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Matthew 6.19-21 remix

Don’t save up all your money here in this world, where stock markets can crash overnight, the value of currency fluctuates from one day to the next and investment brokers don’t get arrested until after they’ve spent your money.

Instead, save up treasure in the Great Beyond, where there is no stock market or currency or investment brokers.

Because wherever you put your wealth, that’s where your focus will be.

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www.newamerica

I think the world wide web is kind of like colonial America was in it’s prime.

In the New World everyone had a chance for a better life. Just about anyone could set up shop somewhere and start selling some kind of product or service. There weren’t a lot of rules and there weren’t a lot of taxes. Mostly those early American settlers from Europe were left alone to make the best life and the best world that they could.

It wasn’t always pretty, but according to (I think) 1776 by David McCullough the quality of life in pre-revolutionary America in the colonies was the highest in the world at the time.

I think the internet’s the same way. Anyone can get a website and start selling a product or service. Even if it’s just their own ideas or stories or opinions. It’s all fair game and no one knows what the next big thing is going to be or who it’s going to come from. But the kid in his garage has as much chance (if not more) of being a big success in the land of web as any giant corporation.

It’s kind of beautiful.

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The old home's better when you're in the new

I’ve never been too quiet about my dislike of Orlando and the Central Florida area. Ever since I’ve realized it was possible, I’ve wanted to leave it.

But over the last few years my long-time hometown and I have made our peace with one another.

Here are a few things I’ve learned to love about her.

* Spanish moss

* An hour drive to Cocoa Beach or hour-and-a-half drive to Ponce Inlet, Daytona Beach

* The monsoon season (the sunshine state’s most guarded secret) and it’s just-like-clockwork afternoon rainstorms

* Disney, Universal, Sea World, the water parks and the ghetto theme parks

* Florida-residents discounts and deals to theme parks

* Space shuttle launches

* That unique Florida sky with it’s chalky pastel colors

* That not-so-unique stormy sky with it’s bold dark blues and ominous greys

* Publix, Publix subs, Publix Greenwise section and Publix sweet tea

* The smell of orange blossoms (which is getting harder to find)

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The digital tower

How much does the ancient tower of Babel have in common with our modern day world wide web?

According to that ancient story, everyone in the world spoke the same language. They were building a tower together and God realized there was nothing they wouldn’t be capable of doing. He caused them to speak different languages and they were prevented from finishing their project.

It’s kind of like we’re working back to that time of unilingual humanity. Languages are dying everyday. Globalization and the internet are fueling a world where everyone needs to know english, or at least the common language of their region.

People all over the world are working together, despite language barriers, in tiny pieces and parts to build the most massive construction by far that humans have ever made. It just can’t be seen, except on a computer screen.

I’m not saying the internet is a danger and God’s going to step in and break it up. I love the internet too. I just think there are interesting parallels.

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in Just— (one of my favorite poems)

in Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
spring
when the world is puddle-wonderful
the queer
old balloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
it’s
spring
and
the
goat-footed
balloonMan whistles
far
and
wee
e. e. cummings

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The Tourist and the Fisherman

An American tourist was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The tourist complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

The tourist then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”

The Mexican said, “With this I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.”

The tourist then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.”

The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!

"You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.

"Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

The tourist replied, “15 to 20 years. 25 at most.”

"But what then?" asked the Mexican.

The tourist laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.”

"Millions?…Then what?"

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos.”

~ author unknown

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The village

I am a strong believer in the exceeding value of intentional community, not just as an experiment or a short-term solution, but as a way of life.

One of my dreams is to start a yurt village.

I was also thinking about the reasons why an intentional village would be better than our modern-day alternative. Here are the 4 main elements and major benefits that came to mind.

community

economy

environment

mobility

Maybe I’ll talk more about these in future posts, but I’m sure that if you think about it, you can see how a bunch of people living on the same property with one shared common house and many private yurts (or yurt-like dwellings) would be socially healthier, financially cheaper, easier on energy and the local environment and would provide much more freedom to travel or even divide the year between different parts of the world. Just think about it.

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Things i'm into right now

* Rocketo: Journey to the Hidden Sea by Frank Espinosa

* The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

* Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics and Making Comics as well as Google’s comic about its new browser, Chrome

* Google’s new browser, Chrome

* Portal, the crazy innovative first-person puzzle game by Valve

* Viva la Vida on Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay

* learning CSS

* Heroes Season One

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