Nuts and Bolts


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.

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.

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.

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
garden, orchard, foraging
grazing system
Knowledge and education
Money and finance

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.

“Awakening to Life”

Awakening to Life


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

The Spirituality of Low Carbon Capture

The spirituality found in low carbon capture is very important to grasp because your personal motivation to find deeper meaning in the ecology of the planet will be tested. The low carbon capture I do in REAL Green revolves around permaculture and conservation. Permaculture, “A system of perennial agriculture emphasizing the use of renewable natural resources and the enrichment of local ecosystems.” Conservation, “Preservation or restoration from loss, damage, or neglect.” Keep in mind REAL Green can be skills based for example a master brewer or carpenter. It can be a care giver or a laborer. It must revolve around localism and the proper scale of a lower footprint. In my REAL Green my intentions are a scaled footprint that primarily comes from permaculture in localism and conservation. REAL Green adds the element of realistic and relative to localism and permaculture. Your people and place are delocalized because of globalism and techno optimism of being modern. You take permaculture and you rationalize it around what you can do within your carbon trap and path dependencies or in other words your determinism. You mean test your scale in this regard.

Not everyone can go local and permaculture. There are few that have the time, resources, and the place to do this. Those who do are vital in regards to a new human that will result from the great turning the planet and civilization are in. A REAL Green has been awakened and goes forth in transformation. In this awakening tech follows spirituality. The spirituality is acceptance of the great turning from growth to decline. This means acceptance of a collpase process. A REAL Green will be the trailblazer of a new way of inhabiting a place and a new people. The spirituality is living in a wisdom that seeks a scaled footprint that is both resilient and sustainable. The REAL is realistic and relative. This collpase process is time based and location based so systematic and geographic. REAL Green wisdom knows proper scale with people and place. This is the key. It starts from behavior and moves to the physical and the lifestyle of how we inhabit our local of people and place.

Low carbon capture is vital to this transformation. Going local in permaculture with a proper footprint scale requires low carbon capture. The basis of an organism is energy conversion to sustain itself. Humans are no different. The problem humans have is the baggage called the brain. We haul around a huge amount of baggage that asks why are we doing this and also the selfish side of the isolation of the human ego. This isolated human ego will destroy everything around it if it finds that to be its advantage. This ego is also capably of great acts of selfless activity in the name of its people and place. The REAL Green awakening goes forth in this selfless activity with the understanding of the baggage of the human ego but also recognizes the empowered ego. If you are going to go local with a properly scaled footprint then you are going to low carbon capture.

Low carbon capture is often not profitable with opportunity cost. Sometimes in fact it is a downcycle. This is the brutal truth to trying to go local and be a permaculturist. You are dealing with dispersed energy and you as a human are greatly out of scale as a modern. How can one find meaning in this distortion of living? The truth is approached through meaning. So, what REAL Green attempts to do is first offer a pathway to meaning in a realistic and relative way that is unique to your people and place. The permaculture of localism is this pathway but this must be grounded in the relative and realistic of your people and place of the status quo. Few around you will be REAL Green orientated and fewer yet will be awakened and transformed on a journey to a REAL Green spirituality. The status quo is brutal for you and your people and place. It is also life giving and vital. This is the Anthropocene so survival is within a human altered planet especially for the delocalized modern. Being green is no longer natural it has to be instituted and formulated.

The opportunity cost, “The cost of an opportunity forgone (and the loss of the benefits that could be received from that opportunity); the most valuable forgone alternative.” Much of a REAL Green low carbon capture is low value high volume. Margins are supper slim. There is not enough time, resources, and labor to achieve perfections. A REAL Green will behold perfection because he is grounded in meaning which has him on a pathway to the truth but he will also see his trap. Then there is the sobriety and the humility of the opportunity cost of living REAL Green and being a successful modern. A successful modern is highly productive in the sense of emergy. “Emergy is the amount of energy that was consumed in direct and indirect transformations to make a product or service.” The modern will want to make a profit and or have an income. Low carbon capture is high volume and low value. Often it is negative and a sink. This happens because of how difficult it is to have a return on ecological investments in a human altered world. As a REAL Green modern you will struggle with the reality of your people and place and your personal needs to be green to bridge this gap.

