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
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.
Two nights ago Larry and I found and watched the documentary The Gardener on Amazon Prime. It was just a perfect example of what Lifely is all about.
Single-handedly, this man envisioned and installed a number of intertwined gardens integrated into the natural ecosystem where he lived, enhancing the beauty and functionality of the place instead of damaging it.
The creator, Francis Higginson Cabot loved gardens and had the advantage of inheriting the land and wealth with which he could create whatever he could imagine. But that’s not the point. Anything he did can be done on a small scale any place by anyone.
It is clear to me that the problem with industrialization is that is based in materialism, which has no soul. And so industrialized man can only think in terms of the material. But Mr. Cabot clearly is living as a soul, bringing his creativity to enhance the ecosystem in which he lives, exalting it and making it more beautiful in every direction.
One aspect f lifely products is to make them yourself. In fact, to make the stuff of everyday life from materials obtained in your own ecosystem is the most preferable way to get whatever you need for your life. That was the way it was done for millennia before industrialization.
By making what we need ourselves, we have complete control over the design, the materials and the methods us to make it, and we are in direct contact and interaction with Nature, in which we dwell.
Larry and I spent this past weekend clearing away the remains of last year’s garden and the weeds that had grown over the winter, in preparation for planting our new garden.