[permaculture] On an ethics of permaculture,
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Fri Aug 6 06:40:01 EDT 2010
Thanks for posting this Steve; it should, in some form, be included in
modern permaculture design courses as it is classic information. You
write really well with a calm voice of common sense and reason and
On 8/6/2010 5:21 AM, steve read wrote:
> Often wondered where this "fair shares" ethic got into PmC , I
> understand that its a funky soundbyte but for me philosophically and
> practically its very different to the original "3rd"ethic as put forward
> by Mollison in the designers manual , where also he expounds the "Life
> ethic" of which we hear perhaps too little when PmC ethics are discussed .
> The same thing can I feel be said of the famous zone system where I
> often here about zone 00 and zone 6 and 7 , the things talked about for
> zone 00 seeming not only out of place in an approach created for
> efficient physical placement of elements in a design but also that they
> are more effectively discussed through the ethic of People care , me
> being people too . 6 and 7 just sound like a load of old guilding the
> lily nonsense to me .
> earthcare --- work with nature not against, be part of nature and not
> seperated from it in my mind --- enabling the ability to select the
> appropriate techniques and strategies adapted to the Place , not pushing
> or forcing a pre-conceived favourite design model to make the Place fit
> it .
> Peoplecare --- work with human nature and culture not against ---
> enabling the use of the attractive force , guiding in an awakened way ,
> not pushing or forcing the people to fit a pre-conceived personal mental
> model . Loving them , loving myself .
> Limit population --- showing our understanding of population doubling
> times and ecological carrying capacities , and also our PmC willingness
> to examine and discuss sensitive issues
> Limit consumption --- of those things destructive to planetary and
> personal health , simply good sense and if coupled to discussions around
> abundance and appropriate consumption a very positive message is imo put
> foward .
> Give away surplus --- frankly I'm not in PmC to create "just enough" so
> that it has to be "shared out fairly" , I try to guide the design of
> systems that will produce "too much" an excess to be given away in the
> same way as an apple tree "gives away" those kilos of apples each year .
> Yes in the short term distribute these surpluses in a fair way until we
> all have surpluses , but I'm not in this for the short term . Give away
> surplus for me being the main ethic with a sub-clause 're-distribute in
> an awakened manner' .
> Life ethic --- that all forms of life have the right to exist and their
> place in the Whole , often with a place and rôles not understood by us .
> I imagine thats all old hat for most people on this list but I felt like
> writing it up anyway . Also to make the point that over these years of
> designing and teaching I've come to appreciate to what point PmC comes
> across as a secular Way for many people which has helped me understand
> the often strong reactions that people can have during courses and when
> being guided to unfold their own designs .
> Steve Read
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