This gap is for example the time and expense of heating with wood from your private wood lot. This wood lot is you harvesting of dead and dying trees with wildlife and beauty as a concern but the switching of a switch to electric heat and paying the bill from the fruits of your high paying status quo job is your opportunity cost. You may have a garden that takes a lot of effort and resources of time, money, and carbon or just go to the grocery store and get a cornucopia of choices and ease of purchase. Then there is the effort of maintaining land properly in relation to a permaculture localism, wildlife benefit, and beauty. One can throw lots of fossil fuels at this effort. Hire people and sit back and give orders from a beach house in Florida. They can make it look like a golf course which is pleasing to a human’s eye but horrible for the planet how green is all that? There is renewable energy and its cost and return. My system is not paying for itself but it does offer resilience and sustainability in regards to green prepping. If a Texas size storm happens my pipes won’t freeze and my food will not rot. These examples are just a few of the trade-offs from the human baggage of the ego and the reality of a planet with limits.

A properly scaled human within a balanced planetary system in a supportive web of life ecosystem is a REAL effort. A REAL Green will have to utilize low carbon capture to get closer to this meaning but he will also have to maintain his viability in the status quo of profit and income of the Anthropocene. The Key to REAL Green is the physical follows the spiritual. Action follows behavior. This also means the recognition of the planet and the web of life’s disposition. This disposition is now a decline process. The planet has been tipped from the relative balance of the Holocene to the abrupt instability of Anthropocene. The web of life is in a 6th great extinction. To square this requires significant morality and faith base if you want to be both REAL Green and status quo successful.

This discussion may seem wordy but it is critical to see just how thin margins are of meaning with low carbon capture and what is demanded of modern life. Even more significant is there are so few who will choose this path of meaning and even those who chose it many will fail and go back to the status quo. Even a REAL Green master will see a brief window when experience, resources, and time combine to grow something beautiful and meaningful but then this too shall end. The REAL Green master will get old and lose his mental and physical faculties and his REAL Green monestary will turn to dust in an estate sale and the entropy of physical degradation. So, it is this thin veneer of meaning that can be gathered, harvested, and produced by a REAL Green master that possesses the seeds of meaning. This meaning is special meaning of planetary acquiescence. What this means is the web of life and the planet will support you in this difficult journey. The meaning you gather will not be yours but will be yours to apply to your local of people and place. Good luck and may the planet touch you!


Imagination is the problem.  Today’s activist imagine a solution.  There are solutions just not the kind they are imagining.  There are no solutions to a tipped planet and a civilization in decline.  Extinction events feed upon themselves.  Civilizations unravel in a self-organizing way. So instead of imagination lets talk about acceptance.  The cold hard reality of a great turning on all level.  The only beneficial level can be the spiritual asset of meaning that is found in acceptance.  Meaning comes from honesty and acceptance not imagination.  Human imagination is what got us to this point.  Now we are carbon trapped in path dependencies and we are not going to imagine our way out of this.


Imagining Degrowth is not a solution either at the top.  It is a solution if you embrace acceptance and go local.  Degrowth by small groups and individuals is called for.  Higher up you go in human organization the less ability there is for any constructive change in degrowth.  This is just the reality of humans and their condition of being unbalance at higher population and complexity levels.  You can’t negotiate this issue.  It is an inherent condition of planetary physics.  Our greatest minds are trapped in their minds concerning this.  They have all kinds of wonderful ways of being in denial.  Study after study is produced with this same fatal flaw.  This is why all human civilizations fail and our global one will too.  The planet and the web of life manage species in this way and we globals are no different.


