with bad conservation behavior. Consider the other element of this behavior that is your planetary footprint. Think of all that carbon and ecological disruption that went into that food then wasted because we can. If we were hungry I guarantee there would be little waste.

There is the issue of storage. A well prepped green prepper will have long shelf life food, a deep pantry, and a freezer. These will be managed because stored food goes bad unless managed. Long shelf life food is a must to a well prepped green prepper. These foods can sit on your shelf for 3 decades and still be ready to protect you in a crisis. Keep in mind they can be bartered. A deep pantry means having shorter shelf life foods that you will use in your daily routine of creating meals. You will have the food group basics and ways of producing things in what used to be called cooking from scratch.

Water strategies are a critical pep asset. You should have multiple backups in several forms. Have some stored water in bottles. Have equipment to filter water and gather water. There are lots of filtration devices out there but keep in mind some are small capacity. For a family you will need the larger ones. I have a device I can drop into a well to pull up water. If you can have a cistern or water tank that collects rainwater. Build a pond to store water near your home. I have a solar system with just enough power to run my well pump so this allows me water in a grid down situation. I have other strategies because a solar system is complicated electronic system that can fail. Always have a deep backup strategy for something as vital as water.

Shelter requires heating and cooling. I am doing wood heat. I have a sustainable wood lot I can take dead and dying trees and harvest them for heat. I also do selective cutting of live trees that are not growing well due to their location. This makes for a healthier understory where lots of food grows for animals. I consider this carbon neutral because dead trees emit carbon. A healthy forest grows better. My wood heat is lower carbon than fossil fuels when I keep it local. If you buy off the farm wood your carbon content goes up dramatically. I want to caution people wood heat is not really cheaper (status quo) when you consider the equipment and labor. I feel this is manageable if you like dealing with wood. You will find many things you do REAL Green require enjoyment to make up for the lower time/comfort of personal profit. Someone who works full time will not have the time to do wood heat and other permaculture activities. I have the time and I am still physically capable in fact this work keeps me fit which is a side benefit. The sad truth is electric is the cheapest option for everything in a status quo setting with all things considered but it is also high carbon with lots of risk. This could change if the grid goes unstable and energy cost soar as they could unexpectantly. Total grid reliance is also a risky thing to rely on and its failure can ruin you if you are completely grid dominated.

I do solar electric and solar thermal. My solar electric system is 12 pannels generating 3200 watts. I have an inverter and a wonderful lithium phosphate battery. This was not cheap and it is labor intensive to manage my usage and maximize production. You need to maximize production because of the costs of the system. People think solar is free energy just like wood but it is actually more expensive. Solar is more expensive in my case because of the inverter and battery. This allows me security in a grid down situation. One option that is cheaper is grid tied solar. This is not going to help you in a grid down situation so this is why I recommend a system about the size of mine with a battery. I recommend you have a way to switch from grid to solar for all your circuits that solar can power. I also recommend a generator with fuel storage. I am green prepper that is realistic and relative. This means I am only partially off grid and I still use fossil fuels and equipment as needed. My fantasy is totally off grid with few machines. My reality is what I have which is quite modern. My motivation is towards greener and less modern or as green as I can realistically manage. Solar is a great asset in your REAL Green portfolio but not for everyone because of the cost and the active control of the system that is needed.

I have solar thermal that consist of evacuated glass tubes that heat water. I did a nice hybridization where I utilized my wood boiler system that already has pumps, water reservoir, and heat exchangers. This allows me to be able to end wood use in May and through the summer use the sun to warm water. The wood boiler system runs hot water through a heat exchanger that preheats water into an electric hot water heater. So again, I am a hybrid of on and off grid. This works well to lower my electric usage. I still can have hot water with a grid down situation because I have water valves that allow me to only use hot water off the heat exchanger. This is not as effective and reliable as pre heating into an electric water heater which maintains a constant hot water temp my wife prefers. Keep in mind the relative and realistic of REAL Green. This means not forcing my REAL Green on my wife. Hot water is vital to cooking, cleaning, and health so a key element of REAL Green.

I have a home and shop that I insulated to the maximum I could manage. This is very important to reduce your heating and cooling footprint. This is a no brainer but I want to advise of the trade-offs. I mentioned how wood and solar are in reality expensive with all things considered. Where they have higher value is with all those other intangibles like security and being greener. For me being greener and prepped has a very high spiritual value so I do them despite being harder and more expensive. I have the time and money to do them but many don’t. Insulation strategies are another subject of cost benefit. I just built a shop and did R30 which is a dramatic amount of insulation. I not only did the material aspect I also utilized thermal and convective strategies. I have an insulated floor of 6-inch concrete with in-floor heat from my wood boiler. I also have convective venting of hot air in the roof space. I have lien-to on each side facing east, west, and south that shade the walls in the hot summer. My house was more difficult because this was a renovation. I did foam insulation as best I could. My house is a split level with part in the ground so this gives me some thermal strategies. I invested heavily in good windows.

My final aspect of low carbon capture is my grazing system. I have a multispecies grazing system of goats and cattle on a polyculture grassland. I rotate these two species of ruminants that cover a broad spectrum of grazing abilities. Cows and goats go well together. You might wonder how I consider a grazing system low carbon capture and the reason is these animals take solar energy in from the eating of grass. The sun makes grass. My goats are registered breeding stock Kiko goats. I sell mostly to hobby farms. Only a few of the males end up at the sale barn for meat goats and even here I try to sell them as registered so some will buy them for breeding stock. These are meat goats so they are meant to be eaten. My cows are grass feed and I raise cow calf pairs but here again the steers will likely go to a feed lot for meat. This is just the nature of the industrial agriculture market I live in. I hope one day through localization and a better green attitude people will choose grass fed beef over feed lot beef but that is the situation these days.

