the cost of air travel

After working solidly for over two months, I feel the need for a break, a change of scene, something new and different for a week. My old bones are longing to get into the sea. The only way this will happen is to go somewhere in an aeroplane. A last minute deal to a Greek island can be bought for less than £400. The water probably would only be warm enough for a quick splash, but the spring flowers would be beautiful. I very nearly talked myself into justifying an air flight, knowing that would take me on a refreshing holiday far cheaper than any other attractive option.

Then I woke up. I realised I’d been listening to a voice in my head saying, “I deserve it. “So many thousands are doing it anyway that one more won’t make very much difference.” That same morning, on the radio, a famous actor was attempting to answer the criticism that had been levelled at her for flying across the Atlantic to support the Extinction Rebellion demonstrators. She said something like, “Air travel is how we get around this world these days. If I didn’t fly I wouldn’t be able to do anything.” It all sounded so reasonable.

Now I have remembered that air travel is a significant part of what we are doing to destroy our world, my mind is turning to other possibilities. I like trains. There are people I could go and see, eco-communities I could visit. I don’t need to be a capitalist consumer just because everyone around me thinks that’s normal. I do need a little journey though, to refresh my overworked body and brain. Suggestions are welcome.

Garden Video

A short video show casing Morgan’s back yard vegetable garden and the thinking process behind it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbevfLAcYCc

working co-creatively

While I am working with people, I do insist that they are 100% present, honest, and assertive. They often say that this is very valuable and they often go on to say that it is also too intensive and that they can only take it in small doses and then have to stop and digest it in their own time and space.

I would like to know that I will live long enough to experience being part of a group of people, all committed to overcoming their conditioning and learning to live in this way, in equality and interdependence instead of in co-dependence and hierarchy.

The capitalist system as we know it makes it very difficult, relatively impossible, for people to live like that. Most of us are forced to conform and suppress just to keep a roof over our heads. Some of us live with our parents through necessity and many people cope with hierarchically organised employment. Working to pay market prices for accommodation doesn’t allow us to follow our passions and earn our living doing what we love.

I am convinced that everyone needs a private space of their own to call their own, to be on their own as an inviolate right, if they are to have any chance of living as free and truly responsible adult persons. Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand and what can be called eco-communitarianism and recently sometimes called neo-monasticism, is the only way I have imagined that this mature human reality can be manifested out of the current state of the world. While I am working with people, I do insist that they are 100% present, honest, and assertive. They often say that this is very valuable and they often go on to say that it is also too intensive and that they can only take it in small doses and then have to stop and digest it in their own time and space.

I would like to know that I will live long enough to experience being part of a group of people, all committed to overcoming their conditioning and learning to live in this way, in equality and interdependence instead of in co-dependence and hierarchy.

The capitalist system as we know it makes it very difficult, relatively impossible, for people to live like that. Most of us are forced to conform and suppress just to keep a roof over our heads. Some of us live with our parents through necessity and many people cope with hierarchically organised employment. Working to pay market prices for accommodation doesn’t allow us to follow our passions and earn our living doing what we love.

I am convinced that everyone needs a private space of their own to call their own, to be on their own as an inviolate right, if they are to have any chance of living as free and truly responsible adult persons. Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand and what can be called eco-communitarianism and recently sometimes called neo-monasticism, is the only way I have imagined that this mature human reality can be manifested out of the current state of the world.

Community Building – Difficulty or Adventure?

It is often said that living in community is so difficult that it is virtually impossible. There is a profound paradox at work here.

We long for companionship, for intimacy, yet we are so very afraid of losing what freedom we have that we separate ourselves one way or another, in so many ways in fact that we live virtually in emotional isolation.

As small children, we are so bound up with our parents, usually but not always most closely with our mothers, that we have no choice but to surrender to their care and control and learn to cope with its strictures.

Puberty brings the drive to individuate. A flood of new hormones washes away our willingness to be compliant, affectionate, recognizable children. In our hierarchical cultures, we haven’t been prepared for this transition. We have been told how to behave, even how to think. When the storm of adolescence hits us, we are more often than not severely shaken or even cast adrift. Such foundations as we have are not strong enough to build on. We are not properly self-referred, but try to present ourselves as we think we should be or want to be rather than as we are inside.

Our insides and outsides are separated by a frightening gap, which is populated by demons, by the unknown, by a desperate need to belong to something to replace our dependence on the parental nest. We think we are gaining our freedom while we struggle out of one prison into another. Just as we couldn’t be honest with our parents about what we really thought and felt, so we can’t tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth to our new companions.

