I always have what I do for myself.
Everyone I know always has what they do for themselves.
Everyone I don’t even know all over the planet always has what they do for themselves.
After the Tsunami of 2004, architect Michael Reynolds took his team, from where they were building Earthships in New Mexico, to design and help build residences for the people of Indonesia. He trained local people to use the principles of rainwater catchment and recycled materials to make walls. They have a model which they can teach others which will enable them to become largely self-sustaining.
After the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, he took his team there where they showed people how to build a design suitable for that climate that follows Earthship design principles. For some of the people, this was their first house.
What these people know, they know for themselves.
It is something they will always have and which they can share with others.
The knowledge, the skills, the sense of community is something that can never be taken away from them.
It is something which enables them to live in a self-sustaining manner within a community which is also self-sustaining.
What we know for ourselves can never be taken away.
When we know who we are and why we are here, we can always go back to those principles and guidelines for direction.
Nothing can take us off course permanently when we know what we have and use it.
Practicing what we have makes us stronger and stronger in expressing it.
It becomes a source of life for us and is our contribution to society and civilization.
Our identity is built around what we have that no one can take away from us.
© 2012 Kathryn Hardage