A New Utopia?
Now that all the hustle and bustle of the election is over, it would be a great idea to get in a little relaxation time, perhaps even a place to get away from it all. I came up with a great plan, and I would love to run it by you.
I discovered an opportunity to acquire land upon which we could exercise the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that we all crave. The problem is the land is somewhat untamed. There are no roads, pastures, fields, or homes, but an overabundance of natural resources and numerous wild horses we could use to carve out a very nice world for ourselves. Unfortunately, such a Utopia would require back-breaking effort, but I would love to be part of the process, where we can make our own way and decide what to do with our own lives.
I am undeterred by the daunting task, and I would be enthusiastically willing to relocate full time. I thought we might be able to divide up the land into small plots and sell them to anyone interested in the project.
I do understand that we would have to begin with the disadvantage of a small amount of capital and the encumbrance of family members not necessarily as gung ho about relocating. However, the idea of making something for ourselves from Nature makes me passionate about working hard in order to achieve that end goal.
One difficulty I foresee is that most of us would be hundreds of miles from home, without bread, meat, or food of any kind. Initially, it would be necessary to use fire and fishing tackle as our only means of subsistence, but think of the eventual rewards. We could catch trout in the brooks, and roast them on ashes. Our horses could feed on the grasses that grow by the edge of the waters.
Personally, I would love to sleep at night with wilderness around me, but I know I don’t speak for everyone. We could, however, explore the country, form plans of future settlement, and set up a place of trade amongst ourselves. Eventually, with much effort, we could establish a small community as our own Utopia.
I can only begin to imagine the extent to which we would be able to help one another. Some among us would undoubtedly be discouraged, having no means of clearing more than a small spot for himself or herself in the midst of the thick woods on this property, but I figure they can help me in some way, and I will return the favor. I’ve never domesticated a wild horse. That would surely be worth a great deal to me.
I can’t grow a thing, but some of you can grow just about anything. Perhaps, some of you could erect a storehouse and fill it with large quantities of grain, and we would all gladly purchase some from you. I’m certain if I helped you, you would be willing to extend me credit for a quantity of sugar. Hopefully, someone could care for my horses. If you are willing, I’d happily clear some land for you. By the way, I am a terrific fisherman, so if you happen to be a doctor, I would gladly keep you supplied with fresh seafood in return for medical treatment, if necessary. In time, we might even be able to establish our own currency to make our transactions smoother.
In any event, I am thinking that it might be hard work building our homes on this land, but look what awaits us down the road. We could relax and enjoy the fruits of our efforts. We could agree on some guidelines to make sure we stay on the same page. We could also memorialize the rules of our new community, and leave the rules in place to guide our children.
I’m dreaming, but who knows. In time, there might be thousands of us. We might build schools, churches, meetinghouses, roads, bridges, and even a town. But it will be ours, if it works.
Oops. They already tried that and called it America. It didn’t work very well after they changed the rules. I guess our kids will have to make new rules.