My animals need hay and the pasture needs maintenance were there are not animals so I am using tractors. I also must transport animals which requires trucks. When I harvest wood, I am using equipment run on fossil fuels. I do have equipment to harvest wood and grass in the old ways. I keep axes, saws, and scythes stored in my monestary of knowledge and things. My point with REAL Green is realistic and relative yielding greener and more prepped. You can only do so much when a culture is not REAL Green. I harvest hay with low horse power equipment and a mini baler that does square bales. I do have custom cutting done for large round bales. Again, I am a hybrid of low carbon and higher carbon as needed in a relative and realistic way. I try to do this haying in a way that creates another mosaic of habitat for the wild animals. If you only do a little haying and put the hay fields in a certain place it actually helps other wildlife by creating another piece in the mosaic of habitat. Animals like a Disney World too. All hay leaves a monoculture but just a little build on the diversity mosaic that animals need.

Conservation is vital to green prep so be a dedicated conservationist. I am on the extreme side of conservation. I do this not because I am a righteous green bent on saving the planet but because this is my enjoyment and passion. My trap also means I have money and opportunities so conservation is so vital to limiting my damage due to my position in life. In my opinion the planet is already tipped into a new regime of abrupt change and civilization in that final round of yeast in a petri dish consuming resources as fast as it can. I do conservation because I am a green prepper and conservation is a vital element of all activities you do from showering and cloths to driving to town for supplies. Driving is case in point because for most people the single greenest action is not driving or driving less. I make sure and drive less and combine trips. I reduce discretionary trips as much as I can. I am forced into driving mainly because of family and status quo survival. I could not have animals and expect to have the herd I have without modern transport. I sometimes have to fly but not because I want to. Transport is delocalizing so avoid it when possible. I try very hard not to waste food. I try not to use less energy and resources in everything I do. I turn off lights when not in use. I try to reduce my participation in the consumer culture but I want to explain something about this also. I consume quite a lot from amazon and the big box home improvement stores. The reason for this I am buying when I can exceptional products for my monestary of knowledge and things to leave a future generation. Many products will be gifted to these people and will offer them strategies and abilities to low carbon capture. The infrastructure of consumerism is there so utilize and store those things that will be seed stock for the future. Consumerism’s days are numbered because society is failing.

Knowledge and education are very important. You need to be a jack of all trades and specialize in something. Hopefully you will be located near a local of other people that do the same. In most cases you will connect with people digitally and with transport. This is the nature of our trap of delocalization. Learn as much as you can and save as much knowledge as you can for a seed bank of REAL Green strategies for the future. It is things and knowledge that will offer tools of meaning for the future. It will also allow preparations for the difficult times ahead. REAL Green is about decline of affluence and comforts so understand your participation in consumerism likely has a shelf life and you are prepping for this. Your enjoyment of Amazon will likely end because society is falling apart. Amazon will be one of the first luxuries of modern life to diminish. These high energy aspect to civilization are failing if not in your lifetime your kids. Build a storehouse of knowledge and things. This is your monestary.

Money and finances are vital too. You need resources and you must be a good manager of these resources which means you can manage money and invest. The status quo will ruin you if you do not REAL Green responsibly. There are so many things you could buy and build but what you may do is build up debt you cannot service. You will have to have financial discipline to make REAL Green work. I recommend reducing your money and finance needs through simplicity but for many depending on how large your permaculture homestead and monestary is will dictate how simple you can get. Always look towards simplicity and lower tech when you can in a realistic and relative way based upon your local of people and place. Understand debt and also understand delocalization of transport. Understand the dangers of the digital. The digital is amazing with how it leverages your abilities to leave the anthropogenic status quo of delocalization into localism. I receive so many things via mail and UPS. This allows me to stay home but this is also a danger and it is a dirty footprint. You will need to walk a tightrope to fund your permaculture homestead and monestary.

The time element is critical because time runs out quickly and actually speeds up as you get older. We only have so much time on this earth and keep in mind this process of decline is accelerating. Time is speeding up as you age but also as civilization ages. This is an abstract of entropy. Things take a long time to grow but dissipate quickly in the chaos of decline. So, you will be finding your REAL Green niche of growth within an overall regime of decline that is speeding up. It has taken me years to research, develop, and maintain my REAL Green permaculture homestead and monestary of seeds for the future. You need to start as soon as you are transformed and awakened and find a sustainable and resilient mental path because your biggest difficulty is the dualistic life you will be living. You will live and use the anthropogenic status quo to leave it and this will mean obstacles everywhere. You must also realize yourself and understand the trap you are in. We are all trapped in this situation of decline so a key element of this is understanding your limitations both physical and mental. Time is one of the big limitations. It will take years to do both short term and long term REAL Green efforts. This is why I call this a journey not a destination. The destination for all is death. This is with your life, your homestead, and your monestary. Along the way there will be plenty of life but keep in mind this is an Epoch of death. This is a time of death you can find joy in if you follow the right path. The path is the path of the planet and the web of life you embrace and live as your life system. This is what REAL Green is all about!

