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This is and was wonderful, but I have wondered in my own idealistic na´ve and practical way that perhaps there were greater lessons that could be drawn from that experience and could benefit everyone, and in far-reaching ways.  Why does living around and with each other have to seem like hard work?  While I feel blessed to have experienced such a warm working environment that has been such a great learning and benefit to my whole self, why can't more of my life be like that?  I suppose that we can worry about how we can change our ways of living, how we can change the way we construct our buildings, lives, communities and society in order for them to be truly sustainable.  These worries may be concern for whether or not the timeless skills of sustainable living - that were once so prevalent - have to be entirely re-learnt, accepted as truly beneficial and whole-heartedly endorsed across the board.

I think that we should look to our elders, as there are many ignored grandparents who remember very sound and timeless ways and could re-awaken their skills and teach them and by doing so regain their important and rightful place in our society.  As for our communities it surely is the time to admit that they are almost entirely dysfunctional, and that we can allow ourselves the benefit of appropriate change, which we can choose to be committed to.  Our societies as a whole can change from the benefits afforded by the incredible abilities that we can gain from true communication.  Maybe we can have the bravery to overcome the fear of change, the fear of no clear direct solution, and in time look back after achieving what seemed impossible and when asked, say, " I don't know how I just did that"

Jim Blackburn studied sculpture and has explored structure through
conservation and restoration of ancient monuments and stone buildings.
He is now working with timber framed structures in order to create beautiful,
healthy, inexpensive homes in the timeless way.




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