GREEN Goats

On the pages section of this blog I am posting GOATS.  This is an in-depth look at my permaculture grazing system.   I am sharing the numbers from my operation.  This is my personal accounting.  The accountant handles the numbers different for tax purposes.  There are various ways to treat income, expenses, and investments.  Needless to say, I had a lot of depreciation.  This benefited me as good tax write-off.  Another very important point is I do not include my labor so when you consider the amount of time I invested in this operation over these 6 years there is a considerable labor cost not realized.  When this is considered, one should be very careful about engaging in this type of activities.  I am semi-retired living off investments and some activity in farm management.  I am just now in 2021 going to start seeing a positive return on an investment started in 2015.  Sales are going up and investments in the system leveling off.  I am now selling mostly animals born on the farm.

Some notes to consider when reviewing my grazing operation I posted on he pages part of this blog.  The title is goats but really it is goats, cows, dogs, and people.  Keep in mind before I built this grazing system the farm already had some fence.  There were already two barns, a cabin, and an RV.  There were existing wells and electric service.  There is 300 acres of family land.  I have 80 on the border of the family farm.  This alone adds up to $1MIL.  In a nut shell this is my affluence trap and my opportunity.  REAL Green says relative and realistic so do not get tied up in the good or bad of this.  When you go local you become unique and yourself.  Get out of guilt or anger of the status quo of value and concentrate on the journey into decline.  The family farm we have had in the family since 1948.  I have a spiritual connection in the land of those who came before me.  I dwell in their history.

This family farm participated in a special native grass program 20 years ago that cost around $150,000.  These costs were around 50/50 with the government although lots of other cost were involved the gov did not cover.  There was a CRP program to expand the riparian areas along the drainages.  These have become outstanding cover for wildlife.  This family farm is a wonderful example of a rewilding.  I took 60 acres of this farm for the grazing system and there is 40 acres dedicated to raising hay.  This hay field also gives an added dimension to the mosaics of habitat so even though it is n a sense industrial AG it was inserted into a mosaic of habitat to enhance the benefits for wildlife and humans.  I have 80 acres personally.  I have a shop I just built and 50 year old brick house I did a total renovation too.  I gave it a second life.  I feel second life to homes are machinery is a conservation effort because you are recycling.  I did this in a green manner with maximum insulation.  There is a lot of money in these almost 400 acres!  This is why I often say REAL Green is the calling of few just like in the middle ages monasteries and castles were few but profoundly important.

This is my trap of affluence.  There is a lot here to manage and take care of.  You can see if I want to be green then a REAL Green approach is needed.  True green means going extremely small and decoupled from transport, consumerism, and the welfare system.  Going brown in industrial ag would mean I would expand the animal business approach and remove the rewilded part of the farm for profit operation.  I chose the REAL Green approach that is a polyculture approach.  You have to approach this type of operation with a business mentality but adapted by permaculture.  This permaculture goes deeper with a spiritual permaculture of meaning.  So this is a physical and spiritual permaculture adapted to the status quo.  This then is a journey of green prepping that seeks to use the status quo to leave it.  This is the nature of affluence so stop getting angry or feeling guilty about the green problems this presents.  Man is a destructive species so the best most people can do is channel this destructive behavior to good ends.  Again some of you can go TRUE Green but most can’t.  

REAL Green is green prepping and a journey.  This journey is my journey but also the locals journey  It has been a passion of mine that developed over time so an intellectual and a skill journey.  I love being a shepherd.  I love having a permaculture homestead.  Finally the monestary is my spiritual permaculture and mental homestead.  I love managing an animal operation.  It is hard and tedious work that over time is very satisfying.  If I had to have an outside job and do it there would have to be big changes.  The other alternative that many families do that love farming is have one spouse work off the farm.  In my case I am living off investments.  I managed to incorporate REAL Green into my trap of affluence.  Yes, affluence is a trap for me.  I wish I could have been totally TRUE Green from the start but this is what I have so I am REAL Green.