There is something very important about what I told you above and the reason why I say so few people can be REAL Green. The reality is the cost of using the status quo to leave it is expensive. I have the money and time to do this. I work harder now than in my old job in a family business doing finance work but I am now living off investments and semi-retired. These investments that support me are drenched in fossil fuels. They are drenched in the status quo system that allows abstracts like living off investments. My permaculture life does not support me. I have a mortgage and I have bills to pay to stay modern with health care and all those nice things we like to buy. Much of the world is too poor to do what I do. They struggle to survive. Many who are rich do not have the time or opportunity. Many will think what I am doing is a hobby or a funny diversion. The key point of REAL Green is realistic and relative of a person’s local. You are better off not asking why or searching for justification. Guilt is not going to do you any good. The absurdity of modern life makes all these worries null and void. Humans in my opinion should still be semi-nomadic hunter gathers with advanced spirituality. This may be where humans are heading in a destroyed world of human forcing but not before a bottle neck that will be a caldron of overshoot. Do this if you can and do not look back.

You may say there is nothing special or great about what I told you. This is the paradox of life. Those things which are the most complicated and considered the holly grail of meaning are the most deceptive. It is the simple that is “IT”. The secret to life the Egyptian proverb of Isis imparted was “Nature enjoys Nature and only Nature can overcome Nature”. Take this to heart when you go REAL Green. It is about the deepness of simplicity in the emulation of the planetary way.

Wisdom or Knowing

I am giving you a forward to a comment I recently made at resilience dot come on Jeremy Lent’s upcoming book. I read another of his books “The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning” which was excellent. I spend a lot of time on my blog discussing the abstracts of spirt, meaning, and behavior. I would like to change course a little and discuss more the nuts and bolts of green prepping I do for a while. I am doing this for a refreshing change not because I have exhausted the behavioral side. I have spent so much time on behavior and meaning mainly because this is critical to the nuts and bolts of proper human activity, I call green prepping or REAL Green. Keep in mind REAL Green is about humility so my individual local of people and place has no right to say yours is wrong. This is the beauty of green prepping in localism. The scale is unique but there are common activities that work better. Finding and cultivating these are they key and this is only something you can do because a local is ultimately your soul.

The nuts and bolts of green prepping are easy to find on the web and in books. It is also a matter of experience which is the trial and error of learning and the dedication to education that all must engage in. It is about luck too of finding the right people and place to build your monestary of REAL Green. Behavior is the critical element to this mainly because without morale of purpose your efforts at green prepping will dwindle. The road of low carbon capture, conservation, and localism is a tough road. It is one of less comforts and less affluence then those who focus on the anthropogenic status quo roles of making money and succeeding. Keep in mind you have no choice but to try to make money and succeed. This is the Anthropocene and that is your environment. Money is your rabbit. The key to REAL Green is the dualism of living this life to leave it. The anthropogenic status quo is out of balance and in decline. Destructive change to the physical world and the spiritual world is everywhere. It is only by accepting this decline and decay as a failure that you can find the spiritual assets of meaning to offset the lower comforts and affluence of REAL Green.

Green prepping is about going local seeking resilience and sustainability with tools and activities that are less powerful and less profitable. This then becomes a balancing act of using some of this anthropogenic world to fortify your REAL Green world. To do this you must have proper behavior or you will get lost. It is a tough road that you will often find yourself asking why? The reason this happens is the temptations and the allure of the easy stimulating life the anthropogenic status quo offer is so tempting. The daily routine that comes with low carbon capture are physically and mentally draining. It is only reflecting on a day or year’s work that the beauty of the routine of low carbon capture is seen. The routine is tough especially when it is far easier to take the easy road of seeking and indulging in affluence. The road of REAL Green is one that seeks the true way based on what the planet and web of life are doing. Here you will find a spiritual power of meaning that is emulating the existential truth of the planet not human truth that has become so corrupted. If the world is in decline then you decline or you are fighting the truth. Green prepping seeks to restore the planet and your local of people and place by finding niches that occur when complex systems break down in succession. This is well known in ecology so what I am saying is not nutter new age spirituality it is science based.

REAL Green adds a behavioral aspect of relative and realistic. Humans have created their own ecosystem that you will have no choice but to acclimate to or you will be devoured in competition. What REAL Green does is combines green prepping with these anthropogenic activities relatively in relation to your people and place. It does this realistically in a means testing of the alternative activity of REAL Green. You will get more REAL Green by respecting the conditions of your people and place. If you are in an urban area with people who have no interest in localism and planetary health your options are limited but you still have options if nothing else than the behavior of acceptance. I personally recommend to these people in extremely anthropogenically detached locals to leave them and find new people and places if you really believe in what I am talking about otherwise your investments in time and resources will likely fail. For some there are no option except humility.

Behavior is the compass that will guide your investment of resources and time. Both are in short supply so you do not have the luxury of too much trial and error. If you get the behavior right the nuts and bolts will fall into place with you personally and your place. In fact, your people and place become a force multiplier. There is a power in people. People in groups produce mental and physical power. If this occurs in the right place then there is an explosion of activity. If it is orientated to the planets way it then becomes a place of beauty that is a reflection of meaning and the truth. The nuts and bolts of the activity are here now all around you. With the web you can access the old ways and the new knowledge to mix in a hybridization that is quite powerful. It is the proper behavior that guides you. It comes down to wisdom that is the knowledge of what knowledge to use and what to reject that is the key. Choices are key. Doors must be opened or closed so proper behavior is what is your power.

Keep in mind REAL Green is ultimately a way of the humility of acceptance of failure. The anthropogenic status quo is the way of human manifest destiny. It is about success and the immortality of human intelligence and growth. This is the trap you reject as a REAL Green. Instead you emulate the planet and follow its way that is now succession of a decline process. Your REAL Green local and your individual REAL Green are part of this failure. You will live with failure. You will do this humbly and it is this acceptance that will open doors of success. The success is the journey the destination is always going to be failure. For the individual this is death and this death comes for all human organizations. In a sense if you embrace REAL Green you are getting out of the denial of death. REAL Green is not a religion it is more and orientation. Your higher power is a unique place just as the local you live in and your place of significant others. REAL Green is about this deep localism of spirit and people and place. REAL Green is not about codifying it is more about modifying.

