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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 - Week 5

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

This week @ Plukrijp

We did:

This week Frank let himself be seduced by the "spring" weather

Into seeding in our reputed "pluk"pots a mix of 5 different veggies: one line of 65mx0.5m of onion/chive in the center, with rucola, kohlrabi, spinach, red beet, coriander. We expect no more deep freezing winter episode, but we covered it with fleece.

Into seeding 40m of lines alternating salad & spinach, covered too, for early spring harvest.
We are eating & sharing mustards, chervil, spinach, salad leaves, purslane, celery from seeding end of summer, but we know that early warm weather in spring will inevitably make this delicious greenery go into seed. This is our way of turning the climate change disaster into our (short term?) advantage. For 5 years now, we have received an "extra" season after autumn enabling late greenery to keep alive & growing. The surprise late (April/May) frosts that risk killing off our beautiful spring work, but we risk it.

We repaired a truckload of euro-pallets for our organic wholesaler. A big team of volunteers collaborated in this friends-service. This is the real soul of creative responsible networking of resources.
Markus presented his design for the (food)forest he is planning to build in Peer. Many now imagine that we can combine growing fruit with vegetables, though both require a different ph. Trees want 4-5 ph (acidic) to thrive, vegetables 6.5-7 ph (alkaline).
We shared many evenings reading up on our various interests.
Interesting Movies & Documentaries
Stare Into The Lights My Pretties

May this be the last time you click a link !
If 8 hours of screen watching a day can still be considered to be "life", we must start asking serious questions about the direction this end-of-civilization "smart phone for dummies" is bringing us. Mistaking communication, friendship & information for commercial spying to raise the profits & power of the "ABC" lobbies seems to have gone viral. It has never been more easy for big corporations to maximize their profits. Manipulation of elections, invasions of foreign countries, straight-faced false flag operations keep us in an artificial state of panic. The so-called digital revolution has NEVER served other masters than Army, Bureaucrazy & commerce. Empty lives, worthless diplomas, hidden agendas, manipulative right wing propaganda, ... is this the legacy of so many 1000s of years of humanist civilization? A resurgence of racism, fascism, sexism, intolerance & hatred hides behind the lie of "neutrality" & "fake news" when media & governments openly break their own rules in a game of unlimited corruption for the few in contrast with zero-tolerance for the many, peppered in by public executions & smearing in the media of whistleblowers (Assenge, Snowden, ...).

At Plukrijp we watch with incredulity the omni-presence of distraction from the ubiquitous i-phones, a toxic extension of toxic solipsistic "selves". Forget reading, forget playing games, forget soul-to-soul exchanges, ...many of our volunteers are slaves of fakebook. Some even claim they can not participate in group activities because 7.5 free hours daily is not sufficient to keep up their screen addiction. Many watch movies or "participate" in meals & sharings WHILE SCROLLING THE DEVICE in search for flight from what really happens around them.
We seem to ignore that communication without real content is poison for the soul&the mind. We tend to avoid any useful occupation by pointing our attention away from what is really happening towards ANY distraction available. Teaching a practical life-tool like permaculture becomes difficult when there is no interest in participating&when we can not read a full page of text anymore without forgetting what the subject was. Frank's sentences are considered "difficult" if longer than 20 words.

We wonder how far the polarization of "opinions" based on copy-pasted pseudo-journalism will go. Are we programmed to become adversaries of each other so we ignore&neglect the ongoing destruction of our social fabric ? Is this what Bush junior meant when he declared :"we MAKE the news" ? Are our lives so empty of real actions&work&self-realization that we lose our curiosity ?  How much censorship(active or passive) can we allow in our media ? Who owns the big tech giants&their sycophants ? Where did the objectivity of p.e. wikipedia disappear ?
Alan Watts ~ Embrace All Your Feelings
Alan Watts – No More Guilt

Take the time to listen to this short video’s. It's worth it!
Inspiring Links
The Yes Lab

What is the Yes Lab?
The Yes Lab is a series of brainstorms and trainings to help activist groups carry out media-getting creative actions, focused on their own campaign goals. It's a way for social and environmental justice organizations, and universities, to take advantage of all that we Yes Men have learned—not only about our own ways of doing things, but those we've come in contact with over the two decades we've been doing this.

