Ancient Wisdom, the decline of fossil fuels, and techno utopia
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Ancient Wisdom, the decline of fossil fuels, and techno utopia

ANCIENT WISDOM, THE DECLINE OF FOSSIL FUELS AND TECHNO UTOPIA: Sir Ken Robinson, a noted speaker about child development and future education, presents a study of 1500 children age 3-5... and 98% test as "genius". Over time, that percentage drops until we reach adulthood and see that only 2% of the adult population still test as genius. A good way to think about this is to do this now: Take a minute and write down all of the uses you can come up with for a paperclip. Ready... go! * * * * * If you're like most people, you've got a list of things like: Holding paper together. Opening a lock. A fish hook. A figure (paperclip art)... Maybe…

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Abalone oil lamp

Darkness makes the candle relevant. How would you know how to love beyond fear without this opportunity? Pictured: Abalone oil lamp with wick made of mugwort leaves and cord of New Zealand flax. I usually use olive oil because it burns smokeless and is fine for indoors.

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Should Modern People Hunt and Gather?

  I've lived with the land via homesteading and also replicating Stone Age living. I lived for many years on an average income of $3000/year, with most of the money spent on non-food items. I lived along the most remote mail route in the lower 48 states, where mail came once a week by jet boat on the Snake River, and it was a 3 mile walk down canyon to get it. For over 20 years, I didn't buy meat or fish from a grocery store. I have lots of experience in hunting and gathering, both with modern tools and primitive ones. I fully support anyone who wishes to pursue conscious hunting, fishing and gathering. Along the way, I suspect…

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Being with Difficulty

Life isn’t always easy.  Sometimes our lives are just plain difficult, or even painful, and we can’t immediately change it.  We need to “BE” with difficulty. Modern society doesn’t teach this essential skill, but in fact teaches the opposite.  We are bombarded with images from the media showing us how to be more popular, prettier, smell better, more comfortable.  There is no market in the acceptance of one’s current state of affairs. Consequently, most people who experience difficulty immediately look for something to “fix” it.  Maybe some chocolate will help.  How about a movie?  Call a friend?  Something to drink? It’s not that these “fixes” are bad, it’s just that our experience of difficulty has something to teach us, and…

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