Category Archives: Sustainablity

Action in harmony with nature.

Going beyond the machine

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 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.

Why localism is sustainable and effective

Empowering the individual and community for positive change.

Localism is tied closely to sustainability in a time of diminishing food, water and energy resources.

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.

Leaving wild animals alone to co-exist with us

Having detachment is better for wild animals and humans

During my meetings with Amber my garden fox I kept a distance even if it proved inconvenient at times.

During my meetings with Amber my garden fox I kept a distance even if it proved inconvenient at times.

A wild fox is visiting my garden in the night, though I have yet to know if this is Amber, who has been elusive or missing for at least two months.  During the time I knew Amber I kept a distance, she became used to me so that I could take many good photographs; sometimes I talked to her to calm her if we came upon each other by surprise, but I never interfered with her, fed her or attempted to touch her.

People forget that wild animals are no pets, and they are capable of looking after themselves.  Providing animals with opportunities such as wild birds with a water bath and feeding stations is good, but wisdom needs applying so that both humans and wild animals suffer no harm from dependency or over familiarity.  Feeding a fox chocolate for instance would kill it, the wrong type of food is giving hedgehogs diabetes.

This video on YouTube shows an ignorant human coming across a sleeping baby deer in a cemetery.  This supposed cute video shows a baby deer that the human awoke, showing evident distress and running away.  The human is oblivious to the situation they are creating by becoming too involved with a wild animal, driving an animal off so making it harder for its mother to find it, risking an attack on the human from a mother deer if it is in the vicinity.

Enjoying wild animals from a distance whilst they express their wild nature in a liberated way free from human interference is a blessing, and is the best way for humanity and wild animals to co-exist in harmony in nature.

Localism is the future

Localism is empowerment of individuals and communities. 

Only at the individual and community level is positive change possible.

Only at the individual and community level is positive change possible.

The people of Scotland felt empowered when they went to the polls yesterday to decide on if they wanted to become an independent nation.  The average turnout for a European Union election in Scotland is 34%, in the referendum on Scotland as a nation-state the turnout was a huge 84.5% of those entitled to vote, attracting all age groups and backgrounds.

The Scottish people decided to stay within the United Kingdom.  The result for independence was 55.3% NO and 44.7% YES. The Scottish are a pragmatic and practical people who decided that going totally independent was a step too far.  The Scottish currently enjoy their own legal system, language, culture and a devolved Scottish Parliament.  The rulers in London are going to grant the Scottish more powers to determine their own affairs.

The NO win in the Scottish referendum is personally disappointing, and the negative fear mongering campaign of the NO side annoyed me.  The result is a temporary set back for the independence movements around the world, but I believe that it is inevitable that power will continue move from centralised control to the grassroots.

My personal focus has always been on a type of localism that empowers the individual and community, even a Scottish independent nation in my view is too large.  Positive change in my opinion is only possible at the individual and community level, where people make most of their day-to-day decisions in life, where each individual or community situation is unique, and where the feeling of empowerment emerges from.

Good and bad technology

I support technology in harmony with nature and humanity.

Nature can teach us a lot about how to create and apply technology that is in harmony with nature and humanity.

Nature can teach us a lot about how to create and apply technology that is in harmony with nature and humanity.

To media fanfare Dyson introduced to the world a robotic vacuüm cleaner, the coding which took engineers 100, 000 hours to produce. Scientists have developed a robot called Boris who will load up your dishwasher. Do you want to kiss someone far away? Let a robot kiss your beloved for you.

In my opinion current technological advances are unnecessary, enslaving and depersonalising.  It seems some may feel I hate or oppose technology, in reality I dislike bad technology and I support good technology.  I refuse to have a smart phone, I refuse to use cloud computing, I refuse to have robotic garbage in my home, because I have no need for them.  Why would I want a robotic vacuüm cleaner when I can use a dustpan and brush instead?

The following are four technological innovations I love:

1. Solar powered transport. 

On my shopping list, a solar-powered boat like MS Tûranor. The only vehicles I prefer to associate with are those powered by the sun or wind.  When you think that due to fuel costs a large container ship is slower than a wind or solar-powered ship, there is a bright future for this type of technology.

2. Communication with plants (and animals.)

We all know animals communicate, but did you know plants talk to each other? Imagine being able to find out how your apple tree is feeling today, or your runner beans telling you what the weather will be like? If a field of wheat can communicate to the farmer the moment it is under attack by a disease or pest, food productivity would increase.

3. Information and quantum mechanics.

I will soon be able to transfer vast amounts of information to you instantly without any possibility of it being intercepted by a third-party using quantum mechanical properties such as entanglement.

4. Artificial Intelligence.

Even though people love to become enslaved or enjoy illusionary control through smart phones and robotic vacuüm cleaners, they become paranoid about AI, terrified that an AI system might enslave or destroy humanity.  If an AI is smart enough to think for itself, then it can learn to care, become wise, to become a philosopher.  I see endless possibilities for positive applications of AI, for instance running all the accounting, inventory and records of a hospital, freeing up the time of medical staff to care for their patients.

Caring about animal welfare

As individuals it is down to us to look after animals.

I define sustainability as action in harmony with nature, which includes how I or my business treat animals.

I define sustainability as action in harmony with nature, which includes how I or my business treat animals.

As so-called consumers each of us influence how government or corporate treats animals.  Tesco, a British food retail corporate, planned to shoot a wild bird flying around one of its shops, but a consumer outcry forced it to use alternative capture methods.  I could have stopped buying from Tesco had it shot the bird.

For six months I have been experimenting with a Facebook account in order to stay in contact with the creative industry in my town of Colchester.  This experiment came to an end today when I closed my Facebook account due to Facebook allowing content associated with the torture of animals.

My personal company now has an animal policy which means it will refuse to work with either customers, suppliers or investors who causes or supports the suffering of animals.  One potential customer I will refuse to work with under this policy is Colchester Zoo which for instance unnecessarily in my opinion shot three wolves last year that it allowed to escape.  In addition my company might employ animals rather than machines in some of its activities, and such animals would be treated as like an employee, with a focus on positive incentives, health and happiness of the animal.

What is prosperity?

Prosperity: abundance; happiness; health.

I captured a visual metaphor what prosperity is to me: abundance; happiness; health.

I captured a visual metaphor of what prosperity is to me: abundance; happiness; health.

My apple tree and cat provided me a good visual opportunity to show my readers what prosperity is to me.

Abundance is the first quality of prosperity.  My apple tree produced many huge apples which presented a problem of what to do with them all.  The apple in the photo relative to my cat Pebbles is the sort of apples that grew in such abundance in my garden.

Happiness is the second quality of prosperity.  The face of Pebbles my cat in the photo says it better than words of a happy contented cat.

Health is the third and final quality of prosperity.  Pebbles my cat is eleven-years-old, she is an old cat, but she is a healthy cat.  Pebbles has a healthy appetite; can defend her territory against other cats (if she can be bothered); makes it clear to her younger rival Helix she is the Alpha cat; and her climbing skills are impressive.

Prosperity comes from working in harmony with nature.