hey guys and gals
have now settled back into the life style i had before my china trip, though still far from reviving my savings! this is both a good and bad thing.
i have learned to just live day by day, slowly but surely working through the various problems that are continuously hurled at me like rocks at an expensive car. we have a sale on at the shop at the moment though, so its pretty hectic and work a plenty. fun fun fun!
going through my Facebook feed, lately ive been finding a lot of "living off the grid" posts and articles, which are really starting to annoy me. don't get me wrong; solar power and home grown veggies are amazing. unless you ask my mate Paul who is muscle to his wife's brain, and can be commonly found digging up, moving and planting various plants and seedlings on his day off when he'd rather be sitting on the couch playing Xbox in his pants.
and this is my point.
self sustaining is not the peaceful hippie lifestyle that people make it out to be. its hard, often literally back breaking labour, where instead of living in a place where food is provide on mass in a local shop, you could find yourself (and potentially your family) with empty plates and stomachs. which brings me to a theory of sorts the aforementioned Muscle Paul explained me.
self-sustaining, in a long term situation, is impossible. bear with me here.
say you manage to get your solitary solar powered log cabin and veggie patch and milk cow all up and running in the wilderness. you now live your life seemingly free from anyone's rules but your own. until that is mother nature plays her hand. a bad frost, heavy storm, drought or damaging winds could destroy your crop and/or home. now remember that "solitary" part? thats the problem you now find your self in. your crops are dead, you have missed the season for growing for the year. you now have to brave a year with no crops. no crops means no food. no food means starvation. sure you have prepared for this with stores of food, but that can only last for so long. what if the same happens again next season, and the season after that? see the issue?
Muscle Paul had solution for this though. A community. A small group of people grow food for the whole community instead of just their own family. maintain the Community as a central idea rather than being self sufficient. Funnily enough there is a name for this already.
Ok so its not totally communism, but the idea that everyone is working for the survival of the community is still present. relying on others to help you and vise versa. everyone is equal in status and everyone gets an equal part of the pie.
In a perfect world, this would work, but sadly we don't live in a perfect world. Semi Environment/Political rant complete!
Photo wise not much to say. I've posted more shots from china, plus a couple more from random shoots. Also i've participated in a contest in ThemedGroup
. Voting closes August 28th, please contribute not just for me but for all entrants! I'm also looking another overseas trip, despite my depressing savings account. Its a volunteer program where you can help out in various countries around the globe. Sounding like a perfect photo op, I'm giving it a go!
Carnival of flowers is just around the corner too, so expect photos of people dressed in flowers, storm trooper costumes and everything in between.
Right, I've got work early, so hitting the hay!