I recently went through something of an internal crisis, regarding the purpose and intent of Permagora. A controversial article I wrote brought up lots of debate, and many of my most trusted allies cautioned me that my thinking was going askew and that my perspective was going to alienate me from my readers. At the very least, I was advised, I should just leave controversial issues alone and focus on permaculture and positive actions. One of my main goals with Permagora is to document positive ideas and solutions, yet I can’t see any way around the fact that radically redesigning our society is only possible if we can agree on and collectively understand the problems. Often, even people who agree with me about the need to make major changes in our world feel that my diagnosis of the problem is too extreme, too radical, and is somehow not good to discuss.
Many people do not want to believe that so many of our problems might be the result of a very well-organized, long-running conspiracy against humanity, and by refusing to consider that it could be so, they fail to see how so many of the social and political problems we face all share the same root cause. Everything has been compartmentalized, and people are putting lots of energy into fighting individual causes, often at odds with each other in the process, and often at the expense of the larger goal of freeing humanity from tyranny. When I suggest that this is the case, I am met with strong resistance and criticism, and my concerns about who is actually responsible for things here on Earth is not taken very seriously.
I feel that war, poverty, and destruction of the environment are the primary problems we face, and that they’re all related. In fact, I think they all arise from the same source, and if we wanted to describe them with one word, we could say the root of the problem is oppression. Dropping bombs on innocents overseas is oppression. Caste systems are oppressive. Racism is oppressive. Factory farms and clear-cutting forests are forms of oppression. But who exactly is responsible for this oppression? It’s not a clear cut, easy answer, but there must be culpable parties. Oppression has been institutionalized, but who runs those institutions? Many people fight against institutionalized oppression, but no matter how much we rail against them, no matter how much protest or petition, things will never change unless we identify the people responsible. Not to say that we as individuals do not have to take our share of responsibility, figuring out how we participate in oppression and making changes in our own lives, but even if all the common folks in the world did this, things will not change unless we follow this rot to the source and cut it out there. We cannot redesign our society until we understand the current design, and who has put it into place.
I ask you my friends, why we can’t redesign our society? Why can’t we end the rule of corruption and institute a fair system for all of us to share space on this planet? My thesis is that we can; that we must. It is our responsibility. Yet who actually believes we can? Who has a vision for how we could end poverty, war, and environmental degradation? It seems to me that very few people think very much or think very seriously about these matters, perhaps being under the assumption that these problems are too big to even consider, that there is nothing we can do about it.
Permagora exists to cover all the people I meet who are doing something about it, and to discuss different ideas as to what sorts of things work. Its purpose is to promote the idea that we can change all of these things about our world, and to encourage people to take part in the process. I do not claim to have all the answers, nor am I applying to be the master architect of the way that the world should be, but I have a very powerful imagination, and I have been studying the various forms of new paradigm emergence for many years, so my perspective is informed enough for me to feel justified in presenting a case.
My case is an exhortation and a plea for us all to take responsibility for ourselves and our impact on the earth. To dare to believe in a peaceful, abundant world, and stop telling ourselves stories about how that will never happen.
If you want a change of pace from the usual “human nature is just that way” and “law of the jungle” kind justification for why there will always be injustice and war, then gather round my friends. For I am going to tell a story of a different kind of world. I will spin the tale of the scrappy band of humans who survived the collapse of a global empire and took a bombed out, bloodstained, weather battered rock and fashioned a paradise of unimaginable wealth, beauty, and human happiness. This is a tale of a totally different kind of society, where people are free, all transactions are voluntary, and everybody understands that we all benefit from being kind to each other.
I have been to this world, both in my imagination and in moments of my life, when I am around the some of the many people out there who already live this way. Call it the aloha, the new paradigm, the Rainbow Family of Living Light, the peace that passeth understanding, or call it the culture of conscious awakening. It is happening. Pockets of the world that will be already exist, all over the planet. So many people have been quietly preparing the way, creating both the infrastructure and the social relationship model on which the new culture will be based.
