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The Coming Apocalypse and Life’s Cycles April 7, 2008

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There hasn’t been a-lot to write about from the business side of things lately, we’ve been ticking over nicely, but without any serious growth, which suits us just fine!

Someone asked me an interesting question yesterday “Why don’t you want to grow the business”? — and it made me think about life’s cycles and the apocalypse that our civilization is bringing upon ourselves, if only because we always want to grow, and consume more.

My first response was a bit like a parry back to what they had just said, in that I felt like I had to defend my reason for not wanting to grow the business, to constantly consume more and more.

I tried to keep calm and collected and offer a good well thought out response – what came out may not have been calm and collected as I ended up ranting about our civilizations constant need to grow and consume, but I think I got my point across in the end!

What I tried to say was that I didn’t think that a business had to constantly grow, to constantly consume and to be classed as successful, I mean, in the end what is success?

At the end of the day when we started out with the business, we wanted it to provide enough of an income for us to be able to work from home — we are nowhere near that yet, but it will come, one day. If that day doesn’t arrive then I’ll know that this business wasn’t for me, that it wasn’t supposed to provide me with a full time income — maybe because I don’t really need one perhaps?

If I had some land to live off of and could build myself a house etc, then I’m pretty sure I could be self-sufficient and not need a full-time income, but it would be nice to still have the business, and provide the products we do to people who wanted them, knowing that we could run the business at a small level and still provide ourselves with an income whilst helping others out with things they wanted.

I suppose that’s one of the things that is wrong with our civilization – that we always want things, which I don’t think is wrong in itself, but because there are so many of us on this planet now, it has devastating effects on the planet when a large number of us want things, especially considering that most things we want are unsustainable!

But the main problem I see is that of over population, no matter what things we want, it could be sustainable if there wasn’t as many people on the planet as there is now. I firmly believe that even if every single person on the planet was to live sustainably there wouldn’t be enough room for everyone to do so.

The earth can only carry everyone it does right now because we are all living so un-sustainably – and even then it is now severely stretched to the limit and is showing signs of cracking.

And a part of this problem is that unlike most animals and plants, we humans survive beyond a certain environments carrying capacity. Whereas an animal or plant will normally only survive in a particular environment if it only eats and uses what it needs to survive and no more – we continue to consume more than is neccessary.

If an animal or plant population get beyond what the land can carry, then normally they die off naturally, lack of food, lack of space to live so they compete with each other, and so die off another way.

But us humans have found numerous ways to overcome the lands capacity to only carry a certain population level, and because we cannot see the damage we are doing until it is too late, we continue on with the growth – in fact, even when we can see the damage we are doing we still continue on the growth and take parts of other lands to enable us to continue living on the same way.

But what we all seem to miss is the cycles that the life around us leads – and we must be pretty blind to miss it.

We know when it is Spring, Summer or Winter don’t we? … we know when it is Night or Day don’t we? … and we therefore should know that these continuous events of seasons and days/nights go in cycles … for some time it’s light then dark, then light then dark again, which is a cycle. Then some months it is cold, then warm, then wet, then cold, then warm again, yet another cycle.

So perhaps then we can look at ourselves, and the life we are all leading and say “are we living a cycle” ?

Is the destruction that we have brought upon the earth, just leading up to a massive point where the planet we live on has enough and through earthquakes, tsunamis, weather fronts etc slowly reduces our population, or kills it off completely and starts off the cycle of life on earth again?

Maybe if there are any humans around for the next cycle of life on this planet, we will have learned somehow that our previous attempts at living we’re not sustainable, and actually sped up the planets own natural cycles, but then what if they actually were sustainable, but yet it didn’t matter and the earth continued its own cycle, and kills all life on the planet off again?

Anyway, enough of that, I want to say that I do firmly believe that their is a cycle our planet is going through right now, where I think a massive chunk of our population will die off/be killed off (Apocalypse??) and whether it is from the earth’s very own natural life cycle or it’s from our own doing, I don’t think it really matters.

But it’s coming and it’s too hard to ignore … what I think we all have to think about is how we want to live our lives during this time, and if we do survive through it, what kind of lives will we be able to lead afterwards, and most importantly, what skills will we need? … but that’s for another post!

