Healing the tangled bank

Should dividing stuff off, enclosing it, categorising it,putting it into boxes and subjects, be understood as stuff you do to protect it whilst it is young, like staking a tree?

Thus it isn’t a tragedy of the commons, but a tragedy of infantilising, keeping the water wings on or the stabiliser wheels on a bicycle unneccessarily, too long.

Fences, private property should be temporary to protect as needed. Monocultures are boring.

The reality is the “tangled bank”.

“It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the external con- ditions of life, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”


I am gaining the impression that humanity in some places has been quite impressive on this planet, for example with rain forests and the hot spots of diversity, but has and is causing immense damage in others, like deserts and possibly Africa.

There are also “blue zones” where people have very long healthy lives.

I formally propose that we stop worrying about protecting and defining commons and instead declare the planet a commons.

Enclosure and private ownership should be understood as a temporary measure, a training aid, or used in extreme circumstances as a last resort. Freehold is of course a tenancy, we hold land with the permission of the Queen. Why not everything be defined as commonhold?

Our relationships instead should be built around, as Darwin said singing and complexity and grandeur.

We should continually recreate and create rituals and rhythms to live life by, for example dawn and sunset, the moon, the lengthening and shortening of days with the seasons.

Many rituals are already almost there – praying at dawn and sunset, Christians facing East, festivals of the solstices.  We need to create an earth calendar with defined festivities and celebrations.  The Eastern Orthodox church has many festivities that may be adapted for example.

We need to copy the ways of the people of the High Andes, learn from permaculture ideas.  Together we solve

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