We begin the continuation of the previous article with the description of work, in which some members of the nucleus would be involved. The qualification “some” is necessary because children and unable are excluded. However, there are kinds of work, which do not necessarily require physical strength and skills, so most of the adults are included.
There are types of work, which are identical in each nucleus, and others may differ from one to another. We will discuss the first kind, embracing most of the activities that are needed for the nucleus to continue its existence. To the second category belongs the work required to earn income to purchase all objects, materials, and services which the nucleus alone is not able to produce. This income also may be necessary to pay the potential debts borrowed to cover the costs of establishing the nucleus. Finally, it could be the work to help another newly forming nucleus, which encountered difficulties.
There already was an article about education in Wisdom society, but taking care of children in the nucleus embraces issues, which have not been discussed there. It is one of the most significant activities and responsibilities of all adult members, not only the parents. Of course, while taking care of an infant, its mother plays a unique role. However, there may be exceptions when the mother died at childbirth or is not able to fulfill her natural functions.
From the child’s viewpoint, every member of the community is its close relative, which can be questioned or asked for help. The grownups are aware of children’s needs and also, when necessary, correct their behaviour without reservation or exaggeration present in our modern society. A unique role in raising children play older members of the nucleus, who often are more patient and cognizant of children’s needs.
Particular emphasis is played on teaching children about the natural environment. It is done as much as possible via direct experience. It would be easy because, in the geographical layout of the nucleus, there is a sizable area dedicated to restoring it. Children would be encouraged to make their own discoveries. For example, during their nature exploration, they take photos of some plants or animals and later on trying to find its description via books or the internet. They are also taught how to discover micro aspects of the natural world invisible to the human eye. Early on, they learn how to use the simple optical microscope and can be fascinated by what they see. All of that helps children to develop their ability to feel and absorb the unique beauty of the natural world.
Below is a poem by my friend Henryk Szmidt describing the dire state of children at present
“you don’t know what the river smells like
where cranes gather
emitting their loud, rattling bugle calls
which can be heard miles around
you didn’t smell the smell
decaying autumn leaves
in the hour of frosts
you only know the taste
of five types of apples
and three of carrots
you don’t know the paths
among forest lily of the valley
they didn’t teach you
they didn’t know themselves”
They didn’t know themselves
Contact with nature could inspire children to follow their natural propensity to create certain kinds of art, particularly visual, sculpture, and music. It is well known that they draw using colouring crayons, make figurines made of plasticine and drumming.
It is not surprising because art was of the first kind of activities of early humans, which has not been directly related to their survival. Both paintings and figurines made of clay were already produced by paleolithic people over 30,000 years ago. They all help in developing not only intellectual and manual skills but also the ability to observe.
All of that inspires their natural curiosity and motivates them to learn more abstract, intellectual tools necessary for deepening their discoveries. The most important in this category is the ability to read. It could be done far more intelligently than it is done now when children are taught to scribble letters when they can use typing on their mobile phones.
Children, as much as possible, should be engaged in all the affairs of the nucleus. They may be invited to participate in the decision-making process and encouraged to express their opinions. Also, they can participate in certain forms of work, which do not require too much physical strength nor intellectual knowledge. Particularly fitting could be such agricultural activities such as harvesting fruits from small plants like strawberries or raspberry shrubs.
As mentioned previously, since the nucleus is self-sufficient in the area of nutrition, agriculture plays an essential role in its life. Here, I will describe the most important principles concerning its role in the life of the nucleus, because there will be a more extensive article on this topic published soon.
I will begin with the attitude of members of the nucleus towards agriculture. It will be considered as our direct connection with the world of living beings, the plants. Similarly, as our ancestors appreciated animals which they have to kill to have the necessary food, the members of the nucleus will treat plants.
The key ideas behind the agriculture in the nucleus is fusing the most advanced science and technology with production food without harming the ecology and the consumers. The ideas behind organic food are so outdated (created officially in the US in 2002) and occasionally silly that I decided not to use this term.
