>Not only lonely, but alienated from the Earth and from each other, based on
>competition and short-term gain rather than cooperation and conserving for
>Back to the challenge, which I have been considering for a long time now:
>how can we organize systems that will nurture, not exploit? Do we literally
>need to tear down skyscrapers and wage war against capital to change things?
>I have a bias toward non-violence.
When one's world view is framed by violence, then terms like *waging war*
seem appropriate. When we can shift our world view and look as, say, a
farmer looks at cyclical seasonal livelihoods, we might use other
terms--harvest or crop or some other words to explain how we'll get new
results by planting new seeds.
>Can we truly visualize a peaceful future
>that will be ushered in with our positive energy flow? Or what?
I am spending some great amounts of time trying to do just that. I
sometimes write down what I can imagine. Making a new world isn't
particularly easy but I have certain constraints--like not using ways we
take for granted in our current culture.
So, in my new world, soil would be valued but not owned. All living things
would be valued and given proper respect--this would mean no testing on
animals as now occurs. I'd not envision any chemical pesticides,
fertilizers, or food additives. No prisons. Different ways for dealing with
crime, land use, water. I'd see farmers and teachers given respectful
positions in society, with training and apprenticeships for people of all
ages. Guaranteed income (from monies previously spent on bureaucratic
monoliths like Social Security, USDA, and the Pentagon).
>It's hard to imagine what hasn't happened before--I invite you to try.
Imagine where the person who produces food is the most valued in the social
order. Start from there.
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