Judy Wicks set up an organization to promote hemp. Michael Shuman is working on pension funds investing in local (rather than global) businesses. Richard Heinberg’s attention is on energy transition.
Y’know, there are a thousand things to do. There are ten thousand things to do.
“What should I do?” This.
What’s lacking is any cohesion; essentially the same problem re: the essence of mass society. Take the physical infrastructure: There’s this building here. Next to it is that building. And then there’s another building.
Buildings. Households. Businesses. Projects. Hobbies. Diversions. Each atomized (tiny, lonely) within the Leviathan (huge, impersonal).
It’s sad and it’s sorry. There’s no sense to it.
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A college campus has some cohesion. My summer camp on the shores of Lake Como (PA) had some cohesion. But those are temporary places to be.
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Great that it saves energy; great that it includes social support. The key thing about an ecovillage is that it has a communitarian cohesion.
A place for dwelling. Bounded and human-scale. Self-sustaining and self-reliant. Interdependence among a stable group of familiar others. Commitment to a particular place on earth.
That makes sense. What a relief.