October 22nd, 2004

Wee Hour Weebles

Up at 2:30am, made the mistake of reading Daily Kos and checking out most of the links, and I'm about 3/4 convinced I'm living in a rerun of 1933 Germany. Difference: When my grandpa fled, there was a USA to flee *to*. And of course he didn't have kids yet when he ran, and when he did have kids he didn't have an Evil Ex to hold 'em hostage.

I've got the shivers. Anyone got a teddy to share?

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Still awake, and trying with not much success to avoid obsessing on the future.

In the near term, I get to start moving to my new place next week, if I'm lucky and get the key early. And then comes setting up the household, and the custody/support battle I've already bored you with. And starting a new graveyard shift job, which I have a *conditional* offer on, pending background check. I *think* my background is okay, but I don't know what they check or what they're looking for.

And then to plan for the long term. Following your bliss is not safe if it flies and you're on foot; I'll need good contingency plans.

Read about a half dozen articles overnight about GOP election-stealing. So, in the modern, net-connected world, how do we hide?

Should sleep. Good theory; application's a bit weak.

Got a life you're not using right this minute?

I'm seriously spacey, but there's an idea that needs to escape my head.

A lot of my friends are intentional community fans, as am I. A lot of "communities" are based around a need, voiced or not, to belong to a larger social grouping. And many people are willing to make substantial contributions to such. And many of them then get very frustrated when they don't get substantial recognition back; my conjecture is that they don't recognize the form of the recognition they do receive. But that's not the direction I'm trying to go in.

Most Utopian ventures fail, usually on monetary grounds. Either there isn't enough contribution, or not enough praise to the contributors. But *we are not our bank accounts*. The ability to gather resources is immensely valuable, agreed. But it doesn't define our essence, *unless we make it so*.

I had a long talk with an Air Force chaplain last weekend, while we were waiting for our sons to get done with a ballet rehearsal. I mentioned that I hadn't heard a good definition of religion yet; he responded "Easy. Your religion is what you base your life around. This may or may not be also your faith; in my congregation, typically their religion is Money, even though their faith is (insert name of common Christian Protestant sect)."

Most of us geekyfen polykinky paganJew types are looking to base our lives on something other than money. Typically what my grandparents would call "being a mensch." My observation is that most of us would *love* an opportunity to lay it on the line and live our values, but we don't trust the surrounding world not to immediately attack us if we try.

So, Question Of The Day: If someone devised a blueprint for a functioning localized value-based community, and it looked good and workable, and you were to be consulted on the values on which it would be based, would you be willing to commit a substantial part of your life-energies to it? It would in turn take some care of you, as well; not unlimited, but as good as we can design into the system.

Your thoughts?


Joel. Who has a whole lot of thoughts right now, but they're little and skeetery and not holding still.