Planning Organic Design.
Think about this for a minute.
At any point in time during your day, regardless of where you are at, or, what you are doing, do you ever just stop everything you are doing, pull yourself out of your zone; sit back, lean back or lay back long enough to observe what everyone else is doing?
If you do, and/or, as you do, do you as well take the time to consider what it is everyone else is thinking while they are doing whatever it is they are doing?
If you are like me, most likely you consider such thoughts fairly frequently and as you do and you are perhaps in the same field of urban planning or urban conceptualization (dreaming) I am in, you are very much capable of coming up with broad and sweeping generalizations that have little to no bearing on any form of reality whatsoever. None the less, as you take the time to just lay back and wonder about everyone else, certain very obvious behavioral patterns can be identified in the process of doing so. As you are not only in the field of urban planning but as well quite knowledgeable of the field Urban Behavioral Economics, the sweeping, broad generalizations you come to are in fact buttressed by the larger fact that because of the fact you are indeed quite knowledgeable of the field Urban Behavioral Economics, your observations are, in truth, quite accurate and profoundly insightful in substance even though everyone else you are watching are in fact doing things that keep them oblivious to the fact that you are watching them as they are doing what it is you falsely assume they are doing.
At any rate, there is a point to this essay and that point is this; people spend an awful lot of their time playing, quite fruitlessly with their belly buttons. Even though they might just be walking by, riding in the car next to you, sitting on the train seat across the aisle, working at a desk two cubicles over or three floors up, washing windows outside of your office, burping their child, grocery shopping, no matter what, what these people are doing is nothing more than playing with their belly buttons. I know this for a fact that is bench marked by a rather simple argument. If in fact people weren’t just playing with their belly buttons, then what on earth can possibly explain the reason why that with all the people you run across in the course of a given day, nobody ever talks about urban planning?
Think about this.
Even though the belly button can, in all likelihood be considered to be, the most organic and cognitively centered spot on the human body, all people ever really do with the thing is play with it, or, think about playing with it when in fact one would assume they would be thinking about something altogether different. It’s a rather startling truth wouldn’t you say? Particularly when you consider the fact that while everyone is playing with their belly button, virtually no one is thinking about urban planning.
As this is the case, I thought that if I were to write an essay on urban planning that stressed the importance of integrating the belly button into sustainability discussions as such discussions focus on community and neighborhood development, perhaps the whole playing with the belly button thing would become a sort of socioeconomic transformational model from which such things as micro solar collectors and rainwater management systems would emerge. If in fact, people in general had something relatively tangible to discuss and such discussions led directly to the growth of entirely new models of urban living, would the belly button find in the process of this transformation, a certain and valid re-connection with an entirely different part of the human anatomy?
Knowing that what goes on with the belly button is indeed a “frame of mind thing”, that other anatomical body part is then the human brain and for the sake of this essay, the “non organic industrial brain” in particular.
With the brain being a mechanism that is essentially operational from the moment of conception, it is of course quite capable of receiving vast amounts of information over the course of its life span. As it is, the type of information the brain receives has a direct bearing on the type of environment the body and the belly button attached to the body have or have not, and/or continue to have experienced both living and learning in. Thus if the brain is exposed to something such as organic gardening at a very early age, chances are fairly good that the belly button and the body have as well. Knowing all of this then is relevant and in fact crucial to understand if the whole concept of perpetually playing with the belly button is not only finally understood, but in turn, transformed into a method of personal accomplishment that might very well lend itself to the growth of the very organic neighborhood based industries, the “organic industrial brain” has the capacity to actually develop whereas the “non organic brain” is virtually incapable of grasping. As the theory here is that belly button playing is in fact a very alarming indication of a much more prolific form non organic brain dysfunction, it is as well an indication of an equally dysfunctional aspect of non organic urban planning.
Going along with the notion that non organic urban planning has been the predominant form of urban planning for several decades, it more or less goes without saying that belly button playing has spread accordingly to every aspect of urban planning. Thus urban transportation planning, urban economic development planning, urban parks and recreational planning, urban building code model planning, urban public education planning, urban density assessment model planning, urban tax increment financial model planning and, on and on, are all adversely affected by of all things, excessive amounts of belly button playing.
With all of this in mind then, perhaps it would be a good idea to take a careful look at one singular function of urban planning, in the process, dissect its varied parts from the perspective of organic based industrial brain function exclusively. To do so, I will first take a look at that function from the non organic based urban planning mindset.
Rainfall and Its Affects on Community Based,
Belly Button Behavioral Modification.
Rainfall is of course, a fairly normal and regular occurrence pretty much in most places where humans congregate to the point of forming a community. As it has many benefits, it does as well have many issues pertaining to the fact that the benefits are also a nuisance. Either way, rainfall is water and water must be managed. For decades, the non organic urban model was to establish some system that would enable most if not all in the community to benefit from the fact that rainfall would be managed and directed initially away from buildings, that’s it. As long as there was some means of moving water away from the front door, those coming and going from the building would feel as if the urban planner guy was doing his job even though they actually never even knew an urban planner guy even existed.
