WE ARE UNDER A SPELL. Laugh if you will, but how else do you explain the hypnotic trance that causes millions upon millions of people to follow a few people who are exploiting, and manipulating them? How many sweet, little children say, “when I grow up I want to spend 8-10 hours a day doing meaningless work, to pay for cheap stuff, made by slave labor, and eat factory farmed food that will kill me, so I’ll have to take 10 prescriptions a day to keep from keeling over, and do this day in and day out, until I die.”
There really is a better way to live. Step off the treadmill. Quit running on the hamster’s wheel. When we find ways to serve the planet, starting by changing our lifestyle, even using baby steps, the spell will be broken. When you wake up, you’ll wake your friends, who will wake their friends and we will see the changes we’ve been yearning for.
The key is to not try to do the whole thing, all at once, all by yourself. Yes, hold the vision of the whole thing, but start one small step at a time. Buy local for starters. Recycle. Go outside. Meet your neighbors. Look for ways to change your career if it doesn’t bring you joy or fulfillment. Don’t litter. Take care of yourself, you matter and when you are healthy, you will have the energy to help others. It’s hard to water a garden with an empty vessel. Surround yourself with likeminded people who also care about making a difference. Life really is short and fleeting, so don’t postpone happiness for busy-ness.
Maybe this is what life is all about, maybe it isn’t, but if we don’t change the way we have been doing things, there won’t be anything left for our children and grandchildren. And don’t you want their short, fleeting lives to be filled with joy?