I couldn’t agree more with Max Igan when he repeats that losing our life skills is assuredly one of the most serious vulnerabilities of modern civilization.
Of course, I can’t agree with his ‘no private property’ stance, but that’s another post.
Igan’s outlook reminds me when I was first introduced to the theory of Spiral Dynamics, when my fellow students (mostly middle-aged women of a relatively superior income class) immediately ‘recognized’ themselves in the ‘highly evolved’ stage of ‘Turquoise’. Big surprise.
I was far too polite when I refrained from pointing out what was obvious to me even as a novice, having already been ploughing away on the wee homestead by then for several years.
“Your Turquoise is built on a house of cards, Madame,” is what was obvious to me immediately, and which I longed to express. If it were built on a house of sand you’d be far safer, I’d then add.
Even my favorite synopsis of this social theory fails to highlight the significance of ‘Beige’ — the foundations of civilization. This stage is considered to be subsistence living, hand-to-mouth, barely advanced to basic tribal existence.
The theorist here, Don Beck, demonstrates respect, even some reverence to their ancient wisdom, but with the assumption, it seems obvious to me, that an evolved civilization has technological immunity to such bio-psycho-social devolution that would accompany this exceptional vulnerability of modern life.
You think butchering and gardening, farming and foraging are skills beneath you, Family Silicon Valley?
Or, in the tolerant, nostalgic age they are, at best, quaint lost skills to pine about and imitate in your Petri dishes? Ya’ll can’t possible recognize your feeble attempts bound to fail as you attempt to fit all of creation into your teensy-BIG Smart World?
Think again, former friends. Here are the real skills armies and resilient cultures are built on.
Here’s your reality, Family Turquoise, if the grid goes down, you can’t survive, not even for a fortnight. Psychic breakdown would occur almost immediately, due to lack of any authentic earthly connections or spiritual foundations in your personal or family or community unit.
Then the true reality of your vulnerability would hit home for real. You have NO LIFE SKILLS, at all! Not spiritually, not physically, not emotionally.
Most Americans these days can’t even cook from scratch. This skill was lost in barely two generations. And what’s worse, they can’t even fathom what happens to the individual mind, let alone the family and in turn the collective consciousness, when faced head-on with annihilation.
The more ‘superior’ one calls themselves in the modern world is directly related to how vulnerable they really are. Perhaps that’s what the well-quoted Bible translation meant in claiming, “The meek shall inherit the earth.”
As a wise woman in an era of uncertainty, who are you going to put your confidence in—the wealthy CEO of Fiction, USA with a San Francisco loft worth a few million on paper—or the ‘poor’ man who can trap, shoot, butcher and even cook the meat for your table?
That the ‘A Class’ woman chooses poorly in this situation doesn’t surprise me at all considering our current state of affairs and the fact that of the many supporters as well as volumes discussing this social theory of Spiral Dynamics, I’ve yet to find one who gets the full nuance of Beige.
Modern folk just don’t want to go there. It’s like the old lyrics, “How ya gonna keep them down on the farm once they’ve seen gay Paris?” It’s hard work after all.
It’s not just whistling Dixie in your Tu-Tu, thanks anyway, Grandma.
So we get Soy-Boys who are good at sales, rather than competent men who can bring home the real bacon. The ‘elite-class’ calls this ‘evolution’. This is ‘spiritual’ advancement.
Why might they promote this among the plebs and their entertainers? Heaven knows!
If one isn’t capable of hurting a fly, then we’ve evolved to societal sainthood, according to these shysters. This is their Utopia.
As for the adult-children bolstering these Pied Pipers? How long shall the competent among a functional colony support them, I wonder?
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall . . .
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall . . .
And I said, “Serves ya right, fat ass in fantasy land.”
2 thoughts on “It’s a Life Skills Problem”
excellent post. i agree with you about propery rights. I don’t buy the collective rights theory or the no rights. people who want to take your property are the ones arguing for that. they don’t have it and you do…
I was just talking about that subject this morning with handsome hubby. how the people in the city are the useless eaters. they create mounds of garbage and no skills. they live in feed lots for people. being fed like baby birds. except they eat the same crap as the cows do. toxic waste passed off as food. they even consume the plastic! the bits that the food is coated it and gets cooked and eaten.
folks sold on an ”American Dream”…that is an illusion. sold on a sound bite! A commercial slogan that is meaningless!! it is indeed a feedlot for humans! They exist to work for a paycheck. they turn around and buy toxic swill and chinese garbage that fills the mountains and mountains of trash only to do it again next week. run a hamster wheel without ever experiencing life. they can nothing for themselves. NOTHING….as you said…can’t cook a meal, can’t make their shoes or clothing, can’t cut their own hair, can’t make soap, cheese, condiments, can’t grow a garden, don’t know where it comes from!
Traded independents for a slave state worse then any that has been before! They even took their minds and spirit and put them in chains. Chains forged by the person themselves! one paycheck at a time.
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Thanks for your thoughtful reply! I wish the skill-less, mindless consumer zombies were confined to the cities! I think you’ll like this article, long, but excellent with lots of links and references: http://www.michaeltsarion.com/an-address-to-the-dead.html
On the owning property point, I’m not sure if Igan’s ever said directly he’s against it, but he often repeats his childhood horror at learning land was owned. It’s a tough subject I want to explore more for sure, b/c certainly we should not just allow select individuals to own entire countries, like 6,600 million acres by Queen Elizabeth II !! http://www.whoownstheworld.com/about-the-book/largest-landowner/?ref=patrick.net
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