Democracy: a reality, an illusion or a phenomenon on its way to extinction?

Populism & elite power & dark financial manipulations & the power of spy agencies = a "trend" for the future ?

How to Overcome Your Phone Addiction With Mindfulness
Written by Marta Brzosko on Medium
“I discovered that living the life we want requires not only doing the right things, it also requires that we stop doing the wrong things that take us off-track.” — Nir Eyal
Inspiring Song
Bob Dylan - Masters of War – lyrics

Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
While the young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death will come soon
I'll follow your casket
By the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand over your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead
Inspiring Books
‘A Return To Love’ will help you let go of resentment, fear, and anger to have happier and healthier jobs and relationships by teaching you how to embrace the power of love.
In this world we live in there is far too much pain and suffering. A lot of the reason for this is that individualism is rampant. People care only for themselves and satisfying their ego. What is the key to overcoming this plague of selfishness that is sweeping over us?

The answer, according to Marianne Williamson, is love. She believes strongly in its power and teaches all about it in her book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles.”

Williamson teaches that to find true happiness and relief from the pain that life brings, we must turn ourselves over to the higher power of love, also known as God. This message isn’t one from or to any specific religion. Anyone can receive, practice and benefit from it regardless of their beliefs.

Here are the 3 biggest lessons from this book about refocusing on love:
  1. Whatever you think is causing your unhappiness, it always comes back to a root feeling of fear.
  2. Let a higher power guide your career path to have a more enjoyable time at work and make a difference in the world too.
  3. People who are grumpy are most likely only trying to shield themselves from the pain of trauma, and they just need some love.
Are you ready to have your heart grow three sizes today? Let’s go!

Extract p.171
Classical Greek culture developed a male morality that invited the free citizen to participate in what Foucault called self-practices, in contrast to the later Catholic system of externally imposed rules. The central element of this morality is the emphasis on austerity, with enkrateia and sophrosyne as the main themes. Enkrateia is the attitude of self-mastery that one must adopt in order to function as a moral subject. Sophrosyne is the related combination of moderation and wisdom. Together this results in an image of 'true' freedom, which is not the paradox it may seem because what is meant is freedom from inner slavery, through the achievement of a condition of total self-sufficiency and perfect sovereignty over oneself. This is where the concept of truth comes in, truth in the sense of self-knowledge. Gnothi seauton, know thyself.
Subsequently, Catholic morality made two important changes. Authority was imposed externally by God and the Church on pain of punishment, and, at the same time, the content of what was forbidden was defined. The Church fathers not only demanded moderation to the point of complete abstinence, but in addition, an ever-increasing number of sexual activities were both described and proscribed.
Wisdom from Amin Malouf, ‘Les jardins de lumière’, on the life of Mani:

Please adapt this to the fakebook/youtube situation where totally disoriented young people will impose on themselves the most outrageous diets, life-styles, dress originalities & other privations in the illusion of "self-development" & in the hope of finally belonging to some or other group or sect.

