What To Do?

back to the land

What do representatives of the largest corporations and governments in the world talk about when they sit around the conference table? Well, from what I’ve been hearing, these groups that operate outside the boundary of public scrutiny are actually the guys who create national and foreign policy for the country. All those guys you see daily on TV? . . .  including the president himself? . . . are merely front men.

Hillary Clinton, during a recent interview, was saying how happy she was to hear that the Council On Foreign Relations (CFR) had just opened a Washington office . . . “Now I won’t have to go to New York to find out what I am supposed to do.” she said and laughed.

Dumb me, here I thought the president was the guy who told her what to do. But then, if you think about it, he is only in office eight years max while these people have been around since the sixties. . .

Who are they? Check out their website and you’ll find a long ‘whose who’ list of the rich, famous, and powerful members that you will recognize. These guys operate quietly in the shadows, but don’t hide from the fact that they do so. They are the shadow government.

. . . CFR website mission statement:

http://www.cfr.org/about/mission.html

A similar group is known as the Trilateral Commission . . . their mission statement:

http://www.trilateral.org/go.cfm?do=Page.View&pid=5

This is one of the more ominous groups according to the conspiracy theories that abound on the internet. Some say this group is guilty of everything from the Kennedy killing to the insanity currently going on in this country. They, themselves, freely admit to being the brains behind the ‘New World Order’ globalist movement that today encompasses the entire world.

Devil or angel? I doubt these men and women are evil personified like the conspiracy theorist says. I also doubt they are saving the world for humanity like they say. My guess is they have gotten together for their own good, and are working towards those goals that will benefit them just like all corporate/governmental  entities do.

Could we get along without them and the many corporations they represent? As it now stands I’d say no. They are too strong, have been in control too long for us to do much more than gripe about the way things are in our lives. We have become nothing but pawns in their long term game of total domination.

As a matter of fact we basically have no clue when it comes to the reality we live in. We better start learning how to discern a little better though, because regardless of whether these guys are saviors or enslavers, it’s a certainty their goal is not bent towards helping the little people. That’s just pure bullshit. There goal is now and  forever has been, to dominate and manipulate and use us into making life better and more comfortable for themselves.

Let’s talk a bit about social manipulation and mind control:

It all began with Edward Bernays. He was the nephew of Sigmund Freud and a famous sociologist in his own right. He’s the guy who came up with the ideas of modern mind control and flooded this country with his new ‘public relations’ doctrine.

excerpt from his book: Propaganda (chapter one Organizing Chaos)

The book in it’s entirety can be read on the highly recommended ‘History Is A Weapon’ website http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/bernprop.html

THE conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

 We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.

 Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons—a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty million—who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.

This whole ‘ politically correct’ movement is a perfect example of social manipulation and mind control. We are true believers in the mantra ‘of the people, by the people, and for the people.’ . . . but in all reality ‘we the people’ are swimming in a shark tank filled to the brim with bullshit.

In reality we are being taught how to think.

In reality we are being taught when not to think.

In reality we are being taught what to think.

In reality we are being taught what we want and what we need.

What we really need to do is get off the rat wheel while we can, and REALLY start thinking for ourselves. 

 

Before I begin this segment on mind control I feel the need to disclose my purpose for writing this stuff in the first place, and what it is I am really at war with in these writings.

Although I feel there is conspiracy in the works, I am not a conspiracy theorist. Nor am I a right wing or left wing politico with a one sided view of national politics. Nor am I a grumpy old man sitting in my Lazy Boy looking for something to bitch about.

I am a no bullshit, true blue believer in the conservation of the earth on a first choice basis. That means before any human entity large or small decides to rip into, burn down, displace and destroy the natural order of things, they consider the effects it will have upon and within the earth.  On some issues I am soft and understanding, while others such as animal rights, I will go the distance opposing those two leggeds who believe themselves to be gods of the planet.

My enemy in this war is ignorance . . . my own included.

That is why I am so against people like Edward Bernays and their mind control tactics, and the shadow government with their social manipulating lies, and the half truths and political spin coming from their lackeys in Congress and the White House.

Anyways, what I see happening in this country, and something that has been happening little by little since at least the Kennedy killing, is a concerted effort by groups like the CFR and Trilateral Commission to dumb down america and prepare them for a new world order.

