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Tom Kawczynski serves as Steward for New Albion

Healthy Folkways Posted on December 5, 2017Leave a comment

Tom Kawczynski serves as Steward for New Albion

It is no accident nature is the first value we recognize here in New Albion, because we believe as a bedrock principle that living in harmony with our essential nature is vital for our health.  For many different reasons, our society has proceeded so far away from even considering the question of what makes for a better person that we are having to ask many questions which have long been ignored.

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of having lengthy conversations on this topic with some of the thoughtful members of our effort, and although we come from very different backgrounds in terms of life experience, we keep coming back to the idea the land needs to play a larger role in people’s lives and that we want to reduce the role of the city.  Man is being adapted into becoming a herd animal because we’re trapped in pens of steel of aluminum.  When a person has a connection to the land, there’s a profound transformation which occurs because you become a part of life instead of insulating yourself from that magnificent struggle.

We are taught that we have advanced beyond that as we leave our agrarian roots behind us, but an honest appraisal of the 20th and 21st centuries begs the question if such acceleration has been an improvement.  Instead of having a society where the family was still at the foundation of life, where men worked the land or their individual handicraft and where women raised children and lived in harmony and cooperation, we have now entered an interminable war of all against all.  Where people once knew they could survive hard times because they possessed those basic skills to live off the land and often had direct access or ownership to such resources, now so many people live in a state of constant fear, coveting ever more money to make sure they’re never without.

Such fear paralyzes people from being able to imagine a better future and work towards that outcome.  Most accept the idea being responsible means gathering capital to insulate oneself, and dare not challenge anything which threatens that revenue.  Yet, how can such a system be just when we see the vast majority of our people dedicate the overwhelming amount of their productive lives to sustain that hierarchy even as just a select few arbitrarily control capital for their own massive benefit?  Would we not be better served to prioritize self-sustenance, starting with the family, but growing upwards through individual communities until the nation itself could provide for it’s own.

The trap of stuff is compelling, where fancy distractions convince us we always need something new or something more helpful.  We’re sold these devices will make our lives easier and save time we all desperately want to recoup, but do they really?  Or is it more accurate to say they represent another in an ever growing list of distractions, where we just have to be more available, working harder and longer, getting less but going after some artificial goal of drone like efficiency.  Faster and faster we spin, whirling ourselves apart from all connections, men from women, parents from children, families apart and neighbors unknown, all to feed the machine.

Stop.

Breathe.

Is your heart fluttering a bit?  I know.  It’s a lot.  But it doesn’t need to be this way.

Step outside the system and step past the idea that more will get you anywhere other than to be a well-attended estate sell.  Think of your own life and what you value:  Is it a toy or is it a connection with a real person?  Is it seeing a beautiful vista and slowly savoring the views around you, or rushing around faster and faster to prove you’re a winner?  What can you ever win?  A race toward your own demise, for that is the outcome that awaits us all.

We don’t have the answer to our question about what makes the better life yet.  But, we have people asking the questions, and looking for those who will join us on this search.  We’re blessed with a beautiful land, set apart from the worst of the craziness and not so deeply in thrall to the ringmasters who own the towers of commerce that we can think.  And what we all think is we need to recover our health.

Nature guides us on this journey.

Tom Kawczynski serves as Steward for New Albion

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