Notice the Japanese character on the screen next to Mr. Gamble? It’s pronounced ai (or I) as in the word aikido, the martial art that uses an opponent’s energy to defeat him. Interesting that, by itself, it means “to meet” and is also part of the word for community. Then, there is its homonym, another character pronounced ai, that means love. Kind of cool that Ai have the solution to all of mankind’s problems, isn’t it?
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…
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