Starting anew (anew – in a new or different form)

It’s time.  I’ve been following blogs and great bloggers for a few years now and it’s time.  Time to find my own voice, my own path and my own future.  It begins with the practice of discipline.  To sit and write daily, to understand all of the thoughts and ideas in my head and figure out what to do with them.  It’s begins with learning.  What is blogging?  What is SEO, what is an affliate link? And why should I care?

Breaking the carbon chains what does that mean?  I love economics the study of people, money, history and behavior.  So much of the current lifestyle is tied to the way our lives are lived and the basic premise of our consumer culture.  Our consumer culture is based on carbon, cheap energy.  So what does breaking the carbon chains mean?  It means examining our lives in the context of what is produced and what is consumed.  While many bloggers focus on the minimalist lifestyle which is the reduction of what is consumed, it is just as important to pay attention to what is produced.  Production can mean many things, the traditional definition is the production of goods and services.  But production can mean so much more, production of waste, production of food, production of energy, production of thought, production of relationships, production of experiences, production of jobs. You get the idea.

South Dakota scenery

In pursuit of the good life, sometimes the definition of the good life get’s lost or confused.  Sometimes its because what once seemed like the ideal life, becomes a life that was unanticipated or maybe interrupted.  Sometimes its because the definition of the good life is defined for us by what is consumed in images, messages, commercialization, parents, culture, religion, tradition and peer pressure of others.  Our brave new digital world offers a chance to reflect on what the definition of the good life will look like in the technology future.  There are leaps and bounds being made daily that affect the way we will live in the world both now and in the future.

History into the future

The nature of our work lives has change dramatically in the last 100 years.  In the United States 25% of the jobs in the 1920’s were based on agriculture.  I’m sure the people who lived in those times never thought their jobs would disappear.  Compare that world to the world of the future, like the movie IRobot, where robots replaced all types of workers.  We are experiencing that transition now, robots manufacture robots, self-service checkout counters replace the check out clerk.  Or how about this, drones replace the delivery drivers of the future.  Farfetched?  Maybe, but the young generation of today expects technology to just do things.  Have you ever seen a 5 year old at a museum touch a screen and expect it to do something?  We need to take the opportunity to learn from the older generation, of what life was and what life could be like, when it isn’t focused on consuming but producing.  It’s possible the older generation I speak of has already passed from this world, but we can learn from history and the words of time past to regain the sense of what our lives may look like in a non-work world.

(And how handy that Word Press has a word count, to see how much is produced.  Ironic is the word)

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