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Paleo: What is the next phase in our quest for World Domination?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 15, 2012 at 1:59 AM

What part can we play in growing the Paleo movement? Are their ways we can help it spread throughout the country, continent, and across the oceans? I???m looking for something more than the usual ???talk to your friends, family, doctors, and neighbors???. I???m talking about something bigger and slightly more organized. Folks from other countries (besides the US) please chime in and add your thoughts/perspective.

What can we, the ground troups, do to spread the movement in a fun and constructive way?

I found this post which is a good companion piece to my question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/580/future-of-paleo-movement#axzz1m9FQrQNt.

This is also a good companion Question (has a different focus though so it is not a duplicate). http://paleohacks.com/questions/47191/what-will-it-take-to-get-the-paleo-movement-to-a-tipping-point#axzz1m9FQrQNt

What can we, the ground troups, do to spread the movement in a fun and constructive way?

*Let me just add that 'world domination' is an exageration for literary effect and not an actual desire for world domination. Someone may have down voted my question because of this misunderstanding.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on March 23, 2012
at 03:48 AM

Eye on the prize Stabby, eye on the prize. ;-)

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on March 22, 2012
at 08:39 PM

TedEx? Ted talks? More media? Reaching out to Gluten-free, Celiac, Autoimmune, etc. communities

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on February 20, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Yaay you used the world-domination tag too. :-)

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 16, 2012
at 03:20 PM

I worry about Paleo exploding. Part of the beauty of this community is how dedicated and just so darn smart the people are. I am so impressed! I worry that like with any influx the landscape begins to, sometimes drastically, change. Not always for the better. I think a movie could definitely get us there because it is so easily digested by a large portion of the population versus reading a book (sad).

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 16, 2012
at 03:11 PM

Dorado Galore - We all play a role whether we intend to or not. Some just set an example and quietly go about their lives. That's fine. I want to be social and build a community of healthy people around me. I think the ripple effect of more and more people living healthier and depending less on a polluting and corrupted system will be felt across the planet in time. So I do this for myself and for the planet and my world community. Idealistic, yes. I'm not an optimist by nature. Paleo has changed more than my food choices. That is a ripple effect.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 16, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Sure it will. Little loin cloths and coconut bras are optional. With hats and gloves I think we could all be in an Elvis movie. Snappy cave-groove guys and gals.

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

(1837)

on February 16, 2012
at 10:13 AM

The whole point of paleo is to look good naked. You've got to show the fruits of your labours! And do I have to point out the correlation between paleo and barefooting? So no shoes. That leaves us with animal skin hats and gloves. Not sure the uniform is going to look particularly awesome!

Bd496c213379272a040e2bdd8f8f66bc

(23)

on February 16, 2012
at 06:03 AM

I'm just greedy and don't want to share my beef. Tofu and granola are over there you hipster jackwads. Get out of the butcher shop! Put those ribs down, they're mine! ;P

Bd496c213379272a040e2bdd8f8f66bc

(23)

on February 16, 2012
at 06:01 AM

I'm just greedy and don't want to share my beef. Tofu and granola is over there hippies, gut out of the butcher shop!

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(8239)

on February 16, 2012
at 01:33 AM

I was aware that you probably were not actually advocating "world domination." Even without that phrase, my personal interest is not in building a "movement" or in joining "ground troops." I respect that persuasion has its place, however, so good luck with your efforts in that regard. (Oh, and by the way: my "amen" comment above was not directed to Canhawk, but rather to Warren D's remark: "I'm not that bothered whether the rest of the world eats like I do or not.")

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(8239)

on February 16, 2012
at 01:32 AM

I was aware that you probably were not actually advocating "world domination." Even without that phrase, my personal interest is not in building a "movement" or in joining "ground troops." I respect that persuasion has its place. (Oh, and by the way: my "amen" comment above was not directed at Canhawk, but rather to Warren D's remark: "I'm not that bothered whether the rest of the world eats like I do or not.")

