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“It is not good for man to be alone.” This is the passage in Genesis referring to the creation of Eve, a “help meet.” While this passage is literally speaking of the relationship between a man and a woman, I don’t think it is too far a stretch to broaden the view. I believe that we were created to live in community with one another – in villages rather than cities. Most if not all major religions make some reference to this. Christianity says, “Where two or more are gathered together….” Buddhism teaches, “Happy is the unity of the Sangha (community).” Judaism proclaims, “Separate not yourself from the community.” Islam explains, “Believers are to one another like a building whose parts support one another.” Etc., etc., etc.
Early Christianity survived and grew as a community. Israel became a strong nation in large part because of the spirit of the Kibbutzim. So as many of us look towards a better world filled with decisions based on love not hate, compassion not judgment, charity not greed, and these people and ideals should be supported and nurtured within community. The idea of “rugged individualism” will never bring lasting peace to our planet. “The hand cannot say to the foot, what need have I of you?”
Community creates a power base stronger than any single member. Community polishes and perfects its members like a stone polisher by constantly rubbing stones together to bring out the hidden gems. Community enables each member to have their needs met far more cheaply than a single member could do. Community provides ongoing practice to make spiritual growth permanent within each member. Community utilizes the strengths of each individual to make a more powerful whole. Like love has been described, Community is patient, community is kind, and is not jealous; community does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. This is what I truly believe a community of spiritual beings having a human experience can do – for each other and the world.
I often hear the argument that communes have been tried before and they never worked. Even if true, does that mean we stop trying? But there are communities begun in the 60’s that still exist today. The Kibbutz, although not as strong as in the past, still exists. It can and must be done. There is an urgent cry I feel not just from myself but from many people to help them find peace and happiness in their own lives and in their world. Community, if structured properly can be just that.
So what would it look like? Here are a few things that I have envisioned...
A new political and economic paradigm to be formed that combines the best of Democracy, Socialism, Capitalism and Libertarianism. A strong community should also involve individual space; spiritual but non-religious development; strong meditation program; community areas for socializing, playing, teaching, healing and eating; financial counseling and assistance, strong health and wellness teaching and provisions, community decision making, shared leadership, responsibility and ownership conscious business development programs, active external community help programs; spiritual based education programs for adults and children in home schooling environment; shared duties and responsibilities; strong social function planning; space for farm animals and gardens and parks; a dedicated group for research and development of alternative energy, transportation and every other area of human and scientific development; conscious, healthy and delicious food preparation that honors both a vegetatian and meat diet, and finally use of talent based on strengths and desires. In short, a community of people who will learn how to fish.
These are just a few ideas that can be discussed and developed or rejected as a small group of seekers are initially formed and vision and plan for this community. This is the vision and the deep desire of this writer.
I believe we are entering a dangerous and exciting time when many individuals will live in fear and confusion and realization that all they believed to be true and real and solid were simply illusions created by those who would rule this planet and enslave not only its creatures but the spirit-life of Gaia herself. The communities I propose would be a beacon of light and hope in such a world and it is my intention that these communities would move us from our present darkness and enslavement to a place of freedom and power to join our Universe partners who are also there to help us.
I believe if we are to ever achieve such a world, it will be through the effort of small communities leading the way. It is the village not the city that will hold our future. Cities are a reflection of a world in need. The Industrial Revolution created the need and greed perpetuated it. It is time for another revolution. This will be a Spiritual Revolution to deliver us from the bondage of this needy world. This world that teaches we need to possess. We need to own. We need to control. We need to consume. And we need to look out for number one. This is the legacy of Capitalism.
The basic meaning of Capitalism is a system allowing private ownership and control of products, goods and services and the motivation is always that person’s profit. In and of itself, this may seem like a good thing and so many would still argue that it is. The problem is that for Capitalism to work not everyone can profit. And as Capitalism evolves the natural evolution is to fewer people who own and far more who are owned. One of the commodities in Capitalism is always the laborer. The less this laborer is valued, the more profit that can be made until eventually Capitalism degenerates into a Plutocracy where there are the rich who rule and the poor who work. The middle class gets squeezed out. This is a simplistic explanation, I know, but the evidence of its truth surrounds us. Walmart’s goal in coming into a community is to eliminate its competition. This competition is the Middle Class operated businesses. The irony is that this elimination of the Middle Class creates a greater market for Walmart who primarily sells to those with less income. Pure genius since the most often heard defense of Walmart is that it provides goods for the less well off and jobs for the unemployed. Yes, that’s because Walmart has created this situation. You can see this to varying degrees in all corporations. We can also see this in our political system. It is virtually and maybe completely impossible for someone without wealth or access to wealth to run for a political office.
As these increasingly fewer numbers of wealthy owners of Capital grow in power, they must also be able to control the production and distribution of money. If you study the history of the banking industry in England and Europe and their securing power in the newly formed American Colonies and what is happening today, you get a pretty clear picture of how important and powerful these banks have become. They have literally created situations that produce recessions and depressions in order to secure a labor force for business that is willing to work for less and thereby creating more profit for these wealthy corporations. Do you doubt this? Watch the video, “The Secret of Oz” and check the facts.
Since politicians exist on the kindness of the wealthy, there is little hope for help from them. We must turn within to see that hope. This is the power of communities. They enable individuals to come together to create a place that restores the dignity, self confidence and self love that we have lost along the way. It begins with a few people who pull themselves out of this vicious cycle and join together for the common good of all. Here is a place that allows individuals to once again know their worth and their power. Here is a place that can truly say:
“….We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Community becomes that new Guard for the future. It is a peaceful revolution, but a revolution just the same and the end result is to restore the greatness and truth that our nation was founded on.