“One does not act rightly toward one\\\'s fellows if one does not know how to act rightly towards the earth.”

The Holy Earth

Charles Eisenstein: Our House is on Fire

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“Specifically, when are the methods of ‘practicality’ appropriate? Quite simply, they are appropriate when we know how to do something from within our current understanding of causality. If your stove is on fire and you have a fire extinguisher, then of course you use the fire extinguisher. You don’t ignore it and pray for a miracle.

But by the same token, if your house is a roaring inferno and all you have is a puny fire extinguisher that you know is far insufficient to the task, you shouldn’t just wave it in front of the flames in a posture of heroism.

The latter situation is a good description of our current predicament. Yes, it is true, our house is on fire … But what should we do about it? Or more to the point, what should you do about it? What, according to the conventional notions of causality that nearly everyone in modern society has deeply internalized, can you do that is practical. Nothing. Therefore, we must learn to follow another kind of guidance, one that leads to an expanded realm of what is possible.”

Charles EisensteinThe More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

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Charles Eisenstein: Futility of Control

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“The ideology of control says that if we can only identify the “cause”, we can control climate change. Fine, but what if the cause is everything? Economy, politics, emissions, agriculture, medicine … all the way to religion, psychology, our basic stories through which we apprehend the world? We face then the futility of control and the necessity for transformation.”

Charles EisensteinThe More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

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Hover Boards … for real

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via Nora Kirkpatrick

turns out to be a good hoax 🙂

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Charles Eisenstein: Mentality of War

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“… I am a bit wary of the conventional narrative about global warming, in which reducing CO2 and other greenhouse emissions is the top environmental priority. This narrative lends itself too easily to centralized solutions and the mentality of maximizing (or minimizing) a number. It subordinates all the small, local things we need to do to create a more beautiful world to a single cause for which all else must be sacrificed. This is the mentality of war, in which an all-important end trumps any compunctions about the means and justifies any sacrifice. We as a society are addicted to this mindset …

The mentality of war … is also the mentality of usury … As society becomes increasingly monetized, its members accept that money is the key to the fulfillment of any need or desire. Money, the universal means, becomes therefore a universal end as well … The pursuit of it subsumes the small or unquantifiable acts and relationships that make life truly rich, but that the numbers cannot justify. When money is the goal, everything that cannot be translated into its terms gets squeezed out.

… Environmentalism is reduced to a numbers game. We as a society are comfortable with that, but I think the shift we must make is deeper. We need to come into a direct, caring, sensuous relationship with this forest, this mountain, this river, this tiny plot of land, and protect them for their own sake rather than for an ulterior end. That is not to deny the dangers of greenhouse gases, but ultimately our salvation must come from recovering a direct relationship to what’s alive in front of us.”

Charles EisensteinThe More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

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Soul & Soil

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Just noticed how close the words “soul” and “soil” seem to be.

In Hebrew the root word for man is אדמ “adam”.

The feminine version of that word is אדמה “adama” which means earth.

Unlike english the word for soul נפש “newfesh” does not seem to be directly related.

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Retreat Manifested

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Years ago, for some years I had an escapist wish … to retreat from life.

Andreea

Andreea lives in Cluj and is immersed in a life she is creating there on her own.  While her intentions, which I experience as sincere, are to be a part of Bhudeva, her actions put her somewhere else.

So , for the most part, I am physically alone.

Money

It is winter, and money is in short supply.

There are two incomes streams in the life I made with Andreea here in Romania. One is Cutia Taranului, which is practically dormant in winter (though this year there is a trickle, which is more than last year). There is also much less need for money in winter months at Bhudeva. The other is Andreea’s work … clinic, births, teaching, etc. That stream is, for the time being, not flowing into Bhudeva and being consumed by Andreea in the city.

In the last 2 years we’ve witnessed a precious change … our income streams covered our expenses (not withstanding sudden, large and unplanned expenses). Andreea’s departure from Bhudeva has set that process back … so though there is money in the bank, I am trying to live frugally so as to gravitate back to income covering expenses.

There are things I’d like to start doing (building a woodshed, reconnecting the hot water solar panel and building an insulated cover for nights so that I can start using it earlier in the sesason) which need a little money … but money is not available now. I can chop fire-wood, build some small things with wood that is stored, etc … but I am limited in what I can do outside.

So I spend more time inside.

Online

Creating online is a tricky form of expression. I always have ongoing WordPress related work to do, mostly coding. There is also always potential to improve the information system that drives Cutia Taranului (all coding).

On the one hand it doesn’t cost me money to work online. On the other hand I don’t really enjoy doing it (coding). To be able to do it I need an inspiring and vital context that overcomes my objection to coding.