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 16, 2012
at 01:11 AM

I agree that more media coverage from different types of media will help. Thanks for posting the link.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on February 16, 2012
at 01:06 AM

And a postage-stamp moustache for Travis, our token vegetarian.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 09:33 PM

*Let me just add that 'world domination' is an exageration for literary effect and not an actual desire for world domination.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Agreed! I still can't figure out how to connect the two groups. I just don't know the right people yet. Will have to work on that.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 08:38 PM

*Let me just add that 'world domination' is an exageration for literary effect and not an actual desire for world domination.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 08:36 PM

Yeah, my friends are sick of Paleo references. That's why I need more Paleo friends on Faceplant.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 08:35 PM

Dorado Galore - World Domination is an attention getting title. Obviously no one thinks we're really going to try and dominate the world. That would be ridiculous which I thought was obvious. I am disappointed that I have to explain that.

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(8239)

on February 15, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Canhawk: amen, amen, amen. "World domination" is an ideal goal for people who believe they are One Hundred Percent Right and anyone who disagrees is to be defeated or at least overcome. Count me out of that mission.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Fewer medical bills weighing down our health care system would be nice. Less pollution going into creeks/streams and the air from industrial cattle farming. I feel like there could be a very significant ripple effect from an increase in Paleo minded people. Just saying.

Bd496c213379272a040e2bdd8f8f66bc

(23)

on February 15, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I agree with this. There is only so much meat to go around and I don't want to share. And this way, the fatties will think we are gods!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 15, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Great idea! I went vegetarian while in college (so sad!) and I think that it is a prime time for folks who are open to change & learning...

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on February 15, 2012
at 06:12 PM

You two must have better friends than I do. I've gotten a few "all that meat is going to kill you" responses (especially re: J. Stanton articles), and not much more. I've pretty much given up sharing health related things.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on February 15, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I can attest to this- I have had quite a few curious people write me on Facebook after being intrigued by the info I share!

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Wants snappy uniform! *footstamp* Okay, compromise. We'll make said uniforms out of animal skins. ;-) Just picturing leather onsies is making me both gag and laugh. This is awkward while trying to shovel down my eggs and sausage.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on February 15, 2012
at 10:44 AM

*facepalm* We don't need no steenkin' uniforms. Unless you mean animal skins.

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on February 15, 2012
at 06:01 AM

That would be great Meeps. There is such potential to reach so many people for every copy of publications like these.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 05:32 AM

Maybe we could work to create these connections in our own spheres of influence. We have a lot of small free publications here that might be interested in a paleo story if pitched to their audience. Most likely it won't be a vegetarian mag but might be Fitness Austin or a lifestyle mag.

E075ba9f0b45a81579cd3a6768ee680f

(110)

on February 15, 2012
at 04:14 AM

I agree PH does it to a certain extent, but the efficiency is what is lacking for me. I prefer to have a access to a structured pool of resources instead of having to dig through past individual questions. This goes back to y first point: it's easier to just answer people's questions as they come than proactively share resources for typical questions :-) But no doubt PH is an incredibly great resource for the community, never said anything to the contrary :-)

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 04:07 AM

With cute little hats? I'm in!

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 04:06 AM

"Peo­ple going pri­mal seem to con­cen­trate on their own indi­vid­ual chal­lenges and progress, and don’t really care how the neigh­bour, which went pri­mal as well, is faring." Sorry, but I think PaleoHacks is a great example of how we aren't doing this.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 03:34 AM

This is a mouthful but I like the way you think. We do need to think more collectively and start creating organizations locally that support and facilitate a paleo/primal lifestyle. Once these networks are in built it will be easier for the next generation joining the ranks.

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F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on February 15, 2012
at 02:55 AM

I would love to see articles in printed health magazines written by our Paleo peers. I'm fed up of reading "health" magazines telling me how we should reduce fat, eat more gluten, give up meat etc.

I think a lot of people blindly follow advice from magazines and I would love to read an article written by any of my favourite paleo bloggers - in print. Printed mainstream articles seems to be one of the few avenues in which Paleo has not yet got a foot in the door (but hopefully the Paleo Magazine will one day be stocked next to to mainstream health magazines!)

The people who read printed literature are not the same as those who read & research online.

