DREAM: Gather together people to help solve each other’s problems, understand the Universe together, understand themselves better in a spirit of openness, understanding, health, compassion, empathy and total honesty without judgement and lots of genuine laughter. Sing a few songs, have a buffet. Yes, there’s the happy cult I forgot to found. Now, for some Angel investors…
Love it – been my dream since I was about 17 – I’ve got various plans written about it through the years, scattered about in different notebooks. Monastic life is probably the closest thing that exists like that (that’s my retirement plan if all else fails) – I’ll have to look into “platform countries” – see what that’s about.
I guess the trick to make it work, would be to be able to get: 1) Shelter 2) Food 3) Sanitation 4) Transporation taken care of without having to worry about it at all in the least. With those basic needs taken care of, we’d be free to pursue loftier pursuits in the right frame of mind. It is definitely possible – so long as the popuation of each group doesn’t get past 150 (look up the rule of 150 – great stuff).
true enuf about dunbar’s number – I just like the nice easy 150 (I think the original was really 147 but it gets rounded up – been years since I last read up on it). I remember reading somewhere (or in several places) about certain important numbers when it comes to grouping people. 150 was the limit where you really KNOW everybody – that doesn’t even mean that 150 is ideal but that its the upper limit but of course it can slide past that and would probably still work. I remember something about the number 12 – 12 people was the most people in a different grouping – man, I have to look this stuff up again. There’s have to be some fluidity in the numbers, but definitely ranges would be necessary. But I have to talk my hexagon idea…
Construction: the bedrooms would be hexagon shapes. The reason? Construction materials would be cheapest. Imagine 4×8 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood set 4 ft to a side. Hexagon. You’d get the maximum amount of floorspace AND most importantly, the units could easily be expanded. one hexagon next to another, next to another, some with doors, some with windows. prefabricated, easy to build.
I like the idea of a “pen pal” environment – that takes care of the larger community sizes or multiple communities. I’m thinking of the process too –the reason why I mention room by room. it starts out with an idea. Then some funding to get it started. then the first bedroom, and the start of community centers. You gather other people. Their rooms are built. Start it off right, so yo udon’t run into issues later on. You could host retreats to raise additional capital. (school trips, weekend learning sessions0 – it owuld ALMOST be like a summer camp but year round and people lived there. Now it’s reminding me of an RV park — HEEEEEEEYYYYY – THAT’S IT! Use existing technology and existing resources: Buy an old campground to start! plumbing is there. Get trailers here and there, fix them up. The community centers are already there – the buildings that is. it’s set up in the kind of “free” environment. Hmmm — I think this could be doable sooner rather than later!
It’s funny – I don’t watch Glee – but only because I *know* – I really do – that I would get hooked on it. And when I get hooked on a show, I have to watch every episode, etc. But I know I would love the show if i started watching it. T?hat’s one of my favorite songs, btw – and I’ll always have idealism and practicality mixed in together along with a generous bit of hope and enough business sense to get the everyday details sorted out. if only I could be an eloquent speaker – that’s probably one of my greatest personal dreams – then I could gather all the fellow idealists together to brainstorm and make this thing a reality. I might do it through becoming a religion – but one based on science and knowledge with the human brain and “can-do spirit” as its deities. Religions have the greatest knowledge distribution system that crosses through generations and work on donations only, so they’re doing something right
Exactly! I wouldn’t want to impose too many rules, because that would lessen the freedoms. i believe part of the freedom, which goes along with the learning and the laughing, the loving and living is acceptance of a little craziness, goofiness, silliness. It would have to be a taunt-free environment – no teasing or taunting – there would definitely be some rules of “acceptable behavior” – a non-judgemental environment would be key. What’s great is that religions have done a lot of the hard work for us in codifying human behaviors: Seven deadly sins takes care of some of them (looked ‘em up) Lust, Gluttony,Greed, Sloth, Acedia (looked this one up: ” apathetic listlessness; depression without joy”, Wrath, Envy, Pride, Vainglory. Gossip and slander would be a no-no.They’d have to have some kind of rehabilitation system in place to correct these regular flaws of human behavior with the goal of completely eliminating these negative features of humanity. Oh, there’d be ways of taking care of physical health too – exercise programs but not with machines – but with ACTUAL walking, field trips, hiking, bike riding – some sports – but these would be secondary to brain-based activities. Music and art would be central as well. Everybody can be a student AND a teacher – learning environments would be both indoors AND outdoors, Preferrably in circles (i like a circle classroom) – and no ‘breaking up into small groups” (I hated when they introduced that in school)…