by Peter Greg
"Son of Town Hall"
I came across the Floating Nuetrinos website a few days ago, and it totally blew my mind! My existing paradigms around housing and my childhood dream of living on the water have been blown out of the box. I’ve been thinking lately about living and growing food on a boat, and not wanting to spend many thousands of dollars, have been investigating either building a raft, houseboat or yacht out of recycled materials. This would be a great sea-faring compliment to my current permaculture housing project, which is converting a diesel van converted to run on vegetable oil and used as a permie camper.
What is amazing is that this family have built not just one, but several seaworthy vessels, sourced from various pieces of scrap and junk around the areas they lived, as stated on the website, for “demonstrating viable alternatives to modern tendencies toward imitation, factory made consumerism, and loss of individual creativity”. Many said it would not be possible, but after receiving international news coverage, generating widespread publicity and interest, and even helping Katrina victims, they have not only redefined the entire paradigm of living on the water, housing and boating, but used these projects for creating the building blocks for a fascinating “toolbox” of effective techniques for psychological healing and empowerment. Multi-faceted outputs, and changing the inner world to create a desired outer world. Oh yes, Permaculture at its holistic finest!
As Captain Betsy puts it “our outer projects were merely foils for our inner work: an ongoing experiment in human psychology, searching for answers to what makes us function and malfunction, and how to increase our own and others’ abilities to create meaningful and fulfilling lives”
And so our living environment should reflect such a journey in its design and form, of growth and creativity, innovation, and a sense of deep satisfaction through connecting with nature and community, creating a space for our family, our happiness and especially our freedom. In this time more than any other, we individually face a great need to be adventurous pioneers, even revolutionaries, in redesigning housing and living spaces that reflect ecological harmony with nature and our lives.
From my research into law I have found the current paradigms of housing and real estate, seem to revolve around lifelong debt slavery, and being the primary energy source of keeping this giant wheel of commercial destruction and annihilation turning round. By withdrawing our energy from the banking system and traditional housing, we can deny this crime of debt slavery its primary source of revenue, and start putting it towards viable, exciting and innovative solutions. That is not mentioning the massive financial and investment opportunities that will come from this much needed and inevitable change the housing industry will eventually face worldwide!
I highly recommend you check out the website at floatingneutrinos.com and the fascinating links on rafts and artificial islands, and to start to daydream about what innovative, exciting and fun ideas we can explore to create harmonious houses and living spaces, for a happier future for ourselves, our children and our planet.