Why I am so adamantly against social manipulation is simply the fact that over consumption is destroying the planet . . . and like I said, PLANET FIRST!

It started in the schools with curriculum changes and spread from there.

It invaded the women’s fight for liberation

It invaded men and their sense of duty towards others

It poisoned politics

It poisoned our food supply

It poisoned our water supply

It sold our jobs down the river along with our pride and taught us to live on welfare

It is fast creating a police state in order to control all ‘we the people’, who have become too stupid and sheep like to police ourselves.

It ALL is caused for a purpose . . . NOT because of our inabilities.

Check it out.

Why is our education system so far down in world ratings? Why are the Cleveland schools falling apart and 50% of the kids don’t even attend them?  Why are people so miserable and sick they need to spend zillions of dollars on drugs . . .  and zillions more on plastic enhancements to boost their self worth?

I don’t believe the things that are collapsing our society are accidental . . . I believe there is a reason behind the madness. That reason being to dumb down the USA and prepare us for the new world order.

I hear the youthful cry to independance . . . see our youngest citizens thinking that they are doing their own thing . . . living current . . . on the edge. . . while all the while wearing a ring in their nose and marching lock step alongside their peers, like cows meandering down the isle of consumerism and credit card debt . . . a lost, self centered generation of Beliebers who deem morals past tense and twirking cool and present.

Allow me to use an example in hopes of destroying those false images you kids have of being independent/current/edgy and replace it with something a bit more reality based. Following is (like Paul Harvey used to say on the radio) the rest of the story.

excerpt from Century Of The Self . . . read the writing in it’s entirety at:http://pialogue.info/books/Century-of-the-Self.php  (the writing is choppy, but I believe that overall the meaning is clear)

Edward Bernays – 1991: When I came back to the United States ( after working the propaganda angle during ww2) I decided that if you could use propaganda for war you could certainly use it for peace. Propaganda got to be a bad word because of the Germans using it. so what I did was to use Council on Public Relations.

Bernays returned to New York and set up as a Public Relations Councilman in a small office off Broadway. Which was the first time the term had even been used. Since the end of the 19th century, America had become a mass industrial society with millions clustered together in the cities.

Bernays was determined to find a way to manage and alter the way these new crowds thought and felt. To do this he turned to the writings of his Uncle Sigmund. While in Paris Bernays had sent his Uncle a gift of some Havana cigars. In return Freud had sent him a copy of his General Introduction to Psychoanalysis. Bernays read it and the picture of hidden irrational forces inside human beings fascinated him. He wondered whether he might be able to make money manipulating the unconscious.

Pat Jackson – Public Relations Adviser and Colleague of Bernays: What Eddie got from Freud was indeed this idea that there is a lot more going on in human decision making. Not only among individuals but even more importantly among groups that this idea that information drives behavior. So Eddie began to formulate this idea that you had to look at things that will play to people’s irrational emotions. You see that immediately moved Eddie into a different category from other people in his field and most government officials and managers of the day who thought if you just hit people with all this factual information they would look at that and say go. Eddie knew that was not the way the world worked.

Bernays set out to experiment with the minds of the popular classes. His most dramatic experiment was to persuade women to smoke. At that time there was a taboo against women smoking and one of his early clients George Hill, the President of the American Tobacco corporation asked Bernays to find a way to break it.

Edward Bernays – 1991: He says we’re losing half of our market. Because men have invoked a taboo against women smoking in public. Can you do anything about that. I said let me think about it. I asked if I may have permission to see a psychoanalyst to see what cigarettes mean to women. He said what’ll it cost? So I called up Dr Brille, AA Brille who was the leading psychoanalyst in New York at the time.

AA Brille was one of the first psychoanalysts in America. For a large fee he told Bernays that cigarettes were a symbol of the penis and of male sexual power. He told Bernays that if he could find a way to connect cigarettes with the idea of challenging male power then women would smoke because they then would have their own penises.

Every year New York held an Easter day parade to which thousands came. Bernays decided to stage an event there . He persuaded a group of rich debutants to hide cigarettes under their clothes and join the parade. At a given signal from him they were to dramatically light up the cigarettes. Bernays then informed the press that he had heard that a group of suffragettes were preparing to protest by lighting up what they called torches of freedom.

