Changed People, Same Earth

Our destination – changed people, same Earth. People know how to behave (to travel) by inner moral guidance, or otherwise by coercion by other people. That coercion is sometimes violent; sometimes seductive.
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The only way to change myself is to discover a new moral guidance, and if we are coerced, to shrug off that coercion.
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That discovery must always be solitary – even though common circumstance may provoke a discovery, which is side by side and in common with others. We have evolved together and are likely to discover together – simultaneously and similarly.
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I think it best if we think of education as coercion. It distracts from sensual evidence into a levitated crowd of ideas. Certainly, it has done our current culture real harm. We’ll find only dead hierarchies and status monopolies there. Those who say, education is the answer (most people) would but propagandise their point of status and superior view.
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Is this little piece forcing my point of view? – perhaps, but I hope not. I say, find your own point of view – your own intelligence, received through your own senses of both our lovely Earth and of the prevailing human cultures, which are palpably set on destroying our only possible home.
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How do we behave at home? How do we manage that economy? How do we define and ration both chores and pleasures – both in what we can have and in what we can do? How would we like family members to behave together? Then, further afield, how would we like our friends and neighbours to behave? I think, we’d think of rationing – of fair shares of both actions (liberties and restraints) and of things, for instance, of food – fairly breaking bread.
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If everybody answered those basic economic questions in those filial micro economies, then the macro economies of village, parish, town and nation state would function more happily and more appropriately – knit to both specific behavioural terrains and to the wider terrain.
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The same goes for the microcosm of each trade – each with specific skills and perceptions, which contribute to the whole.
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Education destroys the lot. The corporation destroys the lot. Enclosure (property) destroys the lot. That’s my little coercion.
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Morality guides what we do. Cultures are made up by what people do. Cultures are not what we have, or have achieved, they are always what we do.
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A fine painting, or piece of music – a beautiful building, or ingenious machine are usually what ancestors did. We admire their doing. When we enter a fine piece of music, we enter that perhaps ancient doing. We re-embody our ancestor. We remain active. We have not entered a thing, or a possession. We re-live an experience. Afterwards, we say, what a marvellous experience it was re-living that marvellous ancestor’s life. If during, our musical experience, we let ourselves intrude, because we are weary for some reason, or because we cannot restrain our critical faculty, then we will have spoiled the experience. We will not have lived it. It will be despoiled -despoiled by a held opinion or status quo.
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In truth, the finest art, from a simple folk song to a complex string quartet, becomes so, only when the composer’s temporal identity has gone and she has become Everyman. She does not express herself. She will have taken the living roll of ancestors, who similarly sang. She is the living act of the culture as a whole. Most of us instinctively know that if an artist says that she is breaking boundaries, or that her warrior spirit is trampling old hallowed ground – we know that she is ephemeral ambition – trite fashion seeker…
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A culture is a collective of methods – of tools. States kill methods.
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The purpose of enclosure is to kill the method and assert the new state – that is the new property, rent, class, copyright holder.
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The purpose of the common is to continue, but regulate (like a sluice) the flow of what people can do to live fairly by each other and appropriately in their terrains, so that descendants have the un-diminished means to live in a similar way. The evolved advice of ancestors, who provided for the present, is usually revered. Ancestors have the advantage that they level us all.

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The past creates the present, just as the present creates the future. Without a common rationing, the future will suffer. That suffering is a betrayal of ancestors. It is a deep shame. Without such commons, we have chaos. The songbird who delights us today, as we excavate another acre of her habitat, will only be gone in the future. Today, we pause and listen. The silence comes a year, or two later.

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We have chaos. We have status, property, status law and property law. We have usury and rent. We have enlightened futuristic education, which denies the present – and relentless enclosure-journalism. We have no future.

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Please step down into the wind, sunshine and rain of the common. Consider how you’d like your children to behave, then follow suit. Don’t follow Great Thunberg and the school strikers. Reassuringly take their hands at last, for that is what they ask. Then, together turn away from the crumbling cliff edge, until we all find fertile ground to inhabit – making tools, which are at last adapted, as best we can, to its ways.

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2 Responses to Changed People, Same Earth

  1. Michelle says:

    I think you will be amused to know that I expounded the Patrick Noble theory of enclosure to my 19-year old daughter, Covid19 refugee from her illustrious college, sent back down to the ranch with its winds & rains, and who has a penchant for studying history but is troubled by the present low status of that pursuit. I explained that the historians had not done a very thorough job, when compared with the lawyers or even politicians, of enclosing their domain. Enclosed it, yes, but the monetization of that enclosure has been rather half-hearted. She found the theory interesting and pointed out how different cultures had enclosed different sorts of things.

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    • bryncocyn says:

      Hurray! – lovely and brilliant. And yes, how do young people follow their hearts and also make a living? Famous historians have, for the most part, had substantial private incomes, but archaeologists often, have not. Archaeology demands a large portion of simple manual labour, for which wages are usually available! Here in UK, before any major disruption, such as road building, archaeologists are automatically employed to discover if there are ancient remains to protect. So! – even in archaeology corruption is tempting. On the brighter side, patterns of ancient settlements, artefacts and field systems can often overturn convenient and nationalist telling of history. Then, there’s always Indiana Jones… At your daughters age, I found five years of sanctuary on archaeological digs and met many friends – though I was more on the labouring side. By the end, I was offered more “senior positions”, but panicked and fell into farming. In those days, (perhaps unique to archaeology), someone who fully understood the excavation process could become “an archaeologist” without academic qualifications – submitting papers for peer review! No more. Nineteen years! – prudence and the heart pulling one way and the other and those brilliant insights and deep loves, which come more slowly to their parents and grandparents.

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