How to Live the NeoAboriginal Lifeway
Creating a purpose for your life through cultivating a lifeway that is connected to the earth
I believe we are at an important crossroads in our existence, one where domestication of the human species has led to an inability for most to nourish, heal, and care for themselves. This process has created profound blindness to the consequences of modern industry and the illnesses associated with nature disconnection. It is critically important to recognize that this point in history.
Despite this awareness, I remain positive and hopeful because of the very skills I practice (i.e., the skills I live)—foraging, wildcrafting medicine, tracking, and many other aspects of wild living—provide me with a lifeway to inspire me and offer me purpose.
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The Core Issue
Many people have some level of awareness of the harm we are inflicting on this world. In theory, they realize that if we degrade our landscapes, we will have no way to safely produce the food and raw materials we need to survive. We employ modern fixes, such as green technologies, to both limit the ecological devastation and help us feel less depressed about humanity’s current situation. Unfortunately, using industrial technology to fix problems caused by industrial technology is an ineffectual system of reversing ecocide—it can only slow the injury (at best). Click here to read what kind of paradigm shift is needed to repair our relationship to nature!
Qualities of Ecocentric Communities
Ecocentric communities are groups of people who practice sustainable lifeways. These egalitarian communities are nature-based and do not distinguish themselves as separate from the landscape. Such communities are based on peaceful practices. Click here to read how these groups differ from industrial societies!
Rewilding is a process for creating humans who can live in a healthful, truly sustainable manner, in close connection with their local landscape (i.e. as part of the wild ecology). It is a trajectory that anyone can follow, regardless of where they live. Click here to read my top ten Rewilding fundamentals!
Traits of Hunter-Gatherer Diets
Hunter-gatherers serve as wonderful models for examining the food habits of humans. The people that practiced this method of food acquisition represented some of the healthiest people on the planet! Curious to learn more about the traits of hunter-gatherer diets? Click here to read further.
Domestication and the Concurrent Loss of Responsibility
Fortunately, we humans live a completely different life than farm animals and do not have to worry about other people controlling aspects of our living and potentially infringing on our health. We are responsible for ourselves. Or are we? Click here to read more about the relationship between domesticated animals and the domestication of the human species.
Anyone who is concerned about the health of the next generation will need to understand that our form has changed as a result of the food we have consumed. We practice what we are told to be healthy diets, but most of these diets have no track record, no proof they build well-formed children (which translates to healthy, long-lived adults). This is my take on intergenerational nutrition and what I believe to be a healthy diet.