Wednesday, April 16, 2014

the good fight

the process of getting ready to build a house can be long and boring. a lot of time is spent playing the waiting game. so, between highlights in the adventure of building the greatest house on earth, it would be my hope that i can maintain or even deepen your interest in this blog by sharing tids and bits that i find interesting and inspiring in the larger context of a more positive view of the world.
i would like to see this blog add to the body of evidence which supports the case that human beings are not the vile, cut-throat savages we can so easily come to see ourselves as when our only exposure to the elusive and infinitely faceted thing known as "human nature" is the evening news or emotionally charged political debates on social media sites. two surefire ways of convincing yourself we are all going straight to hell.
however, there is a truth that stares us right in the face everyday, yet often goes totally unnoticed, perhaps because it is standing so close to us. this truth is that between one tragic horror and the next are vast and wide spaces and those spaces are filled with the peaceful cooperation of people just trying to get through their day, put food on the table and keep their families safe. when viewed in that light its hard for me to think that corrupt villainy is the default setting for the human operating system.
if it were how would we have come this far?
what we are faced with is a severe distortion of priorities. but the good news is that priorities can be readjusted. if it happened once it can happen again! i firmly believe we can be smart enough, we can make the kinds of decisions which can get the whole mess back on track.

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none of this is to say that the distortion of our priorities doesnt have profound effects which need to be taken seriously but the feeling of defeat and helplessness is what we need to avoid and there are endless sources from which to draw inspiration and reassurance that there is hope and that there is a good fight left in all of us.
some of these examples are relatively small.
others have the potential to have huge impacts.
like the work being done by Joel Salatin.

anyone who has read the omnivores dilemma will have heard the name Joel Salatin and his explosively successful experiments in sustainable farming at his PolyFace Farm

if you are not familiar with either of the above i strongly suggest reading the book at the very least.  the discussion Micheal Pollan presents in the omnivores dilemma and the political policies surrounding the growing, harvesting and distribution within our food system should be of concern to EVERYONE, even if you have zero interest in sustainable farming practice, permaculture or any of that "silly greenie stuff."
our food system literally is our life support system and i think its corruption is at the heart of a great many other problems we are trying to fix as separate issues.

you have to live in a world which justifies corruption and villainy for profit to not be able to see that the industrial food system poses a huge threat to the environment and the survivability of our species.  in the face of the monstrous disaster that is state subsidized mono-crop farming and CAFO lots things can start to look pretty grim and the prospect of saving our hides with any sort of alternative seems thin to middling.

i think Mr Salatin offers solid bedrock on which to start building viable alternatives that would not just slow the dead march off the cliff but actually turn things around.

if you only do one thing to add your part to the effort, please try and find the time to hear Salatin speak and share this video.

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