All-Down

I am going to start with the bad one.  This would be a situation where civilization is damaged beyond repair.  These kinds of events could be nuclear war, cascading world war without Nuks, and natural events.  Climate change and net energy decline don’t fit this category but will be discussed in the next step up in my series where collapse is an accelerating process but not catastrophic.  This less severe decline type develops within the global system with time to adapt.  The sudden loss of electrical grid and primary energy supplies for transport across the globe will be catastrophic.  The critical element of human collapse or not is degree and duration of shock.  This dictates species survival and we are no different.  All-down differs by being an event and being global. 

The natural events that could strike would be a caldera volcano, severe solar flares, and an asteroid.  Any natural event that would end the resource chains of primary energy and the value chains of industrial economy would bring down civilization.  Surprisingly, this breakdown is easier to occur than many would care to consider.  The loss of the grid is an end game.  If the grid goes down so does civilization.  Without electricity our overextended way of life collapses.  The grid is very fragile so do not take it for granted.

There are few refuges from this all-down collapse because of population levels and consumption profiles.  Even sustainable places with low consumption profiles will suffer the waste steam of collapsing industrial civilization and the movement of peoples from overpopulated areas.  All sustainable peoples are only partial sustainable because of delocalization.  Even the poor subsistence farmer still gets products from the globalized world.  In an all-down ALL are at the mercy of fate. 

The waste stream of nuclear waste ponds boiling dry is just one example of poisons leaching across the planet from system failure of centuries of human development.  This would be a very dirty event so any of those extremist environmentalists that lust for an industrial civilization collapsed are sadly mistaken.  This will be a global destructive event that will likely do more harm than a gentler decline process of managed destructive change.  The dirtiness of it will threaten all other life with dramatic decline in ecosystem health.  As an environmentalist I seek managed change and understand and accept what we have done to the planet.  A human die-off will do more harm than good for life.  A slower power-down is more desirable.

I have been a doomer and prepper since 2000.  I didn’t know fully what that meant back then but I had a gut feel for decline having researched extensively multiple different fields that appeared to me interconnected.  I am a generalist not a specialist.  This has allowed me to see things the best minds don’t see because of their fact prejudice from specialization.  I also tag different collapse variables as less severe than the experts portray.  This applies to climate change that is far too hyped in regards to other variables.  Climate change is bad but it is not alone. 

It is more the convergence of several variables that is the issue.  The runway train of technological development is a central element to all man’s problems and potential solutions.  We are digging a hole deeper with our worship of technological progress.  It is our evolutionary dead end.  Individually get out of this worship if you want to improve your survival profile.

I differentiate decline and collapse for a very important reason.  While collapse is always possible, collapse is an event.  Decline is a process.  Collapse actually applies more to localized collapse mirroring the global ecosystem with localized failure but only general decline.  I have found human civilization mirrors natural ecosystems so follow the science of ecology to understand what is happening to our global civilization.

I saw right through the hollow social narrative of techno progress years ago on multiple levels.  I entertained renewables in the 90s.  I made plans up for an off-grid cabin back when it was a more a curiosity.   I researched renewables extensively in the 2000s watching their development.  I came to the fair conclusion a few years ago they will not transition us from fossil fuels with a status quo of affluence or anything close. 

NetZero renewable systems will stall at 30-40% primary power in most places and even then, cause dramatic drops in affluence.  By the way I have a 3600-watt solar system with battery and inverter.   I know firsthand the pluses and minuses.  Renewables are vital to a managed decline by offering diversity but will not save us.  I mention this because they could cause our ability to resist an all-down worse if not properly applied.  Today’s NetZero is a dangerous plan that will expose civilization to collapse dangers.

I have always mentioned on various sites where I was in conversations about renewables that energy is only part of the reason behind the overall decline process.  There are multiple reasons for decline and no single one is the primary driver rather it is the convergence and negative reinforcement of all of them driving the system into destructive change.  This change includes abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational.

Improper human decisions are a huge problem today with technological progress.  Destructive change includes the abstract and physical of the human system.  It is self-organizing with billions of carbon trapped and path dependent decisions.  In my opinion it is unstoppable so don’t fight it with denial and poor lifestyle thinking we can power out of this.

If the grid goes down and no resupply is possible, I will turn to my stocks of food, equipment, and energy.  I have guns and ammo.  I have medical supplies.  I have water equipment.  I have a working farm that can be turned to for food.  I have livestock guardian dogs for security.  I have fuel stocked up.  I have a lot of goods to barter.  I have a lot of alternative equipment to utilize when all else fails.  I have a garden, orchard, grapes, natural forage, and hunting. 

This sounds great for me but it is not what you think.  All this stuff just delays the inevitable unless lady luck spares me.  These blessings of luck will be few in an all-down.  I do not expect to survive long in an all-down.  I am not in denial and I live day by day contemplating death as a safety valve for fear.  If you live with death, it becomes your friend advising you on how to live life fully.  I often speak of allowing your demons to become angles.  Hell is here on earth so face it and you will find beauty and grace.

Yet, I can survive several months like this if not attacked or overwhelmed by the needy.  In this extreme all-down case, I will likely be short on help.  In milder cases I am a go-to place for my family as a safe house.  In extreme cases I doubt my family will make it here.  I am talking greater family.  My immediate family of wife and two 14-year-old boys are here with me most of the time.  Although they may not be here when the event strikes.  If all-down hits and it is just me here on the farm the difficulties will be enormous.  Warm bodies are essential to surviving collapse for multiple reasons including division of labor but also morale.

Labor is going to be an issue although too many mouths to feed is an issue too pointing to a sweet spot.  Preparations are required to support more people and more people are required to extend out survivability.  My wife and 14-year-olds will help but the reality is without a grid and fossil fuels I will need 12 people minimum.  This will be for home economics.  We will need to forage and hunt.  We will need a security detail.  Water will need to be gathered daily.  There will need to be shifts so rest can be had.

In the first months my backup generator will assist my solar to keep my freezers cold and give us light.  If this happens in the winter, I will have the solar to run my wood boiler which heats my home and shop.  My backup fuel will go many months if I husband it.  This will eventually run out.  My solar and battery may breakdown but will probably continue on for years.  Still if the solar breaks down it will be of little use since resupply of replacement parts will not be an option.  Something as small as a fuse will stop it if I don’t have a spare.  I have a stock of candles and other light devices but these too will run out. 

In this extreme situation the basics in regards to equipment will last a relatively short time and be highly at risk of permanent breakdown.  Having all the spare parts needed is quite an effort.  I have lots of backup but it is never enough.  Yet, I will likely have a grace period to organize and implement a longer-term survival plan.  Eventually that plan will have to be human and animal labor with local biomass.

I have a stock of charcoal to cook with.  I have a large propane tank to use for cooking.  My wood boiler produces charcoal in its process that I can utilize.  Yet, these things will run out or break eventually.  So, cooking will at some point need to be with a wood fire.  I have a wood stove that is an oven I can utilize.  This will be a great item to draw upon because cooking over an open fire is messy and exposes you to the elements. 

I will make an effort to immediately start foraging and hunting.  Keep in mind others will likely be doing this too so I expect the deer, turkey, and rabbit populations to be decimated quickly but this depends on how many people survive me locally.  Lots of things like blackberries, walnuts, acorns are available around my farm.  There are many eatable greens. 

It matters what time of the year this all-down hits.  An all-down in the deep of winter will make everything all the more difficult here in the Ozarks.  The fact that I have months of long shelf-life food will power me through this dangerous period.  If you can buy some long shelf-life food.  Have two months minimum.  Your pantry will empty quickly and the freezer even quicker.  Your freezer may not have power making it useless in day.  It is an insurance policy that will give you breathing room to make proper decisions.

In an all-down any animal will be game.  Any kind of meat will be used.  Dead animals will be utilized depending on how decomposed.  Remember I have 4 dogs that will need to be fed too.   They have no problem eating dead animals.  They eat the equivalent to a man.  I may be short on labor for all tasks making the effort of hunting, foraging, and preparing food a time juggle with other efforts.  Food is a critical element so you will need to rid your mind of any food prejudices.  I fast twice a week and I can tell you it never gets comfortable.  I have been fasting for 10 years both for health reasons and prep.  I am used to it but there is something about an empty stomach for 36 hours that focuses thoughts.

I have a solar system which can power my well pump.  This requires I power down everything else because it takes all my system can do to run the ¼ horsepower electric well pump.  I have a wood boiler to heat water without the need for an electric water heater.  It does this through a water-to-water heat exchanger.  So, I will have water and the luxury of hot water for a time.  I estimate equipment failure with the solar and wood boiler will happen eventually.  In a maximum of 5 years, I expect them to be useless.

I have plenty of water sources.  I have a device I can lower into a well casing to pull water back up.  There are lakes and ponds on my farm.  I have the equipment to purify water.  Eventually these water purifiers will degrade.  There is a spring on the place I can get clean water at all times but this is a quarter mile walk.  To lengthen the use of my purifying equipment I will likely need to get water from this spring as much as possible.  This lengthening out strategy will have to happen with many other applications.  We tend to use the best and easiest first but this will be problematic in an all-Down because resupply will be nonexistent.  I will need to get water to my animals too.  Lots of back breaking efforts will be needed with water.  Water is 8lbs a gallon and many gallons will be needed.

Animals will be very important to my survival and especially to longer term survival if that is even possible.  It is unclear how long we will make it when all goes down but having animals will greatly increase my options.  This is why I often speak of a working farm being so important for longer term survival.  I have goats, cattle, and chickens.  I wish I had more animals especially for labor and transport but I am maxed out running a working farm as it is.  I manage a household, equipment, buildings, systems, and 400 acres.  I am approaching 60 and wearing out.  Nobody seems to want to do the work I do and there is no money in a small farm so there is a limit to what I can do.

The goats are my best resource because they are easy to handle and prepare into food.  Cattle are more difficult to deal with but offer lots of meat if I can find the time and help to prepare them into food.  They may be more for trade and barter or group food efforts.  I will have refrigeration because of my solar but again this will depend on how long the solar works and refrigerators work.  I have air drying equipment as an alternative to refrigeration but this is much more an effort. 

Chicken will have to free range and it is likely since I will not have feed for them, they will be eaten for food instead of eggs.  The problem with both goats and cattle is in the winter time.  Hay is needed and it may not be available.  I have small size hay equipment but remember fuel will run out.  I have a scythe but this requires lots of manual labor in groups.  I may not have the time and help to get enough hay. Still, the animals can make it through winter but loses will go up.  They will have to range over many more acres requiring me to be more a shepherd hanging out with them to keep them from wandering off.  This is just more labor and time I will be short on but is still an option.

Washing and cleaning are important for the maintenance of clothing.  Cloths will be wearing out so I do make an effort to have backup.  I keep tough work cloths as backup but these will eventually wear out.  I have hand washing equipment like in the old days and cleaning supply backup.  Supplies will run out in a year or so.  I do have books on how to make soap but this again will require labor and some supplies.  I have hot water for as long as my wood boiler and solar hold out.  I have equipment to boil water which will be my last resource.  This is inconvenient and inefficient but still an option.

There is plenty of wood around my farm and I have equipment to get wood.  The fossil fuel equipment will degrade within a year and then I will turn to axes and a cross cut saws.  These require lots of labor and time that will already be needed for food, water, and animals.  I wish I had the time and money to have a mule team but I don’t.  A mule team is essential for hauling logs out of the woods.  I am maxed out already with very little margins for extras.  I can buy this stuff but this is just part of the process.  A mule team needs to be maintained and I need an education on their care.  This all takes time I don’t have.  In an all-down they will need to be fed and watered too.

Heating will be vital in the winter.  I keep back up propane but this will be used up quickly and I will likely not want to use this for heating and instead use it for cooking.  I have electric backup but remember the grid is down.  My solar can only run a small heater and only do this when there is full sun.  I have generators but fuel will run out.  Heating will have to be with wood.  I have 2 years’ worth of seasoned wood stored up.  Making seasoned firewood takes time and labor that will be in short supply.  Wood will be vital like water and food.  Without help I can’t do them all very well.

In an all-down situation for the first few months security is going to be a big issue depending on how bad the all-down is.  A Nuk war situation will mean most large cities will be destroyed.  A situation where cities remain this will mean there will be some refugees on the move.  It is unclear how many and how far they will venture.  Fuel will run out so cars and trucks will not make it that long except in cases where organizations take what fuel is left and utilize it for security and or exploitation. 

I have a shortwave radio, CB, FM/AM, and weather band where emergency broadcasting will be made.  I have a neighbor who I speak with once a month on the shortwave radio.  We will keep in touch during a crisis period both as a way to know if raiding is occurring but also for morale.  When all down hits having people to talk to will help with the crushing reality of collapse.

How much military and police there is will depend on time frame.  Early on they will be around but latter they will be struggling to survive too.    I imagine war-lordism will develop.  I personally feel in an all-down, cities will die out rapidly.  I estimate they will drop down to a tenth of their former populations.  Many will completely depopulate. 

People will likely not move far because this means leaving their security and psychological comforts.  If they know there is no place to go, they will likely just shelter in place where everything will run out.  In 90 days, a mass die off will occur in most places.  If you can make it through this 90 days your odds increase.  Delocalization has produced settlements that are not sustainable nor resilient to shock except with a functioning global civilization.

I have guns, ammo, and dogs.  My shop has been reinforced as a defensive place.  Yet, I will need people to keep good security.  This labor need will be in addition to food, water, and wood efforts.  I do have neighbors who I have already been in contact with in regards to security.   We can draw together for security if there is a very dangerous time.  How well this will function is hard to say.  I will be a hardened target but depending on how big the raiding or refugee forces are.   My security success will depend on how many people I have.  If security fails then everything I have could be wiped out in a day.

Human power is again the big limiter of survival but it is also a liability that must be fed, watered, and kept warm.  One big issue will be the need to turn people away that need help.  This will be a very tough situation because I tend to be a helpful and generous person but this must be restricted or else my survival and those under my care will be at risk.  I dread the thought of killing in self-defense but this will be required in certain situations.  I am going to need to turn people away and possibly with force.  Bribery may be the best options in combination with being a hardened target.  If I can give something to a group and not have them attack this may be an alternative to a fight.  Bad actors will move on to easier targets hopefully.

REAL Green is heavily weighted towards attitude and morale.  It is absolutely necessary in this all-down situation to have proper mental preparation.  Everything you have will be pushed to the limit so you do not have the time for anxiety, confused decision making, and feeling sorry for yourself.  You will need to respond like someone in the special forces.  You train like you are in a war and act like you train in war. 

You will want to be organized and prepared with proper attitude.  This is the surreal part of being REAL Green.  You will have to live the status quo narrative that all is well but prepped for a crisis.  This prepped condition is in a constant state of readiness.  Having stuff is good but not good enough.  It is just like the military you have to be in a constant state of readiness.  The way I do this is to try as much as I can to combine the two worlds so an adapted status quo life is in a state of readiness. 

Living REAL Green means using the status quo to leave it.  You will green prep which will satisfy a spiritual desire to be more resilient and sustainable.  What is greener is more prepped.  Of course, there is a sweet spot between the two as is the case in life with most things.  I am talking true green not fake green.  Techno green is fake green but because we are in a status quo world of tech and efficiency you will have to incorporate fake green into green efforts.  This is what I call hybridization.  You will need to triage out tech that is not optimal for survival.  You will have to learn to salvage and produce systems that leverage higher tech with low tech and no tech. 

Green for me is also spiritual.  I find a spiritual connection to the planet.  I am a green mystic and practice a simple green shamanism that is little more than a connection to the land like Native Americans had.  I live this so my green prepping comes more naturally than it would for others who are urban and more humanist.  I am speaking of humanism that is removed from nature.  Most techno-optimistic people don’t have much of a connection to the planet.  Many established religions are not connected.  I am connected and live it and this will enhance my survivability.

In an all-down your state of readiness is vital so learn to live a life that is in a state of readiness but also live a rewarding life.  This means more work and less affluence because survival will be with lower comforts and more work.  This is a certainty so don’t think the rich with their bunkers will avoid this either.  A few warlords will have workers, soldiers, and slaves and have comforts but not many.  Just expect a life of discomfort and hard work.  Start living this now if survival matters.  You don’t want to learn to adapt to discomforts in discomfort.  You want to learn this in a state of affluence to work up to readiness. This frame of mind is tough to do and takes discipline. 

The most important aspect of all decline types including all-down is localism.  Go local to find proper balance with proper scale.  A spiritual windfall results from localism too.  If you have a system that runs smoothly then it will work when put under stress.  I have found this to be the case with my grazing system.  A functioning localism is worth more than a region with more resources.  Humans are a power multiplier.  Localism is a power multiplier.  Family, tribe, and community is the key.

