What is the most difficult survival skill to master? Shelter building… fire making… purifying water… primitive weapon making… mind over matter… etc… ??????
I see blog after blog after blog… mine included… on the topics of preparedness, self-sufficiency, and survival. But the ultimate fact is, despite the fact that we are all authorities on our collectively shared topics of interests… that very few, if any of us, have yet mastered or even really begun to master the most difficult survival skill of all.
It is my sincere belief and opinion that the most difficult survival skill of all to master is… networking to the point of collaboration with others of like mind. In this day and age that enables us to communicate our interests to literally the entire world at the push of a mouse click… that there is any reason whatsoever that we cannot feel as secure as being at home-away-from-home in traveling anywhere in the world where there are those of like mind… if we so choose to… seems to me… absurd.
Think about it. How much more could we accomplish than individually, if we were truly able to come up with a way to work together to accomplish much bigger goals than only thinking in terms of ourselves and our immediate families allows? Do we not feel the need to be able to act on our impulse to think beyond our immediate lives and into communities further abroad? I know I do.
Remember a Mongolian man named Temujin, who in 1206 united all the Mongolian tribes, from ocean to ocean, all the Mongolian nobles giving him the title… Ghengis Khan… meaning, Emperor of All Between the Oceans. Now… Ghengis Khan did what he did so he could win wars… and in this day and age, our goals need not be so glorified… for lack of a better word. But we might consider coming together in some similar way, even if in some small way at first… a whole assemblage of disparate “tribes”, compensating for our individual weaknesses with our combined collaborative unique strengths, skills, and wisdom. And what binds us together? Our love of the same topics is a rational assumptive start, is it not?
What keeps us from reaching out to others collaboratively? Is it a lack of trust in others not immediate to our personal lives? Is this lack of trust unhealthy or is one fear-driven end-all attempt at attempts at interconnection acceptable? Is there a way to ensure trust in each other somehow? Does any of this even matter?
There are a few attempts that do a good job at organizing like minds. There are a multitude of forums, and there are directories such as the Fellowship for Intentional Community.
But, again… how would us blog masters unite in a way, such that we are not already, if we did see how it could benefit us to do so? Could we create an umbrella corporation that we could all join as equals? Would this result in more wanted internet exposure for us individually? Would we work out a way of providing for us a collective or surplus of certain resources… perhaps initially, a database of free ebooks available to members… and perhaps eventually, money in such a way that there would be an individual percentage that we could rely on if personally needed?
We read each other’s blogs, and in doing so we expound upon our knowledge and are inspired to reiterate that knowledge in our own ways in our own blogs. We are already interconnected via the internet in this roundabout and indirect manner. What, if anything, prevents us from daring to come up with a way to elucidate to the point of reality that we are all working (love in action) under the same banner of knowledge and expertise?
We should all look to each other with as much admiration and mutual respect to the effect that we are… well… each other’s collaborative heros and favorite celebrities! Perhaps some of us already do this, but I can’t help but wonder what a “banner of true interconnectivity”… for lack of a better word… might be like.
We need look no further for inspiration than our own Great Seal of the United States. Charles Thomson’s sketch shows an olive branch… symbolic of peace, and a bundle of arrows (one for each of the 13 colonies) tightly aligned… a symbol of “strength in unity”… a traditional cultural concept of wisdom, from the Romans to the Iroquois, that holds true today. E pluribus unum… is Latin for “Out of many, one.”
Just some thoughts, and with that, I refer you to some more thoughts: The Structural Integrity of Ecocultural Systems
Remember this… life is a sacred collaboration.
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