I’m not sure how I was subscribed to Citiwire’s newsletter, and I’m not even sure what Citiwire is. But now I’m unsubscribed. Before I unsubscribed, I glanced at the newsletter and found what is both very common and very relevant. That is, very relevant to our mission to write, and implement the new Charter of the Forest, and to more broadly advance the agenda of the People’s Movement.
Very common and very relevant is the way that Citiwire mixes the good and the bad. In today’s newsletter, the top two articles are about the problems with meat consumption, and the benefits of parks. These ideas seem good. So where is the bad? The bad is in the basic mission of Citiwire, to support the urban lifestyle.
What’s wrong with the urban lifestyle? It segregates the people, creating cultural divides between food producers and consumers. It promotes class hierarchy, as part of its promotion of large organizations. While the urban lifestyle can theoretically provide great efficiencies, the overall best community design brings people into closer contact with nature. Lower density enables people to appreciate both nature and people. Ordinary people. The ordinary life. Entire books can written on the benefits of an optimum community design. In fact, the Charter of the Forest assumes an optimum community design.
But why, and how, are we to embrace the optimum community design, and the optimum everything, so that we are no longer mixing good and bad? These are central questions we will consider on this blog. How can there be an optimum lifestyle, viewpoint, and design for a community, a society? Aren’t we taught that there is too much diversity of ideas for everyone to embrace the same thing? Isn’t that a design for a monoculture?
Diversity works except where it doesn’t. For example, you prefer to feel good, and have peace and wellbeing all the times instead of just part of the time. So one of our first tasks is to learn when to promote diversity and when not to. Living in the city has positive aspects, of course. But there we find ourselves participating in, or inadvertently supporting, a monstrous status quo while we pursue the positive in our lives.
It’s a big secret. And yet it is no secret.
We are tempted to focus on the positive, but this only puts the negatives in the closet. We have to focus on the negative long enough to understand how we are trapped into support for it, so we can learn how to avoid those traps. So we learn that all good things are naturally connected, and connections between bad things and good things are really not true connections, but more mythical, or outright false. We learn that to achieve greater wellbeing we must break associations between good and bad, and make associations between all that is good.
When we achieve progress along these lines we start to see reality as a set of two spheres, the holistic sphere of good and the holistic sphere of bad. We learn to keep these distinct from each other so that our choices can be clear, so that we can easily defend the good, and not be paralyzed by the confusion of these unnatural mixes.
There is good in the city, there is good in the liberal point of view. But the good cannot excuse or make up for the bad, in any scenario. We have to adopt the Hippocratic Oath: Do no harm. In this way we build a system to maximize wellbeing. There are details on the optimum community design, and optimum philosophy, doctrine and agenda that enable the people to transcend the human ego, or the dark side of human nature, and embrace the aspirations of the human heart. We will be focusing on these topics in this blog. And we’d like everyone at Citiwire and everywhere else to move in this same direction, in solidarity.