I aim to build a site of wisdom on the internet in 2015.
Foxes love to eat an occasional chicken which is a nuisance for farmers, but place llamas in with a field of chickens and the llamas will protect the chickens from foxes and dogs. Simple solutions to problems by mixing together certain combinations of animal or plant is a wisdom few know about.
This Liberated Way blog promotes the idea of living in harmony with nature, and next year I shall go a stage further and build a web site to compliment Liberated Way as a source of wisdom for people who seriously seek ways to live in harmony with nature.
I have a domain and a hosting package for liberatedway.net, which is sitting doing nothing, so I am thinking of creating a type of Wikipedia of information of actions and solutions people have taken in the past that are proven by results to work in the goal of working with nature.
The internet is becoming a dung heap of poor quality information, ignorant opinion and irrelevant junk information so that people increasingly are finding it harder to find quality sources of information to their problems.
I constantly come across wonderful stories of solutions that work in relation to some of the common problems humanity faces, but nobody knows about them because they are lost in the noisy poorly indexed system of the internet. Nature provides answers to every challenge humanity faces, but can we find them when we need to on the internet?
My approach is beautifully simple: define the problem; find solutions supported by results that proved the solution worked; index the problem and the solution that an internet user can easily find. I feel a website of solutions to problems that involve working in harmony with nature would compliment this blog well in 2015.
Revolutionaries change the world.
This swan was happy to express its revolutionary nature against humanity by attacking a group of canoeists infringing its territory in Colchester.
Two thousand years ago a woman called Boudicca became a revolutionary, leading the people of my town of Colchester in a full revolt against the Romans that burned London to the ground. Over a thousand years later a priest called John Ball, who lived in Colchester, became the spiritual head of another revolt, leading revolutionaries from Essex and Kent on a march on London that nearly brought down the corrupt English king, church and aristocracy. John Ball led the revolt in relation to an unfair tax called the Poll Tax. Margaret Thatcher, who at one time lived a few streets away from where I live in Colchester, forgot her history, introduced the Poll Tax again, and the people of Colchester rioted along with most of the British nation, causing her downfall as Prime Minister.
I love revolutionaries, the people who lead movements against injustice. An inspiration to women everywhere is Joan of Arc a peasant girl in France who against all odds convinced the French that God sent her to help defend the French against the English. Joan appeared when the French was facing total defeat, with one last city about to fall to the English. Joan of Arc rallied the demoralised French, showed tactical genius, and defeated the English in battle, setting in motion events that resulted in the French recapturing France from the English. Captured, Joan of Arc defended herself on her own against a biased judge and jury with eloquent grasp of law and argument getting all but one charge thrown out against her. The English tricked Joan in her prison cell on a legal technicality that resulted in her being burned to death for wearing male clothes.
The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus was a revolutionary: he rejected the Greek gods and superstition; he publicly condemned his own people; he abdicated kingship in favour of philosophy; he attacked Homer, so beloved of the Greek people; he publicly revealed Eleusinian Mysteries, an act that should have had him executed; and right to his death he expressed his opinion the dead is no better than being thrown out as cow dung, covering himself in the same and dying. Even today, Heraclitus in my opinion is the best of the philosophers in the West of this world, equivalent to Lao-Tzu the founder of Taoism in the East of this world.
Revolutionaries are brave, they lead by example and create new paths of thinking and doing against conformity and opposition, breaking the boundaries of injustice liberating others to follow in their footsteps. A hundred years ago women in Colchester and other towns took on the establishment in the Suffragette movement against the social and political barriers of their time to win the right of women to vote, and won.
Using machines in moderation is desirable.
The bike is a machine I like because it balances out the need for speed to get to places with health of cycling.
The machine has become king in this world, but it is desirable that the human is king, the machine is the servant. How sad that the human is the slave to the machine. Do I hate machines? No, I hate the slavery of humans to machines. I love machines for their making our lives easier and in certain ways healthier. Machines are a tool, used intelligently and with wisdom, the machine is beneficial.
I visited my bank manager this week to discuss credit to expand my business. I spent four days frantically preparing business plans and accounts for the meeting with the bank manager, he never asked to see them. The bank manager sat in front of a computer, a robot, unable to make his own decisions, following prompts on the computer screen in processing me. Both I and the bank manager were no more than impersonal objects enslaved to the dictates of a computer, which made the decisions and asked the questions.
The Bank no longer trusted its own human bank managers to make the decisions and deal with customers as human beings with their own unique situations and needs; most business interactions with the Bank today in the UK is a sales pitch and a relationship with a central computer; the staff and customer depersonalised slaves to machines.
My dealings with the UK taxation authorities is the same as the Bank; automated with all the local tax offices that used to deal directly with the public now closed in favour of a centralised call centre.
I love to walk and cycle everywhere, but most people are dependent upon the car, which whilst convenient, denies the individual exercise and a robust mind due to environmental experiences such as walking in the cold and rain. Cell phones are a great tool of communication, but when your cell phone dictates your actions every hour of every day in every situation, you have a problem. The bank manager I was speaking to was coughing his lungs out because of the technology of his bank air conditioning system.
There is a need for moderation, finding a balance where the machine becomes a tool of beneficial liberty rather than an enslaving harmful monster. The choice always is the individuals on how they like to live their life in relation to machines, the choice is king or slave, the choice is always yours.
Empowering the individual and community for positive change.
Localism relates closely to sustainability in a time of diminishing food, water and energy resources.
The world cycles through times of plenty and then scarcity, often due to climatic and geological changes in nature. In times of plenty the focus is size and strength, large dinosaurs like the T-Rex or the powerful sabre-toothed cats of the Ice Age. When environmental conditions change resulting in less available food, the energy hungry size and strength becomes a disadvantage, such beasts become extinct, replaced by energy-efficient beasts who favour smallness and speed over size and strength; thus the Dire Wolf dies replaced by the Timber Wolf, the Neanderthal replaced by Homo Sapiens.
Experts reckon that by the end of this century the current seven billion human population will grow to 11 billion. Already there are strains on food, water and energy resources leading to environmental wars. Climate is changing and global society behaves with wasteful consumerism. Practically all nations, businesses and individuals drown under excessive debt; the new currency traded, gambled and seen as a tangible commodity is debt.
Against this background of diminishing resources and growing pressures on available resources is the current obsession on size and strength: big business; global brands; huge political entities such as NATO, EU, UN, IMF and many other dinosaurs, so ineffective that they could not collectively bring about a fast recovery of the bodies of victims of the Malaysian plane crash in the Ukraine.
Despite the Scottish rejection of independence the UK political establishment has started a conversation about devolving powers to the grassroots. The global movement towards localism favouring smallness and sustainability is now relentless and unstoppable. The notion that empire, central control and top down decision-making can resolve global challenges is unworkable and delusional. I see this in the coming election battle in Clacton near my town of Colchester where the nationalists who want the UK to leave the EU and close the borders to immigrants will win a stunning victory. People all over the world at the local level are becoming afraid because they are experiencing the pain of competing against outsiders for an ever diminishing pool of resources they and their families need to survive upon, so that this causes a rise of forms of tribalism such as nationalism and a desire for localism where they can take control of their own resources and decision-making.