Pat Jackson – Public Relations Adviser and Colleague of Bernays: He knew this would cause an outcry, and he knew that all of the photographers would be there to capture this moment so he was ready with the phrase ‘torches of freedom’.

Here you have a symbol, women, young women, debutantes, smoking a cigarette in public with a phrase that means anybody who believes in equality pretty much has to support them in the ensuing debate, because cigarettes were now considered torches of freedom. What’s the point? It’s Lady Liberty holding up the torch, there is emotion, there is memory, and there is a rational phrase, all of this is in there together.

So the next day this was not just in all the New York papers, it was across the United States and around the world. And from that point forward the sale of cigarettes to women began to rise. He had made them socially acceptable with a single symbolic ad.

What Bernays had created was the idea that if a women smoked it made her more powerful and independent, an idea that still persists today. It made him realize that it was possible to persuade people to behave irrationally if you link products to their emotional desires and feelings. The idea that smoking actually made women freer, was completely irrational. But it made them feel more independent. It meant that irrelevant objects could become powerful emotional symbols of how you want to be seen by others.

Peter Strauss – Employee of Bernays 1948-1952: Eddie Bernays saw the way to sell products was not to sell them to your intellect, but to your emotion. Buying the product would make you feel better about yourself. I think he originated the idea they weren’t just purchasing something, but rather they were engaging themselves emotionally in a product or service.

It’s not that you think you need a piece of clothing, but that you will feel better if you have a piece of clothing. That was his contribution in a very real sense. We see it all over the place today, but I think he originated the idea of the emotional connect to a product or service.

What Bernays was doing fascinated Americas corporations. They had come out of the war rich and powerful, but they had a growing worry. The system of mass production had flourished during the war and now millions of goods were pouring off production lines. What they were frightened of was the danger of overproduction, that there would come a point when people had enough goods and would simply stop buying.

Up until that point the majority of products were still sold to the masses on the basis of need. While the rich had long been used to luxury goods, for the millions of working class Americans, most products were still advertised as necessities. Goods like shoes, stockings, even cars, were promoted in functional terms for their durability. The aim of the advertisements were simply to show people the products practical virtues, nothing more.

What the corporations realized they had to do, was transform the way the majority of Americans thought about products. One leading Wall Street banker, Paul Mazer of Lehman Brothers was clear about what was necessary. We must shift America, he wrote, from a needs to a desires culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things even before the old had been entirely consumed. We must shape a new mentality in America. Man’s desires must overshadow his needs.

Peter Solomon – Investment Banker – Lehman Brothers: Prior to that time there was no American consumer, there was the American worker. And there was the American owner. And they manufactured, and they saved and they ate what they had to and the people shopped for what they needed. And while the very rich may have bought things they didn’t need, most people did not. And Mazer envisioned a break with that where you would have things that you didn’t actually need, but you wanted as opposed to needed.

And the man who would be at the center of changing that mentality for the corporations was Edward Bernays. . . . and the rest is history. 

 

Ok . . . before I lose my audience entirely I had better get to the point. The point is . . . we are simply running out of room. We can no longer submit ourselves to these PR techniques and expect anything except further decline in our way of life. Over consumption is ruining the planet and causing indelible harm to ourselves, all other life forms, as well as the physical environment that sustains us.

Nothing changes the trajectory towards future degradation until each one of us does his/her part. Until WE take the mission upon ourselves to become responsible and quit acting like the brainless idiots “they” have socially manipulated us to be.   (and if we fail at least we die knowing we have tried to make a difference)

We can all point fingers and lay blame on big business, HMO’s, government policy and oil companies, but it all began with ‘we the people’ when we bought into the Bernay’s line of bullshit. We listened, and we signed on the dotted line. That was the day we changed our wants into needs and sent ourselves on an over-the-top borrowing and buying spree.

In the days of the kings, only the regal and the wealthy could do what, in this day, all of us can do. Not only have WE been trained to become super consumers, but by our example the rest of the world has joined in. Now with China and India in the mix we have created too great a footprint on the planet and are experiencing all these negative situations because of it.

We must shrink our footprint for real. It can no longer be a faddy thing like wearing a ‘Go Green’ T shirt while filling our third car with gas. We need  to stop feeling good about ourselves for saving the environment just because we decided to recycle our trash. That’s all good, but it will take far more dedication than that. It is time for real action, and that action begins at home.

