posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 09:59 PM
Dear All, I have been commenting on threads for sometime, reading for longer. Some of the information and theories served up are immense, awesome,
drivel and at times absolutely mind boggling. All in all, the community is diverse, unique, intelligent, dumb and probably reflective of society on a
global scale. (no offense intended, for at times we play all those roles... yes including dumb).
What I see time and time again though is separation, segregation and division, whether by sex, race, religion, political leanings, pro/against
anything, and this isn't just on ATS. In fact I would say from where I am standing, I see the focal points continually being placed on points of
division, rather than points of unity. When we discuss stocking up on food, supplies, ammo - it's all being discussed on small individual scales, with
the potential for neighbour vs neighbour warfare. Surely we are better when we work together? Surely we are stronger in unity?
Too often the ego or arrogance of belonging or attaching oneself to such a group, only enhances the effect of separation from all. This separation
then isolates individuals from a group, weakening the effect they can have. Strong leadership brings people together and unites divisions into a
common cause/point of focus. To a degree this concept is really behind the union movement, however at times this has twisted the concept of what a
union represents and as is typical of many humans, the power associated with position corrupts the intention behind the foundation which provided such
person power in the first place.
At times I have felt powerless to do anything. I have felt as though my own personal influence is insignificant and that really, I can't do a damn
thing to improve the world on any level. I am but one person, frustrated, up tight and confused about the state of global, national, regional and
local affairs. But yet history is littered with the names of individuals who somehow brought unity in the masses and focused their collective energies
into a single cause - rightly or wrongly, achieving far more than that individual could have on their own.
Humanity can lead itself
I am a strong advocate and believer in the leading of self. I believe in coming together we are stronger than by isolating ourselves from each other.
Division only serves to create greater division. And so I wanted to create a thread where-by I can express ideas to help solve some of our issues on a
large or small scale, and encourage fellow ATS members to do the same. Because whilst the problems exist, whilst the lies continue, whilst the average
person pays more for everything, our leading elite have no answers, they have no solutions, no direction and perhaps no hope. So perhaps, it's time,
we as peoples of the world, started taking back responsibility for our own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of each other.
Big solutions create big problems
Big corporate and the fans of globalization like big solutions to problems, as it's easier to make big profits. The answer to food is massive
industrial food farming, whether it be in plant form or animal. Big numbers, higher yields, concentrated in fewer hands, with increased returns.
Electricity and Water supplies aren't much different.
In simple terms this might make sense, but in reality, when we put more and more responsibility on less people to create food/water/energy for the
masses we create an unstable system that is always one disaster away from collapse.
small solutions can solve big problems
Just imagine if everyone in your neighbourhood collectively started growing or cultivating gardens to produce the fruit, veg, salads, eggs and
chickens. Imagine then if collectively the output was shared so that people got an even share in each of the types of food mentioned. Collectively
working together would produce high quality foods, at a fraction of the price, whilst maybe even improving community relationships.
This approach would allow for different gardens to focus on different seasonal produce, rather than simply trying to squeeze as much food out of one
garden. It would allow for ample rest of soil to replenish after seasonal growth, and if one garden is resting ready for the next season, that
household can assist in another garden elsewhere.
Collectively if food or green waste be collected and converted to compost, nutrients could be returned to the soils at the right times reducing waste
output and helping to improve soil rather than the global degradation we have seen in recent years. This would also then reduce emissions from
landfill sites to a degree.
This micro approach to food production won't create all foods we need, but it reduces pressure on the system, improves social and community
interaction, brings people together, produces healthy cost effective foods, or free foods, and free's up money for other means (stockpiling gold and
silver... just kidding).
Imagine then if each house was able to collect it's own water from rain, and on some level recycle waste water? Be able to create your own energy
(electric) from solar and wind. All of a sudden you have a community in some ways developing their own independence from big corporate/government
support. The benefit isn't just cost, its a level of protection against ecological or economic disaster.
As a concept if this method was applied to every community across the world, and be able to create a surplus of energy/water/food - then we have
groups of communities taking responsibility for some of their own needs. We remove the reliance from big industry/corporations and empower ourselves.
Yes a change in lifestyle would need to accommodate such ideals, BUT lack of action now is only going to result in massive lifestyle change down the
track if action isn't done now.
So that's one solution to food, water and energy issues - admittedly it's not going to provide all the needs of the people in such community, but it
removes the dependence on big solutions. The carbon footprint is probably less, and improved community aspects of working collectively would no doubt
decrease crime as a side effect.
So come on people, give us some solutions to some of world issues, whether big, small, corporate or micro/community managed.
Note to add: Without going into the global warming debate, some things I think we can all agree on. Pollution from big industry, cars, transportation
of goods adds toxic fumes to the air, resulting in increased asthma and probably a whole other myriad of health issues. Reducing the need for massive
transportation should improve health of people, even on a small scale this can have a massive impact. Of course the need for big fertilizers and
chemical farming would diminish massively, improving water pollution, and of course hazardous effects of chemicals on the body.
The reduction in transportation fuels on a large scale would reduce the cost of fuel as a by-product of the supply/demand market we are enslaved too -
thereby freeing up a little more funds for the everyday person.
edit on 28-4-2011 by moleskin because: forgot about environmental
edit on 28-4-2011 by moleskin because: forgot to finish the first edit!