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A Lifestyle Based in Life
At the beginning of this year, Larry said, “Oh, it’s 2020—it must be the year of seeing clearly with 20/20 vision.”
I think he was exactly right. Though this year has been one crisis after another, each crisis is bringing to view something we need to learn on the level of how we live together as a society, and what we need to do to sustain our individual lives within the context of our communities, our government, and our ecosystems.
The past couple of weeks has been even more intense than the past few months. Covid-19 pandemic numbers are exploding all over the USA while at the same time we are finding out more about corruption in our government and wondering how we are going to open our economy and allow our children to go back to school.
Where do we start?
Of all the problems that need addressing, it is clear to us that health is #1. So that is what we are going to address today.
It seems like every year at this time I want to write about independence from one thing or another, and this year is no different.
But each year I seem to have some new awareness of a different aspect.
This year I chose an image of the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence because it is the moment that the declaration of independence from the King of England was made, and the colonists of American declared themselves to be free.
In the same way, Larry and I are declaring ourselves free from the tyrannies of industrialization every time we write a post for this blog. Day by day, step by step, we become more independent of industrialization.
This week I went through a big transition about money and the economy.
I have know intellectually for a long time that our industrial system is man-made and exists within the larger ecosystem of the Earth.
But until this week I hadn’t thought of our industrial economic system as existing within a larger economic system of the Earth.
And this happened because I drew a picture.
My personal orientation for many years (since 1987) has been to move away from industrialism and toward nature. Part of why Larry and I are together and have such a close bond is we both have an interest in this, and we can do it together. Last year at this time we started this Lifely blog to focus on this transition in particular, in our own lives and with others.
Industrialism and nature operate on two wildly different assumptions. I’m not against industry, it’s that the assumptions that underlie it are polar opposite to life. That said, there is a wonderful book called Cradle-to-Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough that shows how life principles can be applied to industry. He could envision an industrial factory as a living system. This book was a great inspiration to me and I think everyone should read it.
About 10 days ago Larry and I went and got the covid-19 test.
We weren’t having symptoms, but we live with Larry’s Mom, who is 88 years old, and we just wanted to make sure we weren’t giving an exposure to her.
We both tested negative.
Last Thursday, June 18, was my birthday.
My 65th birthday.
I’ve had birthdays before. Usually they come and go. Larry and I usually take the day off on our birthdays and do something special. We go out to eat. We have cake.
On my 16th birthday I got my driver’s license. But usually birthday’s just pass by.
So I wasn’t expecting what happened on my 65th birthday.
So many things shifted, it has taken almost a week for me to be able to even write them down.
I’m going through an interesting shift right now that I want to share with you because I am coming out of an industrial orientation with this subject and into lifeliness.
I have had a lifelong struggle with overweight with this body…
This alternated with trying various weight loss diets of all sorts, which resulted in losing some weight but did nothing to re-orient me to a different way of eating or a new understanding about food, so I would just go back to eating whatever I wanted to eat and gain the weight back, plus more. This is the cycle for millions of people in the world today, particularly women.
It seems that in our modern industrial culture, food is considered something to be enjoyed rather than something that nourishes our body.
To Everything There is a Season (Turn, Turn, Turn) by The Byrds. Hit song in 1965.
With all the change going on in my life and in the world right now, this passage came to mind this week:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…
In our industrial world, time goes by as if each moment is considered to be the same, but in life each moment is different as time goes through cycles of activity in Life.
Summer Solstice is the day the sun reaches the highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight. It is also the high point of development of Life for the year. After the Summer Solstice the days become shorter and shorter, temperatures begin to cool, and all life forms begin to slow down and prepare for the coming winter.
Over the weekend I registered to vote.
I have to admit that I haven’t voted for most of my life. I felt like there was no point. I didn’t feel strongly one way or another about the candidates or the issues.
But something changed for me this year. It was both an internal change of feeling more like a citizen and also feeling like there are things going on in the world now that I want to change.