This post finishes the rough draft of Chapter 5 for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.
Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.
I am nearly done editing this draft, to complete my “shitty first draft,” as Stephen King would say, so bear with me, and I hope that the outline marks are interesting for those following the writing process.
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 each person’s basic needs met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind.
Chapter 5 section II:
( Chapter 5, section I was last week…)
Chapter 5, II:
II. (1250 wds): Later years: We’re Almost There!
II. A (385/250 wds).
As the fourth and final phase of this project to update our paradigms draws to a close, nearly 60 years since the start of Phase I, much work, and many of those who began it, will have passed. By these laterOrLast years, the dream of a Tiny Home, Hobbit Hole, bedsit, Pod Dwelling, or other basic shelter owned by each individual person should now be a reality for many, and progressing toward becoming a reality for the rest of us. Such a basic minimum of ownership is not difficult to build, quite literally, and by these final years of this stage, even old hotel rooms can have been converted in to safe, well-insulated, well-ventilated studio apartments suitable for any person, including the aged, infirm, vulnerable, and allergy-sufferers. These last years of Phase IV, as the final years of the overall project, should see the education and advocacy of previous years converted into concrete personally owned shelter for each individual resident. From this point, it should be clear and popularly supported that this housing, together with a minimum ownership of one inalienable acre per person, can be world-changing. Through donations, reclaimed family-owned land (cite ProPublica Black land loss…), and even “ocean acres” with a free boat, for the most intrepid among us, as sea levels rise (although, since a mere half of the nearly 200 million acres managed by the US Forest Service would suffice for an acre for 1/3 of the US population, this may not be an issue…), more than enough land is available, when society decides to make this happen, for each newborn infant to be issued an acre for life. By the end of the last year of this fourth phase, and of the entire project, formally, 60 years will have passed since the start of this work. By the 61st year after the start of phase I, in which needed infrastructure was built up, followed by cultural and governance tool-building, something marvelous can have happened. By this 61st year, every new citizen born can have a name, age, and an acre, with the GPS location listed on the birth certificate. Whether that person, growing into adulthood and old age, ever chooses to live on, farm, garden or even ‘give away’ that acre during this lifetime, is an individual choice. But for the lifetime of each child, there will be an acre and a safe dwelling on, above, or even below that ground, where the person can go to be safe, yet know that the community will be there, should the need ever arise. From this can grow the strength and energy of every person to contribute to a safe and progressing society.
By the end stages of Phase III, improved physical and social infrastructure will have made it clear that these earlier developments were a necessary but insufficient set of steps toward making The Four Freedoms a reality. The delivery of a supplementary basic set of food items can be, for many people, the difference between merely surviving, and actually contributing. Contributing being made possible by the security, or the lack of fear of want, of having both shelter and food, where income is needed to meet other basic life needs, such as care-taking or other daily life help. For those battling mental or physical infirmities, the elderly, or people living in areas where they are not yet conversant in the local language, a needed daily delivery of basic food like beans, rice, and greens can make the difference, allowing them to then take on ever greater levels of responsibilities in the future. This assurance of a minimal basic level of nutrition, and of a minimal basic level of human contact each day, if wanted, is a lifeline for both the individual and the community. Supplementing the UBI in times of sudden food shortage or price inflation is another reason for these basic daily deliveries, as Haiti’s rice riots in 2008 teach us, among other places where the “rise over the run equals insecurity.” Such a lifeline, in addition to helping in the process of learning to save for a rainy day as happened in Haiti, and preventing food insecurity, may also teach, for those who are able, the value of composting in caring for the land, for future generations, and for guarding against waste.
