Today I checked out the wood stove burning in the Ten-Sho-An. This stove was custom made with two doors to allow for longer logs to be put in.

It burns well. It’s too hot to leave it burning right now, but when the weather cools down, we’ll have to burn some construction scrap wood and garden branches to get rid of them.

Anyway, with a forest of about 3,000 square meters of land and this stove, we can solve our fuel problem. If there were more fields, the food problem would go away. Yeah, just in case of future economic crisis.

Very few people die in Corona, but in the event of an economic crisis, much less a depression or war, the logistics would be shut down, the infrastructure would stop working, and a lot of people would have a hard time surviving. What percentage of the population will die, or how many dozens of lives will be lost, is an unknown number. I wish this was my fantasy, but the real economy is shrinking while the speculative economy is expanding at a great rate, and there is no telling when the bubble will burst and the economy will stop.

Fortunately, at the time of the global financial crisis, there was a frontier, China, into which money was poured and the economy began to turn again, but now there is no frontier to restart the economy when the world economy collapses. If the economy suddenly crashes, it will remain broken for a long period of time and humanity may be in an unprecedented crisis. And this is not in the distant future, but rather in a few more years, at the latest in a decade or so…and this is the worst possible scenario I can imagine.

I hope we can make a soft landing, where humanity can share the pain and gradually transform into a sustainable society in harmony with the environment. For that to happen, each and every one of us needs to be empowered, grow, and have the power to commit to the world… It would be impossible… We can’t have a soft landing if we are not at the level of making a big deal out of being deluded by coronas… we can’ t talk about it, anyway.

Originally posted on September 5, 2020

English text translated with DeepL (Japanese to English) and checked by Mina.

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