I have many aspects of my grazing system invested in to lower my labor inputs.  I try to utilize nature as much as possible to lower my labor inputs.  I want my animals to do more of their own work.  This often means less productivity.  Lower stocking rates and less fossil fuels are an enhancement to my system but it means less return.  My system will not support my middle-class lifestyle with my working farm but it is more resilient and sustainable.  In an all-down situation, it is worth its value in gold by being resilient.  A return on investment will be with resilience not profit when all goes down.

I do not prep for this all-down situation.   My prepping is for a decline process I will write on in the next of the series.  Prepping for a decline process will take care of me for a time in an all-down.  Being prepped means I will be more likely to die a good death as Native Americans speak of.  This is with dignity and preparation.  A good death will be ok for me.  I often say that life is so short we are dead already.  In the blink of an eye, you are old and dying or in an instant dead from an accident.  Live life fully and a good death is more likely.

I prep for the low and medium collapse situation.  This all-down is truly a scary situation and the reason I feel we all need to be prepping for the two less dramatic decline scenarios instead.  I will discuss in later posts a more optimistic prep that is rewarding and educational. 

I have considered a filtration system for a NUK war fall out situation with a safe room.  I am in a very exposed location because of military bases in Missouri.  The bulk of the silo based NUKs of the US are out in the northwest plains so they will be hit hard.  Lots of fallout will result.  Much depends on the winds here in the Ozarks for how bad the fallout is.  If the winds are out of the south or southwest, I will do much better. 

NUK war is something I dread.  I mention this last because this is something man should contemplate so we avoid it.   Yet, I constantly hear and see preparations for it.  The southern hemisphere will fare much better.  In the north where I am at, I do not have much hope.

I have given you much to think about on decline and collapse.  I will give you more uplifting material on the next step up in the process with a slower decline process.  This will not be all-down globally but will be all-down locally in many places.  My Ozarks has lots of pluses for a slower decline.  This means if you want to avoid all-down situations find a resilient and sustainable local now. 

There will be failed locations to avoid and the science is clear where the worst places are.  Common sense will tell you where disastrous situations are lurking.  You will need to have the ability to move too.  I am planning on making my last stand here but maybe I will send my kids off if it is safe enough.  Again, I want a good death not one on the run.  None of us will be able to run from an all-down.  So, if a major NUK war hits or they announce an earth killing asteroid is coming just hunker down and get ready for your end time.

Collapse Chronicles

I am going to embark on a series highlighting collapse scenarios.  I call this collapse chronicles.  It will chronologize my vision of my collapse with different scenarios of degree and duration.  These will be my stories so deeply personal.  I plan on three but there should be many more because the diversity of decline is so great.  I say stories because at this point it is unclear how bad it will get.  This will reflect your collapse stories but it is not meant to be a comment on your situation. 

I am deeply local so what happens to me is only a reflection of what could happen to you.  My point is although I am a master at green prepping this does not mean I will succeed and you fail.  Collapse may be common but its effects are deeply local.  There is a science too so respect the science.  Situations and scenarios can vary widely so one size does not fit all. 

The degree and duration of shock is the keystone determination of survivability for a species.  For humans this goes deeper with the abstract species type of a human settlements and networks which are like an organism.  Corporations have quasi-individual status under the law.  The mechanization of transhumanism and delocalization give them a quality that is part life and part machine. 

City, rural, suburban, and wilderness will greatly influence how collapse proceeds.  The networking of strong or weak communities likewise are a variable.  The geography of collapse is a critical element.  Desert, mountain, swamp, lowlands all have a collapse character.  The temperature of a location is a critical element.  Mild conditions year around naturally offer advantages and bitter cold or extreme heat challenges because energy and food will no longer be a global commodity.   Water is a profoundly critical benchmark.  The world is now moving water around with large energy inputs that no longer will be available.  Population densities and consumption profiles rank high and generally will favor low densities with low consumption.

Some high population densities but low consumption profiles may fare better than low population high consumption.  This has a ratio where the combination of the two have a sweeter spot and the divergence an increasing risk.  Social capital is of great importance.  Populations that have cohesive populations with good behavior will naturally fare better.  Multicultural or homogenous will have a risk factor.  In those places where a healthy consumption allows multicultural stability there will be problems when affluence drops.  Homogenous populations will likely fare better generally but this can also allow bad group think and lack of diversity of action.  Luck is a huge variable.  Collapse is a gamble where some odds are known but overall most of the population is conned into believing they will win when the house is always favored.

Any population with a fragile and faulty narrative will be in danger when the truth destroys the lies.  Class structure and the genie coefficient is vital because the elite are where poor decisions tend to coalesce.  The reason for this is the corruption of wealth and power preservation when decline sets in.  In war we celebrate leaders who fight at the front leading by example.  Polarization of class will turn on each other because fairness is a cement.  If a population is taking on pain and suffering equally a force of community spirt is a power multiplier.  In places of great disparity, the rich will be at risk when the poor strip them of their thing and dignity. 

Energy is an issue especially where temperatures are more extreme.  Food is the traditional issue that is always a key benchmark.  If a region is a heavy food importer this is a serious issue.  Food shortages are the fuse the lights up other issues typically.

None of the above is new information but what is important with this common knowledge is these days the interconnectedness from transhumanism and delocalization changes this common historical perspective.  A global car culture with a digital web is far more dangerous than a Roman style collapse.  The fragility of the global human network is far more dangerous.  This global network is very stable and robust in the run up of growth but when growth stalls it breaks apart with dangerous cascading bifurcations. 

Global competitive cooperation that has allowed global action will turn dangerously competitive on the downside of the curve.  This is why cooperation further down is critical.  This is why localism is now vital.  The complexity with complicated parts of man’s mechanized civilization makes it a ticking bomb. 

The key ingredient is social cohesion with wisdom in my opinion.  Morale plays an oversize part and this is why I make the morale in REAL Green so high.  Acceptance leading to humility transforms to action.  Collapse will require huge amounts of action.  This morale is the pessimistic optimism of REAL Green that inspires heroism.  Heroism will be needed.  Crisis demands this. 

There are so many variables as to make a prediction of how you will fare in collapse difficult.  Yet, reviewing the variables of weakness and strength do have a common theme.  There are vital elements that can’t be lacking.  Food, water, and energy are critical.  Location and population densities less so if food, water, and shelter are good.  The social fabric is critical because of population with high morale will go the extra distance to adapt to decline. 

Decline needs to be embraced and where it is not there is a lie that will be shattered with bad consequences.  Luck is always a variable but luck is for the cavalier.  If you want to live that way fine but I would not want to live that way and have responsibility for love ones who are mostly innocent of reality.

I am speaking to leadership here but often latent leadership.  If you are not a leader move on.  My message is for those who will be leading by example and at the front facing death.  The innocent must be protected.  This is the most basic of human nature and must be respected.  You will not have the nation state to look too when SHTF. 

The psychological with action is called for but with honesty.  The psychology must be of acceptance.  Don’t fight reality with false narratives.  The results of decline must have an action of proper adaptation to mitigate succession if survival is the goal.  The embrace allows proactive planning.  Action is a must but proper action.  If the narrative of growth is maintained then the action will not be proper. 

This is the situation today with our growth-based civilization.  Although decline is recognized growth is the gold standard.  Decline is always considered temporary.  Collapse is taboo and doomers considered nutters.  This should illuminate how difficult the coming collapse will be.  A Ponzi scheme of growth with a narrative of lies will not end well.  This is especially true when it has been extended out decades beyond safe adaptation resulting in high populations and large consumption profiles.  The situation today is a paradigm shift of decline on all levels.  The only level with huge growth potential is meaning of getting closer to the truth of decline.    

I often talk about leaving cities because they will depopulate.  Yet, in some scenarios cities will be where effective defenses are put up to defend against some kinds of collapse.  This means careful evaluations before you cut and run from cities.  Best bet is to orbit a healthy city.  The rural areas could be left to their own devices.  In fact, cities may loot rural areas as needed for survival. 

Cities are the problem so don’t think you will be safe in them longer term even when they are walled against threats with good stocks of food, water, and shelter.  They are highly extractive with dangerous waste streams.  This will never offer safety longer term.  History as shown this to be true. 

This is why the Great Reset crowd are liars.  Their path is a path towards death through concentrated complex urbanization.  The great reset crowd as well as Chinese CCP of state capitalism are pushing a dehumanizing death cult.  Reject this by adapting to life.  The elites always bring civilizations down.  The life system will prevail because nature enjoys nature and only nature can overcome.  Humans will be greatly reduced soon so don’t worry about global extinction.

Your local is where you can make a difference.  This is down to the extreme of people and place but also the orbit you are in with other peoples.  My ideal is being located where food, water, and shelter are adequate.  Being engaged in a permaculture farm with important variables like food, water, and energy covered as much locally as possible. 

A green prepper is an ideal with backups that can be both technical and natural.  A fortified homestead is not enough longer term if the local you are in is poor.  A fortified homestead that orbits a fortified permaculture town is optimal.  The world is so delocalized today these vital combinations are rare.  Permaculture towns have been destroyed by delocalization.  The results are ruins that dot the landscape of towns that once flourished.  When I look at a map of the Ozarks, I see so many towns that are really no more but they still represent a reason for settlement in an earlier time of localism.

I have a permaculture farm with a fortified homestead.  I have been doing this for 10 years.  I have been an evolving doomer and prepper for 20 years.  My start was seeing decline in peak oil and ecological failures in the 80s in the university.  Although peak oil came and went as a collapse variable it is still alive and well in net energy decline.  Ecological decline is accelerating. 

In college I embraced globalism because I bought into sustainable development narrative.  I thought abrupt change of the planet from human forcing was far off and humans could responsibly mitigate this.  I became disillusioned with this by 2000.  Earth systems have been forced far too much even in my short time.  So much has been damaged just in these 30 years since my formal education. 

It is almost as if the destructive tendencies of globalism sped up decline by an order of magnitude.  Transhumanism of the car culture and delocalization allowed for a mechanization that gained speed and lost control.  The digitation of the world is the last gear.  Land use changes are so great as to be equivalent to geological changes.  Anyone who denies the science of decline is not science honest.

I am a master of green prepping in some ways because this is my life’s work.  I walk the walk.  I practice what I preach.  I have the time, money, and education to do it.  I am not an academic talking about it abstractly.  I do it.  What I lack is a permaculture town to orbit.  I have made efforts over the years to influence small towns into permaculture but the world is so delocalized my calls have fell on deaf ears. 

This lack of a permaculture community to orbit will be my undoing in some scenarios but in all scenarios my prepping has fortified me for an initial period.  I will not be in panic for the basics in the initial runup to crisis.  I am psychologically prepared which is the most important.  This means I have courage on which all other virtues rest. 

This does not mean I will not suffer.  It means I am preparing myself to suffer.  I won’t transcend fear but I will not fear fear which is a vicious psychological trap of circular behavior that most often leads to panic.  This is important because it allows me choice instead of panicked action.  I have taken this further with green prepping and spiritual permaculture that are an action response.  These are what sustain me in the prelude to collapse which is what we are in now.  I am living a life style high in value and this gives my green prepping efforts meaning.  The opportunity costs of what I do are an easy life on the beach or the warm southwest.  Instead I labor on a working farm in adversity.

What is green is more prepped but what is more prepped is less green.  There is a sweet spot.  Hording is not green and being too natural in a transhuman delocalized world is not prepped.  It is this sweet spot that allows good preparedness and good spirituality. 

My spirituality is eclectic.  I am a green mystic.  This means I have done the spiritual journey to mysticism and now go forth on the planet’s behalf.  My higher power is a reflection of humility in mysticism.  What this means is I respect science and spirituality.  I can only find a place between the two.  I am not pure faith nor pure deduction.  I show respect to both worlds.  I now go forth on behalf of the planet.  This is green shamanism.

The key aspect of green prepping for me has been an optimism of action.  This quality of being is what honest green gives me.  This means although for the last 10 years there has been no collapse crisis to engage in, I have been living a rewarding life of reverence to the planet through permaculture localism.  This is a key ingredient because the journey is life.  If you engage in prepping for the destination that is collapse then the wait in anticipation of that single end point, your life is a waste.  

You are not rewarded with a good life you are only rewarded if collapse comes.  What kind of life is this!  This is why much of the prepper crowd are nutters because they throw away life in coveting life.   There is no reward for collapse so don’t waste your life in anticipation.  Instead, live day by day in green prepping.  Nutter preppers live in the future for something instead of living life in the moment.  Honesty and humility give this appreciation of the moment.

The current social narrative is a carbon trap in path dependencies.  It is a global civilization tipping over into decline from the nonlinear approach of problem solving through carbon, knowledge accumulation, and the mechanization of tech that are now a predicament. 

For the individual this leads to the surreal of paradoxes and incongruous juxtapositions.  This means collapse is as much physical as mental.  Actually, the mental is the more important aspect.  The morale of an army is a force multiplier that offsets size and capability deficiencies.  It does not replace them completely so know your limitations. 

A sweet spot is required and this requires action that is often trial and error effort.  Expect to fail at green prepping because so little is known about it.  Problem solving is both psychology and action.  The sweet spot is a place where the combination yields the best results.  Sounds easy enough but it is the hardest of efforts because of the irrational of human nature.

This series will be about different scenarios of my collapse.  I live collapse daily.  I appreciate foods knowing they will be gone.  I appreciate having access to resources knowing a resource starved world is ahead.  I appreciate security knowing insecurity is ahead.  I appreciate knowledge at my fingertips so vast as to be unlimited for a mortal like me.  I can never know all there is to know at the tap of my fingers.  If you live collapse, you are embracing the flow of life instead.   

This is grace.  Grace is naturalism.  There was a time when growth was the planetary flow and different psychology and actions were needed.  There was a time when growth was more natural and much less destructive.  Decline is the new natural of the planet.  Ecosystem in destructive change where complexity is being broken down still offer niches of growth.  Find constructive growth to downsize in dignity.  Here is what you should seek out but to do this you must be mentally and physically prepared.  Now is the time to adapt because we are at the doorstep of collapse. 

I hope this mental exercise assists you.  I have made choices and investments over many years.  Many of these were trial and error because I had few teachers.  I have had many failures.  Many were being too radical with change.  Try to be gradual and evolve like nature does. 

It is my hope what I tell you allows you to skip over some of this trial-and-error period directly because the resource in shortest supply is time itself.  Certain actions that will fortify your local must immediately be implemented. 

My ideas tend to be orientated around the best defense is a good offense.  Yet, this is about a retreat in force so defense.  Defense is degrowth doom.  In WWII the Germans fought off the Russians with this strategy for much longer than a last stand would have.  They successfully won many battles even though they lost the war.  Their hope was a fantastic new weapon to tip the odds but that never materialized. 

This is telling for what you will be doing.  The war of decline can’t be won but it can be adapted to and mitigated.  It can be slowed down.  This is the best it gets.  It is about life boats and hospices.  The end is still death so accept failure completely.  Get out of the denial of death because if you do not embrace death you can’t embrace life.

The life boats are your physical efforts and the hospice the mental part with palliative care.  Triage and salvage leading to hybridization is required because you are in a faux growth-based world that will need to be adapted to with decline strategies that are reality based.  You have no choice but to use growth to degrowth. 

This is a very mental exercise with the key element being acceptance.  The acceptance of the wisdom of insecurity that there are no refuges.  You will live in insecurity to die another day.  You will practice a basic ancient wisdom of what knowledge to use and what to reject based upon survival.  Today there is no wisdom just more knowledge and comforts.

This bottleneck is both local and global.  This world that is now small because of globalism will become large again.  The global will wither on the vine and the local increase in importance.  While a quick collapse is possible, I suspect it will be more the scenario of many quick local collapses accumulating into general collapse down the road.  This mirrors the situation globally with ecosystems. 

This means work on getting out of quick collapse areas.  Science can help you here so embrace the reality science offers but this is more than science because acceptance is spiritual not scientific.  The general ecosystem of life for the whole planet is in overall decline but this is accompanied by multiple local ecosystem failures.  Use the planet’s life system as a guide.  This mirroring is the best guide for where the human ecosystem is going. 

This exercise I am relating to you is not for the faint of heart.  Some of you may be better adapted just to remain sheeples and believe the narrative that all will be well.  Brush me off as nutter and move on into comforts and security.  There is nothing wrong living in denial except if you are caring for people.  It is then you are practicing a grave error.  If your life is good with low responsibility maybe just enjoy what you have and not worry about the future.  The end result is the same anyway.  If you are already late in age with few years left maybe it is not worth the effort but I remind you the youth are the future. 

If you are old and awakened to what is going on offer the youth advice at a minimum.  It is their world soon.  I have kids I care about I want to invest in them.  If nothing else treat what I tell you as a story to enjoy with drama.  What I speak of will not be a great movement.  Most will reject my advice.  What I am preaching is for a few that will make an outsize difference.  The most rewarding actions are heroic.  Be a hero in your local.  A restoration and renewal will germinate in many places and if it doesn’t it was still a good fight to die a good death.

