International Writers Magazine: Opinion
It only takes a few
moments of sitting in stillness with the question of private land ownership
to realize not only that the concept is a fabrication, but a dilemma entailing
an extensive web of karmic bondage - for both its victims (all living
beings on the planet) and its perpetrators.
End of Real Estate - and what can take
within the term "real estate" there lives a hint that
the nature of the modern land transaction game has little authentic
bearing in the real world (read spiritual realm). The notion to
assert that it is "real" arises because, in fact, it has
no basis in reality. After all, who ever said one could actually
buy land, buy and sell portions of the Earth that, in essence, belong
to all humanity, as well as all living beings upon the planet!
Earth Vision holds that to the degree spiritual evolution proceeds on
the planet humanity comes to embrace alternate relationships with the
land. Further, any acts of profiteering from land transaction entail a
transgression against the whole of the living community on a deeply moral
Lucid moments of perception - that is, moments when penetrating beyond
the material veil - reveal the social and ecological damage that follows
on the heels of land profiteering. When, for example, both parents of
a family are required to work full time for endless years to sustain adequate
shelter, the children of the world suffer.
The more that profiteering entails itself with the essentials of life
- food, clothing, shelter - the deeper the karmic condition entwines.
As well, land allocation rendered on any other basis than what is best
for the whole of a given ecosystem can only become an entanglement in
that same karmic web.
Recent financial market discord is a symptom that greed-motivated speculation
has led to a disturbing malaise in the relationship between the human
community and land. The time is upon us to rescind all premise to private
The game of real estate is a pretense. Land is actually priceless. It
cannot be owned any more that can the starlight that radiates on us with
its untaintable force. Neither can a nation own land. The purpose of nations
and states and provinces has come and gone. At this juncture in time,
true nation-hood must comprise eco-zones - or, rather, the world as one
nation and its eco-zones as provinces. The Earth Vision project will elucidate
this aspect more deeply in a future Current Issue.The modern house as
existential burden The typical modern North American dwelling has become
excessive and unwieldy, and not only unduly impacts the environment, but
requires high initial investment, large cash infusions to sustain and
furnish, and endless attention to maintain. Consider for a moment, how
the modern "home" of several thousand square feet is actually
large enough to house 10-16 people, given that one or two hundred square
feet is more than enough for an individual.
When the time comes around to renew the roofing, or painting, or any of
a roster of maintenance tasks, the bills are high. Imagine the tiny maintenance
costs of a minimal 200 square foot home? Further, once one owns a large
house, the natural consequence that follows is to fill it with "stuff"
- the environmentally irresponsible raison detre of modern society.
Shop til the Earth drops. Fill your big space with stuff, and spend
the rest of your days paying it all off (or else exploiting others to
do so for you).
And so the real estate game continues, the distraction of the masses from
a genuine lifestyle, while feeding the cycle of greed that leads to human
What then, are the alternatives? In what ways can humanity enter into
a new and viable relationship with the land? Earth Vision proposes the
following approaches to resolve the issue of private land speculation.
They are put forward as a starting point, while inviting input from all
interested parties to add to the process, which, in turn, can serve to
moderate our false economic foundation and help avert impending financial
and spiritual catastrophe.Authentic forms of relationship with land- Non-profit,
- co-operative ownerships, versus notions of individual private property
- sustainable communities
- projects of a pure motivation, inspired by spirit
- the return of north-south migration tracts for bison herds upon the
prairies (Earth Vision will be addressing a Current Issue related to this
in the near future. See "The Return of Bison and Wolf" upcoming.)
- the re-allocation of political/nation/state/provincial boundaries, so
that the real boundaries, those of the eco-systems, will prevail - e.g.,
the Hardwood Forest, the Great Lakes, the Boreal Forest, the Great Plains,
- placing emphasis of ownership on buildings only, while holding an attitude
of tenancy toward the land itself.
- The one room cabin concept
- One room on wheels, a small mobile home
- ? (you are invited to expand on this theme.) It should be noted, when
reviewing the above concepts of land relationship, that none of the modalities
entails a notion of absolute ownership. Because of this, it becomes possible
for the status of relationship to land to rise, to evolve into a state
of custodial-ship, and to comprise qualities of reverence, gratitude,
and a sense of open-ness to the voice of the Earth itself. What does a
particular area of land need from the human community to sustain and enhance
itself? What other species co-habit, and how can that co-existence be
Unknown to most people, there have been a few individuals down through
time who, aware of the illegitimacy of profiteering from land transactions,
and recognizing their relationship with the Earth as one of tenancy, not
ownership, have sold their property on the basis of its buildings and
improvements only. These people have been successful on a social and spiritual
level while avoiding negative karmic meshing. As well, the people on the
receiving end of the transaction were able to acquire homes at significantly
reduced costs. It is hoped that these people will continue to pass that
property on via the same basis. Other spiritually wealthy individuals
of a similar vein include those who have willed their land as conservation
tracts or wilderness preserves.Toward a New Relationship with the Land
Riding on the epiphany of releasing land ownership, as depicted in the
above examples, the Earth Vision project poses this line of questioning:
"How can we unwind the devastation of real estate? And what vehicles
can be used to begin the healing process?"
The following is a proposed model of deconstruction for the private property
In a bid for true wealth, vs. material wealth, owners of property can
sell their land at half the market value, on condition that the new owner
will sell, in turn, at half their purchase price and/or bequeath the property
to common ownership. Eventually, the price on the land would revert to
zero (or, in effect, priceless), and join the common pool.
Such a model would entail a true and lasting gift to ones children
and grandchildren, ad infinitum, as the question of shelter would become,
once again, viable and natural. It makes no sense to bequeath private
property to ones heirs, not only on a karmic basis, but also in
that, unless those descendants were to relegate themselves to elite status,
more and more of their associates would wind up homeless, semi-homeless,
or shelter-challenged. To follow the tangent of our present real estate
debacle can only lead to deplorable conditions for the common lot.Meanwhile,
how do we proceed in a manner that contributes, less and less, to the
real estate industry?
A minimalist lifestyle translates into a space of a mere hundred square
feet, or so - in effect, a one-room cabin, either on communal land or
on wheels, which becomes moveable when needed. Joining a sustainable community
resolves the land question in that communal ownership is closer to the
everyone-owns-the-land reality. Further, because of communal pooling of
funds, the banks, which are the right hand of the real estate industry,
get only minimal, if any, percentage of the financial activity. (note
that a future Earth Vision Current issue will address alternative banking
- in an article entitled, "Where are the Green Banks?")
The reader can refer to the links on the EV website for further information
on some of the above options.
Above all, the reader is invited to entertain further resolutions to the
land allocation issue, and contribute to the evolution of this article.
This is an open-ended article, as is the associated weblog. Feel free
to send responses via email to the author, or to enter them on the blog.
Think what you can do with your life, now that you have freed up so much
time due to a pragmatic resolution to the question of shelter. . . .
© Josef Graf
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