Every so often, some folks get all wound up in the panic about “running out” of resources. I try to tell them that there is no such thing as “running out”, but somehow it doesn’t seem to “stick”. I suspect it is because the explanation is packaged in technical terms. Lifetime of resources, reserves vs resources vs ultimately recoverable vs…
Well I’ve been doing a “Missions Tour” this year as a vacation. Not quite a “Stay-cation” as it does run 2/3 the length of California. But still mostly based out of “home”. It has been very enjoyable. I’ll be putting up some pictures as I get the good ones sorted out.
But one thing struck me more than most while looking at these facilities. They were raised up from mud.
Here were a few individuals with nearly nothing, and they made grand buildings. Workshops. Tanneries. Kitchens and housing. Altars and rectories. All raised up from mud.
So perhaps folks can take a moment to click on the image up top, and the others I add, and think about what can be done with adobe bricks (mud bricks) and sticks. These grand facilities were built with piles of mud and a few trees worth of wood. (We can grow about 50 Tons of wood per acre per year. These buildings were founded in the late 1700s. I think we can grow wood much faster than needed to make these kinds of places.)
So look at those buildings, then wonder: “When do we run out of mud? Is there a shortage of mud? What will we do when all the mud is gone?” and realize just how silly it is to think we ever run out of resources. All it takes is a little imagination and anything becomes a resource. There is no shortage of resources. There never has been, and there never will be.
An Oven of Mud
There were also similar indoor ovens at some missions, with poles overhead for smoking and drying meat and fish.
And It Can Be Beautiful Mud…
Embrace the abundance we have been given and all things are possible. It’s amazing what can be made from a bit of mud. Even us.