Community and Moving Forward

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What drives you? What is it that you feel that you are missing or that you need? Some people want more free time. Some people want a family. Some people want more money and a faster car. When people are driven by material objects and wealth, they are typically unhappy, and looking for something to fill the void that they feel. What people really need is community. Nature, and Connection to the world around us. Think about the people who lived in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia 20-30,000 years ago. I’ll add North America as well, though, human life being on this continent 20,000 years ago is a fairly new idea and it is still developing in the scientific community. In these intact hunter/gatherer communities had almost no Mental health issues. Depression and anxiety are not known to have been a part of their lives. There is also no evidence of cancer or heart disease in these populations. It is believed based on evidence found in Africa, Asia, and Europe that most people worked only a couple hours a day or less. And, the things that they were doing for “work” are things that we pursue as hobbies now. Hunting, Fishing, Building shelters, gardening, Foraging, etc. Most of their days were filled with leisure and the pursuit of personal interests. Please don’t think that these people were savages running around and grunting as they threw rocks at mammoths. There is evidence that humans developed spoken language as long as 90,000 years ago. There are cave paintings that are well over 30,000 years old, and beads, carvings, and statues that are equally as old. We are talking about people who lived a very free, healthy, and natural life. Their communities were tight, all of their needs were met, all evidence points to happiness.

If only we could find a way to make all of these things true in our 21st century “civilization” We are set in a scene of rampant Mental health crisis. Suicide, Depression, Anxiety, Drug and alcohol addiction, Cancer, Heart Disease, and diabetes. We have been taught to accept that these are all just a part of life. The truth is that these things only came into being in the last 2,000 years or so, and really have only become major issue in the last 50 years. and really only on the epidemic level of today in the last 10-20 years. Sometimes it seems hopeless. But, there is hope. There have been major breakthroughs in science and social science over the last few years that may shed some light on this. First lets touch on diet. Iam not going to spend a bunch of time on this, it is a major, major issue that deserves its own whole library of books. All that I want to say is this. 1 single scientist from the U of M came up with a hypothesis that  fat was the cause of heart disease, and that a high carb, low-fat diet would be the cure. Our government spent over a billion dollars trying to prove this hypothesis, and in the end they never publicized the results of their study, because they could not prove that it was correct. But, the food industry went on a low fat rampage for an entire generation. The outcome is a generation of people who eat low fat high carb diets. Who buy boxes of food labelled “low fat” and “heart healthy” and who are more obese and sicker than any other in history. in fact most modern research indicates that the correct way for humans to eat is very high fat, and very low cars. Mostly fatty meat, and non-starchy vegetables. Do your own research, it’s the truth. There are many issues with our modern culture, but I think that a great many of them are easily remedied. we simply need to shrug off all of the lies that we have been told. the economy is not the most important issue. it isn’t even in the top ten. We are trained to worry so much about trigger words, and propaganda that we don’t even take the time to figure out what is important to us on a personal, family, and community level. So many people don’t even have a community. It’s no wonder that depression, suicide, and drugs are on the rise.

Let’s work together and create a community. A community that isn’t concerned with political or religious beliefs. A community that doesn’t care about how much money you have, or what kind of clothes you are wearing. Let’s welcome people based on their character, or their desire to make the world a better place. Let’s welcome people who feel a pull toward nature, and who only want to do their part. rewilding is a community. We are together in belief that we can work together for something better. But, we need these communities to be an active part of our lives. we need friends, and support. We need our relatives and our chosen families to help raise our children.

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It is my belief that what we need to do is to take the historical knowledge that we have of our ancestors, and of the pre-cultural ancestors from which we are all descended. we need to take those principles of community, family, nature, and cooperation, and we need to keep only the best of what we have now. Then, with old knowledge and new we can move forward to brighter future, free from all of the trappings of what has caused this mess.

To Be Continued…

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