"Whoever does spiritual deprivation
to collect praise deserves no praise,
because that person is more conceited
than the worst of the debauched.
The sage who fasts p.e. only to be closer to himself,
he alone is judge.
If you deprive yourself,
do not do it to conform to the requirements of a community,
neither for the fear of punishment,
nor even in the hope of amassing merits
to bring over into another world.".
Humor (?)
Solipsism -
Thank you, Thank you
Song written by Hugo Mahe
Thank you, thank you
You’ve done so much for me
So my soul
Could find a home
Plukrijp, Plukrijp
Magical place
Lives in my heart
For the rest of my life
Thank you, thank you
From the bottom of my heart
Can I reach you?
I hope I do
I will carry, the sensuality
In my country
Open your arms,
Forget the ‘Me’
And you are one with me
And you and we
Thank you Frank
For your honesty
And Martine
For your purity
I’ve been dancing
In ecstasy
With you
Becoming one
With Everyone
One Love
One Smile
One big laugh
And one big Fart!
The New Social Dynamics in practice: Let’s work together!
Written by Frank
Work can be done for others than oneself, for other reasons than money-to-buy-a-life, for the sheer joy of working together, like our ancestors did for 1000s of years. The value created when we do not see “work” as the only road to “life-via money” is enormous.

At Plukrijp we consider the people & organisations that are part of our in-out network of FREE exchange of value as our partners. We try to create goodwill with each tool, material, vegetable and food item we either receive or give away.

By keeping our doors open 24/7 to worldwide volunteers & people willing to learn together with us how to build the new world from a different paradigm, there is a constant, year-round flow of exchanges going on here. We offer what we produce, what we receive & the enthusiastic work energy we get from eating, sleeping & working well.
p.e. The “pallet repair workshop” this week: a truckload of broken but not lost pallets was brought to us by one of our wholesale purveyors of not-yet-out-of-date organic food, to (if possible) repair & (if not possible) to use as firewood. We sorted & repaired the pallets.

The work was structured by design in time/space so we were not pressed by a dead-line & so our work spaces were used efficiently. Changing a mountain in a succession of molehills makes all jobs palatable. Modality & scaling combined with quality management give real satisfaction in opposition to heroically (mostly) failing at super-loaded “jobs”. Oversight is easier this way. Each volunteer can find his/her specific task & space, learn specific techniques & teach them to his colleagues & get the satisfaction of learning to create value on their own.

There is a hand rule for group structure: if p.e. 10 people form a group, they will typically fall into a 2-3-3-2 pattern:
  • 1 to 2 leaders, pulling the group, structuring time/space, having experience or ready to get it
  • 2-3 followers, ready to join & get the experience, their noses turned in the direction of the leaders
  • 2-3 who hesitate & need to be motivated by the leaders & the followers, willing to obey & collaborate in activities that promise to be fruitful & pleasant, on condition that enough people “carry” them.
  • 1-2 resistors, unable to obey, not motivated to get experience, sending out negative messages in the hope of discouraging the hesitators & pulling them into their collective passive resistance
For the leaders who want to get the job done &”earn” situational authority that will enable them to become valuable citizens, the trick to succeed resides in working in 2 directions: pulling the followers & the hesitators forward & at the same time isolating the resistors from the hesitators by showing the whole group the benefits & value of the experience.
In permaculture settings where authority is not vested in 1 superior person & where outside authority (family, priests, police, government, the eyes of the neighbour, recent fakebook memes or fashions, …) is kept at bay, the ebb & flow of natural, situation & experience-based authority avoiding power games or sabotage or gossip campaigns becomes a daily discipline. Setting rules & boundaries is no solution because, as we know, EVERYTHING CHANGES BY OUR CO-CREATION. Charters & moral indignation (#metoo p.e.) tend to result in extreme polarization where, instead of trying to collaborate & get to know each other better, we lose contact & see each interaction as a threat or a battle to be won/lost.

We tend to turn “work” into “stories” so we can share the value of what we did together & be proud of each other, on top of being proud of (only) ourselves.

The rewards are manifold:
  • individual learning from experience at one's own rhythm
  • experiencing collective aha-moments
  • creating meaning into activities that were not valued in themselves before, but were seen as ways-to-make-money-to-buy-a-life-with
  • teaching each other as the best way to deeply learn oneself=getting deep situational authority without the anti-authoritarian downer
When we avoid translating the value we created into money, we discover a wide varied field of action & interaction we seem to have forgotten after the “century of self”

We refer to the magical possibilities of the “yes-man” phenomenon
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