This grazing operation is greener because I make an effort to shape it realistically and relatively in regards to my limits of localism.  My people, place, and life situation shape how green I can take it.  Another important point is I could triple the amount of cattle I have and quadruple the numbers of goats.  This is always and option.  I could do even more for-profit activity if I expanded the operation over the entire family farm.  I don’t do this because rewilding is an essential part of REAL Green.  It is here the spiritual permaculture kicks in somewhat like the religious tithe of the middle ages.  In this cse it is giving back to the ecosystem that is above your human local of people and place.  I could expand in a crisis if this is what is needed for my local.  This is the prep part of green prepping. 

Currently what I am doing is the best holistic option.   My grazing operation is another piece in the mosaic of habitat.  It is 60 acres of the 300.  I have low stocking rates, polyculture pasture, and multispecies on a fifth of the land with the rest rewilded.  Even my 40 acres of hay fields becomes a mosaic when place within a rewilded natural setting.  This is a keystone of my permaculture localism.  This operation is the specialty that gives my homestead and monestary definition.  There are other components to my green prepping but the grazing system is the central focus.  I also have a sustainable wood lot and heat with wood.  I have a garden, orchard, and grapes.  I have chickens.  I also have techno low carbon capture with a simple but robust solar system with battery and inverter.  I utilize conservation principals with food, insulation efficiency, and reduce driving.  Consumerism is focused on warehousing things of value for the coming decline into a likely future collpase.  These are the secondary efforts with the grazing system my specialty.

Hay and Death

I am still working on my Goat post.  It is going to cover the mechanics of raising goats along with 5 years of the numbers.   Yeap, goats can be a business.  I am adapting my goat operation to green prepping by incorporating goats into a permaculture of localism.  This is further adapted by the dualism of REAL Green which is a relative and realistic with adaptation of permaculture localism to the delocalizing ways of globalism.  In other words I am trying to be green with an activity that is marginally profitable.  REAL Green is how I adapt to my carbon trap and trap of nature and nurture with the path dependencies of my local of people and place. 

Goats are my specialty but only make up part of my permaculture homestead.  REAL Green is about a specialization but also about being a jack of all trades.  This is a journey of learning resulting in a deeper spiritual meaning of life.  This spiritual asset of meaning I believe is what is needed to offset the great turning of decline that is ahead.  All of us have a tougher life ahead with comforts and things so finding increased meaning is critical to quality of life.  This will be a period of a planetary forcing that will result in humans being forced with negative feedbacks.  This homestead is my physical connection.  The spiritual component is my monestary.  My monestary is the gathering place for ideas and things that represent my spiritual permaculture.  Yes, proper human spirituality mirrors permaculture.

My Goat post has been delayed by hay and death.  I have put up 500 bales since I last talked to you.  These are small square bales perfect for the goats when they kid in the coldest part of winter.  They are also environmentally greener and more prepped.  I made them with small horsepower equipment.  They are put up in my goat barn where the does kid.  The hay is stored right above where the goats will stay in the cold of winter.  I can feed them by hand daily instead of moving large round bales by machine which is typical of a profit motivated operation.  This hay was made and put up with my wife and kids making it a family affair.  Family is the keystone of localism.  I still have round bales made but it is important to me to make square bales for the goats in a REAL Green way.  These goats are central to my green prepping effort.  I raise registered breeding stock.  I don’t eat my goats and try to find homes for all of them but if SHTF I can survive on my goat herd.

The mixing of square bales and custom cut round bales utilizing large equipment dovetails with my realistic and relative of the dualism of REAL Green.  Putting up square bale hay reminds me of the fire wood I make.  Wood heat is marginal considering labor and my time.  Most operations are going to round bales because of the difficulty of handling square bales and cost of labor.  The cost of cutting hay yourself with the equipment and finding the time and the labor does not pencil out.  Today it is almost just a hobby if you are a small operation.  Yet, when you REAL Green hay making there is value with green prepping.

REAL Greening hay is about a return to a better method in regards to sustainability and resilience.  Yet, notice I mix both hay making ways in my operation by being relative and realistic.  This is the dualism of REAL Green.  You adapt away from the status quo as best you can with REAL Green but don’t expect to decouple from the powerful economics of the status quo.  When I make hay, I am on a small 30HP tractor right there with the grass instead of up high in an airconditioned cab of a 100HP tractor.  This goat hay activity is low carbon capture in localism which is a basis of REAL Green.  It is my hope eventually I can get an electric tractor charged by solar pannels to make this hay even greener.  Ideally the TRUE Green of human and animal labor should be used to make this hay but this is beyond my capability.  REAL Green is the best I can do.

