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the only Ethica decision

Mollison was, and still is, entirely correct with this statement on so many levels. Lets take the statement apart and look at the key words for some better understanding.

Only – to the exclusion of all others

We have many paths that we can take to the future; some lead to greatness, others less so, and some should be avoided altogether. It may sound simple, perhaps even sensible, but it makes no sense to take paths that lead to outcomes other than positive, and hopefully great. And yet we too often take those paths to our ultimate regret. So we need to keep reminding ourselves, that the ONLY paths to take should be to positive outcomes, and maybe some that are great.

Ethics WHY

There have been quite a few posts going around the traps lately listing the top [insert number here] things we can do to fix climate change. Of course, these types of posts have been around for quite a while, but for some reason they seem to be prominent in my part of the world. And whilst they are all filled with useful tips, or at least the ones I have seen, they all miss the most important and most effective thing we can do to fix climate change/chaos/uncertainty – Improve the Way We Think!

Thinking is important, as is how we think! Edward de Bono reports that he started a school program teaching the students about thinking and different thinking techniques. At the end of the year, all the students in the thinking program performed much better in their final assessments across all subjects than those who had not attended the thinking program, even though the thinking program students had not received any additional tutoring in their standard subjects. The key was their ability to think beyond our accepted norm.

HOW Thinking

Historically, Permaculture as a design system has been around for over 40 years now, a product of the collaboration between Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. In terms of strategies and techniques there was very little that was new, in fact I understand that Mollison himself is known to have said repeatedly, “There is nothing new in Permaculture!” Indeed these strategies and techniques have been around for a long time, often centuries or millennia.

It’s an age old question that has been floating around for perhaps as long as has Permaculture itself. An one that is nigh impossible to answer.

What was and still is new about Permaculture is the bringing together of all these strategies and techniques into a Functional Design system. But even then, defining Permaculture is a nigh impossible task.

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