The Key to the Future, that is to the creation of Solvency, Sustainability, and Surplus for The Emerging Global Village, is the creation of systems that become stronger, more resilient, and fortuitous through use and wear ---
Quite Simply, and Most Obviously:
Things. Should. Get. Better. With. Age.
The Methods, the modes, the technology is already there.
We a built from Nature, and Nature is Our Greatest Teacher.
Nature is ever designing and constructing for resiliency. We see this especially in the Kingdom of Plantae, where many of the world's most important plants are those that thrive in poor conditions, and actually like to be abused.
Dandelions , Amaranth, Purslane, Stinging Nettle, Thistles, are a handful of examples among multitudes.
Dandelions: "Poor Man's Ginseng" -Contain as many vitamins and minerals as swiss chard, kale, or spinach, are ubiquitous and contain powerful tonics and stimulants for the liver and kidneys.
Amaranth ("Lamb's Quarters"): (The Doomsday Plant), is one of the highest sources of protein in nature, and again contains a super concoction of vitamins and proteins, and is especially important for those who have blood sugar stability challenges.
Stinging Nettle: A incredible source of a spectrum of B vitamins, again nearly indestructible, and thrives in environments polluted by septic tanks and other nitrogen rich sources.
Thistles: Certain types contain a chemical called : "Silymarin," which, like Aspirin from the bark of willow trees is now synthesized in a laboratory as a very important drug for the treatment of liver diseases.
(Yet, in Okanogan County Washington, if a person grows thistles in their yard, an official from the county will come to your door and threaten to fine you unless you remove them - they are considerate a invasive species because of their tendency to create colonies on range land for beef cattle)
Gaia, Nature - or the World Order, demands, that in order to live wholistically in the great numbers that We have become, We must begin to work with her, in accord - in a great warm hand clasp (without concealing a chain saw and army of those with genocidal tendencies in our wake).
And, Working with Nature, not against her equals LESS WORK.
Nature is like a good civil engineer who has laid the site just so, every level, every root, every rock, and tree - elevation, sight line, humidity - climate, temperature, barometric pressure are all in accord.
But we have not been good architects.
We have been, for the most part, bad, bad, architects.
The alchemy of Our Survival, and as Our interdependence increases every day, not only upon the elements and facets of planet earth, but on each other as humans as our neighbors keep getting closer and closer
Will depend upon looking at nature, and at each other and seeing how both of these parties do things better than us, or the same things that we excel at in a different way, and then having the confidence in ourselves to begin to appropriate what works.
It is only Logical.
We simply do not have the time anymore to be little boys fighting over our toy fire trucks and drawing chalk lines across the bedroom floor.
Millions of years of evolution, and 12 THOUSAND years of modern humanity are much a timely education. The prerequisites are filled and filed, We have the piece of paper.
Now, let us sit and look and listen, and care enough about ourselves and each other and ask,
"What has nature done right, and how can I improve upon her design while causing the least amount of destructive socioconomentalist consequences?"
What does NATURE PLUS ~~~ Really LOOK like??
"If these forces and this husbandry are within reach of our will, and the laws of them can be read, we infer that all success and all conceivable benefit for man, is also, first-or-last, within his reach, and has its own sublime economies by which it may be attained. The world is mathematical, and has no casualty in all its vast and flowing curve. Success has no more eccentricity than the gingham and muslin we weave in our mills. I know no more affecting lesson to our busy, plotting New England Brains, than to go into one of the factories with which we have lined all the watercourses in The States. A man hardly knows how much he is forced to leave out his follies and hindrances so that when we go to the mill, the machine is more moral than We. Let a man dare go to a loom and see if he be equal to it. Let machine confront Machine, and see how they come out. The World-Mill is more complex than the Calico-Mill, and the architect stooped less. In the gingham-mill, a broken thread or a shred spoils the web through a piece of a hundred yards, and is traced back to the girl that wove it, and lessens her wages. The stockholders, on being shown this, rubs his hands with Delight. Are you so cunning, Mr. Profitloss, and do you expect to swindle your master and employer, in the web you weave ? A day is more magnificent cloth than any muslin, the mechanism that makes it is infinitely cunninger, and you shall not conceal the sleezy, fradulent, rotten hours you have slipped into the piece; nor fear that any honest thread, or straighter steel, or more inflexible shaft, will not testify in the Web. - "
Permaculture, Composting of Human Excrement, QiQong, Yoga, Anti-Inflammatory diets, Feng Shui, yoga practices, meditation, the ingestion of super foods and drinks, biodynamic agriculture - all hold the Promise of a brighter, healthier - more wholistic future, we have only to reach out and Grasp these Possibilities in order to Achieve Our Goal of Creating a Global Village.
Wholism is a 1oo minute choices that We make each day that add up to a whole Lot.
In The Cherrapunji Region of India, there is a tradition of bridges that are alive, and become stronger with age and abuse, some of which are centuries old.
And they are constructed from the living roots and fibers and tendrils of a species of Rubber Tree known as Ficus Elastica.
--- Hundreds of years ago, the indigenous people of this region of India, through necessity, serendiptious insight, and long periods of trial and error, discovered that their foot paths and foot highways could be caused to cross waterways through the construction of such bridges.
Some of these bridges are 5ooyears old, the youngest are a handful of decades. They are a marvelous example of completely intact vernacular architecture, and civil engineering. A way of design that is completely caused and caught up in the thinking and way of life for a people in a very specific bioregion.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Power." The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walter J. Black, Inc. New York, N.y.