BSB 119     J. Morris Hicks     (10-30-17) 
Is going off the grid right for you?

For me, I have decided that "going off the grid" would not be the best way for J. Morris Hicks to help save humanity--but I admire anyone with the conscience and courage to actually do it. What does going off the grid mean? 

For that, I quote Mark Boyle (38), an Irish activist who began his first ever article for The Guardian in December of 2016:

[From this day forward]   I'm rejecting the world of complex technology entirely. That means no laptop, no internet, no phone, no washing machine, no tapped water, no gas, no fridge, no television or electronic music. I want my life back...I want my soul back.

Mark Boyle -- aka the Moneyless Man  

No doubt about it, Mr. Boyle is living a life that is about as close to complete sustainability as a human can get. And maybe he'll inspire others to live more sustainably as well. That's a good thing. 

The problem is, that for every Mark Boyle in this world, there are millions of people moving in the opposite direction when it comes to sustainable living. 

As I say in my presentations, an estimated five billion people in the developing world are trying to join us on the "Runaway Luxury Train" known as modern civilization--just as soon as they can.

I figure that there are already about 2.5 billion of the world's population onboard (including myself) and with the exception of a tiny few, most of us simply do not want to get off the train and give up the many luxuries to which we have become accustomed. What to do?

The Bottom Line. Knowing that what we have is grossly unsustainable for a plethora of reasons, we must quickly figure out a way to live in harmony with nature. That means simultaneously addressing overpopulation, over consumption, our use of fossil fuels and our all-important food choices.

Realistically, we must have systemic change throughout the world. And it must be carefully planned and urgently executed.  How can that happen?

I have envisioned an "idea" that I documented in an earlier BSB (dated 8-2-17). Take a look and let me know what you think.


Looking for Opportunities to Speak. Since 2016, my research and writing has been focused primarily on the sustainability of our ecosystem, our civilization and our future as as a species. I call it the "most important topic in the history of humanity." 

After all, what could possibly be more important to us humans than our survival as a species?

The current title of my standard presentation:

Food. Health. Planet. Our Future as a Species.

Upcoming Talks: Upstate New York: Buffalo, Canandaigua and Rochester on November 18 & 19. Fort Myers, FL ( VegFest), in January. At in Honolulu and Maui in April. To view all 64 slides in my latest presentation,  click here

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Be well,  J. Morris (Jim) Hicks

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

Moonglow J. Morris Hicks

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