just outside my house is a wild area. not deep forest wild, but wild enough that you wouldn’t want to get lost in there. yesterday around the time of 1430 hours i decided that i would take a walk around
the area outside my house. i decided to walk along a route which i had not gone before (well, i had, but only the other way, it is a circular route).
background – i had just left my previous job that morning, one which was related to web development. unfortunately this means sitting in front of a computer all day solving “problems”. i know a problem
when i see one. a bug in a program that is designed get people to go to a fast food restaurant is not really a “problem”. there are problems, and there are problems. problem: our society still uses mone
y and currency as a measure of “value” – money cannot buy things, money is not real, money causes the destruction and commodification of our planet, when there are no actual “commodities”, just our home
and our children’s homes.
this is why knowledge of how to grow one’s own food and create things that are valuble (food, tools, materials) are and will be much more valuable than the ability to talk to a client about their new website or how a company should brand themselves. the ability to think carefully about resources and live according to those resources around us will be invaluable. food is real. materials, tools are real. branding, consumerism, online social networks and the carefully crafted online personas are not real. well, they are “real” if you let them be. when the time comes and our computers crash down around us they will be nothing but bricks. you will wonder why you spent so much time getting people to like you online when you could have been learning how to survive in the real world. media literacy is not
really that high. i am glad that i studied journalism. media literacy is important – you have to know who is paying for your eyeballs.
that got serious pretty quickly. but the point is, i enjoy nature immensely. everything that we need, nature has provided for us. as i walked down a meandering concrete path, i listened to the many diff
erent sounds of birds. it seems amazing that each bird has its own unique call that is answered by another member of the same species. it is spring. it is flowering season. even though i am sick and my
nose is blocked, the fragrance of flowers drifts on the breeze and i think, this smells wonderful. it must smell wonderful to insects too, bees espcially.
i walk past many gardens. its funny how everybody has their own ideas about a garden. some people make gardens that have plants in pots. some people think that a carpet of cut grass is a garden. some pe
ople’s gardens blend into surrounding landscape since they’ve been there for so long. i found a garden with an apiary. maybe i should talk to the person who tends them, see how I can start my own.
i also saw many moss covered rocks that were beautiful. perhaps there could be a business where i find rocks and cultivate moss upon them and sell them as art. i certainly would buy one. in the business
of selling rocks – beautiful beautiful rocks. apparently people need to be taught what is beautiful. each piece will be one of a kind. each piece will be given space to grow naturally and use minimal r
esources. i will not use artifical fertilizers, but i will provide them with an environment that lets moss grow fast.