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George Collins
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Mr. Lawton

I told my wife earlier today that it looks like I may have to hop a flight to Austrlia and come hang out with you for a few weeks so I can learn everything you know.

She asked how much said trip would cost.

I quoted her a price, she hung up on me and within minutes her lawyer was on the phone telling me about the future visitation rights with my children I should expect to receive if I went ahead with said trip.

So, looks as if the hop down under (with the six week layover in the Philippines) has been shoved off the rear of the stove.

So since I can't come to Australia to learn everything you know from you directly, and since my permaculturalizing knowledge currently rivals my understanding of the female psyche, might you enlighten a acolytic aspirant on a course of study that if pursued would lead one from the darkness into the light.

That is to say, if you were an entering freshman and you were working on your bachelors degree in Permaculture, what courses would you take and might you be able to recommend any good colleges in the southeastern USA? Preferably in Mississippi.
 
Geoff Lawton
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Hi George
you should take PDC and use the www.permacultureglobal.com to find the nearest location.
 
George Collins
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Thank ye kindly sir for your reply. Your answer was partly what I expected in that I should take a PDC and so, like a good student, I will do as instructed. The resource that you pointed me to (www.permacultureglobal.com) looks to be an excellent tool in directing me towards that next step. 

However, as I drove about today reflecting upon it all, my mind kept returning to a single thought: if a PDC is required prior to understanding Permaculture, and since a PDC requires, if I understand correctly, a fairly substantial commitment in both time and money, would you mind sharing your vision about how this body of knowledge will be brought to the masses. 

I am a physical therapist AKA physiotherapist down your way I believe. As such, my focus is on improving patient function via resolution of underlying physical impairment(s). That is to say, I attempt to improve a person's ability to do for themselves. The idealism I possessed as a student was quickly checked by the harsh reality that the VAST majority of patients don't really care enough about their ability to care for themselves to put in ANY meaningful level of work towards that end. From what I have witnessed, so long as they have some system in place that gives them the ability to put food of even the most inferior quality (but superior levels of salt and sugar) into their mouths and as long as no one stands between them and their TV, they are basically content to sit in their recliners and rot. 

I can see a time when perhaps 1% of the human population consciously practices some level of Permaculture.  Given the time and financial commitments involved and the average level of motivation toward self improvement of our fellow Homo sapiens (Latin for "wise man" which is a joke in and of itself), I have trouble seeing permaculture becoming a self perpetuating system among any but the upper strata of society in both terms of IQ and resources. 

Having said that, does your vision of the future of Permaculture account for the billions of those on the planet that lack the resources to attend a PDC and the intelligence requisite to comprehend this body of knowledge and then apply its principles to their own unique environmental challenges?

And if so, how do you envision this body of knowledge being brought to them?  
 
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