But, our internet connectivity is poor. And though I code on a computer server at home I depend on online reference resources – especially since I am in a constant learning curve (because I don’t code much). So when internet connectivity is interrupted or unpredictable (as it often is), so is my flow of work (which is already not smooth to begin with). So at best it is disruptive work which I have, for many months, tended to avoid.

My motivation to write is also diminished (due to other factors) though slowly re-awakening, but the poor connectivity doesn’t help that either. As I write these words there is a worried voice in the back of my mind thinking about copying this text to a local file for backup … because who knows what the connectivity will be like when I click save or publish

So, no online creating.

Yoga

I am left with a day that is built around preparing myself for practice (feeding myself, resting, recurring chores … fire-for-warmth related tasks, animals, humanure, etc.) and practicing.

When the days were winter-short this was easy … as it practically filled the days. But now as the days grow long again, I awake earlier and there is more wanting-to-do coming to the surface … and more time.

Annelieke

… is a surprising twist in this period of my life, her visits here disrupt my retreat (though we are both consciously nourishing a core stability that I don’t want to disrupt and she wants to partake in) … and soon me visiting her will bring new information and vibrations into the mix … both leaving my solitary retreat and immersing myself in her rich and diverse world.

Retreat

I feel that retreat is part of my nature … almost a defining quality of who I am … though I also feel that something is missing for a complete manifestation … the quality of me in retreat shines forth outside of retreat … when I am with others …

I wonder, though, about the nature of the place I have arrived at …
is it balanced?
does if nourish me or does it limit me?
will it be a long term quality or a temporary transition?

I feel I am at a junction of consciousness. I have a yearning to partake in and act in the world, yet at the present am very limited in my ability to do so.
Is the present a dysfunctional manifestation of my longstanding wish?
Is it protecting me?
Is it preparing me for things to come?

One thing is clear … retreat has manifested.

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Klemens Torggler – Evolution Doors

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See for yourself:

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Klemens Torggler Website

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Cradle to Grave Jobs

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From Nafta Turns 20:

“NAFTA, which was enacted Jan. 1, 1994, is a trade agreement signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico that served to lower trade and investment barriers among the three nations …

The act was promoted as a way of stimulating the economies of all three countries — and creating jobs — by allowing easier trades …

A vocal minority voiced concern that the agreement would encourage U.S. manufacturers to move their plants — and their jobs to Mexico — where they would not be required to pay fair wages and would not be held to the same environmental standards …”

which is what happened … the agreement is aptly named … it benefits those who trade not those who make.

“These were very good jobs that we lost. Jobs that would allow home ownership. Most of these women didn’t see a point in attending college or even finishing high school because these jobs were so good,” Hossfeld said. “These were supposed to be cradle-to-grave jobs.”

Cradle to Grave Jobs – that really caught my attention and send shivers down my spine. That is a sign of past times … and of amazing progress … one or two generations ago that would have been a blessing, now, for me, and many others this notion is a curse.

A few days later I came across this … though not a complete view, in my opinion, it is facing in a direction I subscribe to:

source

 

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Ted Ligety – Grand Slalom Technique

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Apline skiing is the only sport I follow. I don’t know much about skiing (have tasted 3 weeks altogether, and that was a long time ago) so I can’t really appreciate technique. This is beautifully shot and presented presentation of Ted Ligety and his approach to grand slalom – much more then strength and force (click on the image to go the presentation).

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Heredity & Morphic Resonance

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Rupert Sheldrake on the limitations of the materialistic and mechanistic view of genetics and potential place for morphic resonance:

“… So heredity includes both the genetic inheritance of proteins and morphic resonance from similar past forms.

Consider the following analogy. The music that comes out of the loudspeaker of a radio set depends both on the material structures of the set and the energy which powers it and on the transmission to which the set is tuned … Someone who knew nothing about the transmission of invisible, intangible and inaudible vibrations through the electromagnetic field might conclude that it could be explained entirely in terms of the components of the radio, the way in which they were arranged, and the energy on which their functioning depended. If he ever considered the possibility that anything entered from outside, he would dismiss it when he discovered that the set weighed the same switched on and switched off. He would therefore have to suppose that the rhythmic and harmonic patterns of the music arose within the set as a result of immensely complicated interactions among its parts. After careful study and analysis of the set, he might even be able to make a replica of it that produced exactly the same sounds as the original, and would probably regard this result as a striking proof of his theory. But in spite of his achievement, he would remain completely unaware that in reality the music originated in a broadcasting studio hundreds of miles away.”

from A New Science of Life

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Ziegler Wasserwerfer 9000

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Can’t make this shit up, fortunately you don’t need to … somebody else has done the work for you. The UK has found a solution to deal with pushback against austerity:

“Chief constables are shortly to press the home secretary, Theresa May, to authorise the use of water cannon by any police force across England and Wales to deal with anticipated street protests.

