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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 - Week 10

The weekly interactive newsletter sent out by Plukrijp to its members

For people living NOW the school of life

For YOU to send all your good news to

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.

What you can harvest now:

Jerusalem artichokes, parsnip, potatoes, carrots, celery, chards, chives, salads, rucola, chervil, spinach, purslane, mustards of all colors & textures, Brussels sprouts, fresh herbs for taste & medicine.

More info:
This week @ Plukrijp

A very full week, opening up to spring while being abundantly showered from above.

We did:
Install Martine's beautiful flowerpot decorations around the house & placed the benches so we can enjoy the sunny afternoons & do our sharings there.

Seed carrots & leek & 3 kinds of cabbages for replanting & planted onions on both sides of (open) tunnel 5. We like to alternate seed-lines on our 25cm Gertrude Franck system to give extra space to our plants. Most gardeners plant & seed too close, inviting pests & molds & slugs into these not well aerated environments.
We seeded tomatoes, marked with leek in the big glass house. Our simple technique for saving tomato seed on kitchen tissue, combined with covering the deep lines with wood shavings & covering with double layers of plastic or fleece allows us to grow (way too many) plants we can later give away to friends & neighbors.
We kept on adding the salad plants we received wherever possible. Having plants occupy open space, even if we do not let them go to full maturity because we need to plant summer crops (beans, cabbages, corn, plukpots, celery...), allows the soil to become a root-web(mycelium) that can suck in water, our o-so-precious summer need.

We harvested as usual: Brussels sprouts, salads, chervil (top quality), chards, fennel leaves, purslane, spinach, delicious chives & so much more. The garden & tunnels are full now with what we seeded (or it seeded itself!) last autumn. This way the "extra" season climate change brought us is put to good & abundant use. Of course, warm spring weeks will push many of these hardened plants into seeding. But again, spontaneous seeding will reduce our work next autumn. There are already many vegetables we do not need to seed or plant anymore. They have "found" their place & thrive, inviting us to just come & harvest or transplant (celery, chards, salads, ...)

We added more potsoil to the new compost heap & covered it. Rain fell abundantly, so we can expect a good composting process where the chicken
manure will mix with the potsoil .

We bought & installed another Aga stove
(, adding to the 2 run on coal that have served us for so many years. This one runs on gas & will be installed in the volunteer kitchen. Cooking on such a stove is a real treat.
We tried to dry the inundated roads in the poly-tunnels with straw & wood chips & shavings. The heavy rains have over-filled the ditches, but until now the beds stayed dry. A real paradise garden "underneath which rivers flow" as they said in Bagdad, in better times. What Regenerative agriculture calls "key-line" plowing takes the form of ditches filled with absorbing material bringing the extra water to cisterns at the lowest point in our "flatland" marshy Schriek sand. Good gardens take care of the in/out of water: intake in the wet season, evaporation in the dry season=an ever more dynamic soil life=ever more fertility=ever more abundant harvest without sicknesses or pest invasions.
We shared:

An evening on Plukrijp "sharing" as an art form, based on Gestalt therapy, Transactional Analysis game evaluation & Permaculture new social dynamics & open honest presence. We keep on being surprised how spiritually enlightening this can work in some groups of volunteers staying here. It also serves as a buffer to the nonsense (drug/sexual/competitive/bored/fakebook) some young people turn up with here. Group dynamics clearly help us to keep this place "clean" of unwanted intimacy, alcohol or drug excesses & not-respectful behavior. Many volunteers feel the inner peace they can achieve here as an antidote to the restless pressure they put upon themselves in their "normal" lives.

A TEDx on philantropy from Anand Giridharadas (see below). Please take the time to watch his videos. They explain why so much goes so awfully wrong in politics nowadays.

( talk about 2 dogmas reductionist materialism gets stuck in. In only a few years, since the '80s, real science has jumped a "quantum" leap, integrating consciousness & esp phenomena into a more meaningful version. We hope the young people of today who have been subjected to the 100-year-out-of-date school/university science might be allowed to participate in the myriad discoveries awaiting REAL science in the 21st century. But first, most of them have to be de-conditioned from memorisation-without-understanding, the ugly result of ex-cathedra schooling funded & controlled by the fossil fuel lobby.

