I recently read Dmitry Orlov’s book “Shrinking The Technosphere”. Chapter 3 (Approaches and Departures) had a list of Harmful and Beneficial attributes of technology. Technology is considered in the widest sense; any tool, machine or activity which serves humans. So for instance a characteristic of a technology might be “disposable” and this is in the harmful column of the list. Conversely, the opposite characteristic is “maintainable” and this is in the beneficial column. Or another example: “powered” = harmful. Whereas the opposite characteristic is “unpowered/self-powered” = beneficial.
Maybe my morning routine could set in motion some technologies which have beneficial attributes; maybe be making bread dough by hand could be one these. Maybe I could use the time the sow seeds or tend to plants, for instance. Or maybe the morning routine could be 15 minutes of structured thinking-time and perhaps Dmitry Orlov’s list could play a part in this thinking-time.
All of this thought on morning routines is my effort to become more autonomous and less reliant on the economic system. A system which seems to be doing a very efficient job of turning the earth’s natural resources into pollution.