Jordan, in response to your comment here I’m going to attempt to share something that I really suck at explaining. It is hard to find the correct assembly of words and put them in the correct order to make sense of, well, “it”. So I’m feebly going to drop back to my fallback position of an analogy in a fumbling attempt to explain, and perhaps in a larger sense put some perspective on this place we call the TreeHouse – The Last Refuge.
Think of current considerations like being inside a massive warehouse constructed as a pitch black maze. Within the confinement of the maze there is no light to afford any person perspective in relation to their environment.
Total darkness, total silence, and the incapacity for general use of any inherent sense: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, are all useless. The only sense that works is the instinctive sense that none, or at least few, of us have spent any time perfecting. It is exceptionally unnerving and disconcerting this place we find ourselves.
Yet, there is a coping mechanism available. You see, the maze was constructed by individual people who were given a specific set of instructions on a particular piece to build. Each person tasked with building their unit did not know what they were building, nor did they know how it would be assembled. In addition, they were not aware why they were building it; It was a request without explanation, and once the task fulfilled they were thanked for their contribution and instructed to leave.
The community that has come together in this Last Refuge is, in a large part, an assembly of many persons who were involved in the individual unit construction; and who know, with specific expertise, how their small section is navigated. Yet they do not know the whole.
We find ourselves within this maze of darkness absent of external compass points. However, each Treeper has a keen understanding, when their built unit is reached, of the entrance and exit. So a large group is able to navigate using the individual skill set of the participants as each take turn with inherent knowledge of their geographical point of reference when reached.
Such was the exact same manner of affiliation for the original founding fathers of this great Republic who found themselves in need of the same skill set. They were diverse and yet were generally comfortable with each other and their faith. They individually pledged their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor in advancement of the journey.
From the beginning, the largest percentage of current long-term refuge members became affiliated after they walked into the “political” maze around 2006/07′/08′ or 09′. Before that there were few who wanted to know what was behind the massive doors of this monolithic construct, but it was not empty. There were some guides already in place to assist the first steps.
Such remains the same today. As each day, week, month or year passes, more and more people find the courage to open the door. Each carrying their own individual reason to join the quest for understanding and basic truth. So each person inside has a responsibility to assist with the first uncomfortable steps. And so it goes…….
The community is much greater than the sum of its parts because each has a specific skill set, a specific knowledge, and a desire to learn, absorb and understand; Even though each has an individual, or personal, reason for doing so. That reason matters not, nor is it ever asked. If not abridged by the individual in the form of a question it remains irrelevant.
To your direct inquiry. I don’t know what you, or anyone else, might do, or not do, with the information we discuss. It is irrelevant to us, as it should be. No-one is telling anyone they need to do anything, nor do they need to avoid doing anything. To each his/her own.
But what we do have here is a great collection of lightbringers who know, as previously mentioned, the construct of individual segments.
Many people here stem from military backgrounds, many more from affiliations and expertise with quasi-political forces who worked deep within the framework of the maze of societal construction. Their expertise is as diverse as the fabric which quilts our nation.
I like to think of the Treehouse the same way I view Mensa. The Mensa organization is quite different from what people think. The most intelligent, as quantified with abstract reasoning tests, are not elite academics, professors, or captains of industry. Not even close.
The vast majority of Mensas’ are tradespeople of comfortable invisibility, and profoundly proud insignificance. They are carpenters, nurses, plumbers, electricians, roofers, street sweeps, janitors and otherwise: the ‘invisibles’. But bring them together and watch out. Because quantum physics meets practical application and universal factors are dissected with massive intellectual acumen.
One common thread characteristic, or sense of commonality, is each person seems to enjoy the comfort of physical accomplishment. Few, very few, are abstract white collarists. Some are significant leaders but only because of what I call ‘their deep connection to dirt’, as in – physical earth covering dirt. Working with your hands provides a comfort unknown in the world of the abstract intellectual thought; and yet, that physical effort allows the mind to travel to incredible places of cognition.
It is a journey.
This is a journey. A journey without a specifically known destination, and an unnerving sense that despite our best efforts or intentions the destination might be a place we do not want to reach. But we are committed to boldly finding out, because in its purest sense the only truth is available at the exit.
Such is life.