Sweet Spot

I have demons but I strive to be honest with them.  I see the angles on occasion.  It is in this torment I find beauty.  Beauty is a reflection of life.

Poverty is a grisly word nobody takes lightly.  In fact, in this day and age it is outright frightening.  In a time of so much polarization between rich and poor poverty strikes fear in people’s hearts for what they could become but also a deceptive lure for what they can be.  Yet, poverty is what I am telling you to embrace.  This embrace is not what you think though.  It is a managed thoughtful embrace of the proper way of living that leads to an affluence of spirit.  It is getting closer to the affluence of spirit that will require poverty of living.  We see this in the monks of the early Christian church.  We see this in Buddhism.  There is a reason for this and this reason is affluence is a disease.  It is a disease that kills the spirit.

Let’s be clear affluence itself is not bad it is rather the uninhibited pursuit of affluence that is like a drug addiction.  Affluence is killing the world.  This affluence is man’s addiction with comforts and capability.  It is also his procreation.  Population levels are a very difficult issue to deal with but this type of affluence is an issue too.  Large families are killing the planet no different than consumption levels.  When these types of affluence become out of scale with the rest of the planet there is a destructive effect that leads to less affluence for all life. 

Affluence leads to poverty and vice versa.  This is why a proper amount of affluence and poverty should be the goal.  Actually, this issue I speak if is the standard or benchmark the human narrative has established as the goal for proper living.  This is actually the problem because it is now delocalized and transhuman.  Even in the poorer subsistence parts of the world where good practices are present these great examples of human living are under pressure and being coopeted.

I often bring up China pre-Deng Xiaoping when China was a beacon for sustainable living at the nation state level.  China had a rural population practicing age old permaculture practices.  Cities were full of bikes instead of cars.  This relative poverty compared to the west was jettisoned for wester living standards which was the last straw of planetary decline.  This decline was inevitable but has now progress at such a rapid pace it is likely in the next decade severe natural consequences are inevitable.  China is unstoppable in its drive because its government is a state capitalism machine.  It epitomizes technocratic authoritarianism of a small cabal of elites.  This is criminality and it is destroying its people and its land for hegemony.  The west is just as guilty but the clever Chinese have taken this to new levels of destructiveness

Enough affluence for dignified living but not too much that leads to the deadly sins of excesses is the elusive sweet spot.  This is our goldilocks standard that is not definable nor is it a static point.  It is a moving target.  In REAL Green this sweet spot is surreal and is the hardest part of green prepping.  What is green I smore prepped and what is more prepped is less green.  You will have to participate in affluence to embrace poverty.  The poverty of things gives you affluence of spirit.  It is somewhere in this purgatory of proper living where the destructive sins and salvation of spirit dwell.

Let me be clear I know of no prosperous nation or individual who can claim a physical prosperity that eventually did not destroy itself from within without a humility of spirit.  We see this today with the west and its righteousness.  The secularization of the spirit in scientism and a so-called justified prosperity.  I should say the elite rich because the whole world has pockets of wealthy elites and upper middle class who are prosperous. 

This is now a borderless world of globalism.  The key element that is lacking is the placement of nature into what should be considered prosperous.  Modern green is a lie.  It wants a greenwashed human prosperity that is just self-deception at its most extreme.  Competitive cooperation assures the extremes of affluence until war results.  War results because prosperity is limited on a finite planet.  The war now is on nature but nature already won.

The hubris of sustainable development is the last sin of civilization.  All people deserve a basic living standard but the problem is with the elites who push sustainable development.  This policy is corrupted by profit motives and the benchmarks they have established.  The American dream is a killer because it is not scaled properly to planetary realities.  It is planetary realities that should be the basis of a wisdom directing man.  Instead, there is a wisdom that is only the development of more. 

There are no checks for any “isms” I have studied.  This is an uncontrolled manifest destiny of human arrogance that is our evolutionary dead end.  We have examples of wise living with indigenous peoples in earlier history but these have been rejected as primitive.  There are the Kogi of South American currently warning the younger brother (that is us) of this sickness but few listen.

This is deeper because this purgatory is the human dilemma itself of the ego and the other.  It is human instinct to seek survival.  This instinct becomes a demon at a certain point when survival is achieved and prosperity tasted.  It is here where demons of destructive living torment us.  Our demons can become angles but only when the demons have won. 

The angles are found when the ego turns itself over to the other in abject poverty then goes forth in a new affluence.  It is a rock bottom of loss of meaning that is the beginning of the journey to enlightenment.  Today the mechanization of humanism into transhumanism is leading life off the cliff.  Reject this as evil.  This is not evil in the binary religious sense but instead anti-life.  You will reject it but don’t forget you are trapped in it.

This process is the process of life itself in ascending levels of abstraction.  This process is the dance of life where succession and evolution allow for decline and extinction.  In the individual this a process too mirroring the greater process.  It is your life so find the proper affluence for your place and your people.  This ends in death but seek out a good death.  A good death is dying with a spirit in harmony with life. 

Being natural is what nature requires of us.  Only nature can overcome nature.  Human must come to this acceptance which is the only wisdom there is.  This wisdom is the hardest won of all human affluence.  Anyone can buy affluence few can find affluence of spirit.  No price can be put on it except the expense of pain and suffering of surviving in a worthy life.  A worthy life requires poverty of things and affluence of spirit.  An affluence is needed to survive and too much affluence leads to poverty of spirit.  This is the paradox of affluence.  The more the less.

OK, this is all well and good but this is not going to make your bed or feed your children.  This paradox of affluence is just a reflection for proper living.  You will have to go back and live in the turbulence of being and try to find some meaning for it all.  Where wisdom is important these days is with insecurity.  The insecurity of poverty is a profoundly important driver of action.  This is dualistic because the spirt world and the material world have different realities.  Humans are dualistic because of our oversized brain.  There is no dualism in nature except our tiny human part.  Most of nature is natural but in reality, we are natural too.  Do you see the incongruous juxtaposition?  It is in our trap of self-consciousness where this purgatory is found.

Your instincts are like any other animal to have food, water, and shelter.  Yet, as a human you will not have a place to shelter because the thought of abject poverty is so debilitating and destructive.  This is the consciousness of being dead while living.  The contemplation of homelessness is a torment.  The dive to achieve prosperity a demon.  These human natures are debilitating because it prevents good actions in relation to what is right with the planet.  It is destructive because it allows too much action or anxiety of action. 

There is a sweet spot to find.  This is an art but also requires skill.  A great artist has both.  He has the skill with the brush and paint but also an eye for beauty.  Some of it is nature and some nurture.  The art of living I describe is an art of connecting self-consciousness back to the planet in proper living.  It is about living life with failure and success.  The wisdom of insecurity is the humility of accepting the ultimate failure of death.  When you accept and deeply embrace mortality life is possible.  This is what I call optimistic pessimism.  This optimistic pessimism is the journey.

This incongruous juxtaposition explains so much about life.  Affluence kills and poverty gives life but also vice versa.  The important aspect of REAL Green which is a lifestyle of green prepping, is finding a sweet spot in affluence and poverty realistically and relatively.  Humans can’t just live right by instinct there must be a wisdom because we have self-reflection of our mortality. 

This means you will have to invest in poverty to gain affluence.  Poverty is a type of mortality but it is also life.  It is in this surreal world of choices in ego and other the art of the wisdom of insecurity is found.  Fundamentally this is humility and humility is given by grace where our wonderfully guarded egos are tricked back to naturalness.

You will have to have affluence to appreciate how important poverty is.  Wisdom is about what knowledge to use and what to reject.  Wisdom is not more knowledge although knowledge is part of it.  Wisdom is not safe spaces and mediocrity although respect for safety and humility is required.  This wisdom is the hardest path you will ever travel.  The reason this is true is because you are modern and the modern narrative is the unrestrained more affluence and knowledge.  This is what is considered wisdom today.  This is why we admire supercomputers so much. 

There is no check value for this narrative.  It is a malignant growth that leads to death of the individual, the collective, and the planet.  This is a world of limits.  This world is finite.  It is a system of interconnected systems.  The life system is competitive cooperation but where it differs from the human version is a planetary naturalness of it.  The human version is an ego driven kind that manifests itself in civilization.  It is said without civilization we will destroy ourselves but the problem is scale.  The scale of today’s civilization is no scale.  It is complete randomness and turmoil.

In REAL Green you will invest in poverty by building up a permaculture farm with a spiritualism.  This spiritualism is a permaculture spirtualism.  The permaculture part of this spiritualism is the resilience to be sustainable.  This resilience is only relative and realistic to what your local of people and place is capable of.  You will not transcend your local.  This is your trap so accept it and go from there.  The only real sustainability is with and in nature.  In REAL Green you see this but you are also trapped in the human narrative of unrestrained knowledge and growth. 

This microcosm of the greater ecosystem of all life is the human ecosystem that is competitively cooperating to perpetuate the destructive human tendency of unrestrained knowledge and comforts.  This makes humans the most destructive force ever unleashed on this earth which can be seen in what humans have done in the blink of an eye with 13,000 years of civilization. 

This is a flash crash because humans are already crashed but fool ourselves that we are not.  It is over for humans with the end near.  This may or may not be extinction but it will be a new human type if we survive this bottleneck.  Your blink of an eye life might not experience this but I predict your children will.  This is why your wisdom now is so important for those who come afterwards.  This is why I say only a few will sow the seeds of this new human type.  These pioneers will be those who practice spiritual permaculture.  Not all seeds will fall on well-watered earth but some will.  If the planet acquiesces our continued life form, we will go forth as a new human type.  It is here you must find your spirituality.

Manifest destiny of exceptionalism is the denial of death of civilization.  Just like the individual the denial of death is a destructive force that prevents proper living.  In the case of the individual this denial can be turned into acceptance.  This acceptance in the individual allows grace that brings man back to naturalness.  If you accept death then you have turned yourself over to complete failure and it is this rock bottom that allows you to go forth on life’s behalf.  In the case of civilization, it is a destructive force that will only end in its end.  This is the nature of species in overshoot.  Bottlenecks are how nature regulates life.  Do not torment yourself over this.  This is naturalness of nature that just must be accepted.

In this tiny amount of time humans have grown to occupy and force the planet itself our actions now are planetary on par with the geologic.  Yet we will just as rapidly wither and die because of limits.  In fact, due to the different nature of growth and decline the downside will be rapid whereas the upside was a slow average building up.  The finite of mortality will erase everything we have built up.  This is very hard for humans to accept but it is here the inflection towards life is for humans and their dualism of spirit.  If you do not embrace death, you cannot find life.

Many are innocent because of being too young, mentally challenged, or advanced age.  Those I speak to are the leaders.  It is your responsibility to follow this path.  It is your wisdom the fate of others depends.  This is a huge burden to carry but you have no choice if you embrace life honestly.  The way you can use this wisdom of insecurity which is a mix of poverty and affluence is find a proper scale.  This means seek out grace.  Grace is naturalness but keep in mind nature is a competitive cooperative dog eat dog world so this is no transcendence from being eaten.  This is only finding your niche or exploiting new niches as nature allows with succession. 

In a sense what humans are doing is natural because only nature can overcome nature.  It is this point that is vital because humans must deal with this through the stages of grief.  Acceptance must be reached of mortality to have life.  Find a local where you scale and this complexity will naturalize.  If it does not it is not meant to be and it is here acceptance is vital.  Civilization is gone and there will be no acceptance so this is why you can only find a proper wisdom locally.  If you are protesting what civilization is doing you are spinning your wheels in mud.  You will get nowhere quick.  You will dig your hole deeper.  You will be used and exploited in this deception.

This local is where you belong.  It is your naturalness.  The grace found here is the ego letting go in the other by being natural.  It is the local where this naturalness can be found but never fully attained because civilization is delocalized.  The attainment of this sweet spot is never allowed completely because life is about succession.  So, there is no transcendence except in momentary glimpses of true beauty. 

Death brings forth life so a safe space is only found by living with the unsafe.  In REAL Green this means you will have to invest in poverty.  You will have to live in that human world of excesses to leave it into the natural world where humans once were before they lost their innocence.  That innocence was a naturalness of pre-civilization.  It was a time of hunter gathers living semi-nomadic lives in an oral culture in a world animated by spirts.  If you look down on that world as brutish and superstitious then you are truly deceived and living in the absurd.  What do you call the world of today in unrestrained conquest of all?  In a world of no limits there is no sanity.  This is the mechanization of the spirit in a pure destructiveness.  This is scientism with transhumanism resulting in a delocalization that is a death worship.  This is the human legacy that is an evolutionary dead end.

In REAL Green you will have to invest in leaving this with investments that are part of this.  Your primary goal is finding a local to grow in but in a world in destructive growth that is in reality a turbulent degrowth.  Growth today is not growth if it is destructive.  This is just an illusion of growth.  We call it growth to make us feel better because failure is not an option these days.  This humility will call into question knowledge and intelligence itself.  Science can never do this because scientism says it is only with science the truth can be found.  This is actually unscientific and instead a religion and an evil religion of mechanization and darkness. 

It never occurs to the priests of scientism that science and the spiritual must respect each other.  In REAL Green you will seek out a place that is in the in-between of science and the spiritual.  Both worlds must be respected or else neither is.  This is found in the wisdom of insecurity that starts with the humility of failure.  This is ultimately the acceptance and embrace of death.  It is this humility that is properly place in nature that allows you to feed off affluence to achieve a proper poverty.  You will have to be poor of things to be rich in spirt.   Affluence is a disease of human nature that must be broken to find real affluence.

This applies to those already in poverty because these poor can be rich by luck and skill.  Think of all the fortunes lost by the newly rich.  Think of the lives ruined by riches.  Think of the poor that have happiness and it is lost when riches are found.  So even if you are in abject poverty, it is vital you understand this condition of affluenza so when or if you climb the ladder, you don’t ruin what you attained in poverty.  It is harder for a rich man to find this true affluence but also difficult for a poor man to keep it once found. 

In REAL Green you seek the assistance of the planet to find your niche and most importantly you accept death which means you may never find it.  The way you do this is embracing permaculture both materially and spiritually.  This is a way of life properly scaled to the land and its web of life.  It is not a power you can possess.  It is only a power you can embrace.  The key element of this is grace that leads to a naturalness.  It is not transcendental except for brief moments.  It is transformative because if you embrace this power, you become part of it.  You are an imperfect vessel so your journey will be one that is constantly beset by demons and angles.  This journey is one of life boats and hospices because civilization is gone.  In fact, from the very first days of civilization it had already sowed its demise. 

Go local and be natural.  Embrace the wisdom of insecurity.  This world will require the hybridization of affluence and poverty.  For those reading my message it will for many be mostly triaging out affluence.  I am not worthy to speak to the poor except to say the meek will inherit the earth.  You will not have a place to lay your head if you embrace the wisdom of insecurity which is the self-consciousness of fear in self-consciousness.  You will second guess yourself until you let go in faith.  You will die a thousand deaths to be reborn.  This is so simple it will be the hardest thing you do. 

I say this for the clever and ambitious.  The meek are already there.  The simple and contrite are there already and although many of these people suffer, they suffer less than those who are tormented by the demons of affluence.  The meek have found their angles in acceptance.  It is only in the local of voluntary simplicity this can be found.  It is here the wisdom of insecurity allows choices between poverty and affluence.  It is your journey so don’t listen to me.  I am finding my way too.  I am now getting old in cognitive and physical decline.  If I am lucky enough to grow old, I will once again be a child.  I will find my innocence again in that world of animated spirits all around.  

Hall of Ma’at

In this time of dramatic change with much of it destructive it is paramount to review what affluence actually is.  I will relate this to growth because there are many similarities.  We have productive growth and unproductive growth that is more apparent these days than ever before.  This is because rates are repressed and liquidity managed.  Debt is monetized and this has allowed an explosion of debt levels and unfunded liabilities that represent a way of life detached form reality. 

This results in investments in growth that are claimed to be productive when they do not pass a traditional rate of return test.  If you lower the cost of money and supply money to speculative parts of the economy then investments will reflect this privileged access.  Less real value is realized because the growth signal is distorted.  Firms that should not be in business are left in business.  There is construction of physical infrastructure that does not bring a positive return when compared to the claim of an actual investment. 

This creates a hollow economy.  Spending is made by privileged parts of the economy in a parasitic way.  The key point here is ROI type analysis needs to be applied to affluence.  Affluence is a reality testing that is similar to calculating ROI on investments.  It is either productive or not.  All the marketing in the world will not change this.  This is why facing reality is so important when it’s our lives.  If the social narrative is like our economy, it is in trouble.  I feel it is a flection and this is why you should at least entertain what I am telling you about what our lives have become.  Art reflects reality and this is my painting.

