Living in place is the mirror opposite of The Great American Dream (TR).
Since World War II, we’ve been taught to desire more, bigger, longer, lower, wider, faster. We’ve been taught that Growth is Good, large is better, more is essential and adequate is never enough. Grow or die. If you’re not moving forward, you’re going backwards. Stagnation is failure.
Our heroes have been fast heroes: pilots, astronauts, winners of races. Even our politics is couched in terms of speed. We run for office, we win the race. We have frontrunners, laggers behind. In sports we’re Number one or we’re nothing.
This is not “human nature,” even if there were such a thing. Human nature is a bell curve of human behavior that goes from one extreme to the other, with a large mass of average in the middle. There is no human nature that is common to all humans.
There are, however, societies that reward and encourage specific human behaviors, and sanction and discourage other behaviors. Thus, in a society that rewards effort with monetary gain, we reward greed and avarice, we abhor sloth and indolence, we look up to those who make the most money, who acquire the most things and who rule the most subservient humans.
Living in Place embraces the concept of “Enough.” Living in Place is a society that rewards conservation, thrift, curation, savings, and true conservatism. Living in Place is a society that knows the natural biological and geophysical limits of place and joyfully and creatively lives within those limits, as do all other living things.
Living in Place is the wave of the future. Why not climb aboard now and avoid the rush?