Living at the edge.
That is where I have been for the last few years now, by choice. ‘At the edge’ is where things happen. It is where all change begins. It is the place where the most activity abounds as you will know if you have studied permaculture. It is the boundary region between states (I mean ‘old state || new state’, not VIC/NSW). It is the place where you can not only see ‘what is’ but also ‘what will be’ through observing the change going on around you.
Consider living ‘at the edge’. It is much more satisfying, and ultimately safer, than living ‘at the centre’.
My main reason for this post is to promote the article from Transition Voice linked at the end of the piece. So please read that even if you don’t get around to looking at all my gubbins in between.
Living at the centre.
People who are happy living ‘at the centre’ of things only see ‘what is’, because the centre tends to try to maintain stability, to hold onto what it has got. Often at any cost. The centre projects the thinking that ‘this is how things are, how they will always be, and we like it that way’. It neglects to consider that ‘things have not always been that way’. But that means that the centre can be swept away by change with little warning. I am reminded of the line from the Yeats verse which goes ‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold’ and goes on to talk about Anarchy let loose on the world.
We are in a time of great change. We need to start living at the edge.
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I am not talking about living ‘on the edge’. That is a dangerous place to be. Living ‘at the edge’ is not necessarily comfortable and may be quite challenging. Ask any New Jerseyite about that. But it does have its rewards, the view is great and you will be among the first to see it.
By the way, edge living does not necessarily mean the same thing as fringe dweller. Though the two are not incompatible. An edge dweller could also be living in a high rise in a city centre and hold down a mainstream job, though I suggest they would not be doing so with any great degree of feeling comfortable about the situation for very long.
So, what is ‘the edge’? Well its, …er, …er, …how do I describe it? It is definitely not a place, or an organisation or any other sort of ‘group thing’. More of a point of view; a clarity of vision; a willingness to see beyond the norm; to be seen as different in order to achieve veracity; to be true to oneself no matter what others do or think; to accept that everything changes, that there are cycles to life; to have a grip on what is real and an acknowledgement of what is make-believe; a willingness to let go of the past and grasp the future as it becomes the present; to embrace the change that they see coming and work to prepare for it as best they can.
I am not sure if I have made a very good fist of this description, or whether I have done it justice, but I will leave it there and let it sit. I may come back to this after some more thought.
If you want to know more about edge living then the following article, apparently the first of a series, talks more about living ‘at the edge’. The first one is good. As an edge dweller I would like to see where it goes from here.
With thanks to Transition Voice for posting the article: Confessions of an Edge Dweller by