Scarcity Culture in our Gardens

I moved to Austin, TX.  A progressive bubble that’s convenient and easy for escapism.   Materialism and energy intensive lifestyles find justification and acceptance in liberal flare.  Ownership and responsibility befall the “right” politician voted into representation.  Hands washed. It’s not Austin’s fault.  A city is a city.  Gentrification is a universal plight of the marginalized and cavernous rifts between socioeconomic classes is an ubiquitous injustice. What breaks my heart is the scarcity culture of the food sustainability movement here.

The individual “self” of the contemporary collective consciousness is heralded in our growing culture.  “Self”- sustainability wallows in it’s own meritousness and self-preservation of effort.  We can have an anemic communit, coexisting with healthy self-contained pockets of growing initiatives.  The hip trend is to buy local and organic produce, to distance yourself and vote with your credit card.

Sauntering through a farmer’s market last Saturday, I was struck with the realization that I was participating in an economy of privilege.  A level of monetary, white-inherited privilege afforded me the opportunity to take care of myself in wholesome sustenance and invest in my local food shed.  The belief, yet fallacy of neo-liberal stances, is that my consumerism is good and prudent and involved, but not self-serving.  We lack the connectivity ontology in how we cultivate and grow for our neighborhoods and blocks and families.  We look out for ourselves, filling a lucrative niche market in our capitalist culture.

The Trump era themes of seclusion and isolation for protection of oneself, propaganda advocating an insular preservation of an individual’s patch or island, is a malignant cancer through our urban agriculture growing movements and popularity in homesteading lifestyles.  If you can work to defend and protect your future, and yours alone, then you’re doing enough for societal ills.  “Personal acts of Love” should always trump “distant acts of service.”  To be sentient of the source is not enough.  Participating in a healthy food web requires more than consumerist driven action.  We have to engage in initiatives changing the language and dynamic of our food culture into one of community-based sustainability.

 

  • Lack of perennial efforts and intiatives
  • Scarcity Culture, seclusion
  • Trendy innovative

I watched a brilliant series on Netflix, titled “Top Chef.”  The array of colors extend beyond my bank of descriptive anchors and the cinematic angling of the scenes invoke a personal, sentient draw.  They’re beautiful stories.  Our stories.

Themes:  cultural absolutism, scarcity culture, elitism, self-sustainability, language, spiritual ecology, ethics, individual “self”, capitalism, priviledge-based participation, self-contained, connectivity ontology, an “ontology” in self-gratification and sentient of source

 

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