A movie about Gandhi. It brought us to a discussion on non-violence & civil disobedience & strategies for living in a violent society
Interesting Movies & Documentaries
Bloom -
Nadine, depressed and alone, has been living her life in the dark. A gift from a friendly neighbor gives Nadine something to live for. With a new life, Nadine has a chance to pay it forward.
Anand Giridharadas - The charade of elite philanthropy: “It’s a fraudulent religion”
Anand Giridharadas on his new book ‘Winners Take All’ (see below)

The charade of elite philanthropy. They give with one hand – and take back with truckloads.
A tale of two Americas and the mini-mart where they collided
Ten days after 9/11, a shocking attack at a Texas mini-mart shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker. In this stunning talk, Anand Giridharadas, author of "The True American," tells the story of what happened next. It's a parable about the two paths an American life can take, and a powerful call for reconciliation.
A letter to all who have lost in this era
Summer, 2016: amid populist revolts, clashing resentments and fear, writer Anand Giridharadas doesn't give a talk but reads a letter. It's from those who have won in this era of change, to those who have, or feel, lost. It confesses to ignoring pain until it became anger. It chides an idealistic yet remote elite for its behind-closed-doors world-saving and airy, self-serving futurism — for at times worrying more about sending people to Mars than helping them on Earth. And it rejects the exclusionary dogmas to which we cling, calling us instead to "dare to commit to the dream of each other."
Writer Anand Giridharadas has come to TEDSummit to share an open letter to his fellow citizens. Invited by curator Bruno Giussani to address the dismay and confusion many have felt in the week after the Brexit vote result in the UK, the American writer and journalist lays out a vision that is as honest as it is poetic.

“I write to you because at present this quaking world we share scares me. I gather it scares you too,” he said, as he stood stock still in the center of TED’s red circle, as the audience listened, spellbound. “Some of what we fear, I suspect, we fear in common. But much of what we fear seems to be each other. You fear the world I want to live in, and I fear your visions in turn.”

With that, Giridharadas was off and running, describing the malaise and worry that so many feel, acknowledging that so many, in fact, have not enjoyed the benefits of increasingly global societies. Be that in Texas or South Dakota, in Greece or Japan, the quality of life for many has changed dramatically and for the worse … and yet too often the privileged elites such as Giridharadas and his ilk have failed to acknowledge this reality. “I heard that the fabric of your life was tearing. You used to be able to count on work and now you couldn’t. You used to be able to nourish your children and guarantee they would climb a little bit further in life than you had, and now you couldn’t. You used to be made to feel dignity in your work and now you didn’t. It used to be normal for people like you to own a home, and now it wasn’t,” he says, adding, “I heard all these things but I didn’t listen. I looked but didn’t see. I read but didn’t understand. I paid attention only when you began to vote and shout.”

And Giridharadas has a confession to make. Because here’s the thing. Not only was attention not paid until votes and the shouts made their presence felt, but in a way, attention was not granted because it was not deemed deserved. And while he will not accept that old privileges should remain, he does allow that empathy is key and has been missing. “I will admit, fellow citizen, that I have discounted the burden of coping with the loss of status. I had forgotten that what is socially necessary can be personally grueling.”

Globalism has been an inexorable force, and it has simply not been beneficial for all. What some dubbed “flexibility and freedom” was another person’s volatile pay, erratic hours and vanishing opportunities. But by using the terminology of increased interdependence, through the profligate use of terms such as “sharing economy,” “disruption,” or “global resource,” he admits that “I see what I was really doing at times was buying your pain on the cheap, sprucing it up and trying to sell it back to you as freedom.”

So. What’s the solution? Is there one? Sure. It won’t be pretty, it certainly won’t be easy, but the only way is through. “What we are doing, me with my marketplace, you with democracy, me with a fixation on disruption, you with a yearning for stability, is trying to survive by going around each other. If this goes on, there may be blood.” There’s still time for redemption, but it won’t come cheap. “This will take more. This will take accepting we both made choices to be here.”
But perhaps with this joint acknowledgement, both sides can help each other — and approach one another again. “You can help me to remember the vitality of belonging. I can help you to cope with change,” says Giridharadas.
“If there is hope to summon in this ominous hour, it is this. We have for too long chased various shimmering dreams at the cost of attention to the foundational dream of each other.” It is time to tend to each other’s dreams once more, to unleash each others’ wonders and move through history together. “Let us start there,” he concludes.
Imperialism on Trial - Free Julian Assange
Proof a Mysterious Lost Ancient GLOBAL Civilization Spanned Virtually the Entire Planet…
This will likely blow your mind. 250+ photos and comparisons of ancient sites around the world, show that there is a LOT more to the story of our ancient past. Proof of a lost ancient global civilization that has been hiding in plain sight, for thousands of years.
Yield Curve Inverts
Inspiring Books
An insider’s groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can–except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward “thought leaders” who redefine “change” in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors; and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity. 
He argues that members of the global elite, though sometimes engaged in philanthropy, use their wealth and influence to preserve systems that concentrate wealth at the top at the expense of societal progress.

