Barbara Russell writes the following on Facebook regarding the Maincare (Medicade) benefits that are being cut in Maine by Paul LePage:
Well I must say if one has to have a drug test to get a job then one should have to have a drug test to be supported by the system. I think that would cut the welfare budget in and of itself and quite justly. I don't get to sit around and do drugs all day while someone else buys my food.
Barbara makes a good point. Making ourselves dependent on the system, and not laboring towards self-sufficiency, we allow ourselves to become victims of that system. It's not just the system of government benefits; it's the systems of corporate entities that today control the government. We must proclaim our independence from both. Otherwise, we keep ourselves in the role of a stay-at-home wife who is being abused by a tyrannical husband (or vice versa)"in this case the husband is reflected in the babbling nonsense of Maine's governor, Paul LePage. His welcome sign says, "Maine is open for business," means, in other words, come in and decimate our environment and enslave our people at low wages.
But, we cannot proclaim independence from the likes of LePage by another revolution. Revolutions are violent and keep us in a mentality of dominance and submission, winners and losers. Rather, we need to evolve, meaning to unfold from the inside out. Revolutions utilize change by going after an external agent, often violently. As we can tell by centuries of revolutions, including the American, what happens is nothing less than the same boss dressed in a different skirt. The pattern needs to change from the inside out.
Only when we break that centuries old pattern is true change is going to happen. Furthermore, that pattern is not going to change unless we change it from within ourselves. Many of my articles identify change on spiritual and psychological levels. Others are on lifestyles. When I speak to the sustainability movement, lifestyles are what I'm getting at. We need to change our lifestyle and to change our lifestyle we need to change ourselves. As Lennon / McCartney put it in "Revolution", "you need to change your head instead."
To foster the intense richness of this line further, it is not just your head that needs to change; otherwise you'd be a bodiless head babbling nonsense, much like many academics, corporate heads and politicians (both Republican and Democrat). Rather you need to change your behavior. Body and mind are akin to water and wetness. Indeed, I could get into an article that says that body and mind are only separated in the understanding of the shallow waters of the ego/intellect. In reality, they go together as one. Indeed, in many of my spiritual writings, I make the statement that Nature as Earth and Nature as Essence (or Self) are one.
Are people breaking the pattern? Yes. They are. Is it easy to break? Not really. My personal experiences with ecovillages reveals that old patterns within myself and within others working towards that goal can be difficult due to our conditioning regarding governance, relationships and so on. However, in reality, patterns are nothing more than hot air needing a little cooling to make the environment more enticing.
Jesus Christ often admonished His followers by saying, "O' ye of little Faith." Faith in the ability to evolve, to change, is what's needed. It's needed within us and within others. Yet that faith cannot be in a standardized system. The Earth will not allow that. Indeed, the planet requires diversity in order to function effectively. Environmentally, it's the philosophy of standardization that is helping to kill us and our planet. Our faith needs to be in each other and ourselves in our uniqueness.
And that uniqueness needs to be fostered in community. This is being done through movements such as Transition Towns and Ecovillages. I'll be introducing Transition Towns within the next couple of weeks. In this article, I want to introduce you to ecovillages and their sisters, co-housing arrangements. The best way to introduce you to these styles of living is by pictures. Hence, I'm going to let the people doing the real work speak. I am nothing less than a talking head.
For an example of an ecovillage in western Canada, watch:
This next short video is of Belfast (Maine) co-housing. I will be doing an interview with them within the next couple of months"not just for OpEd, but to explore living options
Communities Magazine is also a great resource regarding ecovillage. Much of the content of this magazine can also cut across the boundaries of ecovillage living and provide a map for community change. The magazine's website is at http://communities.ic.org/
For a couple of excellent books to read on the subject, visit Diane Leaf Christian at http://www.dianaleafechristian.org
This woman, in all seriousness, is the Goddess of ecovillages"her books are worth the money invested in them.