Is Community Sustainable?
It is fairly apparent now that major shifts are happening, right?
Old structures are collapsing … the US economy is almost certainly headed for a deep dive, our food sources are compromised, our energy resources are sorely mishandled, and many of us are finding we can no do the things we used to be able and willing to do for a payday.
Perhaps that includes you.
As I have become present to this new reality that is emerging, I have come to believe that a return to living in community is our best hope for the future.
We have “evolved” into living in isolation and it seems along the way we have forgotten how to live together and get along. It feels fairly clear to me that “[h]umans are social animals, and ill-equipped to live on their own.”
Though Maslow puts love & belonging in the third layer of human needs, relationship, community and connection feel to be as much a basic need as food, water, and shelter. And yet, I/we do not seem to know how the heck to do it.
We tear each other down, push each other away, fight, look out for number one above all else and disconnect from each other. It hurts. It’s beyond painful. We say we want world peace; but don’t we know that peace begins right here, in our homes, in our hearts, and in our ability to live together and get along?
Given all this, I have made the commitment to re-learn how to live — in connection to my self, the earth, Source and most challengingly of all — in community.
And it is really, really, really hard, so far. It’s so challenging, in fact, that I am wondering if community is really sustainable.
Can this generation of independents, mis-fits, outcasts and distrusters of authority come together and create community?
I sure hope so. Because if not, we are all screwed. That, I believe in my heart.
So, I’m doing everything I can personally to learn how to live, work and love in community. That’s why I am driving 3 days to Whidbey Island with my kids for the Next Step Integral community seminar, called “Evolving the We!” where Craig and I have been invited to learn and share August 9-14.
If you feel called to community, please learn along with us — come hang out with us this August on Whidbey. Early bird rates expire Monday, the 18th, so get your ticket today.
Before you do, please leave me a comment about whether you think that our generation of independents, mis-fits, outcasts and distrusters of authority can come together and create community… because the online conversations we have here are as much a part of building our community as anything.
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