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While Rome Burns…

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There are no solutions to the instability in the world that I care to offer, as my voice is irrelevant in the scheme of things that cause mayhem and war.

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I can only offer advice on what works for me…on what keeps me sane in a world filled with lunacy!

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Keep grounded!

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Do what you have to do and do it well!

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Look ahead into the seasons and make plans for planting, working, visiting and caring for the world around you.

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Think about ways in which you can heal the world around you, be positive and nurture.

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Don’t allow the mayhem to grind you down…life went on after the Fall of Rome, as well we know!

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Remember, even as war, austerity and breakdown of society is happening right now in countries around the globe, people continue to look after their children, grow food, make food, wash clothes and generally get on with life as best they can.

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For all the negative and dreadful news we are battered with on a daily basis, remember there are real people around you doing good things!

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The mainstream media rarely reports on good people.

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The next time you share a conversation with someone, compliment them on a little thing to lift their spirits, for it will be paid forward, it will!

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I can say, with absolute certainty,  there are many more good people on this Earth than bad…and sometimes, those we perceive to be bad are just hurting.

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The world is as beautiful, peaceful and abundant as each of us are prepared to make it!

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Blessings for a wonderful weekend XXX

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Posted in Bealtaine Cottage, Bees, Cats, Climate, Current Affairs, E.U., Food, Fracking, Growing Food, Permaculture, Self-Sufficiency, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized

Lower The Lifeboats!

www.bealtainecottage.comThe economic crisis, that became evident to all in October 2008, has never really been discussed in the mainstream media. www.bealtainecottage.comMuch of what could, and should, have been put in place by national governments, to ameliorate the dreadful effects of this crisis, have been blatantly air-brushed from the media and political debate!

www.bealtainecottage.comWe continue to be sold the illusion of full employment for all.

www.bealtainecottage.comAs direct fallout from the media hype around this lie, many people are feeling inadequate and hopeless, believing it to be their fault that they are job-less.

www.bealtainecottage.comThe media has demonized the unemployed and disabled, citing examples of welfare abuse, whilst ignoring the very real struggles many good people face in their everyday lives!

www.bealtainecottage.comGovernments have introduced all kinds of hoops and hurdles, that intimidate those seeking employment, into a state of hopelessness and despair.

www.bealtainecottage.comLeadership, has and continues to, fail us!

www.bealtainecottage.comGovernments are aware that carbon reductions in relation to Climate Change cannot facilitate Economic Growth in the present paradigm, but resist any debate or discussion on this!

www.bealtainecottage.comGovernment GDP figures do not take into consideration any guide to National Well-being, including health, food, clean air, clean water etc.

www.bealtainecottage.comFracking is part of GDP for example, as that produces a commodity to be sold, but look at the utter shambles it leaves in its’ wake, for local people to have to deal with!

www.bealtainecottage.comPoisoned water, devastated land, sick children…the list goes on!

www.bealtainecottage.comWe are on-board a rudder-less ship with a drunk Captain and crew…time to lower the life-boats and row towards resilience, community and sustainable living!

www.bealtainecottage.comWhen this ship goes down it will take everyone on board with it!

Posted in Earth, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Thoughts

The First Stage of Collapse is Underway…

ban frackingThere appear to be about five stages in the collapse of any society…the first one being human impacts on the environment.

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This, simply put, are humans destroying the resource base upon which they depend.

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In the case of Ireland, this happens to be the soil.

In the case of almost every society on the Earth, it happens to be the soil.

PosterThe fertility of the soil is diminishing…so much so, that even here in Ireland, farmers rely on chemical fertilizers to grow sufficient grass to feed livestock.

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The same happens to be the case worldwide.

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Our present course is a non-sustainable course, which by definition means it cannot be maintained.

Think about that…”cannot be maintained!”

potager bedHowever, we should realize that none of this is beyond our control, even though our political and economic systems seem frozen in time!

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Each one of us is part of the problem, so therefore can be part of the solution.

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The main problem is denial and “Ostrich Syndrome!”

Let’s keep talking the economy up!

This is the only message we get from the mainstream media, politicians and economists.

harvesting blackcurrantsHowever, which ever way one looks at it, our present course is headed for the precipice.

We had a massive party.

It lasted for several decades.

We told our children lies.

harvesting garlicWe told them that they could have whatever they wanted…big houses, big cars, foreign holidays in increasingly exotic places and all the consumer goods they desired.

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Just go to college, we said…just get a good education, we said…then a career that will earn you lots of money.

veranda at Bealtaine CottageAnd all the while we knew that the world had finite resources.

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Well, the party’s over.

This is the morning after the night before.

We have to begin the clean-up and face into the days ahead.
posterAs we, individually and collectively, attempt to make sense of what is happening, just keep this in mind…

Not one politician has stated the simple fact, that: unlimited growth cannot happen on a finite planet…

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Apparently, not one of their over-paid advisers has yet told them this simple statement of economic fact!

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We, as communities, will have to fight our governments, to try to protect what it is, they want to destroy!

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The first stage of collapse is underway…but…it is during these times of extremity that the best within us can rise to the surface…hold onto that!

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