The Association of Chief Police Officers says that the need to control continued protests “from ongoing and potential future austerity measures” justifies the introduction of water cannon across Britain for the first time.”

enter from stage right the Ziegler Wasserwerfer 9000 water canon

“The Acpo report reveals that the model of water cannon most likely to be used, the Ziegler Wasserwerfer 9000, can get through its 9,000 litres in just five minutes if it is running at full pressure, although it adds that operating for this length of time would be difficult to justify in terms of use of force.”

But it will be used in a humane way:

“… the water within the water cannon tank will have to kept at 5C to “prevent the onset of medical conditions associated with the shock of being exposed to cold water”.”

and its a good financial investment

“A new water cannon costs between £600,000 and £1m depending on its specification and lasts for 25 to 30 years … any water cannon bought by a force will be regarded as a national asset.”

and very versatile

“The police envisage using their water cannon to “exert control from a distance and critically to provide a graduated and flexible application of force ranging from spray to forceful water jets.”

bring on austerity, we have water canons.

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Charles Eisenstein on Profit … kinda

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In this article Charles Eisenstein speaks abouta relatioship between current business norms and ecological sustainability. I read into something that I’ve been thinking and saying for some time: I see a future where for-financial-profit incorporations are … well … a thing of the past. There are plenty of other profits to be made … but money (within our current money system) cannot continue to be  a profit-indicator.

“Unfortunately, nine times out of ten, the interests of profit blatantly conflict with the interests of people and planet …

By appealing to the business case for sustainability, we limit green practices to the very narrow subset that involve little cost, little risk, and little disruption to business as usual …

Let’s stop pretending. If your company is going to make a significant step toward sustainability, it probably won’t make business sense, at least not in any way that can be predicted or quantified. You will have to trust something other than the numbers …

To take this next step always requires at least a little courage, because it goes against familiar practice and predictable financial self-interest. Someday, hopefully soon, we must change the business environment to end the opposition between profit and ecological well-being … There will always be a next step that doesn’t make sense by the numbers.

Herein lies a very different sort of “business case” for sustainability. It comes from questions like, “Who are you, really?” “What do you care about?” and, “What do you serve?” From a deep consideration of such questions, courage is born.

The other business case, the one based on profit, is just a tactical device … “

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Sympathy vs. Empathy

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Where I am – Two Songs

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Both by the beautiful people of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The raw honesty of Life Is Hard and soft hopefulness of Better Days:



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Svadharma

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short version: question your motivations and actions; do what you need to do and avoid doing what others need to do; how can you tell the difference? when your actions are yours you will experience a sustained feeling of peace and satisfaction; a teacher can be very helpful on this path.

“What should motivate people to act?

Svadharma. Dharma is that which protects, holds up and elevates. In the upholding of dharma, every person has a role to play. Each of us, have responsibilities. It is necessary to be clear about what each responsibility entails, and do one’s best to discharge it. It is also necessary to be clear about the limits of this responsibility and not interfere in or worry about things that fall within the orbit of another’s responsibility. This is svadharma.

Svadharma must be done with Sraddha. Sraddha in the rightness of the action performed. There is then no other option and so the person never gives up and thereby he definitely reaches the goal.

While it is svadharma that should motivate people to act, this action should not be with the attitude of aham [I am the doer] or mama [it is for me]. To keep the mind free from these negative attitudes it is necessary that the svadharma is done with the attitude of isvara pranidhana. Isvara pranidhana is the acceptance of a higher force.

The problem often is that we are unable to identify our svadharma. Very few people even question themselves to ask if they are doing the right thing. When what motivates is not svadharnta but raga, then you have the attitudes of expectation and disappointment and this results in stress.

What is the means by which one can know one’s svadharma?

Atmatusti. The feeling of peace and profound satisfaction that results from the performance of the action, even long after the action is performed. Those fortunate to have an acarya [teacher] to guide them, will of course know their svadharma from their acarya.”

source: my teacher

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Bitoin (un)Reality Check

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If you are a spectator watching the so called Bitcoin Bubble expand then this is for you – a Bitcoin FAQ:

“1) Should I buy Bitcoins?

No.

9) Wait, does that mean that every advantage that people claim Bitcoin has is not actually true?

Yes. It’s not anonymous, it’s not free, it’s not instant, and it’s not convenient. It’s extremely difficult to make money on it, mining is useless, and it’s literally impossible that it will ever go into widespread use. Unless you have an ideological stake in the concept of Bitcoin (or want to buy drugs and/or child porn), there is literally no reason to get involved in it.

