Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

a question looking for an answer...

Elsewhere in this blog, Kent posed this question: "There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that modern capitalist life ruins everything: the environment, the lives of others, etc, I admit. But it's more overwhelming to try and live any other way. How do you do it? How can you do it?"

That's a killer question, Kent. It's still got me stumped.

I'd really love some input from readers on this one...

In the meantime, Kent, I'm still grappling with it.


Anonymous Guy said...

With great bloody difficulty I think. That's not to say it can't be done, but it probably involves cutting yourself off from a lot of society.

If you've got some friends who think the same way that would probably make things slightly easier.

August 10, 2005 7:56 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Guy, yes, by going feral one can do it. And a few are. But I'm not talking about a few "outsiders" making futile gestures, I'm asking the whole of the developed world to question their capitalist ethics and to alter their lifestyle to something less selfish and mores sustainable. And pigs will fly no doubt.

August 11, 2005 10:19 PM  
Blogger BigBob said...

Check out a book by David Holmgren - Permaculture - Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability.

A good read from one of the originators of Permaculture.

Whatever you think of Permaculture itself, this book is pretty insightful.

August 12, 2005 7:36 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

BigBob, sorry for the delay. I took my eye off the ball.

Now, about that book - my partner is interested in permaculture, I'll alert her to that title.

Have you seen the documentary "The End Of Suburbia"?

August 16, 2005 10:51 PM  
Blogger BigBob said...

Me, I'm just not disciplined enough to do Permaculture properly - I just play at the edges.

Missed the documentary - I don't watch much television.

August 17, 2005 9:05 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Bigbob, the doco is a DVD put out by a Canadian mob. I saw it at a Blue Mountains Conservation Society evening.
You can read a review of it [here]

August 18, 2005 11:27 PM  

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