A Homesteader Grapples with Climate Anxiety and Finds Self-Sufficiency


Jordan envisions this balsam trunk as a squared post.         

Photo by Jo deVries

Ever since the beginning, man has messed up. We are told not to do things, and we do them anyway. In many ways, nothing has changed. It has always been only a tiny minority that seek the truth and who practise self-control. I’m just as guilty as the next person of being stupid and doing things I darn well know I shouldn’t. If that’s the case, then I have to forgive everyone else of being stupid, on occasion. But the mass of stupidity on this planet is staggering. That’s because it’s not stupidity that is driving humans to negative behavior. Many of the actions are intentional. It’s greed. It’s pride. It’s selfishness.

We are destroying our planet at an alarming rate. The words “climate change” were too easy for detractors to dismiss; the climate always changes, as they say. How about the cold, hard truth? Or, would that be too inconvenient?

Joseph Jenkins, brave forerunner of simple living and author of Humanure, brings to our attention the similarity between humanity and pathogenic organisms. A pathogen kills its host, not caring that the result is in fact, a slow suicide. We are killing Mother Earth, the very fabric from which we were made and eyeing other planets to inhabit and conquer. We have been warned and warned of our need to change. The result of that apathy toward clear scientific evidence is now being suffered by many and witnessed globally. Will even that make us change?

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