Basic Tenets of Sociological Sustainability


| 6/26/2019 9:35:00 AM


Sociological Sustainability is Imperative

Median Quality of Life

The Median Quality of Life is something of a comprehensive overview of the rest of the factors listed herein. In its own way, it is a measure of success for the sociological development and a prime indicator of sociological sustainability. When sociological sustainability is implemented properly within a systemically sustainable development, the overall median quality of life will rise for virtually all of the people within the community or development. Granted, there will always be some exceptions, including a limited number of people who are more content with less and not having to work for a living, though given the proper incentives, this should remain a very small minority of the population.

The median quality of life is perhaps best measured by the readily available access to the basic necessities of life. There are four keys to improve the median quality of life that are sadly lacking in modern society. These are viable education rather than merely teaching to the test, and including options for vocational and technical training for those people who are less capable of learning in a more scholastic environment; real-world, paying opportunities for those who have received an education; accomplishing this without the creation of a dependency class; and perhaps most important of all, the ability to provide all of this without overly burdening those who are already productive and contributing members within a society or community development.

Basic and Secure Housing

Basic and secure housing is a must. Anyone who has ever tried to get dressed in their car knows how inconvenient such a feat can be, and trying to do well in school or at work while homeless is challenging even for the most rugged individuals. What must change here however, is the isolation of sections of the community based on their need to receive community assistance. These isolated communities can prevent even the most qualified of candidates from being considered for a job merely because of having an address on “that side of town” or on “the wrong side of the tracks."

Furthermore, these social assistance housing units, are generally in impoverished areas, often crime-ridden by nature if not by design. Children growing up in these environments are discouraged from doing well, and generally have few role models who are not criminal in nature. The social stigmatization associated with such isolated locations can not be ignored and every measure must be put into place to avoid that. This housing should be well integrated into “normal” or “functional” society so as to avoid any of the related stigmatization normally associated with being a recipient of social assistance programs.



Food

Food is imperative because everyone needs it to survive, though it can also be a benefit in this case, most notably on contained Community Developments where the vast majority of the foods consumed are grown within the community itself. As such, not only will the food feed those in need of assistance, but also provide immediate, gainful employment at the same time. Again, there will be responsibilities for the people receiving assistance, and a limited number of demands as well, but in return, they will begin becoming more productive and contributing members within their community, with none of the stigmatization formerly associated with being impoverished … and again, at the same time, begin to learn how beneficial society can be to the individual when social (and societal) interaction is more readily accessible for the average person.