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.

Ronnie Cummins’ new book, “Grassroots Rising,” details how transforming our food and farming system worldwide can solve many of our most pressing problems, including environmental pollution, health problems, climate change and rural poverty.

Transitioning to regenerative organic farming has the ability to solve all of these problems simultaneously, far from solving world hunger, genetically engineered crops destroy soils and make food more toxic and less nutritious. Regenerative farming has demonstrated its superiority with regard to yield and nutrition, without the use of toxic chemicals.

Education, innovation, policy changes and investment are the four things that drive this change of paradigm.

The Via Organica farm in Mexico is promoting a novel way to produce inexpensive yet highly nutritious animal feed made from native agave plants.
 “Much of the book talks about how we need to transform our food and farming system, not only in the United States but worldwide, if we're going to solve a lot of these problems that we're seeing — environmental pollution, health problems, the climate crisis and the fact that we have so much poverty in rural areas …” Cummins says.

In this interview, Ronnie Cummins, founder of the Organic Consumers Association, discusses his new book:
However difficult our lives, we daily pass up very deep pleasures that could change our relationship to the world and allow our bodies and thoughts the freedom they need to blossom.

No one can control our lives twenty-four hours a day. In the most constricted circumstances, you can find a space where you can get a taste of freedom. As soon as that point of light, however small it may be, establishes itself in our lives, we have begun the process of deep internal transformation, which nothing and no one can hinder.

Daniel Odier
Humor (?)
This is not a lake...
...this is our neighbour's field. The sad result of too much tractor work.
Maurice Nicoll  

If a man changes himself, his view of the Universe in which he lives changes also. The one cannot change without the other. Just as what he was becomes something different, so what he lives in becomes something different. He no longer feels himself in the same way as he once did; and he no longer feels the world in the same way as he did.

What is your view of the Universe in which you live? Perhaps you have taken it for granted just as you have taken yourself for granted. That is to say, you have not thought much about either. In my case, I could regard the Universe simply as a vast machine, so vast that a ray of light which travels at 186,000 miles per second would take millions of years to cross it. It contains billions of stars, far more than we can see with the naked eye. These stars are arranged in great masses called galaxies. Our Sun is a star in our galaxy, the Milky Way. Our galaxy is shaped like a disc. As we are in the disc, looking upwards we see a thick band of stars overhead. There are about 100,000 million stars, like suns, in our galaxy. The 100” telescope at Mount Wilson in America has discovered that there are some 100,000,000 of these galaxies within the limits of its range, which penetrates to a distance of 1,000,000,000 light years.

Try to conceive for yourself the distance that light will travel in a single year going at a speed of 186,000 miles per second, which is a light year, and then try to conceive a distance of 1,000,000,000 light years. It is inconceivable to us, although it may not be to some greater mind. A ray of light starting from the second nearest star to us in our own galaxy—the Sun is the nearest star to us—takes more than four years to reach us. This means that we see it where it was four years ago. We see the Sun, however, where it was eight minutes ago. None of the stars, owing to their distances and the limited speed of light which crawls through interstellar space, is where it seems to be.

In this Universe, vast beyond belief, of incredible depths, the earth swims as a minute speck illuminated on one side. On this half-dark, half-light speck, you and I, full of self-love and self-importance, exist as two still more infinitesimally minute specks. This is our situation in the visible Universe in terms of physical magnitude, extended in a space of 3 dimensions. As regards the fourth or time-dimension, it has a peculiar relationship to our present moment of time because we do not see where the stars are, but where they were in the past. We see the Universe in the past—as it was. It would be awkward if the same thing happened to the objects in our room. We would see them, but not touch them.

Now what is the effect of all this on the self-love? Does it make Man "walk more humbly before God", as the phrase goes? Does it diminish Man's exalted idea of his own importance? It did once, but not now. Some centuries ago when Galileo asserted that the earth not only rotated but moved round the Sun, Man's self-love, not being able to adjust to this idea, was seriously offended, so much so that Galileo was had up by the Inquisition and had to recant in public. Hitherto people had actually thought that the minute speck, our Earth, was the immovable center of the entire Universe with all its myriad stars, which obligingly and humbly revolved round it, together with the Sun, once in twenty-four hours. But there is always a way to re-assert one's self-love if it receives a shock when faced by anything breath-taking or stupendous. 

