To be honest, when I first started reading some of the philosophy discussed in this magazine, my hackles and feelers went up. I am a good nut, so I can call them, but as I continued to read, the discussion is truth based, and a truth that many do not want to face. The reason for mentioning this at all, is I ask that "level-headed, meat-n-potatoes thinkers will give it a read. There are many who do not understand permaculture, and permaculture design, it is the only way we will thrive.
Perhaps more people have an inkling as to what alchemy is, adding to the alchemists' resume, is that they are ecology based, spells good medicine for the Earth.
Perhaps the discussion happening in Planet Shifter Magazine (www.planetshifter.com) is on a level of understanding not for the majority.
When all of the "0's" and "1's" come un-electrified, we will find ourselves elbow deep in dirt one way or another.
Always investigate, never follow a person blind, unless that person has proven to be trustworthy. Too much is at stake at this time. We must embrace the Mother Earth like never before. She is our planet. She is our habitat, she is our home.
I only learned the term Permaculture in 2006. I was unemployed for a while, and became an expert on Yahoo Answers, where me and a handful of other environmental scientist raged a war against paid spammers and emo's, who tried to perpetrate the lies that Climate Change has nothing to do with mankind. It was always the same thing over and over. Lies that the increased Carbon is actually more healthy for our environment, and has nothing to do with greenhouse gases or inordinate warming, yada, yada, yada. It was brutal, because it was during the Years of Silence (Paretsky 2007).
When you go to war with people, you combat an enemy. The reasons were certainly not for fortune, nor fame. Believe me, there was no smiling sunshine sponsor paying me to get on-line and spout about the environmental facts. Words that North Americans do not want to hear. It is so easy to let BP Oil, and Exxon, all those fellows out there have it. They are the dealer, but dear Friends, here is the 911; we are the addicts. If we did not DEMAND gasoline, our Earth, our bodies and our futures would be healthier and happier.
I made YA friends with these brave souls, we are still friends to this day, we have diversified, and two of them are still diligently at it. I admire them, but I have had to move on to other projects. I occasionally still throw in a punch or two, Answer a Question on Yahoo Answers.
It was one of my comrades in arms who talked about Permaculture, gave me a link to the Austrailia Permaculture Institute, and it was around that time that I learned about Brad Lancaster, the water worker. Rainwater Harvesting, seeding water, using surface water, not running it down the drain. I "believed" in Permaculture before I believed anything else. It is spiritual. A person who has no love for the Earth, or other living things could never embrace Permaculture. Only because they could not understand stopping, and standing still - going slower.
The ethical heart of permaculture: Maddy Harland argues that the design system can bring about social change.(ETHICS)(Column): An article from: New Internationalist