Focusing the Mind
One of the most significant aspects of our human existence is the passage of time and, with it, the inevitable shortening of our own mortal span. Human history consists of periods and ages (linked to individuals and dynasties) and the turning of centuries has provided a natural opportunity for renewal, a refocusing of energy and a redefinition of what it means to be human. The strength of the thinking behind the concept of communities is precisely that it offers both a vision for a sustainable future and our best hope for avoiding the arbitrary ravages of the large-scale, institutional world. The energies released in attempting to explore the possibilities inherent in a new world view are likely to be more creative and life-affirming than those produced in a last-ditch attempt to shore up the defences against catastrophe.