Neon Green Wave
Hi I have an idea and a proposal.
In the seventies and eighties lots of people moved (including my parents) from the city to the countryside. They had children, they were growing vegetables, they wove, they played and listened to music and they discussed politics. It was called ”the green wave”. Most children (including me and my siblings) of course, moved away as fast as we could. Going for education, other experiences and jobs.
We never planned to go back but the longing for a simple life close to nature is stronger than I can understand. Why would I like to spin wool when it’s not needed? Bake bread, planting trees, build wooden stuff with your hands. Learning the names of animals and plants. Climb trees. Protect the right of public access. Understanding how and why things grow, that everything is connected and that we have to take care of this planet. Working for a sustainable world. This is what I want to give my children.
But there is a big difference between 1972 and 2012. It's called the Internet. You can get both city and countryside. That is the beauty of this global world. You can easily reach New York, Paris, Cape Town, Rio, Tokyo, Sydney. By rail and air (hopefully with a sustainable fuel in the near future), and most important: every day in your computer.
I admire my parents and their generation. Politically and philosophically. What they taught us about solidarity and sustainability. So of course, this choice is not difficult if at all surprising. I'm just grateful to be able to live in the country side and still work with what I love.
It is not a moss green life I advocate. Isolated people with no electricity or water. On the contrary, I will read the world's newspapers every morning on my ereader. The idea of a neon green wave it this.
The proposal is a good, preferably free, internet. And a good, preferably free, railway net. It would benefit society as much as free libraries are. Free access of information is a human right.
It’s easy to imagine. A rushing train in the landscape, filled with people that are online in fine neon green wagons.