To a modern citizen, nothing could be more scary-sounding than trying to fit into a 'traditional village': convention-bound, small-minded, forcibly uniform... in some ways already dead.
Thinking about joining a village feels scary because you are trying to do a new thing (join a village, become a villager) using very old thoughtware (the teachings about reality as given to you by modern culture). Before even thinking about what it would be like for you to live in a village or intentional community it might be wise first to upgrade your thoughtware, that is, to update what you are using to think with. School taught you what to think about. That is curriculum content. Thoughtware is what you use to think with.
Look at the history of human culture, the slow and sporadic evolution:
· from the 'baby' cultures of matriarchy where Mother Earth provided everything for over 100,000 years,
· to 6000 years ago when the 'adolescent' me-me-me cultures of capitalist patriarchal empire took over,
· to now, the emergence of 'adult' level responsibility cultures... next cultures... the cultures of archearchy...
Indigenous village initiations submit you to the village traditions absolutely. The traditions tell you what to eat and when to eat it, what to wear, what every bit of your clothing means, how to have your hair, what kind of house to build, how to grow your food, what recipes to use, what rituals to do at which times of the year, how to live, and how to die. As you become abducted into being a 'proper adult' citizen in an indigenous village you lose the opportunity to explore and expand your individual potential. All choices have already been made by the village traditions and the elders, before you were even born. The village wins. You lose. This is not a next-culture village. This is an indigenous village. Indigenous village cultures work fine in stable environmental conditions, but they does not adapt well to changes, and they do not heal tribal wars caused by culture-to-culture ('Box-to-Box') belief system and worldview conflicts, raging on, possibly as a form of population control.
Six thousand years ago, modern culture banished initiations. Indigenous traditions were laughed at as quaint artifacts, called foolish and meaningless. Through cynical, arrogant ridicule, modern culture has step-by-step eliminated the village, the traditions, the elders, the multi-generational family, even the nuclear family, replacing all that with isolated single consumers and 'patchwork sitcom families'. Yes, modern culture has successfully escaped submitting personal ego to the will of the village and the ancestors. The result is that in modern culture, the village loses and the individual psyche wins. Personality wins. Neurotic, rugged (paranoid) individualism, despair, and isolation wins. Psychopathy goes unchecked and comes out on top because psychopathy climbs the hierarchy best. This has not worked out well for the Earth, of which humanity is merely one novel species, potentially interesting, but losing favor fast.
Next cultures, 'archearchy' cultures, are cultures where archetypally initiated adult women creatively collaborate with archetypally initiated adult men. Archearchy reinstates the village circle, but in a different context, this time with nothing pre-existing in the center of the circle. There are no traditions passed down from generation-to-generation. There is no known 'right way'. The way must be ongoingly invented by the villagers. The creative force and intelligence of every individual delivering their Archetypal Lineage's services to the village is required. New kinds of next culture initiations activate unique inner and outer resources in each person so they can do what they came here to do. There are no more hierarchies. The structure of the archearchal village is the Torus, a circle of circulating circles. Using Torus Meeting Technologies, both the individual wins AND the village wins as the Torus breathes in and out. This is a breakthrough thoughtware upgrade.
When a modern-culture educated person finds their way to the edges of modern culture ("It has edges?!?") and is viscerally confronted by the utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, wretched truth of climate change and the resultant imminent collapse of civilization BEFORE they discover the possibility of - and commit to - a path of authentic initiations into adulthood, they will themselves collapse and become some kind of 'Doomer'. Their future has been stolen away and they have no resilience to face it. They have been betrayed by trusting society at large to take care of them, and as a result they may wish to take themselves out (suicide for being so stupid) or take society out (terrorist actions). At the least they face depression, disbelief, confusion, and despair.
If a modern-culture person (or indigenous-culture person!) finds and actually begins - not just thinks about beginning but actually begins - on a path of authentic adulthood and archetypal initiations, then by the time you discover the devastating forces seriously decimating the future you thought you had, instead of feeling crushed, you feel the empowering freedom of radically-new play-space emerging. The event horizon suddenly vanishes into the far distance. You have room to move.
The hardest thing to change or escape from is the status quo, either the status quo inside of yourself as habits of perception, interpretation, and knowledge - or the status quo outside of yourself as social pressures, Zombieism, and fanatical unconscious assumption patterns. Here is the surprise: climate change demolishes it all, both inside of you and outside of you. The whole shebang - all that has been til now invented - is no longer valid.
The Rule of Law of Western Civilization is null and void because it is the fastest track to extinction of life on Earth. Anyone following the Rule of Law of Western Civilization is criminally insane. Anyone enforcing the Rule of Law of Western Civilization has already forfeited their life. Nothing heretofore contrived works anymore. Every single element of human life on planet Earth must be reinvented from scratch to fit the radically different conditions. Your inventiveness is required.
The evolutionary path jacks you into immense resources of clarity, possibility, and energy that modern culture knows nothing about. As many people as you can personally help jack-in to these same resources will not diminish the potency of the resources, nor will you ever be able to unleash too many social alchemists. You will have job security because not so many people have the balls to let go of the known and invent bridges to the next thing, helping others over those bridges even while they build them together.
Modern culture has been saturated in the Jungian-Freudian psychoanalytical context of trying to figure things out. The assumption seems to be that if a person (or if 'we' as a culture... the mythical 'we') can finally understand how something has come to pass, then that person (or culture) can regain their power and be okay with it. After fifteen years of therapy, trying to understand and piece it all together, how it is working out for you? After ten Presidencies... how is it working out?
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