So in conclusion I plan on doing a few nuts and bolts comments in the future of what I am doing with my green prepping monestary that is a permaculture homestead. Keep in mind farming does not have to be the only REAL Green but the reality of humans being animals that must eat and find shelter means all REAL Green activity revolves around this activity. You can be a carpenter that localizes in support of a permaculturist. You can be a doctor who keeps the farmer healthy. You can be the soldier who protects his people and place. Low carbon capture of the old ways combined with the modern knowledge humans have devoted so much time to discovering is the recipe. Wisdom then determines what of each to mix to apply to your unique local of people and place. The following is my latest comment:

Human and planetary history are at or near the apex of intelligence and its relationship with the physical of the planet and people. If this statement comes out dualistically it is because that is the underlying nature of intelligence which is the self-reflection of life. This self-reflection is both inward and outward. In fact, both must be encountered to be transformed then awakened into action. The core meaning in this day and age is not the deeper we go with science into the nuts and bolts of the universe, no, the core meaning is the nature of this self-reflection of life. Intelligence itself is now at an apex in and through the human spirit. Here is the core of life’s meaning. The rest just follows or should follow because today the pursuit of knowledge is getting ahead of human wisdom. Humans are going places they should not go because instead of wisdom which is the choice of what knowledge to pursue and what to reject is all but regulated to being considered primitive and instead there is the idea of singularity of humans and intelligence in transhumanism. It is wisdom not knowing where meaning dwells in the truth because wisdom is scale.

This transhumanism is really the mechanization of consciousness in a vicious circle of the ego’s descent into a singularity of control. This is the combining of the human spirit with the techno which is all those hyper complex and complicated constructions humans have created in the name of knowing. Human wisdom is no longer our guidance. In fact, human wisdom is now being attacked as superstitious and primitive. Transhumanism seeks a transcendent human into an abstract digital state of immortality. The reality of this is the end of what is human. Some say good ridence because it has been the primitive human that is destroying the human race, the web of life, and the planet. They are desperately doubling down on this path which is instead a trap of consciousness. This is seen as a way to stave off collpase of all. Seeking this kind of immortality of the ego in a techno world of the singularity of intelligence is the ultimate descent of the ego into the power impulse.

The reason why this is such an apex of history is because in a sense the planet and the web of life are merging in a self-awareness of evolution. We are seeing forces that are both deceived but also liberated. The deceived are doubling down on transhumanism of techno optimism and increasing power of human building of intelligence towards singularity. The awakened are going forth following a transformation of the realization of this mechanization of life. Scientism is just another human religion and human religions are always corrupted by control that leads to separateness. This is not to say religion itself is wrong it is the eventual process that eventually lead to deception. The codifying that which is sacred is the eventual trap. The sacred is beyond control so this process becomes the vicious circle of the mechanization of the ego trying to usurp the scared. Humans and the web of life are now at the apex of this process because of just how far human intelligence has gone. Keep in mind human intelligence is nothing but the intelligence of the web of life. There is no separation of the two. There will be no undoing of this process either because this is the nature of life.

This leads to you the individual and where you fit into this. You would not be here reading this unless you were searching for meaning. This is a great process that you the individual should be aware of but do not lose yourself to it. Your transformation is accepting the failure of this human narrative of techno growth and unstoppable pursuit of the increasing trap of intelligence. This is a process to behold and then to go forward in awakening into a place where you belong and where you scale. Humans are now out of scale and this is forcing the web of life and causing abrupt change on the planet so much that those preaching scientism talk of leaving a destroyed planet. If you are truly awakened you will go forth in the name of your higher power on the planet and web of life’s behalf locally where you scale and where humans belong. Here you will live properly as best you can with the web of life and adapt to the planetary changes. You will yield to these unstoppable greater forces just as the small mammals adapted to the epoch that saw the end of the dinosaurs. This is an Epoch changing time within the web of life and the planet. By scaling locally as awakened humans properly should you will hopefully find niches of constructive change in the greater change of declining complexity that is the succession of the web of life in an abruptly changing planet. This in an Epoch transformation you are beholding. Here our extinction is at hand or the rebirth of a new human. Realgreenadaptation.blog

“Awakening to Life”

Awakening to Life

POWER

To really understand power, you must understand human nature. Human nature evolved into civilization and civilization is a power system. So human nature is intricately wrapped up in the tech and knowledge of getting and using power. This power impulse is in the abstract with people and mind power that network and produce economic value chains. Even though this is abstract it is still a power multiplier and the primary reason humans are at a power deficit. Humans have overshot population and the consumption from that population. We have leveraged power through efficiency, performance and the networking to push out our threasholds. The physical aspects of our power have taken humans into places we now know we should have not gone. We had no choice because it is human instinct. Choices come from knowing options, instinct is prewired and nonnegotiable. Humans have consistently felt compelled to advance power instead of check it. This puts humans in competitive cooperative trap of ever-expanding power potential that is until right here right now. That right here and right now is planetary limits and species die-off’s.

