Seems a while now since I wrote anything, and then it was only to voice my at being ripped off by the Spanish Post Office (CORREOS), a battle which still continues. This one is more like my old self. ln fact it is the same old message, only this time will probably irritate even more people. Though this is not my intention, so please bear that in mind before posting any negative or nit-picking replies, they will only be deleted.
My inspiration came from a film/ DVD kindly sent by a friend (who having shelled out £25 for it, sight unseen, probably wants to try and recoup some of that), entitled: wetheuncivilised. A documentary made by two young people from Lewes (E Sussex), who set out in a van to seek an alternative way of living in the UK, and on the way paid a visit to friends and communities, interviewing, plus having an unexpected baby. All apart from the last bit, just up my street. Especially living in a van (though I have to say ours was much better fitted-out, see the photos: https://elpocito.wordpress.com/living-in-a-van-nomadism/). Likewise I have a strong interest in finding or setting up a community of like-minded souls. Anyway, based solely on the wonderful packaging it came in, I was really looking forward to watching this.
The film however is a total disaster. And in so many ways. Including: having no real story or direction/ its main two protagonists lacking any credibility/ constant side-tracks and padding with clips from other sources/ appalling camera-work/ inane soundtrack/ boring (well over-long at 141 interminable minutes)/ plus incredibly self-indulgent (rather like being forced to watch a neighbour’s holiday videos). Though the biggest howler of all was the contribution from the (and I quote) grass-roots activists and leading figures of the UK ecological movement. All of whom are esteemed and respected beacons of the ecology movement, some of them for decades. Yet total embarrassing, because what they had to offer was ego/ human-centric, total claptrap, or simply unintelligible, like listening to a foreign language. Their worst crime being none of them mentioned, or even appeared to realise, the two major issues facing us right now.
Namely, overpopulation by our species, and the environmental impact of money.
At this point I would like to introduce a chart to try and give an idea of the scale this represents, because I still don’t think people actually get how far we’ve moved away from what is/ was normal. I’ve chosen just the period from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, which is when we really started to lose the plot.
|year||UK population||world population||UK household income (annual)|
|1700||6 m||0.6 b||£12.75|
|1800||16.3 m||1 b||£27.55|
|1900||41.6 m||1.6 b||£52|
|2000||58.8 m||6 b||£20,000|
|2017||65.5 m||7.5 b||£35,000|
Population. All life on this planet has a definable sustainable limit to its numbers. This is managed instinctively and allows for a maximum diversity of species to exist/ develop, as well as protect the (finite) natural resources of the planet. This is difficult concept to grasp/ justify, I know, it implies there is some kind of shared intelligence among all life (or over us), but as we are the only species known to have deviated from this pattern there must be something to the idea. Anyway, just in terms of being totally dependent on a diverse ecology for life itself it is necessary we abide by this rule.
For whatever reason we chose to disregard it and increase in numbers, especially after so many millions of years while our numbers remained low and stable, the effect was that other species then started to suffer and die out, this happened from (around) 8000 BC. Slowly at first, then speeding up exponentially when those who rule over us began wholesale enslavement of the entire human race with the Industrial Revolution. Since then it has continued to increase in speed, but with an equal destructive effect being wrought simultaneously by the spending of money.
These two indices therefore are the only reliable measure of ecological meltdown.
So why aren’t we doing something about it?
I think we were, or at least the ecology movement was getting their message across. That is, until the advent of internet and mobile phones (around 2000), when vested interest regained the advantage. Since then all information has been under their control, to keep reinforcing their message that procreation and spending are good (for them). It is only those (shades of FARENHEIT 451) who remain disconnected that are able to think differently. See the obvious comparison between the seemingly limitless buying opportunities of today, their effect on the planet, and the much better life of our forebears who had nothing by comparison.
At the end of the film I stepped outside, out onto the patio of El Pocito, from which there is a very steep slope downwards, so you are looking out onto a 180 degree vista which stretches into infinity, nothing but countryside as far as the border with Portugal. The sun was directly in front, casting its golden glow directly into the house. And what I saw/ felt then was something never experienced/ appreciated before. The dogged belief that had kept us searching for a different kind of life for over twenty-five and more years, had finally earned me a place in paradise. There is no other way to describe it. And I wouldn’t swap the highest salary for this. Hard to explain, but there are ways to live an incredibly fulfilling and beautiful life without spending (any) money or procreating. And if we all chose them instead, then maybe we could save the planet.
Visitors welcome any time, to experience the difference.