Ruth T. Sto Domingo
6/30/2019 11:36:32 PM

@KH6 I appreciate your concerns and thank you for addressing them here so it can be better explained in public. Unfortunately, I am heavily limited and restricted in the amount of content I can publish here, so it is not always possible to explain everything fully. Further, with anything truly complex and systemic in nature, by necessity, everything must connect into an actual system ... regardless of whether or not it can all be introduced within any single article. That being said, let me address your points individually and please let me know if I miss anything or if the explanations are lacking. Poverty, like Sustainability is complex and systemic in nature, so the only viable solutions are also by necessity, complex and systemic … far too vast for any singular article to be comprehensive. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that certain aspects will only be touched upon until they can be addressed in their own articles … which still serve primarily to open the doors to introductions, not to fully enlighten anyone about such a complex and systemic approach as such a lofty goal would be impossible. The incorporated foundation model is akin to what is used by some of the larger religious organizations at present, though I do not know that is what they call it. However, in the US, presuming you are in the US, this is generally established as a 508c3A Faith Based Organization … numerous legal reasons behind this as well. This FBO then owns all of the corporate interests, serving as the primary shareholder and allowing the corporation to function normally, while at the same time directing the corporate proceeds directly to charitable causes … though more complex in practice, that is the basic concept. Whether the corporations and foundation have anything to do with food and housing depends on the setup put in place. In those that have been worked out with Indigenous tribes, yes. In some of the ones introduced in West Africa and in larger Infrastructure Projects in Central America, no. The adaptive nature is such that it is flexible in order to equally meet the needs, no matter the local environment. No disrespect towards Academia or Scholastic Studies … aptitude batteries do also indicate and reveal Scholastic Aptitudes. We generally introduce a variation of the Steiner/Waldorf program, though unlike them, we place an important stress on Academic and Scholastic Studies. For those in more vocational and technical fields, such scholastic training as is necessary within their fields. In terms of Academic or Scholastic Aptitudes, options again are given based on related choices made available to the students which the students themselves are allowed to choose … and even change as their interests may vary. These Community Developments do not “place”, “locate” or even “relocate” anyone. All of the work to date has focused on building up the existing communities into a more systemically sustainable development … a community development. Our focus has been on isolated portions of West African Nations and Central American nations, including in some rare cases, such as Costa Rica, the introduction of new Community Developments for people who will be moving there anyhow as the major infrastructure projects are built and expanded. People are more likely to move into a community than they are to buy a plot of land and build their own homestead … though personally I prefer the homestead life when I am not working abroad. As for the role models. If you have the opportunity to work in the inner cities or the more isolated rural locations where the opioid crisis is currently booming, the majority of the population is impoverished. The only ones that have the appearance of doing well, living within these neighborhoods, are the criminal element. On the rare occasion that local residents do improve their personal median quality of life, they tend to move out … quickly … and with good cause. The Moynihan Report is one excellent source of material regarding these projects and the negative impact that they have had on the nuclear family unit and social values and standards. Yes, I know how much work it takes to raise food to feed a family. I am very restricted in the land I currently have, raise pigs, chickens, fruits, veggies and have worked with numerous homesteaders as a consultant even. The large scale food forests we have proposed are controversial in some circles, including many of the people actively involved in Permaculture, but also has supporters … though this is just one solution. Patriarchal is almost funny, but I suppose I could see that. However, I would also point out that a vast majority of the population does relish the ability to live their lives in relative apathy. We have to stand together if we are going to implement any real or meaningful change, but we must give something back to the people themselves if we are to gain their support. If we wait on government or the corporate world to change our lives for the better, I fear we are already lost. It is also important to note that most of the current level of experience is developed around tribal communities with their own sets of laws and livelihoods, though we are seeking to expand their options as well. Condescending? Would you settle for a major level of frustration with so many programs that have succeeded only in leaving nearly half of the population of the world in abject poverty while destroying the family unit and creating a dependency class? Is it possible that the best minds government and NGOs had to offer could not have foreseen this? My frustration levels are certainly high and I am seeking to change the system, but by introducing a system that does work for the benefit of all involved. If you would like, my contact information is on my bio page, and I would be happy to send you a (free) pdf copy of the book that explains it all more in depth. I would further welcome your feedback and thoughts. The more minds the better. The book explains it all in much more detail, though at present it is effectively little more than an unedited first draft. We are currently in an environment of recovering, rebuilding and restructuring, so perhaps there is even more room for involvement if you would like? That however, would be up to you based on what you think from a more complete understanding. The offer remains however. Thank you, Ruth T.


KH
6/30/2019 8:14:36 AM

This looks like an excerpt that has not been edited to stand alone -- e.g., what is the Incorporated Foundation structural model cited halfway through? It envisages owning corporate and for-profit businesses in education (to provide training and apprenticeship) but whether the Incorporated Foundation also has a role in housing and food is worryingly unclear. Two other things disturbed me. 1. Disrespect for non-academic achievement. "vocational and technical training for those people who are less capable of learning in a more scholastic environment." If we're going to deprecate, let's reverse it -- say that some people are only fit for academics, not very useful in the physical world. Better not to deprecate -- skill, expertise, & deep lessons come from anything done with care, & we need those in all areas. 2. Distancing from those in difficulty. It's bad to isolate "sections of the community based on their need to receive community assistance" -- and yet "they" are to be placed in "contained Community Developments" where they will have "role models who are not criminal in nature," grow their own food (does the author know it is FT work for an able-bodied person to grow enough to feed a family?), "learn how beneficial society can be to the individual" and "begin becoming more productive and contributing members within their community" -- all of this delivered as social assistance with "none of the stigmatization formerly associated with being impoverished." Perhaps the fault is only in tone, or the absence of a larger context, but to me it _comes across_ as condescending and patriarchal.




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