Tuesday, May 4, 2010


There's something very concluding about writing thoughts down as opposed to letting them drift past without recording them in any cohesive manner. And if I'm really honest, they sometimes sound like shit when I write them down. Maybe that's the brilliance of blogging, it's like a filter which helps straighten out my own thoughts which sometimes turn out to be very unresolved, but this is a process which helps form them into something I am able to better articulate later on.

At this stage - yes i am wanting this project to expand my own knowledge of sustainability and what it looks like for me, and on the other hand i want to make really nice surfboards. So both of these things are combined to make my project. But seeing as sustainability is something that reaches into every pocket of my life, it makes it hard to just pin the focus on surfing, which is a large pocket nonetheless. So I find myself thinking about what veges to buy = seasonal, what shop I'm gonna buy them from = maybe a market somewhere, how I'm going to cook them = or eat them fresh? So many choices are made everyday which most of the time are done by a gut feeling with a little knowledge/wisdom which has managed to filter through. These conscious choices are linked to my exploration of design and sustainability, because the subject itself is a prominent discussion throughout the western world. Current discussions include the "impact of humanity upon supporting ecosystems, the potential for behaviour modification based on consciousness research and the impact of technology upon the fundamental dynamics of human consciousness itself". All of which are based around - human nature. But then, what is human nature? The term itself eludes to the fact that it must be based around a set of characteristics or 'things we tend to do' which define us as humans. Is it the presence of these characteristics that we are interested in this discussion, that ultimately humans have the ability to care, show empathy, compassion etc? How does this develop, does this come from a spiritual component? I just found some text which makes some interesting reading...The 2005 World Sustainable Building Conference,


Amongst those engaged in thinking through the extent of the current ecological crisis there is overwhelming consensus that reclamation of human nature’s spiritual / biological nexus is a fundamental prerequisite for rehabilitation (see for example Naess 1986, 1989, 2002; Siu 1957; Capra 1983, 2002; Laszlo 1989, 1995;
Varela et al 1991; Suzuki 1997; Ricard & Trinh 2001). Characteristically such critiques start with a review of the cultural triggers that have given rise to contemporary Western culture. Therein they trace the cumulative effect upon the human psyche of the separation of mind and body in scientific, philosophical and religious thought. Such dialectical dualism is presented as significantly loosening the spiritual / biological nexus within human nature and to eventually giving rise to a homo-centric and ego-centric mind-set which, now armed with ever more powerful technologies, drives societal and environmental abuse.

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