The Community Manifesto
Building the Final Society
Below is a the preface from our recently published book, The Community Manifesto: Building the Final Society. If your interest is piqued, please go and buy a copy. Thank you!
In the words of Charles Dicken’s from “A Tale of Two Cities”, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Many of us go through life sowing seeds of discontent for what we don’t like and harvesting the fruits of others for what we truly enjoy. However, if each of stops for a moment, can we truly classify the nature of any situation as “the best” or “the worst”? Let’s take an example from the literature:
It’s a story of a farmer and his horse.
One day his horse runs away. And his neighbor comes over and says, to commiserate, “I’m so sorry about your horse.” And the farmer says, “Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?” The neighbor is confused because this is clearly terrible. The horse is the most valuable thing he owns.
But the horse comes back the next day and he brings with him 12 feral horses. The neighbor comes back over to celebrate, “Congratulations on your great fortune!” And the farmer replies again, “Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?”
And the next day the farmer’s son is taming one of the wild horses and he’s thrown and breaks his leg. The neighbor comes back over, “I’m so sorry about your son.” The farmer repeats, “Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?”
Sure enough, the next day the army comes through their village and is conscripting able-bodied young men to go and fight in war, but the son is spared because of his broken leg.
Isn’t life much like the above, really? We are in a never-ending series of events that are seemingly random at which we are constantly complaining or benefiting without our work. So, on this never ending carousel we find ourselves in, don’t we get to the point that we want to get off? If you picked up this book and are reading it now, you are at that point. This book is made just for you. In it, you will learn techniques that you can apply over time to help you and in turn help the world become a better place. However, if you are not interested in becoming better or making the world a better place (only you can feel that), put it down or better yet, buy it for someone you know will be able to absorb its wisdom. In any event, all of us will join this movement. It’s time.