Affluence is comforts and power multiplication.  This comes from energy and networking creating efficiency.  Food calories, space heating, transport, and production all have an energy components.  Networking is a human power multiplier producing a proper application of energy and technology with equipment.  Efficiency is from the networking of energy.  Technological capability is then built up over time. 

Efficiency impacts a life system on fundamental ways.  It is important to understand there is sweet spot where more or less efficiency degrades.  Not enough and you starve but too much delocalizes and mechanizes which destroys the capability.  It is this sweet spot that needs to be defined and a wisdom applied.  The reason I mention this is these days energy is more powerful than it should be for balance.  Networking and technology are too dense with complexity and complicated parts.  This means efficiency is lowering real affluence similar to growth being nonproductive when its value is skewed from productive to parasitic.

This is vitally important today as humans move into an era of extreme transhumanism.  I define transhumanism different from today’s version which defines it as the merger of man and machine with the digital.  This digital is artificial intelligence and automation.  In my definition transhumanism is with man and machines at a much more basic level.  This is key because it is the transhumanism I am defining that goes to the basics of human overshoot.

The basic level of transhumanism is the car culture.  This ability of individual transport allowed an explosion in capability that all other methods and results of transhumanism are based on.  Delocalized is my benchmark for discussions in regards to meaning.  Delocalization drew man away from true meaning of the ecosystem.  Man had a place that had meaning.  It may have been brutal and short at times but man had a raw and powerful meaning. 

Transhumanism is where man loses meaning but gains capability.  This process began when man left his seminomadic hunter gather lives of an oral culture and took up civilization.  It is at the basic level of car culture when this decline in meaning went nonlinear towards meaningless.  The human power multiplier of civilization made modern transhumanism possible.  This modern transhumanism is now mostly human noise.  It has no future because industrial man is now fully in decline in an end game of consequences.  This mechanized complexity will have a short half-life.

Delocalization is the basics behind our current globalism.  Rapid transport with high energy and networked systems has force multiplied the human ecosystem.  This allows economies of scale specializing with comparative advantage and lean systems.   This is the physical elements of today’s value chains.  Delocalization requires this and will not survive being localized.  This means transhumanism will not survive decline.  Decline will bifurcate our transhuman civilization into a salvage civilization and some breakpoint ahead.

Humans have automated systems with less human participation but also fewer goods as backups.  Our manufacture of goods just-in-time is robustly capable but very unstable in decline.  Lean manufacturing is a dangerous journey in uncharted water for civilization in overshoot of population and consumption.  Lean manufacturing is seen as efficient.  This modern system has transhumanize affluence.  Mechanizing human life by reducing humans from the value chains actually devalues human meaning.   The deception of affluence masks this.  Meaningless is the result.  The narrative today is noise not the signal.  The signal is the pulse of life.  The signal is the heartbeat of this planet that is full of life.

We can say that too much or too little affluence is not good.  We don’t want to be fat and lazy in sloth.  Destructive happiness leads to lower resilience and sustainability.  No pain no gain has to be respected.  Hard work and taking risk are the hallmark of success.  These days human agency is fat and lazy.  Look at affluence today like an investment.  The view of affluence today is like price discovery.   The price of something today is more about price than reality.  Price signals are noisy the richer you get.  The deadly sins are a great description of the symptoms of the age.  Pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth represent the arrogance of humanism damaging the heart beat of this planet.

Being able to retire and do what you want when you want is a goal these days.  Working less and doing more.  Eating well with plenty of quality foods is what all cultures want.  Pretty places to live in with happy stable human relationships with less effort and more freedoms.  Finding a sweet spot with these basic human desires is now more than ever deviating from reality.

What is lacking is the wisdom of a proper humanism.  Too much affluence destroys this.  Today we have an arrogance of humanism that has gone out of control.  Humility and respect for the rigors of the learning process that comes from respecting and embracing failure is being massaged out of people’s lives.  The religion of Woke expresses this very well with safe spaces and mediocrity.  This sort of thing is a luxury of affluence.  There are no heroes in such places.  The result is dumbed down populations of fat and lazy participants increasingly living in arrangements that on the surface may appear efficient but the reality is this efficiency is brittle and corrosive.  The all-important human element is mechanized with extreme prejudice because human nature can’t be trusted and human effort lacking.

This has not only affected humanism but also the planet that allowed it.  This is now more than ever about our relationship to the rest of the planet and its systems.  An indicator of all of the earths systems is the life system.  This life system serves as a command system for the other planetary systems.  It helps modulate nonlife systems with reactions to the geologic and climate.  Only by fitting humans back into this command structure can the system be made whole again.  This extreme species growth is now destroying natural complexity.  Our complexity will not survive this.

The heartbeat of life is dance.  It is a wave with frequency.  The point here is you must look honestly at the life system and its health to tell the health of the planet.   The planet acquiesces stability for a beneficial life system.  The life system will react to its environment to mitigate change.  Our system will react to changes in the life system even though we think wee have safe spaces and can be fat and lazy with machines and networks.  This is just hubris and a fatal flaw of modern humanism.

Today’s life system is not healthy with general decline of the overall ecosystem and this includes localized ecosystem failures.  Ecosystems are a summation of planetary wide ecosystem.  An indicator species is a telltale sign of ecosystem health so in the big picture the fact that we have many ecosystem failures in our great ecosystem tells us there is trouble ahead.  Normally there would be a response from the life system to mitigate this.  This is what succession does by freeing up niches where new constructive change.   This change pushes the greater ecosystem back to stability.  Complexity is modulated short term and longer term with life activity.   longer-term this is evolution.  Devolution is part of this too with and without extinction.

We can reasonably say human forcing is degrading the planetary life system.  This life system is now less able to modulate.  This lack of respect for this life system’s natural modulation function means more human forcing.   Modern humans are now adapting in ways causing a vicious circle of more forcing.

A new wisdom must be applied in these times of overall macro decline with localized collpase.  Man is forcing more to maintain an affluence that is of lower value.  This is commonly call by many as digging a hole deeper when the attempt is to get out of the hole.  The catch 22 of this is man has opened doors of affluence that can’t be walk back through.  There are doors that now can’t be closed.  This condition presents new doors to open through the carbon trap and path dependencies.  The result is a maze that leads nowhere.   The more we know the less we know is the resulting deception.

This is the nature of affluence today with transhumanism and delocalization.   This is the forcing nature of tech and power.  This gets more problematic when you get into the human networking with social narratives leading people.  The leaders themselves are leading us further into the maze meaningless.  Life is now being forced as the house of cards is built higher and higher on a crumbling foundation.  Elites have done this in all civilizations so this should point to this as a human condition.  Civilization has this fatal flaw.

Civilization is a Ponzi scheme of false affluence.  There is a return but it is a parasitic return because it is extractive and a destructive waste stream.  We are eroding true affluence with forcing more.  There is a sweet spot that has been departed from.  The consequence of this is overshoot of population, consumption, with a corresponding ecosystem decline.  The localized failures should be a sobering warning.  The human response is more of the same. 

This is why I say modern man is far more superstitious today than the primitive men we look down upon.  The Kogi of South America are actually the most advance human type but most would laugh at that as absurd.  This is absurd because they are seen as superstitious when they actually are less superstitious than we are in our deception of affluence.  This is just the doors of perception that deceive.  The doors that continually get opened without wisdom but instead the lust for knowledge.

Primitive man lived enmeshed in ecosystems that modulated the planet.  Now man is modulating ecosystems and degrading them.  This means primitive man had superstitions that mainly served the purpose of limiting his effects of the environment with taboos and requirements.  Today’s human narrative has only one motive and that is increased affluence with transhumanism and delocalization.  This has risen to the religion of Scientism with ever increasing transhumanism.  These psychological forces outcompete humility and respect that come from proper human wisdom that is in its deepest form an existential decision.  Modern man does not make decisions anymore he is now completely mechanized.  Civilization is a runaway train.

Scientism is pure superstition far worse than primitive man.   Primitive man actually lived truth.  Today truth is optional.  This superstition is the only thing we can really know is found in science.  What this means is science is now a religion that is usurping the spirtual.  The spirtual requires humility of giving oneself over to a higher power.  Instead, we have the hyper ego driven focus to know and control everything.  Nothing is sacred anymore even the building blocks of life are manipulated like a young kid tearing things apart.  Uncontrolled science is about breaking down life into packets that can be digested with no respect or control.

It is this drive to know and command that is now the greatest superstation man has ever engaged in.  The superstition is we have to know more to get closer to what is divine.  The secrets of the universe are where divinity is.  What this now has done has elevated knowledge and tech to god like stature.  This is the false god often talked about in religion as the golden calf.  Most human institutions including traditional religions have been infected with this modern superstition.

Traditional religions have compromised their deeper spirtual meaning because they have no choice.  If they don’t submit to science, they’re rejected.   The result of this is a homogenization of humanism in the revolutionary drive of affluence found in tech and knowledge accumulation.  This is called adaptation but at some point, adaptation becomes maladaptation.  Humanism is now completely compromised by tech and it is because of this it will destroy itself. 

This will be a rebirth but not before a collpase.   To be reborn a sweet spot must be found where real affluence dwells.  That affluence is not delocalized and not transhuman although until the bottleneck is passed through this faux affluence is all we have to work with to rebuild a proper human wisdom.  Wisdom is now about less.  Not less with more or even less will create more.  It is the less of collpase.

This means we are in the end times that can be signified by death.  This is the iron age of tech.  This death is a drive into destructive change by a malignancy of technological affluence.  Human networking is now a trap.  This trap is more with less has morphed into a problem with no solution.  What is really needed is less but this is no longer a seamless option.  This is destructive degrowth with a human narrative of self-deception.

This less can be obtained by the individual, family, and tribe but only with the spirtual component of meaning.  It is only from dignity that comes from proper wisdom that less can be embraced to modulate the extremes of human superstition found in scientism with transhumanism and delocalization.  Remember delocalization is a human footprint out of balance with the rest of life and this forces the planet that forces life.  The keystone on which this age rests is the recognition of failure of this modern humanism.  This can only be found at the grass roots.  At the top there is a self-organizing snowball of billions of decisions carbon trapped and path dependent.

Remember doors have been gone through that can’t be gone back through.  Doors have been opened that can’t be closed.  This is a maze of madness that is taking the very last aspect of affluence down with it and that is the meaning of it all.  If we are self-destructive that is one thing but if we are doing this without meaning then all is lost.  This points to complete destruction.  It is this process that must now be reflected upon with a wisdom of less but also a wisdom of insecurity.  Failure can only be throttled down It can’t be fixed. 

The key aspect to human survival is how quick and with how much force we wreck this train.  It is the degree and the duration of shocks that influence species survival.  It is in this regards that man must reject the current religion of transhumanism and delocalization that is the basic of scientism.  Man must turn to the spirtual which requires humility and the embrace of total failure.  Spirituality is faith based. 

Proper faith is not blind faith but faith in knowing the more you know the less that is known.  It is acknowledging the circularity of life in contrast to the vicious circle of unknowing modern man is lost in.  This is the existential lie man is now locked into.  We have not learned lessons of previous civilizations and their hubris and instead doubled down on it.  We consider their failure a failure of science.  We will succeed because of science.  We are learning the secrets of all and this will save us so the story goes.

This becomes even more difficult because a big part of the population can’t handle the truth.  There are those in the community that need noble lies now that the system is so far into failure.  If some are told the truth but can’t understand the truth then chaos is assured.  This is where spirtual leadership is needed but unavailable. 

It is the respect for science and the spirtual that must be recognize.  They inhabit different human spheres.  They must be in balance and today they are not.  So today what we have is science usurping the spirtual.  What is needed is less science and knowledge.  The truth is too dangerous for the masses but too deceptive for the leaders who are the elites.  What there is today is one great lie that is the arrogance of humanism.

This is why for real leadership going forward we need priests who can manage science and human spirituality.  This human spirituality must be planetary.  It can be traditional as long as the planetary element is included.  The reason I say this is many traditional religions are little more than the worship of a higher power who has a human expression.  This human expression gets bastardized by science and arrogance of the ego and becomes dysfunctional.  These human fantasies are easily corrupted by the affluence of transhumanism and delocalizations.   Increased affluence becomes the real spirituality.  The blessing of this false higher power is affluence.  Where the planetary element comes in is with the indicator species of life. 

It is for this reason that modern priests are little more than more of the same deception.  They are preaching fantasies because civilization is now based on fantasy.  We have the bottom who can’t handle the truth living a narrative that is a noble lie but also the leadership that is deceiving themselves with the lies of affluence of transhumism and delocalization.  Human networking that competitively cooperates for more affluence is just digging the hole deeper. 

A spirituality of less is not possible at the level of the human narrative until the modulation of the planet and her systems forces the human system back to the reality of what life does and doesn’t do.  Regardless of the human interpretation of this what we have is a force of change beyond human control.  This means to get to the dignity of meaning at the civilizational level means collpase.  It will only be by collpase that man will return to a proper sweet spot of affluence.

Collpase is pure pessimism.   This can become optimistic pessimism at the local level of proper place with a proper footprint of family and tribe.  The only place this new spirituality of less gives more is with meaning.   This can be lived.  It is local with smaller groups in proper places.  This really can only be realized with a permaculture of place and people and this is a spirtual permaculture that reconnects man to nature.  In this time of a destructive affluence of transhumanism and delocalization this becomes a surreal task that is dualistic.

You can’t just descend into less to get more meaning.  This is more like embracing sanity because life is insane.  Modern human civilization is destroying everything irrationally to be rational.  This human deception is just a poverty of mind and body.  A Ponzi scheme of fantasy.  Remember there is a sweet spot of affluence.  Not too much or too little.  You will have to use what you have to maneuver closer to that spot that is increasingly difficult if not impossible to find.  Remember doors can’t be gone back through and doors remain open.  New doors are seductively ahead that just dig the hole deeper.

This is not a new religion.  This wisdom is common sense of our ancestors as old as homo sapiens themselves.  Take your existing religion you hold near and dear and apply the narrative of failure.  This must be done at the local level because the top is hopeless caught in the circular effort of more affluence.   This destructive circularity is a systematic diminish returns of making problem solving the problem. 

The level where small groups can properly embrace a correct footprint is limited.  The world is now a human forced world of destructive affluence with efforts at more transhumanism and delocalization.  This then requires feed off this system to leave it.  It is only here a proper foot print can be found.  Localism and permaculture in the humility of failure is the adaptation your current spirituality requires.

This new way is an old way we are returning to.  It is a respect for the dominant force of the planet in abrupt change from human forcing.  It is adapting to a new epoch of macro life in decline.   It is then people and place adapting to less to get more with this reality in mind.  Decline is the new beacon not growth.  It means playing the game of the arrogance of humanism but in acceptance this is what is killing us.  This is getting out of the codependency of maladaptive behavior.  This acceptance is then the hospice that will apply palliative care of mitigating and adapting to the mortality this modern system is pushing life into. 

Optimism comes from the understanding there are still niches of constructive change left where productive affluence can be found.  Constructive growth can be found and it can give meaning.  It must be found in a wisdom of insecurity respecting human failure.  This is a required humility.  It is requisite and nonnegotiable.  This power is power the planet will bestow on you because this is the truth.  It is a reflection of life itself.  It is not your power it is only yours to harness for the planet.  If you use it for personal gain, it will be lost.  It is only through humility this power is found.  This power is low level but pervades all.  This is why it takes an adaption element to your existing spirituality for a true spirituality to be transformed.  The sacred will give you grace.  Grace is naturalness.

It must recognize that dignity is found in downsizing not expansion.  The new force of change is destructive but this will free up niches where constructive change can relatively and realistically flourish.  Constructive change is only possible where people and place has a proper foot print of an affluence of less.  This is always more local and with less transhuman power.  It is inevitable this spirtual effort will be delocalized because the human system is as far into delocalization as it can go.  It is now tipping over and you must embrace this wave of change to find meaning.   We can’t just depopulate cities without rural places to go to with food, water and shelter systems.  These will have to be built so delocalization will have to be lived with like a terminal illness.

This is why a modern sweet spot is needed and this sweet spot needs a new humanism of less with the humility of failure.  This spiritualism calls for a new planetary component that strips out the excessive self-deception of human exceptionalism.  Exceptionalism is a false power created by the deception of human affluence.  What is instead needed is a recognition that in a sense knowledge and tech is an evolutionary dead end.  At a point it self-destructs.  This is why humans today would be far more secure in a world where technology and knowledge are recognized as a revolutionary force of eventual self-destruction.  The problem is this is too much to handle at the top.  It can only be found locally.

Technology, knowledge, and it resulting efficiency that creates so much affluence for so many is eventually a destructive force.  Sustainable development is a lie because it cannot be controlled with wisdom.  This rejection of our human excesses seems like commons sense but that is the problem.  It is common sense that gets coopeted by the relative and realistic of living in a delocalized world in decline.

