3 Characteristics Of Small Thriving Communities That Work For Everyone

By Paul A. Philips

The transitional period we’re currently in calls for us to re-educate ourselves in ways that many have not even considered. For our protection, preparedness, survival and stability, to help each other out during these uncertain times, there needs to be a number of solutions in place. One empowering solution is to form small close-knit communities based on food self-sufficiency and health freedom.

As a nature-based alternative way of life, community living contrasts to the current ‘winner takes all’ consumerist, ‘digital dictatorship,’ concrete jungle, rat race: it’s an alternative to being part of an exploited, unjust society, dwindling in environmental friendliness, wealth, food quality, health, happiness, morality, and self-expression.

For effective advocacy, organization and development, a stable, small thriving agricultural-based community must have 3 vital essential characteristics:

1. Unity

The wave of the future is on the local level. Don’t waste your heart and mind trying to pull down what is already destroying itself. But come into where you’re almost below the radar and reorganize life. We want communities where we live and work and fight for the future. – Joanna Macy

Getting stuck on being divided and ruled; forever arguing and bickering amongst each other with closed-minded differences of beliefs and opinions only throws away the opportunity of developing our greatest asset. That greatest asset is the people surrounding us. Consider what would happen if we put our differences aside, agreed to disagree. We could then move on and take a stand in unity. Find a common-ground, share a vision needed for building strong, innovative small thriving communities based on maintaining food self-sufficiency and health freedom.

2. Self-sufficiency

Whether it’s at the level of confined urban spaces or open-land, small-scale farming, the impetus for food self-sufficiency is totally justified. ‘Big Food’ and ‘Big Agriculture’ corporations’ mass sales of nutrient-lacking processed ‘acidic’ junk foods and toxic GMOs laden with harmful pesticides have served as an unequivocal abject failure in promoting good health.

The sustainable small-scale organic food production model is a solution, enabling us to return to our dietary roots and eat more healthily. One such successful farming community that has achieved self-sufficiency and thrived, having championed their business and have spread the word through internal training, are the Greenhorns.

Not just at the level of food self-sufficiency and health freedom, small thriving communities also extend into helping each other out socially. Unlike today’s sick and dying Western society, nobody in small thriving communities are left isolated and alone.

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Cultural commodities involving the making of arts and crafts also occupy some small communities.

Further, there are inter-communities who help each other. For example, if one community is lacking in a particular resource then another can supply it. A classic example of this exists in permaculture (‘permanent agriculture’) communities.

3. Discernment

Along the way, discernment is crucial. You cannot find a solution if you’re unaware of the problem. That problem can be found by discernment. Discernment is the ability to identify anything that threatens to prevent the community from working such as the effects of legal problems, spiritually bankrupt crooked politicians with ulterior motives, corporations having greed-driven hidden self-interests, shady business operations from traders outside of the community, and dark infiltrators.

The mess that the world is in can be attributed to people who have not made certain crucial vigilant discernment and taken appropriate action.

In reflection of this, we need to be aware that the world’s rulers are taking us into darker and darker places. For example, the world’s governmental and corporate power structures with their forever growing concentration of wealth are leading us into abject poverty. So, as a response, while building communities we need to expand our unity and solidarity by refusing to buy into their control system and no longer co-operate with it.

For some added inspiration have a look at this short video taken from the Thriving Communities website.

Thriving Communities Conference 2017 from Thriving Communities on Vimeo.

You can read more from Paul A. Philips at his site New Paradigm

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