Finally, I have been delayed with my writing because my dad passed away yesterday.  I have to give him my thanks for keeping the family farm together.  This farm is now my life’s focus and passion.  I have an 80 acre farm on the southern border and the family farm is 300 acres on the north.  The family farm is now in its 73rd year with 4 other families.  Dad also assisted me with the building of my Amish monitor barn that is serving as my shop.  I would have got this barn built without dad’s help but not with all the added features that make this barn a REAL Green masterpiece.  I miss him dearly now.

My dad had prostate cancer and it spread aggressively.  He was given 12 months 3 years ago so he beat the odds and had good quality of life just until a few months ago.  His cancer diagnosis was heart breaking but also serendipitous for me.  I was recommended to get checked out and found I too had the cancer.  I was able to have the cancer removed and it appears I am now cancer free.  When I talk about the realistic and relative of REAL Green keep in mind that the dirty status quo medical system saved my life and prolonged my dad’s.  This is the double edge sword of technology.  It is killing us but also giving life. 

My wife and I have been coming in every weekend to be with dad and assist my mom.  This makes it hard to do what I need to do on the farm.  There is never enough time or money.  Again, I want to relate this to REAL Green because leaving the farm and driving 2 hrs to see my dad is delocalizing and carbon intensive but in REAL Green it is about adapting to your trap of people and place.  I try to be as green as possible but within my situation of people and place.  My dad died at home with his family by his side.  It was a moving experience.

Why Goats…continued

I am not a writer.  I am living permaculture localism relatively and realistically.  This means a lifestyle that mirrors my meaning.  I am a green prepper who has reached acceptance of a decline process leading to collpase somewhere down the road.  This means I am on a journey to this destination.  This blog is a reflection of that.  I do not advertise nor ask for money.  I am giving of myself for the benefit of the planet and you the reader.  My blog is not well written or sophisticated.  It will not generate much traffic.  My target is a few of you with the right stuff to make a difference.  It is just me living a way of life I feel is vital for people and the planet and writing about it. 

I am very pressed for time.  Right now, I need to get out and feed animals then I have a full day of work ahead.  I am getting older and every month this gets harder to do as I weaken with age.  So, I hope my writing about my life gives you something of value or a pause to reflect.  It keeps my mind fit and helps me deal with the constant hardships of farming and surviving the status quo of growth.  There are days I get tired and things break and I question all the work I do.  I see society enjoying their free time and all those toys of pleasure and ask myself Why!!  Yet, meaning allows me to get through these tough times.

I am currently working on a presentation on goats that is taking longer.  I alluded to this two posts ago with “Why Goats”.  I am now 5 years into my rotational grazing system so I have lots to cover.  I want to cover behavior of why but also the mechanics.  Since we live in the status quo of growth and profit I want to give you the economics of my operation too.  I do what I do with less profit because I am pursuing low carbon capture strategies of green prepping.  Naturally there has to also be a profit motive or else you will not succeed in the tough world we live in. 

I want to talk goats and rotational grazing but in such a way that what I am doing can be applied to other permaculture but also the mentality of green prepping that anyone can embrace.  This is about meaning one finds with embracing the deceptions of civilization, the declining web of life, and the changing planet.  This is about the turning over of a human epoch into decline and collpase and how you the individual in a local of people and place can adapt and prosper.  The main element of prosperity I speak of is with spiritual meaning but also materially when you find a niche within the decline process to restore and enrich.  I hope to be finished with this post in a week or two.  In the meantime, the weather is breaking Sunday and I start cutting hay for the goats.  I have 400 square bales to make and put up.

Green Mysticism

There are no limits to what can be forecasted, predicted, and projected. Goal seeking is alive and well with the techno optimist. “Failure is not an option” optimism you know got us to the moon and won WWII. “We have to do it because” thinking is loved by people in denial and prone to fantasy. Academia and science are now so corrupted with this stuff it is no wonder normal people are becoming skeptical of anything being told to them by the establishment. It is bad enough that mainstream media and our leadership are at an historic low for trust now science is failing too.