Until next time…

Mike

What religion do you follow? March 28, 2008

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One of our customers sent an interesting email the other day – they asked what religion did I follow?

I wasn’t sure if they meant me myself or everyone at the Enchanted Gift Shop, but anyway, I thought I would put an answer up on the blog about what religion I believe in…

The short answer is none. Nope, I don’t follow or believe in any ‘one’ particular religion.

Pagan Wiccan SymbolIslamic SymbolCeltic SymbolChristian Symbol

But what I do believe in is some part of all religions — I’m not an Atheist that’s for sure, I’m also not a Pagan, Celtic, Christian, Muslim or in-fact any other.

I have always been around people who did follow a particular religion, and have always questioned their beliefs and asked them what they were based on etc … and over time I have come to my own beliefs based partially on these answers but mainly on my own experiences.

And for me that is what I believe we must all do throughout life, question what others tell us, experience things for ourselves, and then make our own minds up about things — not just in religion, but in every aspect of our lives.

So, I don’t follow any particular religion, but I do have certain beliefs that I try to stick to them where ever possible, some of which include…

Treating other people as I would want them to treat me:

Hand Shake of Love

Now this is a basic premise of a-lot of religions for sure, and even if your not religious you probably believe this anyway … but for me no matter who or what you are, be it human or animal, in your heart you are an honest, loving being … it’s only the circumstances that you find yourself in, or have put yourself in that turn you other wise.

Every single being on this planet begins life as an honest and loving being … it’s the life that they then lead that changes this or enhances this — but I firmly believe that no matter what circumstances you find yourself in you should always treat everyone exactly how you would like to be treated.

If you enjoy pain and hurt then fine treat everyone like that, but you’ll soon find that you won’t have many people around you to treat this way — but if you enjoy being honest and loving, then you will soon find that you have alot more loving and honest people around you too.

OK, onto another of my beliefs…

Treating your land-base with respect:

Heart World

Now, by land-base I mean environment, the land you live on, the water you drink, the animals you live with, the air you breath … you get the idea.

As a basic premise of anything in our lives, I firmly believe that we should respect the world we live on and in – live sustainably, live ethically, live honestly — how can we expect to have a long and enjoyable life, and family for generations after we have gone if we treat the world we live on with disrespect?

Now we probably all know what I am getting at here — at no other point in our human history (that I am aware of) have we been so disrespectful to the world we live on as we do right now at this point in time.

How can we expect our world to sustain our current way of life, when our entire civilization is built on being the most powerful beings on the planet and letting every other being on the planet and the planet itself know it too!

Sure the planet and the beings on it fight back sometimes, but our civilization continues on a destructive path — for what purpose though? Why do we have to have more of this or that, why do we have to destroy everything we come across, to the point that there is nothing left to destroy and we end up destroying ourselves?

As we should all know or can easily find out in to-days world, there really is no need for our civilization to continue as it is … our civilization needs to end, and end now.

We need to come up with a new way of living, a new way of treating this world and all it’s inhabitants – and there are people out there trying to do this … everyone of them (including me) tries to do it in their own way .. and no one way is right 100%, but as-long as we are respecting the world and it’s inhabitants whilst we are trying to change, then we should be ok.

Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent here, heh!

Getting back to what I was talking about… my beliefs.

Yin Yang

Basically all my beliefs revolve around my land-base, the world I live in, so anything I do I try to ensure it doesn’t effect negatively on the world around me, for sure there is a percentage of the time that I cannot but do something that harms my world, but the idea is that I am constantly working towards not doing this … maybe I will get there in my life time, maybe I won’t, but the hope is what I do now, others will learn from and continue what I do … as there are many people doing right now – all learning from each other, and trying to create a better world.

So to end with, I don’t believe in any one religion, in-fact I think religion as it is portrayed in today’s world, is just another way of our dominating culture destroying the world, but that post is for another day.

You get what you throw out onto the world thrown back at you twice as hard, so why not throw love and honesty out and see what happens?!

xx

Christina & Mike