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This website is a work-in-progress which grows with community input. Rural Values is a troll-free zone.
Rural Values represents a rapidly growing grassroots movement of civic-minded, progressive and environmentally concerned citizens in Lake County, CA.
What are rural values ?
For most Americans, the answer to that question today is
probably different from what it would have been 50 years ago, before political and religious extremists hijacked the concept and began re-writing history. To find the truth, one need journey back to the founding of this nation, when noble, egalitarian ideals were given concrete form by farmer Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders of this then-rural nation, inspired partly by the example of the first representative democracy in the Americas, the Native American Iroquois Confederacy. Our REAL HISTORY pages will explore the core values inherent to America's origins as a modern democracy.
is definitely rural, and the values it represents in the public's mind depends upon who you are talking to. It has been called the Appalachia of the West
Coast by those who see it as a backward place. But changes in demographics suggest that such views will soon become more a portrait of LakeCountys
past than of its future.
What draws newcomers to LakeCounty? Among other things: an abundance of natural, unspoiled beauty,
clean air and water, the lure of living where wholesome food can be grown
without fear of contamination, opportunity to put sustainable living
or farming concepts into practice, and the chance to own an affordable piece of paradise.
Come celebrate true-blue rural values!
Such aslove of nature, respect for all life, honoring
the wisdom of the elders, acknowledging our responsibility to future
generations, self-sufficiency, financial prudence, tolerance, generosity, neighbors helping neighbors, thriftiness,
living simply, gratitude, and finding joy every day in the wonder of existence.
Our Voices of the People page will contain not only voices from Lake County, but also provide
insights from, and links to, the modern writings of folks like Wendell
Berry, Gary Snyder and Michael Pollan, rural political philosophers
like Thomas Jefferson, transendentalist authors such as
Alcott, Emerson and Thoreau, the indigenous wisdom of visionaries
such as Black Elk or story-keepers like Paula Gunn Allen, and other
voices that capture the true essence of the values associated with
living close to, and part of, the land.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed
can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.