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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 - Week 3

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, pumpkins, cabbages,  mustards of all colors & textures, cauliflower, fresh herbs for taste & medicine.

Soft spring weather continues the strange climate we have been sliding into since at least 2016: open skies, sunny days, (for the time of year) high temperatures even at night, little rain mostly at night (=local humidity), sometimes windy gusts from the ocean. After the warmest year, the warmest decade in human history, it seems we are on our way for another record breaking year.
This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

Sort through the stock of boxes, pallets, construction material etc beside the hanger. Team-work open up memories in young people from their ancestors, where everything was a common enterprise. Going to sleep with deep satisfaction from what we have done, a luxury in these nonsensical, isolated, over-hierarchical "job" times !

Receive tons of fire wood from Marc. Thanks ! We are not even halfway in the transport & placing, but this will take us through many winters, if ever the phenomenon shows itself again.

We watched/shared/enjoyed:

A documentary about education – The Lottery of Birth, Creating Freedom

"Jabberwocky", a juicy "Monty Python" evocation of the English past.

A documentary about near death experiences, with a discussion on Pim van Lommel (&others') research.

An evening about transactional analysis for Gerlinde

A cartoon on the modern form of "family" - “Model Citizen”

A documentary on the yogis of Tibet, warning us not to try to copy them without the guidance of a master!

A sharing around career versus meaning for young people on request of Ollie

Dr Katz, our ironical view on psychiatry -
Interesting Movies & Documentaries
The Day I Died
A bright light, inviting presence of a tunnel, and calming inner peace are just a few of the remarkably similar experiences that have greeted those who have died and been resurrected. Are these visions merely a trick of the mind, a verifiable cerebral response, or genuinely spiritual in nature? The medical community, which was long been skeptical and dismissive of these claims, has begun to devote more resources to uncovering the truth behind near-death experiences.
The Day I Died touches upon an endlessly fascinating and confounding phenomenon of the human experience.
"Model Citizen" | Dystopian Animated Short Film (2020)

Filmmaker David James Armsby’s short film drops us into a creepy universe in which families are forced into their monotonous daily routines until they are no longer deemed “pretty” by their robotic overlords.

"What is a Model Citizen? A Model Citizen is a providing father. A Model Citizen is a caring mother, all in service of a scrappy, young boy or girl. A Model Child raised by a Model Family, to become a Model Citizen of their own!"
Yogis Of Tibet - Documentary - The Truth in The Dharma

For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices.
The Lottery of Birth: Creating Freedom | 2013 | Documentary

Do you shape the world or does it shape you? Drawing on leading thinkers from around the world, and with a torrent of mind-expanding ideas and information, THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH will make you think again about what it means to be free.
Inspiring Books
The world’s most elegant engineer is without a doubt Mother Nature. She’s efficient, creative, and has time on her hands to put her innovations to the test, and Harman thinks we can learn a lot from watching her work. His company, PAX Scientific Inc., focuses on sustainable design solutions based on mimicking biological adaptations.
Sounds far out, but the practice has been around for a while. Archimedes’ screw, a type of water pump that is still used today, is an early example of taking a concept from nature—in this case the spiral—and putting it to practical use.
The eponymous paintbrush is equally fascinating. German scientists developed a special paint that, when applied to the hull of a ship in such a way as to mimic the water-repellent design of sharkskin, reduces drag by 5%. This can result in savings of 2000 tons of fuel per ship, per year.
Looking elsewhere, scientists are learning about anticoagulants from leeches, acoustics from dolphins, antibiotics from Komodo dragons, shock absorbers from woodpeckers, and computer networks from slime molds.
Harman points out that many of these developments would not only save money, but also prove an enormous boon to the survival of Mother Nature. His vision of a biomimetic “new global economy” is timely, crucial, and thrillingly eye-opening.
Time And How To Spend It is your guide to becoming more productive by not focusing on working extra hours but instead using the time off more effectively
What are the first words that come to your mind when you hear the word “productivity?” Is it hard work, long hours, or grind? But how often do you consider the effect that your free time has on how efficiently you work? Surprisingly, the better you spend your time outside of the office, the better work you will do when you are there.
Amid all the books, blogs, and other resources that taut complicated tips, hacks, systems for increasing productivity, Time and How to Spend It: The 7 Rules for Richer, Happier Days stands out by diving into an often overlooked aspect of it. Rather than pushing for greater self-discipline at work, applying a little more effort to choosing healthier free-time activities will dramatically improve your work ethic.

Here are the 3 timeliest lessons this book gives:

1. To be more happy and productive, plan better experiences in your free time.
2. Science shows that when you turn off your phone and go outside, your mood improves.
3. Mindless activities don’t serve us as well as those that put us into a state of flow.
The perfect partner is the mirage we see
after crossing the desert of insufficient love.
Mirages happen because we lack water – that is,
we lack something we needed for a long time.
They are normal, nothing to be ashamed of.
We should notice them, take them as information
about where our work lies,
and then let them go.
If we do this, we will come to the real oasis,
nature’s gift to those who keep going,
who were not stopped by the mirage.
We find that we want a partner
who walks beside us in the world,
not one we hope will change its givens
or provide an escape-hatch from them.”

– David Richo, How to be an Adult in Relationships

Humor (?)
Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky is a 1977 British fantasy comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam. It stars Michael Palin as a young cooper who is forced through clumsy, often slapstick misfortunes to hunt a terrible dragon after the death of his father. The film's title is taken from the nonsense poem “Jabberwocky” from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass (1871)
Invictus by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.
Eric Berne Wisdom

"How is it that the members of the human race, with all their accumulated wisdom, self-awareness, and desire for truth and "self", can permit themselves to remain in such a mechanical situation, with its pathos and self-deception ?
Partly it is because we "love" our parents and partly it is because life is easier that way, but partly also because WE HAVE NOT EVOLVED FAR ENOUGH FROM OUR APELIKE ANCESTORS to have it otherwise."

Frank's comment: humans are on the verge of global union or on the eve of total self-destruction. Through world-wide internet connections & computer systems we are capable of developing this earth (universe?) consciousness.

But do we ?

We are (ab)using our prefrontal cortex to cut apart, analyze, destroy our environment & our selves instead of using it for what it is meant: SYNTHESIS. It is high time for us to leave behind the model of "ENTROPY" 19&20the century science imposed on us by a reductionist materialistic slave/consumer semi-religious system. Modern science offers us access to SYNTROPY as a model. Nature all around us shows us the necessity of mutual reciprocal collaboration, of the immense possibilities of combining the diversity surrounding us (for how long still?).

Permaculture rests on 3 ethic principles:

1. Humans are part of nature, not exceptional
2. Humans should unite & collaborate beyond all –isms & ideologies & religions
3. Each human interaction with nature should be based on respectful consideration & with adapted technology. If we want to pretend we are the top predators, we have a lot to learn from trees & lions & bonobos   

The association organises free training, exercices and activities. All the goods and services circulating within the association are free and without consideration.
The association appeals to your generosity : contribute if you want to support us.
Thank you !
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