– reasons to be fearful (part 3)

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It used to be a sign of old age when you noticed policemen were getting younger.  For me it’s meeting anyone “alternative” (those interested in living sustainably), and how they now seem to know less and less of what it is all supposed to be about.

Three recent examples.  The first, a clipping from THE GUARDIAN (Saturday, 12 January 2019), written by Patrick Barkham, about veganic farming and the newest miracle-cure for the planet – biocyclic humus (why do they always invent such ridiculous names for these?).  Made from natural materials that would otherwise fall to the ground and provide life for a whole host of creatures and plants underneath, but now is being removed and (unsustainably) processed, destroying that natural diverse habitat, in order to make a product solely for human profit (albeit “green”).  When will those in the alternative movement understand we are not the only creatures on this planet, we are not the most important (there is no hierarchy in nature), and if we want to act appropriately then we should not be destroying the planet for profit, or even to grow our own food, but learning instead how to co-exist with all the other species and enhance the amazing natural diversity they provide, that is the planet Earth.

The second was what at first seemed like very good news.  A lovely young couple in the village, with two small children, have been searching for a place to live and put into practice their permaculture and herbalism skills.  Finally finding it in an abandoned finca/ smallholding on the side of San Cristobel (the local mountain).  Great, except it turns out their very first act (like most adherents of this faith/ ism) upon possession (even that word sounds so wrong) will be to “clean” all the surrounding wilderness with a brushcutter, followed by a celebratory bonfire of this material, to make way for their ideas on “proper” organic husbandry.  I was appalled.  This land has been left untouched for several decades, it has been an opportunity for nature to heal at least one hundred years of previous human abuse, used to feed its owners and provide them with an income, and now when it finally begins to support once again a diversity of true native plants and species, yet another human comes along to make it into a monoculture once again.  What is thriving there now has to be murdered orescape elsewhere.

The phrase (in Spain) “to clean the land” means get rid of all unwanted (by humans) life.  English gardeners and farmers (even organic) take a similar pride in a strict regime of tidiness and order.  I did too, previously owned such tools of mass destruction as a lawn mower/ rotavator/ hedge-trimmer/ chain-saw/ brushcutter.  But not any more.  Now I know better.  The true gardener has no need for any of these.  Instead they tread ever so lightly on the soil, touch nothing except to aid, and celebrate what nature sees fit to sow and grow.

Example three concerns the same young man I mentioned in a previous blog, who visited El Pocito with the idea of turning it into an eco-camping business.  He’s just been back again, providing me with the opportunity to discover more about his idea and experience.  Turns out he is finishing a PhD in Biology.  Which was timely, as I currently have a question about a lemon tree that after ten years of fruiting has just started to provide only oranges, the ideal person to ask why.  However, instead of taking an interest or offering an answer all I got from him was to be told this is not possible, science proves this, end of discussion.  Very strange.  The tree exists, it is real.  Every year it has had lemons, this year only oranges, many people have witnessed it, why then is something tangible and real not possible?  Why?  Because people are growing up fed by the state/ internet, including those who claim to be “alternative”.  Instead of using their own common sense(s).  Aptly illustrated by the fact that there are at least 200 herbs growing at El Pocito, and this (almost) PhD in Biology couldn’t identify a single one.  Yet down in town, anyone who is over 60 (and probably never had any kind of secondary education, let alone further or higher) would not hesitate to tell me which was which, including the appropriate medicinal and other uses.

We are living in a very sad time.  Those who could save the planet are blinkered/ blinded by phone culture, egotism and self-interest, they are driven by the dogma of the media.  We no longer feel any more, or use our natural instincts, understand that life is not just about humans.  We are doomed.

It used to be a sign of old age when you noticed policemen were getting younger.  For me it’s meeting anyone “alternative” (those interested in living sustainably), and how they now seem to know less and less of what it is all supposed to be about.

Three recent examples.  The first, a clipping from THE GUARDIAN (Saturday, 12 January 2019), written by Patrick Barkham, about veganic farming and the newest miracle-cure for the planet – biocyclic humus (why do they always invent such ridiculous names for these?).  Made from natural materials that would otherwise fall to the ground and provide life for a whole host of creatures and plants underneath, but now is being removed and (unsustainably) processed, destroying that natural diverse habitat, in order to make a product solely for human profit (albeit “green”).  When will those in the alternative movement understand we are not the only creatures on this planet, we are not the most important (there is no hierarchy in nature), and if we want to act appropriately then we should not be destroying the planet for profit, or even to grow our own food, but learning instead how to co-exist with all the other species and enhance the amazing natural diversity they provide, that is the planet Earth.

The second was what at first seemed like very good news.  A lovely young couple in the village, with two small children, have been searching for a place to live and put into practice their permaculture and herbalism skills.  Finally finding it in an abandoned finca/ smallholding on the side of San Cristobel (the local mountain).  Great, except it turns out their very first act (like most adherents of this faith/ ism) upon possession (even that word sounds so wrong) will be to “clean” all the surrounding wilderness with a brushcutter, followed by a celebratory bonfire of this material, to make way for their ideas on “proper” organic husbandry.  I was appalled.  This land has been left untouched for several decades, it has been an opportunity for nature to heal at least one hundred years of previous human abuse, used to feed its owners and provide them with an income, and now when it finally begins to support once again a diversity of true native plants and species, yet another human comes along to make it into a monoculture once again.  What is thriving there now has to be murdered or escape elsewhere.

The phrase (in Spain) “to clean the land” means get rid of all unwanted (by humans) life.  English gardeners and farmers (even organic) take a similar pride in a strict regime of tidiness and order.  I did too, previously owned such tools of mass destruction as a lawn mower/ rotavator/ hedge-trimmer/ chain-saw/ brushcutter.  But not any more.  Now I know better.  The true gardener has no need for any of these.  Instead they tread ever so lightly on the soil, touch nothing except to aid, and celebrate what nature sees fit to sow and grow.

Example three concerns the same young man I mentioned in a previous blog, who visited El Pocito with the idea of turning it into an eco-camping business.  He’s just been back again, providing me with the opportunity to discover more about his idea and experience.  Turns out he is finishing a PhD in Biology.  Which was timely, as I currently have a question about a lemon tree that after ten years of fruiting has just started to provide only oranges, the ideal person to ask why.  However, instead of taking an interest or offering an answer all I got from him was to be told this is not possible, science proves this, end of discussion.  Very strange.  The tree exists, it is real.  Every year it has had lemons, this year only oranges, many people have witnessed it, why then is something tangible and real not possible?  Why?  Because people are growing up fed by the state/ internet, including those who claim to be “alternative”.  Instead of using their own common sense(s).  Aptly illustrated by the fact that there are at least 200 herbs growing at El Pocito, and this (almost) PhD in Biology couldn’t identify a single one.  Yet down in town, anyone who is over 60 (and probably never had any kind of secondary education, let alone further or higher) would not hesitate to tell me which was which, including the appropriate medicinal and other uses.

We are living in a very sad time.  Those who could save the planet are blinkered/ blinded by phone culture, egotism and self-interest, they are driven by the dogma of the media.  We no longer feel any more, or use our natural instincts, understand that life is not just about humans.  We are doomed.

title inspired by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoOjtNs9EOk

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1 comment
  1. “regenerative ag” is another term driving me crazy currently. Seems like the whole intent is for an excuse to continue ‘using’ animals. It’s inextricably linked now to the inclusion of animals in the equation when it definitely does NOT need to be. Trees, water, and any animals the forest brings works just fine to ‘regenerate’.

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