Transitioning from my previous occupation and lifestyle to restorative, eco-friendly, and sustainable farming affords me time to think and ponder upon a great many things that heretofore the harried pace of my life did not grant. Recently I saw the following post on Growtest.org, which sent my mind racing, contemplating the evolution of my complete paradigm shift, my personal Revolution which began nearly a year ago:
A line also recently gripped me from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: “What greater wealth is there than to own your life and to spend it on growing? Every living thing must grow. It can’t stand still. It must grow or perish.” I now recognize the next step in this restorative journey is not merely the act of defiance and or protest against what James Corbett dubs “the powers that should not be”, but instead it is to build and demonstrate a model, a new paradigm- one infused with liberty and abundance- that serves as a beacon of hope for the present and the future. So much time, energy, and resources are wasted upon the halls of political offices. It’s time to instead build a permanent culture that stands in stark contrast to the geopolitical paradigm currently holding a death grip on the masses. Instead of a consumer/debt based paradigm where only goods and services are valued, there is an alternative wherein perennial ecosystems, and the restoration thereof, are the key to our continued existence upon this planet. Such radical thoughts are the seeds of hope for this eco-economy based in permaculture design.
To give you a flavor of what in the world I’m ranting about, check out the below links, podcasts and videos. I want to give full credit to their creators, so please, on the first link below go to Geoff Lawton’s new website, and watch the video “How to Survive the Coming Crisis”. You may be asked for your email address, but this is only to keep updated on the latest videos he produces in the series- it’s free, and well worth the time investment to watch. You’ll see many of the projects Geoff has or currently is working on; you’ll see him literally turn a desert into a lush, fertile, green, and flourishing ecosystem. It’ll blow your mind! Here’s the link:
Also, please take time to listen to the podcasts available at Permies.com . Below is a series of podcasts featuring Geoff Lawton:
Spreading Permaculture with Geoff Lawton Part 1
Spreading Permaculture with Geoff Lawton Part 2
Additionally, if you’re feeling inspired, here’s one of Geoff’s TED talks:
I also found another documentary produced by John D. Liu concerning large scale ecosystem restoration projects, and the “Greening the Desert” project you’ll see/hear Geoff Lawton refer to. Check it out, this is AWESOME stuff:
Last but not least, here’s another great talk given by Mark Shepard at the Acres USA conference I attended last November. It’s longer than the above videos and podcasts, but Mark brings clarity and humor as he lays out a model for restoration agriculture and applying real-world permaculture:
There’s so much information available now concerning permaculture design- from full scale ecosystem restoration to natural building structures, like straw bale homes– and this is my attempt to spread the knowledge to you in hope that it begins shifting your paradigm. It’s hard to listen to and watch this stuff and not be inspired to change! This is an issue that affects every single living organism on the face of our planet- it’s time we start paying attention and taking action. I am, are you?
Thanks for reading!
Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici
(“By the power of truth, I while living have conquered the universe“)