Remember Al Gore and his call to action? That was hypocritical bullshit. His footprint at the time was far larger than practically all of those he was preaching to . . . and still is. Or Michael Moore ranting about the wealthy while living in a lakefront mansion the size of a shopping center.

WTF is wrong with us? We MUST get real about this thing . . . or else I fear that Mother Earth will shake us off and start over.  (like she has done many times before according to current study of past civilizations) Maybe we have reached the point of no return already, I don’t know, but shouldn’t we even try?

So what can we do?

Before we climb our soapbox, we must first . . . learn from others who have already begun the journey and then teach OURSELVES to reduce OUR footprint and begin to walk softly upon the earth before we go any further. We can save the book signings for later when we have proof that we are not just another freaking hypocrite like good old Gore.

From here on out, I will no longer be ranting about HOW or WHY we got into this fix, but exploring ideas on how to extricate ourselves from it. How can we live comfortably off the rat wheel and maintain balance in our lives and environment?

We were ambushed, trapped, and run into a box canyon by the gods of PR . . . time to find our way to freedom. I promise to do my part . . . what about you? 

 

Before we attempt to shrink our ecological footprint we must first acknowledge the fact that we  are personally responsible for allowing ourselves to become over-the-top consumers. We took the bait called ‘easy money’ and ran with it. When the credit card society was formed many of us dove in and allowed ourselves to drown in debt. Well, the fact that we started it means that we can also finish it by reining ourselves in and applying a little self control.

The first thing we must do is make an honest assessment as to our needs vs our wants, remembering that for most of our lives we have been taught to pretty much want everything, whether we needed it or not. Like dopers on withdrawal, by damn, we had to have it! Time to face the fact that many of us have become addicted to borrowing and spending and living beyond our means.

Now there is no cause to go nuts about all this and toss perfectly good stuff into the trash can. We just have to be careful of our future purchases. We may even surprise ourselves as to how little we actually need to be content.

This is a goal to work towards for no other reason than to prove to ourselves that we are serious about cutting back and getting out of debt. We need to know we are not just continuing along that phoney fad highway that Gore started in order to sell a book. Doing all this won’t make much of a difference to the overall picture, but it will sure make us feel good and help us dedicate our effort towards doing the bigger things.

When I was a kid in the housing projects none of us kids had much of anything. For Christmas my friends and I would get just a couple presents apiece, BUT we shared all our stuff with each other. My childhood was full of fun and games because of my many friends and the fact that nobody told us we were poor. We CAN go back in time to a sharing and caring life style. We MUST go back . . .

What is it that we actually need in order to live a satisfactory life? Shelter is the first need. Water is the second. Food is the third. In the following posts I will be talking about these three things, beginning with shelter. . . .  

 

From a cave, to a thatched roof jungle hut, to an igloo in the frozen North, everybody needs to get out of the weather and into a shelter of some sort in order to survive on this planet. Here in the US we live in houses.

Even though they are very expensive, and probably the most costly item we will ever buy, we joyfully borrow the money and sign on the dotted line for the privilege to own our own home. Not only will we buy, but we are prone to  purchasing the largest house we can get our hands on,  not necessarily one we can afford.

In the beginnings of this nation, when we were still counting on the locals to save our asses from starvation, we lived in small, bunched up cabins built out of logs. Once we learned our way around this new land, we took it away from the locals and spread out across the landscape like a virus. We first formed villages and farmed the countryside, then we formed cities where we bunched up in large clusters called apartments, and lived on top of each other like birds in a tiered cage.

As time went on both land and apartments became more expensive than many could afford. The house soon became a status cymbal. The bigger and fancier it was the more admired it’s occupant became, whether he deserved it or not.

The wealthy built larger and larger homes until, in today’s world, you have two people living in 20 room McMansions actually believing they deserve to use up that many natural resources and good farmland just because they could afford to.

Then, right after WW2, industry boomed, a burgeoning middle class was born, and the housing allotment was created. Street after street of mid sized, look alike houses became the new home of the middle class. Each home had a garage because in order to live there it was a necessity to own a vehicle. First one (and later two or three) because shopping was no longer a short walk, but many times a long drive. Welcome to “suburbia.”  . . . or as some would call Ken and Barbieville.

