With the miraculous, kind, supportive help of my new friend Michael, the skilled engineer, and 14 hours, Sol is mobile again. 14 hours is so expensive, and it makes my head spin feeling so slow, but the world expert Justin, Vancouver Canada, in these things this afternoon, said, James, that's about how long it takes. Most of the time was figuring out how to open and doing the motor in the rear wheel and replace all the connective wiring and then get it closed up again. But getting the wheel off, replacing the chain that was totally destroyed, reassembling and storing all the tools and equipment, about 14 maybe 16 hours. And of course most or all of the work has to be done down on the ground and that is where it is really really really really bad for this newly damaged back.
This tired old body really really really really really wanted to go to the hostel tonight. But it didn't make sense. In fact as nice as that is in really really bad weather, it is no guarantee of a good night's sleep. Last time the first person I've ever met the could snore all night long, all night long, all night long, was there.
So finally the soul and mind won out and we begin an abbreviated voyage, only 500 calories.
Point being that recent days have required enormous amounts of time to repair and upgrade this extraordinary vehicle Sol. Leaving agonizingly brief time for study.
It will take two or three more readings, including one stationary looking at black and white, annotating, to begin to digest this brilliant massive contribution by Freddy Perlman. It is the most important book on world history by far that I have read.
In its own way it is what saving paradise, and the great transformation, really should have been. Both of those two really are substantially trapped by the notion of how things are. Wonderful scholarship, great contributions, but very much of the status quo all said and done. Not going to shake the foundations of this dying world.
I don't know that Freddy set out to shake the foundations of the world, and he didn't. Like all such visionaries the world ignored him. But I don't know that he set out with an agenda as the authors of the two other books did. Other than to find the share the truth.
I do not detect any sub agendas intended or otherwise for which he is to be tremendously credited, making his work very very helpful.
Published in the 1980s as I recall, he for saw the destruction, among other things, of mother earth, more clearly and importantly then just about anyone that I know.
I hope that I can trust his scholarship and so far that is my sense. If this continues it will be quite a gold mine for my work. My sense so far is that among other things he points to the few truly revolutionary efforts and groups going back thousands of years. I had hoped to get that from saving paradise and the great transformation but that didn't really happen.
It could well be that Freddy's providing that.