Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 3 introduction

This post starts the rough draft of  Chapter 3, of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  

Note that I’m sharing my outlines for JYP,

(chapter 3 outlines… chptr3Outlines )

as this is a rough draft, and I am very keen to hear suggestions if they improve the ideas presented here, as they are still in flux.

And  once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter Three:

Chapter 3: (abt 3500 wds) What Phase II looks like, sooner, and later


Chpter 3 Introduction (abt 630/500 wds): How Phase II helps win 3 of the 4 Freedoms



As Phase I’s pro-bono legal and financial continuous learning helps increase freedom of speech, by making space for room to breathe for the most vulnerable among us, new rituals may help us transition, as a society, to a world potentially more free to associate, free to worship, and free from fear.  But, why do we need a new rite of passage for that, and who decides, if, what kind, and how?  Should there be a set of pre-requisites to meet before one is allowed to attempt such a rite of passage, and what would be the added benefits of such pre-requisites?  Would some sort of formal, or informal, notification be a good idea before or during the rite, and who ought to be notified, beyond those taking direct part in the rite, such as family of the candidate, community members not directly affected, local residents, other interested parties, local government officials?  What are the benefits and risks of such a new rite of passage, and would it really, as proposed, facilitate an ever-widening culture of critical thinking and tool creation and sharing that paves the way for innovation in governance and policy practices/crafting/procedures/creation?  If not, then the cultural change needed to prepare for the next phase may not be answered by such a new rite of passage.  But, if the Each One Teach One paradigm can be expanded into a culture of Teach For All By All, such that our culture does begin to measurably open up, broadening into a culture of problem-solving and tool sharing at all levels, then this new rite will provide passage not only for individuals into Adulthood, but also for our whole society into a place of preparedness for more.  It will then remain to find some means of recognition, at a visceral if not formal level, by the community, of the status of newly minted Adults, and for such recognition processes to evolve as needed.


B (295/250 wds).

Before any sort of recognition, informal or otherwise, can be given, a working definition of “community” must be forged by those volunteers willing to take on the task of shaping a rite of passage in an evolving cultural milieu with ambiguous benefits, to start off with, in the earliest years especially.  Those initial intrepid candidates willing to risk failure in an endeavor that has not yet even begun to prove itself, one way or the other, must probably find ways and those to whom, even, to declare their intention, once firm, of embarking upon the challenge that may lead to completing a new adulthood rite of passage, even as it changes during their journey.  And as the rite of passage evolves in response to emerging and discovered needs of community and society, so will the benefits, risks, and even the objectives, of the new rite of passage, thus requiring adaptation and flexibility of all parties involved in the process.  While we begin this process with a set form of “Each one Teach one,” adding a Teach plus Travel requirement for completion of the Challenge before the final ordeal of this new rite of passage can be created to confirm completion and then affirm the attainment ofAdulthood, changes will undoubtedly be made along the way.  As it should be.  Then the final questions will remain of who gives recognition of the new status, or failure in the attempt to gain status, of anAdult, how that recognition is granted, both procedurally and in symbolic representation via some form of ritual, ceremony, document or other tangible form of acknowledgment,  and how these questions will be answered in updated form be successive generations as the needs of each generation change, decade by decade and on into the farther future.

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.


And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  Non-fiction,   System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week’s installment of this series…


Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on whether our society could use a new rite of passage,

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please, and

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

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a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

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(Lesson plans:  Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
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Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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9 thoughts on “Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 3 introduction

    1. 🙂
      Thank you!
      That, I think, is both the most crucial and perhaps the most difficult but pressing issue: how to change our societal culture. It’s taken since the end of WWII for this society to be formed, though the changes accelerated in the 1980s.

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    1. In this chapter, and in chp 6 section II, and chp 8:

      I was changing the name of the Challenge, and (I’ll have to check my send box to see if it got stuck in drafts, again…) I’m also changing the whole idea of Phase II, so that it’s more about forming a sort of unarmed Anla’Shok, rather than changing our notion of adulthood, as I see that you’re right, that won’t work.

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