I believe joy is natural. I searched nature for its cause. She showed me.
From this, I developed a solution to suffering. It is called hygienic darkroom retreating. I am starting a business to bring it to the world.
Joy comes from being whole. From biological integrity. Lack of joy indicates damaged integrity. One thing damages it: major trauma. Chronically unhealed major trauma is the root cause of suffering.
Yet trauma is also natural. The collisions in a material universe cause it. So nature, in its perfection, provides the means to heal from it.
As organisms, we are self-healing, provided the proper conditions. The primary condition of healing is profound rest. The most profound rest occurs in darkness.
Given enough time in darkness, major trauma can heal completely and in all its effects. Nothing is wrong anymore. Suffering ends. Joy returns.
Gradually, I developed a model of the restful use of darkness. Its pattern of conditional self-preservation matches hygiene, the science of health. So it is called hygienic darkroom retreating. It reliably leads to miracles:
- relief, rest, and recovery from distress, exhaustion, and illness
- restoration of the personal power necessary for freedom
- return of the lost self
My readers and I only glimpsed these benefits in trial retreats. Now, with a complete model, everyone can benefit fully. It just needs a self-supporting, team. Thus...
I am starting a business. We will do everything related to hygienic darkroom retreating: research, development, instruction, service, and manufacturing.
To begin funding it, I am:
- preselling hosted retreats, our most needed product
- consultations and remote retreat support
- credit: product-backed, appreciating toward these and dozens of future products
- introducing the catalog to gauge interest and schedule production
- services: (see above)
- information: my book in paper, lectures, training
- goods: darkroom, componentry, tech, microfactory, neighborhood, franchise
- using the startup process to further form the business and attract capital
The vision of Human Conditions is rapid, worldwide restoration of the original human condition of joy, health, and freedom. The mission of Human Conditions is to make darkness approachable by ordinary people on normal terms.
Realizing a vision depends on its scalability. Among positive influences, that of powerful people scales fastest. An individual restored to wholeness has mythic-scale power. In his presence, even the materially powerful forget who they are and what they were doing and want only to know him. His radiant presence is irresistable. It is the ultimate disarmament.
The model applies to every field. Restored individuals will use it to transform not merely an industry, but redefine the world's economy and our entire way of life.
Achieving our mission means making the business a turnkey, franchise operation. Click, and it just works. I mean perfectly, beautifully, in every way, for everyone involved.
Human Conditions will be the first darkroom operation to meet this world-class standard. People have no time for anything less. There is no reason they should.
This remains true even now. The world is in dire need of a sane, practical vision of life. Yet the soul maintains its composure at all costs. Awaiting the real solution, it endures all. Only nature can provide one. The first plausible candidate has emerged.
- The presale's unusual terms reward past supporters
- The catalog lists offerings with prices and drop-down descriptions. It is also the order form, with fields for quantities and options
- The goal of the presale is $13,400.
- The plan tells how we will do it.
- team outlines who we are.
- risks and qualifications describes risks, compensating measures, and our qualifications
- prices in $USD
- $B : base
- $G : with gift certificate
- shipping added at checkout
- gift certificate
- surprise bonus!: you have a gift certificate if you ever gave me material support:
- contributions to my 2016 crowdfund
- leanpub purchases @70%; send receipt, or order #, or date and amount paid
- other contributions. Mention them with a record (eg, an email, SMS, etc). If you lost it, say so. I might have it or remember. Claims gladly honored from anyone who helped me in any way since my research and development began 33 years ago.
- features: non-expiring, transferable, redeemable for credit
- limitations: limited amount usable per product, non-applicable to shipping, non-product-backed, non-appreciating (credit has none of these limitations. See its description in catalog.)
- surprise bonus!: you have a gift certificate if you ever gave me material support:
- I will hold funds until the campaign reaches its first stage. If the campaign fails to do so, I will refund all contributions.
- delivery dates: planned, not guaranteed.
