You who are reading this are well aware of the human dilemma; past, present and future. Which isn't to say its all bad, we're sure you agree. Its just that we can, and probably must, do better if we are to survive as a species.
But do what? We believe the answer or answers are actually quite simple. But in this simplicity, there is profundity. Here in lies the paradox; that while humanity wants change, it also wants things to stay the same. This is why most solutions put forth are piece meal, don't work and nothing ends up changing much.
We believe any "solution" must (at least) incorporate the following four ethics and singular goal. How people manifest them might be infinity variable, however, we, personally, see no other way for them to be practiced successfully other than some sort of communal/cooperative living. Democracies (large or small) require some basic unity regarding meaningful, foundational ethics and goals; otherwise its simply a free for all of self interest leading to corruption and exploitation. And we don't see how this could begin any other way except by starting small, from the "bottom up", one cooperative commune at a time.
1. We must not engage in usury in any form.
2. We must not engage in war.
3. We must maintain a steady state population.
4. We must grow our food sustainably, humanely, organically and eat it in its whole and natural form.
1. Meet the essential need of food and shelter for all in exchange for a minimal amount of labor, equally valued.
It is not uncommon for many people hearing these ethics, goal and idea for communal/cooperative living to say "yes, that is the way human beings should live, but people would never go for it". Well, without flourishing examples or communities set up for people to see and imitate, or simply go to, it is hard for people to imagine how this would work.
This is why it is so important to set up one or more of these cooperative communities. First, to see if this truly would work well for people; and if so, to serve as a model to learn from and imitate.
We can keep on pretending that we can have substantive change..... without actually changing very much at all. Or, we can roll up our sleeves and create some real change; have some fun and finally connect with lasting joy and health Many think what we're talking about is a "step down." This is why it is so important for those who do see and understand.....that this would be a huge "step up" in quality of life.....to lead the way.