We will not get the change we need until we are willing to articulate what it is

Yes or no

We want smaller schools we can walk to 
with teachers who are part of the community

We want the option of working from home 
or at work spaces we can walk to

We want neighborhoods that are face to face
and safe from speeding traffic

We want a mix of things we associate with cities
scaled down to serve local communities

We want enough diversity near at hand so we
can create a vibrant local economy

We do not need to drive to shop if
shopping becomes selecting at cyber-kiosks
staffed by experts

We would prefer home delivery if we could select
from the world at a cyber-kiosk
we could walk to

We would prefer a car-free community that is
designed as a unified structure
that is eco-sufficient

I recognize that much of this is not even
within the purview of planners
but it should be

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Thoughts on Perpetual Habit Creation - A Pragmaticist Meditation

It is well-known that we are creatures of habit
but do we think about it much I think not
Each day calls us to new reflections
and only when we are at ease with them do they
morph through the stages of consideration to become
bona fide habits
A habit is what you do without needing to think
much about it
It is a product of belief
One might habitually repeat a prayer
or some simple ritual of daily life
But if my experience is illustrative
habits themselves are continually
in some sort of flux
When that is true you no longer
believe in your habit so strongly
that you will not experiment to change it


We think in threes
The first is our declension of reality
The second wrestling with it in some way
The third always experiment


When a habit is fixed it vacates this downward elevator
until such time as doubt creeps in and belief is nudged
and a new sign gets us thinking again
and we refine or change or move along
Thus do we become LESS creatures of habit
and more free nomads of a universe that itself
changes and progresses

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