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Monday, November 8, 2021
DE-stabilization of Servoglobe
Since WWII, there has been a proliferation of Western thinking dominating and colonizing the planet. The idea that Plato and Socrates were special, or that the apex of human intellectual activity was centered around people whom they believe looked quite a bit like themselves. We have sold the human race short if we do not honor the fact that the great figures we tease out of history are only able to be pretty much like us, for other parts of the planet were not even "discovered" in their time. Intact human cultures with great schools and scientific enquiry had been established even before those greats, but they were from other races and places. The edge of the known world even today is amorphous, changing based on who is telling the stories. Our culture is based on a finite, shared knowlege and what had become a variety of distinct, culturally unique and relatively stable sub systems. In days of old, since vast regions and cultures could exist far beyond the edge of the "known world", it became easy to be self-absorbed and functionally fixed in our specific and unique pattern language, our definitions and our own understandings, shaping our perceptions. A person of five hundred, or fifteen hundred might not even be able to conceive of people from Asia, Africa or the Americas, but in each of those locations, great thinkers were present, ancient engineers with a gifts for their necessary science. For a sobering insight into world knowledge, study the early libraries and what happened to them. Our archaeological history is replete with astronomic and geographic awareness beyond what modern humans typically even imagine. Exacting scientific awareness brought to the ancients by trial and error, asking rigorous questions, making hundreds, even thousands of experiments and observations, appreciating the results of multiple trials. Apart from publishing their results, pretty much all the styeps involvedin our refuined science to this day. We now know that at least nine thousand years ago, people were making anthropogenic soil from virtually pure carbon, made pretty much the same way charcoal is made today. The process is still fascinating to modern humans even though we have lost much of our daily contact with fire, it still stirs our primal spirit. Why wouldn't the ancients thrill to a fire the same way we do in 2021 or two or ten...? There really is not better symbbol for the cleansing, re-birth possible when all that stored energy gets thrown off in a raging inferno! The Westrnization of thought has taken us all the way to confronting the very limits of the planet. Our atmosphere, drenched as it is with carbon dioxide is the direct result of linear thinking and exploitation of all resources with little regard for the cause and effect relationships between our actions and what they unleash on the world around us. The concept of Servoglobe is not new, like the "Twittering Machine" of Pual Klee, our fragile, and broadly applied systems have been contrived in the idyllic world of Autocad and Newtonian Physics. Disneylandesque flow charts and diagrams in real life trying to standardize and mega-size everything, without regard for the planet. What we have not planned for is resource limitations, the end of fossil energy and continuing and prolonged disruption of global trade. The tiny and widely spread gearboxes get ornery when their preferred energy sources are withheld. Much like asking a thoroughbred racehorse to pull a gypsy caravan over a mountain range without food or water, the tools of our daily trades are giving up the ghost without fuel or the throughput that they normally require for daily operation. Even the throwaway workers, have been retiring at record rates. They know life is more about experiences than things. what is life without time to enjoy it? As supply chain impacts continue, there will be continuded loss of functionality, whether it is from large scale truck assembly facilities, not being able to get computer chips, to daycares, elder care facilites and schools that can't get enough food to feed children, students or elders, even down to tire stores and places you would normally get your windshield wipers. None of the things we used to take for granted are for sure in the unique time we are living in. Who really knows what product we will be told is about to be in short supply next, leading to runs and price gouging. Fortunatelty,we can turn our technologically advanced communications system to work bridging gaps and making connections. I know that my ability to teach biochar classes has increased a hundred fold over having to get people to attend in-person classes. Outside the one-size-fits-all approach there exists a large array of systems that co-create, enlist the help of one another, co-operatively own or manage properties and other resources. The more humane, smaller is better groups are often the most efficient and it is with that reality firmly in my sights that I say, we do have the power to step off the fragile and fracturing old-way systems in favor of a new paradigm. That is why ECO-Tours of Wiscosnsin continues to fund-raise for our outdoor school, to have a large enough facility to host class events for dozens of students, possibly hundreds. Our growth has been organic and slowly growing, as most natural things are. This is the qualitative opposite of plopping a franchse store from a national chain in a town. Though our organic growth, we have taught many hundreds, perhaps thousands of people to create biochar. back in th eday, we planted sixty thousand native trees and many tens of thousands of native plants to help stabilize the soils and rebuild a maor natural environment in our wake. The real stability comes when we take these management strategies that value the give back or give away into practice in th ereal world. As we see modern structures failing, it is natural to look to the way we did things before, but we also need to take the valuable tools we have available today and turn them to good uses. That is what we teach on our ECO-Tours.