Today I walked around a kibbutz in the scorching heat, the heat is irrelevant to the story, what is relevant is the way the kibbutz made me feel.
From the minute I entered, a peacefulness washed over me, and as we sat on a porch eating felafel and salads a light breeze whipped around my face, and the crickets merrily chirped in the background.
The ideology behind a kibbutz is one that sits very well with me. The strong united community feel, the knowledge that each person is equal and the lack of social rungs and stereotypes appeals to me.
As I walked around looking at the abundance of fruit trees and vines, I wondered what do we as humans really need aside from this?
Where did we as a greedy competitive society get it so wrong?
Why do we complicate such a simple, beautiful and innocent lifestyle?
I listened to stories of childhoods spent running barefoot in the sun, working, playing, living off the land they sleep on.
I thought about my own childhood back in the day, where kids were allowed to ride their bikes until sundown, when we walked home with friends, we played outdoors, we made up games and had imagination.
We didn’t need constant entertainment such as computers and games, we felt free to express, to create and we turned out fine.
We lived our lives to the edges of the day, and I see that so much on this holiday- kids up late, playing till sundown whatever time that may be. Adults and kids making the most of the daylight in London and Oslo appreciating this warmth and solar charging their batteries before winter appears again.
The Kibbutz embraces a lifestyle I support, fresh produce, freedom, wholesome living and sense of community and pride in the simple things.
I sign off now, with a very content peaceful heart.