Our deepest hopes and fears are a mystery to others and largely to ourselves. We’re not terribly conscious of anything except the immediate concerns of post-childhood survival. Drugs often become primarily important. Many of us start with alcohol and nicotine and progress into substances that offer increasingly vivid escape from normal reality. Computer games and virtual reality are newly available technological wonders which are increasingly capturing the attention of more than two thirds of the adult population. These addictions are increasingly blurring the boundaries between reality and fantasy.

Depending on our circumstances, we might go traveling abroad, go to university, get pregnant and even may start earning big money as pop or football stars. Whatever we find ourselves doing, we are likely to have certain things in common. We don’t really know how to think for ourselves, having never been allowed to do that. We assume that what we think and feel is who we are and how we are, with little awareness of the reality of the programming and conditioning that we have experienced since the day we were born.

The fact that most of our thoughts are implanted has been withheld from us. The racism , sexism and all the varieties of elitism that is institutionalized in our cultures has set up home in our brains. The power and control mechanisms go on affecting us long after we are not contained in some kind of school every day.

Living in community may be the only available possibility of healing this mess. People with money spend fortunes on therapists and fabulous tantric retreat experiences in the desert or on tropical islands. You and I and most of us don’t have that choice. Designing and implementing real eco-communitarian environments, could open us up and allow us to come out of our emotional isolation, together with others. In so doing, the control mechanisms which have taken up residence in our brain, could be laid bare, in and for the group. to heal the wounds.  Not only do we long for healing, but we would have the chance to experience more love, joy and freedom. As the huge amount of energy previously used to suppress our true thoughts and feelings is released, it becomes available for creativity. As the community serves the individual and the individual becomes stronger and more creative, so the individual can better serve the community, which then becomes stronger and more creative. This free flowing feedback process allows for an explosion of creativity and abundance, which everyone can enjoy, participate in and propagate.

The challenge of creating and sustaining eco-community, clearly challenges our deepest conditioned realities. We can project this as being difficult and even virtually impossible, or we can move into it with a quality of excitement and anticipation and adventure similar to our ancestors feelings when they set sail into the unknown.

The inward and the outward journeys are undertaken simultaneously when we create the environments to live in that we really deserve and need.

 

 

 

 

 

Radio call-in to You and Yours programme called, What are you doing to prepare for Brexit?

BBC Radio 4-Morgan Fox

 

Garden Post

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Keegan and I, permaculture designers both, have been doing a makeover of a tiny back yard. S far we have sown, radish, chard, mange tout peas, broad beans, salad bowl lettuce, carrots and sunflowers.To create more growing space we decided to move a small frog pond. My grandson Luke is visiting and the three of us set to to empty the pond and decant the frogs into a bucket. I expected to find two and we found nearly twenty!
We also found a small newt, which escaped from its temporary home when my back was turned. I am feeling very sad about that, responsible for losing a rare creature. I am hoping that it is hiding somewhere and will find its way to the pond just a few feet away from where it was.
We are wondering if we should relocate most of the brood of frogs that have grown to maturity from last years spawning in a tiny pond with no other surface water anywhere near.

Here are all the photographs Keegan took.

 

 

 

 

Shamima

If Shamima Begum had said, when interviewed, something like, “Violence is never a good way to respond to conflict, to what we don’t like or approve of and I know that now. That’s a big part of why I want to come home”, she would have inspired compassion.

But we don’t teach such wisdom to our children. They know we send weapons and soldiers abroad, to perpetrate violence against others doing what our own government doesn’t like. They watch endless dramas on their screens showing people punishing other people with violence of all kinds, and then we complain if they grow up to think that if people offend us this is common if not normal behaviour.

What hypocrisy! We teach our British trained children that fighting and killing can be justified if we think we are in the right and then wonder why they believe us and get their brains scrambled into ghastly knots.

These young people can definitely come home and we can all work together to take responsibility for what our leaders are doing in our name. I am ashamed of what some British corporations and the politicians that condone their murderous activities are doing in my name. The disapproval and shaming that is being shovelled onto Shamina by powerful adults is more dishonest and misguided than anything she can take personal responsibility for as a vulnerable youngster of our scrambled culture.

 

 

Help is here with this website!

Today, my friend Jeremy is giving me a tutorial on editing this wonderful website. I feel like a kid in kindergarten, a bit scared but more excited.

So watch this space because it’s on the move again!