This post is the rough draft of Chapter 5, section I, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.
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 is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us. This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind will eventually have our needs met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind.
( Chapter 5, Intro. last week…)
Chapter 5, section I.
I. (1250 wds): What could Phase IV look like in the early years of this final phase:
I. A (300/250 wds).
The first years of this last stage, Phase IV, of our project should be bringing the objective of the entire Vision in to view, by now. The start the #FreeRoomAndRice movement will be a small one, no doubt, building, full pun intended, on earlier work from the Tiny Homes and Pod dwellings movements to straw bale and re-purposed container homes spoken of during and before the 21st century. The many options for housing individuals and small families can start to be explored from a wider perspective than before, as communities connect and work together to build housing for each person in need of shelter, using a variety of models, as best suited to local and regional circumstances. Habitat for Humanity, for instance, is an example of a model for community home construction in the aid of a member of that community, made famous by President Jimmy Carter. Now, however, that idea of “sweat equity” can be transferred to children, building a small, but upgradable home, with the help of the community in which that home is located. Not only house-building skills, but an understanding of electrical wiring and generation, plumbing, water, and sewage, are all to be build by the child, eventually on that child’s own land, with the help of the local community, just as Habitat volunteers help new homeowners today, in 2021. In the earliest years of this stage of Phase IV, volunteers may need to partner with local members of the community to help build each others varieties of mobile or Tiny Homes, in whatever places the various states already permit. As more progress is made on both the building of new housing, and on the changing of zoning laws, more community members will join in the movement to ensure that each person has a safe place to call home.
From the beginnings of a movement to understand, advocate, and implement sustainable and equitable levels of housing for each resident, it should become clear that there is one major hurdle to be overcome alongside the home for each person. That hurdle is the ability to get out and purchase groceries. With a well-developed public transportation infrastructure, the knowledge of how to use it, and the guaranteed income to purchase basic nutritious food, the prior three phases have achieved most of the necessary tasks to ensure food and housing security for every person. But not yet sufficient. For those who are unable to walk, or unable to go outside, those suffering from illnesses of the mind or of the body, old age, or for other reasons, unable to get to the stores to purchase their groceries, and with no family to do so for them, there remains a need for a minimal safety net. That safety net can also take into account sudden spikes in the cost of living, as when changes in staples like rice rise too suddenly to have the Basic Income adjusted quickly enough, or temporary price surges that do not warrant a UBI adjustment yet. Volunteers can both educate, in the early stages, and deliver needed basic goods, like beans, rice, and local greens, to those needing such supplies on a daily basis. The very need to do this, however, shows that a gap exists in the community’s caring for each member, and thus also argues for the need to build a connected system of food, shelter, basic income, and some way to ensure that that basic shelter remains a safe space for the individual, however infirm that person should become. Thus, these early years will see a need for education around the need for each person to have at least one acre of arable land, rentable, exchangeable, or farmable, but always inalienable to that person.
I. C (255/250 wds).
Owning a bit of land, for each individual citizen, makes for a more equitable, just, safe, and kind world for all of us. Should the need arise for a person, in difficult straits, to find a place in which to park the Tiny Home in security and privacy, an acre is just enough to do that. Should the person not wish to live on that acre, then renting it out while living elsewhere is one easy possibility. Obviously, living on that acre while subsistence or Permaculture farming is also an option or perhaps even renting it out as farm land while living in an elevated home on that acre, if for instance the person is unable or unwilling to farm or garden, but wishes to live on that land. The progress made during the initial three phases of this project ensure that transportation, knowledge, and enough income are available to each person to have basic food and shelter, but the only guarantor of having a safe place in which to make use of these basics is having a basic plot of land with clean water access, which cannot be taken away. For this reason, to prevent exploitation or forced absence or renting of a person’s land, this acre must be inalienable for the life of the person. Thus a pool of rotating acres of arable land can be started which will never be sold, but are always available from the birth to the death of the person, unconditionally, and with the help of the community, if needed.
I. D (280/250wd).
As the fourth and final phase of our project begins, while the needs for housing, care of the most vulnerable, and home security for all are being addressed, two more planks in society’s platform of sustainable democracy remain to be laid. As travel becomes more accessible, and the number of recognized Adults increases in communities, the lives of many who pioneered these changes, as well as those who made that pioneering possible before them, risk being forgotten. So many lives, especially those of women, have fallen into oblivion, and with those lives, lessons, ideas, and tools that could have helped all of us. Volunteers not already involved in the work of educating and building tools for the food, shelter, and land security of society can busy themselves, with honor and empathy, in the also needed work of documenting these lives, so that their works and the tools that they provide for us, will not also be lost. Likewise, the lives of whole families, villages, and towns, need documenting so that like Tulsa, OK, in 1921, we can learn from that which was hidden. We can also learn from ideas that never gained popularity, like the AbuelaVida project idea, or “like when Grandma started using The Holocene Calendar,” as someone could say one day. Every idea not documented dies a lonely death that takes part of our society’s potential along with it. But at the start of Phase IV, we should have many volunteers willing and able to document the lives of so many who formerly had no voices, and share those histories, ideas, and tools with us in the local and family archive section of every community public library branch.
I. E (290/250wds).
By the middle stages of this fourth and final phase of our project, a reasonably large cohort of people dedicated to service ought to have matured, during the 30+ years since the beginning of the Adulthood rite of passage, in Phase II. Now, those volunteers, whether they have chosen to undergo the Adulthood Challenge or not, are committed to the service of Human Community, non-violently. The future of human work is not manual labor, but flexible creative thinking, as Dr. Harari points out. Preparation for that future absolutely requires the equitable access of all residents to good infrastructure, the flexible cultural mindsets of service and critical thinking acquired through education, and the freedom from fear and want generated during the first three phases, and being completed through the fourth and final phase of this project. Now, with the eminent possibility of all people being free to do so, is the time to give back, to create, to contribute, and to build new tools freely for all of the human race. Freedom of speech and association can now lead to more creative and innovative contributions from all of the population, and new ways of governing ourselves, as thinking and careful people. One possibility would be to expand, for instance, the UN security council into a worldwide Senate, using the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a basis for a world Constitution. Such ideas can be debated in a safe environment, as our infrastructure and governance systems grow into a more mature set of processes in which all ideas can be expressed civilly, evaluated logically, and accepted or discarded based on the merits of the idea. We now move to discuss the final years of this fourth and final stage of our project, Phase IV.
— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 5, section II, on the final years of what this should look like… )
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: clearly part of Non-fiction.
Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy!
Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.
Last week‘s installment of this series…
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