I have to post this in MD, because it doesn't exactly offer a path to building a better world (which is what the forums are for), but kinda paints a clear picture of the problems we face. Primarily, cutting back 10% isn't gonna really make a difference.
I really do try to listen to the whole podcasts, but 1 or 2 full hours every day or two is too much for me. I try to move around and get as much info I can in about 20 minutes or so, which is what I can afford time-wise. Of course, this is also because of other garden/life research and podcasts like the Survival Podcast and such, which I also can't listen to the whole thing. But thank you for doing them, maybe someday I can go back through the archives and soak up some more good info. To help get our family OUT of the age of stupid, we are giving up soda, alcohol, and eating out until at minimum all our credit card debt is paid off, and maybe even our home debt. By then gas will be $15/gallon so we'll need the money for that if we want to go anywhere! ha!
You are young and trying to succeed at caring for your family and it's needs.
You are caught up in a culture that makes it difficult.
You have limited time to learn new things that will help you cope / change that culture of "The Age Of Stupid".
When I was your age, I was caught up in succeeding in the same type of "The Age Of Stupid" that has been existing for a long while.
Now, retired, I have time to listen to long podcasts for "gems" that Paul provides us.
You need Paul's "gems" and other's "gems" on specific "permaculture bricks" that you are interested in, in 10-20 minute bits. They will help you in your local situation.
Maybe a goal for our permies community should be to better breakup our "gems" on specific "permaculture bricks" and / or to better specify what time segment they are in.
Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/ does that in his 10-20 minute teaching videos. I think that is why he is so successful. People can take small bits at a subject as they have time, eventually learning a whole subject.
Yep, Monte, that is exactly where I am at. And lately finding out how heavily our society is set AGAINST people who want to live more permanently or even eco-friendly, despite the "idea of being green" being widely accepted. Just this week we were deemed "uninsurable" for changing homeowners insurance to try to save money, due to things like "having chickens", even though there were absolutely no reasons given why it was a problem. Just a quick rant there...but definitely in line with the age of STUPID I'm slowly realizing I have lived in for my 10-15 adult years.
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posted 7 years ago
You are smart and figuring it out before I did...
Keep your integrity...
Try to deal with people of integrity...
Try to point out and boycott those that lack integrity... systems and people...
Not easy... but you will have a proud journey with your family and your community...
You will help to build momentum for a cultural shift to more integrity and positive change...
very well put together for the average person. good use of news footage and typical middle class persons. I personally have a problem with wind but not for any reason they brought up or one most folks would think of in the first place. other than the wind angle the was so prevalent the whole was a good primer with lots of facts that could be checked by someone who got the interest. it also showed how Empire builds its own enemies into the system.
A couple rungs up the permi ladder and some of the arguments fall apart but largely due to the general level in the world at this time.
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