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Notices, Workshops & Rides: RE: A LETTER TO CORTES ISLAND
Thanks, Mike, for taking the time to marshal your thoughts and then write them in a an organized way.

I agree with most of what you write. I certainly don't want to see the digital world of the city person become the world of the Cortes Island person. As you say, to be present with, to pay attention to, to be aware of, the person, or people, around you, the community about you, the local physical world in which we all live - these should be our everyday concerns.

But, change is always happening.

Too many new people who have no idea of what being present in a small, somewhat isolated, community means because they have never lived in a small, somewhat isolated, community. Many may come to get away from the city world but they bring the city world with them because that is what they know. They aren't aware they're stepping on our world.

Actually, when you come right down to it, too many people, period. Sometime in the last few years Cortes Island reached the tipping point in population. We are no longer one neighbourhood; we are a series of neighbourhoods who begin to know the other neighbourhoods less and less, just like neighbourhoods in a city.

How do you stop change when no one ever has?