From Roman times to the Renaissance, pepper used to be what rich people used to excess because only they could afford it. Baroque nobility had banquet food covered in sugar because it was the new ‘spice’ of the rich. Meat … Continue reading Ecosystems, Eating, Essential Joy
Luxury has sometimes been described as having been democratized: No longer does an average person have no way of participating in status consumption, no chance to fill up a home with all the stuff that shows a middle-class (or better) … Continue reading The Luxury of the #ecohappy Life
It all seems so logical. The number of honey bees is declining, and we don’t quite know the (single?) reason. But, we need them as pollinators for many a crop, not least fruit trees. So, there’s work on creating pollinator … Continue reading Pollinator Drones, Dysevolution, and Paths of Positive Doing
We want to live with a feeling of being at home, knowing our places and ways. A big part of cultural and national mythologies revolves around this theme; it tells stories of who “we” are, what we are to live … Continue reading Facing Reality, Coming Home
Life goes one of two ways: On, and circling the drain. Or on, and remaining active and truly alive. The first, worse, is easy and comes naturally. It also has a lot of support from modern capitalist consumer culture and … Continue reading Fitting Resolutions, Living Synergies
Get into “environmental(ist)” vs. economic debates enough, there’s always the point where the “greens” want to stop and re-consider, the “techno-optimists” want to forge headlong into the future. It’s just “out with the old, in with the new” vs. “let’s just go back” – unless, perhaps, the economically-oriented also want to go back, but only to the 1950’s of their imagination… Continue reading “Returning Forward”
Once again, thanks to Russell Brand this time, a revolution is what’s being talked about.
Once again, one person gets the spotlight and supporters flock to his words (and detractors to disagree).
Once again, basic misunderstandings make sure that nothing will, in all probability, change. Continue reading “The Revolution Will Not Be Thought”
It’s a new day and age, long in the coming: Our impacts have reached levels where it makes sense to speak of a new geologic epoch characterized by those our impacts, an ‘anthropocene.’ Our thinking – let alone doing – still needs to catch up with its implications.
From political campaigns to corporate planning, from economic policies to individual dreams of a better life – it will all only work out, ultimately, if set upon a foundation of understanding.
Understanding just what people want to hear and promising exactly that can, for a little while, lead some to power and profit. Eventually, however, whatever is not rooted in a deeper understanding – of what we want and what we can have, given the workings of this world we inhabit – must crumble and fall. On the other hand, better understanding (and considerate action based on it) will have a good chance at growing and rising… Continue reading “Running on a Platform of Reality”
“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” – H. L. Mencken
What do you need to live well? More money.
What does the economy need to work for us all? Growth.
Why does education fail? Bad teachers.
Where is the grass greener? On the other side.
Why aren’t we addressing climate change? Political will.
We seem to have a natural tendency to focus on single things and simple answers.
Continue reading “Simple Answers and Adequate Maps”
Living a middle class lifestyle, would you just want to give it up? Living in poverty, wouldn’t you be enticed by the images you see of better lives? This, of course, is the great problem that a transformation to better … Continue reading Aspirations and Better Ways
In agriculture, we hear of the fight against natural constraints, for the higher yields necessary to feed the world. In economics in general, talk is of the struggle to gain the highest profits with the scarce resources available. Even in our own lives and for our own happiness, lack is supposed to limit it all: not enough time, not enough money. And so, we want more. Preferably, now. With that, life becomes the rat race in which everything goes ever faster and brings ever more dissatisfaction (but also ever more distraction and comforts which to shop!, buy!, have!). “The economy,” … Continue reading Lack and the Cultivation of Better