Now more than ever our human behavior must be examined and reflected on in regards to power. This is including solutions. It is not enough now we humans know we have created a mess. We are still bargaining with solutions which is just a more advance aspect to denial. Denial of failure is now the problem. We cannot transform our instincts of more to less. We now have those who preach green nirvana of renewables and electric delivery systems as if we yet again conquered our environmental constraints. This denial and bargaining must now change because humans are well into the planetary problem of power overshoot. There is no longer excess power to waste because another variable is running short and that is time. Instead of slowing the engine down humans are doubling down on efficiency and tech performance that got us to this point. This is the vicious circle of behavior that lead us back to the same problems. This trap is a catch 22 also because we have come too far to easily simplify. Overshoot and increasing our complicated systems is now reaching the nonlinear of diminishing returns where negative results explode.

For humans to understand power we will have to understand ourselves. This is more difficult than understanding the physics of our power impulse which science has covered quite well. Yet, science struggles to understand human nature. We have volumes of knowledge on human psychology but little on human wisdom. This is because human wisdom is metaphysical not a place science is meant to go. The reason science can’t crack this problem of human nature is the noise that comes from self-awareness. You can’t model self-awareness. The dualism of self-awareness means a human will also seek out his own interests in addition to the civilization and further the planet. The ego is its own universe. Science is optional to the ego. It is this noise of dualism that leads to competitive cooperation at the level of civilization. This means the noise of human nature to peruse multiple competitive behaviors is codified into morals, ethics, and laws to avoid destroying ourselves. We allow bad behavior if it conforms to this rule-based system. Warfare is a part of this because bad behavior is periodically uncontrollable. Warfare is the most destructive and power hungry of all our power impulses and possibly the one that destroys us.

Humans are now path dependent in a carbon trap of a civilization in denial. The green nirvana of a Green New deal is the latest subterfuge we have created. I am a dedicated green and believe in renewables but not to the point of the Green New Deal and this is mainly because this is yet another act of human denial in this power trap. This is a trap of consequences both advancing and retreating. It is now planetary and beyond human management. Properly scaled human wisdom is the only salvation. Human wisdom can manage this problem but this involves tough choices that are trade-offs. Human wisdom is the Holly Grail of power now. This is the wisdom of what power to use and what to not use.

Wisdom is trapped at the level of civilization because civilization is in succession too. Civilization is just another part of this planetary ecosystem in succession. Civilization can’t expect to grow when the planet is degrowthing complexity including human civilization. Our growth-based civilization will be forced into the chaotic decline the planet is forcing on all ecosystems. Where human wisdom can make a profound difference is at the local level where microclimes of constructive growth can result. Seeds of change can be husband here. Civilization will run its course in decline and eventual collpase. Local niches will be the seeds of new growth that will come post Anthropocene where a new human will hopefully pass through the existential gauntlet that is the bottleneck of our power impulse predicament. This is the nature of life in the current macro planetary epoch of succession.

Finally, it is vital that those who have been transformed by reality and are now awakened to action understand real power. This power is low level but pervades all. It is within the planet’s animation. This power is the power of truth that manifests in activity. Humans can tap into this if they have been awakened and are humble. Most humans can not access this power because they are looking in the wrong places. They are looking at human power and the power of the many energy systems humans have created. They are also looking in places of fantasy that is that endless ego trap of a void. It is here all those deceptions of the ego plunge humans into darkness and false gods. This power is the power that drives the planet and it is manifested to self-aware humans as the truth. This is the sacred and it can only be approached not known. This sacred truth unfolds to humans through an intelligent reflection that then self-reflects but not only in the dualistic naked ego impulse of separateness but also in the isness and oneness of the planet’s way. This does not mean the ego is something bad and wrong. Life is a wave of frequency that requires modulation. Without this there is no activity. Dualism is a modulation. Nature is self-reflecting with human intelligence that is the light along with its plunge into darkness of the self-realizing ego. It is when humans can reflect on the world in this connectivity then they go forth on its behalf. This is as an isolated ego but also in the connectivity of all, it is here this low level dominant power is realized. This power is not for the ego but for the planet’s own expression. Here an authentic human’s actions then are parts of the planets.

This power is the power of truth. The ultimate quest of most humans who are not mentally handicapped by all that various neurosis and physical mental illnesses is honest meaning. Meaning is a spiritual asset. Here is where this power that underlies the planets action manifests to humans. It is a wisdom enhancer that allows humans to properly orientate to what knowledge to use and what to dispense as improper and destructive. This is a relative and realistic exchange because humans are trapped in ecosystems and currently it is the carbon trap and path dependencies of human a destructive late stage that is anthropogenic. To better orientate means going local to better scale which is antitheses to globalism and the social narrative of human growth that delocalizes to maximize human power.

Locally in proper scale humans can tap into this planetary power that guides human wisdom that manifests the proper action that is based and guided by a truth that underlies all. The vital part of this is acceptance of this human nature. It is acceptance of human’s place in nature as a destructor as well as a builder. Humans serve nature purpose of evolution and succession which now involves extinction and destruction. Here is where humans fail most often because they cannot make this jump to the planet is in charge, instead the human impulse is we are in charge and the planet is just a cog and wheel. This is a trap of the dualism of intelligence. Acceptance and humility of the transformed and then awakened human becomes the constructive side of this planetary expression. The destructive side is then accepted because it is realized this is also the planetary way. It is then this deep and profound realization that then allows this awakened human to go forth on the planet’s behalf unconditionally. This human then becomes a power multiplier just as a rich ecosystem converts more light and energy from the sun than one that is compromised. This is not good or bad but instead an expression of beauty.

