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Community – The Roots of Life

Great article on the symbiotic nature of community!

Reposted from More Than Gold a place for things of true value:

http://morethangold.me/2014/05/08/community-the-roots-of-life/

Community

The Roots of Life

Imagine a tree, towering above the shrubbery, providing shade for all things below it. A stoutly behemoth that uses its innate wisdom to cultivate various forms of life.

Abundance and prosperity surround this timeless epicenter, undoubtedly caused by the fruit naturally produced through energy gathered from thousands of leaves and nutrients absorbed by a complex underground network. Whether that fruit is taken by another creature as sustenance or left to decompose their life is returned to the earth in a symbiotic dance of life.

What allows the tree to bear its fruit?

Well that is quite simple, it’s the life sustained by its roots. Of course there are leaves that gather energy and limbs that extend them out, there is even a sturdy trunk that holds the weight of all the limbs, leaves and fruit.

For most trees though none of this would be possible without an anchored base to build upon that provides a consistent supply of nourishment. By all means do not get me wrong the tree requires every part to function in order to produce a delicious treat that allows them to propagate.

Recognizing the parallels of life.

A common trend in life is that most organisms are comprised of individual organs working collaboratively. Whether they are as simple as the parts of a tree or you break it down to the microorganisms that function within our plasma and allow us to assimilate nutrients. T

hat simple perspective can be applied to most things large or small of course maybe they don’t all tie in to a tree as neatly but that is the fun when trying to reduce the complex down to it’s simple components. What seems to be overlooked, is that human beings may be complex organisms, but we are still just part of a super organism that sustains our very existence.

Calm down this is not just some tree hugging hippie telling you take care of planet earth, the truth is I am much more interested in taking a holistic approach for the world I borrow from my children. I consider the current state of our beautiful blue spaceship and the chaos of its inhabitants merely symptoms.

Getting to the Root

People have to rely heavily on resources owned by companies that are so effectively designed for profit that malignant AI has been created and gone unnoticed. Mega corporations skilfully  crafted to operate with callous efficiency, a supercode of a sort that was intended to run upon the human operating system.

A distinction made about our current era in history is that people are enabled to connect on an unprecedented level of speed and range. On the opposite side of that coin comes the concept that we now feel more isolated than ever recorded.

Would the problems of this world be perceived as insurmountable if we were able to rely on the cooperation of our co-inhabitants to resolve them?

It seems like a childish question to ask, most people can admit that there is nothing that can’t be accomplished by some diligent people working towards a common goal. Well I am willing to ask about the elephant in the room, why don’t we all just start working together?

Tin foil hats aside.

The answer can be reached very simply, when the limb is severed from the tree the leaves are the first to die. We are slowly disconnecting from the very organism that supports our growth. There is a greater human consciousness at work within this world, one that our ancestors revered and their oppressors feared.

The sleeping giant that will change the world, is not just the american public or even the millennials but the good people of this world. We all do the best we can with our own resources and knowledge but know that we can only accomplish so much alone. Neighbors around the world are inviting each other over for dinner and entrepreneurs are lending their expertise to their communities.

These are just common gestures of a community, that are normally limited to smaller regions due to lack of proper organization or communication. In times past we could say it was too hard for people work effectively across larger distances, if not just because the delay in communication. The current capabilities in communication would say that excuse seems pretty flimsy.

Growing the roots.

With all of the developments in technology one could say the human tree has been moved from its staging pot to a big open forest. The root system was too crowded in it’s previous environment but now it has room to grow. People are enabled to connect in incredibly remarkable ways, distance is truly becoming an illusion and cooperation is becoming even more common.

With more than 7,000,000,000 people on this planet for you to think that you are alone means your not paying attention. we can accomplish so many great things as soon as we start seeing the similarities in people not the differences.

A great way to change your perceptions of others is by spending more time with them. The more often you find yourself amongst people with common interest, the easier it becomes for you to accept their differences and then eventually you will respect the opinions of others.

To paraphrase a popular song, “What better place than here, what better time than now?”

So let’s rebuild our communities in the way we see fit, for our own lives not the ones we have been told we have to live. It’s time we start building our communities so that we can see a positive change even the tiniest of ripples can creates waves.

I will leave you with one last question before I end this. if you were empowered through a network of supportive people, what would you like to accomplish to improve the general quality of life for others?

As always you are worth MORE THAN GOLD.

THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU

Sam

Shine Light

shine light

Shine light.

Realize you’ve been given the opportunity to shine light. With your attention, courage, and passion you’ll find your power to illuminate. Polish known subjects or brighten the darkness. Whichever you choose, wherever you shine, you are powerful.

We love to hear your voice.

You have a unique and different perspective on reality, that’s why it’s beautiful. Trust in it and celebrate with us. Look around and see examples of all of the brilliance people have created and built. In your community you’ll notice the courage of many people who shine their light, they are encouraging you. Over the past year we’ve met many people who have dared to begin. Many who have dared to dream. And many who will soon realize the brilliance of their own light.

Hell be damned, this is exciting!

You may have noticed something truly magnificent is happening all around the world. When we shine our light together, something beyond imagination will begin to manifest. That’s what we’re fighting towards now. People are starting to remember that we’re all here together. We’re all a bit groggy, we’ve been asleep for quite some time, but just imagine where we’ll be in just a few short months.

Your journey is your own.
Be courageous. Be brave. Be you.

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Welcome back, Blog

Phew. It’s been a long time since we’ve fired this page up.
Every once in a while we find it’s better to learn and reflect instead of shout and project.

It’s been a while, but welcome back, Blog.
I’m sure you’ll share more wonderful stories and ideas in the months to come.

I’ll be sure to check back every once in a while :)

This is what we see when the lights go out.

This is what we see when the lights go out.

When the cities go dark,
When we disconnect from phones and games,
We see our home.

The calendar year 2013 has drawn to a close, and as we celebrate the new year we at OurPangea are hopeful and full of joy. 2014 will be a great year for everyone. No doubt with its ups and downs, but nonetheless, the change will be positive and good.

We accomplished a lot this year. We developed strong support and drew together the right team to build OurPangea. So take a deep breath, it’s getting close.

At the start of this year we give thanks to all those we worked with. To name a few:

Ari, thank you for your time and steadfast dedication. You are making positive impact wherever you are and for everyone you work with.

Vern, Trent, thank you for tackling such a crazy project and thank you for sharing the vision with me.

To my parents, family, and friends, thank you for your endless encouragement and support. You are the world to me.

Thank you all.

2014 holds great promise that I hope to share with you.

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