Allotments come in various form, but one thing they all seem to have in common is that the homes within them are pretty much the same. I’ve built a bunch of houses in various allotments and I know that to be true. Built the same, using the same materials, same size lots, same price range and so forth.

The modern housing allotment in my opinion is not much different in essence than all other allotments. Prices may vary, but regardless of the homes price it is a sad place to live if a person has any love of independently doing his own thing.

To live in the big city can be exciting, to live in the country can be peaceful and spiritually fulfilling, to live in an allotment is just plain boring. . . AND not the best place to be living when things get rough.

The Allotment

Eleven o’clock on a summer morning and the place was seemingly deserted, no dogs, nothing. Where’s everybody at? Where’s the kids? I thought as I slowly drove past one house after another in the upscale housing development.

I gazed upon one perfectly manicured lawn after another, each bisected by ribbons of clean concrete drives and sidewalks. There probably wasn’t one dandelion in the whole well manicured allotment.

The carefully designed scene, instead of evoking envy, made me feel a little sad, especially for the chubby kids I envisioned huddling around their TV’s and computers breathing stale, conditioned air. Kids who’ve never heard of kick the can, or knew the pleasure of playing hide and seek outside after dark. Kids who’ve never danced in the warm summer rain or gotten into a good fist fight. To me, this atmosphere was cold, sterile, and alien.

Day after day, aside from the occasional guy who still mowed his own lawn, or his wife coming and going in her new S.U.V., I rarely saw anyone. The only noise in the neighborhood was the sound of construction around the new over-priced home we were building.

I thought about my own childhood days growing up in the housing project and realized how lucky I’d been. There, in the summer, small dandelion-cluttered yards would be full of barefooted kids playing games in the grass. On the blacktop sidewalks they’d be riding bikes, or skipping ropes while their mothers huddled together on the front porch stoops gabbing amongst themselves.

I remembered the laughter, crying, barking dogs, smells of food cooking, back yards full of clothes hanging on lines drying in the hot sun. We were a tribe of poor, noisy, blue collar common folk, but we were alive, and we had fun.

No music blared from boom boxes, no guns, gangs, or drugs. That would all come later, after corporate greed, TV, and welfare had taken their toll on the working class and stripped us of our pride.

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I’ve created a stereotype here to prove the point that as we’ve sought to better ourselves by improving our social position we have also lost the need for each other. We have perverted our natural herding instinct by choosing to live in close proximity to, yet totally separate from, our neighbors. We’ve broken away from the tribe and have decided to go it alone.

These modern developments are a shining example of our separation. We surround ourselves with every modern convenience we can afford, close the doors to our large, self contained homes and spend our days locked within our mini-castles.

Instead of a moat and drawbridge, we have a security system. Instead of Knights in shining armor to protect us, we have a uniformed police force waiting close by to apprehend any neighbor foolish enough to break the thin red line. Have we created a modern version of Camelot and are regressing back to the Middle Ages?

I don’t know, maybe I’m just getting old, but I sure do miss my friends and those lovely, sunny bright medicinal flowers that have become a curse, as have their neighbors, to so many.

. . . . end . . . (to be continued)

In my 71 years I have lived in every environment that there is . . . at least it seems that way to me. I have been to maybe a dozen foreign countries where I mingled with common peoples and observed how THEY lived. In this part I want to talk about the environments we create around ourselves and how they work for us, as well as against us, and how we can reduce our footprint in our chosen environment.

Life in the large city:

The city can be a very exciting place to live. Renting or leasing an apartment like most do means we’ll have a landlord to deal with the maintenance and stuff, so it’s mostly just work, eat, play for us . . . and there are plenty of places in the city to have a good time, especially in the larger cities. We won’t even need a car because we can take a cab, subway, or walk to any of the many places we may wish to go.

For the consuming public the city offers an easy lifestyle filled with so many choices that we could go mad buying stuff if we aren’t careful. So is it even possible to make a difference in that kind of an environment? What can the average city dweller do to reduce his/her footprint in the city?

Well, the city is a corporate entity, meaning it is people living closely together and sharing whatever the city has for them to share. So, although we can reduce our footprint on our own individually, it seems to me if we live in the city that the greater benefit would be to do it together as a group, then there could be a huge difference for everybody.

Following is a story about one small episode in this way of life, and proof that YOU can make a difference, even if you do happen to live in the big city, by getting involved in your local ecology organization . . . if you have none, start one!