This power cannot be held or used for personal gain even though it will be. It is the discipline of this transformed and awakened individual that utilizes this power constructively for the planet accepting its limitations. This becomes beauty and the truth that is so special to humans at the most basic level. The other side of this power impulse is where raw and intense satisfactions of all those deadly sins are realized. Both are within our hearts in varying degrees even with the most awakened. Yet, where this power is closer to the constructive side here is where the planet smiles upon the individual and his small little local of people and place. Here niches of growth and beauty flourishes. Get out of the trap of the binary ego reflection of good and evil and just go forth on the planets behalf as it dictates you do once you have been awakened. Be ordinary and honest because that is all you can do. This means failing too because this is part of it. You are mortal so accept this. Live to die another day. Your immortality is elsewhere. This immortality comes to you once you let go.

My Amish Monitor Shop/Barn

This is an article dear to my heart not because I am a carpenter but because of the behavior behind this and how it relates to my REAL Green. Permaculture in localism includes crafts like carpentry. REAL Green seeks to combine the best modern practices with the old ways. When this is done in the proper scale of a local of people and place a spiritual power is produced. Barns are spiritual vehicles of permaculture. They house the tools of the way of life. Barns grow old and gain character. This article shows the beauty of the old being resurrected in the spirit of the proven ways of the past. It is this respect for the old that is vital to a local. The reason for this is localism cannot produce what the modern global can so a return to what was done in earlier times is a must. Yet, REAL Green seeks to hybridize this approach because today humans are trapped in the anthropogenic status quo of transhumanism. Transhumanism is the techno appendage baggage of being modern with transport, electricity, and the digital. Consumerism and profit guide decisions. REAL Green understands these must be mixed together in realistic ways in a relative approach to what can and can’t be done.

I just completed a shop/barn. We have two other barns on the farm. One was built in 1950 as part of a dairy operation my grandfather started. It is graced with a big blue Harvestore silo. This barn has been repurposed for deer camp as we call it where family meet to hunt deer. It now houses RV’s and a big fireplace. The other barn is a Morton building that is 120’ x 60’ and this barn houses farm equipment and supplies. The barn I just completed was built by the Amish. It is an Amish Monitor barn. It has a 30’ x 36’ main room with wings that are 10’ x 36’. Part of these wings are open lean-toes and part enclosed. The south facing side has a 16’ x 30’ lean-to. The specialty I added to my shop barn is the ability to heat and cool it. I have R30 insulation in it with R10 insulated floors that have in floor heat. I have a wood boiler to heat this barn with. The outside lean-to portion of the wings cover things but also serve as awnings to limit solar heating by the summer sun. The top of this barn has a functional cupola for observation, but this also serves as a summer cooling chamber and moisture whisking tool. The foundation was raised by retaining walls filled with gravel. All posts are on concrete permacolumns driven down to bed rock. There will be minimal wood rot. The skin of the barn is metal as is the interior. All these strategies were done to give this barn a long life. We are almost a century farm, so I want to continue this longevity in my own contribution.

The downside of this is the cost of making this barn. It cost me dearly to make the barn with this extreme insulation and longevity. Lumber prices skyrocketed because of covid. Everything cost so much these days. I built this shop/barn so I could work on things during the extremes of weather we have in the MO Ozarks. At least 3 months of the year it is too cold, hot, and or wet to get anything done out in an uninsulated shop/barn. The result is fantastic, and I am very happy, but it was very difficult to have this built and maintain a functioning farm, but it is now done. I mixed a old design with modern insulation strategies in preparation for the climate instability coming.

I could only dream of having a barn like this article covers. On a previous farm I owned there were two old barns I stabilized but they were not very functional. I only wish we had carpenters locally that are doing what this article talks about. They are here in the states but now much around here. In many cases people are taking down the many old barns and using the old beams in newer constructions. Barns are the spiritual sanctuaries of permaculture. Build one if you can and save one if you are lucky enough to have one on your farm.

Barn Club: Excerpt

Should, Can, Will

What I am telling you is profound but in a very simple ordinary way. Actually, the most profound knowledge is often plain and simple and right before our eyes. Humans complicate knowledge and miss the most basic and profound. The reason this is profound is it is a manifestation of the anthropogenic trap humans are in at all levels including REAL Green. This is profound for you my reader because you need to digest this before you get unrealistic expectations of how REAL Green can change your local of people and place or how it can transform your life. REAL Green is about living the trap not overcoming it.

Keep in mind I have very few readers. I do get good visibility when I comment on resilience dot org. Other than that, I have a handful of followers. This is not an issue for me because I am looking for just a few people with the right stuff that can become the seeds of change for when a new human evolves. When I say a new human what I mean is one who has broken out of the trap into a brave new world of post-modern man. The only way we can leave this trap is a collpase of modernism of the techno optimistic human with a human population in overshoot. So, the breakout comes once the collpase process runs its course. This process is multidimensional and both location based but also systematic dispersed through all locals globally. At some point this will end and the trap will be gone.

Modern man is transhuman. What I mean by this is modern man is basically techno optimistic with techno appendages of digital and transport tools. This is in fact becoming worse with the advent of techno appendages of AI and sensors within the body. Modern transhuman are also seeking DNA adaptive strategies. These transhumanists are increasing part of the rich elite wanting to control the world. This new human type will accelerate collpase because tech is the problem. The reason tech is the problem is it is not guided by organic human wisdom. What the modern transhumanist is guided by is increased power and control by whatever means. Tech becomes the vicious circle of needing tech to combat the problem tech creates. This is a tail eating experience that is accelerating.

