Hopefully, all of the bad news we're getting these days won't result in the end of life as we know it, but things are looking scary out there. Its
looking bleak for the continuity of our way of life. The "System" is about to be reset IMO.
Survival of the family and a better way of life.
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I never lived in the same house for more than a year until I built my own 4 years ago. I was always moving to a new city or country, meeting new
people, feeling out of place. My family, like so many others, was torn apart when I was very young. Having that experience may be the major
contributor to my desire for a close-knit, cooperative family unit that is self-sufficient, unconnected to the grid.
With the current developments in our countries and the world, it appears that dependency on the "sytem" will be our downfall as a civilization. The
way I see it, the old saying "the bigger they are the harder they fall" will come true, unless "the system" decides another bailout for the rich
by the poor is in enacted. We are realizing what that means for our future as every day passes.
Do any of you ATSers ever think about starting a family community that is self-sufficient and effective at not only preserving life, but celebrating
it in this way? How would you do it? What would make it a success? What would make it fail?
I'm sure there are holes in my theory and I want you to point them out.
For as long as I can remember I've had a yearning for the kind of lifestyle that no longer exists. Maybe the lifestyle I'm dreaming of never
existed except in my own imagination. The lifestyle I'm talking about is a community made up of extended family members living, working, relaxing,
and planning for the future - together.
There would be a plot of land large enough for every family member to have their own private home and personal space. Each member would be free to
pursue the activities and chores that best suit them while contributing to benefit of the whole.
My brothers and sisters families, along with mine and all of our children and grandchildren, and any other extended family who wish to participate
would be welcome and cherished, expected to contribute and defend our way of life in some way.
We would have a central hearth where matters are discussed, meals are prepared and taken, plans are made and ideas are explored.
Each member would have the freedom to do as they wish, work when they wish and perfect new skills at their own pace.
The problems would arise, as problems always do and our willingness to cooperate would be our strength.
I see a farmlike community in my dream but the system I'm thinking of could work in any field of expertise where cooperating is the key to
Artistry, mechanics, food production and storage, animal husbandry, carpentry, medicine (natural of course), cloth making and weaving, metalsmithing,
etc. Any or all of these talents, skills and yearnings could be accomplished and thrive.
If some of the members wanted to work outside the community, it would be acceptible because the purpose of this family community would be to provide
endless opportunity for personal growth while the "unit" provides safety, shelter, food and clothing. Every member's contributions would be
Every member who falls short would eventually discover his own failing and seek to change it by the virtue of the moral example set by those who are
responsible for themselves, and the family community's survival.
Would this kind of family community be able to survive the turmoil apparent in the rest of the world? Would we be vulnerable or impregnable? Is this
a solid survival tactic? I'm looking forward to your scrutiny of this possible plan. Thanks