There are so many projects like this that can be used to create communities. To be honest right now I think there could be an imminent collapse of the social security structure. We simply can't afford to have so many people out of work, claiming benifits and not having anything productive to do with their life.
There are so many skills that we are all capable of learning, from gardening, stonemasonry, furniture making, the crafts and skills required to maintain and use our heritage sites as living museums.
To be honest no-one can exist on the social security benefits system, and get out of a poverty trap it creates. For every person out of a job the tax has to increase for those still in work and it has now become unsustainable.
Perhaps better to give people real work and re-skill them in 'survival' crafts that were the way of life just over a century ago, rather than have them scavenging rubbish tips and living in a fringe world that will overtake the veneer of civilisation we like to keep guilded.
If these Oligarchs have created this massive inequality, perhaps they should consider allowing their mountain of possessions to become the resource for a way forward. This doesn't mean taking what is someone else's rightful posession, either from a shop, their home, or rioting and breaking into places.
Perhaps these people may just realise the system they have taken over through generations of manipulaton, has become a steaming pile of horse shit, and they are the jokers sitting on top of it wearing the clowns outfit.
Impoverishing people, and undermining the values that make a community stable and sustainable is just not going to work. We don't need to be rioting in the streets, just silently opting out. Making our presence known and helping one another become empowered to come up with real solutions for sustainability that create dignity and a sense of worth for each person within society.
We can't over industrialise mechanised production any more. 'They' say that using robots to take the place of manual construction in factories is a freedom from doing repetitive work, however it's better to have someone doing a job, and having something to get up for than allowing this world of expedient solutions to over produce the demand we have, or the ability we have to purchase without borrowing the money on 'interest free', or the exorbitant usary of credit cards which put us into debt cycles again.
One of the problems that developed with my small business was that the banks charged more for me to deposit cash, than use a debit/credit card. It forced both our clients and us as a small business to gradually move away from having cash. To do banking cost about 3% of my turnover when all charges were taken into account. Finally I was making about 10% margin through the percieved worth of my services being eroded by over competition, and price wars within the hairdressing industry. I actually earned less than my trainees!
This banking charge was crippling, yet we had no means of doing business in any other way. Yes I kept my books squeaky, I could never see the point of robbing the tax man, and as I had a computerised till system it just made it easier for myself and everybody to know I didn't do anything illegal.
I just ended up breaking. I had a bad accident and hurt my back, and I just couldn't 'stay in the saddle' any longer. It isn't easy, I find it hard to motivate myself to do simple things if I am truthful, and I am in the same situation as someone who is long term unemployed.
I just haven't signed on, and I kind of feel as though I have no mojo to get me going. I just feel in limbo, yet everything I am capable of doing seems closed off to me right now. I just don't have any bits of paper, or a CV that I could present to anyone and say, Hey, I could do this job for you. I am thankful for the security I do have, and that we have enough. We have good friends, and somehow we all get through these times of depression.
The sun is shining thankfully, and we are not going to put the heating on until we cant stand the cold! We bought thermals last winter, and it's surprising what a difference it has made to needing heating during the day. What worries me is all the old people who will not be able to keep warm during the winter as fuel prices are just escalating through the roof. It is so sad that many old people live alone, with no-one to care for them.
Would it be possible for an initiative of those young/out of work people who need something to do, and who could look after an old person in exchange for accomodation, help to keep the oldies safe in their own homes. I think the infrastructure is there with the meals on wheels initiatives. Many old people can't look after their gardens, and yet there is good ground to grow veg on. I have no idea if we simply could put the elements that have been separated back together again to form a working society, could it actually happen. Perhaps I live in a utopian dream world!
They say there is no shortage of money, but what is money when no one cares about anything any more?
Are we just going to wait for another empty initiative by world governments who have already failed in political solutions, to try to manipulate a holed sinking ship, to put on more sail in the hope that it can lift it out of the water.
Right now we are facing the same catastrophic sinking of global economics. We have a 'Titanic' on our hands. Can we do better than they did?
I hope so. We need some real inspiration and a whole change in the way we do life to make it happen, otherwise we have an unmitigated disaster facing humanity, that has been caused by self preservation of the few, over real concern for the people who work in the engine rooms, and keep the electrics going.
The legend was that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. The musicians on the Titanic continued playing until the end.
Perhaps the truth is we need to get the 'fiddling' out of our economic systems as soon as possible, and get the real money back into the economy, and some inspired initiatives to create worthwhile lives for everyone again.
We are not 'hopeless', we just need the vision, and empowerment to make the changes, and keep them working. The new Meals on Wheels logo has captured a lovely rallying call.
It says, 'deliver a difference'. It certainly helps me to get through the week, even if at the moment I only do one delivery with my husband. Once I get the flat let, and some cashflow again, I can pay for more petrol to do another trip!
We certainly need each other in times like this, so perhaps we will re-evaluate so many of the ways we have been living, and make friends with ourselves and other people again. By the way, one of the old people we deliver to is incredibly grumpy, but hey it's what makes going into the lion's den a worthwile experience. We have got out 'alive' a few times now!
The type of place I suppose I am thinking of is like the old St Saviours Hospital building here in Jersey. It was a typical sanitorium. I have visited a few times! Yet for those who are genuinely needing sheltered accommodation, and help in re-organising their purpose, and re-skilling for a genuine contribution, and a lifeline, perhaps my vision would be to create a community in this type of building.
Thank God he answered a prayer for me that these institutions were reformed and attitudes towards the mentally ill become different. However we need a vision for a new model. Not the old workhouse/hidden nightmare of shunned people drugged into a stupour so they can be managed effectively.
I would want to help with a project like this. Us 'slightly different' people do have very different ways of doing life, and we don't fit in the jigsaw of a society model based on consumerism! We actually get on quite well together and respect our different quirks!
We do some fantastic art, and come up with amazing solutions to things.