We all know the stories about the beginning. No matter which story (if any) we choose to believe in, there are certain truths that we cannot ignore. I submit that in the beginning, life and death were free. All things belonged to us all, we had no need of money, no need for war, no need of anything except to live and let live.
I don’t think we should go back to living in caves and rudimentary shelters. Or to a time before doctors, when people would die from things we see as insignificant today. Now, we can communicate and travel quickly, control indoor temperatures, find information with the click of a mouse, so many luxuries undreamed of at an earlier time. But if we could find the basics of our beginning, and implement them into our world today, would it not be worth doing?
From the very beginning of life today we have to pay, pay to be born. We work all our lives for money to live. And at the end of it all, we pay to die. We have to pay funeral costs, and for what? To rot away and turn to dust. And if not us paying the cost, then our families. But life and death were free.
Fruits, vegetables, herbs and all plants grew wild and in abundance, for everyone who was hungry to eat. There was no need to war because we all equally possessed the Earth. War and money came when people decided to take things which were not given to them alone. The desire of greed drove humankind to take wild food and control it’s growth and distribution, depriving many of food which was free. Land which was free for all was taken, dispossessing many people. What was free was stolen, and those who stole it did so to take what was everyone’s and cause many to be in need, and forever indebted to them with money, in order to live a life that had beforehand been free.
I don’t know that returning to the earlier state of all land and food belonging to everyone is plausible today. But I do think that we should remember that it once was so, and take steps to ensure that there are places set aside for those who are in need of them. Vegetable gardens are being implemented in many communities, and these are an excellent place to start. I think every neighborhood should have open land or a greenhouse (for unfavorable climates) for planting food. Many plants grow without any care at all, and even re-seed themselves. A little hard work and care for other plants would have a tremendous pay-off. If it is an adequate amount of land, enough food should grow for everyone to share. Things like keeping soil fertile, and the types of plants which grow best in each location can easily be taught. Cities also should set aside safe, accessible land for public gardening; for people who aren’t near community gardens, or homeless people who want a place to grow food.
These things seem so simple. They would really make a difference, not only to individual people, but to our country as a whole. They won’t solve all our problems, but knowing there is somewhere to grow food if you are in need of it, will go a long way in helping. And while most people will likely continue to be born in hospitals (which is probably best), and have a funeral when they die, at least some of the burden of the cost of life itself will be alleviated for those who may need it. Circumstances change, we could all be in need of these things one day, so we should take steps to ensure the freedoms of life become free again.
Here are some links for anyone interested in community gardens. There are tips and resources for starting your own community garden, or to find one near you. Speak to your community leaders or city government if you are interested in implementing these things where you are.