The “Heartbeat” of a Community

Written by Celia Benton

Wednesday, March 12 2014

It was another sunny day in the Menomonee Valley. Delma placed the stethoscope against a gnarly tree branch in Three Bridges Park. Her eyes grew wide and she shouted “I can hear it! The tree has a pulse!”

Several minutes, and several tree pulses later, Delma approached me and said, “My grandfather in Mexico used to place his ear to the ground and say he could hear the heartbeat of the earth. Is it true that the earth has a heartbeat? Now that I’ve heard the pulses of the trees I think he is right.” It was one of the most profound and beautiful statements I have ever heard, and it came from a seventh grader.

From what I saw, Delma was similar in many ways to other seventh graders — within minutes of her statement she was off joking, laughing and being a little mischievous with her friends — but her comment deeply resonated with me. Even though I have not seen her in months, I still enjoy telling this story.

Delma is one of the hundreds of students learning in the Valley every weekday. Through NEEP (our Neighborhood Environmental Education Program), students are picking up trash, planting native species, testing water quality, cross-country skiing on the Hank Aaron State Trail or simply playing games in the prairie. While each activity connects students to life in the Valley a little differently, it’s all a lot of fun.

I am fascinated with how many connections are made in the Menomonee Valley every day. Everything — people of all ages using the new Three Bridges Park, wonderful-smelling grey headed coneflower seeds, hawks, field mice, snakes and more — combines together to make the Valley what it is today, a place full of life, love and wonder.

At the Urban Ecology Center  http://urbanecologycenter.org/ we frequently discuss how to support and become part of, our local communities. Everyone has a different story about what we do here at the Center, and I think Delma’s story sums it up well: we help build community by connecting people to life in their local environment. In Delma’s case, this connection also brought her closer to her family and perhaps gave her a little more respect and awe for our planet Earth.

So even if you live in the city by choice or by necessity you can still get involved in the “earth change” movement. You may even find for yourself greater possibilities than us country folks have to make a difference. Check it out.

When it comes to fossil fuels the peoples of the earth are on a feeding frenzy. Their suppliers, Big Oil, Big Gas, Big Coal, lust only for profit and have secondary regard at best for the natural environment. This combination has created a perfect scenario for disaster . . . and it is coming.

There are those among the Earth First people who choose to fight a heads up battle with these guys. I would be one of them were I younger, but beings that I am now in my seventies, I no longer have the energy to fight. Instead of fighting I will remain living semi off grid and write what I believe to be true until either the big three dies of over consumption or I die of old age.

I feel the great change that is coming will mostly effect the young, twenty something crowd. These are the folks who will take the brunt of it and feel the most pain. What I write, I write to them.

If I were a young family man serious about changing my lifestyle, I would move to the country. Of the three main choices available to the average family this one seems to me to be the most doable as well as the move that will ultimately reap the greatest reward.

The city has much to offer those career oriented singles who are stuck there, but at it’s best the city is still in a precarious position. City life, when it comes to family, will always play second fiddle to the country life, IMO.

The suburbs, especially those allotments bound in rules, are just undoable. I have an ingrained revulsion to the whole idea of Ken and Barbies suburbia. From distance to services to poison saturated lawns, the lifestyle is such a waste of resources that in no way would I want to live in the burbs. . . .That leaves the country.

The country will give a guy the most options, but he must also be more careful in choosing them because there are many hidden dangers out here. There are frackers and coal companies . . . there are crackheads and low vibration people of all ilk and form. It can get dangerous out here, especially since the drug epidemic has every scumbag in these hills cooking crystal meth . . . and the police are basically non existent.

On the flip side there are also truly wonderful, laid back, industrious people out here. It will take some time to get to know them before they open up and accept you into their community, but once they do you will have made a true and lasting friend. I know it was that way with us. Today although we have few neighbors, they are all friendly towards us and the act of ‘stopping along the road to BS for a minute’ still exists.

Life in general is much slower down here in the foothills of Appalachia. I found this land. I bought this land. I cleared this land . . . and built everything on it to my liking.

I can’t begin to tell you folks how good it feels to do something like that, especially for a guy who has spent most of his adult life building stuff for other people.

disclaimer . . . Although I have over 40 years experience in the building trades the following is suggestion only:

The only way to buy land is to educate YOURSELF because . . . BE ADVISED . . . there ARE crooks out there . . . not all, not even many . . . but the few that are can cause you untold grief when it come to buying land.

