It takes a village to raise a child is an African proverb but what does it mean in today’s western world?
Consider that instead of a village we call it a hamlet just to shift our paradigm from an African Village.
What would we find in this hamlet and why would we want it?
- We would find a collection of diverse people who want to live purposefully, sustainably and grow and develop individually and collectively.
- Each person willing to give of themselves and share the material things they bring and share their ideas and help others.
- Each person would understand that they have a responsibility for themselves and to the community. They keep their word and always do their best. They ask for help when they identify that they need it.
- A place where blame and shame have no place as everyone is perfectly who they are in the moment.
- Each person accepts that every other person in the hamlet needed love, caring, understanding, friendship and support and each person works to provide that to every other person in the hamlet.
- The hamlet provided for its own energy, food, water and basic survival needs. All income is shared as are expenses. If is sounds like a commune there are some similarities but the difference comes because each week the person in charge changes. The hamlet needs a person in charge because it must interact with the greater world and that needs someone to help make internal decisions and help all to understand each other as well as pass out superior daily hugs to everyone.
- Touch is important but sexuality and sex are not important.
- Children are treasured and encouraged but everyone is responsible for a child’s welfare. Rules exist but but they allow individuality and encourages testing limits.
- All ages are valued and supported
- Food is simple, basic natural, pure and nutritious. No preservatives, no additives and no excess but balanced for each person’s needs at the time. Cooking can be communal or individual. Storing surplus is unnecessary as everything is made to meet daily needs however freezing, canning and preserving is encouraged. The concept is to live off the land. Meals are for sharing and learning as well as eating. Snacking is discouraged. Alcohol and medicinal drugs are special needs only. Herbs and natural products are used to optimise health. Sugar is limited or eliminated.
- Laughter is encouraged.
- Everyone is acknowledged, accepted and appreciated and told every day thank you for being you.
- Belief in a higher being, God is an underlying principle and gratitude for the blessings is given daily.
- Every person is encouraged to challenge their limits and to continually learn new things. Experimentation is encouraged.
- Staying in the hamlet is a choice but harming the hamlet or any individual could result in asking person to leave the hamlet.
- Life is purposeful and full of gratitude.
- The past is a lesson, the future is a promise and NOW is all there really is.
What else would you like to see in your hamlet? What would it take to create this kind of hamlet? Can it be done?
To a living a purposeful paradigm