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on February 15, 2012
at 06:01 AM

That would be great Meeps. There is such potential to reach so many people for every copy of publications like these.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 05:32 AM

Maybe we could work to create these connections in our own spheres of influence. We have a lot of small free publications here that might be interested in a paleo story if pitched to their audience. Most likely it won't be a vegetarian mag but might be Fitness Austin or a lifestyle mag.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Agreed! I still can't figure out how to connect the two groups. I just don't know the right people yet. Will have to work on that.

6
26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on February 15, 2012
at 03:34 AM

Snappy uniforms, preferably, "onesies"

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on February 16, 2012
at 01:06 AM

And a postage-stamp moustache for Travis, our token vegetarian.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Wants snappy uniform! *footstamp* Okay, compromise. We'll make said uniforms out of animal skins. ;-) Just picturing leather onsies is making me both gag and laugh. This is awkward while trying to shovel down my eggs and sausage.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 04:07 AM

With cute little hats? I'm in!

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on February 15, 2012
at 10:44 AM

*facepalm* We don't need no steenkin' uniforms. Unless you mean animal skins.

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

(1837)

on February 16, 2012
at 10:13 AM

The whole point of paleo is to look good naked. You've got to show the fruits of your labours! And do I have to point out the correlation between paleo and barefooting? So no shoes. That leaves us with animal skin hats and gloves. Not sure the uniform is going to look particularly awesome!

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 16, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Sure it will. Little loin cloths and coconut bras are optional. With hats and gloves I think we could all be in an Elvis movie. Snappy cave-groove guys and gals.

4
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 15, 2012
at 07:15 PM

Is it bad that I don't really care if anyone else comes over to paleo? Don't get me wrong, I'm always happy to give advice if I can help but I'm not that bothered whether the rest of the world eats like I do or not.

Bd496c213379272a040e2bdd8f8f66bc

(23)

on February 16, 2012
at 06:01 AM

I'm just greedy and don't want to share my beef. Tofu and granola is over there hippies, gut out of the butcher shop!

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Fewer medical bills weighing down our health care system would be nice. Less pollution going into creeks/streams and the air from industrial cattle farming. I feel like there could be a very significant ripple effect from an increase in Paleo minded people. Just saying.

Bd496c213379272a040e2bdd8f8f66bc

(23)

on February 15, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I agree with this. There is only so much meat to go around and I don't want to share. And this way, the fatties will think we are gods!

Medium avatar

(8239)

on February 16, 2012
at 01:32 AM

I was aware that you probably were not actually advocating "world domination." Even without that phrase, my personal interest is not in building a "movement" or in joining "ground troops." I respect that persuasion has its place. (Oh, and by the way: my "amen" comment above was not directed at Canhawk, but rather to Warren D's remark: "I'm not that bothered whether the rest of the world eats like I do or not.")

Medium avatar

(8239)

on February 15, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Canhawk: amen, amen, amen. "World domination" is an ideal goal for people who believe they are One Hundred Percent Right and anyone who disagrees is to be defeated or at least overcome. Count me out of that mission.

Medium avatar

(8239)

on February 16, 2012
at 01:33 AM

I was aware that you probably were not actually advocating "world domination." Even without that phrase, my personal interest is not in building a "movement" or in joining "ground troops." I respect that persuasion has its place, however, so good luck with your efforts in that regard. (Oh, and by the way: my "amen" comment above was not directed to Canhawk, but rather to Warren D's remark: "I'm not that bothered whether the rest of the world eats like I do or not.")

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 08:35 PM

Dorado Galore - World Domination is an attention getting title. Obviously no one thinks we're really going to try and dominate the world. That would be ridiculous which I thought was obvious. I am disappointed that I have to explain that.

Bd496c213379272a040e2bdd8f8f66bc

(23)

on February 16, 2012
at 06:03 AM

I'm just greedy and don't want to share my beef. Tofu and granola are over there you hipster jackwads. Get out of the butcher shop! Put those ribs down, they're mine! ;P

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 16, 2012
at 03:11 PM

Dorado Galore - We all play a role whether we intend to or not. Some just set an example and quietly go about their lives. That's fine. I want to be social and build a community of healthy people around me. I think the ripple effect of more and more people living healthier and depending less on a polluting and corrupted system will be felt across the planet in time. So I do this for myself and for the planet and my world community. Idealistic, yes. I'm not an optimist by nature. Paleo has changed more than my food choices. That is a ripple effect.

