For almost six years now, my wife and I have labored to build a community called the Village on Sewanee Creek. I’ve documented our journey towards self-sustaining community on this blog. It’s been a fertile time for such an endeavor.
The world seems to be falling apart at the seams. The poor and middle class get poorer while the rich (1%) get richer and more powerful. Global economies are in disarray. There is rioting in the streets of London, Cairo, Paris… Never mind. It’s easier to ask what major cities don’t have riots or mass demonstrations. The world grows more polluted or depleted. Inflation for basic commodities like food and energy is up while the value of houses and 401k’s is down. Food is GMO, with less nutrition but more antibiotics, chemicals and other questionable stuff. Overhead, there are chem trails. People worry about nuclear radiation from Fukushima. 9/11 and other false flag events enabled the Patriot Act and other constitutional abuses. The TSA gropes us at airports and now searches bus riders and blocks highways. Obama’s health care bill is loaded with power-grabbing provisions that have nothing to do with health, but it does a great job of paying off the big insurance and pharmaceutical corporations. Gun and ammunition sales are at an all-time record pace. And nobody trusts a government that has gone stone deaf to the governed, but brazenly lines its pockets from the public trough and corporate grease. Corruption is epidemic at every level.
In the midst of all this, we the people, are divided. Despite accusations from aspirational, hard-working conservatives, it’s not all about lazy liberals who demand a hand-out. Nor is it just about greedy, heartless conservatives who refuse to pay reasonable wages or their “fair share” of taxes. I count myself among conservative libertarians, but hope to have the heart of a liberal without resorting to government theft for th0se in need. See my comments on “I like Liberals”.
It’s about something much larger going on while we squabble over the diversions.
In this blog, I have maintained that the answers are in individuals coming together, living with less greed, more honesty, more charitably, working hard and keeping what we earn. We have to rebuild local communities where there is trust and relationships flourish. Freedom is won and retained by people who are prepared to assert their freedom by being less dependent, especially on government. All that is hard work, swimming upstream against a putrid popular culture that is super-saturated with gratuitous violence, sex and greed.
So, forgive me if I am sometimes overwhelmed with feelings of impotence. I feel like I’m preaching to a very small choir (maybe a quintet?) and ignored by the masses. So, when I discovered the video, Thrive, it was a breath of fresh air. While I can’t vouch for its free energy solutions (simply not qualified to comment), the rest is spot on. I love what it has to say about taking back control of our country and the world. If you haven’t seen this one, please watch it. There is a lot of information here. Well worth your time. I’m adding it to my list of “Top 100 Movies for Troubled Times”.