Today I'm back to my new normal, I feel good and all systems are functional.
B - 2 bacon, 2 eggs, 2 coffee, coconut creamer
L - mustard greens, tuna fish
D - Chicken Curry w rice
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2 Probiotic, 2 Omega-3, 2 packet Damage Control, 2 Glucosamine, 1 iron, 1 Mg, 1 Ca, 4000mg D3, 400mg C, 350 K2
I've been thinking continually about Mark's Rites of Passage blog.
Community - Continued
Read "Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress" by Lawrence E. Harrison, Samuel Huntington.
Community - Town and City
Communities were made up of famiies.
Towns existed to provide services to communities such as retail shopping and small manufacturing. They also typically provided a B&B or boarding house for transients. The Town of Windom, because it was the County Seat, also provide justice and legal services. It had a Court House in a square, in the center of town; the suare was developed as a central park with a bandstand and picnic tables. The retail business district was comprised of the streets around this central square. Towns typically provided the Sheriff and Fire facilities.
Cities existed to provide more major manufacturing and more services for transients such as hotels, restaurants, and appartments.
Community - Work
In these years work was 6 days a week. Sunday was for spiritual observances and/or play.
Wives worked in the home. Men worked either on the farm or in towns or cities. They typically walked to work or walked 1 - 2 blocks and got on a bus or streetcar to and from work.
Community - Safety
Complete safety was a huge benefit provided by communities. It was inconceivable and unbelievable that communities were not safe. Walking in the evening or night fishing was never considered unsafe in any way. Towns and Cities held transients and were thus not as safe because the transients were 'unknowns' and suspected. However members of other communities were known or 'vouched for' and therefore 'safe'. This sense of complete safety also provided a deep sense of personal security.
Community - Social, emotional and spiritual
These permanent communities oversupplied in abundance the social, emotional and spiritual needs of their members. Children and wives visited each other in the afternoons. Everybody visited on Sundays. Everybody knew what a person did, said, wore, etc., observed it, commented on it, considered it and judged it. Privacy was very hard to come by. If you had a room to yourself you could shut the door, that was it. On the other hand, help with anything was offered by many.
It was commonly understood that some children at about the age of 12 had difficulties or needs unfilled by their families, and it was not at all unusual for such a child to choose another family to spend afternoons and/or evenings with; even to move in with them for as long as desired. This was thought good and helpful.
Community - Duty, Responsibility, Obligation
Form the age of 4 on, everyone had 'chores' that were one's duty to be responsible for and execute. As one grew the chores and responsibilities grew, along with an understanding of the responsibilities and obligations of the community to the individual, and from the individual to the community. Marriage was a committment to the family, the community and the new spouse, to perform and expand these duties, responsibilities and obligations.
Community - Rites of Passage
There were formal rites of passage conducted in the Church and in the community center, such as for Boy or Girl Scouts or 4H and FFA. Religious Rites included Birth, Confirmation, Marriage, and Death.
Damm - I added a whole lot to this section this morning, and it's gone. I'm not going to rewrite it. I did learn from the thought process.
Last edited by Cryptocode; 05-04-2013 at 08:08 PM.
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