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Very well put! Thanks for sharing it.

Daniel, you already claim to be a loner, an environmentalist, a curmudgeon. What have you got to lose if you hold your ground on maintaining your vegetable, fruit, and flower forest on your own property? 

Are you interested in being voted the nicest man on the block? 

Are you willing to give up on your values just because someone doesn't like your principles of agriculture? 

Are you willing and able to keep the roadside strip mowed so that the Roundup man doesn't have an excuse to spray your piece?

What is the worst that would happen if you became acquainted with the county weed control person or whoever orders the poisons to be spread on the roadside to work out a deal?

If the weed official isn't willing to negotiate or compromise, then can you come up with another plan .... like put spikes in the ground that will puncture tires of a tractor? 

Or hang chains across the strip that requires the tractor to stop? 

Or whatever will impede the tractor from proceeding? 

I think you better be sure that whatever you do doesn't land you in jail or with a hefty fine. DAMN!

Daniel, you are right. Your strategy works for you and more power to you! If the weed commissioner comes by, you will do what is the best thing for you. 

Your meadow of flowers is what I hoped to have at L&L Acres, but we couldn't because of needing the space cleared for fire protection. There are so many things I can do here in my home that supports wildlife; I am happier here than in the forest. 

Seeing your vegetables and fruits, realizing someone had to plant those things to have a harvest, indicates you have faith in the future -- even as ignorant or mean people do foolish or mean things. Minding your business offers an excellent model for me. Let people make their decision in life with the natural consequences seems to be the way to go.  

Good for you! I like your response to my rant!

Daniel, I would be dismayed as well, if I were in your position.  I've not thought about people not liking nature, but after reading your post, I think you're right.

I have my front yard filled with nature, and haven't had any complaints yet, but it's likely some of my neighbors don't like it.  Talking about keeping it mowed, there's a neighbor at the end of the block that, in my opinion, wastes a great deal of time keeping his lawn "perfect".  I'm amazed at how often I see him working it.  He probably spends a fair amount of money on it also.  The person across from him also keeps his lawn "immaculate".

I'm fortunate to have better neighbors than you.  I have several that compliment me on my garden, and often have distant neighbors that walk by and compliment me.

A month ago, a young guy was walking by and stopped to talk about my garden.  He said he has some of the same things in his garden, and asked for my advice about gardening.  When I mentioned I needed to remove some of my raspberries to give the rest more light, he got-up the courage to ask if he could take some for his garden.  I said sure, and he was very pleased.  I gave him a shovel and he dug a small up.  He was walking, so didn't take many.  I said he could come back and take more.  He said he would and would bring his wife back to see my garden.  I've not seen him since, but it may just be that he is shy about ringing my bell.  He was shy about asking me for the raspberries he took.

Spud, you have a great garden and you work hard in it.  The fellow who stopped by could the value of your efforts and seemed willing to learn. Good for you! Great job!

Over the years I have become closely attached to many different indigenous tribes of Native Americans. The elders tell the story handed down to them one generation after another. Their stories begin to sound as though they are one story. Some were migratory tribes, some settled. Many were matrilineal, meaning kinship was based on the mother's line, not matriarchal which means females hold primary power. 

Even when I was in Greece with Marija Gimbutas and Riane Eisler, we learned the early societies were matrilineal. Women owned the things of the tribe, i.e. blankets, baskets, clay pots, then metal pots and utensils belonged to the mother's side. Gimbutas found no evidence of matriarchal societies. 

When the Europeans arrived in the Americas, from England, Portugal, and Spain, they were all christians which had evolved into patriarchal societies, meaning males hold primary power.  

This mixture of European patriarchal power and Native American matrilineal power, with European power dominating Native American power, resulted in the Native American women, who owned the things of a tribe, were claimed by the Europeans as their property as well as the land that had been free-range. 

I know, it sounds confusing, but the point I am trying to make here is that the Native Americans and their loss of all forms of power must have felt very much like atheists not being allowed into the decision-making power of a community. 

Stop and think of what that means, i.e. Native American, African Americans, women, wage-working men, environmentalist, and all non-believers in superhuman powers have something in common and create a natural coalition of people who want a voice in their lives.

2016 seems to me to be a good year to start building alliances with the goal of becoming full citizens with one person one vote in our political lives. No one needs to assimilate into the patriarchal, white, and male social system. We have a voice and ARE the social system. 

Not everyone wants to be or can be firebrand atheist that David Silverman espouses. However, we can begin by not being powerless, not accepting the rules that other people make, not remaining quiet when the church is tax-free and taking an active part in influencing elections. There are those of us who like the role of fireband. Others like the role of standing up for his or her rights. 

We don't have to all have pristine yards with golf course lawns and sculpted shrubs. Some of us claim the right to have food forests or vegetables and fruits in our front yards. Each one can take a part in the effort. I would like to see someone submit a daily article on Facebook about Permaculture! That would begin to change minds. I would like to see someone submit a daily news piece to Facebook on universal health care. We could use a daily piece on water conservation and one on climate change. Others could write daily on wealth inequality. Facebook could use a daily piece on extreme wealth/extreme poverty. I would like to see a piece every single day on solar energy and a daily one on solar roads. We could use a daily article on Permaculture, and hugelkulturs, and urban chicken farming. How about an each day of the week on the harm of the deadly chemicals and the use of safe methods to produce healthy food. Cancers, all kinds, need to be highlighted. We desperately need every single day ways to resolve conflicts and solve problems without violence. We all need to say "NO" to any more wars! Hold whoever is elected accountable for his or her actions. Hold their feet to the fire to the point they want to throw in the towel. 

Firebrand Atheism - David Silverman

Outstanding.  Without any suggestion of the supernatural we are shown what our heritage is, how terribly long it has gone on, and how little we matter in it.  Fools who place "the bottom line" above nurturing all the planet's resources can endanger all life for all time to come.   We who allow it are also culpable, and must awaken and demand better.  

Thank you, Joan.


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