We Are

We are body, mind and spirit,
We are flesh and blood and breath
That’s the trinity that makes us
And guards us until death.

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And the Father of the three
Is the Life that circumscribes
Every river, seed and tree,
Every star and all our tribes.

Ownership or Mother ship

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Before Europeans, The Mississippi Basin was home to hundreds of tribes of stone age people living in relative harmony with the land and each other. With no concept of ownership, no idea about property rights, no notion of state, no high-tech agriculture, no aerial photography…

…they understood the importance of stream confluences on a spiritual level. Continue reading

Monomyth: The Hero’s Journey

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Joseph Campbell in Monomyth: The Hero’s Journey describes a set of principles that every hero embraces to get ready for his or her adventure into the unknown. He asserts that the act of being born into this world is a heroic act in itself that we all experience when we leave our mother’s womb. As we grow, we develop courage and personal responsibility so that we can face whatever trials, temptations or nemesis we were destined, designed or otherwise bound to face.  Once we achieve the victory, we return to the “ordinary” world to bestow the “boon” to others who have not yet embarked on their journey. We’re ALL heroes!

Once you die to self and acknowledge someone bigger is part of you, you are resurrected as part of that someone, thus “arrive” in your final immortal form. As he says, “What is sad about that?”

to be continued…

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From my friend’s blog:

The Most Beautiful Body

“There is no hierarchy of people!”

She was talking about her doctor, an oncologist describing how cool it would be if she and her husband could just have him and his wife as regular friends without the doctor-patient relationship overriding the personal one. Caroline is as much of a “regular” gal as any, and having followed her honest simple writing style for a good while, I have easily concluded that if I were to meet her in “real life” she would be a total delight. Her writing is candid, complete and very well composed. Don’t take my word for it. Just click and see the whole context of her heart, mind and soul that she pours into the stream each time she posts. The point, though:

“…there is something even more important than the here and now!  Something far greater than community!  There are friends. Higher, in another circle is family, and in another greater realm is the body of Christ!”

Now what is she talking about? What can be greater than the principle building block of civilization itself, community? We all know what a circle of friends is, but what is this “realm” of which she brings up here and in other posts? To answer these questions, we’ll have to turn to a very controversial book, the New Testament.

There… That should filter out about 40% of the Internet… <to be continued…>

Ecological Economics

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As proof of how long we’ve been thinking along these lines, A Working Prototype reveals:

The physical infrastructure of public utility is currently susceptible to much abuse and waste. Electricity, communications, water, natural gas, transportation fuel and many other aspects of physical infrastructure have long been managed by the existing bureaucratic elements through social conditioning. Corporate marketing and governmental control have played a major role in making people feel powerless in the struggle for economic justice and sustainability. The vicious circle of consumption and imposed billing has presented a model of subjugation to the populace. Reversing this trend is a necessary task of the new ecological paradigm that we propose to institute. The same model that we used for governance is translated to the physical form described in the following table.

ECOLOGICAL RESOURCES INFRASTRUCTURES
ECONOMIC RESOURCES
soil, water, sunlight local public utility (specific instance of the village infrastructure) food, energy, shelter, etc
local integrated service grid the village infrastructure applied to localized communities transmission of local resources between communities to a larger bio-region
the aggregation of local ecologies to larger bio-regional areas the confederation of bio-regions and producer communities the gross national product derived from the aggregation of bio-regions

Shifting from a consumer culture to a producer culture will require social conditioning which is very stringent and pervasive. This process is inevitable and an intentional schematic for doing so will greatly ease the pain of the process. Everyone knows that solar energy and other ecological forms for extracting resources from our natural environment cannot and should not be metered or abused. The moral adjunct of economics and ecology is a planetary mandate which we all have received from our logical collective consciousness.

That is from an eBook we started in 2001. Since then, social media, eco-village thinking, regenerative agriculture, permaculture and free, libre and open source software production and distribution have grown enormously, but so have the commercial consumerism-based Internet ploys, schemes and exploits. The OzoneFarm Experiment is far from complete.

See ecological economics for further proof that the idea is pervasive, logical and inevitable.

Stay tuned!

OzoneFarm.com

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OzoneFarm Brand Central (ozonefarm.com) is our “honeypot” and seems to have worked…

The text:

” We are working very hard on the new version of our site. It will bring a lot of new features. Stay tuned! “

I have no idea who registered the domain. (Notice that they misspelled “minutes”…) I hope they keep it like that. When this all comes together, it’ll all make sense. Remember, OzoneFarm is an “Open Brand” or “open-source brand”, which can be about anything, owned and controlled by no one or everyone, and like a wiki it can be edited mercilessly until the cows come home as long as the hosting fees and bandwidth costs get paid. On the farm, purity is important…

From an orphaned Wikipedia article: “The purest form of open source brand is not controlled by any legal mechanism. For example, there is no legal entity that owns a copyright to the hacktivist brand Anonymous.”

We all have our own particular crosses to bear. My crosses are lightweight, thanks to Jesus and His teachings. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the rapid changes that are afoot in the Don’t Tread On Me Us world of liberated software and hardware. Wearable technology that can be taken off and put back on at will is pretty cool and scary at the same time. Everything we have achieved so far is in good working order and aligned with the general principles that we established back in the 1980s.

Good luck, Ladies and Gentlemen. Mars is going to be fun!

Metaphors for Traction

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Metaphoric extension

Creeping featuritus is one. Everyone loves a good metaphor from time to time. Adult play and child play are simply concurrent versions of each other. Young men like to play “Army” .. as do older ArmChairGenerals.

The freedom and liberty we take with words in print and speech may be about all we have left (I speak as an American fool) to work with. Deriving income from silly ideas and made-up nonsense has been done [Three Stooges]. Using rich media that’s also heavy in psychologically aware, yet naturally gentle linguistic patterns. A collective sensitivity should evolve out of the flow of ideas as they have been. Bringing that from the Ozone to the Farm is the process of traversing from the intangible through the visualizable into the developable where it becomes an Artifact of Value – A Good – if we succeed. — Wikipedia:Extensionism

If I ever convince ONE coder to help me build the tractor, … Volunteer here!