The good life

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Mae West

There is so little that you need to have a joyous life.

Gratitude for what you have.

An opportunistic, make it work attitude.

Some people you care about and who care about you.

A little food, some water and somewhere to shelter from the rain.

Everything else is a distraction.

What Ebola teaches us about resilient communities and the true value of simple living

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ebola is making the news now that it is threatening white people. Wasn’t an issue when it was brown faces. We tend not to think about things like how Africa people can remain so poor, hungry and disease threatened when it is a continent of incredible mineral wealth.

Now that Ebola is out of Africa it is a world problem that is worthy of news column inches. Every 50 or 100 years we get these cycles of cataclysm or pandemic that upsets humanity on an unprecedented scale. So how ready are we for the next big community shaking event?

Do me a favour and climb up onto the roof of your house or apartment building. Look around.

Do you see any fields, farms, running water or do you live in an urban desert? 

I see a stream. The water needs to be filtered, but it is drinkable. I live in a forest, with an orchard and vegetable garden. It isn’t fully self sustaining, but it could be. It’s remote enough that it’s unlikely that people would flee here. All in all we have the tools, the skills and the tenacity to live without running water, power, wifi or gas.

How does your family compare? Could you cope in the event that a something (Ebola, a meteor strike or whatever) causes panic behaviour and a major breakdown of social structure. Take a look at New Orleans. Folks were eating each other in 4 days. Four days!

Something happens. People flee the city – to where? The hills. Another city? Hyperinflation makes paper money worthless. What can you do for yourself now the market isn’t available to solve all your problems?

Personal security will be an issue. How would you protect yourself and your family? An especially important question if you are a non-violent pacifist that would struggle to harm, mame or disable a desperate aggressor?

Simple living is something everyone should consider. When bad comes to town its the simple living fellowship that are most likely to pick themselves out of the ashes. In the meantime, through simple living, you will save bucket loads of cash that you can use to free yourself and your family from economic slavery.

The echos of Saturn

“Saturn seems to have impressed the seal of melancholy on me from the beginning”

Marsilio Ficino

The Saturn Myth is worth reading. The video based on the book makes the content more digestible. In both cases the author makes some compelling links between our gods and the visible planets in the sky. It’s worth watching or reading if you are interested in the origins of man and are unencumbered by the dogma of religious beliefs. Once you understand our connection to cosmology, the symbolism of the planet Saturn and the importance of Saturn in prehistory you start to notice all of the modern Saturn references and symbols that pervade our lives. Just take a look at the symbol representing your internet browser if you are using explorer as an example. Certainly companies, banks and the elites are still fascinated with the planet Saturn…and while the church promotes some kind of sky daddy in a toga they are themselves kind of obsessed with Saturn and Saturn symbology. Who’s this fella in the Saturn hat…

Why are all these Muslim fellas worshiping around a black cube (a Saturn symbol)? Anyone with a half curious mind might want to look into this for themself…

As soon as you learn to read the symbols of Saturn you realise the world is so thick with Saturn worship that you wonder why you never heard about it before.