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The Singularity

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I have been on the road for the past two weeks.

Returning home earlier today, I immediately gathered my camera and eagerly set out to capture some of the images which greeted me.

Being away for such a length of time has made me homesick, even though part of this time has been spent with friends I rarely get to see. 

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Spending time in London was both a pleasure and a shock!

I travelled there by coach and ferry, as I try to avoid flying and the carbon footprint it incurs.

However, this allows me lots of time to do what I love…observe!

Arriving on the outskirts of London, just as it’s vast population begins to awaken and stir, is both magical and awesome, for it is at this time that the birds hold sway, their dawn chorus loud and jubilant!

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The occasional fox is observed, slinking home after a night’s forage. (My ‘fox cushion’ evokes a memory or two!)

As the coach rolls down towards central London and Victoria Station, shops are rising shutters and newspapers are being stacked in plastic covered piles outside shops and kiosks…the storm is about to break, as tens of thousands of feet start to pound the beat along the arteries connecting home and work.

I love this city! 

The shock to my system confronts me as the beat of life, incessant and purposeful, is now much louder than I remember it.

London is more crowded, people are attached to hand-held devices, living in their own singularities, at least on the outside, but connected to the now powerful force of the internet.

I wonder how many are sitting on trains, buses, workplaces, reading this and unaware of that powerful connection to like-minded people reading this website brings to you?

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The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly non-biological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.

Watching hundreds of people around me wherever I walked or travelled made me feel invisible, for none looked up, either at me or one another.

For more than fleeting moments I caught a glimpse of the future in cities!

John von Neumann was quoted as saying that “the ever accelerating progress of technology … gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.” His definition of the Singularity was that the Singularity is the moment beyond which “technological progress will become incomprehensively rapid and complicated.”

I travelled on to Kefalonia in Greece, after some days spent in London. This was to celebrate a very special anniversary with friends.

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(Much of what I have experienced over this time is covered in more depth, and photographs, than this site now allows for and can be read and viewed on the new website, Bealtaine Cottage Good Life.

I shall be posting there in the next few hours.)

Thanks to all who have written to me, emailed, phoned and signed up to the new website. I am about to work though the sign-up backlog, then take some time to respond to your correspondence.

I am very happy to be home!

Blessings XXX

Colette

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If There’s Going To Be A Future…

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…it’s going to look quite different from the past…

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Much of what we use in our everyday lives just happens to be by-products of the petro-chemical industry, so that will have to change as oil production has peaked.

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The bulk of food grown is produced with masses of chemicals from the petro-chemical industry, so that has to change…

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Much of what we wear is also predicated on the petro-chemical industry, with man-made fibres forming the bulk of our furniture and bedding too!

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Our waste is no longer given back to the Earth, instead it pollutes our stream, rivers, seas and oceans…madness in it’s entirety.

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Seed production has come to rest in the poisonous hands of multi-national corporations that pollute and deform the very essence of life!

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Water is now a commodity, owned and traded by multi-national corporations…how did we ever allow that?

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There was a time, in my lifetime, when one salary kept a family in comfort…now both parents have to work long hours to keep the wolf from the door!

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Children used to have a childhood, playing outdoors, getting dirty, climbing trees and taking risks…our society now forbids this, keeping children Disneyfied instead and filling their minds with corporate nonsense!

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Take a long, hard look at what we have created, or allowed to manifest.

Is this the future?

Well, of course it isn’t, for this civilization has peaked!

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Well, isn’t that a relief!

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By the east gable wall this morning.

Now, it really is time we planned the future…

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We have been led into things for too long and look where it’s got us!

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The future is going to be very different…you decide!

 

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Beyond Civilization

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The light is changing.

As it does, a new growing season begins to unfold.

This is the year of change, as more and more people realize, that civilization, as we have come to know it in these past decades, holds little hope of holding together.

Willow basket making Feb  Permaculture @ Bealtaine Cottage I do not say this lightly and the reasons I see for it are manifold, but the main contributors to the calamitous and increasing loss of habitat and stable environment on the planet, is civilization itself!

Jan 12 Bealtaine Cottage 005 Our civilization has created the perfect conditions for collapse of the very systems that sustain us.

Bealtaine Cottage FairyWe have watched the collapse of the financial world over the past few years.

There is no recovery!

Have you joined the endless queues in your local bank recently, just to be served?

Jan 12 Bealtaine Cottage 007Governments, like mine here in Ireland, are extracting carbon taxes from impoverished people and are not planting trees! Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureExtreme weather events are fast becoming an accepted part of our weather systems…have you noticed?

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Feb 2011 005 If you know how the Jet Stream works, or should work, then you will be aware of the reasons why climate change is happening.

Stanley stove at Bealtaine CottageQuote science for or against and waste time debating…or simply look around you and keep a weather diary.

Shabby chic at Bealtaine CottageSo, as always with my writing, I move onto the positive, the can-do…and what comes to mind is a simple skills set, that we need to acquire, if we are to move beyond the last years of civilization as we know it.

Permaculture Cottage ...September 2011 005These are skills we need to acquire and pass on to younger members of our society…the ones who will be left adrift, without the security blanket we have used and abused.

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  • Food growing
  • Healthcare…basic first aid! can you prevent someone from bleeding to death or help deliver a baby?
  • Craft skills…how to make and create from local resources.
  • Building and construction, as well as maintenance to keep a home dry, for example!
  • Cooking and baking…Home economics is so degraded now in general education, I wonder why?
  • Permaculture…encompasses all the skills listed here!
  • Fire-making…few young people know where to start and the basics!
  • Management of resources (NOT financial!)
  • Herbs and the vital role they play in good health, food and body-care.
  • Conflict resolution and society building without hierarchy.
  • Basic mechanics…look how people in poorer societies keep their cars on the road!

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It’s time to start putting plans in place for a better world.

June 2011 Bealtaine Permaculture 063The politicians are not bothered about our future, but we should be!

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