I wrote a previous post about social permaculture and what it’s definition is according to someone else. Lately I have been thinking about love, work, helping others, and living a happy life, and when you get down to the basic foundation, these are what social permaculture is all about.
How do you live a life of social permaculture? You can do anything you feel is beneficial to those around you. You could,
- Be respectful to all people. I see respect as treating others the way you would want to be treated, so treating others in a kind and loving way will help them feel like someone cares. In most cases, the simplest things you can do, will mean the most.
- Make eye contact and say hi. Another simple thing you can do that makes people feel like they matter.
- Do the best you can at everything you do. Most of the things you do are not really for yourself but are for others. When I do laundry I don’t do if for myself even though I do wash my own clothes, I do laundry for my family and when I do it to the best of my ability it shows my family that I care a lot about them.
I could continue but I think you get my point, treating nature in a way that is more natural and benefits yourself and other animals is really important, but so is how we treat other human beings. It’s disturbing to see how compassionate people are towards animals and how judgmental they are towards other human beings, people matter just as much as nature. If we only focus on nature we miss a huge part of the puzzle and when you are missing pieces, the puzzle will not form a beautiful picture.
I know its challenging but if we incorporated social permaculture values along with doing permaculture techniques, we would really have a movement of epic proportions.
Today I am going to do my housework the best I can without complaining, I am going to take my husband out for lunch since he has been working so hard lately (along with thanking him for his hard work), and I will challenge myself to say hi to as many people as I can.