[Homestead] Morning musing
genegerue at ruralize.com
Thu Sep 20 10:37:25 EDT 2007
I recently had dinner with friends who are accomplished homesteaders.
They produce a large percentage of what they eat, stay warm with
firewood that they cut, are highly self reliant, and lead a life that
might be a model of sustainability.
Certainly one might blame the beer, but alas, during after-dinner
talk we old friends actually sunk to the level of shouting at each
other as we exchanged and argued over what we think we know about
peak oil, overpopulation, sustainability, inflation, dollar erosion,
and of course politics. Somehow we missed sex and religion.
Driving home I thought about what had occurred. I was appalled and
depressed that otherwise sane and intelligent humans, long-time
friends, could sink so low. So I have been thinking about why it
happened. And I think I know the answer. We are ingesting too much
information. Information is available as never before, more than we
can handle, I think. Among the results are that we believe we are
experts on subjects beyond our former ken. We instinctively know that
knowledge is power and the mass media is happy to profit from that
urge. Alas, "if it bleeds it leads, " and most of the information we
consume today is bloody, awful and highly negative. So-called
journalists compete for consumers of "news" with the most incendiary
subject they can find. No wonder my friends think the sky is falling.
It is said that our physical selves are what we eat. My thought for
the day is that our minds are what we read, watch and listen to.
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