I talk quite a bit about vested interests in my writings, these are organisations and sometimes individuals, who actually seem to believe that money and power are more important than people being happy and living a sustainable life. I still haven’t worked out what their plan is when the planet can no longer sustain life, do they really have space ships hidden somewhere so they can run away when everything has been destroyed!
But there probably isn’t much use in trying to make sense of it, perhaps the role of the vested interests in the larger scale of things, is to help people to wake up. There certainly does seem to be a tendency in us humans to require big kicks up the bum to really get going on the process of becoming empowered. The people of Tecoma in the Dandenong are very much in that process, they are trying to keep MacDonald’s out of their town. They petitioned the council and won but MacDonald’s didn’t leave it there, they put in an appeal just before christmas and with their deep pockets for the best lawyers, they won.
But the community of Tecoma didn’t give up, they are continuing to protest and to blockade the planned building site, the latest news is that MacDonald’s were going to try to stop them through the high court. A man who had heard about it came looking for the person in charge of the blockade so he could give them $250 for legal expenses. Sounds like Tecoma has discovered its strength as a community.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
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In the Occupy movement there was a lot of talk about the 99% waking up, the truth of the matter is that there are a lot more of us. If we can learn how to come together non-violently to make our wishes known, if the protest movement can be fluid and creative and use the amazing technological resources now available at the tap of a key. If we can learn how to be in our hearts as we do what needs to be done to save ourselves and our environment, if we can do all these things…………there is hope for us yet.
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There is a lot of talk these days about getting enough of the good oils, in particular omega 3’s, a common source of this fat is of course fish. The only problem with this is that the disregard for sustainability that can be seen in corporations and governments around the world, extends into our oceans as well. If getting enough fish in our diet means that the ocean will be completely fished out by 2048, then a responsible person might just want to find other sources of omega 3’s.
Chia seeds: a rich source of omega 3’s.
Once again we have an example of vested interests who only care about making money, destroying our resources without any thought for the future. Since 1950 we have lost 90% of large fish from the sea, boats with HUGE nets trawl the oceans taking everything in their path, throwing away the bits that are of no use to them. It’s a far cry from the habits of indigenous people who generally take only what they need, with respect, leaving enough behind that the resources will continue to be there for future generations.
Western culture claims to operate on rational principles, does what I have described here make any sense to you? It certainly doesn’t to me, how can politicians keep taking money and favours from the lobby groups and still look their children in the eyes, knowing that their actions are changing the world forever, and not for the best of all humankind.
The separation of the heart and the head is the source of much of this insanity in my opinion, without the heart’s wisdom the head cannot really truly understand the consequences of its decisions. That’s what needs to happen in the inner realms of the future human, a coming together of the mind and the heart, an evolution into coherence. And of course there is also direct action, the Black Fish is a protest vessel that will be focusing on the Mediterranean Sea over the next year, where fishing regulations are routinely ignored, they will endeavour to expose and challenge these practices. To find out more check out this animated film below:
Year 2048: NONE of the fish left in the sea that we’re currently eating?
That is the dire warning in this captivating animated short about the overfishing of our seas.
A beautifully produced cartoon on a subject that couldn’t be more serious:
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Competition versus co-operation, its pretty clear which of these concepts is currently ruling the roost, and it’s equally clear that this particular path leads to wrack and ruin. There is so much that needs to change and it all begins with a different way of perceiving the world. The old paradigm is all about control, man using science and technology to wrestle nature into subservience, using the resources of the planet without any regard for how this might affect the whole.
A group of indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest, the Achuar, looked out at what was happening to their neighbours and further afield, their shamans had visions of an imminent threat that would affect not only their own culture but the entire planet. They saw what was coming and decided to meet this threat rather than retreat, they made connections with their neighbours and sent a call out to the west asking for help to combat this terrible disaster that threatens us all. In this way was the Pachamama Alliance born, from land management plans for their own region, to education about sustainability that occurs around the globe, this is just one of the grass-roots movements that has the potential to truly create the change that must happen if we are to survive on this planet.
Highland Elementary students with painted faces, declaring their stand with the Achuar and the Amazon Rain Forest.
Here is the web site for the Pachamama Alliance: http://www.pachamama.org/
We have the resources and the knowledge to do what has to be done, and we don’t have the time anymore to wait until the dinosaurs die out, I’m talking of course of the vested interests that do their best to block the positive evolution of humanity. I don’t know exactly how the change will occur, but if you are awake then it is time to do your part whatever that may be, and I suspect you will find great joy in that journey even as you are challenged, there is nothing quite like the feeling of doing what it is you came here to do!
We need to change the way we look at success, progress, wealth, competition – the future!
We need to come together around new indicators of “wealth”, and prepare students for the real world that is changing so rapidly.
How about a declaration of Interdependence?
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I’m feeling a little bit heavy after contemplating the world’s problems, needing to lighten up. So it is absolutely perfect that I am going to see The Hobbit today, I have been a Lord of the Rings fan for the longest time. I first read The Hobbit when I was 10 years old and I followed it up with the three Lord of the Rings books, read all four books over and over again for the next fifteen years or so.
Reading fantasy and science fiction is the perfect preparation for the spiritual path, it broadens the mind and encourages you to imagine amazing possibilities, that can be difficult to see in the everyday world. Remember the Wizard of Oz movie, in Kansas everything is in black and white, but when Dorothy gets to Oz it is in vivid Technicolor.
It isn’t hard to see who is playing the forces of darkness in our current world, the vested interests who are grimly hanging on, in a world which is beginning to open into alternatives that will transform our culture forever when implemented. I imagine a world where people work at jobs they love, don’t have to pay for energy or food or any of their basic needs. Just like Star Trek, a wonderful example of where humans could evolve to in the future.
In fact why don’t you listen to Captain Picard and what he has to say about how far humanity has come in 300 years, lets hope he’s right!