Solution #2- Integrate Rather than Segregate! – Kym Chi

27 Nov

Integrate rather than segregate is actually one of the most valuable permaculture principles.  It speaks to looking at how things can work together as a whole instead of separating everything that is different and grouping everything together that is the same.

We see this a lot in our society whether it be in schools with cliques, in agriculture with monoculture, in our communities with cultural differences and in our current class system with upper, middle and lower class.  When we have too many of the same things grouped together in a system it eventually causes for that system to become stagnant as it ends up with too much of one thing and not enough of another.

How can we go about fixing this?

I know that when I was younger I was taught that being different was bad, that thinking outside of the box was silly.  How many other children are being taught this?  Most of us are taught to think within the current system instead of being encouraged to think of ways things could be different.  We perpetuate the cycle of segregation and we constantly fight integration.  The reality is that integration is the natural way.  If you look at a thriving natural system you see that there is a lot of diversity to make that system function.  It operates successfully and abundantly only because of the diversity it offers.  If we took this model into our current system we could also operate more efficiently.  I propose that we spend more time encouraging students in schools to think outside of the box.  This can be done by offering various teaching styles to students, surveying students and asking them for ideas on how we can do things differently and rewarding them for having different ideas instead of making them feel outcast or silly.  Encourage children to learn from each others differences and understand the value in diversity instead of being fearful of it.  The reason why I focus so much on schooling as our youth are our future and I know much of the thought patterns I have struggled to turn around come from my childhood and youth, we should start there.

Breeding openness to ideas amongst our youth will also open up our next generation to diversity and acceptance.  It will allow for others to really see the value in differences and alternative ideas.  In turn we will have a diverse system with enough of everything to make it function as a whole.

Love and Light,
Kym Chi


2 Responses to “Solution #2- Integrate Rather than Segregate! – Kym Chi”

  1. Wm David Jones-Cook November 28, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    One of the most crucial aspects of society, law, seems to be overlooked.

    For your consideration . . .

    The Importance of Law

    Law is very important in the lives of all of us. Despite the claims of some pretenders — economics, psychology, sociology and a few others — law is ultimately the pre-eminent social science. The way in which we live is structured by law: what and who we define as deviant, the way in which we treat the environment, the rules that produce wealth for some and relegate others to absolute and relative poverty. We all have a stake in the legal process; it is ultimately law that defines our civilization.

    Further, law teaches us that we have to operate within the consciousness of our communities. While solutions to social conflict are often motivated by radical ideas, radical ideas without the insight of practical application are unlikely to be taken seriously, and may do more harm than good.

    • jim November 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

      Oh yeh, well i fought the law and the law won.

      Montgomery triangle is awesome


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