Where imagination come in then is once there is acceptance.   An acceptance awakened individual and or small groups can imagine solutions at the local level.  Here the awakening becomes both degrowth and growth.  The degrowth is declining in place into localism.  It is embracing intermitency, seasonality, and low carbon capture.  It is about low tech or no tech mixed and fused with those great products and knowledge from the modern.  It is a hybridization that allows constructive growth within the niches formed from destructive change.  Imagination follows when an awakened individual taps into the truth and finds spiritual meaning from decline.  This spiritual meaning then finds roots in proper living.  In the case of the modern man this is a retreat in force at the local level utilizing all those wonderful force multipliers of the modern world.  It is not what you see today with the resilience movements at the top.  It is not preaching false hope to the masses.  It is not you can have your cake of affluence and eat it.  It is utilizing affluence as it dissipates and thereby creating a niche or refuge from the coming storm of destructive change


The only way this can be done properly is at the grassroots level and even more restrictive is only a few have the right stuff.  This is why those who do possess the right stuff are so important.  They are the seeds of regrowth.   If humans don’t go extinct then they will be the new humans.  The global is wrapped up in a great systematic unwinding forced on it by three forces.  The planet is tipped into abrupt change with climate.  Vital systems like the hydrologic, nutrient, and carbon cycles are now breaching stable states.  This is planetary phase change.  The web of life is in a succession with extinction, ecosystem decline and localized failure.  Human civilization is now turning from growth to decline with the systematic chaos of abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational.  The place this can be mitigated and adapted to is the small scale.  An analogy is the little mammal and the dinosaur.


Resilience and sustainability is really only at the grassroots level of individual and small group.  This is not to say these larger scale movements are not great for us all just don’t expect solutions here.  These seeds of change need these top-level movements for knowledge and good products.  The awakened individual and small group should realize the futility of the various movements that seek a global impact for the trap they are in.  Focus your energy at what is right in front of you locally.  Here is where you will achieve something.  These higher-level efforts are doomed to failure because of the nature of the Tower of Babel of competitive cooperation of globalism.


This is planetary determinism.  It is systematic and cannot be negotiated.  That said many good ideas are hatched at the highest levels just not real solutions.   Those lower down can utilize great stuff from above.  At the bottom individuals and groups can use the status quo to leave it.  At the top they are trapped in the status quo.  The status quo cannot be adapted because the planet and the web of life are on a gradient of destructive change.


Resilience lacks radicality. Let’s cultivate our imagination seriously

REAL Green Shamanism

REAL Green spirituality incorporates green shamanism.  It is important to understand the difference between the standard shamanism discussed these days and a green shaman.  REAL Green tries to filter out the nutter ideas and instead goes for the deeper historic human meaning.  Tapping into your local of people and place results in proper scale.   This allow a REAL Green wisdom.  This wisdom leads to a planetary spiritual response.  This is not a speaking in tongues or a mad rant claiming special powers of miracles.  It is the simple and basics of finding the scale that allows a local connection to people and place.  This is a low-level metaphysical energy.  It is felt and understood from humility and acceptance.  It then goes forth doing good deeds for one’s local of people and place.  There is not the excitement and dopamine most are looking for.  Instead it is connectivity and a familiarity with the essence of life which can cure the self-isolation of the ego.  The most immediate spiritual meaning is the earth below your feet and the people around you, in the here and now.


One does not have to practice the formalities of shamanism.  There is a practice one can study.  I studied Shamanism in the 2004-2006 at  I do not discourage this but for most this will not be the point of REAL Green shamanism.  REAL Green is consistent that you need not reinvent your current spirituality you hold dear to your heart.  A green shaman is connecting locally to people and place in REAL Green.  The way of the shaman is a spiritual persuasion that was historically the spiritual leadership of the tribe.  Green shamanism is instead an add-on tapping into the practice of shamanism to enhance one’s existing spirituality.  REAL Green has specific lifestyle rules and a compilation of instructions focused on localism and the behavior of the acceptance of decline.  This focus is on the art of green prepping through homesteading and permaculture.  This yields spiritual assets that strengthen ones existing higher power not supplements it.  Green shamanism is something all religions and spiritual persuasions can utilize.  This is important because for most their existing spiritual home is sacred.  REAL Green does not attempt to interfere with this but instead build on it.


