I had a head exploding moment talking to @myceliummage about my theory of social change.

Communities don't get created out of thin air. They emerge out of the necessary relationship of humans and nature.

If the material world is the soil, the relationships are the plants.
The problem right now is we are trying to yell at plants to grow without tending to the soil. That is, we are shouting "we need community!" without asking how it is made.

It's all backwards. We need to build the soil, the substrate out of which community grows.
Practically this means cultivating the base of all human community: a connection to the material world. If we as individuals take back responsibility for some of our material needs we are forced to rely on others if we will have any success in creation.
Choosing to create something in the world (food, goods, services) within ecological limits is *an act of love.* It is a gift you give yourself of meaning and connection to the materials the earth has given you.
But more than that it forces you to build community out of shared purpose. So a loving community does really only grow out of a loving relationship with nature.
Right now we are so alienated from any sort of act of creation or shared purpose or ecological limits we literally think we can make communities out of solely shared ideologies and this theory of community building is tearing us apart.
Because ideological inclusivity is no way to build real relationships. Just as in nature, monocultures do not thrive without unnatural inputs. The ideolgoical purity tests get harder and harder to pass. Just as the monocrop input requirements grow.
I advocate for this other way to build community and make change, not because I'm a luddite or an individualist, but because I feel it is the correct and most effective political project we could possibly build.
And to get even deeper to the point: ideological protest is an action based in destruction and hate "this is what we don't want"

Making things and community is based in creation and love "this is what we do want"
When political activity is based on advancing a positive vision for the future, then it can be a movement truly based in community (and many such movements exist. eg, Zapatistas). Until then, many of the ideological movements are like a monoculture trying to grow in air.
This a *perfect* example of love in creation. To *at once* care about the ducks and yourself and the land and your family and the soil. To hold all those competing loves in your mind. This is the substrate. I am going to invest long in @jrheling

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This is such a good illustration of my theory of change. These activists would have one million times more impact on the climate if they left that cow shit on the farm so it could build soil and literally sequester carbon.
This whole protest feels so cringe. Like why do they have all matching pink wheelbarrows? Where did they get them, from China? Do they think Biden gives a shit about this farce?

These people need to get out and just start field testing the alternatives they advocate for

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