Money

 

I believe the key reason for so many problems in the world today is the fact we no longer have to see directly the repercussions of our actions. The degrees of separation between the consumer and the consumed have increased so much that people are completely unaware of the levels of destruction and suffering involved in the production of the food and other “stuff” we buy. The tool that has enabled this disconnection is money.If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we wouldn’t waste it so freely……………………..

– the cashless man

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/09/mark-boyle-money

Survival

Ideally, to live the life I dream about, I would live without money.  However, in this big bad world, money is still a necessity.  What I want to attempt to do is to use as little of it as I can, rather bartering and trading wherever possible.  For instance, when guests come to stay in our guest cottage, I do not want to charge them cash.  I would much rather they bring things to trade with, or even pay with goods (my friends tease me about asking for wine as a rental).  I also want to attempt to make as much as I can from scratch – not buying prepared foods, and then pushing that thought further – to make our own soap etc.

I know that I will not be able to grow and make everything  initially – it is all going to take time and tons of learning.  This then forces me back to needing some cash to pay for things I can not grow or make, as well as for water and electricity.  I don’t think Eskom is going to be open to trading a few bunches of carrots for power somehow.  We also have to pay a monthly levy to the conservancy where we live for the upkeep of the game.  We may even be able to trade for that levy and are already in discussions about us doing game ranging on the reserve as well as keeping the reserve fencing maintained, filling waterholes etc.

So the plan then is to trade with friends and family in exchange for guest accommodation, ask for cash from strangers for guest accommodation (or a combo of trade and cash).  We will also be building a tented safari camp in the future for more accommodation.

Be that as it may – I still need money now – so it has been off to work for me.  Working for a boss is not part of my long term plan but right now, it fills a gap.

I have searched for a position that would not take me away from my home for extended periods, where I would not be taking work home with me, where I will not be puzzling problems at 2 am. Basically, an easy-peazy job without stress.

I am now gainfully employed on a farm that has a fruit packhouse for mangoes and citrus.  It is very different to the international pharmaceutical marketing field, but offers me what I need right now. I am in charge of stock control and I also do the payroll.  Here are some pictures of my work:-

So far, the people seem very nice, and although the work can get a little hectic, it’s at a pace I can enjoy.