The Lottery of Birth [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.

This is an excellent starting point for awakening to the reality of the human condition. I watch this a few times a year and learn something new each time. The best part is that between viewing you start to see your other passion topics through this lens.

Speakers include some of my favorites:

Tony Benn

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GKP70W0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00GKP70W0&linkCode=as2&tag=thebabdusdia-20&linkId=JVWE3LH3SU2CTKZQ">Creating Freedom Episode One: The Lottery Of Birth</a><img src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=thebabdusdia-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00GKP70W0" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />The premise of this documentary is how the completely random chance of being born into a specific society shapes our very reality. How would your life differ if you had been born a San Bushman or a heiress in Europe? The documentary also talks about how this social conditioning guides us into a role in our social order. This is important to me because the current social order literally kills millions of people every year not to mention the damage done to our planet. And yet most of us play a role in the social order that keeps it stable and in place. If we want to see peace and freedom and social justice prevail we have to tear down the walls of the social order keeping these things from happening. To do this we have to understand our culpability in our role and how social conditioning, based on our birthplace only, trains us to ignore this culpability in our busyness.

I also love Vindana Shiva (in all things) when she talks about our tendency to see parts and not the whole. This is what I mean when I say that we have skewed too far to a male energy dominated paradigm. Linear, logical, parts-based. We desperately need a female energy balance. Curves, creativity, holistic. Male and Female energy has nothing to do with the sexes. Men and women both have male and female energy. In eastern traditions this energy duality is called yin/yang. I’ll be talking more about this in other posts. Anyway, Vindana points out that she nearly completed her doctorate in nuclear physics without ever learning about the health risks of radiation. This is a poignant example of how narrowly focused our society encourages us to be. Each person picks a very narrow slice of the pie of knowledge and then wears blinders for life. The result is the economic, justice, and ecological disasters our world is facing. Fixing these problems will require a holistic view.

I really can’t recommend this documentary enough. It is an “oldie but goodie” in my house – which means watch it often. Give it a try!

This documentary is now part I of the Creating Freedom series.

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A Healthier Lifestyle

In my post about 7 Reasons to Live in an RV Fulltime I didn’t mention a healthier lifestyle. We are doing this for a healthier planet and healthier relationships but an off-shoot will be living healthier too.

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Day 2 – blogging in the RV

I woke up this morning and could hardly move! The lifting, pulling, hiking, etc. is new to my body. Before Aellyn was born Pete and I were hiking up to 9 miles a day in training for doing the Grand Canyon. Now my life is so sedentary.

You don’t have to uproot your whole life to get healthy but there is nothing like having an ACTIVE LIFESTYLE rather than adding activity, like exercise, to an actually sedentary lifestyle, which is what most westerners do. Like homesteading, farming, etc., living in an RV fulltime is just going to REQUIRE activity. I’m really excited about this aspect!

We’re Fulltime RVers!

It is friday morning and I’m typing this from the dinette table in our camper. The kids and Pete are exploring the woods behind our site while I clean up a traditional camp breakfast.

I’m in heaven!

Yesterday was not easy. It is beyond muddy here – like Ohio right now makes Dagoba look like paradise. The truck we hired to move the RV (because we haven’t upgraded our minivan to a truck yet) got stuck in my sister’s yard. We had to ask a neighbor with a tractor (god bless the country!) to get it out. In all it took 3 hours!!

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Here are some more outrageous pics of getting the RV out of the yard.

But, we finally made it! We also had an easy time with the kids sleeping in their own beds. My kids have slept in our bed since birth so I was concerned it might be an issue but…really, we’re like 10 ft. away from them!

The covers on one of the skylights blew off at some point in the trip yesterday. So, last night, IN THE DARK I climbed on top of the van and used a long stick to position a tarp over the opening and hold it down with rocks. Yay for DIY!

Here’s our official launch video!

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7 Reasons To Live Fulltime In an RV

On May 1 we finally move into our new 192 square feet of RV! We’ll be local and Pete will keep his same job through the summer. So, we’ll be staying at a beautiful park near the Mogadore Resevoir.

