So what would my world look like? I've talked before about how I don't believe in the notion of Utopia on a large scale, but what would the world look like if it were up to me? How would things be different?
I'll be honest, I don't think I have all the answers for every issue. But I can tell you what MY perfect place would be like... I can tell you about the world I got to sometimes, in my dreams, that I wish I could move to - My Ideal Place!
Picture if you will, for a moment, a small town setting - maybe what we would today consider an "Artisan Town." Somewhere where main street is filled with numerous little shops selling everything from handmade jewelry, pottery, clothing... Just about everything you need for a good life. Picture a huge indoor farmers market at one end of town where all the locals gather to sell and purchase a great array of farm goods from all the surrounding farms.
Homes would all be built using reclaimed and sustainable methods and each and every home would be fitted with solar panels, fire places, ambient heating and rain water collection systems. Better yet, each house would have enough land for home owners to have their own small gardens where they would grow herbs, small amounts of vegetables and maybe even a fruit tree or two. Natural spaces in town would include small parks and community gardens alike.
For the people in this town, a Natural Lifestyle is a given. There is no Fracking, no added chemicals in the water, no laws preventing people from owning chickens or goats... Cars are electric, powered by solar chargers placed at homes and in public parking areas. The only "Fast Food" places are organic juice and smoothie bars and restaurants are all Farm to Table!
Holistic Medicine is the norm here. The "town doctor" believes in natural medicine and nutrition over pills and needles. No one here is vaccinated, over medicated or mistreated by a medical professional. Births are attended by Midwife & Doula, but the women's center (birthing center & Red Tent included) has a very capable doctor on hand for when mother's choose (or need) pain relief, emergency services, or surgery due to unforeseen circumstances, "high risk birth" or other things which may come up. And of course the local hospital (in the small city a few miles away) offers care for more serious issues or ailments. But for the most part the "healthcare" here consists of herbs, energy work, crystals and of course prevention through nutrition.
The local school system encourages actual education rather than memorization. Students are encouraged to learn through hands on experimentation, music and play. Although they have a good solid physical education program, it's not the focus of their Highschool. Teachers are encouraged to have an "up to date" education for history and science classes and teach what is current rather than what political agenda in the 1970's text books. "Home-economics" and "Arts" classes, electives in many school systems, are embraced and fully supported. REAL Education is the focus, not robots.
When trash day comes, it's rare that each home has even a single bag. Most homes in my ideal place don't produce trash. Instead, composting, recycling, and swapping unneeded items has cut down the trash to nearly nothing.
I suppose my "ideal place" seems very much like the 1900's - maybe even earlier... And it may appear as if I want to get as far away from "today" as possible. In some ways, that's not wrong. But the fact is, I'm not "Anti-Tech" or "Anti-Progress." Yes, I love the idea of living in a farming and artisan society. But I don't believe this has to happen without Telephones and Computers. But I believe we should be using these things smartly.
Sounds like heaven to me! A society where community is more important than corporations, where education is more important than political agendas, where health is more important than medicine, and where people are more important than dollars!
Yeah, I know I'm dreaming. But if no one ever dreams it up, it can't ever become reality!