Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Utopia

I believe the utopia we are looking for will be created when technology becomes married to ecology.

My permaculture teacher Andrew Jones said something very close to that to me on my first day of class.

It really has stuck with me and through my soul searching the last couple of years I have come to the conclusion that technology can liberate us from the drudgery of life so we can be free to do other things. Spiritual growth perhaps? Art and Culture? Love? Just be?

Technology is only as good as its creator. So, if we design our system to be ecologically minded, then we can use technology as a tool to enable humans to achieve enlightenment and we can continue living and creating.

This post was inspired after watching the news update from Geoff Lawton. At the end they make him sound like he is against our culture because all it has brought us is more gadgets while being unsustainable. I think Andrew should have a talking to Geoff. Because with that attitude, permaculture will have a hard time gaining traction - unless we DO fully collapse. But I don't think we need to wait to get there in order to have people adopt the concept of a sustainable human habitat.

We CAN have permaculture used throughout society in the western world. It all comes down to politics and our priorities. Right now people are working multiple jobs just to barely get by, and now are losing their jobs. At the same time, we spend hundreds of billions of dollars on military where we are only matched by all other countries COMBINED!

So, I've got an idea for a solution - I'd like to see those that have money or the power to create money to get our priorities straight and start investing into a sustainable future for human civilization.

We need a vision.

Here's a start. Use money for tree planting for food and energy uses and other community improvements that will help us be more self sufficient and sustainable. The food created will save people expenses and money will be made from products and energy created. Subsequently, the money spent on the workers would be spent again by the same workers in their communities. This money would keep on spreading and multiply further. One action will help many.

So I ask all of you, start thinking about what kind of future you want to live in. Please post your responses in the comment sections and talk to others about it. Together we can create a better future.

I'll start.

I'd like to see us living in a world where:

All energy is renewable.
All elements are recycled.
All people are paid living wages.
Education becomes more about mentoring, guidance and real life opportunities.

I'll stop there for now. I think if just those three things are done, a lot of other problems like poverty, crime, pollution, and potentially even many diseases will begin to disappear.