Living with the land. It is that simple. Knowing where your food, water, energy, and resources come from. Furthermore, recognizing that those resources are limited and having the integrity to restrain yourself and your society's use of those resources in the most long-term thinking possible.
It is more than "Think Globally, Act Locally". It is the idea that economics needs to evolve. The new millennium is already ten years old and yet we are still operating under Machiavellian rules. We must create local economies that can sustain themselves and larger macro-economies that support the local level in a productive, respectable, realistic manner with sustenance in mind, rather than profit.
It was once said "Just because you can, ask yourself if you should." Rarely do Americans question their technology. We see progress as positive in all ways and such thinking is dangerous. Hydrogenated oil is cost-effective and great for production but can kill. Petroleum is so multi-faceted and serves thousands of purposes, but what will we do when it's gone? These are the questions we should be asking ourselves. The goal is to live in a world where technology benefits all appropriately with harm to none.
Never in human history has such division and stark contrast existed amongst supposed peers. Race, religion, and gender are at the forefront of so much public controversy when in reality, none of it matters. Social justice means acknowledging the prejudices of our past and embracing the commonalities within us all when we make laws to protect society. It is defined by equality not just in words but in social action, rules, and norms.
Children have a kind of wisdom adults long forget. The elderly have experience the young dismiss. Every person has a place in our world and can contribute in her own. It is critical for America to relearn how to value all of its citizens and their respective contributions. When every citizen is valued, we can cross the finish line together in all our goals and dreams.
America is, at best, a democratic republic. At worst, and in most cases, we are a capitalist republic where our representatives work primarily to be reelected instead of working for the public interest. If we lived in a world where representatives were volunteers, where there was no payment for public service, and where disagreement, questioning, and partnered communication were mandatory, real democracy could take root.
True Developed Consciousness
America, and the world at large, is connected in a strange and unbalanced way. National riots and social upheaval can begin through Facebook, but most Americans do not even know their neighbors. Children in every city go to school hungry and we are often so concerned about ourselves, we can walk by the sick and dying without a passing thought. Humans are capable of so much more. If we embrace true developed consciousness, our success is limitless.
"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
~ Teaching Respect for the Earth Through Demonstrated Sustainable Living ~
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