Communal living



As 2012 approaches with all the predictions of “the end of the world” what is actually happening is a literal war between two radically different approaches to how human beings organize themselves.  We are seeing this played out all around the world right now and in the political battles between the far right and the far left in America.

The hallmark of civilization from the very beginning has always been the pooling of resources to free up time and the natural creativity of members of society.  To allow for the care of the young, the sick and the handicaped and the old.  Not to do so is the basest level of human existence and the opposite of civilization.  The clear message of the far right in America is this:  we can no longer afford to take care of the young, the old, the sick and the handicap.  That message is one of “rugged individualism” taken to the level of “dog eat dog” and is the natural endgame of corporate thinking capitalism gone wild.

As the progression of the ages switches from Pisces to Aquarius so the basic premise of overall gestalt is changing.  The age of Pisces was the age of the Abrahamic religions, most notably Christianity and the advent of Christianity destroyed the Roman empire with the loss of respect of diversity and plunged the Western World into the Dark Ages.

This is a spiritual war.  The Abrahamic faiths teach of a father god who sits in judgment of all we do, rigs the game to favour his “chosen” who can do any damn thing they want as long as they eventually repent.  It teaches that the world exists only for the exploitation by those chosen people, that those who disagree have no actual rights and if you fail to prosper that is a reflection of the flaws within yourself and you are getting what you deserve.

Goddess consciousness is the exact opposite.  It is embodied with the concept that all of us are in this together, that we are to take care of each other and in the supreme irony, we are the keepers of our brothers and keepers.  The teachings of Jesus were consistent with Goddess consciousness, the practice of christianity are not.  Goddess consciousness is being connected to the earth, the universe and the idea that we are the Divine ourselves, all of us and all around us and that we can aspire to reflect that in our lives and how we interact with the world.  It is the basic understanding of ecology, the value of diversity in the world including all the other animals we share our planet with.  It is a world view of responsibility rather than a twisted social Darwinism.

America is choosing right now which philosophy will dominate the next phase of it’s history.  Which way do you wish to go?  Chose wisely.

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As of midnight last night millions of Americans have seen their last paycheck in the form of unemployment payments.  It has become crystal clear that the “conservatives” are bound and determined to dismantle all the social safety nets that allowed capitalism to work at all and that the concept of a “middle class” and the nuclear family organizational basis can no longer be relied upon.

Since the 1930’s there has been a constant effort on the part of the right to make socialism an evil concept and capitalism the symbol of good.  It’s time to say it outright, the “right” lies, they lie about almost everything.

“Historic” retrospects of the hippy movement almost all paint that movement as failed, hopelessly naive and “Utopian”, also redefined as hopelessly naive.  It was not, I know, I was there, I was part of it.  We did the impossible, we set up and ran a completely independant economy and social structure and the establishment corporate capitalists did everything in their power to bring it down.  It depended on what I call Goddess Consciousness, the knowledge, not faith, that all life is interdependent. That we are stewards of our planet not exploiters of it and that we all are each other’s keeper…..and that is socialism.  The formation of labour unions in the 30’s was collective bargaining.  That is socialism.  Social security is socialism as is Medicare.  Are these evils? hardly.  They are manifestations of the idea that we do have a personal responsibility and a collective one to provide for each other as best we can.

The nightly news tells us that corporate profits are at an all time high as of this last quarter and yet our unemployment rate remains at close to ten percent (and actually much higher when you factor in those who already gave up participation and are already homeless).  Corporate capitalism owns both political parties in the US and you cannot expect anything remotely like compassion from it because it exists just to enrich itself with no conscious.  It is institutionalized sociopathy.

If the former middle class and the poor are to survive in a corporate capitalistic society it must provide for itself and not be dependent on that capitalism.  We need the counter culture again and must build it ourselves and defend it as our basic human right.  We have to awaken the Goddess within ourselves and build tribal, communal and collective units once again.  This is the only system of human organization that can sustain itself.  We live in a world where we now can live tribally and think and act globally, the cusp of a brave new world.

Get together with those you share basic values with and build new extended families of collective living.  Give up the idea that you are independent from each other, you are not.  Learn the old ways of doing.  Teach yourselves how to do small scale horticultural, weaving, woodworking and trade the fruits of your labour with others willing to do the same.  Drop out of corporate capitalism if you wish to survive because we are already in a great depression that promises to be worse than the last one.  During the last depression, those who did best were in extended family units, think the Waltons, within close knit communities that looked out for each other.  This is what is needed now.