With one thing leading to another and more and more urban planners began to dissect the function of rainwater, the services required to prevent rainwater from doing the bad things it can do expanded and produced a network of water management infrastructure that allowed the water to go someplace where it, in many ways could not either be seen or heard, at least not from the negative aspect of water management that people grew unaccustomed to organically dealing with. What is quite interesting here is that while communities secretly created infrastructure to deal with the sheer volume of rainwater that regularly falls on communities nationwide, people with organic belly buttons grew more and more detached from dealing with rainwater on their own resulting in what fundamentally became the sociological groundwork that led to excessive belly button playing to begin with.
As symptoms of excessive belly button playing first emerged, a broad host of non organic consumer products and services for the home emerged and only led more to the proliferation of this dysfunctional belly button playing. One of the products was called a rain gutter. Another product was called a downspout. Whereas initially it was thought that such products had some type of constructive usefulness and in fact thousands if not tens of thousands of people with belly buttons found employment either manufacturing and installing or selling and cleaning out gutters, soon it became apparent that the gutter, the downspout, the ladder needed to get to the gutter, the cost of insurance against the possibility one would fall off the ladder, or, mistakenly walk under the ladder only to be hit with gobs of infected and decaying leaf matter retrieved from infected and decaying gutters by infected and decaying shovels yielded by infected and decaying gutter cleaners and salesman, when all of this became obvious and in turn there was a growing epidemic of belly button playing going on, urban planners began to contemplate rain gutter and downspout alternatives.
As in all ways industrial, this point of contemplation represents an entire socioeconomic shift in industrial based logistical thought, this same point of contemplation represents a much broader cultural transition from, what I have previously stated a non organic industrial mindset to a wholly organic industrial mindset that once fully understood and applied stops altogether any and all thought of future belly button playtime. When you really begin to think about rain water management and in doing so eliminate two historically necessary tools of that management process, the rain gutter and downspout which are still needed but have the very clear potential to be logistically reconfigured, the economics of doing so as well as the educational parameters needed to effect such a monumental reconfiguration, simply and quite dynamically emerge in virtually all other sectors and disciplines of the original urban planning premise.
As at the core of the urban plan is a remarkable combination of environmental heath measures, personal health measures, personal financial gains, community financial gains, community based industrial growth, public and private sector educational guidelines, a host of transit based priorities, and, of course, a host of funding needs, removing the rain gutter and the downspout from the dialog might be construed as an equivalent to removing a roof from a house so that the inhabitants can sit on their living room couch to get a sun tan. Where in fact if the roof was indeed removable and in fact the water from the roof could be directed to a much more tangible environmental and economic outcome, now the rain gutter, the downspout and the retractable roof are a part of a much broader organic industrial based, urban planning mindset. Whereas we as a nation are still very much anchoring our industrial mindset on manufacturing rain management components we are in turn managing the development of a quite remarkable expansion of our nation’s whole public utility infrastructure which in a decidedly refreshing manner, once again allows our nation to financially be able to do so.
America’s 21st Century Belly Button Goal.
If you really think about the pretense of this essay, agree with it and find a certain sense of core logic attached to it, more than likely you have the capacity to understand the general principles of urban planning as such principles are attempting to be applied universally throughout our nation. As virtually everyone of my essays have to do with the tremendous need we collectively have to get going on the truly enormous task of rebuilding all aspects of our national infrastructure, perhaps the most debilitating blockade standing in our way is that obvious and logical organically based industrial thought is still being circumvented by those who hurt their head when they fell off the ladder cleaning gutters twenty five years ago. Not wanting to go up two times a year to clean leaves out of gutters, the greater concepts of leaf management, rain water management, residential top soil replenishment and so on and so forth sit largely idle due exclusively to the fact that belly button playing remains at the nucleus of our larger national lazy streak.
If in fact one day you find yourself just stopping everything you are doing, pulling yourself out of your zone; sitting back, leaning back or laying back long enough to observe what everyone else is doing and you find that every one is gone, you might want to go discover where in fact they went. As more than likely they are away from the desk because they are away from the company who owned the desk, even more likely they are at another desk at another company that is involved with the manufacturing, installation, education and long term maintenance of some new rain water control and distribution system that is in the process of being installed on every home in their own neighborhood by people who like themselves were educated by both the company and the building and zoning office located in their community while attending classes at the local community college all of which is being paid for by at least four highly articulated and separate public and private sector funding entities.
With virtually no belly button playtime left on the mantel clock, in fact, as the mantel itself has been modified to hold both filtered rainwater and tropical fish, well, at one point in real clock time, one thing organic leading to yet another thing organic produces a whole and valid organic industrial and economic blueprint for the whole life cycle of rain fall once again.
Think about this for a minute, and, stop playing with your damn belly button. You look like an idiot standing in a rain storm without an umbrella.
Thanks for stopping by.
Mike Patrick Dahlke
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