It seems like feeling like a hypocrite is maybe higher level analogous to feeling like an imposter.jacob wrote: DMP and the whole UK environmentalist movement (e.g. David Flemming, Lean Logic) are quite localistic (is that a word?) and community-oriented, whereas ERE seems to lean more nomadic and individualistic. ...
That's interesting to me, because I'm aiming my lifestyle at around the time just before mass consumerism entered the world; like a bit before plastics, but with some electricity and limited oil. Call it early 1920s level. I am, of course, being a giant hypocrite about it.
I've been meaning to post this piece for a while. Toby Hemenway, late great permaculturist, writes about agriculture vs. nomadic lifestyle and also touches on theme of hypocrisy.
http://tobyhemenway.com/697-the-last-no ... e-of-fear/I remember telling a friend, “I know that all this schooling has bred me for it, but I don’t really want to contribute to this culture.” That has stayed with me. Sometimes I haven’t had the strength of character to stay true to that vision. Since those days, I’ve moved in and out of mainstream culture a couple of times. But this episode of nomadism has helped firm one thought: that at the end of my life, I hope I’ve done more to stop this culture of fear and create alternatives to it than contribute to it.
Anyways, it seems to me that in addition to future/past, local/global, the knowledge/skill spectrum should also be considered. For instance, I have been looking over the entirety of the General Science standards that are to be taught/achieved by 8th grade, and I was noticing that there is great variation over historical time in terms of when Any Human as opposed to Every 8th Grader would have had knowledge of these standards. For example, on time chart 8th grade Physics would barely breach the 18th century, but 8th grade Ecology would be maybe only 40 years out-of-date, and, therefore, more up-to-date than the knowledge held by most of their parents' generation.
Another way this might manifest is the difference between "importing" a computer chip to make my greenhouse ventilation system "smarter" vs. "importing" a book on the topic of genetics in order to make my green pea breeding project "smarter." My eNTP ideal model would be inclusive of maximizing what knowledge/skill can produce within locality. For instance, why not build a foxhole radio using metal extracted on site via Primitive Technology methods, if you can? Why not build a solar cell breeder plant, if you can? I mean, I certainly can't (yet, likely ever), but I think it would be super-cool if somebody could.