Thursday, May 26, 2011

Never New

I've decided to buy nothing new for 6 months. With the exception of food (until I Skip dive) and services.

Essentially I have found myself moaning to all and sundry about how our social structure is inherently inhumane and big business and government support this inhumanity. Yes I've ruined quite a few parties with this line but the most consistent response I get is 'What's the alternative?'. Its a pretty big question to answer, we've tried a lot of 'isms' that have all had their flaws and if measured by how 'humane' it is, its hard to find a single large social structure in the western world that isn't a failure.

So if modern society is run by proxy by corporate interest and by extension the measure of success is the size of the figure in the bottom right hand column of quarterly finance reports, it sure isn't the welfare of its members. This model doesn't care about people, it doesn't see the humanity in others, it has no empathy and encourages us only to oil its machine by being consumers, good little cash cows. Its important to realise that ALL systems support this model; economic, health, media, education, law and most of all finance. To these systems we are all just more meat for the machine. In short, they're psychos...


They are a lot of people and groups who have come to this conclusion and consequently there are as many approaches to dealing with and pushing for change. I don't in anyway support violent approaches change. It only creates more brutality and brings all involved down to the lower aspect of ourselves.

The answer is this, create your own economy. What I call the 'Never New principle' or FMCG (yes that is an ironic marketing joke)

  • Find the others.
  • Make, recycle, repair.
  • Consume less.
  • Get on with it.



Find the others.
Just like Timoty Leary said "Find the others". In your town or neighbourhood there are groups of people with similar ideas and similar desires to see positive change. Justfortheloveofit.org for example is a geo targeted free economy community. People exchange skills, and share tools and equipment without any fee whatsoever.
Make, recycle, repair.
Not only is it good fun, it means your house/flat doesn't look like a crappy Ikea showroom. Its not that hard and there are loads of sites with tutorials to help you make and do.

Consume less
There are two aspects to this. The first is to consume less mass media. All it is bullshit to distract you from the reality of what's going on with circus sideshows like X-Factor, BGT, America's next top model, TOWIE, Peter Andres, Kerry Katona, the list goes on and on and is incrementally depressing. Don't watch it, watch the countless places online where you can choose what you want to watch. All this crap does is support the type of consumerism that splits the individual from self awareness, in that it promotes the external location of happiness. This media and the countless celeb gossip magazines do the same thing the re-enforce the same message
"You are a little person, You have no value because you are not famous. You are not attractive enough. Wealth and consumption is true happiness."
People buy this shit and why not? they are bombarded with sophisticated re-enforcements of this message again and again daily. Don't bother with it, choose your media.


Get on with it
Its all there.  The benefits are you can become less useless and actually have an idea which is the business end of a hammer, pride in what you've created, the enjoyment of creating it and save money in the process without supporting big business and its barbaric systems. So pull your finger out and get on with it. You don't have to move into a squat and train yourself to like punk music to do this. Its a choice, not an easy one but nothing of value ever comes easy.

Resources:
http://www.freecycle.org/
http://www.swapstyle.com/
http://www.justfortheloveofit.org/
http://www.craftynest.com
http://www.curbly.com
http://www.instructables.com
http://www.diynetwork.com/
http://www.howtodothings.com
http://www.emoware.org/dumpster-diving/

Friday, May 20, 2011

Joe Rogan tells it like it is




Sunday, May 1, 2011

Marcin Jakubowski on Open source Ecology

This remarkable man exhibits exactly the kind of thinking that could transform life on this planet.



For more information check out the site here http://openfarmtech.org/weblog/