Our Common Ground for a Common Cause

| 6/12/2019 11:26:00 AM

Unity in purpose is a strength

One of the values that I have come to greatly appreciate among most homesteaders, no matter where in the world I may be working, is the ability of the people to come together. This is certainly evidenced in disaster strikes throughout the world, but also equally prevalent, even if not as well recognized, in virtually all aspects of life on the homestead. While this in and of itself may not be anything revolutionary or amazing to those who live largely off the proverbial grid, it seems that the world at large these days, would greatly benefit from a lesson or three in civility from among us “more simple folk."

The key to this is generally held to be due to the increased quality of bi-directional communication … people talking … and listening to one another. From a strictly sociological standing, it is reasonable to deduce that given the more infrequent levels of communication between friends and neighbors, when dialog does occur, it retains a greater importance to the individuals involved in the conversation.

Allow for a moment if you will, a personal indulgence and a quote from a rather interesting and seemingly relevant movie, “V for Vendetta”. “Words offer the means to meaning and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.”

Now this seems especially poignant in this day and age, as words are indeed the literal symbolism that we utilize to capture and share the very essence of our humanity. Words are the means we use to determine our common ground and to unite in a common cause. Words are how we identify and define our problems so that we can work together to find solutions, but this only works if we also take the time to listen. There seem to be far too many issues that are used to drive people further apart rather than uniting them in a common purpose and for a common goal.

This may be best exhibited in matters of both politics and environmental concerns, hopefully only one of which will be relevant here. Still, conversations often are allowed to rapidly devolve into arguments … and there is an old adage that warns us, if we allow someone to drag us into an argument, we have already lost. There are a great many points that will be raised on these pages that are somewhat contentious in nature. This is done for a reason and it is the hope of the author that this will in fact serve a purpose.

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