[permaculture] defining permaculture

Tommy Tolson healinghawk at earthlink.net
Sat Jun 23 01:37:28 EDT 2007

Roxann Phillips wrote:
> That's about how I feel about cutting trees. The balance of our property
> is heavily wooded and home for the wildlife, not us. The part we are
> using amounts to about 10 acres for the horses and an acre for gardens
> and household. The rest will stay wild. I'm constantly guarding it
> against marauding cows from the neighbor.
>  Roxann, Kingston AR, zone 6b
This post furnishes lots of traction for pondering Permaculture politics.
You didn't move to the forest expecting to feed yourself, did you? 
I'm asking, not saying you did. 
If you did, though, Bill Mollison calls that a type-one error. 
The land doesn't belong to you. 
You belong to the land. 
The land produced your species from bacteria, the same as every other 
Your fancy papers representing ownership (private property legitimates 
itself with the logical fallacy of dominion) mean nothing to nature.  
What are the horses used for that they rate a 10-acre clearing in the 
How are nature's cougar and wolves treated?
Is thwarting the will of nature on the land still, so far in time 
removed from the Nearings, no more than a cause for regret? 
Why is meeting nature on the land not instead a call to transform into 
usefulness to nature?
Pond scum is more useful to nature than nearly every human living in the 
It should not be this way. 
Permaculture calls us to join nature in creating life support systems, 
not to continue our illusion of dominion over nature. 
When will the I/Other binary opposition lose its illegitimate acceptance? 
The I/Other binary opposition is neither logically justified nor 
ecologically possible.
Can one ever hold power over their source?

Tommy Tolson
Austin, TX

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