Monday, February 27, 2012

What are you learning?

Tribal Class Room

So today I was rereading some of my old blogs, wondering if I should repost them or what I should do with them. I thought that they each had some useful information in them. I also saw how I have changed over the year since I wrote most of them. When I started this blog, the main point I wanted to focus on was survival. I had looked around at all the different blogs and sites on the net and thought “I have something to add”. I wanted to add a touch of Nature to what I had seen.  Survive this and that is almost always centered on the tools. It seemed like you were in a big contest and your competitor was Mother Nature. It’s no big surprise who’s going to win this one.

Now survival is one of the things that I’ve been taught from a very young age.  It is also one of the things that I have noticed we may be off track with.  You can find books and info on surviving almost anything; there are wilderness, urban, and doomsday survival just to name a few.  My idea for this blog is not just survival, but living. I don’t just want to survive this or that I want to Strive.  I don’t want to survive nature I am part of nature.  

By learning to live with nature and becoming self reliant I can not only survive I can thrive. A bad snow storm comes and can’t get out to the store, that’s ok because we’ve learned to garden and can our food. The spring storms knock out the grid electric, that’s where having solar and other sources come in- plus the fact we learn not to be dependent on electricity. People have done without it for 1000’s of years and some do even to this day, some do so by choice while some just don’t have the option.

Living the way we do is a learned process. We have been taught, for the most part by well intending people (parents or mentors) to do it this way, it’s easier.  Why? Each generation wants the next to “have it better than we did”. This is all well and good, but after this happening over a few generations we start to lose the knowledge and/or the ability to do things.

 It’s much easier to go to the store and buy a knife than to make one.  Want a cake? You go buy one. Who has the time to make one from scratch, are you crazy? Buy a box one! The instant society trying to make things easier for us has also dumbed us down as well as taken some of the best things from us. There is nothing better than a home cooked meal made from scratch. Trust me; my wife is an Amazing cook.

We also have been taught to fear things instead of respecting them. For instance, some people fear the dark. We are not born fearing the dark. My little boy, 20 months old- Harley could care less if it’s dark or light. He knows where he wants to go and goes. He doesn’t turn a light on every time he walks into a dark room. No one has told him the dark is something to fear and trust me he does know how to flip a light switch…repeatedly.

I have seen this process unfold with my daughter Brianna. She had never been afraid of the dark either. Then someone told her don’t go into a dark room, turn the light on, you don’t want them or it to get you.  It was done in jest or as picking but in her mind something had to be in there she couldn’t see, why else would they say that. It had never dawned on her before that point, that “something else” was in there now just because it’s dark. Her fear is the result of something learned passed down to her. Having a respect for the dark is fine- you probably don’t want to run into a dark toy filled room at high speed, but the toys were there in the light too.

I think it’s time we get back to learning how to do things, not just do things the easy way. The craftsmanship and pride in doing and making things yourself, the knowing of what’s really in the food you eat; these are qualities and answers most people don’t put into ,or get from things anymore.  Time to remove the fear of nature thinking she’s something to survive. Learning to live with nature not just exploiting her till we use her all up or damage her to the point we can’t survive.

Cause it will be no surprise who wins if it’s a competition. Not a partnership

Maybe it’s time to learn to “Go Tribal”

Tribal Hawk ©2012
Tim Clifton 
SLC-360© 2013

Monday, February 20, 2012

Just what is all this Tribal talk about?

Apocalypse Tribes, New Earth Tribes, Neo-Tribes and Spiritual Tribes: It started out with people who were deemed fringe groups yet now it’s becoming main stream.
Webster defines tribe as 
1a: a social group comprising numerous families, clans, or generations together with slaves, dependents, or adopted strangers
2: a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest

Tribalism as

1: Tribal consciousness and loyalty; especially: exaltation of the tribe above other groups

2: strong in-group loyalty

There are many uses on the term tribal in the context of things people are into today, neo tribalism, post modern tribalism, new earth tribes, burning man tribe and others. Tribal to some people mean native or indigenous tribes, you don’t have to be of a certain race or belief to be in a post modern tribe. Post modern Tribes form for many reasons mostly because the family unit has disappeared and a form of group bonding is longed for.

We feel something is missing. Something is missing, the world is not right. Humans are the only living thing that pays to live on earth. Think about that for a minute, most living things except humans are born, raised by a parent or parents, reach adult hood provide for themselves, procreate, then die. Now while I realize there are some variations on this and the speed at which you get from step one to the last step greatly varies. The basics are the same.

Humans are born, given a number as well as a name and cataloged in to a big system, where we are expected to go to school to get a job so we can “PAY” for food, shelter, and clothing and to save money so we can pay someone to take care of us when we can no longer do it ourselves. WHAT? Where is the living part? Where is the freedom? Oh I have it as long as it fits into the confines of the system?

But the system is broken. Societies have risen and fallen since the dawn of time. Look around at the fallen empires of old, look around today, this isn’t working.  We have gotten too far away from that which sustains us, too far away from nature and each other. Most of us have no clue where our food and water comes from, much less what’s in it. People have lost the ability to take care of themselves. We have to “work” to make money to pay for things we can’t do ourselves. Now I’m not against working, In fact working in our garden is fun to me. I’m against a system so far removed from the earth and spirit, that it exploits us and the earth only to sustain itself.  The only way the big machine has any hopes of continuing is if you are too busy or distracted to see you are just a number, just a cog. The system is designed to keep the masses busy and if you’re not busy enough then it keeps you distracted.

Tribal Structures are working though. There are remote tribes still in existence today that prove this as well as the new tribes that are forming. The tribal community, which I’m looking to foster see’s each person as a unique and wonderful being. Where we are in touch with nature and are striving to become self reliant.  Learning and relearning skills such as gardening, wild crafting, holistic medicines and others. To work with nature and not against it, to take care of Mother Earth and not exploit her. To live as we are all apart of each other and connect with the spiritual side of life as well. To have fun and experience life outside of someone else’s box.

Look at any tribal system outside of human ones, they work, live, laugh and mourn together. They aren’t just in touch with nature they are a part of it! It’s a system that works.

I wanna “GO TRIBAL” 

Tribal Hawk ©2012
Tim Clifton 
SLC-360© 2013