If you are reading this post, I want you to know that this blog is no longer active. I started a few years ago with a blog named “Living as if Others Really Mattered”, where I blogged about my own observations, reactions and opinions about what was happening in the world. My focus was the convergence of not one or two but many complex crises: social justice, climate change and resource depletion, all sustained on the top of a story of separation that had deep roots in our past as a species.
That old blog, who got a few followers with whom I had real interactions (and followed their blogs back), gave birth to “Mainstream Permaculture” and a few other sub-blogs that didn’t last much…I was trying to find “my niche/s” and also to express myself while helping others with some ideas and resources. My blogs focused on disaster planning and emergency preparation, self-reliance and food sovereignty, they also explored resilience, both outer and inner, both individual and collective.
As I was writing my blogs and sharing ideas, I was out here in the “real world” exploring them through courses, gatherings, groups and in my own life. I made many mistakes and experienced both great and inspirational discoveries as well as deep betrayals and disillusionment.
The blog got some traction around 2014-2015 and then the interaction stopped. I became busy, and the project of creating a guide to implement permaculture in a suburban life never left the ground: many of the changes I made to my own life had to be dismantled thanks to the lack of support and ignorance of those who are still living the mainstream story (the story of “Business as Usual”)…I saw the same happening not only with many permaculture initiatives, but also with “friends” who suddenly turned their back with no explanation: it was OK when I was full of enthusiasm (and time), but when I started to get challenges, they left…
My basic ideas have not changed, nor my opinion about the world: when people ask me, I say what I observe: things are getting worse, there is no significant advance and no amount of small or big changes will “fix” what we have started, because, among other things, this doesn’t have to be “fixed”: this needs to be radically changed!
I happen to live in two worlds: I see BAU (Business as Usual) almost every day of my life. I see the amount of neglect, ignorance, selfishness, lack of willingness, stubbornness and so much more that rule most of the world: I see it reflected in my “mainstream” job working with refugees and immigrants and other vulnerable groups, but unfortunately (and painfully), I also see it permeating the permaculture, transition and even great turning realms: self-righteousness, short-sightedness, uber-optimism that kills and tries to hide any reality and real solutions, and so for…
I see it in books and documentaries: even those who start exposing the deep realities that nobody wants to face: that there won’t be an industrial world with solar panels and wind turbines, that airplanes and big trucks won’t ever work with renewables, that solar panels and all that combo only last 20+ years and pollute, and so on…and then turn the page ignoring all the realities they just described and want us to believe that all will be solved if we each start growing food and living of the land! The amount of wishful thinking that ignores the millions of oppressed, uneducated, unhealthy and tired people (plus the thousands that are also sick, disable or too old) who live in the cities and can’t grow their food even if they wanted, and who will never have access to any piece of land because there ISN’T ENOUGH!
The way those who should know better engage in power struggles and unhealthy dynamics with each other (yes, even those we quote and admire and who have funded movements and practices!), or the way they point fingers (directly or indirectly) to all the others who are not living their lives as they do…when I see all this, my hope diminishes greatly: I see that the problem is too complex and too big, that in fact, there is not “a” problem, but a series of interconnected and compounded problems. That the only ways are to radically disrupt the system/s at many levels at the same time. But more than anything, to COMMIT, to vow, not so much about lifestyle changes (although they are needed), but Soul-level changes: I cannot see this machine stopping, not even turning a bit if not enough people really commit to BE, more than to DO…
With the years, I have been lucky enough to have been exposed and able to explore much more than permaculture. I even became a facilitator myself. I am now inside a couple of movements/organizations that I respect because I see that they want the good to prevail, they are, so far, authentic: something I’m deeply thirsty about.
But things have changed and will continue to change in my life, and my next step is not to focus on “doing” permaculture, but to focus on living the Great Turning. Permaculture is just one of the tools we need, a very powerful one, but not the only one…
Thank to those who have been followers all these years, both old and new ones. I may come back and create something out of the scattered pieces, who knows?
All the best to all,