This transhumanism is of course part of the 1BIL rich of the world but keep in mind the other 6BIL is codependent on the 1BIL rich. The population of the earth is an order of magnitude in overshoot to realistic carrying capacity. Even that number is not sustainable in a greatly altered epoch that the Anthropocene will give way to in the future. I know epoch are long geological periods but here I use the term to mean periods of human planet history. The Anthropocene will eventually give way to a post Anthropocene of a climate in abrupt change and uninhabitable for modern humans mainly because complex economics and agriculture will not be possible. Space travel away from a ruined world is a fantasy also so our planet wrecking transhumanist techno optimist will one day accept the trap when all is lost.

This 6BIL that many greens look to as inspiration are little better than the 1BIL rich who are completely dependent on tech for survival. The reason for this is the cascading effects of the chaos of decline and ultimately collpase both local and global. The 6BIL poor cannot survive without the rich 1BIL. The rich 1BIL cannot survive without all those tech systems so you see the complexity and the complications of separating out the two. The reason I mention this is to emphasize the trap for those nostalgic and romantic greens who look to subsistence farming and indigenous lifestyles to save humans. Subsistence and indigenous have great lifestyle qualities in many cases the problem is the complexity of globalism will crush even these resilient and sustainable ways once the cascading effects of decline unfold. Where subsistence and indigenous ways come into this equation is their best in class knowledge and lifestyles that can be saved for the new human that comes once the trap breaks down. In other words, there is no refuge for any human in this Anthropogenic trap. Yet, there will be a rebirth that is if there is planet acquiescence and humans do not go extinct. Extinction is very real but should not be defaulted to.

REAL Green behavior and the resulting action should be done by those who can. Those who can will be those who have the education, resources, and the time. It will be those who can foster a local community that will take this even further. I am a REAL Green master but I am not an outstanding example of REAL Green. The reason for this is the power of community. There are some out there that have the force multiplier of REAL Green in the form of a community. I do not have this. I am a monk and lone wolf but one who speaks to those who have the right stuff. This REAL Green local will struggle with the status quo which is focused on income and profit. Keep in mind income and profit is essential just as the rabbit is essential to the fox. You have to survive and the anthropogenic status quo is your habitat. You cannot transcend this by being REAL Green. What you can do is transform your local of people and place with REAL Green wisdom.

This will be a struggle because you will be living a dualism of being in the status quo and leaving it. The anthropogenic status quo is delocalized and your REAL Green will localize relatively and realistically. There is no room in REAL Green for idealism except in your academic pursuits. A REAL Green needs to research and study as part of his REAL Green work out but theory and application need to be kept in their proper place just as spirituality and science. The struggle will be the fact that REAL Green resilience and sustainability is expensive because it involves redundancy and low carbon capture.

The redundancy comes from the green prepping of stocking up. Having a store of goods and things for an uncertain future is expensive but essential. Low carbon capture in localism is the best survival strategy but it comes at the cost of lower affluence and comforts. Low carbon capture does not have the energy density of a tank of fossil fuel or grid power but it is more renewable. The more complex and powerful the technology the greater the risk of entropic decay. Complex and complicated systems suffer issues of failure threasholds. They may be efficient and powerful but when they fail, they can be very disruptive. Complex means a small failure can cascade due to brittle resilience and complicated means the ability to fix a failure beyond the capacity of the local. Low carbon capture uses simpler system with less complications but the volume is increased and the return of power low.

REAL Green seeks to find a proper combination of these two approaches to emergy and time value which together seek the production from energy and time. REAL Green uses the modern and the old ways in a hybridization that is realistic and relative. It is parasitic in a respect of using the modern high performance Anthropogenic status quo to leave it. This approach also involves triage of removing those modern systems and products that create failure threasholds. The reality is this life way almost always means less affluence and comforts but more spiritual meaning. The spiritual assets revolve around being better prepared and greener. Being prepped for an uncertain future is a fundamental to the human activity survival. Being greener is the connection to the land and the web of life around you. This produces meaning and meaning is getting closer to the truth which is the ultimate spiritual asset.

If being prepared for uncertainty or caring for the land is not of interest to you then REAL Green has no meaning for you so there is no profound to discuss. If green prepping with a REAL Green attitude of acceptance of the collpase process is a higher value then REAL Green is a profound path because it offers a satisfactory trade off to lower affluence and less comforts with meaning and the satisfaction of being more secure. Keep in mind a REAL Green behavior is the prerequisite. This behavior first and foremost embraces failure of human civilization in a planet and web of life in succession to lower complexity. So, a REAL Green will live in a wisdom of insecurity. A wisdom of insecurity is concerned with the journey not the destination. The destination is the failure of all. So REAL Green has a behavioral component of leaving the denial of death. By doing this a REAL Green is transformed and if awakened goes forth in action.

It is this action that very few can make significant. This is not their fault it is just only a few will have the seed bed and the beneficial rains that produce a crop in a world smothered in the homogeneous anthropogenic status quo. Many people will lack one of the required variables of education, resources, time and finally the alchemy of the transformation that comes from behavior deep in one’s soul. The other aspect is the local of people and place. So many locals do not offer a future and these tend to be the ones that the modern humans flock to. If you are in a local that is not fertile for a successful green prepping operation then you will not profit by green prepping. If you invest in the wrong local of people and place you will have wasted resources and actually be worse off physically and spiritually. Some places cannot be REAL Greened but all individuals can embrace he REAL green behavior of acceptance.