AND never, never, never! . . . buy land sight unseen, no matter how many videos, or bullshit brochures you receive . . . you MUST have boots on the ground before you buy. That old saying ‘if it seems too good to be true it probably is’ applies in spades when it comes to buying land.

 

 Let’s get started on finding you some property, one step at a time. 

  1. Find the property.
  2. Inspect the property.
  3. Buy the property.
  4. Build upon the property.

Imagine that you have decided to leave the city. You want to buy some land and live the life you had always dreamed of. How will you go about this daunting task? If you don’t know, I will show you a way, not the only way of course, but a pretty good way of action to take in order to escape the modern world and live a more natural life.

First of all you must know that a natural life is not necessarily an easier life, there is a reason why people born on the farm generally dream about leaving it once they are grown. But for those of us who have already experienced the modern lifestyle and chose to leave it behind, country living will be far more rewarding, both naturally as well as spiritually.

In many ways returning to the land will feel about the same as a soldier feels upon returning home from foreign service. You may be bewildered at first and out of synch, but after a period of adjustment you will adapt and get on with it once you realize that romantic fantasy is ALWAYS better than it’s reality.

So you’ve dreamed about it for years and finally decided to make the leap, now what? How do you keep from turning that pleasant dream into a nightmare?

First thing to do is put your plan in writing. What do you want and where do you want it? What are you planning to do with your land? How much money do you have? Do you need to get a job right away or can you wait a while? Answer all these questions as best as you can and you will have formed a direction to take.

Following is the direction we took . . . each person will, of course, have their own way according to their abilities and the size of their bank accounts.

I was close to fifty years old when I decided to stop wandering. I was tired, had been to all the places, done all the things I wanted to do, and now all I wanted to do was find a soft place to fall.

I met and married my beloved Joyce.

. She, an officer of the law. I, who spent most of my life escaping and evading the law, were married in a Kent, Ohio park on a beautiful sunny day. Today, 28 years later . . . the beat as well as the sunshine . . . goes on.

Joyce told me that she had always prayed for a cabin in the woods. I intended to make it happen for her.  We would find a piece of land with hills and woods and I would build her a cabin on it . . . . We would live there happily forever after.

First we had to figure out where we wanted to live. We began the search taking into consideration all the variables like distance from our grown kids, temperate zone, water supply, terrain, price, etc.

The way we found our land was to go to the area of choice and look around. We talked to people and got a feel of whether or not we wanted to live amongst them. What kind of culture is available? Music? Restaurants? Anything?

You could research the local paper, as well as the various mini-mart type classifieds. You may get lucky and find good property for sale by owner. If you do buy from a private owner you must be able to do all the research on your own. This will be cheaper, but you will also have more responsibility. You can not take anything promised by the seller for granted because they may be lying (sad, but true) . . .

Find the local real estate company and look at their listings. If you buy from a real estate company you will pay more, but it will be safer for you to do it that way.

We bought our land direct and at a great price because I was a homebuilder and knew what I was doing. Were I an accountant on my first go, I would have used a real estate company. They will do it all for you, BUT they will probably not mention the scourge of big gas, coal, and oil . . . so you must be careful, as well as damn lucky.

In the US we have a large variety of places to build or buy a farm, BUT we also have the fossil fuel industry on a feeding frenzy. We must do our research because the oil industry OWNS the butthead politicians, lock, stock, and barrel and will ultimately get their way. (unless WE stop them)

When I bought this property I had never heard of fracking, therefore I was blindsided when the virus became a reality around here. Now I must fight. This was not in my plans. I am tired of fighting, but the reality of life on this planet often leaves one with only that option.

Notice: You do NOT want to buy land above the Ohio Utica shale play like I did. If you do you must make sure you have the mineral rights or they may be digging a well 250 feet from your house and basically ruining you without a second thought.

Luckily, I own the mineral rights to my property as do most of my few neighbors, and none of us have signed leases except for one guy who now regrets it.

Water is the main victim of fracking. I purchased this property knowing I had two great springs. They are beginning to feel the pressure that the frackers are putting on the water table beneath this whole area. Although no fracking will ever be done in view of my place, I may still suffer from it . . . we may all suffer from it.