There’s actually one thing that Bitcoin supporters claim about Bitcoin which is true: it has no chargebacks. Bitcoin transactions are irreversible. Whether this is actually an advantage or not probably depends on whether you’ve ever been ripped off before. If you haven’t, then getting involved in Bitcoin is probably a good way to fix that.”

I think that the main “error” in this document is that is falls prey to the general misconception that Bitcoin is indeed a currency. Which it isn’t … or if you insist it is then know this … currency is its weakest feature (a corrupt side-effect). Describing Bitcoin as a currency is like describing … oh I don’t know … lets just pick something fancy … a Jaguar XJR SWB by focusing on its cup holder. Currency just happens to be an issue of our times and the whole “coin” thing in the name can be misleading. It is a remarkable techological experiment of mathematics and software engineering. Parts of it have already been adopted and used for other experiments in other currencies and other fields … and that is very likely to continue … because that’s the good thing about it.

If only non-tech people had any clue how arbitrary the real world can be perceived by tech people …

 

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Margrit Kennedy – Inavoidable Debt

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Before watching this short video I had a naive thought that I, having moved out of mainstream society (without incurring debt) have evaded the horrific debt machine. This video, though gentle, tore through my naivety.

Since most of the world is indebted (by definition and by design) most of the things we purchase also carry debt with them. If, for example, you shop at a business that was established with loans and mortgages then the prices you pay for their products and services include the costs of those debts. According to the video, about 40% of the prices we pay is to cover debt and not actual products/services or their underlying values (materials, work, skills, etc.).

Since I am a very poor consumer this is still a lesser part in my life … but still … astonishing.

Margrit Kennedy on Interest Free Economy from Complementary Currency on Vimeo.

via CCMagazine

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Snowflakes

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In this post where I reflected on memory I quoted (at the end) an idea that spoke of snowflakes being unique in representing a “memory” of their unique hour long journey down to earth.

Then, recently, I came across this guy who does snowflake photography. What follows are just a few images check out his post on technique and images for much more:

 … left me wondering how much our physical shapes and structures are also devices of memory?

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Boulder Colorado Going off the Grid

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Dis-integration and re-integration … cycle of evolution.

“In a ground-breaking move in November, voters in Boulder, Colo., approved an initiative to end their relationship with Xcel Energy, a utility with $10.7 billion in revenues, thus clearing the way for the city to form its own municipal utility that would lower rates and make greater use of renewable energy …

Municipal utilities are far more common than most people are aware, with more than 1,000 already functioning in the United States, serving 50 million customers

Not only is this a substantial and refreshing change but it seems to be benefiting from a supporting feedback loop:

“All of this comes at a time when the entire model of a corporate utility operating a centralized grid is facing steady erosion. Universities and cities across the country are expressing their desire to move away from both hiring—or even owning stocks in—companies that remain committed to fossil fuels. In addition, every family who installs solar on their roof not only slashes their need for energy from a utility, but also cuts the revenue for those same firms.

As the number of customers inexorably drops, the firm must spread its costs across a smaller and smaller number of customers, which increases their rates and creates even more demand to leave the grid.

from YesMagazine via David Korten

 

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How Bitcoin Works

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Following the passionate podcast comes an excellent technical yet accesible description of how Bitcoin works came to me also via Pietro.

It, together with the podcast, outlines the underlying potentials of Bitcoin as a technology (rather then as a currency) … and I have questions:

  1. Would it be correct to describe Bitoin as a publicly created, owned, verified and secured record of … anything!?
  2. Isn’t the block-chain an inevitable challenge in term of data-storage (it will continue to grow and grow, especially as more complex applications are bundled into transactions?)
  3. Is it correct that the source of any inherit valuation in Bitcoin results from the assumption that mining needs to be rewarded?
  4. If there were other incentives to mining would it be possible to use Bitcoin as a public ledger without any inherent valuation and their ensuing “currency” symptoms? Could Bitcoin become BitPublicLedger without any “coin” association?
  5. If so, could, theoretically, another valuation/currency system (other than rewards for mining) be attached to Bitcoin to benefit from its other capabilies (secure, verified, public, etc.)? In other words, could BitPublicLedger be used to digitize and secure other kinds of currency?
  6. Can a current Bitcoin transaction have zero value associated with it – that is using the system to submit information to the public ledger without valuation exchange?

Update:

  1. If “reward” incentive is removed from the mining operation couldn’t it be made more efficient and more green? couldn’t mining become collaborative instead of competitive? for example, if I were part of a community (physical or virtual) where bitcoin provided service – I would happily have a client software running on my computer in service of a miner – contributing my resources to the exitence of the bitcoin commons in my community.
  2. Could Bitcoin technology become a kind of social digital commons? Can a sustainable business be built around that concept?
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