Friday, January 24, 2014

A Long Pause

Yeah, it's been a while.  My last post was on the Winter Solstice, more than a month ago.  While I've certainly had longer pauses than that in my blog, this post is to let you know the pause is going to continue--perhaps indefinitely.

I'm currently trying to do much of what I've been writing about.  I'm in a period of 're-skilling'--learning about making sauerkraut, and sharpening knives and tools, and how to tie various kinds of knots, as well as studying how to grow mushrooms and take care of animals.  I'm learning farm skills--because I'm working with a bunch of folks to create a farm-based, rural, income-sharing community--one focused on being restorative, regenerative, and resilient. 

For folks who've followed me for a long time, this is where I want to put my interest in SECS--see my post on SECS (9/24/08), and posts on Simplicity (9/24/08), Equality (9/30/08), Communities and Cooperatives (10/6/08), and Sustainability (10/14/08)--into action.  Here's a chance to live what I've been talking about all through this blog: community, sharing, supporting people, growing food, survival skills, living beyond fossil fuels, etc.  I've talked about community as a microcosm of the social change we need to see happen and now I'm working to create that microcosm. 

In addition, I've also gotten into a dialog with someone who wants to create urban activist communities.  As I've also been saying since the beginning of this blog, there isn't one right way to do this.  My final Word for the Day in 2008 was  "Dissensus" a term I've picked up from John Michael Greer, another way of saying that when the future isn't clear, we need to pursue a lot of different paths.  We need to agree to disagree.

And, in fact, there isn't really any disagreement here.  We need to create rural and urban communities, communes and co-op houses and cohousing and ecovillages, family enterprises and tiny houses and co-op businesses and networks of co-ops and communities--many, many different alternatives all focused on creating a new world, one that meets people's needs and works with nature, one that build a future that is not only simple, egalitarian, communal, and sustainable, but restorative, regenerative, and resilient, one infused with love, compassion, joy, and serenity, and one built using love, planning, work, flexibility, creativity, and persistence. 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get to work on doing just that.  Hopefully I'll be back with a progress report.

Quote of the Day:  "There's no single answer that will solve all our future problems.  There's no magic bullet.  Instead there are thousands of answers--at least.  You can be one of them if you choose to be." - Octavia Butler