I hear from people who want to grow in many ways, from the knowledge and skills they need to build a house, salvage houses and barns, and to be able to find independence from the system that keeps many enslaved in debt, utilities, taxes, and obligations that do nothing the make their lives better, that is happier, more fulfilling, and full of passion instead of obligations. So many women have been beaten down all their lives to believe they can not do better, change their future, their bodies, or their health condition. That is all false and such thinking has been thrust upon a generation by marketing and media, by a patriarchal society and religions that only want to hold some people down. Whether by race, by poverty, or by sex, the system is hell bent on keeping some people at the bottom of the ladder that leads to independence and happiness. Good health is hard to manifest if one is depressed, eating poorly, not exercising, and living in a toxic environment.
Is it worth having a giant house if it makes you sick? So many do, and I can not understand why. So I created Tiny Texas Houses as my seedlings to plant in the minds of men, women, and children to show them there is another path to be taken other than the narrative prescribed by the big corporations, media, and the government. They are build from 95% Pure Salvage to demonstrate that even the worst looking houses, like people, can be saved, reborn anew as a valuable contribution to society.I have proven that we can do it and create beauty from ugliness, a loving home from a barn or derelict house, and do it with nothing more than human energy and passion. This is equally true of people, who’s lives look like a disaster, but the human energy is there, if ignited with passion and spirit, given hope and a direction, all can change…. if they choose to see it that way.
I call upon the creative mind in each of us to look past the physical worlds you live in now and see what can be, rather than what is. I see old houses and barns and know that new houses and lives bettered can come from them. You can too if you simply choose to open up your doors and windows to the possibilities outside the box you have been caged in by society. Why remain in a box that has no real power to hold you except for what you give it? If you climb out, the possibilities are endless, but if you remain within, reinforcing the helpless attitude you have been fed, even pounded into over the years, you are forgetting the one thing that is most important…. your spirit, once ignited with a passion for a better life you can achieve, measured by a different gauge, can be astonishing. It is never too late, though some may have physical limitations, financial constraints they believe hold them back, none of that is more than a challenge that can be overcome or simply left behind. Things like credit ratings become irrelevant if you switch over to a far simpler life where you need much less, and don’t chase the media driven consumerism that is supposed to make people happy. Truth is, if it was working, 45% or more of our country that is on anti-depressants would not want them… and if you are doing what spirit wants of you, do not need them in any way, time, or for any reason other than to keep you coming back to the doctor so he can get richer on the addiction he talked you into acquiring rather than changing your life.
So how does creative thinking make life better? Imagine yourself living in a simple tiny space without the needs for so much money to pay for all the things that you have little time to enjoy. Imagine not eating things that make you crave more, like the sugars, corn syrup, white flours, white rice, and other known poisons that we have rampant in our diets if we do not pay attention and read the labels. If you want to live a better life, treat your body better for it is the vessel of your soul, and we are obligated first and foremost to take care of it or we will suffer unimaginably as we age. To not teach this to our children is to short them of the most valuable knowledge we can provide.The excuse of not knowing better in this day and age of the internet is not valid, for the knowledge you need is freely available but the willpower to act is yours alone to implement. The same goes for housing as we struggle to have big houses yet the happiest generations and people around the world are the ones living with the least of the houses and consumerism that we have gorged our society with and pay for in dramatically more cancer, diabetes, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and other diseases of the modern times. Tiny Texas Houses were created to show people the example of what they could do instead to be happy, whether it means living the simpler life, thus living with the chance to raise our kids daily rather than having schools, day care, and TV do it for us. It shows that we can be quite happy living in a house made from what others considered trash instead of a toxic house built from imported and resource depleting materials who’s creation destroys the Earth, and who’s cost is mostly marketing, big building for stores, advertising, and profits for the already way to rich few who love to see you stay down in the helpless class. Helplessness is a voluntary choice we make if we want to sacrifice our freedom and creativity, our youth, health, and worst of all, our children to maintain the look of prosperity so that our friends and public will think we are successful. Sadly, that is not what success is about.
