In The Final Analysis, We Cannot Eat Money or Drink Oil
A Follow-Up To My Blog: “AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD”
HUMPTY DUMPTY SAT ON THE WALL
HUMPTY DUMPTY HAD A GREAT FALL
ALL THE KINGS’ HORSES AND ALL THE KINGS’ MEN
COULD NOT PUT HUMPTY BACK TOGETHER AGAIN
Christiana Figueres, UN Climate Chief, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qRT7Hl7rpY&feature=player_embedded
“This is probably the largest, the most deeply rooted, revolution that mankind has ever seen… it will revolutionize the way you and I interact with each another, the way we travel, the way we consume, the way we produce, everything. There is not one aspect of our human life that will not be touched by this… our lives will be very, very, very, different. We’re talking here about a very serious revolution.”
‘CHANGE IS UPON US AND CHANGE WE MUST”
by @pdjmoo February 21, 2012
We Live in the 21st Century – New models for Life Are Demanded
A new paradigm is forming on planet earth requiring a fundamental awareness, consciousness and behavioral shift on the part of humanity. Many of the old structures, models and strategies of the past no longer work and are rapidly disintegrating and self-destructing. Our old “patriarchal” hierarchal power structures of world political, financial, business, economic, education, social and relationship models and systems have run their course. Neither science nor technology alone can fix this–neither can throwing money at the chaos we have created. We must honestly address the very causes and have the courage to look afresh at everything and change. The pairs of opposites are in full play and are giving us a good whip-lashing, creating both stagnation and fresh new sprouts of hope at the same time. While the entire global system is stagnating and polarizing, the old military industrial guard is battling it out, desperately trying everything to maintain the status quo, leading us into a potentially devastating end…The Perfect Storm…a combined Economic, Social and Environmental collapse. But life is not stagnant.
SHIFTING FROM A PATRIARCHAL TO AN EARTH CENTRIC PARADIGM
Women, Youth and Indigenous Peoples are Rising
A Revolution is Upon Us. Not one stone will remain unturned as we examine the very fundamentals of life
Women, indigenous people and youth are rising all around the world, bringing a fresh and different perspective, and must be welcomed into the decision-making circle for 21st Century renewal. Emerging and developing nations are demanding an equal seat at the table and this we must do, regardless of our tribe, current societal delineations of race, color, religion or economic/education/political status. We will have to drop the sides of the old labeled box(es) we have been living out of so that new, more wholesome, interconnected life systems can arise. We are engaging a new era where, for the first time in human history, we humans are consciously witnessing and participating in our own evolution and revolution. Those caught in the western mindset are, in fact, moving from a collective global adolescence of “I” – instant, short-term gratification and control/power over, into a maturation process of “We”, where one extends a sense of responsibility for, and support of, all living things. Both women and men will play new and differing roles, freeing up energies tied to past and often debilitating belief systems.
Restoring respect and dignity to both humanity and environment is now imperative if we are to survive as a species … and this cannot be accomplished by moving the same old pieces around the same old worn out chess board. Neither will plugging holes in the old system succeed. The old paradigm must give way to the new, releasing it’s grip and attachment to its model that is strangling us and the planet.
This new paradigm is about integrating the incoming “matriarchal” qualities demanding restoration, balance, nurturing, compassion, collaboration, community, self-responsibility and inclusiveness be included into the mix of life. Both the emerging and developing nations will come forth with fresh approaches, requiring the honing of our listening skills and attention. The West does not have all the answers. Indeed its hubris has played a major role in leading us to this brink. We need to honor and respect (and celebrate) differing cultures as we search for the new common denominators among us from which to relate beyond the thrust to “McDonalidize” our global society. We are all in the process of evolving in our various ways, at different paces, that cannot be confined to mathematical equations.
This shift will not be easy and many will fall by the wayside. There will be many missteps along the way, as new technologies, systems and models come and go, realigning our priorities and common values. A new type of leadership will emerge beyond the existing patriarchal model. In the short-term we may regress out of fear of the unknown, closing ranks, grasping at myopic solutions driven by egos, profit and fear and perhaps even moving toward an authoritarian or totalitarian government, but ultimately we must surrender into the greater whole for the wisdom needed to move into the new paradigm of awareness for the greater collective good of ALL species.
There is no road map for where we are going and we will have to remain flexible, alert and responsible in our experimentation. Indeed, there are positive signs that this exploration is already underway within the business community We have the ability to turn fear into adventure, re-experiencing the wonder and awe of the magnificence of life on planet earth, as we explore the myriad of new horizons and possibilities, working together to find collective solutions for the re-nurturing of life, putting the restoration of the environment front and center for, Without Nature, We Do Not Exist.
Nature IS the common denominator among all living things
We have objectified ALL of life for profit and gain, reducing even you and me to a dollar figure on a balance sheet, and the same with our animals in the food chain. Contemporary agriculture is burning up our planet It must change – it cannot sustain if we are to live healthy, thriving lives alongside our fellow symbiotic species honoring their myriad of roles to maintain planetary balance. All species are equal in their own right. A new agreed upon baseline and set of Guiding Principles and Values for our actions and decisions will have to evolve to ensure we keep our eyes on the greater whole, such as: “Will this harm humanity or the environment”. If the answer is “Yes”, then back to the drawing board with our brilliant organic minds. Why Are Google and Sony Turning to Nature to Inspire Their Leaders?