- product name, click for:
- brief description and options
- link to full description in my book with context and images
- $B and $G prices explained above in terms
- catalog is also the order form: enter quantities and options directly
- click Check Out at bottom of catalog to place order
- as an alternative to pre-ordering specific products
- buy credit
- mention in Options which products you have in mind to buy
- no obligation
- it just gives me an idea of what you find interesting, affecting priority of delivery
- any further comments you make could help me improve the product
- wait for announcements of imminent product releases while your credit appreciates
Credit has more features than a gift certificate and none of its limitations:
retreat, short ΨΨΨ
A 2, 5, or 9-day hygienic darkroom retreat in the world's first hygienic darkroom. Priced per day. Includes everything: hygienic (frugivorous) food, natural-fiber linens,
book, paper ΨΨ
Return of the Lost Self
This is the complete manual of hygienic darkroom retreating. It describes the way nature gives us to reverse the cause of our suffering and problems: unhealed major trauma. Radical insights from both hygienic traditon and experience in darkness comprehensively illuminate both theory and practice. Includes extensive instructions and drawings for making a darkroom at home or professionally. See blurb for full description and to begin reading current version. 250p.
|— additional copy||12||8|
Available in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats for desktop, mobile, and Kindle
|Sep - Mar||
Goods and Services,</p>
— remote retreat support
complete support package
All the remote support you and your team need for an 9-day retreat, start to finish
sleeping mask ΨΨ
This provides an instant, cheap, universal intro to darkness, so I have prioritized its production, which may be a little tricky to replicate locally. For the crafty, impatient, and poor, the 95% effective instant version is easy to make, too. See link.
helix vent ΨΨ
Standard lightproof vent for darkrooms. Multiple orientations, highly adaptable. This is the most needful and difficult component to come up with yourself, so I have prioritized its production.
See: air > helix vent
Shortened helix vent for inside enclosures like silencer.
See: air > helix vent-z
Fleece strips with tape are a simple way to lightproof the edges of virtually any door or casement window. Includes enough for large door including bottom hoops and threshold.
See: darkness > door seal
Eliminates vibration from fan. (Usually combined with silencer, which eliminates sound of fan.) Includes 120mm 12VDC case fan & AC-DC adapter.
See: air > threshold vent
White polar fleece fez allows maximum solar exposure in cold weather. Inner black patch covers eyes when pulled down.
See: air > filter
See: air > silencer
|— add helix vent-z||30||20|
|— add fan mount||40||30|
|— add air filter, with mounting plate||80||70|
See: darkness > blinds</td>
See: darkness > plastic
See: darkness > velcro
See: darkness > panel
See: darkness > roller
||— — add helix vent to any blind
*inner knee pads
*hip or shoulder pad
See: water > toilet
See: water > shower
e-paper tablet, 10.3” ReMarkable 2, Linux OS, upgraded for USB external keyboard, loaded with recommended books and apps for idea capture, processing, and use
See: ReMarkable website
e-paper, 13.3” Dasung Paperlike, highest possible speed, professional-grade, common connections (HDMI, power supply)
See: Dasung website
Inspired by Sofia and keyboards
custom Linux, pocket-size, for e-paper monitor, loaded with books and apps for idea capture, processing, and use.
Perhaps this one: pine64.com
retreat, medium Ψ
priced per day (20-60 days)
hygienic house: off-grid prefab, for living and retreating (5% deposit)
*fiwihex heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
Recovers heat. Fan-driven design. Requires two silencers. Fine-wire heat exchange is the most advanced technology. 15x more efficient than plate exchangers, reducing space, weight, complexity, installation cost.
See air > warmth
*fiwihex energy recovery ventilator (ERV)
Recovers heat and heat-laden water vapor. Convection-driven design. Silent. No moving parts. Parchment membrane for vapor transfer. Fine-wire heat exchange, 15x more efficient than plate exchangers, is the most advanced technology available.
See air > warmth for brief mention
Buy a copy of our business to operate where you live. Documents, manuals, systems, training: everything you need to establish, open, and run. Add whatever hardware you need from the catalog. A modular, prefab business.