This is how civilizations fail. It has always been this way. It is the elites who cannot handle the truth once limits set in. The normal guy has to handle the truth because he is on the receiving end of it. When you can’t afford to live like you did a few months ago you handle the truth. A wake-up call is coming for the elites many of whom are so-called greens. I call them fake greens because tech is their delusion. It is all about techno-optimism which is the merging of hope with progress. Techno greens are now worshiping science dominated by so called cutting edged “fantasy” science no different than a fundamentalist worship the words of a book literally.

I am saying this not in anger or bargaining because it is my opinion this is the natural progression of civilizations. To get angry is just a step up from the elites in denial. To try to reason with these people in the act of bargaining is just two steps up. Once you get really depressed with all this then you are ready for an optimism in pessimism of acceptance. To some of you the stages of grief is simplistic and worn out but give me a better analysis of the situation. Maybe the complexity of civilization and the complications of the ego are a simple observation so don’t complicate it.

What is the awakened green to do in this situation? That is an individual decision. For many of you here you are affluent, educated, and basically happy. I can’t tell you to embrace decline and turn your back on affluence. Life is short. In my opinion life is so short we are already dead so enjoy it to its fullest. Take it day by day. Yet, that does not work for me. Meaning is more important than affluence. I want to clarify that. My basic needs are covered. I humbly acknowledge empathy and compassion for those struggling to survive who do not have a place to lay their head. I will say this I have been in these places although not because of lack of affluence. I have experienced the darkness.

If you are to the point in your life where meaning is more important than affluence then you may be open to an optimism in pessimism type awakening. I am reaching out to those who have their basic affluence covered. Those of you like me who have something may be appealed to. I do not stand here appealing to the young who are idealistic. I am not here appealing to the poor who are wanting of food and shelter. My words will mean little to them. I am here for those who have lived a full life and now have something except you lack meaning. Meaning is a spiritual asset that this group of people can embrace to offset the decline in comforts and things. In addition, and in parallel, this is your human mortality playing out. In a way they are linked. Civilization is in its late stage also.

The awakening I speak of is an acceptance of a turning or tipping over into decline of everything except meaning. There is a sacred quality of meaning above the arrogance of humanism. A REAL Green is awakened to this in the humility of acceptance of a decline of everything and this is the starting point of the journey that is a transformation. This journey is local, permaculture based, and orientated to the planet. It does not replace your higher power but instead is a compass for your current higher power. This transformation is where the ego meets isness.

This is not new and is commonly called mysticism. In this case because humans are in the Anthropocene it is green mysticism. At this inflection of meaning the individual goes forth. It becomes a seeking out of places for meaning to be realized. Ecology tells us that in the succession of ecosystem there are opportunities. Niches are freed up where species can find constructive growth. Microclimes of living are out there where there is meaning. If you become a master of this you will take this awakening even further. You will construct a monestary of meaning that will be an incubator for a new human type that will hopefully navigate the bottleneck just ahead.

Why Goats?

I want to tell you why I am doing goats. This is not because I expect you to do goats but instead to reflect on their green utility. Green utility is what a green prepper should seek out. Green utility is something that has a higher value in regards to safety and security and at the same time is a footprint lowering activity. This is where spiritual meets livelihood. A proper balance of the two is essential to a productive happy individual. I am not saying you should embrace a green spirituality but I will say in this time of broad-based decline adding a green spirituality tone to your existing higher power is advisable. Science offers meaning in your knowledge-based world but it is spirituality that offers wisdom. This wisdom is what knowledge to use and what to reject. It is about decisions and opening or not opening doors in your life. Spirituality is what motivates you to get out of bed in the morning but after you already have your basic needs satisfied. Green utility and green prepping are a source of meaning in this time of destructive change.

Green utility is found in low carbon capture but also the support of low carbon capture by those of you with service skills. Low carbon capture needs a community to work properly especially since the EROI and the ROI is so low. The return on investment in the world of profit and loss is so narrow that it is negative in the highly energetic nature of the modern world. This means because of the basic cost of being a modern low carbon capture does not offer surpluses. In the world of nature and satisfaction of our energy needs of food, water, and shelter, low carbon capture is very low. This is why localism is absolutely essential and why a local community of skilled patrons is required. I am telling you this because not all of you can be permaculture farmers but all of you can support localism and permaculture.