It is here that those of you who crave meaning should reflect pessimistically on the inevitability of the collpase of civilization.  You will find optimism in this because you will recognize and reflect on the truth.  This truth will give you meaning and meaning is the ultimate expression of the bright light of optimism.  This will not be a transcendence as in being set free like an angle.  It is more allowing the demons to becomes angles.  It will only be transformational.  It is this transformation that will allow you to seek out niches where constructive growth is possible but only in the wisdom of insecurity. 

This wisdom of insecurity requires the humility of failure. It requires the embrace of mortality of all.  It is not just the mortality of the body but also that part of the spirt that craves the immortality of the ego.  When you die you die but there is something more.  So, this is about giving yourself over to the higher power completely.  Once you do this in this mystic loss of all then you can go forth on the higher power’s behalf back into the process that is the dance of life of coming to know and then getting lost.

This is so simple it is almost impossible and this is why it is only rarely we can visit these places.  This is why shamans lived on the edge of the tribe.  It is there they can help avoid the drawing into the spirt the natural arrogance of humanism that leads to destructive affluence. This is why we need modern shaman to return.  We need superstition that is like superstition of old.  We need to return to oral cultures and the true localization of our ancestors. 

The first step is permaculture.  This is small permaculture farms orbiting permaculture towns like was once on the American frontier.  This is the preliminary path of return.  The real path will come post collpase.  Post collpase the path to return is the way of life of the Native Americans precontact.  This is likely the sweet spot of return.   Keep in mind this place may be extinction.  At some point we will be consumed by our star when it becomes a red giant.  So the inevitable journey is to an endgame regardless.

What is required now is brave souls to start the journey to a localism of less but living with an affluence of more meaning.  This will help bridge the gap of fewer basics of affluence commonly called poverty.   Constructive niches can be found but it requires voluntary simplicity.  This voluntary simplicity is threading the needle of meaning.   It requires a wisdom of less to find productive niches.  It requires a wisdom of insecurity to find the meaning in less which is the humility of failure. 

I describe this as green prepping.  What is green is more prepped for collpase.  Green prepping is the journey home to the true humanism of balance.  It is properly locating with the life system that is properly located with the geologic and climate.

Remember nature enjoys nature and only nature can overcome.  This is told to us in the Hall of Matt but also in multiple other ancient civilizations.  Keep in mind what is better than this grand revelation is those primitives that through superstition and natural balance never embraced civilizations.  We never self-destructed until recently when we embraced civilization.  The evolutionary dead end of knowledge and tech is self-destructive.  The primitive is innocence.   We lost our innocence or naturalness when we embraced knowledge for knowledge’s sake. 

This then points to real humanism of the seminomadic hunter gather living in a world of spirts that are animated and all around.  These spirits are revealed and give revelations on how to live.  These spirits were about limiting the destructive impulse to affluence.  This is the self-regulation of nature.  Man is part of nature not separate.  This proves it. 

At this time, we need to move back to our true nature and recognize the failure of knowledge and tech in civilization.  Triage is about removing deadwood.  Civilization is littered with deadwood.  This return is about salvage which is the hybridization of old and new.  It is about most importantly the wisdom found in the humility of insecurity that all this becomes possible.   The age of the decline of all is here.  Yet, mortality has always been here.  This is where the truth is. Truth and judgment are within nature’s nature.  This is a power that is not ours but only ours to use on the planet’s behalf.

Like the old Indian said “the dogs go to sleep now”  I am tired.

SOOM

I am a green shaman.  This story is my cave painting.  I have been to places and having gone there I have been instructed to go back and tell others.  What I tell you is not perfect because I am an imperfect vessel but I will tell you what I have seen the best I can.  This place was very strange and other worldly and has persisted over my life.  So, it is my entire life with a few moments of the bright light of the truth along with moments of complete failure.  It is the visiting of both these worlds that is required.  Keep in mind this may be completely delusional on my part because humans that enter this world will be delusional.  In fact, being delusional is a requirement.  This is not the delusional of what we call sanity and adjusted.  It is the insanity the sane want to repress because this world is so dangerous to their sanity and adjustment.  This is why religion is created and why man now worships science.

If I appear to be crying wolf about doom, I am but my intentions are different.  My goal is to adapt your reality filter not scare you.  Doom is scary and not something people seek out.  In fact, in most cases, it is taboo like many sexual fetishes.  I do not want to judge you or push you to extreme change.  The reality is most of us are trapped and have limited options.  A few can do dramatic change that is restorative but for most because of nature and nurture are trapped in a world that can’t be changed much.  The people that can change can renew places and inspire people.  This is why my message is so important and why you should take doom a step further if you are one of the new human types.  You will pick up the pieces of a destroyed world.

None of this will matter at the macro level.  Decline is a force now.  It is the current of change.  It is what people like to refer to as progress but now progress is regression.  What once was constructive change is now destructive.  Growth is now degrowth.  This degrowth is not the positive kind with proactive discipline of entering uncharted waters.  Positive degrowth is triage of deadwood not taking on of baggage.  It is about bailing water out not taking on water.  This is not the blind embrace of growth because of path dependencies that growth is all we know and the only way to react.  In this case what is called growth is really the degrowth of failed growth.  This growth is lied about and made to appear to be real growth.  This is what human civilization now is.   Civilization is a wonderfully complex and complicated house of cards built on a foundation that is a planet in abrupt change caused by the weight of this human construction 

So, the human narrative is a lie.  This is not a noble lie although the elites are lying to us about what they are doing with noble lies.  This lie is not the Marxist and or Machiavellian lies of political warfare of these elites who are pitting groups against groups to divided and conquer.  This is at work today too.  This is an existential lie of human wisdom that is approaching collapse.  This is a systematic lie that is pushing the envelope of stasis of a planet.  This lie is that humans can grow physically and with knowledge.  It is the lie we have a manifest destiny that we are made in the image of the divine and that this will ensure success.  Science is just as much part of this religious lie becuase science has now become scientism.  The universe is looked upon as embedded with intelligent design with math and physics.  We are discovering the very secrets of the universe we think and worshiping our success with false icons.

There has been talk by the elite of science and academia that God is dead.  Now I say atheism is dead too.  The reason I say this is atheism calls on its faithful in academia to embraced scientism.  They have replaced the God of traditional religion with a god that is the universe of intelligent design in their image.  This is the golden calf of Scientism.  This is a lie just as much as traditional religion is a lie.  Spirit and science must remain at different poles.  Science serves a different human function.  It is ego driven.  The spiritual is when the ego ceases to be the ego in surrender.  When the ego is completely gone is when you have entered the spiritual.  In science man is inquiring and breaking apart into packets of knowledge of all.  In the spiritual there is a connection into what is beyond and above human agency where humanity is left behind. 

This spiritual connectivity is complete humility in mysticism.  Science is about power and control.  The spiritual is above this in the loss of control into complete humility of connectivity with an unknown higher power.  Embracing this higher power is nothingness.  When you mix them there is an existential lie both with religion and science.  This is the human narrative today of dualism with both religion and science.  It has always been the human condition but in times of primitive man it was properly scaled.  There is no longer scale so what we have today is complete failure of control so we are on the cusp of an explosion of spirituality.  This is the necessary lie of being human but on occasion it must be destroyed completely in total humility.  We are now collectively at that point and this is the reason for my doom.

The reason I bring up this lie of traditional religion and scientism is both have been coopted with the corruption of today’s carbon trap and path dependencies of growth.  This is transhuman now with machines.  The most basic is the car culture.  You can live in a walkable community and still are in the car culture.  Population overshoot of all is a function of the car culture of moving human economics that is now global.  Even the poorest who labor and toil in their subsistence without much outside support are subject to it.  No one can hide from the self-destruction of this car culture. 

This transhumanism is now accelerating with the world wide web of the digital that is an ascending level of this car culture of delocalization.  In fact, this stage is the final destructive stage.  This is delocalizing man even further and quicker.  We no longer connect to the land and life around us with our digital delocalization.  They are now calling for the metaverse.  The metaverse is complete and final mechanization of life.  Even environmentalist are looking to science and technology to help nature with large and small geoengineering strategies. 

The reality is we are destroying nature.  It is this false divinity that is the issue because man is no longer scaled properly.  Proper scale is a seminomadic hunter gatherer with the basic science of primitive agriculture, foraging, and shelter.  This culture is a spoken culture that is alive with animation of the spirit world which is much closer to reality than the mechanization of the spiritual in transhumanism.  The spoken human culture of the primitive is superstitious but in a balanced way.  The most superstitious man is modern man in the delocalization of transhumanism of tech and knowledge power.

This discussion above has to be understood to understand the intricacies of decline.  This is needed to understand this decline has been a process from the very time when humans began to gather into small civilizations and then embraced agriculture.  Modern science began with agriculture and proper science will return to permaculture.  The narrative is this.   When humans began their enlightenment it was locked in dualism.   This process proceeded it also degraded until now it has gone to an extreme planet changing process with an arrogance of humanism that is an extreme of dualism.

It has progressed over thousands of years and is now at the point of tipping over.  On a finite planet there are limits.  This includes knowledge and tech.  We are there and somewhere in the vicinity of the tipping over into a new time of decline.  This means a new reality that man has not ever developed in is now at work.  The various dark ages and depressions mirror this but are not it because they all occurred in a steady average growth over these thousands of years.  They were blips in this process.  This is a systematic current of destructive change.  Where as the growth has lasted thousands of years the decline phase will be measured in decades or quicker.  It is this defining aspect that needs to be embraced to properly adapt.  We are talking rapid and complete change not steady average growth.

I call this “Soom”.  This is soon combined with doom.  Doom is not a new concept nor is the soon of collpase.  I would define it as the process of tipping over into decline that will accelerate at a nonlinear rate that knowledge and tech go into as they go from solving problems to being the problem.  It will infect all subsets but at different rates.  All places upon this planet are part of this tipping over because this is a consequence of the human forcing of growth globally.  It is within the human ecosystem of civilization but also geologic change.  It is the planetary systems being forced into abrupt change by human activity.  This is similar to cyanobacteria that initiated the theory of a snowball earth.  Life is also a planetary process and now humanity is the equivalent to cyanobacteria.  This is an amazing view of things because it is a full circle of the complexity of life.

All those planetary cycles that support life are now in phase change.  The carbon, nitrogen, and hydrologic are tipping with negative convergences feeding feedbacks beyond human control.  It is terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric.  It is within the human sphere with activity and meaning.  It is this current that is a river of destructive change.  The planet changes without destructive or constructive change.  It just does what planets do.  The destructive and constructive is in regards to the succession of the life system. 

Here there is the constructive of increasing complexity or the destructive of the undoing of complexity.  It is here where there is evolution or devolution and the combination of both in the turbulence of change.  This is where extinction is also.  Eventually all will be absorbed into a red giant star so the story goes.  In today’s scientism we will be elsewhere in the universe so the story goes.  Traveling in time through wormholes with quantum computing so the story goes.  My cave painting says otherwise and this is my humble story of a delusional green shaman.

You have to see this all-encompassing nature of decline to truly adapt.  This is a process but compared to the run up to the point of thousands of years of growth this will be a rapid decline.  In the world of the mortal humans this may not touch many.  Some of us in our 50s and older may not experience this.  For what it is worth I predict anyone under 30 will have to embrace decline as the new reality.  This is a blind prediction though because there is no way to equate decline.  It now has a life of its own.  In fact it is art and that is why what I am telling you now is a story not science.   

Keep in mind reality now is the tipping point.  It is that place where turbulence will phase change.  It is not a reality of growth or decline it is the turbulence of both in phase change.  Just like turbulence does not have an equation this period does not have the predictive element humans crave.  In fact, this turbulence is allowing humans to mistakenly consider growth growth when the reality is much of this growth is decline.

Since you the individual in your local of people and place are in a phase change.  You have no choice but to embrace both.  This is why I talk of the dualism of REAL Green.  You will be required to embrace both worlds.  Reality is going to tell you decline but the human narrative is growth.  The human narrative is a religion of growth because this is what scientism is.  Science and technology are the only truly revolutionary human force because they are unstoppable in the human drive of progress.  It seeks to know all.  Technology is the physical manifestation of this drive of affluence of efficiency into destructive change.  This human forcing has now adapted the planet and the web of life.  This forcing is self-destruction that is built into the human predicament of dualism. 

It is here the phase change is occurring and it is here where you do REAL Green adaptation.  REAL Green calls on you to live in both worlds.  It creates a new world for humans.  This is the world of degrowth doom.  It combines these two worlds in constructive growth of finding niches in a planet and human civilization in phase change.  You embrace human and planetary change to adapt locally which is the only place left to constructively change.  You will be adapting these two human realities or worlds together in a hybridization.  There will be triage and there will be salvage.  You will know you are there if you see the surreal world of paradoxes, incongruous juxtapositions, and irony.

This adaptation must be local with people and place.  In fact, it is the community of Christ that is so relevant here.  I do not mean to be religious here but only to shed life on what is arguably the most powerful message Jesus left us.  This means small scale.  It is this small scale which humans developed to become the modern human and are no losing in the delocalization of transhumanism.  Is it any wonder scientism is trying to destroy the family?  This is why.  You must begin the journey back to this human type that will become a new human type that will be postmodern after the coming bottleneck. 

It is unclear when this will happen and keep in mind humans may go extinct.  This is the nature of turbulence, remember.  There are no equations for this.  It is instead art and the subject of cave paintings.  We are in phase change now so there is no equation for this future.  Quit obsessing over the destination that is eventual death for all.  Mortality is the great equalizer and true honesty.  Nothing man has created will remain.  When that day comes is vital but also irrelevant to sombody doing REAL Green adaptation.  REAL Green adaptation takes the humility of this ultimate failure and gives it meaning in the journey through this time of turbulence.  It is about being pessimistic about all that is wrong with the modern human narrative and turning that into optimism of the journey of localized growth in meaning.

The truth is the ultimate quest of all humans.  Of course, this varies in intensity but all humans seek to embrace the truth as the proper course of action for actions.  It is the truth of this phase change and what is required that is the new meaning.  This embrace of the truth is what will give you optimism and it is this optimism that will transform your human agency.  You will not transcend this world of destructive change you will just transform it with a meaning that reflects reality.  You will do positive degrowth locally but only as best you can.  You will be declining in place in localism and permaculture.  You will be doing this relative and realistically according to your trap that is the trap of your greater community.  This greater community is like a ladder of increasing complexity and delocalization into globalism and the world wide web of human connections no one can escape. 

It is here where the real surreal living comes in because this will be the fight between localization and delocalization.  It is the fight of affluence between what is physical and what is spiritual.  Growth is with localism and spiritualism.  In fact, the only true growth ahead is spiritual with the meaning of this phase change.  It is this spiritual meaning that will direct small groups to the constructive growth of niches that form as eddies in the current of destructive change.  Yet, this trap will define and limit how much change a local of people and place can change.  This is the critical element of the hybridization.  You will have to try to live more local in a world of increasing delocalization.  You will have to embrace less affluence to find more.  The reason for these juxtapositions is you will have to trade physical affluence for increased spiritual affluence but you will have to do this in a measured way or you will lose both and be destitute and disenfranchised.

This is a critical element of this adaptation process.  It is here where REAL Green becomes an art that requires vision.  This vision is surreal.  It is littered with incongruous juxtapositions and paradoxes.  It means embracing the trap and most of all it is about embracing the humility of the wisdom of insecurity. This wisdom of insecurity is about finding security in insecurity.  This is the paradox of life.  The more you hold on to security the less you will have.  The wisdom of insecurity embraces the turbulence of this phase change.  It does this with meaning.  If you embrace the truth the truth will support you.  If the planet is in phase change, then embracing this truth is the equivalent of the planet supporting you.  This means understanding everything you hold near and dear is at risk including the meaning of your life.  In the wisdom of insecurity, you will be finding wisdom in decline.  This wisdom will guide you through the coming human bottleneck that no one will escape.  There is a great waterfall ahead and you now see the mist given off by this existential phase change.

This wisdom of insecurity will not save you.  There is no refuge there is no place to hide from this phase change but there is the freedom of a spiritual awakening that is a burst of positive energy to restore and renew human connectivity.  In this time in human history this connectivity is to the land in localism.  It can only be found in permaculture.  Keep in mind this permaculture is more than just farming the land.  It is permaculture strategies that require human networking found in small towns that permaculture farms orbit.  

This permaculture is about going local in a delocalized world with people and place.  This means a diverse group but a simple group.  Gone must be all those hyper specializations of modern man who can’t live without delocalization.  In this world all these people must be engaged in the complexity of the simplicity of permaculture.  True complexity is found only in nature.  Only Nature can overcome Nature.  The simplicity must be with the human network of knowledge and tech.  These permaculturist must have one or two specializations and be versed in all the basics of permaculture.  Permaculture is not delocalization.  Permaculture is the true affluence not delocalization.

