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April 24, 2005



Very interesting. So much of politics is in the nuances that never get described. It's difficult to understand what's really going on in other parts of the world unless those unspoken things are spoken.

Do you have the same problem with the media that we do here? Namely that they exist to sell advertizing time so their sponsors want the news to be tantalizing and entertaining enough to keep viewers tuned in? This leads to the constant creation and exploitation of every possible duality and dichotomy in order to get us all excited but prevents unity and resolution which is our only hope for a future in this world?

I'm not sure that other less shamelessly capitalistic societies would have the same kind of dilemma that we have. But I have noticed that a Brit news report on what the AB said about the Tsunami a few months back was blown so badly out of proportion that I nearly fell out of my chair. I blogged on it, but had to take a fat chill pill first.

The Community thing is key, I agree. Several days ago I wrote something about this:
"If [after an agrarian and tribal society has been educated into the modern world] ...the groundswell of educated people decide to dump the dirt farms and create suburbs and industry and businesses, will they truly have ascended to a higher order of operation if they have left behind subtle, delicate and important relational infrastructures that kept their families intact? What if the new economy we've provided for them only supports the greediest and most dishonest and selfish of characters and all the structures that support honor and faithfullness to kith and kin, in a temporary fit of individuation, have been sacrificed and left in the dust."

When the early church was out in asia making converts, often whole families were baptized together. Even now in many parts of the world, the head of the family must be evangelized, then the whole family will fall in step. Connections like that have been lost in our modern cultures and that kind of local idea and responsibility sharing just doesn't happen anymore. We are expected to look after ourselves and delegate what we don't have time for to the bureaucracy. That means the State is given the task of making sure my next door neighbor doesn't fall through the cracks. It's absurd.

I have an idea though. If more intentional Communities are created and they take on the civic burdens that are better handled locally by familiar faces who know the history, then everything will be handled better and less expensively. Funding can be given either in a large sum to start the community, or in smaller bits to sustain it for a longer but limited period. Communication is standardized between them so that people are kept track of. New neighborhoods and archetecture can be developed to create the right environments for this.

I think in the past archetecture was thought to be enough to create a sense of community and it was assumed that people would take care of there environment and each other, but it didn't work. The Community would have to have a mission statement and membership list and the whole 9 yards just like a church or business and they would have to apply together for funding and designated space.

I'm not an economist nor a social scientist so I'm sure there's holes, but I think it has promise. There's more too. Is this kinda like what yer sayin'?


Yes we have problems with a ratings chasing press and media.

As to your comments about going local, I guess that I'm not as confident as you that any change can be made. I fear that we will tip over the precipice before we make the lifestylechanges that are necessary.

We can't blame the government that we buy Nike trainers and we can't blame the politicos that we insist on buying cheep processed muck rather than locally produced food.


I'm not really confident that it can and would get done. But I try not to let the lack of confidence crush my creativity. I spend alot of time with creative and idealistic people and it rubs off on me. I think I'm glad.

I believe as you do that we won't change until it's too late and we're forced. That's just how huge juggernaughts get moved.

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