It is February the First, Two Thousand Eight in the Common Era. A few weeks ago I mentioned Miranda and I would be announcing a venture soon. As promised, we are prepared to go public.
The Mountain Top School is the first step in a venture to create a model of luxurious, sustainable living. Luxurious in the sense that, taken as a whole, the way of life will be preferable to what modern civilization can offer. Sustainable in the sense that, unless our environment changes dramatically, we could continue on forever, in obvious contrast to modern civilization. The Mountain Top School will function as a way to train others in necessary skills, earn the money necessary to push the venture further, and to recruit new members. As the Mountain Top School develops the skills and knowledge our new, post-industrial society will base its livelihood on, the school will be increasingly overshadowed by the larger development of a new way of life. One that will provide for its membership all of the necessities of life, a level of luxury, social support, freedom, education, security, and more.
Currently our modern society is ill-equipped to handle the problems leading up to the Collapse. Indeed, this is why modern civilization will collapse. If such a society cannot handle the problems that caused it to collapse, it certainly cannot handle the aftermath of that collapse. In order to survive the collapse of modern civilization, and also to go beyond it in a favorable way, we need not only a new set of skills but a new kind of society. And in the final analysis, the only way to create a new society is to create it with a group of dedicated, like-minded people. Until you reach that point all the planning, figuring, and thinking in the world is only so much intellectual masturbation. And so, here begins the great project of our time. Our revolution. Our hope. Our future. Mountain Top School.
– Benjamin Shender