See: format > future
priced per day (90-365 days)
The goal is $13,400 in sales. One-third will cover the items below. Two-thirds will cover costs: production, labor, and debts.
The schedule for paying for these is staged. Once sales reach $5000, we will set up the darkroom. I will make up any shortfall through the startup process (see plan).
Amounts exclude shipping.
Steps are roughly in order. Some are concurrent.
Note: Fact is, things rarely go to plan. But things can get done somehow, either on time or with communication about and compensation for delay. This is our approach.
If you would like to participate in this with us, inquire. We would like to talk to you. Every sort of unconventional and remote arrangement is possible. All kinds can help make this work. We have already collaborated extesively and supported darkroom construction and retreats worldwide through Telegram.
Essential qualifications are:
As this is what I do all the time, the one major risk is delay. The world's apocalyptic weirdness is intensifying. As with most people, it has delayed me in some things.
To cope with this influence, my plan includes backups for resiliency. We will not depend on any one strategy, vendor, investor, or even country of location. We design products for portability and distributed manufacture to minimize costs of relocation as well as shipping.
For stability with flexibility, we prioritize critical products (Ψ) for delivery when and in the order given. Delivery of other products will follow demand and be more subject to circumstances.
Politically, economically, and health-wise, I am currently vulnerable. The design of this presale will amend these. The counsel I will retain will help with these issues and the strange changes occurring globally.
Distributed states are arising to replace centralized states and to temper their death-bed measures. We will develop functions of governance---defense, judiciary, intelligence, diplomacy---as a node in this growing network.
I have learned from my last crowdfunding campaign. I raised the money but did not achieve my objective: a 21-day retreat. It did expose deeper obstacles, primarily my lack of personal power. I have started to overcome them. Here is a table of the major differences between the campaigns:
Comparison of Campaigns
As long as one is powerless, he and others are liabilities to each other. Power opens the door to relationship, collaboration, and success. I rely on my team to continue seeing what I do not.
My family and elders prepared me for my mission from before conception till age 16. Independent investigation followed for 21 years until discovering of darkness and integrating it with hygiene. Eleven years of its development followed. I was born for this. I have done only it my entire life.
My father was a serial entrepreneur. I was constantly whisked behind the scenes of businesses of associates, friends, and family to see how they worked. His factories and offices were my playgrounds and later, workplaces. I worked around consultants and did a little consulting myself. I have worked closely with entrepreneurs in both publishing and manufacturing.
Except where noted, I have produced or prototyped most things in the catalog. I have experience in shipping things internationally from both America and Europe.
I have read business books since my teens. I know double-entry accounting, simple programming, basic law, history, philosophy. Above all, I have recovered enough personal power to begin succeeding in a rough and tumble world. The ultimate means of recovering the rest lies in my possession.
Delay accompanies our extreme circumstances. So does demand for my specialty: extreme measures. Darkness is an idea whose time has come. I am a survivor with a unique set of skills. I will find a way to execute my plan and fill your order.
Archimedes said, "Give me a lever long enough, and I will move the world." Of course, he was thinking of the world from the outside as a planetary mass. Ayn Rand thought of the world from the inside as a social system. She suggested that the individual human soul is the small lever at its center, activating all its processes.
Nature has revealed darkness to me as the means of liberating the soul. It opens the bottleneck we are stuck in. In darkness, the soul rapidly restores itself and becomes able to restore the world.
We stand at a crucial moment in history. From one direction comes a grim and sick society. It presses us noisily toward slavery. From the other direction, comes ever-perfect nature. Quietly, she presses into our hands the biological key to joy, health, and freedom.
Life alerted me to its existence at 16. My purpose became finding it, then working out its operation. This stretched me to the breaking point numberless times. Somehow, it kept easing me back. Where many others sold out or gave up, or got sidetracked or cut down, the way through kept opening up for me. Relentlessness has its benefits.
Thank you for your ongoing interest, consideration, and support. Today, we begin yet again.