My parents live in the Hill Country and when I go to visit, I end up spending some time in the back of the property, barefoot with a brush hand saw, taking down large bottom branches from the Junipers. I do this for recreation and also to divert the growing energy of the tree upwards as it matures.
The aroma from the cut branches is quite pleasing and the systematic work of turning the branches into posts is satisfying. Usually, the long bottom branches are cut first, so much of the time, the work is in the shade of the upper branches, which can also transpire significantly on a hot day, with a prominent cooling effect. I can understand how getting paid for doing this might be an attractive life.
Oh man that made me cringe. I’ve spent a lot of time on Texas Hill Country land (Kerville etc) and between rattlesnakes and chiggers you are one brave soul.
"The highest pollen counts ever recorded anywhere in the world occur annually when these trees cut loose."
That source doesn't give any further information to back this up, but it doesn't seem too hard to believe.
If it means pruned, sounds logical to me.
I'm not a botanist by any stretch of the imagination, but I believe that once pollen is on the trees, the wind is the final thing that shakes it loose.
Here's a video showing what I'm talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEYcBnE-IPA
It's not merely annoying, in this case, its incorrect.
Central Texas' cedars (aka Junipers) are an invasive species that destroy other plants. The cedars suck up an enormous amount of water, killing nearby live oaks and other larger trees that provide healthy ecosystems.
They are weeds of the tree world in Texas.
I find it interesting how disrespectfully nose up folks talk about humble people like the Cedar Choppers, when if we all continued to live like they did, we wouldn't be in this climate mess we are in.
It's caring about possessions and extravagant homes (unfit for animals?) that has destroyed the planet for all animals.
That said, it's certainly possible to live in a simple, low-resource way without being disorderly and unclean. I think along the lines of those rural places with a whole bunch of shit strewn about the yard when I think of 'living like animals', as opposed to a small, simple cabin in the woods.
Just because we got bigger houses and less polio in the same timeline doesn't mean those too things are correlated to the same cause. In my experience, most of the scientific researchers producing cures for disease and prolonging life aren't doing it for material wealth. There's a deeper drive to it than that.
Maybe the progress in healthcare proceeds against the tide of social forces. It probably does, considering doctors artificially limit the supply of doctors, precisely so they can buy bigger houses, fancier cars, and more jewelry.
It's estimated that Jonas Salk would have made $7 Billion if he'd patented the polio vaccine.
I believe if we are going to reverse the damage we have done to the planet, we have to invert our social reward structure. We should shame those who spend extravagantly and praise restraint.
I suppose it depends on how you interpret the parents "If we lived like they did". I don't think its reasonable to spin out a scenario where healthcare would be better, because all the elements of supplying healthcare become harder. I don't think it would necessarily be worse overall though.
They denigrate them because their lifestyle makes them uncomfortable.
It makes them uncomfortable because they are free in many ways that middle class people are not.
They are free of our social norms and they could earn a weeks income in a day selling wood.
It probably made them question their life choices and the fairness of the system.