In REAL Green, green shamanism means actions and routines that bring you closer to the planet.  These are most fully realized in homesteading and permaculture.  REAL Green calls for a monestary of knowledge and things preparing for the decline of the planet and human globalism.   This is a great turning into a new human epoch of decline.   These constructs enhance resilience and sustainability of the REAL Green local.  REAL Green can also be applied to crafts, skill sets, and artistry.  I focus on homesteading and permaculture because that is my life formation.  My REAL Green local needs a small community to thrive.  REAL Green demands require one to be good at many things and specialized in a few.   The REAL Green needs relationships in the local that provide specialization. A local community is a mirror of the REAL Green in the respect to skills and specialization.  As a green shaman you can summons a local by bringing localization efforts to life.


The unfortunate situation for the REAL Green these days is there are very few small communities for a REAL Green to connect to.  It is often easier to connect digitally with people of like mind but this is a delocalization.  The digital delocalizes and distorts the true nature of your local as well as enhances it.  The Anthropocene is a human epoch of delocalization that REAL Green seeks adaptation to.   Restrict both the auto and the digital tools.  You should use these delocalizing tendencies to leave them whenever possible.  This is part of the triage and hybridization of REAL Green.   The abilities of modern transport and digital connectivity is so great but it is only through proper wisdom and balance that the delocalization of these powerful tools can be minimized.  Green Shamanism seeks planetary strength to assist with the adaptation.


Green shamanism is the metaphysical and spiritual side of going REAL Green.  When one practices REAL Green, the mechanics opens one up to spiritual results.  You can connect to the planet.  You do this locally with people and place.  You do this with restoration in mind.  All around you the beauty of the Holocene is being degraded by human forcing, your homestead of permaculture seeks to restore habitat.  The REAL Green does what he can in decline in acceptance.  Green shamanism comes in with the connectivity of this process.  It yields a power by tapping into the planetary way to deal with the many uncomfortable tasks required of low carbon capture and the confinement of localism.


Our species developed not as the techno modern but as semi-nomadic hunter gathers.  In this way a green shaman attempts to reconnect to this earlier reality but realistically and relatively.  You have to have a car to survive.  Most people need electronics to interact with people.  Where green shamanism comes into this is the wisdom of reducing these powerful forces.  It is like the bartender that recommends to a patron not to drink that next drink.  These forces and lifestyle are powerful in their ability to delocalize.  It is almost always the case that reducing their use increases spiritual benefits.  The physical can be advanced as well mainly because too often we fail to enjoy the simplicity of staying local.  The physical of the local requires constant effort.   The basis of REAL green is low carbon capture.  Low carbon capture is high volume and low profit in the techno modern world’s value system.  This means a constant degradation by delocalizing behavior of the digital and auto.  It is understandable some locals are so poor it is better to migrate from them.  Some of you are trapped in poor locals so you leave for relaxation.  This is discussed as one of the formative principals of REAL Green.  First find a good local.  Green shamanism can help with this.


Green shamanism rediscovers the power that is lost when one delocalizes.  It reconnects the REAL Green to his people and place yielding a powerful spiritual asset.  It is this spiritual side of REAL Green that is green shamanism.  A shaman was traditionally on the fringe of the tribe so he could be in touch with the great spirit.  In a sense the modern green shaman stays out of the status quo as much as he can so he can maintain the wisdom of REAL Green localism.

REAL Green Vocabulary

I have completed my REAL Green working vocabulary.  See it in the page section.  This is intended as a reference on the REAL Green language I routinely use.  Since REAL Green is not status quo it has an adapted word use.  I wanted to provide a reference for future posts if there are words and ideas that one does not understand.  This turned out to be very enjoyable for me and has brought together much of what I have discussed for the last two years as my REAL Green lifestyle coalesced.


The next page I will be working on is an in depth look at my green prepping in a section on my homestead, monestary, and permaculture farm.