46963Re: Move into new life
- Sep 1, 2006--- In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, "fraluchi" <fraluchi@...>
>After watching and learning more about how an indigenous culture
> We are fed up with ... mood ...
> This country makes the decision to leave easy.
> We don't care to where we go, as long as we leave from here.
operates - one thing is clear - their culture has been sustainable
for thousands of years. Then, "we" inposed a new set of "rules"
for "civilization". "Live our way". Control borders. Limit the land
available to nomadic people. Animals in trouble, water supplies in
trouble, human food sources in trouble. Tribes in trouble.
New systems needed - water, sewage, agriculture, and more. The more
that's in place, the more rules are needed.
Then we constructed the city. Then, in a stroke of genius, we built
the elevator. We put skyscrapers in the city. Too many people. Too
many demands on systems. Too many cars. Air quality turns to... And
oh my, where DO you put all that sewage? Food supplies dwindle...
agricultural production and distribution are beefed up (pardon the
pun) More population. Segments going with food and other basic
services. More rules, this time on really specific things.
Now, for the first time in human history, it's possible to take a
boat ride from the Atlantic to the Pacific - through that
famous "Northwest Passage" - we apparently have succeeded in melting
the polar ice cap, which one of our visitors at The Bridge pointed
out seems to be proceeding at a rapid pace.
How do we prevent this? General alarm. Gasoline shortages,
restrictions on use, electric cars, hybrid cars, super-efficient
cars - emissions control... rules, rules, rules.
Question: In any civilized society, what does a RULER do?
Answer: Makes.... "rules". The previous poster wrote of a general
mood, something like ... "too many rules - bad mood - gotta get out
My response is, you ain't seen nothin' yet. The last population
doubling ended in 1995, with a global population of 6 billion
people. The next population doubling - to 12 billion - was expected
to occur in only 12 years after that. More food shortages, civle
unrest - we're already seeing the tip of the iceberg.
Costa Rica is a country without "too many rules." It has a lot of
virtually unspoiled areas, which is a good thing, since those areas
have an important product, which they provide for free - oxygen. And
there's room to grow. Perhaps in this and many other less densely
populated areas there are places we can move to while "civilization"
figures itself out.
Nanci and I wanted to learn how much of this global situation was
known to the indigenous people here. We had a long discussion with
Timateo Jackson, a tribal political and spiritual leader inside the
Indigenous Reserve. He finished his answer by singing a chant in the
Bribri language... with his son Cesar translating into Spanish. The
last line of the chant translates this way:
"...and the white man will come to us for help."
In the meantime, the locals are noticing that the ocean is rising
higher and higher in winter storms - last year, reaching the road
for the first time in their memory. Ten, twenty more feet of ocean
level, and the winter storms will reach the place we're buying.
We'll have shorefront property.
There are those, myself included, who believe that we as a race of
beings are meant to be here and enjoy this planet to the fullest.
That the resources of this planet are to be guarded and cared for,
and used in such a way that we can create, enjoy, and share a
paradise right here on Earth. And, to understate the situation, as a
civilization, we might have gotten off on the wrong foot.
Indeed, Sharif Abdullah, author of "Creating A World That Works For
Everyone" describes what we've created very simply - he calls
it "The Mess." His answer to "The Mess", by the way, is to live a
lifestyle that is very much like an indigenous lifestyle...
What to do?
You can see one answer by coming to Costa Rica and visiting Punta
Mona - Monkey Point. Sustainable living - implemented. Nanci and I
plan to hike in to Monkey Point soon. I'm told there are no tall
buildings there. I'd have to see that for myself to believe it.
There are many other enlightened groups working on "The Mess." They
term their area "sustainable development." Seek them out. Find out
what they have learned.
The more skeptical can follow the advice once given by Bribri
shamans to their people... "Move to higher ground." The context was
different, but the reason was the same - too much water.
It all comes down to individuals. What can WE - Nanci and I - do,
from our home in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica? Feed people.
Send them to school. Help them become self-sufficient. Help with
their medical needs. And when the opportunity presents itself,
learn. Help bring out indigenous knowledge that can help the world
today. Help bring ideas and tools from our culture that can help the
indigenous. And finally, hope we can inspire others to do these same
kinds of things in many, many other areas.
Co-Founder, El Puente - The Bridge
The Bridge provides educational assistance, food assistance, and
microloans mainly to indigenous people in the southeastern part of
Costa Rica. Our goal is to help people help themselves to self-
See us at http://www.elpuente-thebridge.org
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