This then points to a few who can make an oversized impact on a REAL Green fertile local of people and place. They may only be a storehouse of knowledge and things for a new human coming postmodern. In this case they will be a monestary that works to store and preserve knowledge found in the wisdom of REAL Green. This monestary may offer sombody someday something to increase their ability to green prep. Others will have a community with a homestead that actually produces low carbon products that are greener and offer the prepping attributes of resilience and sustainability. A strong local community of people dedicated to localism and the enhancement of the local land is the culmination of what REAL Green can be. Most often the case is a local of people and place that is prepped for more but the time is not at hand. It is possible a crisis will be the spark.

In my case hardly any in my local share my convictions. I am spending lots of money and time doing low carbon capture and focusing on remaining local. It is a real effort of patience and perseverance. There are constant disruptions and complications from being trapped in the anthropogenic status quo. Yet, the meaning from what I do makes up for this. At least for now because keep in mind this is a journey to death both with my mortality and what I construct. One day my REAL Green monestary might be divvied up in an estate sale or maybe a collpase destroys it. This is not the point because remember it is the journey not the destination. Life is nonlinear humans behave linear. A journey is non-linear and the destination linear. If you embrace the behavior of acceptance and the journey instead of the destination then you can find the spiritual meaning that trades off the lower affluence and comforts for the spiritual meaning of what is right and just by the planet and the web of life. If you do this the planet and web of life will support you and these are powerful allies. The support comes from the truth. So, there is what you should do because it is right an just by the planet and the web of life. There is what you can do because of your anthropogenic trap. There is then what you will do and that involves a transformation that results in an awakening. This awakening becomes action. This action is life.

PS: I have a style that I use with comments that is limited to one page. When I speak only for my blog, I may have several pages. The above is that case. I find the one-page style interesting because it forces me to focus on an idea for a comment yet, I love a word salad of ideas that flow from the freedom of having my own blog.

The Journey to the End

Let’s be clear regenerative agriculture is the direction humans need to be going. Lets also be clear humans are trapped. This trap is physical and behavioral. This is why the trap is so tight and will not be broken. Human nature is as much the problem as physical limits. Even this article is trapped. All these wonderful ideas when applied are like an angel with iron wings. They do not square to the reality of the economics of modern globalism nor the modern human lifestyle of affluence and comfort. If you want to be really regenerative you need outside subsidies. Outside subsidies are little more than outsourced dirty fossil fuel profits that are destructive. We live in a vicious circular world of fantasy narratives instead of a properly scaled circular economy of resilience and sustainability.

So, does this mean you reject this messenger. No, and the reason is scale makes the difference. Scaling locally and relatively within the acceptance of the decline of human civilization within a planet in succession is the key. Planetary instability and a web of life in a succession process of localized mass extinction and general decline is the world we inhabit. A properly scaled human that goes local with an adapted lifestyle of relative and realistic regenerative efforts is the key. This human must live in the anthropogenic world of income and expenses. This human will use wisdom that uses this system to leave it. He will have to have mental strength because this dualistic way of life is so demanding.

You will be living two lives. One life is anthropogenic survival the other is local regenerative activity both community based and nature based. Localism of connecting the best you can to neighbors who are delocalized is a key. You will struggle to localize these people. In fact, likley, the best you can do is plant the seeds of localism for when SHTF and the blueprint is drawn on. There is the regenerative aspect of a love for the planet with the activity of low carbon capture in a local expression. Polycultures and realistic efforts at threading the needle of this dual life become the theater. Survival in the anthropogenic status quo and the regenerative nature of localism and green prepping becomes the journey.

Green prepping is a lifestyle of a local based individual prepping for a decline and possible collpase of civilization and the low footprint way of localism that actively regenerates nature through permaculture and rewilding. They go together because what is green is also what is more resilient and sustainable. A look from the outside in on this way of life will not find what is written in many renewable focused reporting. Often the case is the efforts are minimal because people are so trapped, they can hardly start an effort because of the delocalization of people and place. Resources, education, and status quo propaganda of even the most well-meaning environmentalist is a constant obstacle. Yea, environmentalist and scientist are the problem too because they are corrupted by the status quo. This is why if you can do a significant green prepping effort because you have the right ingredients do it! You will be the seeds of change of the new human type waiting in the wings.

What we are talking about is three things. One is a hospice and lifeboat for the individual who is prepping for a civilization that is coming apart and cannot be salvaged. The hospice is the mental palliative effort and the lifeboat the physical effort. Civilization will likely limp on for years but its destiny is sealed. Collpase will happen like all civilizations. They always overshoot and our global one is one of the worst. Our brightest minds are taboo from discussing this because humans can handle the truth and endlessly bargain with it. The other effort is the creation of a monestary of knowledge and things that needs to be carried through the gauntlet of collpase to the new humans that will come after this endgame of the transhuman modern. The transhuman modern is a techno delocalized human living with techno appendages and out of scale ecologically. The third aspect is the permaculture homestead when this awakened transformed human can go forth and put the wisdom of green prepping into constructive growth within the overall destructive change of a planet increasing uninhabitable for the web of life.

What this green prepping is then is the localization of individuals who are awakened to the existential trap and who goes fort to live within the trap seeking meaning in the journey. This is a journey of acceptance of the destination of eventual collpase. They are optimistic pessimist because of this. The optimism comes for living the journey of meaning that comes from acceptance and reality of the end. It is the leaving of the denial of death on all levels. Transhumans today are mainly the modern rich 1BIL that can shape the world. It is their self-organizing fantasy that is destroying planetary and human stability. This fantasy is so bad they imagine constructive change that is little more than a continuation of what got us here. They are digging the hole deeper. You as an individual can be transformed from this deception of the modern ego. This transformation must start with behavior then the tech and the knowledge will follow.

Regenerative Agriculture part 3 | Working With Nature, Not Suppressing It