This is about family and tribe.  It does not rise to urban.  Cities will be depopulated.  These are the places where the greatest turbulence will occur.  REAL Green prescriptions work here in the surreal of seeing the decline process but if you see the decline process then you will leave the cities because there will be no constructive growth in these places.  You will be like those hallowed souls of Chaco Canyon who deserted their development because they saw what it had become.  The difference with Chaco Canyon and today is there is no place to go to.  The world is now totally globalized in delocalization.  This is why you will have to adapt realistically and relatively but it must be towards that which is not what we have today.  Today man is urban and transhuman.  You will want to leave this on a journey of optimism.

This means you will have to flow with the current that is the current of truth with that which is now the current of lies.  This takes a special mentality.  This mentality is so simple that it will be the hardest thing you do because it is about calling into question everything and choosing one of two doors that will have consequences.  If you choose the status quo, you are choosing the world of lies.  If you chose the door of truth and meaning of phase change this will also have consequences.  No choice is not an option because that is a default choice for the status quo.  You will fall back into the current human narrative of the status quo because you are trapped.  Actually, in REAL Green you will go in and out of these doors because remaining in the bright light of the truth is only momentary.  It is the impact of seeing this light but returning to the lies where the support is.  This is why I say the planet and the stars will support you in this transformation.

Convict

REAL Green is like being a convicted criminal that has done his time and now is at the gate looking out at the scary world of normality.  In the REAL Green it is seeing the world of our ancestors as the normal world and the modern world is the prison that is being left.  This is even more convoluted because this prison is the mental ward for the insane.  REAL Green is an embrace of maladaptation to adapt.  You will live a life that is not normal and, in some ways, you will be considered a nutter.  You will live this world to leave it.

This nutter label is in a good way.  REAL Green is not violent or mean.  It is humbly other-orientated and reverent for the planet.  The insanity of the modern world needs a pathway for a few with the right stuff to save humanity from the transhumanism of delocalization.  If you choose this path, you will be considered odd and not quite right.  That is if you reveal yourself.  You can be successful living in both worlds but it creates a strange surreal world of incongruous juxtapositions, paradoxes, and irony.  You will walk around modern life stunned by absurdity.

It is about a return but this return is like a convict that comes out of a secure world of a prison to a tough world of freedom.  The convict has lived much of his adult life in the secure world of the prison.   He has adapted to this.  His time is done and now he is going back to an unfamiliar world.  Many times, convicts revert to old behavior.  Some even go back to the security of prison life unable to adapt.  REAL Greens are trapped in this convict’s world.  The prison is of carbon traps, path dependencies, and delocalization.  You will first be taken to a REAL Green halfway house.  It is here you will begin the process of adapting to a world tipping over into decline and decay.  This will be a tough world of discomforts but also meaning.

I am a devote green who lives the meaning that comes from pursuing a proper footprint on a planet I adore.  Every day I must do things that don’t add up with my green equation of adoration.  I drive, buy on amazon, and use too much energy.  I like comforts and want happiness for my family.  I don’t want others to suffer.  I am like an angle with the iron wings of hypocrisy.  Everything I do I see the carbon and delocalization.  I have many books on what is properly human on a finite planet.  This makes me see modern life in a surreal way when I travel the highway to a town to buy groceries.  This carbon trail and delocalization of vital needs of being humans is fascinating but also alarming.  It can end so abruptly.  I am affluent as a middle-class person but as a green I am in poverty.

I am realistic and relative about this existential predicament of the duality of living two different worlds.  I am the type of person who does not feel I can force my way of life on others.  I believe in freedom so I must respect others in the same way.  I feel caught in the middle of the extremist greens preaching Marxism and the science denying browns.  The Marxist greens want control by any means.  Browns feel justified by God to subjugate the planet.  In the middle of this I cry when I see what has been lost as I drive down the dirty highways of progress.

At the top with the elite supremist pursuing the Great Reset I see a con job that is hijacking the green movement.  They could care less about green.  Green is a good tool of control they will employ along with woke.  These devisive issues help their efforts to preserve wealth and power.  Extremist greens drink these lies up like Jim Jones Kool-Aid.  With the browns I see science denial and bible thumping.  The planet is theirs to be exploited for increased happiness because God told them this.  I see psychopaths at the top in industry and politics because this is the way to succeed in a delocalized world of affluence seeking.  They got to the top by lying, cheating, and stealing and feel their wealth and power is justified.  This is a brave new world of Marxism with the Machiavellian pursuit of power in battle with the populist.  Both are delusional but I have to admit I side with the populist who believe in freedom.  I do this grudgingly because I am first and foremost and environmentalist and populist dirty browns.

I feel like the convict leaving prison and starting a new life because I left the corporate world 18 years ago.  It took me 8 years of wandering that brought me to a permaculture homestead.  Back then I was a peak oil prepper.  As I did my prepping, I saw the importance of green.  I have always been a spiritual green.  I have a large library.   I have many books on the Osage tribe that lived sustainably in my local.  I know what TRUE Green is because the Osage lived it but I also know that world is gone. 

It is now an overpopulated earth carbon trapped and delocalized in globalism.  There is nowhere to hide.  Prepping as a lone wolf is ridiculous in the sense of finding a refuge.  If you do not have a sustainable and resilient local community then you don’t have but a few months of security in a collapse.  A decade of effort can be taken in a few hours by superior forces.  If you remain safe from bandits your prepped portfolio will eventually run out.  Resupply will depend on how far the drop is for your local.  So green prepping is about learning to live more as our ancestors did but within the trap of modern life.  The green part comes from the realization that what is more prepped is greener.

What I did start to realize after the recent 8 years is how important permaculture is to the process of prepping.  A permaculture homestead is as green as most of us can get.  TRUE Green is a semi-nomadic hunter gatherer living seasonally.  His waste streams are nutrient streams.  He is properly an apex predator.  He may be superstitious but less so than modern man with all his knowledge and gadgets that deceive him into thinking he is special and above nature.  This is extreme superstition claiming enlightenment.  

What is even better than a permaculture homestead is a community of permaculture homesteads with a small town in the center producing basics.  This is how it once was for the frontiersman here in my local 200 years ago.  This is what we must return to.  REAL Green is on the frontier which is between worlds.  So, this is a journey of returning to a previous life that is so far gone it is a new way of life.  Your first stop is the half-way house of REAL Green by embracing failure in ascetic humility.

What is green is more prepped is why you should be green not what modern greens preach which is FAKE Green.  This means living a surreal life of the halfway house.  This is living local, low carbon, and ascetic in a world of delocalization, carbon, and on demand affluence.  It is local because it is only here humans properly scale.  Delocalization is material affluence.  Affluence is a process of scale being lost.  It is dehumanizing mechanization of decreasing humanity.  Our modern world is full of too many opportunities.  This is the prison you are leaving.  It is only by being local that a true human scale is obtained. 

Keep in mind this does not necessarily mean increased security.  That depends on the local.  If a famine strikes or a medical emergency happens you may die.  Yet, it is the local where meaning is realized in a sea of meaninglessness.  When humans scale properly there is meaning.  Meaning can only be fully found in the local.  Think local and live global is a farce just as think global live local is.  REAL Green tries to thread the needle of this trap.  Everything else is an insanity of maladaptation.  Is it any wonder people need so many drugs today! 

The reason this world is so meaningless is too many things and too much knowledge.  This out of scale condition is really too much baggage and too much noise.  Green prepping is using this world to leave it as much as you can.   This is a hybrid world so a mental skill of agility must be learned.  It is a world of salvage and triage.  This is the basis of REAL Green wisdom.  Much will have to be rejected and much salvaged because of the dual worlds you are navigating.   This is the nature of a hybrid material and metaphysical world you will find yourself in.  This makes it surreal like the convict feels when he stands at the gates between worlds.

Low carbon is essential to green prepping.  Low carbon means staying as close to the local as possible for energy sources and energy use.  Food is the most basics low carbon capture.  A garden and animals are a requirement for REAL Green.   The support network of a small towns supporting permaculture localism is REAL Green.  Anything larger is not green.  Really permaculture involves homesteads and small towns.  In my case I need heating so it is also firewood.  It means rewilding because a good permaculture homestead has a forage and hunting potential.  It means knowing your water with strategies of collection and purification.  Food, water, and energy are all interrelated and the very basics of human life.  Food and water require energy.  Energy requires you being satisfied with food and water so you have the energy to collect energy.  This is the circularity of REAL Green.

Your permaculture homestead will have to focus on being more circular in a linear world.  Delocalization breaks the circle.  Ideally your permaculture homestead will have to depend on a local of other permaculture homesteads and a small town of craftsmen and lite professionals.  Doctors, teachers, and administrators are a must but in a REAL Green small town setting.  The reason being you will have to be a jack of many trades but a specialist in a few.  A proper permaculture homestead can’t make it on its own.  Localized community is a keystone requirement. 

I lack community and other permaculture homesteads around me but I am still better than urban areas.  Local farmers around the Ozarks where I live still retain some of the old ways.  Talking to another permaculture homestead digitally is fine but it is not the real thing.  The digital and the car culture are still delocalizing but this is all I have.  I hope better success for you and I write these words for some who may realize what I speak of.  My permaculture homestead is considered a hobby farm because it is not profitable in the world of the status quo.  You can’t properly live middle class and be a TRUER Green permaculture homestead.  Mine is lacking the keystone local variable of other homesteads connected by small towns.  I try to live local in a world of delocalization.  I am a convict.  I am in a halfway house.

Green prepping is about asceticism.  You will have to be a devote conservationist.  You will have to embrace austerity if you expect to be prepped.  This means learning a routine of pain and drudgery.  I fast twice a week to feel the pain of hunger.  This fasting manifests both physical and mental sacrifice.  I often feel like “is this worth it” when I reflect on REAL Green?  I often wonder why I make big efforts at small returns.  Modern life is about small effort bringing big returns. 

Low carbon capture is a marginal living.  It is a life of poverty because staying local will not provide a modern life of affluence.  All the talk these days about localism is really just a hobby life.  Real localism is a poverty of sorts.  Ascetic living is embracing daily routines of boring redundant work.  It means daily chores that are low return.  It means little time for leisure.  Your leisure must be the satisfaction of being ascetic in an affluent world.  Green prepping is about conservation because being prepped is about a low footprint.  Affluence is obtained but this is a spiritual affluence.

Voluntary simplicity is the key to green prepping.  It is a poverty of wants and needs in ascetism.  It is about living a mental condition of cognitive dissonance of being trapped in the surreal of two worlds like the convict at the gates of prison looking out at the parking lot.  No loved ones there just the sheriff that will transport you to the halfway house.  The probation officer will call you and tell you how to behave.  In the case of REAL Green the probation officer is the reality of insecurity.  Life will be your probation officer contacting you with failure.  Failure must become your friend. 

This is the lonely world you will live in being REAL Green because very few will be living a REAL Green life of green prepping.   You will be that convict with no loved ones to pick you up.  You will be alone.  It is so easy to return to that previous life of being a carbon criminal living the thrill of a delocalized life.   Indulging in affluence like a glutton.  This is how civilization lives and has lived for generations and now you are seeking to leave this as best you can.

If you believe in a world in decline that is heading for the cliff you will instinctively be a prepper.  In this respect you will do what you can to prepare.  If you do this long enough you will see that it is only TRUE Green living that is properly prepped.  The TRUE Green world is gone.  TRUE Green is also about famine and emergencies so there really is no refuge being a self-conscious animal.  In a localized world this might mean no safety net and or emergency services.  What REAL Green attempts is living in both worlds as best one can.  This seems simple enough but it is really very difficult. 

REAL Green makes a transformation once failure is embraced.  This transformation is about acceptance that modern life is dying and a failure.  The narrative of growth and prosperity is a lie.  It is the humility of being a convict at the prison gate contemplating a return to an alien normal life of true localism that is a key.  The reason this is key is the meaning of it.  The truth is the highest attainment of humanism.  Most can’t handle the truth or are not able to face the truth.  A child is protected because of this.  Many adults live delusional lives because the truth is too scary.  The wisdom of insecurity says there is more security in living insecure.  Modern life teaches you to be optimistic when pessimism is called for.  REAL Green blends them in pessimistic optimism because it is the optimistic journey that is embraced not the destination.  The destination is death.

The Key aspect to REAL Green comes with the pain and suffering of this surreal world of living between worlds at the prison gate.  It is meaning that comes from the humility of acceptance of failure.  It is seeing the lie of modern life but also seeing the trap of it.  Just because you see the truth does not mean you can transcend your existential situation of being part of the lie.  So REAL Green is about personal acceptance in humility.  It is about accepting consequences and doing your time.  It is also the insecurity of leaving the prison of prosperity.

It is at this point you go forth on a journey of renewal and restoration.  You also go forth in a world of a carbon convict living in the world of the thrills of affluence.  The key to REAL Green is letting the demons’ become angles if only angles with iron wings.  It is this acceptance that will liberate you if only for brief moments.  As you get old if you are lucky, as your body and mind decays, it is brief moments of meaning that are so special and worth living for.

Does it matter?  In my opinion it doesn’t.  That is the ultimate acceptance of the human condition.  When you die your ego dies.  There is no looking down from above in a heaven.  Heaven is here on earth.  You can make it a hell if you like.  Life is so short you are already dead.  In a blink of your eyes you will be on your death bed.  Or in a brief moment a car wreck will be a flash of light and then you are gone.  Yet, there is something more and it is meaning that comes with a connectivity of letting go in the wisdom of insecurity that opens your journey up to special moments.  The truth is special in the sea of meaningless human dwell in.   

Our lonely state of self-consciousness where we must relive our mortality daily is maddening.  It is human instinct to find meaning and meaning is a reflection of the truth.  In nature this whole issue is moot because other species are in a natural state of grace.  An oak tree is just an oak tree.  It does not try to be a lion.  It is this grace that humans crave.  It is the REAL Green naturalness of living where the wisdom of insecurity is embraced that true happiness becomes nearer.

Beyond Humanism

Living beyond humanism is a handicap.  If you are able to look around and see life more as it is, you will handicap yourself in the ways of man.  Living this is a tough calling making it surreal.  This is probably the reason shamans lived on the edge of the community.  It is here they could reflect beyond humanism and maintain a degree of sanity.  The ways of the world contradict so much of what a higher reality represents.

This is likely why there is religion and the reason there are nutter new age spiritualist.  It is finding the middle ground that is necessary.  The control and usurping of spirituality by religion destroy spirituality but also tames it.  The freedom of pursuing unhindered spirituality is exhilarating but also maddening.  This is the tensions of the dualism of being.  We have our minds that live in two worlds of the metaphysical and the physical.  One we must take care of food, water, shelter.  In the metaphysical there is the search for meaning.  How much meaning should we pursue?  This of course has become complex and complicated with modern life where the two get blended and confused.

I have to revisit the basis of REAL Green because I live in the two worlds.  REAL Green is chiefly a spiritual approach.  This spirituality is needed so one goes further into reality than is normal to see the deeper human condition.  In the case of the modern human this is the reality of a world of decline.  This decline is actually being in the vicinity of decline.  It is a tipping over point of everything on this planet into decline.  The planet is now shifting an epoch and human forcing is the reason.  Man is nearing a shift of being a new type of man.  It will be this tipping over that reshapes this new human type.  The dawning of this new human type is unclear but the transition is near.

Spirituality is the new growth aspect for humans.  In the past it was affluence of comforts and knowledge.  These combined to form the new man of science and technology.  We are now transhuman with our machines and knowledge resources.  Significant amounts of our humanity has been lost in this technological growth.  Much of the rich natural diversity and complexity of our planet has been lost because of this development.  This is now a condition of diminishing returns.  This will drive human evolutionary change rapidly.  REAL Green seeks to orientate to this change

This evolutionary change is decline based.  It is centered on the physical world.  The spiritual damage has been done.  The growth of technological man came at the expense of spiritual man.  Now the process is turning over to spiritual growth and less technology.  Our comforts and knowledge resources have hit limits.  Not only have they hit limits they are set to degrade rapidly mainly because complexity of the type humans have created degrades rapidly when growth is taken away.  Abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational destroy integrity of human institutions rapidly.  So, this tipping over is a paradigm of destructive change for human civilization.  This is the reason why REAL Green is a degrowth doom and the reason it pursues green prepping.

Spirituality is the one area of human life that can expand.  Meaning will be a new growth opportunity.  This is expansion is with wisdom.  This new wisdom will be of what knowledge and comforts to embrace and what to reject in this new age of decline.  Currently man is still fully embracing more comforts and knowledge.  The tension of this tipping over is at this very moment is a building up of metaphysical seismic energy.  Man is pushing hard against limits.  He continues opening doors which in the past solved problems and increased affluence but now is quickly compressing problems into predicaments.

