if you can, a world without politics.  It’s easy if you try….

A world where neighbor looked out for neighbor and communities worked together to build and improve.  Why exactly do we need elected officials and a hierarchy of oversight?  So that life can be “fair” across the nation?  Across the world?

Without politics certain aspects of living would be more difficult – building and maintaining roads, schools, peace keeping, etc…  But, if we had only ourselves and our neighbors to rely on to get those tasks accomplished, don’t you think we’d come through and figure out how to work together in the end?

Imagine the sense of accomplishment, and how much more everything would mean to us because we put it together on a daily basis with sweat on our brow and calluses on our hands.

Is it anarchy I’m suggesting?  Perhaps it is….

Somewhere lost in the Sierra again.

my little piece of forest

If I were given a plot of land, and had the financial means to do with that land as I pleased, I would turn it into a private forest, with my house lost somewhere in the middle.

I would bring in oaks and pines and intersperse a few giant sequoias.  It would be a dense tangle of trunks and have a veritable canopy of green overhead.  Some light would filter through the limbs and needles to fall on the earth below, but not much.  A stream would cut through the woods, large enough that I would need a bridge to cross it, but still small enough that I could wade across to cool down in the summer.

A single lane dirt road would cut through my forest to reach the cleared space I would leave for my home.  It would be a simply affair – just large enough for my family, with a wrap-around porch and a couple rocking chairs positioned strategically to catch the last of the sun setting as it disappeared beyond my tree filled utopia.

Simple, yes, but that is all I would really want.

Somewhere lost in the Sierra again.
Yeah, I think this would do just fine.