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Gusto Gräser 1930

Gusto Gräser: Gandhi or Lao Tzu of the West

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Poet, painter, pacifist, prophet – Gustav ‘Gusto’ Gräser (1879-1958) actively resisted BAU (Business As Usual) over 100 years ago and inspired a ton of people to think (and do) more laterally.

Introduced to me by Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), who was somewhat of a student of Gusto’s in the early 1900s, both these wonderful men feel like older brothers to me, or uncles maybe who, long ago, walked the treacherous path of non-mainstream existence.

True Status Quo Movers and Shakers in thoughts, words and deeds!

Gusto’s life shines a light on the numerous connections that tie him to other movers and shakers of Europe and the world at the time.

He consistently resisted conscription, lived as a hermit in a cave for years, influenced many famous writers, artists, and was jailed and exiled numerous times for speaking openly about trigger topics such as war, peace, nudity, humility, free love, and the environment.

Today, there is renewed appreciation for his life, work, and sacrifices, highlighting the awesome desire of ‘right doing’in humans on the one hand, and the active, perpetuated crushing of’right doing’ through the nation-, state-, and war machines, serviced by automaton human beings.

Gusto, you are not forgotten! Peace, brother.


Excellent content in English and other languages (photo taken from here): http://www.gusto-graeser.info/


German Links: 

AhimsayamaBlog

Siebenbuerger.de

Merkur.de

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The Godfather of Solarpunk interviewed: Adam Flynn

Adam Flynn wrote “Solarpunk: Notes towards a manifesto” three years ago. How far we have come! The article became a rallying cry for Solarpunksters everywhere, and Adam has been an important hub in the movement ever since (I’m not sure how he will like being called the “Godfather of Solarpunk” – but the title seems to suit him just fine in terms of symbolism!). Continue reading The Godfather of Solarpunk interviewed: Adam Flynn

Remedies to hypocrisy # 1

2017 has been a huge year for me, and I bet it has been for you too. Everybody’s been saying it. Challenging, rewarding, and all those nuances inbetween.

And the time’s gone so quick as well, quicker again, surely, than the year before, which went quicker than the year before that and so on…

My folks over in good ole Germany also had a bit of a huge year, not least because they will be moving in 4 weeks time (downsizing and all that) – and that’s why I am going over again – as a friendly littler helper, for a bit of a Northern Sea holiday and to spend precious time with those nearest and dearest I don’t get to hug in person all that much.

Alas, all this jetsetting begs the obvious question of ethical me:

What kind of a hypocrite solarpunkster am I?

Preaching water while gorging myself wine, much?

Going on another plane trip, jetting around the world like the privileged middle class white woman I am?

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This ethical conundrum really hit me, where else but in the shower yesterday. What to do? How to live more true to my values? How to add more integrity to my life?

And the answer came up reasonable quick, no doubt thanks to the infinite wisdom of the universe that I have been surrendering to and tapping into and opening up to so much lately:

I shall plant some trees to offset my plane travels!

And it just so happens that my beloved has just moved to a property of several acres that is in need of more native trees and shrubs to give more privacy and attract more bird life!

Hooray!

So, this Solarpunkster is gonna commission a couple hundred dollars worth of trees to soak up her plane trip!

Yessssssss!

There are simple, often creative remedies for hypocrisy and so many other issues plaguing the world and humanity – here just one example.

Peace & love, siblings x