Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Are You A Fossil-Fuel Addict? Would You Like to Get Clean?

I breathe air containing exhaust & fumes           We breathe clean air

I drink water containing chlorine, fluoride,        We drink spring water at the spring; our garden
  traces of antibiotics, birth control pills, etc.      drinks water from the pond and cistern

I eat food from mono-crop, fossil-fuel agri-      We grow our own food using permaculture
  culture, grown in soil that’s full of artificial      by creating a complete mini-ecology
  fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides                  and living off the real interest

I live in a big tightly insulated house with a      We live in a small passive solar house,
  big computer-controlled furnace/air-                  with solar hot water, and a stove+furnace,
  conditioner, a big hot water heater,                    a cold pantry and a solar food dryer
  a big refrigerator, 3 ovens, a dishwasher,         We have herbs, vegetables, chicken, fish, goats,
  and a big green lawn                                           and an orchard within the windbreak

I have a master bath with a low-flush toilet,     We have two alternating composting privies,
  2 sinks, a shower and a Jacuzzi                         an outdoor shower and a kitchen sink

I have an expensive computer-controlled,         We wash our clothes in a pedal powered washer
  energy-efficient washer and dryer                     (sending graywater to the garden) and dry them
                                                                             on a clothesline

 I have a widescreen plasma TV, a CD unit,      We have a laptop powered by PV panels
  a few other computers and video games            and lots of books and board games

I drive a hybrid SUV and an EV                        We ride regular bicycles, a 3-wheeler for cargo,
  Sometimes I take the bus or the train                or walk, ride our pony cart, or just stay home

I buy my clothes and housewares at the mall    We spin, weave, sew and shop at the thrift store

I work out at the gym to stay in shape             We get plenty of exercise

I have to watch my diet to prevent diabetes     We feel nourished by the food we grow

I feel stressed because I have to work lots        We get plenty of sleep after a day of work and
  of overtime so I can pay all my bills                 play with our family and neighbors
  and send my kids to a good college

I’m worried about the crime rate while              Our village is never empty
  I’m at the office in my cubicle                        

I have to drive a long way for a vacation           We don’t need a vacation—we live in Eden

I’m depressed and afraid of the future               We feel contented and economically secure

But how to make the change? What about relapses? 

Well, start by absorbing the deeper layer that's underneath the lists above. If Einstein was right in saying that a problem can't be solved by the same mentality that created it, then changing our view of the world is a good place to start.

Second, don't give up. Carbon relapses imply that some carbon dioxide that could have been formed and emitted was avoided. Respect the power of No; its discipline sharpens wisdom.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mechanical Logic vs. Biological Logic

The evolution of physics and machines as we know them is intertwined with the nihilistic 'logic' of the "dominator culture." The logic of biology as described below is integrated with egalitarian respect for the life force flowing through all. We can change the world by changing our thoughts and feelings.

Physics Biology
Linear Holistic
Straight Lines are the shortest distance                     Curves are the shortest distance
Squares - minimum boundary                                    Fractal - maximum edges
Big & Fast is most effective                                       Small & Slow is most efficient
More Is Better Right Size Is Best
Economy of Scale is Big Economy of Scale is Fractal
Higher Speeds reach goals sooner Steady Improvement leads to durable change
Short-term and expedient Long-term plan for durability
Conquer Nature and kill the goose Go with the Flow and harvest from abundance
High energy density & intensity Gentle energy flows & distributed storages
Fossil Fuels (includes nuke) Sun, wind, water, plants, muscles
Mass & Energy Life & Evolution

Profit Photosynthesis
Opportunistic Balanced Equilibrium
Wants Needs
Bureaucracy Community
No limits to growth Ecological limits
Capital-intensive Inexpensive and easy to maintain
Entitlement Reverence
Resistance to change Resilience to change
Work hard Work smart
Don't just stand there... Don't just do something...

Objectivity Detachment
Mind-Body Duality Body-Heart-Mind are One
Yang   Yin & Yang
Analyze & Act Observe & Interact
Competition: Win-Lose Cooperation: Win-Win
Fear Friendship
Power Over Power With
Hierarchy of top-down control Network of grassroots interdependence
Centralized Relocalized
Ego   Nature
Separation & Segregation Inclusion & Integration
Mobility  Access

Monoculture Polyculture & Diversity; hedge your bets
Annual crops Perennial Permaculture
Open loop wastes resources, creates poisons Recirculates water, energy, fertility
Simple Operation Multi-layered inter-operation, redundancy
Car  Bicycle or horse
Factories Crafts & workshops
Complicated gadgets Appropriate (simple/traditional) technology
Dedicated gadgets for every single task Nested networked matrix of systems
Efficient engines Forever farmsteads