Who Owns Nature? Wholesome food, clean drinking water and shelter are common survival denominators and all come from our natural world and all of which we need to nurture and share. Nature is not a proprietary item. “NATURE, INC?” We can no longer treat our natural world and humanity simply as a statistical item, plundering and raping the very ecosystems we, and all species, depend upon for survival. “Beyond Homo Economicus”. This desecration of life has led to such a planetary societal and biosphere imbalance that we now face drastic changing climate; the emptying of our oceans combined with biodiversity and species disappearing at an alarming rate. and increasing economic/social tensions. The sum total of which is total disaster for life on planet earth. (See: The Earth Charter Initiative )
The Great Awakening has Arrived
In Summary, the present old centuries-past polarized system with its current misguided value systems (designed entirely by men it should be noted) has become the anti-thesis of life. The private club era of “It’s A Man’s World” and the military industrial complex mindset has reached its zenith and is imploding. It has become devoid of ethics and morals, without an organic component of compassion and caring for life. Corporations, for better or worse, now hold the purse strings and run the world, our politics, our governments, and you and me through consumerism. We have lost our way. We have commodified life to a point where big industry now writes our laws in their own self-interest. The game today, with some exceptions, is to make as much money as you can, as fast as you can, anyway you can with little or no genuine concern for the devastation left in its’ wake. ‘Earth Grab’: What mega corporations who profit from climate change don’t want the public to know Fear, domination and manipulation will escalate in its lust for control, before it subsides. But, ultimately, it must soften and morph with the new energy and awareness rapidly emerging on the planet.
The longer we struggle to maintain old structures and old ways of relating that brought us to this brink, the harder and more painful it will be. We cannot put humpty-dumpty back together with old paradigm structures and models if we want a different result. When the last fish is gone, the last tree felled, we cannot eat money or drink oil. If Nature and the environment collapses there will be no jobs, no economy, and societies will crumble. We must put Nature front and center in all our decisions, for we are an integral species within the greater biosphere whole, not separate from it. In simple terms, we must restore our natural world to balance and health and, in so doing, restore health and balance to all species. If the entire world were to focus on this approach, a new economy would organically emerge with plenty of realigned life-supporting “jobs”, as we all reconnect and to the prime ultimum source of our daily sustenance and well being – the beauty and intelligence of our natural world.
THERE IS NOT A LOT OF TIME LEFT: WATCH: We Need a Revolution: We Are Running Out of Time – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon The time has come to put aside our musings and come together to find a new way of being in this 21st century that is for the well-being and nurturing of ALL living species. http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2473
From “Story of Stuff” Annie Leonard
Published on Oct 1, 2013 Annie Leonard’s back with another animated video, six years after the Story of Stuff came out, and after eight other short films. This time, she’s talking about what we need to do to solve problems—and how we really need to reframe goals so we’re looking at the whole system. Continue to youtube.com
An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet
- THE FUTURE MUST BE GREEN, RED, BLACK AND FEMALE – TruthOut, November 7, 2013 “The American Empire, and the global political economy it has spawned, is unraveling—not because of some far-flung external danger, but under the weight of its own internal contradictions. It is unsustainable—already in overshoot of the earth’s natural systems, exhausting its own resource base, alienating the vast majority of the human and planetary population. The solution in Tunisia, in Egypt, in the entire Middle East, and beyond, does not lay merely in aspirations for democracy. Hope can only spring from a fundamental re-evaluation of the entire structure of our civilization in its current form. If we do not use the opportunities presented by these crises to push for fundamental structural change, then the ‘contagion’ will engulf us all.” —Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed. …more: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1115-king_opensource.html#ixzz1dwz7WAeN
- “If we don’t face the root causes of the economic, social and environmental crises we face, we will fail to create solutions at the scale of the challenge. The terms we use to describe economic problems and the symptoms of social and environmental distress that result will help us find creative solutions that increase value, prosperity and well-being for humanity and for the natural systems upon which all life depends. Humanity is inventive and resourceful. We can rise to the challenge of the times if we understand it clearly and can discover what we need to change to succeed.” Marianna Grossman … Truth in Labeling: Framing the Challenge to Get Results
- A Woman’s POV: “The model of three pillars of environment, economy and equity (or people, profit, planet), is misleading. The environment is the service provider that enables human society to exist. Human society creates the conditions, rules and relationships that support economic activity.”... Redefining the Relationship between the Environment, Society and the Economy
- Civilisation Faces ‘Perfect Storm of Ecological and Social Collapse” February 21, 2012: Guardian via @john_vidal
- A User’s Guide to 21st Century Economics – Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review
- Civilization Shifting: A New Leaderless Era Self-organizing networks and open-source ventures in the age of global disruption
- On Seeds: Controlling the first link in the food-chain
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