"The longest road you will every have to walk is the sacred journey from your head to your heart." Phil Lane, Jr.
Over the last few years in particular, I have been looking at the way I live life and trying to bring it to a more sustainable level for myself and the planet. Looking back, like most Americans, this has not been the case even though I thought I was doing pretty well. Everyday I try my hardest and look at new ways of trying to live that will help us all. In my heart, I want balance, sustainability, and a better place for all of man kind and living creatures to coexist. In my head, I know that I still have a very long journey to reach that place. Every step I (we) take, brings us a step closer.
Recently, I stumbled upon a free Permaculture online class and decided to sign up for it to take a look. I am on the very early part, actually just the free pdf describing Permaculture. Within it, I am already finding the philosophies that we should all take as a guiding path.
The three parts that are the core ethic of Permaculture:
Care For The Earth: Without a thriving planet, we as a species have nowhere to go. Therefore, caring for the earth is the primary directive of permaculture.
Care For People: Permaculture is somewhat radical as an environmental philosophy in that it puts care of the people front and center as one of the three primary design ethics. As a whole-systems life philosophy (yes, it is very much a profoundly interconnected philosophy of living), permaculture recognizes that human beings very much have a critical role to play on this planet, and when human beings thrive, the planet will thrive with us.
Share The Surplus: While radical on its face, the third ethic of permaculture actually makes perfect sense when considered in the context of designing systems for incredible abundance and maximize our yields (profits) at the same time. By setting up ourselves to share the surplus throughout the system, we are seeking to design incredibly resilient systems.
This was taken directly from the Permeculture Design 101 course intro offered by the Regenerative Leadership Institute
If this is something that interests you, here is a link to sign up for the free Permaculture Design Course: