I am a great believer in the power of forward vision, of envisioning the future we would like to see. I think that this is the great precursor to being the change that you wish to see in the world effectively.
We are conditioned to think fearfully, because fear sells products. And so we are pre-disposed to envisioning a future that is less than desirable. I have noticed recently on the forums a growing trend towards the negative, doomer style threads. Threads based on fear.
So I am throwing out the challenge for everyone to start to build this forum into the great and positive influence on the future it can be.
Lets envisage a future were communities are strong, where people care for each other, encourage each other to greater things. Lets hold in our minds as we type these pages the great things that are not only possible through permaculture and it's related sciences and philosophies, but likely! I imagine a world were the sounds are of water trickling, of birds singing, of people sing in the fields, of great and majestic trees that people gather around and under. Trees that we planted and our children's children are gathering beneath, to picnic, to share stories, to teach the principles of permaculture.
I imagine communities where people walk and ride bikes along dedicated paths, where there is nothing but foot traffic among established communal food forests. I imagine children learning and playing in small outdoor settings. Where people use homes mainly to sleep, where the outdoors is our daily setting.
I imagine thriving local markets, full of wholesome and fresh produce, of homemade wares.
I imagine fresh, cleansing rains and crystal clear creeks and rivers, teeming with fish and wildlife. Farms where not a tractor is to be seen. People working side-by-side to build local homes, to 'raise barns'. I see the old as widened but not frail, sitting outside on a chair as the youths dance about them. The generations intermingle and care for each other, respect each other.
I see the thriving village of Mandala town. I see the people gathering in the beer tent, tapping the brew and roasting a pig. I see community! abundance!
This can all be ours and the very first step is to make sure we hold that vision in our minds and in our hearts. When we hold such visions our actions follow. To me such visions are what makes life glow with colour and vibrancy. To hold the other type of vision, to discuss it with out implying our cleaner vision upon it is to drive our actions towards the other future.
I encourage you all to foster that inner vision of how it can be, of how great we can make it, and to share it's energy in the forums.
Peace my friends, I will see you all in Mandala Town.