I did not make these modifications with a doomy perspective. The epiphany that motivated me was one of a better world that followed a great collapse. So here we are. A number of my friends no longer think I am nuts. The nearing conclusion of oil and the collapse of the financial system have set rapid shift in motion. Oil had allowed us to fraction ourselves off by the normal world and build an artificial one on top of it, a poor and unsustainable mimic. Yet the natural universe we started away with actually perpetuates life, it’s life, needs no caretakers and naturally provides. We replaced it with a machine that was reliant. Without oil the system grinds to a stop and leaves us where we started, with the only task we have ever been given, to live in the world. Our monetary system permitted greed to be the road to riches. Wealth was not quantified by generosity, creativity or love. When I look at what’s expiring I see things that never had life in the first place. The lifelessness of our manner of living is merely getting more evident. But remember we are life, and life has always existed. And therefore I believe no reminiscence towards what’s passing away now.
So I made my decision a couple of years back. The national market is lively, in fact barter is much more respected than the dollar which says so little of one’s character. When a developer came here with big plans to “help us” I understood that he couldn’t observe that poverty is being redefined. While one in four American houses are vacant, here in T or C we have a nearly full occupancy. He sees trailers and mobiles, “poor folks!” I see equilibrium, residing within one’s means. This is wealth! This is a place that skirted through the great depression of the 1920’s and 30’s. Here locals grew food and hauled the supermarket for people who could not grow. That supermarket is still here.
In Truth or Consequences one must bring their job or create it here. You might say that it is a perfect place for folks who attend Burning Man. Such as the desert utopian experiment T or C is pioneering, it asks you what consists of and what your skills are. It’s still possible to buy a home here for $50k, taxes typical in a few hundred bucks a year. What is here? Anything you attract here. This place highlights my own belief that in this time the maker is the radical.
We will all find our place soon enough. As we slide deeper into what’s being now referred to as the ‘greater depression’ I suggest we consider this collapse is also the renaissance in disguise. If your tempted to enjoy what was: cash, consumerism and greed, then think about how small life it contained. Mystics over the ages have told me that we fell from heaven, from the garden. Spiritual texts talk of man’s fall into idolatry. These theories do not need to be filed under religious thinking. When we built a world on top of one that was given to us and we thanked ourselves to get it we parted ways with the natural world and we made gods of ourselves to the doing of it. What do we need to gain from this collapse? Only paradise and the rediscovery of our humankind. And perhaps wealth will finally move to the hands of the most capable of holding it, those who know how to live in the real world a world that teaches us through our ability to reside inside which the health of the individual is determined by the health of the entire world.