- While trying to make progress on a workshop I'm designing for next week, I found myself pleasurably lost in procrastinatory exploration throughout the week. I spent one day on a long-delayed quest to learn more about New York's green startup scene (and sustainability MBA programs??), and another on a bizarre but very thorough investigation of edible seaweeds around the world. I don't regret this one bit.
- Also started (but did not finish) writing out something like an open letter about what I'm looking for, and what I've summed up my expertise is. Explaining myself and my hopes still feels hard, but increasingly worth fighting to do.
- Spent a lot of this week cooking and caring for people, and I am doing my best to not frame that as waste time.
I started this on a Friday but I'm finishing it on a Saturday, and I feel remarkably calm. Despite there being absolutely no reason for the rest of the week to not feel exactly the same, weekdays still carry an imaginary, anxious obligation towards some kind of PrOdUcTiViTy and prOgResS. I should practice how to live every (unobligated!) day like a Saturday.
George Monbiot: Dare to Declare Capitalism Dead
As the scale of economic activity increases until capitalism affects everything, from the atmosphere to the deep ocean floor, the entire planet becomes a sacrifice zone: we all inhabit the periphery of the profit-making machine.
Like coal, capitalism has brought many benefits. But, like coal, it now causes more harm than good. Just as we have found means of generating useful energy that are better and less damaging than coal, so we need to find means of generating human wellbeing that are better and less damaging than capitalism.
Part of the answer lies in the notion of “private sufficiency, public luxury”. Another part arises from the creation of a new conception of justice based on this simple principle: every generation, everywhere, shall have an equal right to the enjoyment of natural wealth.
Caroline Haskins: AirPods Are a Tragedy
For roughly 18 months, AirPods play music, or podcasts, or make phone calls. Then the lithium-ion batteries will stop holding much of a charge, and the AirPods will slowly become unusable. They can’t be repaired because they're glued together. They can’t be thrown out, or else the lithium-ion battery may start a fire in the garbage compactor. They can’t be easily recycled, because there’s no safe way to separate the lithium-ion battery from the plastic shell.... Why did we make technology that will live for 18 months, die, and never rot?
We said “NO” we don’t want an airport, but also “YES” we will construct new forms of life, we will live as if we are free here and now and stop treating the world as an object to make money from, but as a subject to share life with. With its buckwheat fields and bakeries, brewery and banqueting hall, medicinal herb gardens and a rap studio, vegetable plots and library, weekly newspaper and flour mill, dairies and traditional carpentry school, the zad has become a concrete experiment in taking back control of everyday life.
Wendell Berry - On Loading Brush
The Wendell Berry interview from a few weeks ago brought me to the library, and this collection of essays on agrarianism was one of the books that came home with me. I find it very slow reading (I'm still only on the first essay!), but there are lots of resonant connections between this and the previous article.
A funny thing about cultures is that they produce people who understand more than they know. Sort of like osmosis.
Home is the place by which one is owned, year after year loved and known.