We all have the ability to
learn how our daily choices, in what
we eat, in what we buy (or don't buy), in how we choose to live our
lives, affect the natural world, ourselves, our interpersonal
relationships, and ultimately our
Education or ignorance?
Or we can choose to remain ignorant and continue to be preyed upon by
large business and institutional entities whose real interest is to
maximize profits for
matter the consequences to others. This type of greed-based system,
designed by humans, is resulting in an increasingly
impoverished, increasingly toxic world where we are
pushed to spend less and less time interacting in, and
with, the real world. A world where we are losing our abilities
create our own food and to shape our physical environment through our
individual actions. Click here to go to 'The Story of Stuff
Project' site to watch the short "The
Story of Stuff" film
Maturity or infancy?
Many currently employed business models, and the
products they sell, feed on our baser, more immature, desires: greed,
instant gratification, and narcissism (self fascination). Although they
feed on these base
desires, they are also specifically designed to
make sure these desires are never truly satisfied, so we will
be returning to the businesses to give them more of our resources. They
create a world
baser values are the norm. This is a retreat to an infantile state.
Mature adults operate with compassion, empathy, and the ability to put
one's self second. They value long term planning and delayed
gratification. They have a realistic view of the world and the physical
takes to live in a way that respects the natural world, the ultimate
source of our sustainable security. They develop long term, real-world,
respectful, loving, and intimate relationships, the true source
of satisfaction and
of a fully
experienced and rewarding life.
Connection or isolation?
Businesses and technology are useful and good if they provide
improved health, products, or services, while protecting and improving
world and promoting greater intimacy within our families and
communities. Many small business owners are, and have been, using
responsible, community-oriented approaches. Current large-scale
business models often promote the use of technology to
separate us from the real world, while they ravage it. These business
not derived from the laws of nature, but designed by humans from the
laws of infants. Can't we do better?
Take action or be used?
We can design business models and ways of relating to each other,
and the Earth, based on
humane maturity- if we choose to!
Will we decide what we need; or will we wait to be told what we want?
Can a system, ruled by infants and for
infants, be stable? Will we
choose to look
at how we, by default, have
chosen to be manipulated?
Empowerment or passivity?
We can all make better choices, and have more enriched lives,
through our informed choices. Collectively, these choices have great
power to change ourselves and current business and political
structures, much more
power than voting in our current political system (although voting is