There is a Movement

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. ~ Henry David Thoreau

There is a movement gathering momentum for more quality in life and less quantity. I want to lend my voice to that transformation of society. I want you to lend yours.

Let’s make money – but let’s not have that be all we do. To think that we must grow bigger economies and bigger profits every year is a recipe for disaster.
Let’s make time – for the people and activities we care about. Let’s not design a world in which there is no time to rest, to enjoy.
Let’s make art – give time to creative expression and enjoyment of others creative expression rather than just digesting what we’re fed.
Let’s problem solve – we have more resources than ever: vaccines, technologies, food production capabilities, transportation, so…
Let’s stop pretending – that we can’t make the world a beautiful, gentle and self sustaining place of balance. We know that there is no lack preventing this. There is only lack of will and a lot of self deception.

There are a handful of people, a very small percentage of the population, and the human race must learn to rise above their self serving destructive ways, and the poisonous values they make palatable. We can. But we need to be awake to do it and brave enough to call it out for what it is.

This transformation does not need to come about suddenly and drastically. At its root we need to stop, to slow down, to think. What are we doing? Am I happy? Is this really what I want in my life? Are these really my values that I am working for? Voting for? Do I really think that the world we live in is the best we can do? Do I really think I don’t have to be part of the solution? It’s so easy to get caught in the rip tide of business, hurry, hoarding, it’s accepted. But at the end of the day we are damaged because of it.

I think deep down everyone knows the inherent responsibility of a person is to find happiness and to be a beneficial presence. To add your piece of the puzzle to the tapestry. Are you meeting that objective? I know I’m often falling short.

I heard someone say something the other day, after a long day in the office as they stepped into the elevator and it made me laugh out loud. Someone asked him how he was and he replied “Living the dream, man. Living the dream.” It was sarcasm at its best. Is this the dream?

What do you think?

There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.  ~ Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante
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