A “Commons“ is…

A “Commons“

….Is a place, where

An organic culture

defines and makes its home

  • as its defensible and public space
  • for its communities of participants

serving as a “hive” for its internal relationships

  • usually as inclusive and equitable interconnections
  • (everyone to everyone)

serving as a “hub” for its external relationships

  • with its local niche of  ecological partners
  • with its open environment
  • (exploratory connections)
  • with and networks of remote exclusive connections
  • (one to one)

As its “Niche” in the world and “living space”.

 … for example

A “body”   is a commons for its cells

  • But bodies are organized differently than their cells, each needing to be part of a different culture

A “town”   is a commons for its villagers

  • But every town develops from its unique circumstance, so the usual patterns associated with the words are really questions about the individual thing

A “nest”     is a commons for its family or swarm

  • Living things need to sleep, and make secure places where they can “tune out” at night, to reemerge refreshed.
  • and so too the organizations of a commons, that come to a rest at night, to awake refreshed by the reflections of rest.

The Earth   is a commons for life


The “Culture” occupying the Commons

    …is << a different thing>>

the organization that develops

  • the physical interrelationships of its parts
    • the animated, eventful and energy using physical parts and processes
  • the virtual relationships
    • as artifacts of the living physical relationships, left as virtual parts in the life patterns of its organization

with the “common language” we develop, for their internal and external relationships,

  • a “virtual organization” for their “physical” organization”
  • with the natural  “meanings of the words” in direct relationship with the “organization of  the things” the words refer to;
  • As a “direct relationship” between words and things, developing along with the organization of the culture by
    •  accumulating  life experience with
    • the things of the Commons and Nature,

as people explore LIVING

  • by discovering and developing their physical relationships with the webs of the commons and of nature
  • and their understanding of the “true meanings” of words and “meanings of life” the words refer to
  • as the connection of the physical things and experiences of life,
  • both making words into connected parts of the natural world and serving to ground and enrich the meanings of language

JLH 9/10/13

Related Tweet’s on the nature of “sleep” and living things waking “re-freshed” by it :

 J.L. Henshaw ‏@shoudaknown

1      That living things “rest to refresh” is a matter of “house-keeping” in homes of the living cultures residing there. https://synapse9.com/signals/2013/09/10/a-commons-is/

2      The need to rest and refresh, and start a “new day” is the same with ALL of nature, and the life of daily activity, the home and office too.

3      A day starts with a cleared mind and rearranged mental furniture.. with reaffirmed convictions and worries, delusions too of course.

4      The economy, following rules of science…never gets to rest, but churns ever harder to expand and expand, forced to grow in unhealthy ways.

5      The pain of recessions are a sign of it, forced “re-tooling without a break”, and very painful! But science doesn’t know what sleep is for!

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