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Re: [newurbanism-101] A short essay on The future culture of sustainability

From: Tracy D.
Sent on: Monday, February 9, 2009 9:20 PM
Thank you, Robert...well said. By you and the dreamers of the past! Without dreams of what is not, how can we have anything different?
Keep it up....

On Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 9:12 PM, Robert <[address removed]> wrote:
The website (below) has a plethora of other topics that display an insightful and sometimes transcendent vantage. Our challenge in this media molded society, that is owned by the successful "materialists" of the Picean model, is that we have limited societal confirmation of the life visions of perfection that we have incarnated to manifest. Bless the Internet for linking us all together!
Remember what  Thoreau said, "most men (and women) lead lives of quiet desperation". May we be freed from any and all conditioned intransigent boxes of belief and thought that confine our soul and estrange our daily lives from infinite Spirit.
Be Happy, Robert.

--- On Mon, 2/9/09, Marc Bailey <[address removed]> wrote:

> From: Marc Bailey <[address removed]>
> Subject: Re: [newurbanism-101] A short essay on The future culture of sustainability
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Monday, February 9, 2009, 8:24 PM
> Great article.  Thanks
> ________________________________
> From: Robert <[address removed]>
> To: [address removed]
> Sent: Monday, February 9,[masked]:51:47 AM
> Subject: [newurbanism-101] A short essay on The future
> culture of sustainability
> Downward Spiral's Silver Lining: End of Lonely Plastic
> Culture
> by Jan Lundberg
> 07 February 2009
> Culture Change Letter #234
> We all see and feel the intensifying depression of the
> consumer economy, with incalculable human costs such as
> hunger, loss of homes, sense of failure, and fear of the
> unknown. This column has long warned of collapse of the
> petroleum economy and of the ecosystem, and we don't
> feel good about being right about bad news. However, we have
> always maintained there is a better way to live life than to
> trash the planet as isolated consumers under the yoke of
> exploitation. We've even pointed the way with specifics.
> Even the worst of the upcoming "Nature's
> correction" to our overshoot of ecological carrying
> capacity (apart from a nuke scenario) will have to result in
> the survivors' automatic extrication from the
> destructive, heartless system dominating us today.
> Coming from a bad place
> People yearn for more feeling and closeness, as evidenced
> by interest in romance stories, fierce attachment to pets,
> and worshiping pretty celebrities. The mass mania for the
> Beatles was a wake up call to society that young people
> needed something their parents and institutions were
> incapable of offering. Our modern society's hold on the
> masses is such that they are divided down to the individual
> level -- so much so that even within the individual the
> heart and mind are separated, causing torment, confusion,
> and damage to Mother Nature.
> In addition to being divided, we are extremely busy. Our
> time in the U.S. is limited to working, sleeping, and eating
> -- and not much else. On weekends or vacations we have to
> just recover. We forget our youthful dreams and don't
> keep up our creative interests or branch out into others
> such as a musical instrument. People don't have time for
> simple pleasures or leisure, or they grab it on the run.
> "Quality time" is a recent notion; all time should
> be quality time, and we should never be compromising over
> spending days and nights with loved ones. Above all, our
> children need us far more than they need a teacher employed
> by the state. No wonder the elders are put out to pasture in
> institutions to die alone.
> We seek love and excitement through machines for virtual
> companionship or sex. For those who scoff at this and pride
> themselves on having real human relationships, their
> marriages are often arrangements for convenient sex and
> cohabitation. Not to be cynical about love, which is always
> with us, we must realize we've been sold a bill of goods
> by the ruling class: compete, work hard, buy things, and
> maybe then you'll get approval and a lover or spouse.
> Property and money are held to be the supreme
> accomplishment, as confirmed by divorces occurring as a
> result of either financial stress or selfish urges.
> What's going down today isn't all bad
> With time on our hands from unemployment, good deeds can
> happen as a result of reaching out to members of the
> community. Sharing is an important human trait that has been
> suppressed by divide-and-conquer domination. The tendency
> neighbors have to be useful to one another in order to
> assure survival is second to none in our human impulses, for
> this is our evolution (until very recently). This can
> manifest itself by a care-giver providing needed help while
> the young or sick or infirm person's family may pursue
> other activities such as rigging up a bike cart or foraging
> for firewood.
> The closeness that will increase from such interactions
> will bind us together again as bands and then tribes. The
> nation state was an effort to smash tribes, in part due to
> megalomania of the empire builders or the self interest of
> the king makers. When the unfolding collapse of the U.S.
> economy and corporate globalism is further along, there will
> be tax rebellions and a redefining of new societies'
> priorities. Economies will be local, with distant nations or
> tribes linked through sail power -- as practiced for many
> centuries before the oil-powered cargo ships that destroy
> the air and water.
> One's personal living environment will be shed of
> plastic crapola (thank you James Howard Kunstler) that has
> crapped out and no longer can be powered. It is too late for
> our generation and our civilization to be known other than
> the Plastic Culture, based on the non-biodegradability of
> our petroleum products we "need." But if there are
> future generations to study our trash, as today's
> archeologists and anthropologists do, they may also note
> that we seemed to cease and walk away from our Plastic
> Culture and its associated ways -- perhaps about 2009?
> Forgotten pleasures return
> Although gardening is hard work, it is also healthful and
> social. Since nature knows no waste, we will become very
> efficient and go with the flows to minimize work and
> disruption to the land and waters that must be restored to
> health. So when food forests start to bear fruit and nuts,
> as well as coppicing for firewood and basket materials, for
> example, we will work less and have time again for our
> songs, stories and dances that all our ancestors'
> cultures indulged in religiously.
> Let's not skip the part about coping with toxic soils,
> the task of depaving, and the need to gather and hunt. These
> activities are unavoidable and done under duress in our
> transition. But those participating will be shown
> appreciation by those occupied by cooking, sewing, child
> rearing, making musical instruments, or acting as counselors
> or teachers. But keep picturing more time for these real
> things, including loving and family cohesion, when we are no
> longer working for abstract capitalist entities and doing
> the debilitating commutes. Above all, a relationship with
> nature will keep us together to overcome adversity.
> The future culture of sustainability will be more sane and
> liberating than modern living -- for those who survive the
> collapsing house of toxic cards. The sooner we get started
> in dismantling the present failed system, and be our own
> leaders, the more of us and our fellow species will survive
> to continue what might still be the endless dance of
> evolution. The answers are here today, but must be sought
> out. In time, however, they will become obvious and spread
> quickly as people try to adapt to the loss of Big Brother
> the Boss Man of The Machine. Good riddance, and hello
> tomorrow's new age.
> You may say I'm a dreamer, but as one of the former
> Beatles sang, I'm not the only one. Give peace a chance.
> It's getting better all the time.
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