Connect the seemingly isolated mass of cultural creatives..
Help them exchange ideas, narratives, methods.
and for our Dutch readers: http://www.gevoeligheidalskracht.nl/waardenennormen.htm
(other readers: use Google translate to understand these texts)
recipe #2: eat less meat. The production of meat requires large quantities of potable water in order to grow feed crops. There will be a shortage of water on a global scale soon. Estimations are that meat consumption will double in the coming decads. It is hard to see where all the water that is required for this will come from.
Food prices will rise considerably, with devastating consequences for the poorest on this planet. It is simply a matter of survival for the human species to curb the production and consumption of meat. A sizable tax should be imposed on the price of meat in order to effect this. It will not be a popular measure, but in the end it will be a necessary one.
Recipe #4: show the "modernist" (the one who believes in infinite resources, struggle for life, war, etc.) the facts of our current situation:
- depletion of resources
- finite resources
- necessity of cooperation and sustainable economy
- changing our attitude to planet and other peoples
in as much forms as possible. Who says that modernists are rational people? Their thinking shows otherwise. Some may be open to changing their false beliefs. Show facts, facts, facts. Repeatedly, on television, radio, internet, books, magazines, newspapers, discussions. Journalists should take much more responsibility in these matters. Endless exponential growth is not a natural phenomenon. There is always a limit to growth. Cancerous growth causes death and destruction..Enough is enough.
#6: Think globally, act locally. See #5.
#7: integrate the preceding themes, ideas, into a mature eco-spirituality and eco-philosophy. In some sense, this can be accomplished with the Hermetic and Neo-Platonic and other mystical traditions worthy of that name. There will be core themes and multiple perspectives can be united into a larger framework.
A clarification of the open source idea has been given by me in a separate file. See attachments.
The beginnings of a new framework (process theosophy) has been given too. It needs some deeply considered feedback. Ecological principles are present in it, in "seed form". See attachments.
Recipe #3: help reinforce the notion of good stewardship/ecospirituality in your church and religion. This seems to be happening the last few years. The greening of religion will become an important force for positive change. It goes hand in hand with the introduction of feminine values into religion. These values stress the importance of the relation between humans and the planet, the ecosystem. Together with the cultural creatives this can flip the balance of power to a more constructive consumer base which forces companies to change their way of production. Governments, congress and senators can be coerced into a better direction too. Let them sign a letter of intent (as formulated in Laszlo's book "You can change the world") for sustainability and peace. It is all a matter of spreading intent, and organizing action/connection.
step away from the masses
make a difference
[big warm smile]
Martin Euser said:
#8: Strive for excellence. Why be mediocre? The world abounds with mediocrity and indifference. Be different and make a difference!
Beautiful Post Martin. Sorry, I missed it earlier.
Some or all of these recipes can be discovered in what M K Gandhi proposed in India many decades back:
1. AHIMSA - Non Violence towards self and towards all.
2. SATYAGRAHA - Follow the truth.
3. SARVODAYA - Development of All. This economic model proposes development for the last man as the basis. In contrast to the popular belief in democarcy leading to development of majority only.
4. SWARAJ - Independence for All.
5. SWADESHI - Consume local.
Gandhi attempted to show the validity of these ideals by living them. Many of the contemporary commentators feel that Gandhi demanded too much from humanity as it is not practical to live those ideals. Would you evaluate your recipes similarly?