I've been working a lot to fine-tune my personal praxis, meaning the practical ways we manifest our philosophies, in other words, how do you "do" whatever your political or social beliefs are. How do you "do" anti-capitalism, or anti-consumerism, or communism, or anarchism, or feminism, or queer liberation, or whatever else your philosophy may be? That is praxis. In this essay I'm going to talk mostly about my anti-capitalist and anti-consumerist praxis, namely trying to avoid the medical industrial complex (unless medically necessary, of course; I'm not David Avocado Fucking Wolfe) and consumerist throwaway culture.
My increase in motivation for making natural medicines has continued, at least for now. I've been tincturing basically everything available to me that can be tinctured and am just starting to run out of space. Most recently I started tincturing some motherwort, chamomile, and peppermint. I may tincture some broadleaf plantain if I can find a good reason to (I did start some plantain oil as I associate plantain for medicinal uses with topical use). I did find a company in Australia selling broadleaf plantain tincture for a seriously exorbitant amount. Yikes. I also started a large amount of fire cider, something I am making almost entirely because some asshole company decided to trademark the super generic term "fire cider" and heckle people who use that term for their own products. And while I roll my eyes at the assertion that small businesses are better than large ones, trademarking general knowledge is bullshit.
|Patched a huge hole right in the seat of my pants.|
These pants, by the way, were super cheap and a great example of the type of thing I'm fighting against. Clothing and pretty much everything else is literally made to break and wear down easily in order to encourage people to keep replacing them; this strategy makes sense in a world where "a good economy" is one in which people are spending more and more money all the time. So I'm going to especially try repairing clothes a lot, and I'm also going to try getting most of my clothes second hand (this is actually very psychologically hard for me as I went through some bouts of poverty where I rarely got new things, which makes shopping particularly addictive for me).
My next little repair project will probably be the bucket I take camping, which has some holes in it. My partner tried patching it when we were camping but it didn't quite work (it was a lost cause; we didn't have good enough materials). I also have a pair of flip flops in which the thong came loose. These are a pain to repair, but I'm going to try anyway.
|My "new" bike, with night lights on.|
Since this bike is going to be used for errand running, I want to get a basket for it of some sort. They have some that have lift-off shopping baskets which might be perfect or they might be a shitty idea. One of my best friends, though, fixed up his own bike by putting kitty litter buckets flanking the back wheel, so we'll see.
I noted last night when I was taking a casual ride that the front wheel kind of moves funny and makes noise. I'm hoping it just needs a tire replacement, but I may need to replace the rim as well. Either way it should be pretty easy, considering I did replace the tire on the back wheel successfully, and that's the hard wheel.
Admittedly I did go against the whole repair-and-buy-second-hand thing by getting a helmet, but come on, I'm not going to try DIYing a fucking helmet. Plus it is built to accommodate ponytails and has a lot of space for radical and quirky stickers.
Speaking of radical quirky stuff, I'm considering doing booklet drops in Little Free Libraries and other such things. I tend to get a lot of radical queer literature to donate to my alma mater's LGBT center library (this has documentedly influenced people and come to think of it I have a copy of "Queering Anarchism" for them I keep forgetting to bring) but I want my scope to be wider... but in the case of Little Free Libraries, there's a not insignificant chance that people will find radical or queer-friendly literature and just throw it out, so I need options that are inexpensive. I have a couple ideas, but as I don't really commit to one political ideology I want to make sure there isn't anything utterly awful in them before I distribute (they're things I've read but when I read something without intent to distribute I'm not taking too many notes). I also want to donate any queer Pagan books I can find to the LGBT center, since like most places it's overpopulated with queer Christian books without much representation for other faiths. Yuck.
Anyway, it's getting late so I should probably go to bed so I can do more excellent praxis tomorrow. Tongue-out emoji.