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2022 – week 13

Upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

Building communities of trust is fundamental
to healing our collective wound.
At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity.
The community allows people to encounter each other
in truth and so develop trust.
We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow man = UBUNTU.
The updated list of vegetables & fruit that can be harvested this week is available on our website under the heading “Current Harvest” :
This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

We cleaned and organized the space behind the Hangar. Now we have good logs for the big stove and small dry wood for the small one ready for use and with easy acess. We also made enough space so that we can fit the trailers and the yellow car over there.

A lot of good old planks and bins were behind the Hangar still unsorted, so we brought them to the workshop and made sure that each of them would be in the right place just waiting for new purpose.

We harvested the rest of the leaks that were still at the Hey, and where they were we scratched and rolled the soil, making it ready for planting.

As our water pumps at the Hey are already working and we still have frozen nights (and for three times snow during the day), we had to build a thermal box around it, preventing the water to freeze inside the pipes and eventually damaging them.

We took advantage of the way the snow and cold keept us from doing usefull things in the garden, to re-order and re-pair all the tools we use so profitiently.

As the pumpkins on the pots at the varanda are sprouting we started to give good amount of water to them and to plan how we are going to deal with them in a near future.

We completed the lines in the open tunnels 4 and 5 (near the closed tunnels) with snow pees.

We learned how to sort, clean and spinn wool that was about to be thrown away. Thank you Daisy!

Interesting Movies

Pushing Hands (1991)


Pushing Hands is a comedy-drama film directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee, his feature directorial debut. It stars Sihung Lung as a Chinese Tai Chi master living in New York, who struggles to find his place in the world. The film shows the contrast between traditional Chinese ideas of Confucian relationships within a family and the much more informal Western emphasis on the individual.

Together with Ang Lee’s two following films, The Wedding Banquet (1993) and Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), it forms his “Father Knows Best” trilogy, each of which deals with conflicts between an older and more traditional generation and their children as they confront a world of change.

The Wedding Banquet (1993)


The Wedding Banquet is a romantic comedy film directed by Ang Lee and starring Winston Chao, May Chin, Gua Ah-leh, Sihung Lung, and Mitchell Lichtenstein. The screenplay concerns a gay Taiwanese immigrant man who marries a mainland Chinese woman to placate his parents and get her a green card. His plan backfires when his parents arrive in the United States to plan his wedding banquet and he has to hide the truth of his gay partner.

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)


Eat Drink Man Woman a comedy-drama film directed by Ang Lee, from a script co-written with James Schamus and Hui-Ling Wang. It stars Sihung Lung, Wang Yu-wen, Wu Chien-lien, and Yang Kuei-mei as members of the Zhu family navigate the challenges of love, life, tradition and family.

Patch Adams (1998)


Patch Adams is an American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bob Gunton, Daniel London, and Peter Coyote. Set in the late 1960s/early 1970s, it is based on the life story of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams and the book Gesundheit: Good Health Is a Laughing Matter by Dr. Adams and Maureen Mylander.

Being Human (1994)


Being Human is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill Forsyth. The film portrays the experience of a single human soul, portrayed by Robin Williams, through various incarnations. It is an attempt to depict by visual means the ordinariness of life throughout the ages, Being Human is deliberately slow in its pace in order to emphasize how slow life often is. The structure is one of vignette-like character studies of one man (actually at least four distinct men, all with the same soul) who keeps making the same relationships and mistakes throughout his lifetimes.

Interesting Documentaries

Consciousness and the Brain: Spiritual Implications, with Stuart Hameroff

The quantum soul. The lack of an accepted theory explaining how subjective experience and the nervous system interact with each other has hampered progress in the scientific study of consciousness. The most sophisticated and testable consciousness theory is the Orchestrated Objective Reduction (ORCH OR) model developed by Stuart Hameroff, an anesthesiologist and director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, and Nobel laureate mathematical physicist and philosopher Roger Penrose. Hameroff and Penrose hypothesize consciousness occurs at the quantum level, inside tiny microtubules within neurons. Scientific tests to support or disprove this theory are currently underway.

In the following video, Stuart Hameroff explains that the ORCH OR theory doesn’t conflict with postmortem survival. He doesn’t deny near-death experiences, reincarnation, and out-of-body experiences. He speculates just how reincarnation might work. He characterizes the self as a “quantum soul” that could support entanglement and coherence outside the physical body.

RTF Dialogues: A Journey with Jeff J. Brown Through China’s History, Political-economy and Culture

In this Rising Tide Foundation podcast, Cynthia Chung and Matt Ehret interview China Rising Radio’s Jeff J. Brown on all things China. Jeff goes through the historic voyages of Admiral Zheng He generations before Columbus which brought commerce, culture and trade to Africa, Europe and even the Americas and Jeff addresses how this story is important to comprehend China’s current Maritime Silk Road program and foreign policy philosophy more generally. We also discuss the rise of Mao, Sun Yat-sen’s leadership inspired by the example of Christ and Abraham Lincoln and also China’s incredible ability to leap beyond the limited minds of geopolitical manipulators like Kissinger or Rockefeller under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping in order to bring about the most dramatic rates of development and progress ever witnessed in human history.

With Russia distracting world, the WHO is doing an end run to take even more abusive power with a major new Pandemic Treaty.

it’s being done completely off radar.

All the details here.

Don’t chase happiness. Become antifragile | Tal Ben-Shahar

Antifragility is the idea of putting pressure on a system, or human, the system or human actually grows bigger and stronger. From a psychological perspective, antifragility comes in the form of PTG, or post-traumatic growth. After we experience a stressful event, we learn and grow to become more resilient.

