Every month for the last five years a group of us have been going to Red Bluff Park to spend time together in an unusual way. It is a loose form, without schedules, without agendas, without specific programs, a form devoid of the typical elements one sees when people from any other organization meet. And with this lack of formality, we’ve also seen a lack of leadership. In other words, nobody directs anybody else or tries to organize anything in particular. Sometimes we form small groups where we talk, study, and exchange experiences and opinions. Sometimes this relates to a particular theme we’ve agreed on, sometimes to something general. There are also times when we do all this with everyone included in a single group.
In this “informal form” there’s a lot of respect for the other, and a lot of desire to learn and share. Individualism finds little fertile ground, and tacitly we begin to form a kind of “collective body” that we are all part of and that belongs to everyone. Our personal relationships have grown enormously, and our ability to work, study, understand and share has grown proportionately. No doubt this form comes from our group work with the Disciplines, which has continued to be an almost perfect guide for group work and work in general. I would almost dare to say that this is a future form of relationship and coexistence that goes in a diametrically opposed direction to the way everything in the system is organized.
Along with everything described above, most of us have been experiencing certain registers that have to do with spiritual and social development. This is difficult to explain, so I will only refer to something we have commonly called “inspiration.” This inspiration, which has been progressively manifesting in many of us, has the taste of hope, poetically speaking; more morphologically speaking, it is a spherical form of inclusiveness and kindness. This last borrowed from Rafael Edwards’ contribution entitled “Two Spaces, Two Landscapes,” which we all studied together at the Park.
I believe that in the not too distant future, and in the measure that the system continues to fall apart, there will inevitably come a time when vertical forms will also enter into crisis, resulting in a vacuum to which we will be able to give a coherent response. I’ve always had the impression that our Parks were references for the future, but I had not realized that the future was already happening, and that the social and spiritual need was already here, present in the world around us.
With all the social upheavals that are happening, that future, or better said, that “human destiny,” has begun to manifest, and very soon we will move to another kind of society in which relationships will be very different from what we have known. I believe that the inspiration we’ve found in the Parks and among ourselves may be the “form” in which humanity will relate in the future. Perhaps it could be useful to offer our environments to those who are fighting for a more just society and those who will have the task of designing new social and economic parameters, so that they will have the opportunity to do their work and hold their interchange in our Parks, places that are ideologically, politically, spiritually, and economically neutral.
These images / drawings are from a collection called “Weekly Reflection”. Most of the time the text is related to the photo or the drawing and is a “poetic” interpretation of the image. All the images and drawings are made by Rafael Edwards, all the texts are created by Fernando Aránguiz and all the English translations by Trudi Richards.
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