A Look at You

You can effect the cost of your home radically by examining yourself to determine what your real needs are.  We blame codes and regulations for the high price of new directions in housing and this is certainly part of it.  The other part of the reason for homes costing so much is what individuals think they need.


When you climb a mountain you are going to carry what you need on your back you only have to climb one mountain to know that you will do some serious thinking about what you need for the next climb.  In our world today we are surely carrying what we think we need.  Japan is now carrying what it thought it needed for the next several thousand years.

You can start with basic survival needs and go from there.  It is just a matter of how “light” you can get your life and how much of your “needs” you can redefine, evolve or disintegrate.  What are needs anyway?  Do you want to take a piano up the mountain with you.  You won’t try that but once.  

My observations all over the world show me that many people get what thy think they need and the process of getting it leaves them with no time to use or enjoy it.  Does this mean time is one of our needs?  Is quality of life one of our needs?  Is owning our life one of our needs?  

Many years ago I built an early version of the survival model we are presenting now.  I built the building out of pocket with help from friends.  It made its own power and water and treated its own sewage and stayed comfortable with minimal fuel.  It also produced a reasonable amount of food.  I lived there for a while in total freedom because I had no bills.  I owned my life.  I did not need to work.  It was amazing to wake up every day and do what ever I wanted.  I enjoyed this so much that I began to think, “what if this was available to everyone?” I observed the aspects of this life that made this freedom possible and one of them was that I had minimized my needs to the point that I could easily provide for them even with an antiquated version of the Earthship we build today.  I only came back to this world to try and make it so others could have this freedom I had found.  I have spent a lot of time trying to simplify and develop the Earthship systems but I am only now beginning to see how important it is to somehow convey to people that the systems are a lot less involved and expensive if you can reduce your needs.  This takes some inner development to achieve but the end result is a much easier life both for you and the planet.  I look at these days I spent living there as some of the best days of my life.  Traveling light is the wings of life.  Keep this in mind as you choose which version of the Earthship to use. 

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Date: 12 December 2017

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About Earthship Biotecture

Earthship construction drawings are designed to meet standard building code requirements so you can get a permit no matter where you are. Earthship Biotecture is beyond LEED Architecture. Earthships are green buildings that meet standard building codes. EarthshipBiotecture is based on the work of principal architect, Michael Reynolds. (see: media resume)

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