I have only just begun to discover the many people and places participating in this transformation, and I intend to continue seeking them out and creating content that covers their projects and ideas. And as I walk this path, I welcome participation, feedback, and dialogue. I want to honor all the hard work people have done and are doing, but I also want to propose a radical upping of our game, in our networking with each other and with problem identification and strategy development. We are living in a time of converging catastrophes, and this is very much a matter of life and death. Not just for any one of us, but for all generations to come. We must deal with these problems, and we have to work together to do it.
So what are we waiting for? It seems to me we’re all just struggling to get by, barely able to spare a few moments to even think about the problems that threaten our world. And even those who are passionate about change seem to be fighting for specific causes, with much focus on certain issues and little attention paid to the overarching nature of the problem. Even when those issues are valid and those causes noble, it seems like all we’re doing is punching at a tar baby when we protest, when we march, when we invest effort in the current political system to enact change.
We have yet to have an international conversation about the biggest problems we face in the world, and how we go about solving them. I want these conversations to take place, and I want to see a symposium of diverse minds agreeing upon key problems and discussing possible cultural trends that could begin the work of solving them. Many who know me only roll their eyes when I get on a rant with a new audience, my passion and intensity blasting like loud music. Some find it most distasteful that I continually want to talk about identifying and solving these monumental problems that threaten our very existence. I am sorry my friends, that this is so hard. I am sorry to be messenger who won’t shut up about it, but I don’t feel like we have any choice. I am here to say that we sit on the brink of either destruction or rebirth, and I believe that it is my life’s work to promote a path of regeneration, of restoration. Healing, harmonizing, and reconnecting, with each other, with our world, and with the divine dream within which all our dramas and exploits are playing out.
I have never been one to turn down a debate on a topic that I know something about. I don’t think arguing or fighting is constructive, but proper debate is very healthy, and I invite it, on any of the ideas I espouse. I value debate for two reasons. 1.) I want to learn something. If my ideas have blind spots, I want to know. If there are factors that I haven’t considered, I want to account for them. I am fairly confident that my reasoning is correct, but I need the critical minds of others to help refine the vision I am working so hard to believe in and manifest. 2.) I want you to learn something. I wouldn’t be promoting these ideas if I didn’t think they were good, or if I thought everybody already knew all of this.
A major factor in our global crisis is that far too few people have any idea what is really going on. The illusions of our modern culture are very hypnotic, and a great many highly pertinent facts and truths have been kept hidden for so long that even people who are educated, intelligent, and consider themselves well informed may not have any idea about what has been going on behind the scenes for generations. It’s not a personal attack against you to bring information to your attention, even if it’s controversial or unpleasant. I am not going around looking for all that’s wrong with the world, either. It’s only logical that achieving solutions depends entirely on properly defining the problem, and the problem, at its core, is very disturbing. For that, I am sorry.
But we can get through this. Even if it’s true that psychopaths run the world using ancient sciences of control, valuing human life as mere chattel, performing sacrifices, profiting from slavery, and waging endless war; and even if it’s true that they are already in the process of rounding us up into high tech prisons and killing off all but a fraction of us whom they deem useful; we can still act. We can still free ourselves from the bondage into which the insane rulers have ensnared us. We can stop buying their scheme and start supporting causes that are aligned with freedom, justice, and ecological persistence. We can turn their channel off, making them obsolete. We just need to get beyond the programming they have given us, starting with the belief that things simply have to be this way. It is a total myth that human culture cannot function without coercive hierarchies. That we cannot all thrive, all live in an ecologically balance way. I know that we can, and I am inviting you to participate in the living experiment of making it happen.
So buckle up my friends, for this is a wild ride. I am having a lot of fun so far, and I hope that we can all enjoy this ride together, no matter the outcome. But I’ll tell you something. If I was writing the story, the outcome would look something like this…