Survival of the Most Cooperative

We work together or we perish separately

Kevin Putzier

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Photo by Gavin McGruddy on Unsplash

I am of the opinion that we need to re-evaluate practically everything in our existence.

One thing I’m certain of though. We must prioritize our environment above all other things and ideals. If that means that we need to be a little more primitive in how we live, a little less “efficient”, a bit less comfortable, well then that’s what needs to happen.

I am aware of the dichotomy of typing those words on this wonderful computing device that was barely a pipe dream when I was a child. I am aware of what I’m saying.

But I also think that giving up technology isn’t the answer. We can remain highly technological, but we can and should be a hell of a lot less mechanized.

Small communities are likely the best answer. Grains, while they make up the bulk of calories today, are not the be-all and end-all of our food. High degrees of conformity in our diets are not necessary. Small communities can, for instance, set up communal gardens where each citizen is required to put in some small amount of labor each week, and each citizen gets a portion of the produce as well. Since this type of farming tends to have high yields, especially as people gain experience, it likely will far outproduce what’s needed.

Some of that can be canned and preserved in other ways, and put aside for hard times and emergencies, and the rest can be sold or traded, with the monies distributed to the community or used to bolster the agriculture.

This is just one small example of how things can be. You’ll note that this model does not require a great deal of transportation, and what of it is needed can be done slowly. Perhaps with animals once again, or electric vehicles.

There are other advantages to such cellular communities. It’s relatively simple, for instance, to set up sufficient storage of electricity via readily available batteries, alongside a solar generation system, to sustain such a small community. These could, in turn, be interconnected in small grids, to support each other. Most of the time they would remain autonomous. But when the need arose, nearby “cells” could come to the aid of their neighbors. How exactly this would happen would have to be…

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Kevin Putzier

I am a practicalist, which means I take political and social ideas from all sides and try to find what works. Mostly Progressive.