Do it before the end of the year

“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”
     -Terence McKenna

There are still 5 or 6 weeks left in the year. That is more than enough time to teach yourself some useful skill that would be laughed off a sitcom or a talk show. Pick something you’ve always wanted to do and learn it!

  • Hunting
  • Shooting skills
  • Knitting
  • Canning
  • Butchering
  • Baking
  • Cooking without a recipe
  • Light a one-match fire

The list goes on and on…let’s learn how to keep chickens, even in town. Let’s figure out what we, personally, would do for water if the city tap dried up tomorrow. Or what we would do to keep warm if we were to take shelter in our own home during a 3 week winter power outage.


One response to this post.

  1. We’ve been raising rabbits off and on for the last decade, and I learned to butcher a rabbit a few years ago. We’ve also been raising chickens for a few years – both for eggs and for meat, but we’d never butchered our own chickens. A couple of weeks ago, a friend brought over a rooster she couldn’t/didn’t want to keep, and we butchered our first chicken. While killing something is never an easy task, the chicken harvest wasn’t as difficult as I’ve heard described. And I’m glad for the experience, because it takes me that much closer to being independent.


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