II. C (370/250wds).
Thus, as necessary as the Tiny Home of some sort, is an acre, for each child upon which to place that home. An acre and a home which, come what may, can never be taken away. For any reason. One could even suppose that in the future, prisons can be eliminated and house arrest in one’s home on that acre could be substituted, in cases where the person convicted of a crime serious enough to warrant loss of liberty could not be more effectively helped to make restitution to the community and to learn to reenter society through community service of an appropriate sort. Thus, even in the case of a dangerous person, the acre and home should be a place of safety, lack of fear, and lack of want. In later chapters, those chapters which consider ways to get there from here, we will show how the amount of arable public land compares quite favorably to the population level, and will also suggest ways that the current discussion around giving back occupied native lands can be included in voluntary land donation suggestions. This could also help billionaires like Warren Buffet, who have signed a pledge to give away much of their wealth before death, by giving them more concrete ways in which to give that will directly benefit society. By assigning an acre of arable land to each newborn infant, whether that child later chooses to live on that acre or not, there is always a place for that person, with fresh water, a home build with that person’s own hands and the help of the community. There will be a sense of safety, of freedom, and of purpose, however that person chooses to contribute to the larger society, even if it is only by leaving a Time Capsule for the next child who will hopefully grow to adulthood having that particular acre of land after this person who currently owns it. Whatever the use that a person decides to make of the acre assigned at birth, always mindful that another will have that acre after the current owner’s passing, having such a spot to call one’s own for a lifetime can open up a life of possibilities, rather than a life of suffering.
II. D (290/250wd).
By the last years of this final phase of our project, not only will we have opened a vision for everyone of a way of life free to speak and associate, free from fear and from want, but also a way of life that opens the possibility for respect and accomplishment for all. One way of accentuating this respect for the accomplishments of all of us is to encourage, during this phase, the writing of biographies for those who risk being forgotten, and even autobiographies, for those nearing the end of their lives, with ideas, memories, and lessons of use to the rest of us. Each and every community and family has such lost memories, ideas, and potential tools that our society needs to be aware of. Thus, all interested residents, particularly those volunteering on local archival committees, could give their time to help make these memories a part of their local branch library’s family archives. Given that everyone will have more time to contribute, those who wish to contribute in this way can help rescue a small part of the history of many local organizations, communities, families, and individuals whose earlier contributions would otherwise be forgotten, and lost to our potential set of updated tools for society. Likewise, the knowledge of crucial flora and fauna contained in many native local languages, in the Amazon, for instance, can also be documented, saving the culture of those communities, and also the knowledge needed for future medical advances, as well. In terms of restoring a tiny bit of the balance for colonized peoples whose languages and stories have nearly been extinguished, this part of the project can also represent a very small part of restitution to those communities, though there remains much more to be done.
II. E (371/250wds).
Finally, in the last years of Phase IV, which mark the last of the 60 years of this project we come to see, now, how the end goal of reaching each of the four freedoms laid out by FDR can help all of humanity. With the needs of each person fully met, all are free to serve the community in the capacity best suited to that individual person. Every person who succeeds in becoming a recognizedAdult should also be expected and personally committed to serving the wider community in any of a variety of more demanding areas. One of those choices offered could be to serve in the local protective services, currently known as police forces, but updated to emphasize the role of protecting all members of the community as community servants, while enforcing the laws equitably and safely. Another choice could be to serve in the national armed forces, while continuing to work toward cooperation among all democratic military forces, and for the reasoned and cautious use of force only when necessary to protect democracy, and always careful to prevent greater loss of life, especially that of civilians in any war zone, no matter on which side of the conflict. A newer and perhaps more challenging option may also be to serve as a lawmaker, either in Congress or at a state or local level, as part of the Sortition pool ofAdults trained to rotate into one of the legislative bodies. While all residents will clearly have the right and hopefully also the sense of honor to vote with well-informed thoughtfulness,Adults will also be expected to take on roles as civil servants, should they not choose to serve in some other capacity. As public servants, they are to be held to a higher standard of honor, behavior, and learning. In the very final years of this phase, and beyond, it can be hoped that they will take on leading roles in working to establish full and stable democracies around the world, and to eventually even work toward converting the UN General Assembly into a lower house of the UN as part of a World Parliament, perhaps looking to the European Parliament as an example to emulate and improve upon. Details of these suggestions will be discussed in chapter 10. We now continue to chapter 6, which will give an overview of what chapters 7-10 will detail: how to get there from here.
— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 6, Intro to how to get there… )
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.
Social sciences seems to be the library shelf it would be on, at least here in San Diego.
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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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS
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