Life is not a Journey – Alan Watts (After Skool)

Inspiring Links

Scientists extend and straighten iconic climate “hockey stick”
24,000 years of climate history, with our current warming being unique in the record.

“Early on in life I had to choose

between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility.

I chose arrogance”

Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959)

Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, designer, writer, and educator. He designed more than 1,000 structures over a creative period of 70 years. Wright played a key role in the architectural movements of the twentieth century, influencing architects worldwide through his works and hundreds of apprentices in his Taliesin Fellowship. Wright believed in designing in harmony with humanity and the environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was exemplified in Fallingwater (1935), which has been called “the best all-time work of American architecture”.

Mass hypnosis- the madness of crowds

by Robert Malone

For those whose families and social networks have been torn apart by this process, and who find that close relatives and friends have ghosted them because they question the officially endorsed “truth” and are actually following the scientific literature, this can be a source of deep anguish, sorrow and psychological pain. It is with those souls in mind that I included a discussion of the mass formation theory of Dr. Mattias Desmet during a recent talk I gave in Tampa, Florida to an audience of about 2,000. As I looked out into the audience and spoke, I could see relief on many faces, and even tears running from the eyes of stoic men.

Inspiring Books

G.I. Gurdjieff: The War Against Sleep

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff is one of the most enigmatic figures of our time. He attracted legends as easily as disciples. But behind the Gurdjieff myth lies a solid corpus of thought, the importance of which is only now being generally recognized. At its heart was the idea of “the war against sleep”, the fact that man, in Colin Wilson’s words, is like “a grandfather clock driven by a watch-spring.”

This brilliant & much praised examination of a psychologist & teacher of genius has established itself as the most important & accessible account for the general reader of Gurdjieff’s life & work. This edition has been revised & expanded, providing the definitive introduction to the philosophy of Gurdjieff.

As Gurdjieff once said, “In order to understand the interrelation of

truth and falsehood in life, a man must understand falsehood in himself,

the constant incessant lies he tells himself.”

How Fear Works by Frank Furedi

Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First Century

In 1997, Frank Furedi published a book called Culture of Fear. It was widely acclaimed as perceptive and prophetic. Now Furedi returns to his original theme, as most of what he predicted has come true. In How Fear Works, Furedi seeks to explain two interrelated themes: why has fear acquired such a morally commanding status in society today and how has the way we fear today changed from the way that it was experienced in the past?

Furedi argues that one of the main drivers of the culture of fear is unravelling of moral authority. Fear appears to provide a provisional solution to moral uncertainty and is for that reason embraced by a variety of interests, parties and individuals. Furedi predicts that until society finds a more positive orientation towards uncertainty the politicisation of fear will flourish.

Society is continually bombarded with the message that the threats it faces are incalculable and cannot be managed or contained. The ascendancy of this outlook has been paralleled by the cultivation of helplessness and passivity – all this has heightened people’s sense of powerlessness and anxiety. As a consequence we are constantly searching for new forms of security, both physical and ontological. What are the drivers of fear, what is the role of the media in its promotion, and who actually benefits from this culture of fear? These are some of the issues Furedi tackles to explain the current predicament. He believes that through understanding how fear works, we can encourage attitudes that will help bring about a less fearful future.

Free E-book:

At the moment we are at a decisive turning-point in the history of the earth, once again. From every side, I am asked, “What is going to happen?” Everywhere there is anguish, expectation, fear. “What is going to happen?”

There is only one reply: “If only man could consent to be spiritualized.”

And perhaps it would be enough if some individuals became pure gold, for this would be enough to change the course of events. We are faced with this necessity in a very urgent way.

This courage, this heroism which the Divine wants of us, why not use it to fight against one’s own difficulties, one’s own imperfections, one’s own obscurities?

Why not heroically face the furnace of inner purification so that it does not become necessary to pass once more through one of those terrible, gigantic destructions which plunge an entire civilization into darkness?

This is the problem before us. It is for each one to solve it in his own way.”

The Mother Mirra Alfassa

Inspiring Texts

The Steps of the Middle Way, the 8 keystones of Buddhism:

Right Views: which are views and opinions free from delusions and self seeking.

Right Aspirations: by which one shall have high and worthy intentions and opinions.

Right Speech: in which one is kind, considerate, and truthful.

Right Conduct: this makes one peaceful, honest, and selfless.

Right Livelihood: to obey this, one must avoid hurting men or animals, and must give the latter their rights as beings.

Right Effort: one must have self-control, and undergo constant self training.

Right Mindfulness: in having the right thoughts and in trying to do that which is known to be right.

Right Rapture: this is the pleasure derived from meditating on the realities of life and on the Overself.”

Jared Brock in Medium

I hope you’re still following capitalism’s overarching plot:

  1. Privatize everything. (No more commons land, no more free resources.)

  2. Commoditize everything. (Put a price tag on everything.)

  3. Industrialize everything. (Make humanity reliant on manufactured goods, including “foods.”)

  4. Financialize everything. (Turn all human wants and needs into tradeable investments/assets.)

  5. Monopolize everything. (Amass ownership of the natural resources, production, labor, and the products themselves.)

I think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.”
Bill Gates (who emits 107 times more carbon emissions
than the average person)

How corruption has shaped history

written by Sarah Chayes in Aeon

Inspiring Music

Duke Ellington – Copenhagen – 1965

Bob Dylan – All I Really Want to Do

“I Will Not Be Leaving Quietly” by Five Times August

Inspiring Image

Genius Harvest mouse nested in the half eaten crab apple.

Photo: Dean Mason

Humor (?)

Advice For The People Running Biden by AwakenWithJP

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