In Ludda, life slows down. We walk, ride bicycles or push scooters. Some ride buggies. We don’t go to town very often. Withdrawing from Babylon’s economy, we serve our families and our community first and foremost.
We have a fund which we use to help members in distress. We do not use property insurance (apart from required car insurance for the time being); instead, the community pools resources and helps in the time of need.
But most of our mutual aid is not about money. It’s about being in close touch, knowing what is happening in each other’s lives. It’s about helping out — in an illness, with an aging parent — but also as an everyday sort of thing: planting and harvesting, putting food up, sharing one’s knowledge or craft with the children, or preparing for community gatherings. Chores become occasions for visiting, for the sharing of lives.
While in Ludda, be prepared to give a part of yourself to the community in free unstinted service. No rules. Lots of give and take.
* How the Amish do mutual aid.
* Liability insurance — the Amish way.
* The Amish community prefers to take care of their own, healthwise, and to avoid hospitals. A burn care treatment has been spreading throughout the community that seems rather successful. It is taught and administered without charge.
* Intentional communities often stress the mutual aid aspect of their lives.
* Mutual aid means commitment to self-help, compassion, and neighborly cooperation. Did you know that until the 30s, America was a mutual aid country?