These boots are made for walkin’

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

What type of tracks do you leave?

My footprints look much like anyone else’s, they just sometimes go where few if any have gone before.

Since realising 43 years ago that indefinite life extension was logically possible (even if didn’t know how to do it), I have been searching for ways to create a society where everyone could have the possibility of living a very long time with as much freedom as possible.

That journey has taken me on many paths.

Sometimes I travel light, sometimes I have truck and trailer to carry essentials.

This planet has a finite limit on the amount of energy it receives from the sun, and the number of people it can keep in a lifestyle most reading this would consider empowering. So we have to accept those limits reality imposes. It is not logically possible to keep on having large families, and for everyone to keep on living a very long time.

If people want to stay on earth, then very soon all must accept one half of a child is their lot. If they want to have more than one child, they must accept leaving the earth at some point within some relatively small number of years (less than 100).

That is probably one of the hardest realities for humanity to face.
Continued expansion of population must eventually run into hard limits that will result in death by some means – lack of resources to survive, war, whatever.
Longevity implies security, requires it actually.
Accepting that will be hard for many.
We have a bit of time, a bit of room between us and that hard boundary, but not a lot.

So in some senses, I try to leave as small a disturbance as possible, and sometimes the requirements of reality demand that my footprints are a bit deeper and more lasting, forging a trail for others.

And right now I am sitting in jeans and a T shirt, with my fluffy ug boots on my feet – its a cool 14 degrees C outside (57F).

About Ted Howard NZ

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2 Responses to These boots are made for walkin’

  1. sgc says:

    Hi Ted,

    I really enjoy reading your blog posts of late (currently in Austin Tx after spending this Winter in Thailand — a story for another time if you’re free for a catchup on skype). You have a real knack for inspiring ‘mind shifts’ which leave me feeling freer in my thinking, and ripe with new concepts/material to contemplate, as well as challenged in a good way 🙂

    It’s a pleasure to know you, I’m so glad your journey continues, may it be long and fruitful!

    Regarding the population explosion and where we go from here with our collective situation? I remember reading many years ago an idea which stuck in my mind, which I’m reflecting/expanding upon briefly here…

    The idea is that ‘unconsciously’ the human biology is going into hyper-reproduction out of a subconscious fear of feeling it must compete with machines, which in a certain sense you could look at as being a ‘new species’ — certainly a considerable development in our environment which our bodies are no doubt reacting to in ways we may not comprehend.

    Like all of these things, (whether or not the above is a real factor) it seems to be a question of whether we have a clear awareness of what is driving us individually, and if we do, can we in some way work with those impulses along with increased insight, channeling them into realities more compelling than mere survival for survival sakes?

    There is no easy answer when it comes to pressing and potentially ”drama evoking questions’ like how we solve the issues of population and distribution of resources as a whole planet. My feeling and sense is that it is going to take All (or at least a considerable) number of perspectives holding a field of harmonious agreement in which answers which are as yet inconceivable can become more easily recognised and expressed, known, and ultimately implemented.

    I suppose what I’m alluding to is some sort of ‘practical miracle’, not wishful thinking but also not the endless combative debates and obsessed striving towards action of recent ages which can be just as equally blind!

    I’m very hopeful (on a good day) ‘we earth folks’ and the ‘background depth of pure intelligence’ can come up with a clear and achievable solution in the window of opportunity we presently have, solutions which work for everyone at ‘the deepest level of meaning’ – why else would we be here?



  2. Hi Sean,
    Often think of those few days we shared 11 years ago in Texas.
    Would like to catch up on skype sometime soon.

    You conclude with the question – Why else would we be here?

    It seems to me that over deep time the answer to that is many levels of survival of variants in various paradigms of evolution (genetic, mimetic, and beyond).

    It seems we each have choice at various levels (within constraints), and it seems we can each choose our purpose. And without active choice we simply have our implicit genetic and cultural default settings. That applies as much to our ideas of epistemology and ontology as it does to any domain of values.

    It seems to me that levels of meaning are potentially infinitely recursive, and can become “halting problems” in and of themselves.

    All any of us can do is present the possibilities that seem to us to hold the greatest utility (however we individually conceive of and value that notion) and then actively listen and intentionally question our interpretations of what others present. Then see what sort of consensus emerges from that process, and how it evolves over time and context.

    The more we create awareness of the many levels of systems within us, the greater the degree of influence and awareness and choice we have.

    And there is no escape from profound uncertainty and humility in such a journey.

    The more I know the less sense ideas like right and wrong make – they just show up as simplistic illusions, ultimately hubristic, however utilitarian they may be in our early development.


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