Green prepping is for those of you who care about the planet and its life and those of you who don’t. Many people feel a deep connection to the planet but many don’t. Some are deeply religious and the religion is indifferent to the planet and its life. Instead of arguing for or against this postion I will just say security is everyone’s motivation. Green utility found from low carbon capture in localism is more secure. It is not going to pay for your vacation or kids’ college but it will give your kids more safety. Green prepping is for those without a farm too because it is about skill sets and motivation. Honest science says the planet is in abrupt change. This does not have to be predicated on humans or not. It is clear changes have happened rapidly and this puts at risk a global delocalized world. The web of life is clearly in decline and this species loss and ecosystem decline and localized failure is another danger for all humans. Civilization is clearly in decline socially, economically, and in regards to progress. It can be argued now progress is actually going negative with utility. This means diminishing returns of technological advancements which is the basis of delocalizing globalism is now a net negative with human utility. Green prepping offers a net positive to this new reality.

Low carbon capture in localism surrounded by permaculture is a utility promoting activity to offset the decline of everything. What this means is declining in place because you have tuned into the planet’s flow and cycle. This tuning in means you will have to realistically and relatively adapt to a human system that is incapable of embracing decline but instead is forced into decline at great cost. What you can do by embracing decline is lower the costs to you personally and find meaning as the side benefit. Not everyone can embrace low carbon capture in localism or farm with permaculture but if you can you should. If you can’t you can still embrace the mentality of planetary decline. This mentality is manifested in better wisdom. Wisdom is the basis of proper action.

Those of you who can will find a special value in embracing the planets way. You will withdraw to places less complex and complicated although this will be relative and realistic. This is the Anthropocene which is a world of human progress. No place on earth is not touched by this so your green utility will have to acknowledge this. Simplicity with a circular view of things is always better. Decoupling and dematerializing is always better. Less is always better than more except where green spirituality is concerned. This green spirituality is based upon two things one which is the wisdom of insecurity and the other is meaning found in emulating a planetary decline. The wisdom of insecurity is making decisions based upon a world in decline. More risk and less comforts is the obvious result of broad-based decline. This is the acceptance part of wisdom. Bargaining and anger are just a response to wanting more when there is no more. Embracing this process in an other orientated way is the act of the ego letting go in acceptance of higher powers unfolding. The ego then goes forth on this higher power’s behalf.

A life that slows down in localism and low carbon capture is also a fulfilling physical experience. You will find some time to smell the roses of those little things that are missed in the hectic world of energetic delocalizing globalism. The pursuit of profit and advancement destroys simple comforts and pleasures. You will find these and more. You will clear out that mental sense that appreciates the simple pleasures. This does not mean you will find much time to be lazy because your day will be clocked full of chores. If you must juggle a status quo world of work and permaculture it is that much tougher. Yet, even those who are doing the rat race and trying to do green prepping permaculture your will find satisfaction. Those who pursue their energetic leisure and consumerism and the emptiness that always seems to follow the sugar high of after the purchase will instead find an organic satisfaction. The buyer’s remorse and the never enough is not part of a proper green prepping.

That was a lot of explaining to introduce why I do goats but this is a key point of goats or not. Really it is a key point of doing anything green and prepped or not. It centers on behavior and that behavior requires acceptance and humility. Doing less and being less is a humbling experience. Accepting a world that is declining is a pessimistic human undertaking. We have been natured and nurtured to be optimistic. It is in our DNA and now you are going to say no to this. Well, it is more involved because what you are going to do is be an optimistic pessimist. You will find joy in decline and feel part of something greater. The succession of life from more complexity to less is a natural process. This still opens up niches of growth even though the overall process is degrowth. Your attitude is right and this will naturally funnel your energies to proper living resulting in better growth experiences within a degrowthing world. I am doing goats because they fit the green utility of my green prepping experience. In my next comment I will go into detail of how goats offer this to me. You can then take this and apply it to your local of people and place and how your green utility can be found.

The Power Within Dualism

This whole issue of our flawed social narrative I speak of constantly is really much deeper.  It is the core of the dilemma of human dualism of the ego and other.  It is the denial of mortality and the connection with the other which offers immortality.  It is the fantasy and delusions that we create to bargain with reality.  This comes from the human ability to look back and forward yet struggle to live in the here and now.  It is the constant variable value put on that which happens in the future and that which is right here right now.  It is the discounting and the revisions of what happened in the past and the predictions, forecasts, and projections of a future.  This represents the human dilemma of our dualism.

