From Chapter 1 of my free book on the Internet Rural System? Just Dreaming … A For-Profit Conglomerate for Meaningful Jobs Healthful Communities and Improved Natural Resource Management.
However unsure, I'm sure that Rural System can help get it rectified … surely only partially, but at least with an effect that would allow a statistician to claim there to be a positive significant difference. It is a concept that may aspire to some small leadership, probably like Churchill's definition, "going from failure to failure without loosing enthusiasm." History suggests that a small effect is all that I can reasonably expect. But history was short of ideas, technology, and awareness of the perils of continuing as in the past. I want monumental success. What we have been doing is not working. It costs too much, and the amount we spend is not enough. What are we to do? What are we to do!? In the face of such grave problems, before so many people, over such vast areas, with such immediate needs … what are we to do?
We need a new pattern of thought and approach, an alternative structure for old things, for surely all in the past in not "bad." We need a modern holistic systems approach to sophisticated profit-oriented rural resource management. (Someone else may work with the cities.) I'm trying to get it started. Maybe it will be an idea that will unleash energy for making changes. I continue to try to describe it herein and at www.RuralSystem.com. I thought Rural System might have been started by now (2007) and so, often sorrowful over my failure, I write my dream of what it might have been. I try again here just to share the concepts and my design so that the flaws can be found and eventually something good can emerge… for the good of people in the vicinity of Virginia, USA, and eventually throughout the world. Earth is good …and people are intrinsically good … and now is a good time. We can act as if we believe…or dream that.
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Survivalists is a blog of Bob Giles, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech, sharing ideas, observations, and notes on his concerns for the future and preparing for it. His Faunal Force blog presents concepts and observations on wild faunal ("wildlife") management systems and related topics. His web site is Rural System, part of which provides design for a proposed modern natural resource system. He can be reached through Linkedin , Academia, and Twitter.