My Global Village Dream
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"For myself I conceptualize it as a castle (which is something of the way citadels were as a defensive capability against the rest of the world). It can also be a Hall - which ahs more Norse overtones. this can best be seen in villages and eth rôle the Village hall plays in them. Places of entertainment, learning, exercise and governance.

For myself extending the reverential aspect as found in the Hallowed Halls of legend sucha s Valhalla or as seen in the sagas and poetry such as Beowulf show the hall served a particular function in society and and spirituality that is lost with just a room. Or maybe its listening to Radio Rivendell that makes me think this

But personally a great hall that carries forth the hsitory with it (we see that today in vilalge halls that have photos of important people in them). the hall in my village has a photomontage board on it with every person alive in the village at teh Millenium on it. This binds the community together in a shared existance.

Such binding is a useful function such a centre as yours can fullfill."

Benoit Couture

The work I do that goes on along the lines of Global Villages is to promote the recovery road from self-destruction to self-control and community self-governemnt from the organic experience of spiritual unity. The changes that are called for in life styles of the majority of people in order to make the Global Villages and unity centres the solution to the future of humanity form the starting point of the gathering and of the direction needed to be cultivated. Like Franz specified, we do not want to start anything from scratch but rather, to build from the existing structures and cultures in place. The best picture I can think of to express my Global Village Dream along those lines is an account taken from the books of the Acts of the Apostles:

"And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." And from Act 4: Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles' feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet.

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