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Visions of a sustainable future.
“He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have you ever envisioned a better world? a more sustainable future? One where we live from the land by growing our own foods, have our own renewable energy and in this post I go on further with a wonderful gallery down below of Earthen homes.
I envision living in harmony and balance with nature and each other. There is a wonderful documentary about this topic called a simpler way, which can be found here.
I, like many have awoken to envisioning a better world, a sustainable future, a new world that grows in our hearts. One where we grow many key elements such as compassion, empathy, love. I bettered myself and continue to grow these values in myself as I rediscovered myself, as I wrote here How I found my true self in nature.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.― Henry David Thoreau
Yeah, I know many are thinking that this is a hippie’s dream but I believe we have a failed system that is not sustainable and it’s is going to require deep and radical changes in the way we think of ourselves and the way we live our lives with one another and the planet and to release this indoctrinated institutionalized mindset we have conformed to.
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
Another element missing is community. I think organizing and helping one another to create something sustainable is a key factor. Helping, sharing and caring for one another is something that has been lost in what we call civilization.
We must think for ourselves and take the steps to free ourselves for the better good. We can’t keep going down this rabbit hole, living in this illusion that we have conformed to. This is the generation that must take the steps for a better generation moving forward.
Many people around the world have awoken to wanting a more sustainable simpler self-sustaining life, growing their own foods and living off the grid in a tiny home.(Click here for documentary on tiny homes) .
I share that same sentiment as a practitioner of permaculture principles, I want to create a beautiful forest of food of many different tropical fruit trees from all over the world and grow flowers for the wildlife as I would like to create a wildlife sanctuary where birds can find a home in peace and to protect various other species.
Nothing more peaceful and delightful than sitting by plants and watching the bees, birds, butterflies, dragonflies and other wonderful creatures enjoying the abundance of food around while we also enjoy the food and the vibrancy of the beautiful flowers surrounding us.
Ideally I would also like to have natural swimming pools and create a habitat for other wildlife such as frogs and dragon flies. Create a symbiotic relation and gain a connection back to Gaia (Mother Earth).
Connection! I think it is another missing element. Connecting back to the land as we have been so disconnected from this beautiful world and you will find me stating this many times on my website, but I believe that in losing that connection to the Earth that we have lost connection to each other.
We longer have connection to the food we eat as we have settled for imported chemically laced foods and processed food. I always say when you grow your food, you grow it with love. When you prepare your meal with the food you have grown, you make it with love and when you eat it, you taste that love. All a connection, just like we are all connected but see each other as separate not realizing that separation only exists in the mind.
The great challenge of the twenty-first century is to raise people everywhere to a decent standard of living while preserving as much of the rest of life as possible.”Terrance Mckenna
About 5 years ago I first encountered my first picture of an Earthen building and that was a cob structure and that is something I would to build as well as a cob oven.
A Cob house and oven is made from clay, sand and straw that come together to build a thick structure where you build the homes with your very hands and this is having community comes into play as work together as a community to build the home, not only creating a bond with the community but having a connection with your very own home. You build it how you like with the creativity and the power of the mind.
Over the years I have been more interested in other structures as I would now like to live on a bamboo tree house. Up on a tree enjoying some mangos. Yummy!
We could also build straw bale homes as well as build a homes from cannabis hemp as it is stronger than concrete known as hemcrete, which has a low carbon footprint and I believe Cannabis Hemp is the key to a sustainable future, where we could make our own bio-fuel, clothes stronger than cotton The list goes on as to the potential it truly has especially here in Puerto Rico. You can read more on why I think Cannabis hemp could be the new sugar cane for Puerto Rico.
“Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.― Edward O. Wilson
I would love to also have a retreat and how to live in a sustainable way, Build a model that will inspire others around to do the same because too many people are dependent on this failed system we currently have. I would love to see communities within communities growing and all sharing the abundance of food with each other. We need to start producing for each other and share with each other by way of barter or other means.
“Reducing our levels of consumption will not be a sacrifice but a bonus if we simply redefine the meaning of the word ‘success.’”– David Wann
If we keep living this life of materialism and consumerism, we will keep destroying this planet as well as each other. We should strive to live off from the earth as the good earth can provide for us all.
We need a world of caring and sharing. Not of greed and envy. I believe land should be shared among the world as no one really owns the earth. But others don’t see it that way as everything in this world is just a commodity. I proposed in this blog posting entitled Donate land for those who want to grow food which can be seen by clicking here.
“Why should they eat their sixty acres, when man is condemned to eat only his peck of dirt? Why should they begin digging their graves as soon as they are born?”Henry David Thoreau
We are the solution to the problem that they have bestowed upon us. No way of living will ever be perfect and even though it this sounds Utopian, I believe it is far from it as we can choose to live a better life or at least try to, rather than how we currently live in as we live a life enslaved to debt.
“What is the use of a house if you don’t have a decent planet to put it on?”– Henry David Thoreau
Many would say that I want to go back to the way it was before, back in the day. But they fail to see, that it is not about going back. It is about regaining our connection to the earth that we lost.
We lost our ways. People might think we progressed but in reality we regressed. We now have become dependent on corporations and governments to do things for us.
We no longer provide for ourselves. We took the foundation and gave it to them and we now have no leg to stand on. So we are not going back, we would essentially be moving forward.
“Those in power have made it so we have to pay simply to exist on the planet. We have to pay for a place to sleep, and we have to pay for food. If we don’t, people with guns come and force us to pay. That’s violent.”― Derrick Jensen
Again my vision is shared by many and there are many Eco village communities out there and they’re are multiplying, each with a different idea and a different vision.
That’s the beauty of thoughts and ideas and something we desperately need in this world more of. Free the mind from the constraints and think about solutions to move the world forward.
Many would see the cob house or this type of living as living in poverty because all they see is money as richness and having the big fancy house with the nice car in this world of endless competition with each other.
The only richness we need is each other and this beautiful world around us. We must stop being slaves to wages and slaves to debt, stop being dependent on corporations and governments. Let us unify and be one, in solidarity. We must regain our freedom. Our true freedom.
Do you share this same vision?
Do you have a new world in your heart? Do you think the world is alright as it is with its continual exploitation of the land and the people? Do you think we could change this world for the better? I would like to hear from you.
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