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About WhatDidIForget

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  1. These are good questions. I have been picturing what it looks like for me to build a homestead for sometime, I would imagine the logistics would be similar. Energy neutral housing and year-round greenhouses, rainwater collection, well water, solar panels, aquaponics, animal husbandry, centralized communal facilities, permaculture. Utilize open source, collaborative efforts for communal design and production (barn raising). People live in little holdings designed to propagate easy living for the masses. These holdings could nominally lease the land (for land improvements/permaculturing) from a non-profit dedicated to permaculturing the earth and otherwise ushering in/preparing humanity for a blissful future (heaven on earth). This will need something like shambhala to grow stably. People have a lot of baggage to contend with and that is probably the largest obstacle this type of thing faces.
  2. Here is an example of a failure:
  3. It seems modern living is not fit for the birds. We could do better by helping each other and be happier for it. This idea is not new but is arguably more relevant and accessible than ever. I am picturing a permaculture based system of villages virally spreading simple living. How could this work? Where could it fail? This thread is to look at success and failure in existing examples of alternative communities.
  4. So many types of love, it's poetic but at a cost of precision, and all fundamentally 'real'. I love you @tyqo. You are loved unconditionally. The root of your dissatisfaction is not a lack of a mate. If you would find the romantic love you desire you must build a positive sense of self in relation to your environment. If you want to avoid the nasty parts of those relationships don't depend on the undependable for your happiness. Develop a loving relationship with yourself and your environment first. That is true but not the way you intended it. The situation@ammihi describes is very wonderful to experience side effect of pair bonding. A truly intelligent strategy is to guard this experience like the treasure it is. Do not be blinded by lust or underestimate the role of biological conditioning. Train your brain: There is no need. There is satisfaction. Happiness is independent of circumstance. If you can develop these states of mind you will have the key to your heart's desires.
  5. I have had to use that line of reasoning in my own life. Coincidentally I never had to notify anyone. If someone is voicing it, they are thinking about it, using it as a tool, or both. Don't let that shit pass. It is either manipulation or a cry for help. Both need to be addressed. If she wants to stay with you, you could make her go to therapy. If you want to leave, leave. If you want to stay, stay. This is an opportunity for growth either way. Recognizing that your well-being is found in the well-being of your environment, look out for yourself like you would your own child. Shamelessly make a better world for yourself.
  6. Some people kill themselves. Most who fail regret it. Some people use it as a bluff. A friend of mine lost her significant other to a self-inflicted gunshot wound a few weeks ago. If she tells you she is suicidal, you can call the authorities. Tell her upfront that will be your response to those types of threats because you 'don't want to mistake a cry for help for manipulation'. If you were your best friend, what advice would you give yourself? It is OK to consider your well-being first.
  7. @pattmayne I took your advice and read VALIS. You were right, it's heady stuff. I'm onto the divine invasion now and it's pulling me right along. @stein22501 that was interesting, as I was reading VALIS I was wondering how much was a direct transcription of his experience.
  8. Thanks for the recommendations, I read Ubik and the Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch over the weekend. It was fun the way the two worlds blended so seamlessly. I haven't been reading much fiction recently and I had almost forgotten how enthralling it can be. I wasn't aware of him at all, so thank you for that too. Start it up. I know I'd be interested in discussing the idea further.
  9. @monkey_mine wow is that essay powerful and the website looks rich. It is so reinforcing to hear so many of my own trains of thought/conclusions so clearly stated by others. I guess I should read some PKD. Where should I start?