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Howdy. A friend pointed me at these forums a while back, I've finally found myself at a point where taking time to look further into them has become a priority. Over the last week it has increasingly become an obsession- some great, inspiring stuff here.

A hopefully brief personal background; I grew up immersed in US suburban destructaculture. After years of this malaise, and thinking I was throwing away the shackles of pop culture, I dove into the tempaculture reservior. The smack of my skull against the shallow, rocky bottom left me dazed and wandering for a few years. Lost a good chunk of my soul there, but came away with a new perspective which would eventually provide a sort of spiritual awakening after a return to suburban life and reconnecting to some roots that had been previously severed.

A stab at academic success instead brought the sprouting of permaculture ideas. Being instructed on how to faithfully pursue the carrot on the end of a stick caused me to look into how to grow carrots I could actually pick and eat. From there the possibilities became endless. However, an endless solo workload quickly lost the novel appeal, and the next destination included Intentional Communities. Having been thinking about Eco-villiages since the tempaculture period, housing co-ops in the middle of an urban setting proved to be cruelly tantalizing. The promise of so many positive elements would prove to fall frustratingly short over and over as the taint of urban frenzy could not be held at bay and tempaculture once again flooded the field, threatening to drown newly sprouted roots.

Next came a transplant to a DIY eco-village of one+. Providing an opportunity to polish up some permaculture skills and DIY ideals, again the solitary workload grew demoralizing. In addition, living under a landlord that claimed admiration for such ideals but did little to promote them turned it into a dead end. So here I am, back in the purgatory of an urban environment, immediately cast into lockdown, concocting plans for the next leg of the journey to unravel the secret to a life that balances inspiration with respect for that which nurtures.

Okay, so it is hard to make the trials of industrial subjugation brief without being purely negative.

An incidental interest of mine is just the medium of internet forums themselves. Though well out of fashion among the frenzied innovation of social media over the last decade, they still seem to me to be in the 'sweet spot' to deal with the pace of contemporary society without catering to the cynical sound byte culture seeking to make a quick blockchain entry. Looking around here I have been very impressed with how well they have meshed with permaculture concepts...
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Hi Coydon, welcome to Permies! I think you have found some like minds here! We're an extremely diverse community, but with similar goals, even though our locations and circumstances result in unique challenges and approaches to reaching those goals. But, that's part of what makes things interesting.

In regards to forums, I agree this one is exceptionally well done. I think the key to success here has been the simplicity of the rules, there's only one - be nice. You can see for yourself how this keeps discussions positive and constructive. Between that and the vast wealth of permaculture information here, Permies is one of the best forum communities on the internet, in my opinion. :)
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