Cultural Narratives

Eric (@blankey) 8 years, 10 months ago

The current cultural narrative is that we need to commute to a job to then receive a thing called money to then rush back home to then use that said money for the home and, of course, the needs to survive like food and energy and such (and our “wants” as we do live in an advertising consumeristic culture). However, I see a different option, a much more harmonious option. Currently, there is an extraction from a large percentage of the population here on Earth to then feed a rather small percentage of the population so that small percentage can have A LOT more and that large percentage can have A LOT less. Look around you. Look at the entirety of our planet, not just our nation either. This is currently happening and to me it is beyond horrific.

Although, I see a different option. With the advent of sustainable technologies that enable us to produce food year long (indoors), generate our own energy, and not to mention with the help of permaculture and the likes, we now have the ability to live much more simply, off the land. I know this is hard to wrap your mind around, even for me, but it would not even require a job once put in place.

I’ve always found it odd that we need a job to “survive” in this society and yet that very job has literally nothing to do (varies depending on what you do I suppose) with your survival directly but rather indirectly through money. It’s like we go to work to “take care” of others but then go back home and use that money we got taking care of others to then be “taken care of” by others. And by taken care of I don’t mean literally but I think you get what I’m saying… anyways. Why can’t that be our job? Working directly with nature and in-turn helping and working with yourself. And in my opinion (and I am sure science’s if we were to conduct an experiment of stress levels of those who work a 9-5 job and those who live off the land) a much less stressful and simple life.

December 4, 2013 at 11:46 pm
see-saw (0) (@see-saw) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

That’s the basis for the agrarian model used by mankind until…the Industrial revolution I think (except for the few elites in society). Farming the land is not pretty or romantic. There’s necessities we’ve deemed to be ‘basic’ (electricity, roads, houses, appliances, etc), and I think in general, global trade has made life much more convenient and enjoyable (ie. can you imagine building your own computer from raw materials,weaving your own cotton, melting and molding your own glass, plastic, metal, build your own house, fix your own plumbing, etc? Walk around the house and you’ll need to think about how to build each and every item by yourself from raw materials. There’s a lot we take for granted. A T-shirt travels the world before we nab it from H&M or wherever for $7) But I think there’s a lot of options if you’d rather pursue the agrarian lifestyle and ok with the limitations it places on you and your children. Other people enjoy being able to eat tropical fruit and enjoy fine wine all year round, get whatever they need from a retailer or artisan, collect art, etc in exchange for their labor, whether manual or intellectual. Different people have different desires.

Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@see-saw, What I am proposing is taking the power back into your own hands. Right now we depend on culture. We have given up our power to ideologies and culture.

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