Thus my call to the creative minds, to the passionate souls that want to make a difference in their lives and the lives of the children who will follow. It begins with respecting the hard work of our ancestors who spent 352 days a year at the job less than a hundred years ago when there were no benefits from working at big corporations. It is respecting the work of children who, at 12 years old, sharpened the blades on the saws that cut the wood for houses, pulled the coal from mines that formed the steel and industrial age, who sewed the cloths and shoes, cleaned the equipment in factories, and made the world we know possible.If we do not respect the lives they gave to create this illusion of success, then we do not deserve the respect of the children we raise now in sickness, without good schooling to learn independence and life skills that will free them from the drone life that corporations and government are so successful in now perpetuating. We do not have to comply but instead can create an alternative path and lead by example. Be the change we want the world to become… for only then will it happen. Bitching about the problems will not make it better. We must act every day to slowly, then faster, be part of what it will take to make a better life for the 7 generations that will follow. If not, you are simply part of the problems that make this world what it has become, with wars caused by our country under the auspices of policing the world, but truly for the intent to control resources and restrain the rest of the world from finding, enjoying, and keeping the happiness they had known before we bombed them, funded rebels to wreak havoc, and perpetuated a global war on terrorism that create terrorist out of the orphaned children of our wars.
We can do better, using our imagination, our actions, our ability to make change happen one person, on family, and one town at a time. We can join together to celebrate life, and the pursuit of happiness and Freedom, but we do need more places to gather without government restrictions to build our strength and numbers. The idea behind the Salvagefaire Freedom Festival venue is exactly that… a place where we can once more have music that touts the positive things we can do and puts to tunes the words that will wake up others, and thus increase the number of people acting to change the world one more person at a time. We can have a venue to get attention to the many films being made about being healthier, on exercise, organic farming, building from salvage, and so many more things that need to be told to the people but are held back by the control of theaters, TV, and media which is owned by so few who have a vested interest in your power being suppressed. We can join together and have market places where commerce can happen through barter and alternatives to the fiat currency that is heavily taxed. So much is possible and my hope it to create the first of the models of what we can do all around the country to bring back a lifestyle, a society that believed in the betterment of all, the preservation of our environment, and the peace this world so desperately needs. Please consider this with your creative minds instead of your skeptical consumerist mentality that has taken over so many. Trust in that you can give a little bit, as can thousands and the result will be a benefit to millions. The first examples must be built so others can imagine creating more, just like my Tiny Texas Houses that most thought were not only impossible to create from 95% salvage, but that I was crazy for even trying. Now they are viewed around the world, and others are beginning to emulate the methodology and understand the reason it is so important to act now, for the time is passing when we will be able to reverse course.
As I watched the Pope address congress I knew that the audience before him would expend more energy clapping and standing up than most will ever spend to change the system most of them have helped create in their multiple terms in office at the helm of this country.Regardless of their party affiliation, they still allow funding of the wars over feeding the poor and taking care of the returning veterans. They continue to raid the social security funds for other project, support corporate welfare over better schools that teach life skills and empower the next generations to escape the madness they have created to keep their donors, the 1% with most of the wealth in power.
When GE, a global corporation pays less in taxes than a person making $60,000 a year and gets awarded government grants, like oil companies, or giant tax breaks like banks and global corps that hide their profits overseas, it is time for a reality check and the Pope’s visit will not be enough to inspire them to change their ways, in my opinion. That will be up to us, the people, to act differently and break free of the bondage they have endorsed by doing nothing to change it for decades.
I reach out to the creative minds, to the passionate souls, and to the people who have the money to chip in to make a difference to join together and begin the move to action, to creating a path that will allow the masses who want a better world to materialize to be able to make it happen. Places to congregate will be critical for the cities have fenced off and limited that from happening anymore.
Curfews, licenses, and other means of stopping the masses from gathering are taking their toll, but if you remember Woodstock, and Farm Concerts by Willy Nelson, as well as other great benefits that once were possible for the venues existed, then you can imagine what Salvagefaire is intended to be one day. You can help, you can learn how to build houses from salvage on the adjoining hill and go to concerts and film festivals at night.
You can shop or sell in the marketplace that will be for all things creative, old, renewed, and thereby be part of the new again as a symbolic manifestation of what can be done with our country as well.
Please join me in using our creative minds to change the world, starting with your life, and sharing it with others who also want to see a better place for the children that follow and inherit this world.