Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sustainable Living

It is a stormy night here in deep south Alabama. It got me to surfing about for information on my favorite passion, "sustainable living".

Anyway... I was just thinking about how wonderful it would be if everyone started to live and work together in a sustainable fashion in areas with-in their own towns or counties...certainly no larger than counties. Sort of like in the old fashioned times when you had your farmers, your general store, your baker, butcher, blacksmith, doctor, etc., etc.. Everyone had a place and was able to sustainably live with-in these small communities through barter, trade, and a bit of money through selling whatever they had to sell.

This system worked so well and one of the reasons it worked so well is there was not a lot of competition. Why? Because there was not an overly large population.

People cannot stand it when you start to talk about controlling human populations for some reason. Even though it makes total sense and would solve so many of today's problems, to bring it up in this country is all but taboo. You would better be able to talk of something as deplorable as incest as to talk about controlling the size of ones family.

Until we wake up and see that this is as necessary as controlling over-run animal populations with neutering or spaying, our numerous problems cannot be fixed nor will they go away. And by the way...I'm "fixed". I saw the need way back in the early 70's that people had to stand up to the plate and take responsibility for their procreation abilities. I just wish that more people would have thought as I did and do.

1 comment:

Leigh said...

I dunno. It seems to me that the general mindset was different back then. Today everything is focused on profit. There's no sense of providing a service for the community and being content with just making a living. Today there is a constant push toward having more: more money, more things, more prestige, more leisure, more ... you name it! Folks back then were more content with their lives and consequently more willing to live a community size sustainable lifestyle. Let's face it, true sustainable living requires disengagement from consumerism. It means learning to do without all the gizmos and gadgets, and just focusing more on the important things like food, shelter, and meaningful work.