Thursday, March 10, 2011

9000 miles from home....


Lately I have been pondering how unnaturally most of us live. Sounds crazy but what I am saying is people have gotten away from a balanced natural existence with nature.

We get up in the morning before the sun rises to an alarm… Go sit on the toilet… Take our vitamins…. Dress in polyester…. Get in our cars/busses/whatever….. Go to our indoor jobs with the thermostat set on 72…. Eat our processed lunches…. Go home in traffic, annoyed… Get home and feed our families more processed genetically modified food or even worse, fast food…. Let our babies play Wii… Do some chores with caustic cleaning products… Wash our clothes with animal fat covered in perfumes… Go to bed with the bed bugs and possible with the TV on. Does this sound natural to you?

Now I’m not on a soapbox. I freely admit that I do many of the above. But I am actively working on being more natural. I don’t eat meat. I am not into the acquisition of unnecessary items. I sew. I thrift. I read actual books. I grow vegetables (not a whole lot). I make an effort.

Many people are unaware that there is even a need to reconnect with the planet. I often question parents to why they don’t let their children play outside. They would rather their children play on the Wii like that is the preferable way to play. Folks buy everything at the supermarket pre-made. You don’t know what is in that or how they made it. I really hate minute rice or those boil in the bag numbers. If you can’t make your own rice, you don’t deserve to eat. I laugh out loud when so-called conscious vegetarians are shocked to find that soap is made from animal fat. OUT LOUD! I want them to remember. I ain’t mad at the omnivores, but don’t get all skeeved when confronted with how your meat makes it to your table. All that antibiotic use in animal feed doesn’t bother you? Have you ever seen an animal butchered? I have, when I was in college. Let me tell you this… I had to get real hungry before I could eat another piece of animal.

If you live walking distance to a venue, walk rather than drive. Recycle. Get a bike with a basket and a chain lock. Cook more than you eat out. Learn to make bread. Cook from scratch. Make your own condiments. Make your own cheese. It’s really easy. Make your own sauce and pancakes. The internet in all it’s evilness has some good points. You can learn to do almost anything online. Learn something useful. We need to take Jerusalem back.

Should I ever come into some real money, I’m buying a farm. No I’m not going to kill myself, I mean a real farm. I will keep goats, chickens and maybe some other livestock. Not for their meat, but for their milk and eggs… Maybe fur. I will grow veggies and grains. I’ll can them jokers too. I already know how. I already make all my own clothes and a lot of personal products. But if I had the room, I’d give free classes. Another thing that irks me to no end…. With all of this available housing, why are people insisting on having a house built from the ground? That is environmentally irresponsible. All these vacant business areas with yard around it could become community gardens. What happened to bartering?

There is so much that every individual can do that would green the planet but so many don’t. I suppose behaving in that fashion makes one think that they are in a recession or something like that. I have heard old people reject things because it reminded them of something they had to deal with during the great depression and they just wanted to forget it. But every lesson has a value.

I’m not pointing fingers at folks. But if this build has got you thinking then my purpose for writing it has been fulfilled.



Leigh said...

Excellent post. Very well put. I sincerely hope you get that money to buy a farm!