Auroville: In This City People Live Without Politics, Religion, Or Money
What do you think the biggest issues the world faces today are? Most people would say matters of bias and privilege, right? Well what if you...
The truth is, you can. This utopia has existed for 50 years, even; it's called Auroville, and is located in Southern India.
The brainchild of Mirra Alfassa, Auroville is a universally welcoming place, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, or language.
Instead, it celebrates what we all are: Citizens of earth.
Alfassa created a charter by which the city runs, and no nation can claim property of the place. Instead, it belongs to the world.
There is no authority, legal or political, nor a person of power, that the inhabitants need to respect. There are no written laws either.
Instead, there is only one supreme universal truth by which the city runs; citizens work toward harmony, love, and acceptance, and prioritize education and research.
As a result, the functioning of the town is organized in a very modern and environmental friendly way. They have implemented systems of wastewater treatment, as well as systems of ground water depletion.
Auroville uses eco-friendly methods for production of organic food, as well as technologically advanced methods for making the poor soil fertile. With the time, the town has become self-sufficient when it comes to food production and drinking water.
Starting from the seventies, they have started a process of forestation, and today the city is settled within a belt of forests and fields, making it one of the cleanest places on earth.
Even crazier, Aurovillians use no money – they have a whole economy functioning on principles of sharing, giving, and exchanging.
There is a distribution center in the city where both citizens and strangers can get a meal, but mainly, people produce what they need and exchange items with neighbors, without any aspirations of earning from the barter economy.
As a result of the cosmopolitan spirit embedded in the city, today it is inhabited with representatives from more than 50 nations.
It is protected under the authority of UNESCO, which in a way secures its future existence. The town has no restrictions – everyone is welcomed to come and to find his own peace.