Have you not noticed the self-love is very sensitive to attack? The Work (teachings of Gurdjief ) mentions two Giants that walk before us and arrange everything for us beforehand. They are Pride and Vanity. These two aspects of the self-love are very sensitive to anything that might depose them. They are cruel lords to serve. The Work cannot walk before us (as it should in all things) as long as the strength of these two empty mindless and barren Giants is not diminished. Long observation of them does weaken them. But look for a moment at this: it is the quality of your love for the Work that determines your valuation of it and its power to change you. If this love is distinct from your self-love, then your observation of the Giants will begin to weaken them. The Work weakens them, but if your love of the Work is only another manifestation of your self-love, your observation of the Giants will not weaken but strengthen them.
Now we know, from the teaching of the Work, that the Universe is a creation, and not a dead, inexplicable, accidental and meaningless thing. It is a living thing of systems within systems, each with purpose and meaning, each living and capable of developing or degenerating. We are created in it with purpose and meaning, living and capable of development or degeneration. Humanity on the Earth is, in fact, a special experiment in self-evolution. Something more is demanded of us than simply living and making our living. It is this something extra that we study by means of the Work-teachings. The Work is about this something extra. So, on the one hand I can regard the Universe as a vast machine, accidental, meaningless and dead, or I can look on it in the light of what the Work says about it. Which attitude is likely to diminish my self-love and so change me?  

It is a favorite technique of the self-love to disparage whatever threatens its supremacy. One can always sneer. Science tells us that the Universe, however gigantic, is nothing to feel any awe or wonder about. It came into existence accidentally and is meaningless. So that's that. Since self-love hates what is greater or superior to it one suspects that this hatred, originating in the self-love, is behind the modern scientific negation of purpose and meaning in anything. Everything can be explained away, even the exquisite order that can be discerned in the structure of the most minute things such as atoms, as well as in the vast things such as solar systems and galaxies. 

Now the idea of a mechanical, accidental, meaningless Universe will not help Man to raise the level of his being. It will have a contrary effect and naturally does. Feeling neither awe nor wonder, the self-love is not affected. If the self-love remains just the same no one can change in himself or herself. Although this was not much understood, I will only say that it is useless to argue about it. It is, of course, always the self-love that is arguing, being afraid to lose its power over you.
Written by Frank & Alex
Everything that happens,
happens because of a continuous near-balance
between complimentary forces:
electricity (energy) and magnetism (meaning, context).

Reality oscillates at very high frequency.
It is an on/off process.
"Stuff", 600.000 per second is, and then is not.

As humans, we can have self-reflection
and are thus under the illusion of free will
in our acts, thoughts, and feelings.

There is a deep harmony in the universe.
Stuff happens because it cannot be otherwise.

So, free will for humans is restricted
to either collaborating with this harmony or resisting it.
Of course, one must first be able
to see/hear/feel/taste/touch this harmony.
This is where real spirituality resides:
in the KNOWING of what is waiting
to manifest and helping it to happen.
One could say that any act, thought, etc,
has a result that comes back to you.

Take the image of an archer shooting an arrow.
If there was no resistance,
the arrow would eventually fly into the back of his head,
after having flown around the world.

Wise humans have understood, from ages ago,
that all of our acts/thoughts/feelings/words come back to us.
Quantum physics, under the hypothesis
of super symmetrical string theory,
has come to the same conclusion.

There is no such thing as chance or randomness.
Everything happens because it can not but happen.

In the Indian wisdom, there is a knowledge
that relates The Things that Want to Happen
to what acts people do.
If people are in harmony,
then the things that want to happen will do so,
the people will live with the consequences,
and harmony is maintained.
If people are not in harmony,
then the things that want to happen will then be blocked.
The thing is, the things that want to happen
will also accumulate.
If people who are not in harmony keep fighting
the rhythm that they refuse to be a part of,
they need to do more and more
in order to prevent the things that want to happen
from happening to them.
This leads to suffering for the human.

The American expression for this is "trying to fight fire with fire".
This is a pretty clear image of an absurd continuation.

Presence in the harmony with what wants to happen
feels much different on all levels;
in the belly, through the heart to outside, and intellectually.
Life journey consists of being present in these 3 levels.

Narcissism and black magic come from the same source:
if humans refuse to accept their life-line
and do not grow into deeper understanding over the years,
they do not get wisdom and they die horribly.

Heaven and hell are in real life, not before or afterwards.
Acts/thoughts/feelings that come only from "ego"
tend to mislead,
tend to contract the feeling of "us".

Humans like all herd organisms live from us.
Our sick society tries to cut us from each other,
hence the widespread unhappiness
hence the violence,
the drug taking,
the daily war we wage on ourselves
and on each other (the environment).
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