Please Share Your GW Adventures (Help Is Available To Post Them)
Recently GW member Denys posted this:
"Honestly most of the stuff on green wizardry here isn't about people's experiences and practices. There's a lot of reposting of articles from other places on internet, and lots of opinion and thoughts of what's next. It occurs to me as a place where people are in the stands watching the game versus on the court playing it. I stop in when I think of it mostly to see what is going on. I guess you could say I'm watching the game by flipping through the banners so even more of a distance. I myself have been too busy starting the seedlings, getting garden beds ready, and the thousand and one other tasks of spring. I successfully started enough enchinacea I'll have plenty to sell and I'm excited about that."
In many ways I agree with Denys about this place is alot about discussion of the shape of the world and trends and situations we are seeing in them. That seems par for the course, the people attracted to Green Wizardry, those who recognize that Collapse is happening and who are regulars of the ArchDruid Report's comment section have struck me as being mostly introverts.
Hesitant to share their personal lives.
I do not think that those same people are not walking the talk and doing what they can to prepare themselves.
Its a hard thing to stand up and take the place of a teacher. To document what you are doing, take the time from a busy schedule to write it up, post it and then worry people will go "OMG you are so WRONG!"
Let me assure you, no one here will look down on you, trying to share what you are doing.
I will say this, I'm enough of an attention hog that even if most, or even if all of you stop posting, then I will still blog and post here about my just beginning project to build a tiny home as a workshop, office and home in my sister's backyard here in St Louis.
With lots of pictures...lol, just not this week. Seems my tree people just showed up this morning at my sister's and when I got their message and called them they were like, "Mr Trammel, we are just about finished cutting down your tree".
And me without my camera!!!!
In the next few days I will post the second part of my "Thinking In Systems" series of posts.
I will also over the next month begin my ongoing series of posts on retrofitting my sister's existing home for living in the Collapse. Few people can do what I plan on doing, build from the ground up BUT many of you can and should begin to think of ways you can repair your present homes, so they are more energy efficient, easier to mantain, and will provide for you and your family in harsh times ahead.
Now just why more tutorials and how tos aren't being posted may be that YOU, budding green wizard that you are, just doesn't know HOW to share.
If you have questions or hesitations, and think its just too complicated or that your information is trivial, please take a chance and send me a message here. I've written for decades as an instructor and will happily help you put together your message, AND we here at Green Wizards have access and the ability to host your pictures.
Pictures are good. Let me know and I will edit them and make the link available for you to include in your post. As well as help you with editing and other suggestions on getting the things you have learned out there so others can too.
Please feel free to share what you are doing to prepare for the Collapse, even the smallest step can help others who are just starting out.
And to Denys personally, on the one hand you fault others here for not taking the time to share their "experiences and practices", and on the other make the excuse you are to busy yourself to do what you fault others for not.
I worked 62 hours at my job last week, including Saturday, managed to get a tree removed, paid my local, state and federal taxes (ok I procrastinate), took down another 16 feet of my sister's old fence in preparation for a new one, registered one of my cars for tags and plates, did groceries and laundy as well as took the Cat into see the Vet (she's going deaf) AND still somehow I still found time to post here.
I doubt Denys that your intention was to come off as judgmental as you sounded, so I will just say I look forward to your post on "How to grow Enchinacea and sell it for profit" soon. Just what kind of vegetable is a enchinacea and why are people willing to pay for it?
Unless YOU personally are stepping up to educate others yourself, don't fault those who don't either.
Me, you can find fault with anytime, I can take criticism.
I just wanted to add a few thoughts on this:
"Honestly most of the stuff on green wizardry here isn't about people's experiences and practices. There's a lot of reposting of articles from other places on internet, and lots of opinion and thoughts of what's next."
I wonder if you and I don't see Green Wizardry differently Denys.
I think its easy for people to read Greer and his thoughts on the coming Collapse and the World that will be there during it, and think that world will be like the 1800s. Most of us in farmsteads and simpler living, perhaps some as craftspeople bartering their wares and skills.
Yes it will but in 40-50 years, if not 100-150 years. Personally I think the longer time frame is more likely.
The World in Collapse at least in the next decade or two, which frankly is all we can reasonably prepare for, is going to be alot like this one, only Harsher and with less treats.
Its going to be a world with self driving cars delivering things to people living in shanty leantoos under bridges and in abandoned buildings. Its going to be a world with 50% unemployment, and what employment you do get will be like the gig economy work that we see now. No benefits and low pay.
Its going to be a world that you learn how to salvage those same abandoned buildings of stuff to help your extended family survive, be it improving your "squat", or to sell on in the underground economy. Its going to be a world where children of the 99% living on the meager Basic Living Allowance our 1% overloads, be them fake democratic officials or outright dictatorial overloads bribe us with to keep the pitchforks away, will be taught in open air classrooms without any thing like today.
It will be too a place I hope is full of joy and happiness for some of us.
I have no idea what skills Green Wizards living in that World will need. I expect them to be a mix of old skills and new. Of some things we learn here today from books of long ago, and some of things we have no idea of from tomorrow.
So maybe its ok for us to all sit around the campfire for a while, swapping stories and home brewed beer as we try and see where we are all headed.
Especially considering the shock of Trump being elected recently.
If YOU, or anyone else would like to take up the "Talking Stick:" and share what you are doing, I'm sure we would be happy to listen.