Imagine Living Locally

Have you ever thought about what your life would be like if “civilization” stopped working?  If the dollar collapsed, a solar flare fried all electronics, civil unrest or other disaster meant that you had to get/do everything within walking distance?  Billy and I have been trying to become less dependent on the infrastructure for the last four years and here are some of our observations/realizations about such a lifestyle:

  • Turn off the TV (we never actually had one), get to know your neighbors, grow a garden.
  • The food is much more delicious, healthy/satisfying and time-consuming.
  • Your reputation becomes one of your most valuable assets.
  • Medicine grows everywhere and health issues are a journey complete with synchronicities.
  • God has an active hand in everything that happens.
  • You learn by doing, mistakes and failures are very valuable, too.
  • You learn to make do.  If you don’t have something, you try something different.  Inspiration can happen if you’re open for it.
  • There is so much beauty in slowing down and appreciating the harmony and interconnectedness of the world.
  • Things and money are not where it’s at: personal qualities such as confidence, kindness and peacefulness as well as good relationships with others (human and animal), and a good attitude are.
  • There is much more to comfort than particular conditions for the body.
  • God’s designs are perfect.

We have been having an on-going event in our neighborhood.  Of the eight houses on our street, everyone gets along splendidly except for the people who starved the horse.  They also have activities going in and out of their property that are indicative of drug activity and have known criminals living with them.  When one neighbor had a serious theft where he lost the tools he uses to make his living, everyone on the street was outraged.  We all also suspected the horse-starvers as being involved with the theft and actually confronted them with the issue.  The following week, there was a theft  on the next street up and our neighborhood knew about it within minutes.  Again we confronted the suspected neighbor and now they’re thinking of “leaving this f&^%ing neighborhood.”  Apparently when all of the neighbors communicate, it isn’t good for criminals.

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~ by Anuttama on June 13, 2010.

One Response to “Imagine Living Locally”

  1. I’ve been living completely local since moving to the rainforest and you are spot on about all of the above! There are no bank machines in the jungle and you quickly see how materialistic the world is. It’s a huge adjustment that not everyone can handle…

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