community, economy, faith, government, Heathen, Pagan, Religion, survival, unemployment
So, I read this post by Aubs about her year. It struck a cord. While mine hasn’t gone nearly as bad, it’s been hard. Really hard. If it wasn’t for the efforts of friends, family, and community I’d be worse off.
It got me thinking about something I wrote about two year ago. It was a series of three posts about community. I’m going to be re-posting them again, and I look forwards to people’s thoughts on them. Hopefully, I’ll be able to expand beyond the three. Initially, there was supposed to be a larger number of them, but life got in the way on that. We’ll see what happens.
It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for over three years now.
The thing about these posts was they were written back when the economy was sound. Well, more sound than it is now anyways. Back in Jan of 2011 we couldn’t imagine how bad things would get. We’re still looking at an “underground” unemployment rate of around 20%, higher in my generation. The jobs aren’t there, and those that are can’t cover the ends. I have a full time job and like three bills, and I still can’t meet them all this month, partially because I helped out a friend, and partially due to some emergencies that happened.
And I’m not even the worst off compared to a lot of people. But it’s gotten hard, and as much as our….leaders…crow that they’re solving the problem, they aren’t. It’s getting worse.
We can’t make it alone.
When I first started looking at the idea of Pagan and Heathen communities, the idea was about moving our religions forwards. We’ve reached about as far as we can in terms of power with individual/solo practitioners. If we want to really keep growing and furthering Paganism and Heathenism in terms of rights and legal protections, we need to start to truly gather together, not just in organizations, but in locations to live as actual communities.
Now though, I am starting to think that this is something we have a need to do just to physically survive. Heathenism is based on family and hospitality. And I know we need that. Humanity survived because we built communities, clans, tribes. Now, I think we have to do this again. Because a nation isn’t enough, a government won’t save us. It’s going to be coming together, settling land, building trades and communities that are self sustaining, that is what is going to get us through the next few years.
So I’ll be re-posting the old posts, and I’m going to try and move forwards from there. Hopefully with your help, your suggestions, I’ll be able to help fill in the holes that have caused communities to fail in the past.
Community seems to be our most desired state, yet it’s the state that seems to be the hardest to maintain. I’d be glad to join in the conversation.
Lucius Svartwulf said:
I look forwards to your thoughts on the coming posts then. 🙂
^ This. I’ve played with the idea of buying up cheap land in a farming community and creating a community of intention. You know, an invitation-only community similar to the Amish. You don’t need much money if you live a rustic life, but you still need seed money and taxes every year. According to one book I own, you can get started pretty well on $40K, but that’s still a lot of money, and does not include land and taxes.
Also, while it’s a nice pipe-dream, I’ve already come to the conclusion I don’t like many pagans and their often hippy ways. Therefore, I’d be cautiously pessimistic even if money was to be found. I do look forward to seeing your posts, though.
Lucius Svartwulf said:
well, they’ll be coming out for the next little bit. Three this week, and at least another or so next. I’m with you, I don’t know how well most Pagans will manage this, along with their hippy ways. it’s something I try to address, but I am hoping for more luck in the Recon fields like you and I belong to. 🙂
I am drawn to this idea, too. I look forward to reading your posts and seeing what others have to say about it.
Lucius Svartwulf said:
Thank you. 🙂
Also, I have given you an award because this blog is lovely. I don’t do them often but I felt like recognizing some of the blogs I read all the time and benefit from. http://ladyimbriumsholocron.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/liebster-award/
Community is a hadr thing to achieve. So often it seems like herding cats. Other times it’s just life getting in the way. It’s hard but lkike you said, necessary. My thoughts are with you.