so beautiful, so sad, so true...but there is another way
Having grownup in the 60's and lived through an earlier era when many disenchanted with the what the Ludda call the 'Machine' realized that there was another way to be and recognizing themselves as part of the miracle, returned to the land. Yesterday i learned that spirit is alive and well at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Missouri. Dancing Rabbit (DR) is a fully functioning eco-village with around 60 full-time members who live happily on just 10% of the resources the average American consumes.
DR solved the problem of being able to buy good land in a world jam packed with real-estate speculators by forming a Community Land Trust. Because there's so many great things to say about Dancing Rabbit i highly recommend everyone visit their excellent website, learn about their chosen way and maybe become involved in a work exchange or internship there. There is another way to be, in fact there's lots of 'em.
A larger scale example is happening and has been for over 20 years in Chiapas - the Zapatista Movement. Laura Gottesdiener's visit there resulted in her awakening to the Zapatista Way. Laura's excellent expose - 'A Revolution That Won't Go Away' - filled my heart with joy when i read the section about 'Diego, The Boy Who Is Free'
"Diego is part of the first generation of Zapatista children whose births are registered by one of the organization’s own civil judges. In the eyes of his father, he is one of the first fully independent human beings. He was born in Zapatista territory, attends a Zapatista school, lives on unregistered land, and his body is free of pesticides and genetically modified organisms. Adding to his autonomy is the fact that nothing about him -- not his name, weight, eye color, or birth date -- is officially registered with the Mexican government. His family does not receive a peso of government aid, nor does it pay a peso worth of taxes. Not even the name of Diego’s town appears on any official map."