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“Here’s what I want to do when I get this book done: buy some land, 30, 40 acres, off the beaten track so I can afford it, but not more than a few hours from a major city.
I want mostly woods. I like the insulation from the weather, cool in the summer, warm in the winter (ever notice how winter’s warmer inside the woods than outside?). The air’s nice in the woods, all those leaves photosynthesizing carbon dioxide into fresh oxygen. And noise insulation: I want people to scream and carry on if they like, loud as they like, loud as we like. Conversely, I want to insulate from lawn mowers, weed-eaters, buzz-saws, all the stuff that makes a suburban summer sound like a hyperactive dentist’s office. I want to insulate from the roar and stink of the highway, from internal combustion generally.
Woods is what happens if you leave the land alone, at least it is in much of the U.S. I’d like to see humans leave more land alone, suburban lawn land for openers. Some open space, of course, for growing food, and for fun—wrestling, Frisbee, stuff like that. Lawn, maybe, but much less per capita than in suburbia where it’s hardly used at all.
The first thing I want to build in the Woods Place is a wants/needs board. There I want to post my wants and needs. The first of which will be that other people post their wants and needs, if they want to. I plan to watch the board for opportunities to give other people what they want and need most. Giving precisely what others want most now is one of my top turn-ons. Even material stuff, though I may not give a lot of that. What’s left? Emotional work: support in processing feelings completely, physical nurturing possibly, support in your doing and getting what you want and need most.
Giving is power. When it’s what recipient wants or needs most, it’s power for the recipient. And what a charge, what power, to contribute to other people’s power, to their learning, their ability to grow faster and do and get more of what they want. I love the power giving gives me, like giving a plant what it needs and seeing the results.”
“I went to the woods because I wish to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discovered that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau