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Community Cooperation. As Hillary Clinton pointed out, it does indeed take a village, a united sense of purpose, and conviction to give meaning to life, and to our way of life. We should learn to ask why, before we arrive at the twilight of our lives. A newly revived Civilian Conservation Corps would help accomplish that, mingling various classes as mandatory military service once did, but with the goal, now, of building, rather than destroying.

Much of my life has revolved around the ideals of service, duty, and honor embodied in the General´s West Point address, which I first read and found so inspiring as a cadet in both the Civil Air Patrol and Jr. ROTC. The text is available here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/1068922/posts

That speech and the ideals it represents may be what got me kicked out of Annapolis, in fact. When I arrived at the Naval Academy, I expected the ideas I had been taught as a cadet to continue to the Brigade of Midshipmen and to the officer corps: Nobless Oblige, defend and support the weak, work together to serve the ideals that make our democracy great. But I found a very different reality there, and in questioning, earned the ire of both my upper classmen and several of my classmates to boot.

Contemplating the meaning of friendship, and the twilight of one´s life, I find that I have been told that I was out of touch, or had my head in the clouds, or lived life as the world should be rather than as it really is, been called a Crusader, over and over. The courage of my convictions remains with me, yet I tire of the struggle. What do I want from my life? Only to make that contribution which only I can make, to be a bridge, to help re-create the cooperation which existed, not only between communities, but to inspire people to recall and rebuild what was old Al Andalus, and the cooperation of La Convivencia. To gather and encourage people of good will and decency to promote cooperation and community for the sake of us all.
Peace,
Shira

MEOW Date : Friday, April 20, 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era, aka Human Era)


https://network23.org/communitycoop/2014/08/17/courage-of-convictions-meaning-and-framing-in-context-of/
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shirad
Generating more respect for teachers requires cultural change

People certainly should respect the difficult work that teachers do. This would probably be made easier if our children and adults understood what it takes to teach a person a useful and neccesary skill, from start to finish. Hence my proposal for a modern universal Rite of Passage. What we need our children to prove, upon recognition of adulthood, is not their prowess in battle or the hunt, not their virility, not their adeptness at social maneuvering, but their ability to contribute meaningfully to society by teaching another member of the community, from level 0, how to do something that is both difficult and absolutely neccessary in our society today. By requiring our children to teach some other person, child or adult, a needed life skill, over the course of about a year, this pre-adult shows persistence, perseverence, discernment, and of course, the key skill in question. A useful side effect of this is also that it would effectively increase (dramatically) the number of available tutors, and also lead to every adult in our society coming away with an understanding of the challenges involved in teaching anyone anything non-trivial. Thus we provide an esteem building excercise and respect building accomplishmen all in one go, which we then reward with full adult status, whatever the age of the adolescent in question. This obviously assumes that the kid has had opportunity to prove his or her good judgement in other ways as well, prior to seeking said recognition. This might help as one step of a series of steps implemented by and through local communities which could lead to more long-term thinking in society at large, given a critical mass and good faith in the ability of human kind to rise above our instincts, and learn to cooperate.

Peace,
Shira
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Gregorian dt.: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Meow Date : Thursday, August 9, 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)


https://network23.org/communitycoop/2014/08/10/109/
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Why do we need, in the USA, to recreate the Civilian Conservation Corps? Because, we need challenges. Of course, our society does have challenges, in spades. War seems to be the ultimate challenge. Yet war is preventable if we choose to find ways to cooperate with one another.

William James said, in his 1910 essay entitled The Moral Equivalent of War, that:

“The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party.”

He was right, of course. Albert Einstein agreed. His “Two Percent Plan” admits that it is not easy to get even so small a number to lay down their arms. But a challenge for our society could come in another package, as we saw during the Great Depression. The discipline of ordinary people working together.

“We must make new energies and hardihoods continue the manliness to which the military mind so faithfully clings. Martial virtues must be the enduring cement; intrepidity, contempt of softness, surrender of private interest, obedience to …”



from http://www.constitution.org/wj/meow.htm

A new draft for the Civilian Conservation Corps would do that.
Challenge, discipline, cooperation, and infrastructure repairs to solve the deep and divisive problems that lead to war. More shortly.

Shira

Posted on Meow Date 11 March, 12014 H.E.

https://network23.org/communitycoop/2014/03/13/ccc-and-cooperation-can-solve-underying-issues-that-lead-to-war-in-the-meow/

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3 Responses to CCC and Cooperation: solving the underying issues that lead to war is the MEOW

Avatar of CommunityCooperation CommunityCooperation says:
22/04/2014 at 21:14 (Edit)

“Common committment to the idea of community”: open

communication, positive action, and being proactive and

consensus-oriented. That is the type of community I hope to

help build.

I believe that, despite my own personal feelings about a given

person, the fact that that person is a member of my community

entitles that person to something from me: my acceptance, my

patience, my invitation to a community event; some

acknowlegement that we are in the same boat, and that like

him or not, as long as he accepts my personal boundaries, I

cannot exclude him simply on the basis of arbitrary personal

dislike or taste.
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Avatar of CommunityCooperation CommunityCooperation says:
22/04/2014 at 09:20 (Edit)

Military discipline for the common good does not have to be only miliary. Much of my life has revolved around the ideals of service, duty, and honor embodied in General MacArthur´s farewell West Point address, which I first read and found so inspiring as a cadet in both the Civil Air Patrol and Jr. ROTC. The text is available (among other places) here:

http://www.nationalcenter.org/MacArthurFarewell.html

That speech and the ideals it represents may be what got me kicked out of Annapolis, in fact.
When I arrived at the Naval Academy, I expected the ideas I had been taught as a cadet to continue to the Brigade of Midshipmen and to the officer corps: Nobless Oblige, defend and support the weak, work together to serve the ideals that make our democracy great.

But I found a very different reality there, and in questioning, earned the ire of both my upper classmen and several of my classmates to boot.
Contemplating the meaning of friendship, and of life, I find that I have been told that I was out of touch, or had my head in the clouds, or lived life as the world should be rather than as it really is, been called a Crusader, over and over. The courage of my convictions remains with me, yet I tire of the struggle. What do I want from my life? Only to make that contribution which only I can make, to be a bridge, to help re-create the cooperation which existed, not only between communities, but to inspire people to recall and rebuild what was old Al Andalus, and the cooperation of La Convivencia.

To gather and encourage people of good will and decency to promote cooperation and community for the sake of us all.
Peace,
Shira
MEOW Date: Saturday, April 21, 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)
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Obs For Gands fan of Eric Frank Russell Abelard says:
18/03/2014 at 08:50 (Edit)

Maybe neoCCC members could travel the country teaching folks to build their own Green generators… Cool Cats for Conservation!!!

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