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A Lifestyle Based in Life
While writing Moving Forward to a Lifely Way of Life and This Very Short History of the Oil Industry Explains Why We Have Toxic Products Today I was looking at things that happened at various points in history. And I had a realization.
Our work here at Lifely isn’t something radically new…it is actually a continuation of the direct human participation in Nature that was occurring prior to industrialization. And this return to Nature will naturally occur after industrialization ends, because Nature is the ongoing foundation of Life.
This Very Short History of the Oil Industry Explains Why We Have Toxic Products Today And Why We Need to Move Away From Industrialization
As I explore the subject of this blog, there are certain questions I have and hold in my mind. Occasionally information passes by that answer these questions perfectly.
Such was the case the other night when Larry and I were watching television. We don’t watch “industrial TV” where the whole point is to sell you things via commercials so the TV shows are designed around what will attract the largest audience to watch the commercials. No, we watch movies and archived television shows without the commercials, and we are finding some very interesting things.
Currently, we are watching episodes of the History Channel show Modern Marvels, which goes back to 1995. There are about 185 episodes to watch, but they are fascinating because they basically show how and why our industrial world came to be. They are, of course, presenting these stories from the viewpoint of glorifying the industrial creations of man, but we see just how and why things went wrong that led us to where we are today.
So we have been watching one episode every evening, and the next episode in the lineup was Oil
After writing posts about lifely products last week, it occurred to me that I should also write about about what what we mean when we say we are moving forward to “A Lifelstyle Based in Life”
Our underlying directive is to be “oriented to Nature.” To us, this means that Nature is the center of our lives and our intent is to understand Nature and live by its ways as part of the whole of Life, just like every other species.
We are, after all, a species of Nature—Homo sapiens—not industrial consumers. As they say, “When in Rome do as the Romans do,” so therefore, being of Nature, we should do as Nature does, not as materialistic industrialists dictate.
A couple of weeks ago I receive an email from Kyrgies, because I am on their mailing list.
I discovered them when I was doing Debra’s List (as Debra Lynn Dadd) and loved their wooly shoes. So much so I bought several pairs for myself and a pair for Larry and his Mom. And a lot of my readers loved them too.
Basically Kyrgies are “house shoes” made of 100% wool (with or without more sturdy soles). My favorites are the all-wool shoes which I happily wear around the house all day and outdoors (unless it’s raining) and even out-and-about (though they provide no protection if you step on something sharp. The only drawback is they do wear out, but I don’t mind purchasing a new pair every year or so.
“When you build a thing, you cannot merely build that thing in isolation, but must also repair the world around it, and within it, so that the large world at that one place becomes more coherent, and more whole; and the thing which you make takes its place in the web of nature, as you make it.”
— Christopher Alexander,
A Pattern Language
an architectural design text that applies to design of anything and everything
The big difference between lifely products and all industrial products is that they go beyond the whole idea of industrialization and take a leap into Nature.
As I stated in The Lifecycle of a Product, products are multi-faceted and may be better or worse across their universe of materials, manufacture, use, and disposal. But then, products also fall within market sector categories that can indicate how they may affect health and the environment.
Recently I discovered that all products actually fall into a continuum that moves in degrees from the worst industrial products that harm health and the environment to the best lifely products that sustain health and the environment.
I this post I am going to outline this continuum as a reference point for evaluating and sorting products, and eventually making a decision to chose and use a product.
After we gave up our reserved cabin at the campground because it just wasn’t right, we then needed to find accommodations on the fly.
We started driving down Highway One, stopping in each town to see what was available. These are very tiny towns and all accommodations are privately-owned. Many are $300 or more per night.
As we approached Point Arena, suddenly our cell phone internet reception kicked in and we were able to use an online service to find a hotel. There was only one hotel. But it was right on the ocean! Just what we wanted!
The impetus for coming on this particular trip was to explore the very tiny town of Westport.
We had driven through for the first time just about a month ago as we were taking an alternate route home from our Utopia.
As we drove through we were charmed by the small village of Victorian-era houses and buildings and wanted to know more.
So when it was time for Larry to choose a birthday present, to explore Westport was what he asked for. How could I refuse? I wanted to know more about Westport too.
One of the things Larry wanted to do for his birthday was spend a lot of time walking on and exploring beaches, so our rule was at least one beach walk per day.
After driving all day on the first day, we hadn’t had our beach walk and we were in Fort Bragg, so we went to Glass Beach.
Glass Beach is famous because in times past it was the garbage dump at the edge of town. Decades later the beach is filled with colorful bits of glass from broken bottles, tumbled smooth by years of ocean waves.
But what delighted me about this beach was driftwood carvings of animals that are part of the habitat of the beach.
For Larry’s birthday, I had reserved a “cabin” in a campground/RV park.
This was the first time I had ever reserved a cabin and chose the deluxe cabin with a deck around it because it was Larry’s birthday.
When we arrived we found that the cabin was simply a box with a roof and two beds inside.
There was electricity but no water.
Toilets and coin-operated showers were “nearby” but when we went to investigate we found that the facility for our cabin was being remodeled. There was no shower at all, the toilet was a porta-potty and the sink was a hose. There was no hot water available to wash our hands after using the porta-potty.
There was a working facility on the property but it was so far from our cabin we would have to drive there to use it.
This is not what we were expecting.