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6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on February 15, 2012
at 05:18 PM

I recently encountered on a college campus a free booklet on the advantages of being a vegan. Maybe we could develop a similar booklet with a summary on some of the common myths plaguing healthcare today and see it distributed in a similar manner.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 15, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Great idea! I went vegetarian while in college (so sad!) and I think that it is a prime time for folks who are open to change & learning...

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 15, 2012
at 05:06 PM

Facebook has been a marvelous tool for disseminating (ahem) Paleo propaganda.

I've converted 4 people to our cause, just via my FB posts!

A concerted FB assault could be strategically sound.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 08:36 PM

Yeah, my friends are sick of Paleo references. That's why I need more Paleo friends on Faceplant.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on February 15, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I can attest to this- I have had quite a few curious people write me on Facebook after being intrigued by the info I share!

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on February 15, 2012
at 06:12 PM

You two must have better friends than I do. I've gotten a few "all that meat is going to kill you" responses (especially re: J. Stanton articles), and not much more. I've pretty much given up sharing health related things.

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E075ba9f0b45a81579cd3a6768ee680f

(110)

on February 15, 2012
at 03:00 AM

This is the most important question for our movement now I think!

For me, 2 goals are important:

  • be more efficient in our Paleo lifestyle for those of us living on it for a long time
  • be more efficient in helping people switch to a Paleo lifestyle for those looking to jump over

To this end, I've already built a platform, http://healthylivingtribes.com/ , which enables us to:

  • share the best resources for a Paleo lifestyle, both online (blogs, etc.) but also practical resources on the ground: local food producers, grass-fed beef sources, raw dairy providers, etc.
  • build your own list of the resources you would recommend to family, friends, etc, looking to join
  • make yourself known, if you want, on a map, so that you can see and connect with other people living a Paleo-Primal lifestyle near you and start helping each other (things like hiring a paleo nanny at several families, etc.)

Please come, use it as you wish, and tell me what you'd like added or improved (it's still in progress!).

I've actually written a blog post on the need for the Paleo/Primal community to go beyond a collection of individuals and start being more efficient by acting more as a real community and structured group. If you want to read it: http://blog.healthylivingtribes.com/2012/01/unknown-advanced-tribe-local-neighbourhood/

It starts with a quote I think is very relevant for the Paleo movement: "Books alone, books writ??ten by lone indi??vid??u??als are not gonna change any??thing. We need to group together. If you want to change the world, you have to group together, you have to be col??lab??o??ra??tive." ??? Alain de Bot??ton

I've excerpted the blog post at the end of this answer as I think it is very relevant to your question, I hope this is ok.

Here's my blog post excerpt, as I think it's really relevant to your question:

The num??ber of peo??ple ???going pri??mal??? seem to grow by the day, and the pop??u??lar??ity of the pri??mal lifestyle seems to spread as quickly. But both the pil??lars of the Primal/Paleo com??mu??nity (aka the ???gurus???) and the peo??ple switch??ing to this lifestyle, seem to fol??low an indi??vid??ual approach.

The gurus seem to con??cen??trate on the mar??ket??ing of their lat??est book, ebook, courses and sem??i??nars, etc. Peo??ple going pri??mal seem to con??cen??trate on their own indi??vid??ual chal??lenges and progress, and don???t really care how the neigh??bour, which went pri??mal as well, is faring.

I don???t have any??thing against this approach, and in fact it was the only one that could suc??cess??fully bring the pri??mal lifestyle out of the closet. This phase, Phase 1 if you want, focused on dis??sem??i??nat??ing as much infor??ma??tion as pos??si??ble, and con??vinc??ing as many peo??ple as pos??si??ble. It suc??ceeded, and more and more peo??ple are now liv??ing primally.

But going for??ward, we do need to group together and start to be more effi??cient as a com??mu??nity, and by the same time be more effi??cient in our indi??vid??ual lives.

The world we live in, for the most part, doesn???t make it easy to live pri??mally.

[...]