First of all, the nucleus agriculture is based not only on the preservation of soil but its enrichment and economy of water and the space dedicated to farming. Conventional agriculture inherited from our ancestors around 10,000 years ago is based on the idea of one crop per year. At that time, it was natural and unavoidable, but now there is no reason to follow it. In the nucleus, agriculture is geared to produce at least two crops per year. It would be possible due to the extensive use of greenhouses heated, when needed, by geothermal energy and “production” of new soil by using plants such as alfalfa.
That permits the use of only a few hectares of land to supply the nucleus with all necessary food (details will be discussed in the forthcoming articles). That, in turn, makes unnecessary the extensive physical work which will be avoided by the use of small scale, inexpensive machines sufficient to work on small areas.
It is challenging to access the amount of time dedicated to agricultural work. Still, it certainly could be smaller than it is practiced now. It could be more harmoniously spread throughout the whole year rather than concentrated only during the growing season, as it is practiced at present.
In the nucleus agriculture, there will be used methodology of gene editings such as CRISPR, Talens, or ZENs. Fundamentally, they do not differ from domestication and further modification of wild plants used by our ancestors for many thousands of years. Our negative attitude towards such methodologies and confusion around this whole issue is created by the ruling mega-corporations afraid to be deprived of profit coming from holding the monopoly of patenting certain GMOs. In the case of the nucleus, they will be used exclusively for benefiting agriculture and not for any other purposes.
As we mentioned earlier, the nucleus will combine close connection and appreciation of nature with the use of advanced science and technology. The technology primarily concerns the following domains: collecting energy, communication and construction. The issue of science is more open and depends on both needs of the nucleus and the interest and ability of members who will be engaged.
As far as energy is concerned, it could be obtained from geothermal, solar and wind. This way, the nucleus can maintain energetic self-sufficiency and do not produce harmful side effects. The geothermal energy, though at present not sufficiently developed, in the long run, is the most stable and easily available. The cost of a small scale geothermal device is low, but it requires a substantial amount of work to install and benefit from it. And this factor makes it particularly well suited for the nucleus, in which its members can provide the necessary work.
The geothermal energy, in its simplest version, can be used not only for heating the member’s residence but also for the greenhouses. This second application is of major importance because it is the base of the multi-seasonal agriculture discussed earlier.
The solar and wind sources are more capricious and less stable, and to be useful, require additional expensive batteries. They make sense only in particular geographic areas where there are sufficient long periods of sunny weather for solar energy and lots of wind for wind turbines.
The production of these kinds of energies necessitates, by some members, to acquire sufficient expertise so they can direct others to do the necessary work while installing and maintaining them.
Inter-human communication embraces basically two forms: direct when it happens in the same place at a distance, permitting seeing and hearing each and indirectly through certain media. The second kind often adds a written text, visual imagery and sound.
Within the nucleus, both kinds of communication can be used. At the same time, when the distance is too large, only the second kind is possible. Direct communication plays a critical role. Without it, the existence of the nucleus as a community joined by altruism, that is, taking care of each other and cooperation, would not be possible.
However, non-direct communication is equally important. it can be used withing the nucleus, as well as while communicating with the outside world. At the present state of technology, it comprises two forms: sending signals via air or cable. During the early stage of Wisdom society, before it will become fully technologically independent, the nucleus must rely on mobile networks and the internet. They will be used both inside and while communicating with the outside world.
We will be talking more about direct communication in the forthcoming 3-rd part of this article, and focus now on the electronic format. It will fulfill several roles: supports communication between members who are too far from each other to talk directly or which require sending some nonverbal documents. But most important is providing contact with the external world. This way, the nucleus has access to the colossal, each day growing supply of information present on the internet, which is vital for the individual and collective learning and research.
Furthermore, it permits one nucleus contact with others and the whole management structure of Wisdom Society. It also provides opportunities to promote to the world at large its accomplishments and warn against mistakes.
All of that requires professional work, which at least one, or even better, more than one member has to provide. It may provide a large challenge because such skills are not too frequently encountered. However, young people who become more and more frequently involved in informatics may provide the necessary expertise. They may be motivated by the feeling of indispensability for the community.
As before, the length of the article, if it will be any longer, would exceed the size, which I try to keep. So, at this point, the second part of “Joy of daily life in Wisdom nucleus” ends. The last part will be dedicated to creating art, group celebrations, decision making and wisdom practice: individual and group.