Topic: What can we do?
The second quoted text below is a post I made to start a similar thread over at WRH
My story is a really long one but very briefly here is my background. I am 60 and a Canadian. I owned and operated a recording studio and sound company for 14 years and then a computer services company for another 12 years. I did well and retired in 1993 when I was 46 because I could no longer stand life on the treadmill. I cashed out everything I had and moved to a small village in mexico where I lived for the next 12 years.
I lost my life's savings in a bank fraud in mexico 7 years ago and had to go back to work. Loosing all my money was the best thing that ever happened to me as it made me realize how little what money can buy really matters. It also made me take a serious look at how the world functions. I always knew things were bad but never realized how bad.
To make a living in Mexico I went to work doing computer support and graphic design. I ended up working mostly for elite billionaires to promote their affairs in major magazines and on the web. I once again made a good living but felt horrible about what I was doing.
Most gringo's in mexico treat the poor mexicans better than the wealthy mexicans do but that isn't saying much. Even though I lived a simple life among the poor I felt corrupt for helping those who took advantage of them.
I am pretty certain that current western society will collapse sometime soon and I did not want to get caught in mexico. I have many good mexican friends but once the high and mighty gringos are brought down to the same level as their poor servants there will be a time of reprisals that I want no part of. I also realized that as long as I stayed in mexico I would have to work at jobs I thought were destructive.
I decided that we were all slaves to the system of money and that I would change my life to live in such a way that I didn't need money or contribute anything to the system in any way. I decided to move back to Canada and started researching possible locations suitable to my goals. I have actually worked and lived in the wilderness a fair amount and know the outback of canada pretty well. I arrived back in canada in april of this year and settled on a remote community called Ocean Falls which is accessible only by ferry or float plane. It is on the coast of British columbia about half way up to Alaska. I am currently wintering in Ocean Falls with the intent of moving totally out of civilization next year when I know what the winters will bring and be better prepared to survive on my own.
Here's a few links to a photo log I set up for friends to keep them abreast of my activities.
Ocean Falls is on the coast of British Columbia about halfway up to Alaska. The only access is by ferry, barge or float plane. It was a pulp mill town of 5,000 people until the 80's when the mill was shut down. It is now a town of about 20 fulltime residents and about 150 summer residents.
Here is a brief photo history of Ocean Falls.
Here is a photo log of my first trip to Ocean Falls
Here is a photo log of my progress in Ocean Falls to Oct 05
Here are some area photos in Nov 05, our first snowfall was Nov 11.
Here are some photos of my first trip onto Link Lake to check out abandoned cabins one of which will be my home next year. This trip only explores the first location, there are about 20 cabins on a number of different sites.
What can we do?
Discussing the above is the only subject that really interests me at this point and I have a bad habit of interjecting it into all conversations so I am going to start this thread to try to stay on subject.
Already I find time on the internet is again taking up large blocks of my time, time which I feel I could utilize better elsewhere. I am going to try to restrict the discussions I get involved in.
I feel I have learned enough about the way the world of mankind works that I don't need to spend any more time disecting the process. I trust the knowledge I have gained to the point where I feel I can proceed to act on it. I don't feel comfortable with what I have learned so its time to come up with an alternative.
As was discussed in my post from the wilderness that Lady Lilya put up; masses of information are a great distractor to keep people from acting. The internet is probably the best tool yet invented to enable this process. To make sure you don't fall into this trap I would consider setting a goal post as a lifeline.
What do you need to know before you switch from data gathering to utilizing the data?
If you have a clear picture of this point then you will recognize it when you reach it and have the option of pulling yourself out of the data stream.
As I mentioned in another thread, "everything is true" so if you are looking for a single truth to act from you won't find it.
How can this be?
The conclusions I have come to (they are open to being changed) is that all events always exist we only travel through them like we would a landscape, we mostly see what is in front of us. When someone appears to lie they are only speaking from a point on the eventscape that is slightly removed from the current locality. The lie is true there but not here.
It takes skill to stay tightly focused on the current incarnation and some people are better at it than others. It is possible to lie to yourself. The more focused your attention is on the current incarnation, the more relevant what you see is to HERE.
It is important to realize that not all information acurately portrays here and act accordingly. I do not judge people for what they say or do I just make an assesment of how accurately their vision portrays the here. If I decide to trust other people's vision I incorporate it into my view if not I don't. If they can make their vision work, more power to them.
I think there is a place where mankind can become gods and take over the direction of nature but I don't believe it is here. Here, humanity simply doesn't have the clarity of vision to take on such a complex undertaking.
What I am doing is eating a bit of humble pie and admitting my limitations. Rather than trying to overwhelm nature I am reducing my actions to becoming an integral part of nature by letting nature direct my actions.
Without judgement.... What I see as not working properly in society is that one group of people that believes they can overpower nature has gained control over the majority of society and are using the power they have gained to apply massive pressure on nature. They simply don't have the skill to accomplish what they seek. Its like trying to fix a TV with a bone club.
I want to stop contributing to this effort. In order to do this I need to clearly understand how my energy is collected and added to the effort. Once I understand this process I can try to avoid it.
There is no question in my mind that society's direction is decided and guided by an elite rather than by common democratic consensus. By living by society's rules we are contributing to this elite guided effort.
The way this control is accomplished is through how goods are distributed. The commercial system defines who gets goods and how much each person gets. Those who control the commercial system (international bankers) can force others into acceptable patterns of action simply by defining what people have to do in order to get the goods needed for survival. People have no choice but to comply if they have no alternative means of survival. This is the case for most people in western civilization.
Money is the medium of exchange of goods that powers our commercial system and international bankers control the creation and distribution of money. They control all the central banks that count and can force governments and all other organizations to comply with their direction.
In order to stop following the dictates of the international bankers we have to stop utilizing their services and come up with an alternative; in other words stop depending on or utilizing money.
Maya made a great post elsewhere suggesting switching to a distribution system called Potlach which does not require money or barter. It worked well for many people for extended periods but was overpowered by the banker's system. The bankers needed to destroy free distribution of goods in order to give them the power to decide who gets what. Once they controlled distribution they could control what people did.
There are two major steps involved in breaking free of this control.
1) Most of us no longer know how to survive without the banker's help so we need to relearn skills that our ancestors posessed.
2) We need to define a new method of distribution of goods that takes the bankers out of the loop.
The above are subjects that I am interested in discussing in detail.
We also need to decide what to retain from the current system and what to discard. The prime commodity of concern for me is technology.
Technology in itself is not good or evil, what is required to posess it and what one utilizes it for determines its morality.
My thoughts on this will be my next post.
"We are the world and the world is us." Krishnamurti