We are clamoring for values education, and we continue to talk in romantic terms of our social fabric. But how much of this are we really practicing? How much of this are we expressing in our daily actions? The permaculture mind is a mind that will share unconditionally. It is not about putting a premium on everything, but like we all have different capacity to share, the fact remains that we can always counterpart something. But the poverty of the mind, the monoculture of our deeds is surpassing all expectations. The social change that we experience is as much out of control as the climate change upon us. It is frightening when people suddenly start looking inward and the I-mentality becomes the norm everywhere.
Imagine if we analyzed what is really happening. We realize that we have become robots of corporations that lead lives none of us control, not even the managers at the helm of these corporations. We have given away our freedom, just to listen to corporations on how we should live our lives. The I-mentality stands contrary to how people learned to live in community over the past thousands of years. The individual was important only in function of the whole community until taste makers and a growing economy started bombarding us with a negative perception of community and how we should all shine as little ego’s , competing with each other’s energy. The idea is no longer about sharing information and cooperation but about what we know and how we can advance our personal agendas in function of a personal ego.
Imagine yourself to stop going to the mall, to simplify your life and to start asking life’s essential questions. What do we need to live a beautiful life? What do we need to survive? What should we do for a living? You should never apply for a job, but follow your heart. If you think that this is romantic, think again. Until the industrial revolution there were no jobs. Those working for others were slaves or could only receive meager benefits in return for their time spent. Until the industrial revolution we were all organic farmers and we were able to sustain life in the most beautiful of forms. Yes people may have died, but this kept the population in control, a feat we are currently very poor at. There are just too many people, a shrinking planet and trumpeting corporations telling us to personally shine after buying their stuff. How far and how long will this continue?
Permaculture as a concept and the design mechanics embedded in its meaning are the only true tools you need to reverse the trend of the big ego. Permaculture mind gently brushes with evolution and makes us understand how our society functions and how we can retool ourselves to become better at tweaking the society in the right direction and to ensure that our planet will become a gentler copy of its current self.
When nature is at the forefront of everything we do, life will be kind, there will be less stress and aggression, and we tend to become more productive. Our productivity is partially personal, but as we design towards abundance, more and more people will benefit as well.
So then, will there still be assholes and idiots? Of course, but with a gentle majority in place these will eventually fade away or be countered. Evolution in nature can only happen with feedback loops that will check on negative things and that will need to build on the experiences related to it. The design brief is quite simple: question everything, and you will find the right answer. You may not have to go to school for that except if school would be that giant laboratory that gives you four years of practical life skills before dropping you in the big world. That’s where we currently bump in another bottleneck. Schools are no longer teaching life’s skills, and they tend to tolerate the broken system or worse, promote it. Corporations are heavily investing in the educational system as they understand how that will maintain a status quo for them.
Start making sense and sharing what you know with those interested. Be the open source, but be better at the things you do. In the process of challenging we create the right prickle to move into a gentler space we all appreciate.