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 shamanism.org.  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.

The False Hope of Techno Optismism

I have been following this CO2 thing since college in 85.  I studied finance but my electives were science and philosophy.  Back then the C02 problem was considered futuristic. Over the past 20 years my opinion has been shaped by economics and science.  Too often science and economics is divorced on both sides from each other.  When you bring the two together honestly it is much easier to reality test both systems.


When I look at the problem both with science and economics the solutions proposed these days don’t add up.  I read somewhere that all human activity would have to end except agriculture for meaningful reductions in carbon but that may even be unrealistic mainly because now we are seeing natural carbon increases from feedbacks from 200 years of human forcing.  These feedbacks will likely make any human C02 effort mute.  If you consider what needs to be done with carbon emissions related to human activity and apply an economic analysis then you see there won’t be an economy as we know it with what is needed to make an impact.  Forget all this fancy technology without an economy because the emission reduction effort is mainly techno not behavioral.  Behavior does not sell!


The solutions science is proposing like a net-zero-30 are not plausible if you use honest science and realistic economics.  The build out of all these new appliances for solar and wind capture is huge.  The support networks needed are as large.  The resources needed that will be mined and transported have a massive emissions footprint.  The ugliness of it all is rarely acknowledged.  The cost of all this does not add up especially considering lower EROI of a holistic renewable system considering long and short-term storage and the resulting backup needed.  These other costs are almost never advertised when solar and wind costs are talked about as lowest.  They may be lowest cost additions these days but not with a full picture.  Fossil fuels real contribution to solar and wind is rarely acknowledged.


Then there is the whole plausibility of a renewable world replicating a renewable world without fossil fuels.  This does not add up in my mind.  So once this massive buildout is completed then all these appliances will need a new round of building and retiring all that waste stream.  We have not even considered the rest of the world has not even started their renewable revolution.  So, the current so-called revolution is only half baked.  Net-zero-30 is a rich world slogan not a whole world slogan.  Considerable emissions are still coming post rich world net-zero-30 (if that happens).  It is true the rich emit so much more but look at how big the poor population is and their impact on the natural systems that influence carbon like trees and water resources.  These are part of the carbon system too.


The economics of all this is dubious.  I have invested in my own life a considerable amount in low emission technology with low return.  I have even made an attempt to alter behavior dramatically because I feel behavior is the key variable.  Behavior is not even on the radar screen because you can’t sell it.  Technology you can sell.  I am considering an EV in a year or two and these don’t add up to me.  I consider them an advantage in many ways but not a cost benefit one as-is.   I like the higher efficiency of electric but then the battery cost is the issue.  Emissions are not much lower until the grid is greener.  I have seen some articles where battery cost are coming down but not dramatically to ensure a seamless transition that is a revolution.  A revolution is what is needed but instead I see a comedy/tragedy.  I do permaculture farming which is needed to lower emissions too.  This does not add up with what is needed to lower emissions and keep a modern economy going on the food energy side.


So, if some of you techno optimist get disgusted with me that is my honest response to all this explorations I am doing.  Keep in mind I have a past business background and a lifelong scientific passion combine in the pursuit of a way of life I live which is green prepping.  I have come to the conclusion human civilization is in an end game process both with socio-economic issue and scientific realities of decline of a habitable and growth based human world.  The really cruel reality is we are in a box unable to go forwards or backwards with the comfortable modern way of life some of us live.  Only 1 billion of us really live well.  For the others it is a struggle already.  Yes, population reductions are a must but then you are also impacting growth.


This is why I am a doomer but an optimist one.  Many of us can embrace more resilience and sustainability to adapt better to this decline but pain is ahead regardless.  Techno optimism is a joke really but it does offer hope even if it is likely false hope.


P.S.  My REAL Green working vocabulary is progressing quickly.  I hope to have it posted next week!

The Delocalized Soul

Sometimes I feel the desire to leave the interconnectedness of this great web.  I am speaking of the digital web.  Just as our homes have been delocalized so has our souls. The car culture has taken us from our homes and the digital from our soul.


I am now witnessing a nation being ripped apart.  I have a side and I have a betrayal.  But really this is the natural progression of human nature when it is out of scale.  Though I tell myself that really it is my battle within because all those fine ideas are put to the test and many fail.  These dysfunctions and irrational tendencies come from our separation from our home and soul.  This schism is taking us further away from our people and place.


There is no answer to this if we cannot scale properly and the world will not let us scale properly.  Scale is against the narrative of affluence because it means accepting defeat and, in this world, defeat is for losers.  It is what it is and that is poison.  Lying, cheating, and stealing with each side progressively polarizing.  Those who try to take a middle road are accused.  Those who don’t care and want to hide are fodder for the warriors.  There is no hiding from this conflict.


In REAL Green there is the behavior and lifestyle of the green prepper.  A REAL Green prepares for just such crisis.  It is a way of life and in some ways second nature but this has to be the hardest of crisis.  This is because this crisis is the battle of our collective soul.  It is a battle for who will tell the narrative.  In a civil war the winner takes all.  No mercy is granted because the other is guilty of betrayal.  His family has betrayed him and nothing cuts like that.  In the end all is lost before rebirth.  Scorched earth allows flowers to grow.


I am not going to tell you as a REAL Green you can transcend this.  You can’t hide from it.  All you can do is mentally and physically lay low as needed and fight when you must.  Yes, this is about doing battle and this battle is also within.  The battle to be compassionate and understanding when there is so much pain and anger.  You can transform this battle by scaling locally in home and soul.  This is why I would say downsize with dignity to lessen the indignations that will come.  Civil wars are net loses not even zero-sum gains.  You will find strength by simplicity in places close by.  This of course will not save you but it will bring meaning.


The meaning is acceptance that you do not even have your home or your soul in this trap.  You embrace your insecurity.  You feel it.  You look into its abyss and from there you find yourself….maybe.  Yet, it is those who face this struggle both within and without honestly who thread the needle of success.  This success is deceptive because there is no prize as in a diploma of achievement.  It is more the journey itself that offer life and a chance to be authentic.  Authentic is being human and to be human you must find a proper place.  If you do not then you are adrift.  To be adrift is to be destructive.


My advice to myself now in this dark time of great change is to live what I just spoke.  It is to face that which is in me that is my own destructiveness.  If I can come to terms with that then this demon will become an angel.  An angel is acceptance of the inevitable end of my home and soul.  Once I have taken that step then I go forth on its behalf.  That it is our mother earth and fellow man.  It is not to live as I should but to live as I can because the ultimate trap is within.


P.S I continue to work on my working vocabulary of REAL Green.  It is something I must feel to do so instead of pumping it out quickly I am taking the time needed.  BTW, it has been very enjoyable to explore all those ideas that have coalesced from the wisdom of embracing planetary and human succession.