Thursday, April 8, 2010

changes

I met with R and her daughter G the other day. We went to the Cornerstone Coffeehouse for some ice-cream. Got to talkin' about CSA's and community. A mutual friend is writing a book right now about this subject. He was explaining to me about how the economic system in our country needs a complete overhaul and he knows how it could happen. He had an interesting point of view and I respect him for trying to change the mess that our country has found itself in. His ideas scared me, though.

I don't know how long it will be before my Mormon experience stops tainting the way I look at my world. Maybe it always will. Maybe I won't regret it, either. His thoughts about building a community where giving takes precedence over and is valued over money sounded wonderful and ideal. But so did Joseph Smith's movement of redeeming Zion. Thousands followed him and died in the effort to build Zion.

The way I see it, the idea is great, but human beings really mess things up. You can't and shouldn't try to force people to be good, charitable, and concerned about the environment. By doing so, the individual would lose all joy that is inherently found in those things.

What would be the REAL cost of his "community"?

No, thanks.

Been there and done that.

I think that this time, I'll pass.