Wisdom Living

Beyond nucleus – wisdom village, town and more


Isolated nuclei would have a little chance to survive in the face of a violent world crisis. They depend on several services and products which they must acquire from the outside, such as medical care, electric energy supplementing local production, variety of equipment for everyday life, farming, etc.

Consequently, Wisdom Society to succeed must be structured in a way, which increases its self-sufficiency and ability to protect itself in the case of danger. It is not easy because that must not compromise egalitarianism and unanimity of decision.

The proposed structure is based on clustering nuclei into the wisdom village, and, in turn,  the villages into the wisdom town and so on. That forms a hierarchy which, according to history and present,  implies a variety of forms of social stratification. However,  the design proposed here attempts to avoid it. Furthermore, it contains built-in safeguards preventing it.

The Wisdom Village

This section focuses on ways how the principles of Wisdom Society are implemented in the wisdom village.  It consists of 20 to 30 nuclei, where ideally, each of them is adjacent to one or more nuclei of the same village. However, it is not a strict rule because implementing it often may not be possible. So it would be sufficient if nuclei of the village are not too geographically dispersed. Consequently, traveling between them can be done by walking or some simple devices like electric bikes.   

The number of nuclei is not chosen haphazardly, because of their coordinators form the village council, which unanimously makes decisions concerning the village and coordinates the cooperation of its nuclei. It also unanimously selects one of its members to become the village coordinator. Similarly, as in the case of a single nucleus, the position of the coordinator may simply rotate among its members. The purpose of such rules is the avoidance of any form of stratification, which may happen if the coordinator assumes the too authoritarian role.

The proximity of the nuclei makes meetings of the council relatively easy. However, it does not assemble for frivolous reasons because dealing with the less important matters are left for the village coordinator. The meeting is preceded by the preparatory period when members of the council act as they would in a nucleus. It permits them to establish close relations, which are taking place during the everyday life of the nucleus.  The purpose of all of that is making possible making unanimous decisions based on the discernment,  and altruistic cooperation of the nuclei they represent.

The importance and uniqueness of expanding the egalitarian structure from the level of nuclei onto a larger structure must not be underestimated. It differentiates the wisdom village from a loose network of communities, which may work well individually but do not create a closely related, cooperative socio-economic structure. 

The larger size of the wisdom village, which may reach about 900 members,  increases the possibilities of its independence. Since there may be over 100 children, there could be created the village school. It is a touchy subject because it must not produce a conflict with the rules of the educational system imposed by the administration of the country, in which the village is situated. Since these rules differ from country to country, I do not attempt to make any suggestions, leaving the issue to the creativity of the village council to find a solution, in which the principles of wisdom education would be implemented, while rules of the administration satisfied.

Similarly, the village should establish its own medical support centre. It has basic facilities necessary for dealing with the everyday health needs of inhabitants. It differs from the usual medical approach by combining the most advanced technology with a traditional, especially herbalistic approach. Obviously, the small scale of the village center severely limits the use of medical technology, which is notoriously extremely expensive. While creating that, the village must, similarly as in the case of education,  pay attention to the various governmental regulations specific to a country where it is situated.

In the wisdom village can be conglomerated wilderness areas from its nuclei forming one of significant size. This village wilderness area may be sizeable enough to establish there certain kinds of wild animals that require more space to live than offered by individual nuclei.

As far as energy needs are concerned, the nuclei of the village can be connected by a local grid, which makes it more independent from the external grid. The size of the village is too small to try production energy for other than those used by nuclei. Other sources, such as geothermal plants accessing heat stored deep in the earth or huge wind turbines, are too large, too expensive, and, therefore, uneconomical.

However, the village is large enough to establish various kinds of scientific and technological research and production facilities. We usually mentally associate research centers with large enterprises, famous universities, specialized institutes, and similar. There is no reason to continue this habitual approach inherited from feudal and capitalistic systems in Wisdom Society. The size of the adult population in the village is more than sufficient to create, for example,  a large research facility. They can be dedicated to agriculture and working on such topics as gene-editing for faster-growing trees or development of bacteria, which may compost carbon materials into the soil. Such activities can also include the small scale production of simple, ecologically friendly machines like electric bikes or small tractors.

The Wisdom Town

The next level of the hierarchy of Wisdom Society would consist of the wisdom towns. Each of them is the conglomeration of 20 to 30 wisdom villages, ideally forming one area connected together. If that is impossible, villages should not be too distant. The key reasons are the facilitation of personal communication of members and the minimization of the necessary transport.  The social structure of the wisdom town would be strictly analogous to that of wisdom village. It would have the town council consisting coordinators of its villages, which makes unanimous decisions, and selects its town coordinator in the same manner as it is done in nuclei and villages.

The size population of the town, which can reach up to 27,000 inhabitants, will imply that the wisdom town council has to establish a way to coexist and cooperate with the administration of governmental agencies. I do not provide any suggestions concerning how to form such relations because solutions would have to be individually adapted to the local situation. The friendly relation of each nucleus with its neighbours and the intelligent awareness of the views of the external administration may become more helpful than we can imagine. However, in doing that, the fundamental principles of the Wisdom Society must not be compromised.

The size of the town requires establishing proper educational facilities corresponding to the high school level. Again, I do not offer any general suggestions on how that can be accomplished without coming into conflict with the governmental structures. However, in many countries, there exists a legal possibility of creating so-called private schools, which may be free from certain official rules and requirements. If it is the case, the wisdom town may explore such a route.

The significant difference between the wisdom town and lower level wisdom entities is the possibility of establishing the full energetic self-sufficiency. That can be done by creating a medium-size geothermal power plant, which may produce electrical energy in quantity easily exceeding 1 megawatt. It would be not only enough to satisfy the needs of the town population, but it can be used for many kinds of industrial production. At the same time, the excess energy can be sold to the national grid.

Closing remarks

I assume that it is clear that the approach used to expand the network of nuclei, through wisdom villages up to the wisdom town, can be continued in a strictly analogous manner. It would create a hierarchical structure, which theoretically may embrace the whole population of our planet.

However, expecting such a growth of Wisdom Society does not seem to be realistic within the present socio-economic system.  It most likely, in many countries with pseudo-democratic authoritarian regimes,  would not be legally allowed. And even in the fully democratic ones, too large structures of Wisdom Society may create potential conflicts with the existing powers.  It may concern political and administrative issues, taxes, medical and educational services.

To summarize: at this point, rather than fantasize about the WisdomSociety embracing the whole humanity, it is vital, to begin with, the creation of some nuclei and combining them into the wisdom village. That would provide the proof that there can be established a hierarchical social structure without compromising the fundamental principles of egalitarianism and altruistic cooperation. This may play an unimaginably important role if the present political and economic system will be catastrophically falling apart,  and humanity would desperately search for alternatives. 

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