Ruminations With a View

Reg Darling, Dorset, VT, 8/16/14

Reg Darling, Dorset, VT, 8/16/14

Mad Woodsman’s Manifesto

Article IV: There are too damned many people. Pollution is, among other things, a symptom of overpopulation. Political leaders have not taken meaningful steps to limit population growth because they do not want to. A steady supply of the young and poor flowing forth from a large, frightened, apathetic working class is necessary fodder for cannons, meaningless and/or dangerous work, votes easily purchased with shallow, cynical lies, and the constantly expanding markets that fuel the constantly expanding fortunes of the rich. There is no reason disconnected from the greed of the rich and powerful that the world should have a human population larger than three billion.

Reg Darling, watercolor journal, 8/18/14

Reg Darling, watercolor journal, 8/18/14

Reg Darling, Dorset, VT, 8/16/14

Reg Darling, Dorset, VT, 8/16/14

Reg Darling, Dorset, VT, 8/16/14

Reg Darling, Dorset, VT, 8/16/14

Mad Woodsman’s Manifesto

Article III: Unloved work is the great, unacknowledged problem of the Industrial Age. The entrapment of most people (even the relatively affluent) in lives of labor they do not and cannot love is an essential component in the pervasive atmosphere of apathy and defeatism which nurtures the passivity requisite to maintain our collective willingness to tolerate false and needless wars, environmental degradation, and the steady erosion of basic civil rights. What, in a village or on a small farm, would have once been called a “work ethic” has devolved into an ethic of drudgery. This process has been reflected and supported by a parallel devolution of education into vocational training.

Reg Darling, watercolor journal, 8/17/14 (3” x 4 1/2” paper by Twinrocker)

Reg Darling, watercolor journal, 8/17/14 (3” x 4 1/2” paper by Twinrocker)

Reg Darling, Hammondsport, NY, 8/11/14

Reg Darling, Hammondsport, NY, 8/11/14

Mad Woodsman’s Manifesto

Article II: Our various governments have not taken meaningful steps to reduce human dependency on fossil fuels, despite the many catastrophes that dependency has spawned, for a reason which, despite the terrifying complexities of its machinations, can be stated very simply: they don’t want to.

The real, functional political issue has little to do with a finite and shrinking supply of oil, global warming, or the dangers of nuclear energy. The real issue is whether the generation and consumption of energy will be small and local with an emphasis on family and community self-sufficiency, or large and monopolistic with an emphasis on family and community dependency. Massive, dishonest, and often violent manipulations of the cost and availability of energy, coupled with the multifaceted terrorism of war and looming environmental catastrophe serve to maintain the demoralized apathy of dependency that keeps the masses viewing their political leaders as abused children look at their parents: with a weird mixture of awe, love, and fear so intense that it blocks them from realizing the pathetic miscreants ought to be caged and medicated.

Reg Darling, watercolor journal, 8/16/14

Reg Darling, watercolor journal, 8/16/14