REAL Green seeks to live in both worlds.  Very few can leave this world that is on a collision.  There is very few places for transcendence.  Few can leave into the wilderness of spirituality except for insanity.  You must live in this world of growth even though in your gut you know much of what we are doing is mad.  Yet to leave this world is also mad for most people.  It will actually destroy families and communities.  This is probably why there are established religions.  Even though they are destructive of meaning because of the moral hazards of human life they do hold civic responsibilities together.  In this way REAL Green does not advocate taking this spirituality as a new religion.

REAL Green is an add on that seeks to throttle modern life.  Important spiritual aspects if embraced yield a different physical path of the basics of living.  The key aspect of this spirituality is just to add on to your existing spirituality acceptance and return.  The acceptance is the wisdom that human agency is failing.  This failing will be anti-meaning.  The narratives that are used to give us meaning are tipping over into failure.  REAL Green is about a hybrid of living in this world of false narratives with an acceptance.

REAL Green takes this a step forward by using the wisdom of green prepping to return to an earlier humanism.  This humanism was of a time when there was less knowledge and comforts but more meaning.  This meaning may be looked upon as superstitious because of the huge amount of knowledge we have at our finger tips today.  Yet, it can be argued we are even more superstitious today with our flagrant disregard for limits.  Limits are the closest we can get to reality.  Limits are definition.  Humans today are lost without meaning because there is too much knowledge and opportunities that allow life to be delocalized.  Delocalization is a type of entropy.

This return is about going back in time but more in the sense of a rhyme than repeat.  The world of our ancestors is gone but the wisdom is not gone.  Proper wisdom is timeless and it is an art.  Art is a reflection of beauty.  It is finding that road that threads this needle that is the key to REAL Green spirituality.  You will have to live a difficult surreal mentality of knowing you will be living a life that is destructive.  You will also live in a new world that is the old world.  A world back in time to when man lived simpler less destructive lives.  This means a difficult disposition of rejecting many aspects of modern human life.  Knowing what to embrace and reject is a very hard won ability.  This is green prepping wisdom.  It is a toughest of wisdom because it is one of rejection.

At no time in man’s recent history except for extreme royalty of the past have humans had so much opportunity and choices.  I can be across the world tomorrow with the right connections.  I can build a small city in a year.  I can amass a fortune winning a lottery.  Saying no to these extremes is a tough mental postion.  What is also tough is knowing you have to embrace these opportunities.  It is a two edge sword. 

You will have to seek success and profit or you will be consumed by those who do.  This is the Anthropocene which is a human world with new predators.  In many ways this new world is more dangerous than the old one.  You may have longer life spans but many have lost meaning so what is the value?  We may not have tigers that eat us but we have new kinds of predators.  I would say more insidious and vicious predators both man and machine.  Increasingly man and machine are being merged into transhuman predators.

REAL Green is speaking to the rich in the west.   There are 6 billion poor but keep in mind many of these poor are being lifted out of poverty and will face similar issues the 1 billion face with the dangers and opportunities of affluence.  I am a rich westerner that calls on the poor to be very carful how much wealth you pursue if the opportunity arises.  REAL Green is essentially an add on spirituality for the rich of the world but the poor should reflect on the wisdom reflex of green prepping too but at a different starting point.  Many of the poor 6 billion still have a connection to the land the rich have lost.  Many of these poor are much more localized.  They have better family relationship because of this.  Of course, many do not and many are oppressed, disenfranchised and suffering.  I am not speaking to these people because I am not worthy.

REAL Green is about being an add on to your spirituality.  It is about green prepping.  The green is that which is a lower planetary foot print.  This is essentially permaculture localism.  That which is permaculture localism is more prepped.  REAL Green is green prepping because REAL Green embraces decline as the new paradigm of the dawning of an age of decline.  This is not meant to be a new age spirituality nor a nutter prepper way of life.  This is a humble spirituality of acceptance that will power you through the destructive changes immediately ahead.

Since this is a spirituality with many dangers, REAL Green calls on humility and simplicity as the time proven ways to adapt and mitigate destructive change.  This spirituality goes forth once you have gone through the spiritual transformation of REAL Green to adapted living.  You will live differently but within the life you are living now.  The key aspect of REAL Green is acceptance of decline but also the acceptance of the limits to the transformation of embracing decline. 

Very few will have the right stuff to make a significant transformation.  This is because we are all trapped in the carbon path dependencies of modern life.  Here carbon is energy and technology.  The path dependencies are the civilization that has developed and now requires carbon and technology.  There is a limit to how much simplicity one can embrace and not lose stability.  Keep in mind this involves others.  This involves people who are not capable of the spirituality of REAL Green.  In some ways there is an innocence that must be lost in REAL Green.  You must respect the innocence of those significant others who just don’t have this ability.  This will make you a leader.  Many are not capable of leadership.  Know your abilities of leadership before you embrace REAL Green in the advanced stages.

This journey is other orientated as well as planetary.  This is a heroic journey.  It is unique to you because it is your life and that life has unique nature and nurture.  This journey is specifically local and rejects delocalization and homogenization.  In this respect your local is unique with its own special limits and what changes can be made.  Use REAL Green as a tool of return to an earlier time of simplicity and meaning but use it within the limits modern life places on you.  This means you will still have to budget your time, money, and happiness.  There will be many choices to make and many of these will be added to the already large amounts of choices modern life puts on your backs.

REAL Green is essentially saying embrace a wisdom of green prepping relative and realistically to your uniqueness.  Local uniqueness allows authenticity and from authenticity comes truth.  This is so simple it can become overly complicated especially in our modern world of too much of everything except meaning.  Many complications will occur when you attempt this dissonance generating mentality.  If you are feeling dissonance you are over the target.  This is because pain is part of the process especially mental pain.  It is tough to say no when so much is possible.

This is going to create a lack of harmony at times.  They key to limiting these difficulties is localism and simplicity.  Use a wisdom that embraces these qualities in your decision making process.  You are going to fail and you will fall into traps but you will learn from this.  This is inevitable when life systems collide.  REAL Green is one life system based on decline and the modern world is centered on growth.  In the modern world failure is taboo.  Doomers are consider nutter and relegated to the fringe of the social narrative.  Yet, degrowth doom is the new meaning.  Try to harmonize this without destroying either life system.

Where REAL Green succeeds is growth in decline.  You will have to grow because you are living in the modern world of the Anthropocene but your growth will be one that is within a niche created by the declining modern life.  This decline is likely going to be rapid at some point.  Your growth will be a growth of return that is essentially a retreat in force.  It is a hybrid that will combine the new and the old better.  This will leverage your decline with more adaptation.  You will have to be significantly focused on triage.  You will have lots of deadwood to clear out.  This is where optimism occurs in the overall pessimism of decline.  You will become an optimistic pessimist.

It is apparent as a REAL Green you will be living a life of incongruous juxtapositions.  This will be a life full of paradoxes.  You will constantly be faced with the surreal of irony.  You will need to keep a strong sense of humor and a durability of character.  The reason this is more likely for you in REAL Green is you are embracing localism and simplicity.  While REAL Green is for everyone to a degree its advanced stages are only for a few.  It is not something to be taken lightly.   It is a rigorous life of voluntary simplicity within complexity.  Know your limits before you entertain this life system.

If you live in a city leave it.  If you can’t then be aware your permaculture homestead and monestary of knowledge will be at increased risk.  If you can move to the edges of a city this is better.   Just like shamans did in the time of our ancestors when they would live on the fringe of their community.  They went there because it was easier to find meaning.  It is meaning that is the key element of spirituality.  REAL Green is a spirituality that brings a physical transformation.  So, in this case you must first find a permaculture of the spirit before you find your permaculture homestead. 

Cities are delocalizing and a place where the wisdom of saying no is hindered.  Find a place where you can connect to the planet in permaculture.  Find a place where you can find community or at a minimum raise a family away from the worst of decline ahead.  This is about returning to the land.  This is what is real human nature at its best.  Our current human nature has now hit limits and cannot be maintained.  This is the tipping point you will be negotiating.  REAL Green is not a refuge.  There are no refuges except in the spirit world but this is not so much a refuge as an acceptance of a higher power.  It is the humility of the ego embracing ascending levels of mortality and in doing so connects to the truth to find life.

Green, You Should Care

This is a long discussion that is only for a few.  Most of you will not understand the subtlety.  Radical progressive greens will react in anger that I dare call into question their lies.  The main point is green is now the primary destructive force through globalism.  I acknowledge brown as a destructive force but instead of a green mitigation there is a green manipulation that is a hijacking by the technocratic elite.  Call me a conspiracy theorist but all one needs to do is look around how this program is shaping up to see these lies.  If you don’t care about green, you should.  If you are green then you need to self-search honestly if you are really green or just a radicalized tool of change of a corrupt establishment.  This discussion is not meant to compare green to brown.  It is about green because green is the path to meaning and truth.  Brown is not.  Yet, green is now the lie brown is not.

PART 1 Politics and infrastructure

Green might not interest you but it should.  The globalists elite supremist are pushing a radical plan to reshape our civilization.  This is a con that is based on fear and tech lies.  Many are desperate for solutions and are believing their lies.  Dishonest science is being employed using all kinds of deceptions.  There is the presenting of theoretical science claiming soon to be applied breakthroughs that will solve carbon emissions.  Claiming science in development will deliver solutions is not honest science it is marketing.  The destructiveness of this NetZero science when built out is not discussed.  The tradeoffs and consequences are hidden from view because the elites feel the masses can’t handle the truth.  It is more like the masses would object if they realized what the elites are doing.  A happy clean picture of a dirty and painful future is presented as a propaganda exercise to get everyone onboard.

These globalist elites are pushing a cultural Marxism of woke that is now being applied to environmentalism.  This has nothing to do with environmentalism and everything to do with authoritarianism.  They want to use the same tactics employed with woke in the political and employment space to force through a program of radical energy change.  This is being driven not only by the political elite but also their corporate allies.  The central banks are getting involved with this pushing national ESG directives.  This will destroy the environmental movement as we know with untold damage to its legitimacy once it fails as the science clearly says it will.

The globalist economics are just as deceptive.  The cost of these programs is immense.  The longer-term costs are not even presented.  Currently we are seeing stagflation from lower growth but higher inflation.  This is a supply problem with post pandemic lockdown mistakes.  There are now mandate shocks developing with labor unrest.  Continued monetization of debt by the federal reserve is stoking demand.  The Democrats are pushing through huge fiscal stimulus that will greatly juice demand at the same time supply is falling.  This fiscal stimulus is significantly green new deal directives.  Globalist want inflation because debt is now beyond what can be managed.  Inflation erodes this debt but is a hidden tax on your backs.

These longer-term costs are a greatly reduced affluence for 95% with 5% being the club who will administer this economy.  This 5% will remain whole and in charge.  The global economic system is already very vulnerable to disruption because of its hyper efficient supply chains.  The pandemic aftermath is proving how dangerous disruptions are to a system that is hyper efficient.  The disruptions of transforming the global energy systems will shatter productivity further.  Places that have never faced brownouts and food shortages will face these unexpectedly.  Confidence will be shattered and unrest will do further damage.  The net result will be less renewable integration into those areas where it can provide a vital strengthening to the existing system.  If you are green, you will be shocked by the unintended consequences of all of this.  If you don’t care about green, you will once you lose your affluence. 

Fossil fuel’s net energy is in decline already which is a primary influence on economic decline.  The economic system is in systematic decline with a host of ills ranging from dysfunctions from corruption and poor planning.  Good old fashion corruption occurring for 2 decades has rotted the core of our social compact.  The social situation is desperate for stability and instead increased instability is thrusting systems and networks into dysfunction.  This alone should make further destructive change dangerous because there is a limit to the degree of change and the duration of the destructive results to stability. 

A better approach is avoiding increasing instability going into a period of instability.  This means the narrative must change from lying to people there are solutions to telling people there are ways to reduce painful change society can’t fix.  This means admitting failure and asking populations to sacrifice for the common good.  This means rejecting the globalist platform of increased centralization with authoritarian control.  In a time of decline increased control will lead to irrational policy.  Results will be further problems not solutions. 

Honest science sees the lies they are proposing.  These radical changes will destroy stability by being the last straw on the camel’s back.  Decline is now systematic and across the board but it will be accelerated by dysfunctional socio-political policy of the Marxist and fascist globalist.  This is under the guise of social justice and green new deal but really is authoritarianism of state capitalism based upon the Chinese example.  The 1% of the 1% will benefit the rest especially the bottom 50% will see serfdom.  Welfare state will supply some help but in a deceptive nanny state way.  The losses will be greater than the welfare given.  The losses of freedom that don’t have a price will be dramatic.  This is all in the name of the pretend common good of social justice and NetZero.

The con is a build back better lie of a green new deal.  There is nothing green about this.  This is a power grab and a wealth transfer exercise paraded as a way to save the planet.  This lie is being pushed by the globalist elites through their technocratic architects.  More technology and more complicated systems that will be NetZero and solve the issue of saving the planet and providing sustainable development for all is the last lie of modernism.  This con is based on the idea of a top-down approach with authoritarian control.  This is claimed is needed to solve the ills we face.  This approach relies on technology and is an urban based system of social engineering.  The result will be a two-tier society of serfs and feudal lords.  Actually, many will be slaves and expendable. 

If you are a degrowth doomer as I am then you see clearly suffering is ahead.  It is unclear how destructive change will unfold because this is the nature of systematic decline.  Decline happens in haphazard ways and is often swift but also slow and relentless.  It is actually both with various systems components breaking with others holding but constantly facing increasing pressure.  As one after another of system components break down the paces gathers. 

Today we are well into this decline but it has been a slow boil and as such people have been immune to concern.  The pace has accelerated so expect some rapid shocks ahead.  The program of the elite supremist with their Marxist state capitalism of monopolistic corporations and authoritarian government is set to impellent more radical change.  I feel this will be the last straw breaking the backs of the fragile global system that has put all of us at risk from decades of delocalization.  The delocalization means if supplies are not brought into your local you will see shortages and brown outs.  No local is self-sustainable anymore but many are worse than others.  The wealthier your local the worse will be your shortages.    

A better approach is with dignity and meaning instead of the elite supremist approach of lies and discontent.  Marxist thrive on discontent because it allows two things.  One is divide and conquer the various factions.  The other is destroy the fabric of a system they want to shape in their image.  The want to destroy and build back better.  Any means is considered legitimate.  Lying, cheating, and stealing is fine.  Civil war is fine if needed.  This is what is at hand and people don’t see it.  The proper approach is with honesty and the dignity of meaning.  Their approach is slavery to their wealth and power preservation that allows them to trickle down welfare to a suffering population that mistakenly believes these people care about them.  These elites will talk of social justice as they act as tyrants.

The physics and the economics do not add up.  The failures are already apparent to those who know better.  I am not against renewables.  I have them myself.  What I am against is the approach being taken that is using NetZero as an excuse to take away sovereignty.  The plan is radical, destructive, and disenfranchises.  Grass roots efforts with some renewables is a far better approach.  The honest science of renewables indicates they have a more modest application in our future.  If you destroy the economy in a push to radically change civilization less renewables will be produced.  A dirtier world will result instead.

The reality of a dirtier and dangerous world is at hand.  NetZero is a lie and a con job to position a small percentage of the population in good seats for the ride down.  The problems of the world are not going to be fixed by any policies.  They involve nonnegotiable limits to growth and diminishing returns of technology.  They involve waste streams and already locked in feedback loops for consequences.  More of the same approach of using technology to solve problems will just accelerate the problems.  The better approach is adaptation and mitigation with less destructive use of growth and technology.  The impulse to using growth and technology can’t be stopped but it can be reduced.  This is the basis of degrowth doom.  Wisdom over science and technology.  Humanism over machine domination. 

Degrowth doom is a fringe nutter approach but paradoxically the proper approach.  I am calling on honest individuals to see through this con job and to be honest about the reality of decline.  You need to understand degrowth doom will not be allowed a voice.   You the individual can embrace it and begin the process of adaption to mitigate the destructive change ahead by making wise choices with the last of the surplus resources still available.  It is time to fortify your local.  The globalist will do their damage and the populist who fight back.  Science denial will allow for massive dysfunction and irrational policy.

Renewables need to be added where they satisfy the following important results.  Utility scale systems should inhabit sweet spots where they integrate well with existing systems without overwhelming grid systems with intermittentcy.  This is especially true where brownfields already exist from previous development.  Don’t destroy existing pristine ecosystems.  These resources have immense value currently because of all that has already been destroyed.  Land use changes are a significant aspect to human forcing of the planet.  Do not increase this further will dubious projects.

Renewables should focus on beefing up emergency services with local applications of renewables and battery backup.  This is where EV’s have an important application.  Individuals should have small systems for lighting and refrigeration as a way to prep for an unstable future.  Emergency services including food system support is vital.  People will be very desperate if food systems are not secure.  This means distribution systems need protection.  Policies of local food production combined with renewables need to be advanced.