I bring this up for the few of you who have interest in a green prepping a permaculture homestead.  At a deeper level you will have to live a dualism.  On the one hand you will want to promote yourself with growth and surplus.  Yet, on the other hand you will want to lower your footprint by declining-in-place, choosing conservation, and embracing low carbon capture.  These stances are at odds alone in juxtaposition and in fact they are incongruous.  How do you reconcile growth and decline-in-place which is degrowth?  The way this is done is adapted behavior in a dualism of acceptance.  If you believe in green prepping then you are doing two reinforcing actions.  You are increasing your own security and you are promoting the web of life.  Yet, the conflicts will be everywhere because you will be juggling growth and degrowth.  In the delocalized global world growth is a human engine so you will participate in something that is destructive and not green.  You will be degrowthing by declining in place with permaculture localism that embraces the low EROI and ROI of low carbon capture.  Reconciling these two opposing stances is done first by acceptance of a force of change of decline and failure then by being relative and realistic.

The world of humans, the web of life, and the planetary system is in a great turning.  All of these are turning.  This is a period of great change.  This is a compression of time and change meaning time is speeding up with rapid change.  You the individual is aware of this and adapting to this by going local and declining in place because this is the proper response to this force of change.  You are embracing this reality but you are embracing this reality relatively in relation to you local of people and place.  Your family, community, and society are in general not there.  Too much change is disruptive and counterproductive.  They are still fixated on growth and human manifest destiny.  This is the trap of the arrogance of humanism.  It is also the natural instinct of humans.  Humans seek to exploit with technology and intelligence.  This expands in ascending levels of abstraction to a force of civilization.  We see the culmination of this right here right now with the never before seen growth engine of globalism and likely never to be seen again.  This is a material pinnacle not a spiritual one.  Your local will be corrupted by this and this is your trap.  Discover your trap and know what you can and can’t do within this trap.  This is critical and why I call it a dualism.

You will have to use this growth engine to leave it.  You will understand the dangerous overextension of this powerful delocalization.  There is no leaving it.  The world is now completely covered by its web.  Yet, you also understand this human narrative with physical manifestations is in decline and a process failure.  Knowing the science of ecology, you will then seek out niches of constructive change where the breakdown of this complex system offers microclimes of growth.  This is a special power I speak of with green shamanism.  It is a spirituality of this age of abrupt change.  Do not look at this religiously.  You can incorporate this green shaman power into your higher power worship as needed.  This is your own personal choice how you embrace it.  What I speak of is acceptance embracing the process of change.  By acceptance you stop the bargaining which is the ego protecting itself from reality.  We do this in multiple ways and this ascends into the narrative of our civilization.  We protect ourselves from dangers through fantasy.  Today science is corrupted by this with delusional forecasts, predictions, and projections.  The scientific process is now a process of denial.  The reason for this is humans are now trapped.  Humans over the last 10,000 years have more or less always been growing and expanding.  This is now over and humans at the level of civilization cannot handle this truth but you the individual can.

This was important to explain in regards to your individual trap of dualism because you will have to accept the collective trap and adapt to it.  It is not enough to accept this great turning of decline and decay that is the succession of all but you will have to accept and adapt to the denial of death of civilization which today is the growth engine of globalism.  In fact, these days science has now become a religion seeking immortality in transhumanism.  This transhumanism is combining biology and the digital in artificial intelligence and unrestricted technology.  This is a mechanization of control that is alien to life.  Intelligence and technology are now seen as the higher power to be worshiped.  This new human higher power sees intelligence as the basis in the universe or its singularity.  The Judeo-Christian God has been dethroned for a transhuman one.  Of course, most normal people to not aspire to this but the elites do.  This is why a global oligarchy is seeking human domination in a great reset.  There is a parallel path for this in China with the CCP.  This will fail and the reason for this is everything has tipped or near the tipping.  The planet is tipped but keep in mind this tipping is in regards to habitability.  The planet does not grow or degrowth it just balances.  Its systems follow their nature.  Yet, the web of life and the human ecosystem do grow and decline in events of evolution and decline with regular extinction events.

