In the past blogs I’ve written about big changes on federal level on issues such as public education, smarter use of the military budget, etc. In this blog I’d like to go back to the focus I had in early 1990s when I was studying for my Master’s degree in Social Ecology and the thesis I wrote on sustainable agriculture and other tools to empower and build small intentional communities.
If you agree that this social structure and way of life that we have inherited it is not working and no amount tweaking will help then we’ll need to design a new one. Of course we can’t just get rid of the way of life we now have like a used car and buy a new one. We’ll have to first design a few social structures and agree upon one or rather agree on aspects of society we’d like to live in, make it happen and create a new way of living. Let’s start from the very basics.
What do we need to live through our days? Starting from the very basic it would be food and shelter, clothing and bedding, loving or at least health relations, work that makes us feel content during the day or at least work that we don’t feel it’s harming us, social events with our relations and for some of us those events would be better if they focused on the soul’s desire of absorption in true knowledge.
How is my town, state and country provide these basic needs for its citizens? Most people need a car to drive back and forth to work or school. Most people live alone, we now have a loneliness epidemic. Couples with kids who aren’t divorced live in a house or an apartment in a “nucleus family” setting and each family member may own a car to commute. Most of our food are produced in large farms far away from where we live. Most of our jobs and small businesses are geared towards enriching the now famous 1% of the population with most of the wealth, the super rich, or the 20% rich. Most of the overall social events are through media and “social media” and if we join an event there’ll be many single individuals that are not connected with circle of friends. Other words most of these events are people who don’t know each other and often the major celebrity, as in a concert, is the focus of much attention and makes lots of money but may live in loneliness and have a drug addiction.
Social Ecology has a simple thesis, as the foundation of volumes of books written to explain and support it, and that is; We need to create communities, or small social structures, which examines the notion of governing itself without system of hierarchy or domination and obedience. I have explained it in more detail under Ecology of Sanity which you can find in the menu bar of this website. I’ve also added my contribution to it’s “developmental evolutionary process” and that is, ‘spiritual sensibility within social ecology’. I haven’t focused on writing the conclusion of that potential book.
In short that conclusion would be based on the teaching of saints such as Kabir or India, one of the Persian mystics such as Rumi or any other truly enlightened Saint and that conclusion is; The nature of the creation of this planet and the reality we tend to believe as the absolute truth has destruction as part of it’s enate nature. So destruction of life on earth and humanity along with it, weather it’s by a large asteroid or manmade climate change and greenhouse effect, is quite possible and maybe even in the plans. Science has explained that dinosaurs went extinct because of an asteroid and gases created by it. So what’s a big deal if human race goes extinct. We have contributed to killing off so many species, either through hunting or the way we build infrastructure rapidly changed in the 20th century. The question of ages is, when our body can not continue to live and dies, is that all there is? How we seek and find the answer to that is mainly the quality of the life we choice to have. I can elaborate more on this if there’s an interest and actually put out a book.
However my original goal for writing this blog was to bring the focus on Sustainable Agriculture and defining sustainability. If we can feed, shelter, provide other basic physical needs locally then we’re getting closer to a sustainable way of life and it starts with growing food locally and educating kids within their communities. Growing food locally as in the backyard, rooftops and not needing the asphalt on our neighborhood streets and growing food there instead of driving on it and also having little playgrounds and community gathering places instead.