The Structural Integrity of Ecocultural Systems

Life is sacred. Within all of us there is a yearned for sense of ecological permanence, a desire to experience an ever increasing quality of life; health, happiness, and longevity for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. These things are sought by way of the capacity to function that is our bodies, according to the outward uniqueness that is our minds, as it is willed by the true spirituality that is the interactions of our souls.

Yet even within the natural world, the only likely permanence is change, and all desires might only yet be experienced. Within the limited timeframe that is this mortal coil, we prioritize our goals according to our perceived abilities to successfully pursue them. To do with one’s life what one wishes requires maximizing one’s ability to achieve results from one’s efforts. This oft means working with others.

Cooperative behavior most easily develops between individuals when they have memory of past encounters with each other, common desires and morals, common values associated with future outcomes, and a chance of future encounters with each other. Collaboration (an increased or more dynamic level of cooperation) requires that cooperative individuals solve the same problem(s) together and oft if not always requires some degree of negotiation between individuals; firstly, to ensure that all relevant individual expertise is best utilized; and secondly, to ensure that the teaching and learning of new skills is enjoyably experienced by everyone involved. Collaboration is a multitude of forms of efficiency.

Efficient efforts strive for the least energy input to greatest energy output ratio as is possible. An idea behind collaboration is that individual energy expenditures be reduced at the cost of replacing, for example, individual aesthetic outcome preferences with consequentially group determined variance in aesthetic outcome. Collaboration requires that cultural integrity and diversity be respected and inquired of. The value of human dignity and worth is no more than the value of freedom, meaning, and ideas. Successful collaboration has the effect that what could not be reasonably individually accomplished becomes reality.

Ecocultural validation of any system demands collaboration; and establishes and maintains practices for each segment of the system to the effect that the system is as ethically valuable, scientifically verifiable, and economically viable as possible. Ecoculture Village strives toward an ecoculturally financed data driven stewardship for the land, water, and sky… for each other.

About Troy Boylan

Ecoculture Village Founder & President; Anthropology BA, Interdisciplinary Studies: Ethnobotany BS. Two things I think are worth anything at all... all things wilderness and ecoculture. Find me on , LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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