At the breakfast table this morning, there was talk about some recent movie that was intent on how to make the world better. The ideas presented seemed to be the stuff I've heard a thousand times before: there are bad things, so we should
all get together in a huge mass and hope that the bad guys will then stop being bad.
I am glad that there are people
fighting the social justice fight. I do wish I could have a steering wheel over those people and focus them all on one real problem, and once that is solved, to have them focus on the next real problem. Too often it seems to me that they are trying to solve a red herring than a real problem. But I'm open to the idea that they are right and I am wrong - I look forward to seeing how that turns out.
about 98% of it seems, to me, to be wasted human energy.
When I try to think
through the world problems, I think of all the paths that I can travel where I can make a very real difference. Rather than saying "stop the fracking" or "stop polluting wilderness creeks with mercury from burning coal" or "stop destroying rivers with hydro" or "stop putting so much carbon
in the air" .... I think all of those things would not happen if people elected to not give their money to the monsters.
So, over the years, I have put together stuff about how people can save thousands of dollars on energy (the most significant being the stuff about rocket mass heaters, wofati
, and how I cut 87% off my electric heat
bill) - thus less money goes to the monsters. Between all of the bits of information I have presented, I am hoping that I present options where people can live a more luxuriant life for a fraction of the cost - thus less goes to feeding the monsters. Far more progress can be made. Far more progress is happening. Between all of the things I have presented so far, I think it is possible that we could cut global energy use by 70% or more - with a strong focus on a more luxuriant life and/or saving money. And then we have a 70% real world solution.
World hunger: create systems that pump
out food with a tenth the effort (hugelkultur
, swales, adding texture to the landscape ... large scale polyculture gardening
rather than massive scale monocropping). By demonstrating and documenting these techniques, people can save thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars by growing their own. And they then know the REAL story of their food. Rather than depending on corrupt food systems, just grow your own. If a person has a ton of food growing in their yard
, it could save a few trips to the grocery store. And if these techniques become more and more well known, the seeds can get into the hands of people that live in places where food is scarce. If this knowledge can find its way to the global population, then I suspect that we may have ended all world hunger.
Epic, chronic illness ... epidemic levels of cancer: Rather than pouring billions into helping companies come up with a way to get rich off of illness, maybe we should simply explore the idea that a sick person can go to a place that has 97% fewere toxins than where they normally are. If the illness disappears, then doesn't that suggest that a rather obvious path.
This one is still a huge mystery to me, but I suspect that this could be the root
solution to 80% of the people suffering from some illness.
The list of global problems is massive. And I think the reason we see so many people getting angry is because they authentically care. But they seem to get stuck at being angry. A person can spend a hundred hours a week for 20 years being angry and not much changes. But I think if they spend a tiny fraction of that time playing in the permaculture playground, their global positive impact is a thousand times greater.
Nearly all of our global problems are solved with homesteading and permaculture.
A lot of really smart people are trying to engage the bad guys on a rigged playing field. I try to find the solutions to world problems in my backyard, and the backyards of a few others. If I share those solutions prolifically, these ideas might spread. Then, the bad guys and their bad things shrivel up and blow away. This is my strategy for world domination. I hope millions of people will, someday, make it their strategy too.