Inspired by Walden

After reading Henry D. Thoreau, specifically Walden and Civil Disobedience I decided to make some changes and start living in sync with nature. That being said, I don't care about material things, as long as my car drives - I don't need a new one, I try to preserve my clothes, don't buy any unless necessary and try to live simple. I gave up living in the city for a quiter neigborhood near trails so I can walk during the week and on the weekends, it's very nice.

What's up with everyone?

This is the longest gap I've seen, so far, of anyone posting on this community site. I'm wondering what's going on with people's lives to account for it. This year promises to be a real bender, from the way it's shaping up.

Any observations on that?

going vegan

i finally decided that if i say i want to live an earth sustainable lifestyle, there really is no alternative to a vegan diet.  it was a long time coming but i'm glad i made the choice at a point in my life where i could attach personal responsibility to it.

any other vegans here?
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Okay, since the Peace Pilgrim is one of the community's interests I am assuming that a few of you have heard of her.

I am interested in doing a Peace Walk from the Alantic to the Pacific, but I don't want to go alone. I'm looking for a group of 2-20 or so people who would want to do it with me. Does anyone know of any plannings of a Peace Walk coming up?

working on it

I joined this group awhile ago at the beginning of my "nuffism" journey.  I've heard from a lot of people and sources that living simply is a long process, and it's best when it is gradual.  I have tried to follow that advice and I think I have made some positive changes in my life.  I try to use reusable shopping bags for groceries when possible, buy more foods locally, use more earth friendly cleaning products, etc.  It has been awhile since anyone has posted, so I was wondering if anyone has some good tips for more ways to reduce consumption?

'nuffism on the supply side

Well, it sure 'nough looks like the group has died out, in the Christmas rush of things! . . . the time when we should really be super-conscious of what this group is all about.

Could everyone be hiding in shame?

I'm only here, myself, to post a very interesting article originally from (though I got it from my trusty news magazine, The Week). Coming from Forbes, of course, their editorializing comments are half the fun of it. But seriously, it looks at a side of the 'nuffism program that we seldom give much thought to: getting enough of what counts, in the first place. Or getting enough of what WE TEND to count, as preliminary to how much we spend, for how much we collect.

I'll put the article under an LJ cut, so as to keep this space clear...Collapse )

The author of Affluenza is interviewed

Here is a site address for a series of four brief podcasts interviewing Jim de Graff (sp?), the author of Affluenza. Each segment is only about ten minutes long, and they are really worth listening to. Created just a couple weeks ago.

Drop down to the middle of the page that comes up, and they are easy to identify by their icon. The series runs from bottom to top.

Alternative to the greedy freecycle?


Welcome to Gigoit!

Individuals and organizations are regularly faced with the problem of deciding what to do with items that still may be useful but that they no longer want. They can also find themselves suddenly in need of an item without being financially capable of purchasing it. Gigoit, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in Saint Louis, Missouri. We are currently developing a free public web space for individuals and corporations to donate and receive unwanted items within their neighborhoods. This keeps useful products out of landfills and fosters community involvement.
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Learning sustainability...

X-posted from my own LJ, daharja:

Enlightenment - well, sort of.

This year started as The Year Of The Cull. We were going to empty the junk from our house, do a bit of painting and prissy the place up for sale, and buy a few nicer bits of furniture. Oh, and turn the garden beds from weed beds into garden beds once more.

That was the plan. The Plan[TM].

Of course, nothing turns out quite the way you expect. And what I didn't expect was that actually digging in and confront all the piles of CRAP I've amassed over the years would make me see my world in a totally new light.

I suppose I could call the CRAP 'belongings', or 'personal effects', or somesuch nonsense. But the truth is, when you shove it all into piles and actually sit down and stare at it, it loses it's importance. The sheer effort of having to deal with it, shelf after shelf, drawer after drawer, forces you to realise that your real needs are actually quite small, and all the rest of it is little more than a type of household fungus that seems to hang on to you for grim death, no matter how much 'clutter culling' and 'charity donating' you try to do.

I'm not actually a clutter bug. No, really I'm not. I look at my friends houses, and they all have far more junk than me - well, most of them do. And they have bigger homes to spread it around in as well. But that doesn't let me off the hook, and this whole issue isn't a comparison gig anyway. It's about me - the spotlight is squarely on ME.

I'm not a clutter bug, but somewhere along the line I managed to buy:
  • over ten pairs of shoes,
  • well over 200 books,
  • over 50 CDs,
  • over 80 DVDs and videos,
  • 6 pairs of jeans,
  • 8 black tank tops - all identical
  • 31 tops - shirts, t-shirts, tops and jackets (yes, really!), but I only wear about 10 of them with any sort of regularity
  • 6 pairs of black capri pants - all virtually identical (only their mother can tell them apart? *lol*)
  • 12 different types of moisturisers and face gooks
  • 6 lipsticks - all virtually the same colour
  • 18 pairs of undies - do I really need that many?

The list goes on. At lest, that was the list. It's now siginficantly reduced, with a lot of it sold and/or gone to charities.

I had so much stuff that I didn't even know what I had. But the scary thing, as I have gone through it all this year, has been realising how many thousands of dollars I have wasted on all this junk.

You see, at some point in my life, every one of these items MUST have been deemed 'necessary' to me, for me to have bought it.
Every one of these items was paid for in cold hard cash (or Visa - don't leave home without it!)
Every one of these items I 'just had to have'.

Or did I? Did I even know why I bought all this junk?
Was it for the thrill of the chase?
For the joy of the hunt (I used to love shopping, and still get a buzz from it on the rare ocassional these days when my wallet opens and the moths get a chance to spread their wings).
Did I just buy it for 'something to do'?

I bought CRAP because I thought it would make me happier. And during the hunt for the 'perfect' item, it almost would - for a moment. If I wasn't shopping or eating, I was thinking about shopping or eating. Whichever way you look at it, I was burying my boredom and the blah-ness of my life under a big pile of CRAP.

Which brings us to 2006

And here I am, three-quarters of the way through the year, confronted with a life that is fulfilling (albeit exhausting!), a weight problem that is no longer a weight problem because I've finally dealt with the reality that eating doesn't solve problems (sounds simple, doesn't it? But it's been really hard for me to get to this point), and a big pile of fungusey-clingy, CRAP that is taking a long time to disperse from my life.

Confronting the CRAP has made me realise that buying things never did make me happy. What would have made me happy would have been paying off the mortgage a damn sight faster than we have been doing, which we could have done had I not been buying so much CRAP.

I suppose I should consider myself a moderate CRAP collector - at least I never threw myself into debt. We have never had credit card problems, have always paid the balance on time, and have managed to get significantly ahead on our substantial mortgage. But that doesn't mean I shouldn't learn from my faults.

Staring at the past

It actually really helps, and is therapeutic, to shove everything we don't need anymore into a big pile and to look at it. To just look at it. In a way, it's accepting what I have done. It's owning up to my own foolishness. Owning up to the person I wanted to be and never was, and to the person that I actually became - a junk collector who spent way too much money trying to live someone else's dream.

The Year Of The Cull has taught me to value myself, my body, my time and my money. I'm still learning, and still making mistakes, but I'm improving.

Most importantly, I'm learning that it's all very well to talk of being vegan, or reducing water use, or cutting back on car use, or whatever. But if you're buying more stuff every week and your home is bursting at the seams with belongings like mine was, then maybe sustainability really needs to start with a Year Of The Cull and a big pile of CRAP in your shed to donate to more far more needy crap-collectors than you out there.

Just a bit of food for thought.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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