The situation – our personal version of Experiment 0 looked like this:
Two factors ruled above all others in the reservation; debt / consumption on the one hand and the need for steady equivalent income on the other. In reality, possibilities to realize life’s dreams didn’t exist. And worse than that, having an inferior normal-practiced master idea meant we filled our lives with really bad spin-off ideas. They erased any dreams that didn’t conform and replaced them with the kind of goals that fortified the reservation.
Reservation-symptoms engulfed us. – There was never enough time, we based our lives on the information we got from the government and from main stream media and thought it was ok. – We became passengers on an express train of progress, silently condoning ongoing destruction. Beginning with the destruction of beauty in our immediate surroundings, then of Nature and the beauty throughout our country, of the ecological and natural foundation for life and the capacity for its sustenance and growth, of diversity, our own livelihood, of the kinds of choices we once had, of our freedom, and with that, the possibility to experience the greater form of happiness. Then expanding to include the destruction of the same values in other nations and on Earth as a whole.
Said in Matrix-terminology: We were clones of “Agent Smith”, taking an active role in the deterioration of The Matrix we lived in while living a life of minimal happiness.
The first change (Experiment 3 wasn’t developed yet)
The new idea-based governing theory was under development. Decisive elements were still missing, but we could discern many of the new possibilities it offered. We decided to follow curiosity’s lead and make some changes we thought would bring us closer to the dreams we still had. If for nothing else, than to find out if and how these changes would effect the happiness and beauty in life.
Gunnar sold his house and paid off his debts. We moved in together in Cindy’s condo. With these changes, possibilities arose.
- We could work a little less and use more time on things that gave us more happiness, meaning, and beauty.
- We had more time to gather information about simpler ways to live and to find reliable information about what was going on in the world (alternative news sources).
- We had more time to find out what kind of negative consequences we were inadvertently supporting by being reservation-residents.
- We got better at understanding more specifically what attracted us – our dreams became more concrete.
We liked the outdoor life. A life of tenting, canoeing, hiking, gathering, hunting, and fishing. An exciting possibility was sailing. It was exciting because we had no idea how to do it. We could afford to take a course in sailing, but not a sailboat, too. Or we could afford to buy a small used sailboat, but not a course for how to sail it. We chose the sailboat and went to the library.