1864 is a year that no Dane is allowed to forget. It was a gruesome defeat, we lost to the germans, we lost a large chunk of our country, most of the southern part.
There are songs about 1864. Popular tv shows. Everybody knows.
1864 was a year of shame (and we don´t forget easy)
(spend a long time staring at this tree, it had kind of wandered down to the sea, the roots still attached to some soil in the past but how about that! A wandering tree!)
1. It is my experience that church congregations, “forsamlingshuse”, local organisations or food sharing communities can gather quite the audience whereas I know that the libraries and the cafés might be struggling a bit more.
As a professional talk-giver (question-answering, dialogue- artist) I have noticed an increase in the interest for going to these events and I´ve heard the bookers talk about this too… however the increase seems to be more noticeable at places that nurture COMMUNITY.
This makes me feel optimistic. I find this to be a positive sign of change.
There was a lot of people last night. A whole lot- a lot of older people, a lot of younger people, people from every aspect of Danish society (and hi to the Icelanders too!) It just never seizes to amaze me…. that I get to do this.
I get to tell them about the pioneer metaphor, the settler life, the hardships and the blessings I get to say “Look at what we lost! Look at what our forefathers fought for! Look at how we kick each other downwards now, how we treat the soil, look at the lack of nature here, look at the lack of social tolerance and solidarity, this is not good, we need to change as a COMMUNITY we need to deal with these problems!”
and then the people – oh my god- nod!
I slept in my car tonight. I sometimes do that. It´s very simple. It´s an equation: the more you are prepared to scale down your comfort- the greater becomes your freedom.
This equation applies to everything, all of the time.
The above sentences should be underscored.
I felt like driving for a long time before I could sleep so I did and then I parked somewhere and tried to sleep but I couldn´t sleep because it occurred to me that it would be FALSE for me to only blog about our wilderness life.
A lot of us, radicals, homesteaders, permacultural, self-sufficient, bush crafting alternative people- we actually make a little bit of money by communicating our lifestyles.
That´s most often HOW we make the (little) amount of money we need for gasoline, coffee, chocolate, investments in soil, animals, materials.
We might do courses or talks or write books. Communicating is a huge part of our lives and although some people might find this “unauthentical” or whatever (this is authenticity: Don´t tell me who to be, how to feel, what to do or how to write!) communicating is still a craft and a skill just like making hugelkultur raised beds of fermenting beet root or building log cabins.
Which is why I should share my experiences of being on the road.
2. Stay close to the truckers. Never sleep alone in the dark in the city or somewhere desolated, you´ll find yourself laying awake all night feeling exposed. Park where the truckers park. These men and women who bring you your goods, day in and day out they drive on the highways, live in their machines, they keep an eye out for each other and if you park in your little car next to their big car they will protect you. Which also makes me feel optimistic: those who are bigger should look out for those who are smaller.
And they do.
I should tell you about my problem solving, experiences, the tips and tricks – because, for a lot of people going off grid or fleeing into the wild, communicating- returning, sharing stories, insights, is a part of the deal. For monetary reasons, sure, we depend on these talks, but it has also become increasingly important for me to contribute with what I have, what I can. We left this sick capitalistic consumerist fascist society- we didn´t leave COMMUNITY, as such.
People need each other. It goes both ways.
So I will blog about doing talks, touring too. This is not a lesser part of our wilderness life.
You wonder why I mention 1864?
3. A talk never consists of just the talk itself, the work is a work of being present.
After the talk there will be some selling of books and talking to people who might want to share thoughts with you. I spent some time talking with the church warden when everyone had left. We were talking about the government, all the fancy people over in Copenhagen, they don´t get it, they don´t know what is happening, people are sick and tired of the consumerist growth rhetorics! He said.
They don´t know what is happening amongst the people.
“Change will come from below” he said. A nice looking christian man, animated, hopefully “Change will come from the people!” he said and then it was my time to nod.
“It´s just like in 1864! The politicians forced us into war, their big plans and their stubbornness (if it were ok to spit he would done at this point in the conversation) and then we lost!”