There are two aspects to my REAL Green Deep Adaptation. One is the hardware and energy side of a hybrid energy gathering effort combined with efficiency and conservation. The other is the behavioral side of adapting and mitigating decline. On the behavioral side the emphasis is on systems dynamics as a guide to a collapse process. There is the physics of collapse which is available across the web in multiple site locations. There is no shortage to the science of collapse. How to deal with collapse is less straight forward and often sensationalized and extreme. REAL Green Deep Adaptation starting point is individual and local. This does not mean uninformed and withdrawn, quite the contrary. RG stresses proactive research on the process as a daily exercise. Know what is happening in the greater world but keep local perspective. Far too often we get absorbed into global events and lose our way locally.
RG primary behavioral function is acknowledgement of the collapse process. This does not mean collapse is inevitable and the reason for this is we are unable to know this with certainty. It sees a collapse trajectory based upon scientific research. The time line is unknown and the degree and duration uncertain. The acknowledgement is more the understanding through systems dynamics that collapse is a normal process in ecosystems. The positive side of this adaptation is a better life with or without collapse. Also collapse may visit the younger generation and some of the older generation may never see collapse. RG says collapse is and always has been a human reality it is just recently the idea has been censored.
Looking at the human ecosystem we see classic examples of thresholds being approached. The collapse process found in our current civilization then is a call to action for individual and local adaptation. This action is twofold with one being the mentality of preparing for collapse and the other is the lifestyle of this effort. The mentality seeks to incorporate the concept of sapience as the foundation of choosing what to embrace and what not to. Often it is what not to in this world of overwhelming possibilities that is the most important. Do not pollute your local and your individuality with clutter. Cleaning out the deadwood of distractions and unneeded things is a daily exercise which requires emotional sacrifice. The mentality of deep adaptation is one of relative sacrifice. This is a condition of living already in a collapsed world and not. It is about utilizing the status quo that is not collapsed to construct your bulk work against collapse that requires a way of life is collapsed. It is a collapse in place and beat the rush mentality. The dignity of this comes from respect, honesty and the resulting meaning. Relative efforts are key because extreme measures of leaving the status quo will hinder your ability to leave it. You must navigate a tricky way of life that embraces the status quo because of work, family, and citizenship but also the effort of collapsing in place that is contrary to the social narrative.
Relative sacrifice also concerns the degree of embrace of conservation and efficiency measures in the cause of planetary health. RG is planet oriented as a spiritual add on to your higher power but this must be done relatively so one does not upend one’s life in the status quo that supports and nurtures your RG effort. Relative sacrifice says tailor adaptation efforts around your status quo meaning and individuals. RG will vary in the degree of effort that maximize the enhancement planetary health. It is planetary health that is the ultimate basis of an add on to your higher power. IOW your personal power springs from the ground bellow you and the life around you.
The next step to the mentality of RG is hybridization through salvage and triage. A RG effort seeks to combine the new and the old ways of living and does this by focusing on salvage efforts of utilizing what you have in new ways. RG uses triage to eliminate those items that do not have long term use and do not contribute to a RG doomstead. Some items are out of place in one local but not another. Rid yourself of play toys but one RG local’s toy is another tools so this effort is relative. RG says make all your equipment and structures focused on RG efforts. RG leisure centers on the RG effort and focused on the local. It is influenced by relative sacrifice so a compromise of sorts is reached. Your family will push you into travel for leisure but show resistance by pushing local efforts instead.
In regards to the old ways RG refers to efforts at lifestyles of pre-modern times before fossil fuels and modern machines. These times were more survival based as RG must be considering our current collapse process. We have a wealth of new ways and things the key is to triage out those with no future because of low durability and little value to survival in a collapsed world. Horde those tools and knowledge of both the old and new but use RG wisdom to pick and choose and relative sacrifice to fit this effort into your status quo world.
RG behavior leads into the bricks and mortar of your RG local. Locality and individuality is the key here. There is no set templet for this part of RG. You are your own expert and your local should be the guide. Find out what is healthy about your local and enhance it with RG wisdom. Local efforts mean staying local in relative sacrifice. Your family and community will push you to leave your local so balance this tension. Eat and live local is your starting point. Build a RG monastery both abstract and physical. A library of knowledge and a shop of tools is the basis of this RG brick and mortar. It is the brick and mortar that begins the process of harvesting and gathering of low carbon solar energy that is found in both the living and nonliving world.
“Collapse: The Seneca Strategy” A Book By Ugo Bardi
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“My second book on the concept of “Seneca Collapse” (or Cliff, or Ruin, or the like) is nearly completed and it should be available from Springer before the end of the year. It is a sequel to my first book, “The Seneca Effect”, but this second one is thought as more easily readable “trade” book.”
“I used “The Seneca Strategy” as a title because the book focuses on how to deal with collapses rather than on the physics of collapses. It proposes a strategy that’s based on the Stoic view of the world revisited under the lens of system dynamics. It is the idea that you don’t try to force systems to do what you want them to do, a concept that Jay Forrester termed “pushing the levers in the wrong direction.”
“Table of Contents Six Things You Should Know About Collapse Collapse: An Introduction Models of Collapse Models of the Future: The Russian Roulette The Limits of Models. Nightfall on Lagash Why Models are not Believed: The Croesus Syndrome The Science of Collapse Complex Systems: The Goddess’ Wrath The Power of Networks: The Ghost in the Shell Living and Dying in a Complex Universe. The Story of Amelia the Amoeba. The Practice of Collapse The Collapse of Engineered Structures: For Dust you are and to Dust you Will Return Financial Collapses: Blockbuster goes bust Natural Disasters: Florence’s Great Flood Mineral Collapses: The Coming Oil Crisis? The Seneca Cliff and Human Violence: Fatal Quarrels Famines, Epidemics, and Depopulation: The Zombie Apocalypse The Big One: Societal Collapse Apocalypse: the collapse of the Earth’s ecosystem Strategies for Managing Collapse Technological Progress against Collapse. The Cold Fusion Miracle that Wasn’t Avoiding Overexploitation. Drill, Baby, Drill! Leadership Against Collapse: The Last Roman Empress Collapse as a Weapon: The Iago Strategy Deception as a Strategy: the Camper’s Dilemma Life After Collapse: The Seneca Rebound Conclusion: The Seneca Strategy”