Kelly Smith wrote:
knowing what i know now - i wonder if there should have been some sort of interview process.
a suggestion I think made by Diana Leaf Christiansen on one of Paul's podcasts a while back.
R Hasting wrote:
So one thought is that some of the people that wanted to experiment at the labs were willing to uproot because they had already burned their bridges, or were not socially or intellectually capable of actually performing, and so they didn't really make it in the real world to begin with.
A possible, and if correct, astute observation R Hasting
Paul, usually this is the point where I'd ask if your open to feedback after having listened to the last few episodes....
I have lots of thoughts and opinions but not having been there and experienced it I really don't think theres much I can say.
What I will say is that, take some time for yourself, purge the poison, remind yourself why your doing this.
Much of our culture has lost a sort of robust vitality in the way of social capital. Having become disconnected from a sense of community (for most people) and lacking rites of passage that renewed social compacts and reverence of elders. We have to relearn this way. There are simply not enough of these communities for everyone to join one, although this is how it has been sustained for the last few decades. (back to the land etc.)Those bold enough and with the leadership qualities will have to start them.
You have visited and lived in many intentional communities, perhaps trusting in the experiment of starting your own brand, forgiving yourself for your mistakes, forgiving others for theirs, and taking a new direction...one step at a time.
I commend you, Jocelyn and everybody "noble" for contributing to this project and sharing your lessons learned. I do indeed reflect on them.
I think Mollison said something like "The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for your life, your children and the generations to come."