This past week, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the underlying “intentions” found in the works of Bill Mollison, David Holmgren and Masanobu Fukuoka, particularly after reading some of Mollison’s more philosophical writings.
Following permaculture’s pragmatic “top-down thinking, bottom-up action” line of thought, we can observe how an individual’s intentions inform their thoughts, actions, and behaviors, and how this, in turn, shapes our culture.
But what is a culture anyway, and how do cultures relate to their environments? What does the environment of the industrial world look like, and how does it inform the dominant civilized culture?
In order to design the world we wish to live in, it is crucial that we use mindfulness practice to set positive intentions for how we approach our environment and our culture.
When we make the effort to realign our values and actions toward a more natural way of interacting with our environments, then we are able to come together in good faith as communities with shared ethics in order to put in the group effort required to repair the earth.
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