The Biotic Commonwealth

The Biotic Commonwealth, and how we participate in, and co-create, it:
 
1) We are citizens of states and nations, and have identities structured as such.
> Nations are a recent social construction; the kind we are familiar with were invented around 1776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed, Adam Smith published “Wealth of Nations”, and James Watts sold the first steam engines, begetting fossil-fueled imperialist industrial capitalism. As nationalism was invented, anthropogenic climate warming began. 
 
We have been biocitizens all along—members of the biotic commonwealth—and have, in the USA, never been trained to be, or rewarded for being, as such.
> Our colonialist identity is the antipode of the “placed””native””indigenous””ecologically/evolutionarily constructed” biocitizen identity.
 
Let us take this opportunity to imagine ourselves as biocitizens and not as citizens of states and nations.
>As colonialist precepts like “private property” are released, biocitizenist precepts are grasped.

2) The commonwealth construct descends from England, where Saxons/Germans and Normans/French battled for control and Norman King John had to sign the Magna Carta or be lynched. The commonwealth idea is that the politically empowered must serve all, not just themselves: wealth must be shared commonly.

At the heart of the commonwealth construct is the concept of equality, which is grounded in the natural law of biotic self-interest: life wants to live and has the natural right to do so; (deny that right and the natural law is enforced as a sting, a bite and/or infection). The “elite” and the “common” are equally subject to this leveling “natural law”; political equality is biologically-based.

Massachusetts is a Commonwealth, so we don’t need to invent or import the construct.

Wealth is a word that descends from from the Middle English word wele “well-being” on analogy of health, and further back from the Proto-Germanic *walô (“well-being, prosperity”).

> “Commonwealth” means shared health, well-being and prosperity.

3) To be a biocitizen is to be a participant in, and co-creator of, the biotic commonwealth.
 
The biotic commonwealth is the totality of biological life on our planet; the bios.
 
We barely know it, and for this reason destroy it a) unknowingly and b) knowingly with a colonialist, nationalist, and industrial-capitalist mindset. This recently constructed mindset is the primary cause of our species’ extinction crisis; it does not train us to be, or reward us for being, biocitizens.
 
4) To act as a biocitizen is to serve all members of the biotic commonwealth: to share, instead of destroying, bios.
 
For in the same way that what King John did to the commoners, he did to himself, what we do to bios, we do to ourselves.
 
> It is in our self-interest to be selfless 🙂

5) The appropriate activity of the biocitizen is to garden, and when not gardening, to take and apply the gardening mindset wherever we go.

> The Biotic Commomwealth is our planet, a garden.

 
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