This is a continuation of an introductory series exploring my study and application of Permaculture. You can find my other articles by visiting GHC’s Site Index. All of these topics are discussed more deeply during our Workshops and Seminars.
The Prime Directive of Permaculture is rather straight forward. I’m not saying it’s shallow. I’m saying it’s straight forward. Rather than parse this already bare bones direction that needs to define all Permaculture systems, I’m going to let it speak for itself and then wax a little philosophical about why I think it has the potential to have a huge impact in areas outside of growing vegetables.
Simple enough, right? It would certainly be unethical to shirk the most basic of human instincts – Caring for ourselves and our kids.
But I’d like to take a few moments and share one of the things that attracts me to Permaculture, as a niche in the more general “Homesteading/Sustainability Movement”… if in fact that label is a thing. Here it is:
Permaculture brings people together.
Let’s face it. Our society is, at times, divisive. Our nation’s political elites depend upon it, so it’s in their best interests to keep shoving a small number of fringe issues in front of our faces 24/7 to remind us how evil “the other guy” is. Otherwise, we might start talking and realize we actually have a lot of shared goals and concerns.
Can’t have that.
I’ve been overjoyed to discover that Permaculture is a rare human microclimate where two people come together, discuss shared interests, help with a project, and break bread… despite having very different world views and personal beliefs. Yes, the most hardcore of doomsday-gas-masked-paranoid-ammo-caching-zombie-hunting Survivalist is in the same place as the most hardcore of anti-showering-Gaia-hugging-dreadlocked-communal-living Socialist. Plus a whole lot of people in between those (both unfair) caricatures that are constantly perpetuated.
That is rare.
That needs to be encouraged.
That is how we will overcome problems – large and small.
After all, each of us, no matter who you vote for, just want healthy food for ourselves… and especially for our kids.
That’s an ethical decision.
Oh… and I used my awesome graphic design skills to make my wife laugh while discussing this topic.