This is the English digest of «El Correo de las Indias», a blog written in Spanish by las Indias. We started in 2002 and since then it is an open space for debate, thoughts and learning. Books, free software, social projects and even a synthetic language were born here.
In 2014 we started organizing «series» of posts in order to show more clearly the main subjects we are discussing. These were the most active of them during the last months:
A series of short posts trying to translate to everyday’s life the lessons of communalism and kibbutz history. Its goal is to share practical ideas useful for any kind of community: families, work place communities, cooperatives, associations or group of friends.
This is a series of posts on our «main thing», the subject what moves us the most, the perspective what makes our efforts meaningful: Abundance. You will find here our point of view on how Nature, knowledge and History are fussioned; why distributed networks are in the core of our narratives and how our ethics are related with our Economics.
We are living times of deep cultural change. We can see them growing in the «sharing economy». But they wouldn’t be significant if there weren’t a sea of small-scale-big-scope enterprises reinventing productivity: the «Direct Economy». Direct Economy projects are pointing towards the P2P production, a mode of production based in the growth of a free commons of knowledge. Meanwhile Information Technologies keep moving from mobility to ubiquity, from social networking to spimes and networks of talking things, and from centralized to distributed architectures. A new world is coming…
«Community» seems to arose an emotional and positive consensus. But because of it, it becomes more and more meaningless. In these series we will revisit the original sources of communitarianism and commonalism. We will a parallel History to these of the national ephemerids. A History of pioneers, utopias and committed activists. People decided to demonstrate the possibility of egalitarian ways of living, producing and saving. We will also find soldiers, craftsmen, philosophers and colonizers whose lives changed through the community experience. We will see the birth of cooperativism, kibbutz and mutualities. We will suffer the war syndrome and we will share adversity with nascent communities. But, mainly, we will discover through History and practice how thriving communities grew and endured.
The goal of «Las Indias in English» is to open conversations and to show new helpful ideas for helping you in your effort of making your life more interesting.
To us, «indianos», our life become meaningful through the passion for learning. That is why we regularly invite friends to write a post on their own approach to an interesting life.
Christianism use to be presented as the «origin of Europe», but even if it is partly true, it is not the only ingredient of what use to be named as «the Western mindset». Social practices, ancient institutions and historical places tell us about a powerful epicurean an stoic countercourant. Even it only was hegemonic during some periods, it linked classic tradition with Modernity allowing the Western culture to found community, fraternity, happiness and personal responsibility from a critical perspective of the religious and political powers.
An old Chinese proverb says «there is no such thing as a bad person playing Go». The truth is that such an abstract game generates a kind of knowledge difficult to instrumentalize. That is why it has attracted a very rare kind of person. In this series we will research about their relation with the oldest living game on Earth.
We will meet, of course, Chinese emperors and philosophers, Japanese Buddhist monks and Korean pros, but also great luminaries of the European thought since Leibniz to Einstein, since Georges Perec to Hermann Hesse and since Alan Turing to Deleuze.