People, of course, think we’re nuts. Unfortuantely when you make decisions outside of the mainstream it can be judged as an indictment of their (more mainstream) life choices.

I think the important thing here is to remember that my decisions are made from my values, goals, and dreams and my weaknesses, fears, and circumstances. They have absolutely nothing to do with anyone else. When I say I want out of the capitalist economy it doesn’t mean I think you are evil for staying in it. Everyone makes the world a better place as best they can at the time. You’re doing your best and I’m doing mine.

With that in mind – here are 10 reasons we are becoming Nomads:

1. Find a New Human Dream.

We played the “American Dream” game well. I had a job at NASA and a mortgage and 2 cars and a bunch of debt. I worked to pay my debt and went into further debt to survive the monotony of my life. Since leaving my job I’ve become a so much happier person. I’m healthier, sleep better, and just feel JOY. All. The. Time. When I was working so much and then spending my non working hours working on my “stuff” I didn’t have any free time to grow as a person or contribute to the world meaningfully.

That’s the problem with the American Dream, in my opinion. It keeps us navel gazing and blind or helpless to the reality of the world around us. We wanted to find a way to acheive our dreams that made us better citizens of the Earth. (This reason is #1 because it guides all of our other reasons.)

2. See New Places.

The most amazing experiences in my life have been visiting new places. I’ve been fortunate to live many places and visit some wonderful and beautiful things. This reason also falls into the “stop living for your next vacation” things. If you are lucky enough to be one of the few people making enough money to travel on your vacation…are you working so hard to afford a vacation?

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

3. Meet Virtual Friends.

One of the best parts of living in the age of social media is that I have truly wonderful friends all over this globe! How wonderful to get to share a s’more with them around our campfire? Oh, btw, internet friends…prepare, lol.

4. Meet New People.

I am a white woman married to a white man living in just about the whitest small town imaginable. That’s ok. I was raised here and learned to respect and love all people. I don’t think living in a mono-culture precludes soemone from being a social justice advocate but it sure is easier when you experience cultural differences in a relationship instead of in a book.

Now, RVing is a predominately white past-time so, that’s not what I mean. I mean by going out into the community where we are staying and getting to know the locals – local people, local food, local customs, local problems and successess. In my “homeschool” the number one most important curricululm is what I call “Poverty, Inequality, and Money: Causes and Solutions.” My kids will get to experience this in living color.

5. Meet the Earth.

If the poverty and inequality lessons are the number one goal of my parenting then the second is “Amazing Earth: Plants, Animals, and Symbiosis. (lol, I’m loving my course titles. Of course, in case you don’t know, I’m a “un”schooler so there won’t be any curriculum at all). You simply can’t ignore the needs of our planet when you strongly realize that WE ARE OUR PLANET. We aren’t separate. We are one. The love of one is the love of the other. The health of one is the health of the other.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau

When you think of environmentally-friendly living the word “RV” probably doesn’t come to mind. And yes, RV’s are gas guzzling hogs. Especially if you use one on vacation to travel 3000 miles in two weeks! There are fulltime RVers that live very “on the grid” and may have an equal or larger carbon footprint than someone living in a traditional home. But, there are others that live a decidedly “off grid” life in an RV. I’ll write more about the “Green RVing” life we’ll be persuing!

6. Escape the Monetary Economy.

This is not the space to get into this in detail but we believe that the current monetary economy/capitalism is incompatible with human-honoring goals. We hope to experience things like communes, ecovillages, barter/borrow economy, and cooperative living. Check out the resources on this post for more info.

In our rich consumers’ civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.
– Max Lerner

7. Family Centered Living

I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish. (Right, Zoe?). It isn’t the religious aspects I like but the family-centeredness of everything they do. We see them work 1478954_10102028271020644_1208691901_nso hard to make food without modern conveniences like tractors or washing machines and think “yuck!”. What I love about the life of the Amish though is every task they do is in service to their family and community. They (rarely) wake up and leave all day to work for someone else. They wake and work hard with and for their family. I want this for my family.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller

I could think of more but this sums up the primary philosphy that’s guiding our path right now. It is our path for our family. Yours may be different and that’s ok! That’s better than ok. It’s what makes our world so rich: diversity.