Well wouldn’t you know it . . . . just ran across an acronym version of the LESS word.
John Micheal Greer in his “Green Wizardry” published in 2013. Pages 177, 179-181; his LESS strategy:
personally dedicate yourself to “Less Energy, Stuff, and Stimulation”
I got this book used for $1 at a used book sell. I though so much it would be typical ex-hippy green-spin that I bought a more traditional four family’s gardening stories book, “People with Dirty Hands” (makes for happiness) to balance out my mind input/outputs.
“You are what you eat” is true - you WILL be influenced by what you read/let-into your head is true too.
Why he is saying us moderns now are so, too addicted over-stimulated that itself becomes a weening off habit as bad as energy-hogging and being possessed by our lust for more and more Stuff.
Interesting man postulating hard history based projections for civilizations/societies that once the growth blushed possibility’s were used-up/declining, then hard into expectations contractions.
He says before we could ever get to a better-world-tomarrow; we surrounded by built-up/accumulated things of a dino-hogging-rich Today must go through a salvage-society phase. That it will take half a century to re-purpose/use-up what at a much lower energy-posibilites can never be maintained let along replaced.
After the “fall” contraction of Rome many of the massive stone works were torn down and the cheap-labor slaves cut stone re-purposed to build more reasonable dwellings.
Post WWII Berlin has mound-hill parks and expansion areas built up from the bombing rubble of hundereds of years accumulated buildings. Same for Tokyo.
The 19th century steam iron-works mostly all got melted down for newer internal combustion 20th century works.
He makes a lot of practical sence.
In this book he says he will only recommend methods and tecniqics that he has done himself. Home energy conservation, small livestock, food gardening, etc.
Had to give up his 1980’s years “Down Home Funk Lifesyle” after meeting, marrying and then comes a child phase of life. He now lives/recommends a self proclaimed “Retrofit” lifestyle. Old farm house improved, etc.
One very, very interesting broad-society approach that he recommends is, “The Way of the Dissentious”.
Woodgasing this means trying, developing many ways.
No one way will fit all.
No one way will fit all cercumstances.
That anytime as individuals, species, societies we become lock into just one perfect/best way of anything . . . . . conditions WILL change; circumstances WILL change; and then we Will fall down stuck out on that single weak limb…
You see this try anything/everything approach in 'Ma Nature a lot.
She spews seeds out capaciously letting circumstances sort out the survivors for that time and place. Multi birth critters one of her quick expansion to circumstances way.
Ha! Anyhow as a current publication book of course I could not find another used copy.
Ordered two more, new, to be able to gift out.
use “Less energy. Have less Stuff possessing you… Subject yourselves to less Stimulation’s distractions.” And always to live long, happy and wise, keep the hands getting dirty used.
tree-farmer Steve Unruh