Water is our lifeblood, without it we die, everything dies. City water is fluoridated.

see video:  http://youtu.be/aqQkqZKBuV4

I did everything I could to get these springs in good shape and I must say we had GREAT water . . . now I’m not so sure.

Watch this video on fracking . . .There are many other video’s on youtube . . . . and DON”T believe the bullshit coming from the gas industry! They are putting profit above people and therefore cannot be trusted. . . . Good luck.

http://youtu.be/uokmsSi7LTY

In spite of the problems Joyce and I would desire no other place to live. We love it here in this quiet valley and are glad we made the move . . . (you can see the pictures of our two houses in the catagory section)

It will be difficult to find, but great to own your own land . . . just be careful. (to be continued)

In the beginning of our search for land, my wife and I decided to wait for it to come to us. (it works) One day while talking with a shopper at our small woodworking shop, she told me about a place her dad was thinking of selling. I called him on the phone, went on down to the area to check it out, and bought the land that same day for a very good price without any Real Estate involvement. It was all very easy and to this day we have few regrets. The work was hard, the hours long, but in the end we created a pretty nice place for ourselves.

That was us, but what about you? What are your desires when it comes to housing? Where and how do you want to live? What can you afford? Following are a few different ways to live if you are young and really don’t want to go it alone like we did.

Let’s look at eco villages . . . (wikipedia)

Ecovillages are intentional communities whose goal is to become more socially, economically and ecologically sustainable. Most range from a population of 50 to 150 individuals, although some are smaller, and larger ecovillages of up to 2,000 individuals exist as networks of smaller subcommunities.

With the increasing evidence of human-initiated climate change, people throughout the world are coming together to try to reduce their carbon footprint. Groups are trying to move away from the dependence of fossil fuels and consumerist practices. There is a focus on producing and consuming locally, forging meaningful relationships and living as sustainably as possible. Many initiatives are encouraged, such as reducing energy use, creating sustainable local businesses, localizing farming and creating environmentally minded communities.

There are many different dimensions of Ecovillages that need to be examined. For instance, building a positive community is integral to the workings of an Ecovillage. As these groups are quite small, members need to feel empowered, included and comfortable speaking and sharing ideas. As well, cultural and spiritual practices are encouraged, such as an understanding of the interconnectedness of the earth.

Ecologically, Ecovillages allow people to be connected to the earth. Members respect their environment as it provides them with the majority of their sustenance. Villages seek to grow the bulk of their food organically, use local materials for their buildings, protect biodiversity and growing seasons and protect local water, soil and air.

The majority of the practices undertaken by Ecovillages aim to take care of the land. Ecovillages demonstrate a unique economic dimension, as many seek to keep money within the community and circulating between members. Income is often generated through the retail sale of their products and services and recycled to improve everyone in the community.

I believe the ecovillage will be the way of the future and for now the best possible way to break clear of the corporation that runs our lives. Were I younger this is where I would be looking . . . though I WOULD advise anybody searching for a better lifestyle to take a good hard and careful look at this way of life.

You will be dealing close up and personal with people in these communities, and you are practically guaranteed to find a few that you absolutely cannot stand, that is the way of the beast no matter what you do.

You must not go into these housing situations wearing blinders, yet if the fundamental goals of your neighbors are the same as yours, you will learn the art of give and take and become a better person because of it. I see nothing, but win, win, for everybody involved in these eco vilages.

I would also recommend all religious groups be avoided, as well as political ones for obvious reasons. I lived on a commune close up with about 50 people once. IMO it was a wonderful experience except for the fact it was Christian based. I loved the people, but . . . .

Following are links to a few prospects that I found very interesting:

http://www.maitreyaecovillage.org This place is just outside Eugene Oregon (oregon is a beautiful place to live in so many ways)

http://columbiaecovillage.org This is a pretty cool urban community in NE Portland Ore. I lived in Portland during the hippie days . . . loved it!

http://www.earthaven.org This place in North Carolina looks very promising . . .

http://www.findhorn.org Findhorn in England has been around a long time . . .

http://www.aaev.net/ For our Australian friends . . . looks promising . . .

Anyways there are whole LOT of these villages springing up all over the planet. Research diligently, choose wisely, and have yourself a piece of the New Earth . . . NOW!

GOOD LUCK! . . . . J

 

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