A great deal of life amounts to compromise, choices made that will exclude others.
Living in a city may have some benefits but in the process independence is either reduced or lost. But many people aren’t able to free themselves from urban life or for that matter have the desire to.
Personally I don’t care for cities at all-some are “nicer” than others but it’s still that sardines in a can thing for me.
Brings to mind something my mother said to me once-the topic of city dwelling had arisen and that segued into how it severed the relationship to people and the land, how easily they could become lost in the woods and wander in circles without a clue.
When commenting on that I said something to the effect that it was difficult for me to understand how such a thing could be-or how people could elect to live in a city-my mother replied that I shouldn’t complain if they did as it left more room for me to roam as I would.
One advantage if it can be called that is the nations have access to land the vast majority don’t. Rez land that could be used to develop sustainable communal agriculture.
I’ve often said that if nothing else we as individuals should plant a little garden of our own-kind of like the Victory Gardens of the WW2 era.
Obesity and diet related illness is rampant among the nations, a side effect of dependency. A side effect that can be reversed if we will assume the responsibility for our welfare in whatever way we can.
In doing so we could improve the nutrition of our children and ourselves-whatever “work” is involved pales in comparison to the benefits and becomes a meaningful step to sever the ties of dependency that bind.
I don’t believe that demand exceeds supply as far agricultural products are concerned-I believe the problems that exist are in the distribution side of it and how that distribution is prioritized. Which of course is based on profit.
H.G Wells said “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
It is the thing most needed for us as a people to do, for the people of the world to do-if we have fallen down or been knocked down all need to stand up again with a unified voice and purpose.
Wells also said “We were making the future, and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making. And here it is!”
Here it is indeed, and time to start thinking about how the things we do, not just what others do, fashions the future we are making for ourselves.
Wells is best known for his science fictions works, but for those who enjoy reading I highly recommend what I consider to be his opus- The Outline of History- a thought provoking and sobering read.
“Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish. Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit.” H.G Wells
Those within the AIM hierarchy who think of themselves as leaders should take this to heart-time for them to all step aside, long past time.