“These peasants carry their honour in their hands so that they may constantly consult it; this same honour that once was felt so much at home in the city but now has taken refuge in a more rural setting.”
~ Tirso de Molina, 1630, “Burlador de Sevilla”
Our goal in designing a small number of rural communities is not to ignore cities, nor to deprecate their ability to have within them effective and even resilient communities, but to start somewhere. Among our motivations for beginning in rural areas are:
Land is cheaper.
Rules are fewer.
Large tracts of undivided land are available.
We can build without being closely monitored.
For our forums and online interactions, we are eager to learn about and hear from urban community projects. We have not chosen to invest in these areas, though that may change over time. Nevertheless, we are committed to helping people with community work, including the reduction of coercion and the development of alternatives to government force, in whatever places people are living.
Back in 1968, a physicist named Gerard K. O’Neill asked his class a provocative question: “Is the surface of a planet the best environment for the development of a technological civilisation?” It was the conclusion of his students that the answer is, “no.”
As a result of exposure to this kind of thinking from an early age, the co-founders of Resilient Ways Foundation are open to new communities arising in all sorts of circumstances and situations. People in the future may live in villages, in cities, in remote hermitages, anywhere on the land surface of the Earth, anywhere on lakes, rivers, canals, or the surface of the ocean, underground in networks of tunnels or caverns, in the sky using aerostats or long-duration aircraft, under the ocean in mobile submarine systems, on the sea beds, on planetary surfaces elsewhere in the Solar system or in the galaxy, and within artificial structures of any size, from a single-person capsule to a Dyson-Sphere around a star system or around a galaxy. We firmly believe the sky is no limit.
If one seeks resilient communities, it seems important to consider the sources and uses of power, water, food, and labour. Where possible, we want to be closer to the sources so as to ensure our access to continuous supply. While it is possible to make do with locally sourced power in big cities, and it is certainly possible to purify waste water and re-use it, it is often costly to retrofit for such situations. Food requires growing space, at present, although there are ambitious persons who anticipate lab-grown foodstuffs. There are also ways to maximise the use of space and volume for, e.g. food production, as found here.