Greetings Scout, Nice to meet you.
I'm a Noob here, so if I say something that sets anyone off, let me apologize in advance. PM me and we'll work it out.
A case for ranting, is made very eloquently here:http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/02/talkitout.html
Evidently, there truly is a substantial therapeutic value to venting. This is a good thing
That being said, I have to say, ranting about what's wrong without exploring and taking action towards solutions seems not only useless, but destructive, and has discouraged me from becoming active in this forum.
I was very excited when I discovered your blog, and saw what you have done towards promoting the concept of ReWilding. Love your videos, love that you have built and maintained a blog, a forum and a wiki. Love that you have had the courage to move out into the community and speak publicly.
That you are proactive, that you are putting your money and your energy towards this cause that you believe in is very inspiring, and is worthy of the highest respect and gratitude. Thank you for giving so much!
I would like to suggest the addition of a regular practice to be added to the forum:
Once the venting about a particular issue is complete, I'd like to suggest a further step - let's explore and build a vision for how we want things to be - what we want to create instead.
I find when I follow up my rants by exploring this, very quickly I find myself discovering there are things to do - places to go, people to talk to.
Maybe Scout, you can explore your own process - how you move from your anger, frustration and disillusionment with "civ" into the action of visioning, communicating and building the world you want to live in, then share it with us. Teach us. Reorganize this forum to reflect that process.
Not sure how everyone else feels about this, I can speak only for myself. Such a reorganization would not only keep me coming back, but would encourage me to share ReWilding with everyone I know.