Envision This: The year is 2213 and you are walking along a street in a village sitting just outside of what used to be the south west section of Baltimore, Maryland called Maiden Choice. She's almost coastal now...another 5o years, they figure. You gaze around at the variety of row homes dating back to the 1950's and before, while dreaming of the time when people often worked for companies such as Westinghouse, Kaiser Aluminium, or the Baltimore shipyards.
Back in those days, most of these organizations were unionized. But, alas, you realize from history that the unions were busted by the power elite who wanted cheaper labor. This desire coupled with a union heirachy who also became greedy themselves, leading them into less than ethical behaviors. It was truly yin and yang, Labor Class and The Man, mirroring one another. The behaviors of Labor thus allowed the corporations that critiqued the unions to attack without mercy (though the criminal behaviors on both parts were similar and were driven by greed). Ah, but who would ever say that the unions just sat hand-in-hand with the same greedy aristocrats that ran the corporations. Who could even say, in those days of muted mouths, that the problem was the System?
Back in those days, people believed that progress, both economic and technical, was endless. They believed that soon people would be flying around in Star Trek like space ships and visiting, and perhaps even colonizing, other planets! The future was bright in our views from the 1960's and 70's (well I bet some of the beings on the other planets were a little bit nervous about our plans since Star Trek was often about carrying on the war emphasis inherent on Earth).
At any rate, we of European decent had colonized the world and were now looking to do the same with the entire universe. There was no end to our greed, or so we thought. What we did not realize is that there truly is a never-ending potential within us for change and evolution! How ignorant were the masses in ancient times!
Indeed, our modern day Maiden's Choice was turned into a working class paradise of apartments and row homes. And, they were indeed well built, for many still stand and serve as homes and providers of local businesses. There was another good thing about the area. There was still some grass running alongside the now carless ruins of the Baltimore Beltway, and the apartments and rowhomes that still had small parcels of land.
Maiden Choice Row Homes in 2013
No longer do we look at these yards and see barrenenss. Now, as we all know, there is a vibrant array of food and flowers on these parcels of land! Why, we've grown enough now to where we trade with what used to be inner city Baltimore. Oh, we are definitely a significant part of keeping this great city lively with its arts, goods and services. Of course, southwest neighborhoods like Ellicot City and Catonsville also help. We all team together to support the remaining town.
Of course there is still the mystery of whatever happened to Washington D.C. and its surrounding areas, including Columbia, Maryland which was in between Baltimore and Washington. The whole area, which included Northern Virgina, just disappeared one day in 2032 in a giant cesspool born of the mighty Potomac, Patapsco, and Rappahannock Rivers. A putrid Lake formed in their place. At the edges, life has reclaimed the area as a swamp filled with giant sized mosquitos that are said to devour anybody 6 feet tall and shorter. If you can get past that, there is great fishing in the depths where Laurel used to be. With Baltimore being close to Washington, we are constantly on the lookout for some of those monsterous creatures evolving in that area. At any rate, the swamp and lake happened one year prior to Wall Street's crumbling into the rising waters of the Atlantic Ocean during the Great Ecocide that killed off both ecology and economy as humanity had once known it.
Our world is much different than it was back in the 20 th and beginning of the 21st centuries. Back in those days people lived under the tyranny of the corporations and banks which in essence owned the government. Yes, those banks knew how to take the land without even a gunshot! They just charged people exorborant rates of paper money, and computer dashes, which in essence were illusionary pieces of paper and electronic "ons and offs" that had no worth at all! Well, sometimes they did carry what was called "change" made of nickle and copper that had a little bit of worth. But, overall, they concocted one massive hallucination and deemed it a financial system! And pretty much the entire human race fell for it! They called it brilliance and lauded it as "Growth"; we call it stupidity and condemn it as grotesque. Guess it depends on which side of the fence you walk.
The grand goal driving governments, banks and the corporations was world rule. Their desire to dominate everything created massive die-offs of plants, animals and eventually us human beings. While our numbers used to be in the billions, and we lived on top of one another; today our numbers are a lot fewer and we are spread out. Yes, sadly we remember the Great Ecocide as a period of massive genocide, though scholars are divided on whether it was intended by the Empirors as "population control" or simply collateral damage as the Empire collapsed. I tend to be in agreement with those who say "some of both." Either way, we've got to admit that for "World War III" what we got was a massive war on all Life.
Those deaths; however, were not in vain. Indeed, they provided the gift of today: people being empowered at the local levels. We now realize that its at the local levels of individuals, families and communities that power truly resides. We now understand that our "place" is more than an owned plot of land, but rather the source of our livelihood to which we owe a great debt of gratitude and reparation.
With great foresight, the visionary early 21 st century editorialist, remembered in history as Grand-Pa-Pa Rob Kall, called this a bottom up power structure. This is what we have today! Bottom Up Rule. It is throughout the world today but isn't called anything! Its simply the Way! There were others like Rob Kall living in those transformational days that realized a need for drastic change. They became the foremothers and forefathers of the world we have today.