Saturday, August 13, 2005

Building Ordinary ii

I'm struggling with a myriad of questions these last few weeks.

How big is Ordinary? How many people reside there? Does it have a hospital? What type of structures for observing spiritual practices exist? How much land does it take, per capita, to support the villagers? How much additional land is required between Ordinary and neighboring villages to assure a diverse ecosystem?

What materials do the people of Ordinary and surrounding villages use in their daily lives? What are their kettles made of? Where do their textiles come from?

Internet searches on "sustainable living" and "eco village" turn up a lot of hits, from Los Angeles to Ithaca, Australia to Colombia, Africa to Ireland.

All over the world, people are creating community in harmony with the land and the Earth's creatures. Some of these communities, like The Farm in Tennessee, have existed for years. Others, like Solto in Grohote, Island Solta, Yugoslavia, (see A Cluster of Eco-Villages) are still in planning stages.

It takes time, a lot of money, enormous commitment and dedication to bring people together in a common vision.

Underlying threads in most of the experimental villages I found online are: 1) to develop an environment where human beings live fulfilled lives in peaceful cooperation; 2) to respect and honor the environment, harming none and taking no more than they give; 3)to nurture individual spiritual and creative expression.

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