You as the individual will then if properly orientated to the planet in green shamanism seek out your niche in overall decline and abrupt change.  This does not mean you will find it but you have found the truth.  The truth is where meaning is and this is the highest of human value.  Meaning is a spiritual asset that will make up for the painful decline in resources and comforts ahead for all.  This is a key element in the relative and realistic of your transformation.  Through acceptance of this process of decline and abrupt change and the acceptance of the inability of civilization to change you seek out a niche where you can constructively growth within overall destructive change.  This means you will have to live in both worlds.  To only embrace pure degrowth and decline activity means you will be crushed by the forces of civilization.  If you embrace pure growth alone then the destructive forces of the great turning will crush you.  The alternative is green prepping.  It is using delocalization to localize.  It is growing in degrowth.  Some of the most profound aspects of life are paradoxical and incongruous juxtapositions.  Live these in surrealism.  Your life will be surreal because you will have double vision.  You will live these contradictions to survive.  It is the new force of change.  It is a subtle and low-level power underlying all.  You will draw on this for meaning and strength.

The results are still uncertain.  There are no refuges and no transcendence.  There is only the transformation in meaning and the journey.  This now is about lifeboats and hospices.  The lifeboat is the outfitting of your journey with green prepping.  The hospice is the palliative care to those around you and the land under your feet.  You will be green to restore and reinforce the web of life because the diversity of the web of life is like a strong immune system protecting against entropic decay.  You will be green because it is more prepped for survival.  The result of this must be localism.  It must be low carbon capture.  It revolves around a permaculture homestead with a monestary of ideas and things for this journey.  This monestary is also the tabernacle of sacred writing that will be given to those who will be the new humans that navigate the coming bottleneck.

Much of the world is now urban and mega urban.  There will be no future in this arrangement despite what the new religion of scientism is professing.  Travel to the stars and digital and biological complexity will be destroyed and the result is the organic birth of a new human that is who we once were but altered by the journey through the valley of death.   This is a journey back to where we came from.  Extinction is possible but since your concern is not, the destination you live but the journey.  All of us will die and all we create will eventually be dust.   This new humanity may retain some of the advanced knowledge we have built up.  Likely it will be mostly the wisdom of what not to do in the future.   Much of this vast knowledge will be destroyed by the entropic decay of the process with abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational of the forces of chaos.  How much of that is really worth keeping anyway?  There is still a system or process behind chaos.  It is in a way the sacred guarding its nature.  There is no activity eventually in mechanization and control.  No activity is death so it is the tipping function that maintains life. 

Those of you who are trapped in the urban jungles of human excess can still constructively change with principals of localism, permaculture, and low carbon capture.  If you can leave the urban and go local but keep in mind the sacrifices are great.  You will generally experience lower comforts and less consumption.  This process is time dependent.  Some of us may not see the coming changes so for some of you why leave your comforts?  That is an individual choice I have no answer for.  I chose to leave because meaning is what I seek.  I am a green shaman who is explaining a way I have been awakened to.  This is an individual choice but keep in mind your choice is within a trap there are no choices for. 

Humility and Arrogance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Energy Shifts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There Are No Limits To Growth

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

Introduction

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

Unconstrained Material Growth

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

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

Disconnected Material Growth

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

The Power of Modernization

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

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

Severed Connections

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

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

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

One-Sided Growth

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

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

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

Committed to Material Growth

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

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

Growth of the Urban Class

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

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

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

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

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

Towards Upward Mobility

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

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

The Freedom to Grow

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

Material vs. Spiritual Growth

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

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

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

One Foot In and One Foot Out

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

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

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

Modernization vs Simplification

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

Negative Progress

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

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

The Economic Growth Imperative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A New Ethic

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

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

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

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

There Are No Limits To Growth

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

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

From Circles to Spirals

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

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

Making the Shift

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

The Inner Growth Imperative

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

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

The Vision Quest

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

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

Towards Simplicity

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

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

By J.J. Montagnier

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

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

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

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

The article:

Earth Day 2021: Awakened Not Woke

The Green Lie

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

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

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

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

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

Reconciliation

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

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

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

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

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

The Switch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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