I want to send out some love to Paul and the permies.com staff. Sometimes it is easy to take a website or forum for granted, thinking it somehow just exists on its own and people just add their thoughts to it. But a website or forum requires a lot of work to be effective and to become a source of helpful information and online community support. Paul and staff have done just that. Not until I viewed Paul's talk at PV2 called "Increasing the Velocity of Permaculture" did I realize how much of a feat it is to cull out the hatefulness that could destroy the online community. The level of vigilance that Paul and staff must maintain must be extremely soul-deadening, yet they persevere for the sake of the permies community. The sad part is that much of the hatefulness originates with other permies. See Paul's talk at
When I first stumbled on permies.com, I was wary. I thought the success of permies.com was based on a personality cult, members attracted to Paul's brash, bad-boy persona, which would fall apart as soon as the personality (Paul) no longer participated. But now I realize that it takes a strong person, "a freakishly arrogant and obnoxious git" as Paul describes himself, to endure and persevere and build a strong online community. Paul is a warrior for permaculture. Not only is he trying to do practical work to further permaculture practices, but he is enduring the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that try to pierce his armor daily. Of course, a warrior general needs a strong army of foot soldiers, the permies.com staff, fighting daily in the trenches. The Permies community should be very grateful for the hard work that Paul and his staff accomplish daily for us.
In his talk at PV2, Paul asked us to support people that make attempts to achieve permacultural activities, to show them you appreciate their efforts. So here is my lovefest for Paul and staff. Keep up the damn good work! There are few people who could do what y'all do.