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    We could start by just being kinder to one another; try to be calmer and more respectful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady X View Post
    I'm very intrigued by the whole idea of city planning around this concept.
    I love the idea of the hippy commune.. Maybe without the whole hippy bit. No reason it can't be a lil posh haha

    No really I can't imagine a more idealic way of life than living in a vibrant city with artists and musicians in the streets and people playing frisbee or volleyball out on the grass and great resturaunts and cafes in walking distance. Yes there are these types if communities in every city but my point is that each neighborhood should have a center communal area like this..places you can walk from your house

    I want more water woven throughout the city and people taking canoes to work or boat rides. This all really could be done much cooler. And totally siestas. I want the world to stop at lunch time and get together and enjoy each other. Sex your spouse or take a nap or a walk and great conversation with your mom or bet friend... Then go back to work. People shouldn't live for the weekends. We need to live everyday and make time for each other. Realize that person at the cafe has potential to enrich your life if you just say hi.

    I don't like urban sprawl I don't like the idea of the suburbs. I don't like all this distance I don't like the the priorities our culture seems to have.

    I think I should be elected president or at least city planner or queen or something for at least a lil bit.
    I really agree with you. I think it is important for us as humans to take in and accept our "animal nature" as something to be cherished and fueled positively to help keep us at affectively high states. I think the impact that this has on individuals and communities is immense. I would highly recommend a book called Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software (link to a review of the book) that shows how complex systems self evolve according to simplistic rules in emergent ways. I agree with you also, that human beings have a basic needs for sociality, connectedness, and (collective) entertainment as well. I mean, they have done studies showing that people subsisting on $2 a day in SE asia will give up the necessary calories to sustain their (low) body weight to have money to spend on entertainment. I think that dopamine release "I am thrilled to be alive!" feeling is something human beings need to have to be emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically happy.
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    Build a giant statue of Lark in Lark square in Larkistan.

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    Every community should be organized around Jesus, RaptorJesus to be precise!


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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    I am listening to an interview with an evolutionary biologist named David Sloan Wilson who believes that there are 8 keys to building pro-social communities. These are:

    1) a strong sense of group identity
    2) proportional costs and benefits for all residents
    3) consensus decision-making
    4) monitoring those who are anti-social
    5) providing graduated sanctions (ranging from minor slaps on the wrist
    to more serious sanctions for chronic infringers)
    6) fast, fair conflict resolution system
    7) autonomy/authority, nested within polycentric governance
    And yet the underying assumption that consensus is necessasrily right is
    the flaw. I'm not a big fan of society imposing its will upon me and I wouldnt be a fan of that in a smaller community either. Just because a religion lasted a long time through social conditioning doesnt mean it created wonderful societies that were a happy place. Personally I think that we should have evolved beyond this type of thinking by now.

    I work in a company that governs itself by popular opinion and its by far one of the worst workplaces I've ever encountered. Its lazy, clumsy, slow to react to outside forces and harbours unproductive internal divisions built upon the self interest of the vocal. The one conclusion I came to from working there is that rule by consensus is a terrible way to
    conduct an organisation. The principles cited above are basically the principles most democracy's are based upon. However time soon shows that special interest groups form within these types of communities and are able to wield undue power in the organisation over time. This is also what has occured in my place of employment.

    On the surface things are fair, equitable, just and we all care about each other. Under that facade however lies political motivations that have nothing to do with the best interests of all concerned or the organisation. They have to do with the best interests of those perceived as popular. And all major religions have that in common too.

    The human propensity is towards the gathering of power and influence towards the self, even to the detriment of others. I personally think you are better off choosing a single leader with whom you personally align in terms of attitudes and values than hand all decisions over to a committee. I may not always agree with every decision
    of another person, but if our values are in alignment I may more easily live with the outcomes of those decisions.

    It goes without saying that I do believe the freedom to choose is sovereign to every individual and the integrity of that must be maintained always.

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    You sound like a bitch
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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