Tired: Escaping from the trappings of civilization to live a mythologized hunter-gatherer lifestyle in a lonely wilderness

Wired: Dropping out of the worst aspects of capitalist civilization by joining a self-sustaining intentional community on cultivated farmland.

Inspired: Rejecting the separation of "civilization" from "wilderness" as an inherently colonialist distinction and actively working to dissolve the border between the two.

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@GreenandBlack why do I feel the last one will involve building more suburbs? Treehouses πŸ‘ suburbs πŸ‘Ž

@lafnlab Because you've been taught to recognize the synthesis of wild with civilization as suburbia, whereas the suburbs actually represent the border we're trying to erase in the first place.

Suburbs bad. Cultivating nature within cities good.

@lafnlab For more context. Suburbs represent the idea that nature is something to be controlled by humans. That we can keep trees within the borders of parks, carefully control vast mono-cultures of grass so they can look appealing and treat the wild animals we've displaced as pests or vermin.

Suburbs are the myth of the frontier at its utmost colonialist.

@GreenandBlack I agree, but I can also envisage property developers hijacking terms like 'wilderness' and 'nature' for use in marketing. I know I've seen countless subdivisions with names like "The Pines at Riverview", "The Elms at Parkland" and so on.

Marketing will perpetuate any myth if there's money to be had.

@lafnlab Yeah, I believe the Americans called this "Manifest Destiny"

@lafnlab @GreenandBlack

quite often named after the things that were destroyed in the process of building new houses.

i took this photo sometime in 2005 while i was biking through morning fog. it's such terrible irony.

@GreenandBlack @lafnlab i don't know about elsehwere, but sometime between the 1930s and the 50s, some of this city's parks were mostly deforested because of "drug dealing". there used to be a lagoon surrounded by elder trees in Major's Hill Park, across from the National Art Gallery. now it's just a lawn on a weird bluff.

@GreenandBlack @lafnlab i've lived in the richest suburb of indiana for most of my life and briefly worked at a landscaping job

let me tell ya, the dull, over-cultivated greenery of suburbia is nothing RESEMBLING "wilderness"

@polymur @lafnlab or "civilization" for that matter :P

truly the worst of both worlds

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