Permaculture communities that can live with intermitency should be invested in with renewable systems taking pressure off the existing grid.   These permaculture communities can serve as battery backup.  This means permaculture communities that are adapted to intermitency because of conservation and off grid strategies can shift surplus power to the grid as needed to support parts of the economy that can’t be interrupted.  Permaculture communities are also key to local food systems.  This is a far less expensive investment with the side benefit of resilience and sustainability because investments are being made in rural areas that supply food and ecosystem support functions. 

This permaculture response is part of my pitch to depopulate cities before it is too late.  Significant amount of people need to be moved back to the land to take pressure off cities already overpopulated but also to strengthen food systems with local production.  This can be paid for at a fraction of the cost of this green new deal lie.

Vast industrial renewable systems are hugely expensive and will eventually end up stranded assets as grid integrity breaks down.  Large amounts of wealth will evaporate overnight with these investments.  The knock-on effect will travel through the system further degrading other system that have been centralized with unstable technology.  A decentralized system is needed to break this dominoes effect.  This does not mean these decentralized systems will not fail.  What it means is they will slow failure with individual inertia of their sustainability and resilience.  This end game of civilization needs a retreat in force not a grand campaign of lies claiming victory.  Scientism is man’s greatest lie!

If you made it this far then you see the lie of green.  You see how this lie will be forced on you.  You will also see decline is in the cards for you either way.  Yet, the decline could be reduced and the results less painful.  We are all together at this point of inflection.  There are no refuges.  Follow the Globalist elite supremist green new deals and lies of social justice socialism or resist it in with decentralized approaches of retreat in force in localism.  Local responses are properly based on unique local strengths.  Yes, ecosocialist, capitalism is a failure but less a failure than what you propose.  You will hasten decline and make suffering worse.  Your social justice will be slavery and your fancy words tools of suppression.

PART 2 Spiritual

The above is the physical and practical argument for an alternative approach to applying renewables to a global civilization in decline.  The following discussion is on the spiritual component of green.  This will be of interest to some of you.  Green prepping of REAL Green is about permaculture localism.  This is something individuals and small groups can embrace but the most important factor is behavior, attitudes, and meaning.  The above arguments I made will fall on deaf ears.  It appears society is already locked into bad decisions that will make life far more difficult.  You the individual can accept this top failure and make personal arrangements at the grassroots.   First you need a spirituality of why or else you will not have the morale to make the sacrifices.  Sacrifices are coming.  Proactive sacrifice will be more effective and less painful.  This is my approach.

Green is a secondary color. Secondary colors are those that can be produced from mixing two of the primary colors together.  It is blue of water and yellow of the sun that makes the green of life.  This is photosynthesis.  A spiritual photosynthesis is call for with modern man.  A proper green is called for.  The biggest lie these days is with Greens.  Browns are honest about their postion.  It is the modern Green who claims to be green but is no better than the browns.  Modern greens are calling for radical change with growth and technology based on a green lie. 

This is a hijacking by the elite supremist with their technocratic prescriptions of control and development that is concerned with wealth and power preservation not green.  If they cared about green they would lead by example.  If it made economic sense, it would already be realized.  Instead, economic decline is everywhere.  You were already going to face deprivations from a planet at limits of growth.  Now the elites will take even more away though lies and misrepresentations.  Outright stealing is occurring.

It is vitally important you understand Green now from multiple angles.  The most important Green is the planet.  Green is not going to save the planet.  The planet will save itself.  In fact, the planet was never in need of saving.  What is happening is what the planet and life does.  If you do not understand this than you are an arrogant humanist.  This arrogance is from a rationalization that humans have control of their destiny and can control the planet’s destiny.  This is a species self-deception.  It is this species self-deception that is the problem now.  A new spiritualism is called for but first a deeper look at this lie is required.  Definitions of the many shades of green should be reviewed.

TRUE Green is man as he should be.  It is not what arrogant humanist want to hear.  They think they can have the modern and green but this is the greatest lie of mankind.  There are many that come under this TRUE Green definition from across the world.  My best historical example would be the Osage Indians of the 17th and 18th century.  These people were the dominant tribe in my area of the Missouri Ozarks.  I have a large section of my library dedicated to the Osage.  I mention them because I have done the research on them.

These people had a spoken culture that was a semi-nomadism of seasonal movement.  This type of culture optimized ecosystem seasonality and intermitency of climate, plants and fauna.  These people were well adapted to their ecosystem.  They may have been superstitious but this served a purpose of connecting the human condition of dualism back to the planet.  It was a way of scaling the arrogance of human self-consciousness with the realities of animal survival.  Those of you who look down upon superstition fail to see Scientism as superstition.  Modern superstitions are far more destructive and dangerous than those of the past that were called primitives.

These people had an organic science of food, water, and shelter.  Tools were specialized with great care adapted slowly over generations and this technological development was limited.  This is a key variable and one our current civilization is incapable of.  These people did not have the luxury of too much luxury.  Yet, my readings show their leisure time was in many ways greater and more rewarding than ours.  The simplicity of their lives allowed this.  Incidence of mental illness was minimal.  They utilized agriculture at the optimum times.  They gathered and hunted properly because the ecosystem dictated what was optimal.  They adapted the ecosystem with fire properly.  The waste stream was minimal and dispersed.

Their culture was adaptive and as the white contact occurred, they were confronted with their biggest adaptation.  This adaptation should be a blueprint for modern man inevitable decline.  The native cultures that were absorbed into our modern world can now shed understanding on how we need to leave modern life for survival in an altered world of decline.  If one discounts their shorter life spans, they had lives much more fulfilled with meaning and purpose.  This is what you the modern must consider about declining in dignity.  This is the key you should consider.  These people were lied to and their sovereignty taken.  This is now happening to you so take warning from their past.

The reason this epitomizes green, concerns balance and scale.  This was humanism as it should be.  It is an apex species in an ecosystem as it should be.  Their culture deteriorated with the influence of Europeans but critical parts remained unbroken.  Their core identities survived and it is this adaption to destructive change that should be an example for modern man.  Keep your dignity and decline honestly. Embraces decline because this is reality.  Resist it is like swimming against a strong current.  You may drown.

The next shade of Green is the early European settler who lived among these Native Americans.  These were a hearty group.  They adapted well in regards to the next shade of Green with small towns and homesteads.  They are a shade darker towards brown but still a TRUE Green shade.   This color I call moss.  This green is what I refer to as “Return” humanism.  This is the spirituality of permaculture.  It is the economics of the frontier human.  It is likely the first proper step down in the collpase of complexity you the individual should embrace.  You are going to be called on to be a frontiersman.

I have many books on the frontier man and his life ways in my area of the Mo Ozarks.  If man could have remained here locked in time in this state a relatively stable green could have survived.  The problem with man is a combination of his dualism combined with technology and energy.  Man’s dualism allows incremental creep of technology and energy that eventually becomes cancerous.  This cancer should not be judged as good or bad.  To judge either way is arrogant humanism.  This is what life does.  Species will always overshoot and this process is why evolution occurs.  Extinction is often the result and if you are honest, you will accept our extinction is possible especially if continued poor choices are embraced.

Frontier man had a more circular permaculture with the support of surrounding small towns.  Animal labor, primitive agriculture, and foraging all were present.  Waste streams still remained mostly nutrient streams except where populations grew too large.  This is why small towns are preferable to cities.  Be real and honest and see how the urbanist technocrats are a force of destruction.  Reject them as the devils they are pushing control and mechanization.  Greater affluence is achieved when human populations force multiply but it is also here the potential for destruction increases.  Balance is where tradeoffs and consequences must be addressed.  In your case as an individual leave the big city because of this.  They cannot be reformed or adapted they are out of scale.  Here the worst of decline will hit first.

It is at this point a wisdom of insecurity is required.  This wisdom is of what knowledge to embrace and what to reject.  This is not something that can be written about fully although there are rules to follow.  It is an art and a moving target.  Life and the planet are in flux so proper wisdom must also flux.  This wisdom is called insecure because you will have to embrace less security to find more.  This is paradoxical and surreal.  The meaning of this is the fear of fear is what prevents proper action.  Fear is to be respected but not hidden from.  Proper action will have to incorporate a healthy respect of fear but not paralysis.

A “return” is what REAL Green is.  This is a journey of lifestyles but also the cultivation of meaning.  This is the moss color of REAL Green.  Chartreuse is the color of yellow and green the techno optimist follows.  Planetary forces are breaking down the hyper efficient chartreuse.  In the case of moss, it is the brown of earthly and simplicity mixed with green that is life.  Yes, this includes the dirty of brown used to describe fossil fuels because fossil fuels will be needed to downsize.  There was too much energy in the modernism of chartreuse.  Energy is affluence.   The result are now a religion of technology and a worship of affluence.  Yellow is the sun but in the case of the sun this energy is dispersed and life giving.  In regards to the religion of technology of modern man the yellow is transhumanism of the mechanization of life with high energy. 

It is the strategies of concentration of this dispersed energy that is the key to a proper Green.  Frontier man had the basics of technology with metal, wood, and the utilization of animal labor.  There was the force multiplier of human networking of the small town.  It is here where education and the storing of knowledge was concentrated.  It is here where a monestary mentality is needed because of the need for an ascetic effort and the spiritual growth to offset the natural needs and wants of affluence.  Affluence must be restricted and this restriction must be internal and this is why a spiritualism is key.  It is only in spiritualism a proper restriction can be found.  This is because meaning must be behind restrictions not authoritarian dictates. 

Energy and technology provide affluence and it is here where scale is lost.  It is here where diminishing returns occurs rapidly.  This concept of diminishing returns is the transformation of the problem solving of energy and technology into the central problem.  It is the core issue of humanism and its destructive duality in today’s world.  This means spirituality must limit science because science is now a religion.  Spirituality must limit all religions but especially scientism.  Religion is the inevitable effort at controlling what is the truth.   Spirituality is the connectedness to meaning.  When extremes of control or lack of control occur destructive activity results.  This is inevitable because of man’s duality and the reason civilizations always fail.  You can step out of the extremes partially to better position.

The naturalism of being is grace.  Grace is the key element to Moss in REAL Green.  Be more as an oak or a bird in your embrace of life than a machine.  The return aspect of REAL Green is the journey.  The destination is death.  We are now in the age of death.   The difference with the REAL Green journey is it is an optimistic pessimism.  It is here the embracing of green prepping yields a spiritual meaning.  This spiritual meaning is the optimism of spiritual permaculture.  Permaculture enriches the local environment and there is an organic natural meaning that is the key aspect of this spirituality.  From meaning comes truth.  Truth leads to power but in this case, it is the planets power not the individual.

This spirituality is an add on and this concept is vital to understand.  You the individual and or a small community should not try to reinvent your existing spirituality but instead adapt it to this new reality.  The reason this is important is new age spiritualist are always failures.  It is the existing time proven versions that can be a glue for adaptation.  For example, the Catholic parish with a school is the epitome of effective community.  The whole perish is dedicated to the development of the next generation.  It is family oriented.  In this way it is a tribe and tribes are where effective government is and always have been.  Add to this strength the return element of REAL Green and you have a powerful force of adaptive change.  Groups are force multipliers.  Groups with morale are where true strength is.

What REAL Greens are leaving is the excesses of self-deception of the ego.  Man has opened doors that can no longer be closed.  This is the result of the arrogance of humanism.  The key point here is not that man made this choice so much as life made the choice.  At a higher level it is life itself in its dance that went there.  This line of thinking is for forgiveness but not pardon.  The forgiveness is self-forgiveness that accepts humans are part of something not separate.  There is no pardon because consequences are real.

There is a world within worlds.  REAL Green is taking you out of the abstract of the bigger world and planting you in your local of people and place where constructive change is possible.  This local is where you make your bed and gather your food.  It is hard to self-deceive at this level because the basics of daily needs to be satisfied is the primary focus.  It is here where constructive change is possible when a proper perspective is employed.  The top is gone stop following this failed narrative and instead use it to leave it.

The REAL Green man is leaving the techno green and returning towards an earlier TRUE Green.  It is the urban FAKE Green of power and wealth that is failing.  It is the green of globalism that is a tower of babble.  This is a Ponzi of exploitation and extraction of ever-increasing affluence.  On a finite planet the rules of limits end this pyramid scheme.  Technology is the true revolutionary human “ism”.  The mechanization of technology does not stop until it has destroyed itself.  The control impulse of ordering nature to an egotistical result knows no boundaries so hence it is a destructive force when elevated to a religion.  This is what man has become.  Science has been elevated to religion in scientism.  Transhumanism of man and machine is the result.

Science is the other pole to spirituality.   It reflects man’s dualism.   Science is the ego at work.  The other is where his natural spiritualism seeks to reconnect the lonely isolated ego.  Science with its technology and its energies have now been elevated to the religion of scientism.  Science is now anti-science coopting spirituality by censoring anything that rejects scientism.  The compression of time and energy with tools of technology has sped up the pace of life.  The breaking point is near.  Scientism can’t allow science to be called into question.  This is blasphemy and must be crushed hence the authoritarianism and impulse to more technology.

REAL Green is calling on an existential honesty of living with the consequences of doors opened that cannot be shut.  This is an adaptation to the trap we have created.  REAL Green is calling on a return to simplicity of the ways of the frontier man.  REAL Green is calling on greens to leave their FAKE Green world of chartreuse.  This act is so simple it becomes very difficult.  It requires a leap of faith because of common sense.  Common sense can’t be trusted today by the priests of scientism but you must trust it.  It is your instincts that have come from generations before you that know in your gut what the truth is.

This is not to say leave technology by rejecting it completely.  It is too late for that.  This is the age of technology commonly called the Anthropocene.  The call is to embrace a spirituality of natural grace.  It is a calling to reject the religion of technology that is now scientism which is resulting in transhumanism of the merging of machines and men.  It is the mechanization of the tools of the age of death in destructive change killing the planet.  Transhumanism is often described as AI, digital implants, and genetic manipulation.  It is this but it is much more.  It is the car culture and it is the digital communications systems we have lost ourselves in.

The modern Green is urban and technological.  He is also self-deceived and co-dependent.  Cities can’t be made green and technology is not green.  The modern Green is wrong on both these fronts in his massive green new deals.  More urbanism supported by more technology and control is not a solution.  This green is a lie.  This lie is now beyond the noble lies of influence for those who can’t handle the truth.  Children can’t handle the truth.  These lies are now really a lie of irreverence to life itself.  Scientism is anti-life.  This is when the noble lies become Marxist and Machiavellian.  This is when this process goes to the extreme of the ego seeking wealth and power preservation at the expense of life itself.

This is where the modern Green is.  This is what the Green New Deal is with its lie of NetZero and green prosperity.  The modern Green is a lie and his woke and techno programs are pure destructiveness.  This is inevitable and hence a good or evil label is a waste of time.  The more important response in REAL Green is acceptance and from this act of acceptance humility is embraced.  Humility is voluntary simplicity.  It is meek and meager.  It is through this transformation that the power of life itself is returned to.  Life will support you when you take this leap of faith because this is the way.

This is a required awakening that may or may not be encountered but it is those who experience this powerful spiritual experience that will be transformed.  This is about honesty and naturalness.  It is about localism of a proper permaculture that includes a spiritual permaculture that enriches.  Science is gone to the extreme of religion with technology and any energy source available no matter how dangerous.  Woke is the political application of Marxist and Machiavellian lies to wealth and power preservation.  Woke Green is a lie.  Techno Green is a lie.  The only TRUE Green is a semi-nomadic hunter gatherer.  You as a REAL Green with thread this needle and take the middle course.

This is the age of death.  This is the Anthropocene.  REAL Green is the path of return.  The return is to the frontier culture.  Here the frontier is the border between modern and old.  It is a hybrid world of technology and the natural.  It is not TRUE Green and it is not FAKE Green.  It is something in-between and the best that can be done in a trap.  This is a carbon trap and a trap of path dependencies of a technological nurture for hundreds of years.  REAL Green seeks to turn back the clock where it is still possible because it is from our past technics of survival must be revisited.

Firewood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Confluence of Energies:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staying Conscious

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

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

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

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

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

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

Truth is the Light of Consciousness

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

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

Dealing With Extreme Duality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Identifying the Sides

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

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

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

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

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

Energetic Cause and Effect

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

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

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

It’s Darkest Just Before Dawn

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

How Darkness Descends

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

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

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

The Great Divide

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

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

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

The Nature of the Underworld

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

The Purpose of the Great Divide

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

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

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

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

Wrong Side of the Divide

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

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

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

Conscious Decisions Required

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

The Agents of Evolution

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

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

The Path of Light

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

To be continued in Part 2 …

By J.J. Montagnier

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

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

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