Why all the dif??fi??cul??ties? Because we???re just look??ing at our lifestyle as iso??lated indi??vid??u??als. If we real??ize we???re actu??ally a group that can coop??er??ate to be more, much more effi??cient, then things are look??ing bet??ter. I believe this is Phase 2 for the pri??mal community.

[...]

But to go from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the pri??mal com??mu??nity, we need to con??nect, real??ize we share the same val??ues, and start to cap??i??tal??ize on the oppor??tu??ni??ties which are made pos??si??ble. Granted, chil??dren are prob??a??bly the most vis??i??ble area of need, since all the facil??i??ties pro??vided by any pub??lic entity is going to be anti??thetic, to a degree, with a pri??mal lifestyle.

But this is actu??ally just scratch??ing the sur??face. What about the local pri??mal food sources in your region? Brands you trust? Local fit??ness facil??i??ties if you???re look??ing for one? Trusted online retail??ers? Best books, blogs, websites?

To sort out the best from the worst, here again indi??vid??u??als are either inef??fi??cient or biased, whereas the group is much more efficient.

Healthy Liv??ing Tribes aims at being the plat??form to take the pri??mal com??mu??nity from Phase 1 to Phase 2. From the Phase of the gurus and indi??vid??u??als to the Phase of the group and com??mu??ni??ties. From the Phase of spread??ing to the Phase of achiev??ing. We???ll see how we suc??ceed in that. But this tran??si??tion needs to happen!

So, con??nect on the plat??form, find out who is liv??ing nearby, who is com??pat??i??ble (being pri??mal is not suf??fi??cient!), share your best resources, and just take advan??tage of all the pos??si??bil??i??ties to pool our knowl??edge and get back much more from

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 03:34 AM

This is a mouthful but I like the way you think. We do need to think more collectively and start creating organizations locally that support and facilitate a paleo/primal lifestyle. Once these networks are in built it will be easier for the next generation joining the ranks.

E075ba9f0b45a81579cd3a6768ee680f

(110)

on February 15, 2012
at 04:14 AM

I agree PH does it to a certain extent, but the efficiency is what is lacking for me. I prefer to have a access to a structured pool of resources instead of having to dig through past individual questions. This goes back to y first point: it's easier to just answer people's questions as they come than proactively share resources for typical questions :-) But no doubt PH is an incredibly great resource for the community, never said anything to the contrary :-)

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 04:06 AM

"Peo­ple going pri­mal seem to con­cen­trate on their own indi­vid­ual chal­lenges and progress, and don’t really care how the neigh­bour, which went pri­mal as well, is faring." Sorry, but I think PaleoHacks is a great example of how we aren't doing this.

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0607529af9b78bb5b178f7ffabdc4693

on February 16, 2012
at 12:59 AM

The Facebook page for Paleo f(x) just posted a link to this trailer: http://bit.ly/ybnmRC

It's hard to tell if this is going to be the "answer" to Forks over Knives, put it would be nice for a really solid and engaging documentary to come out that could be passed along.

The trailer doesn't have me sold that this is the one.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 16, 2012
at 01:11 AM

I agree that more media coverage from different types of media will help. Thanks for posting the link.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 16, 2012
at 03:20 PM

I worry about Paleo exploding. Part of the beauty of this community is how dedicated and just so darn smart the people are. I am so impressed! I worry that like with any influx the landscape begins to, sometimes drastically, change. Not always for the better. I think a movie could definitely get us there because it is so easily digested by a large portion of the population versus reading a book (sad).

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C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 05:06 PM

To spur on the next phase of world domination I think folks should create hubs in cities across the country and the world.

In my last Question I suggested modeling the rallies that scooterist and motorcyclist have each year and to have a ‘club’ or group that is in touch and active all year long. They organize parties and have regular members. Traditionally a ‘rally’ has to do with racing. I think another interpretation of that word is to come together and rally around something, to create a buzz or excitement around a cause or issue. People might organize a Paleo club or group for a few different reasons. One would be social, another might be for support and encouragement, and another could be a way for us to rally around our cause and our lifestyle and give it positive attention. There are so many benefits to us creating these hubs of activity that can empower us locally and connect us with each other around the country and world.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 15, 2012
at 08:38 PM

*Let me just add that 'world domination' is an exageration for literary effect and not an actual desire for world domination.

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