Local for Life
If you think it's not possible that there are magical creatures just outside of our awareness, then consider this:
Deer are actually magical creatures who reside in our cities invisibly. They use our crosswalks, recognize patterns in our traffic, and keep a constant watch upon us, without us ever suspecting they are present.
Don't believe me? Watch this video: The Private Life of Deer. What you know about deer might not even be scratching the surface.
Deer aren't the only thing we fail to fully notice, however. What about the bigger picture? Consider the weather in our Pacific Northwest.
I once lived in a temperate rainforest, with only warm and cold wet seasons instead of the traditional four. We would make fun of tourists who came during a seasonable time and, so, brought nothing to keep themselves dry in the rain.
Things are changing too quickly now. That climate no longer exists here. Thunder storms don't rally in weeks of light rain anymore. Turbulence is more common but precipitation is less frequent. Summers are hot and dry. Even in the past three years the changes are noticeable, and further north there's a tipping point already exceeded now. Globally, we will probably never be able to reverse what's already happening.
The world is changing, my friend. If there is to be a garden, then it's time to start planting! Industrial agriculture is the number one example of humans wrecking our bio dome called earth, and it's not even a solution to hunger. It depletes the world's resources hundreds of times over what needs to be locally produced. Food can grow in our backyards.
So then let's not buy things that should come so easily. Let's grow our own foods while we still can, share with our friends, and convince them to grow some, too. Every dollar not spent to survive is a dollar that doesn't need to be created in the first place. (Humans need food, not money, to survive.)
When delivery of food supplies suffers even a regional outage, how could my neighborhood still thrive? With garden baskets and other goods that actual neighbors have produced for this purpose, that's how, starting now and continuing, from now on. If we're not thinking local for life right now, for more than just a near-starving survival situation when things get "bad," then we're missing the point.
And that's not even the beginning. Look around and see the other things we need: air, water, and shelter, for starters. We're been fooled into striving for money when we need the opposite. We need to be home taking care of our families.
The money market has sucked more goodness from our planet than it can sustain. In any event, money is not designed to sustain people when something happens and they have only their local neighborhood for resources.
Taking care of ourselves cannot happen within the current normal. Corporations and their laws are not protecting us from mother earth, and our industries will continue to strip away our chances for survival, whether we start to act now, or not! It is imperative that we humans heed the warnings and take a lesson from nature around us: Prepare, and share what you know, with the people around you. This can only be done in person.
Local for Life means strong local communities that are more resilient to changes in our world. We do not need to believe that the world is coming to an end; instead we need to realise that even a small disaster, somewhere else, could cut off vital supplies from our rural community for a long time.
Will ours be a neighborhood with garden baskets going around, or dangerous bands of hungry people going around to pillage the remaining survivalist strongholds?
It's not enough to prepare myself anymore --not that I had been doing so before now, anyway, but I'm starting to see the light. I need all of us to survive so that I can feel this particular place is safe for my family, for life, to thrive in spite of the world's other woes. I need my neighbors for things I'm not good at making, and vise versa. I need to be more aware, of how the world around me actually works, and of what we can do now besides business as usual.
Nature's magic includes us all in its bounty, but that's only enough for us if we really embrace it now.