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And making this situation even worse, many of these individuals have developed powerful addictions to the accumulation of personal wealth and power, and they use their power to maintain this dysfunctional and disconnected status quo.
…by supporting these harmful industries with our time and energy (by working for them) and our money (by continuing to buy harmful products put out by these harmful industries).
…by refusing to continue supporting these harmful industries and practices, and to instead devote our time, energy and money to wholesome organizations and practices that consider the needs of all living beings and living systems on our shared planet.
“We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.,
1) Educate ourselves and learn how to separate the truth from the misinformation spread by these harmful industries.
2) Further develop our own connection with and compassion for the living beings and living systems within the “the whole being”— our selves, our fellow humans, our fellow Earthlings and the Earth which is our mutual home.
3) Heal the many harms and relational ruptures that have already occurred—within our own spirits, within our families and human society, and within the broader living ecosystems.
4) Develop creative strategies that will allow all living beings and living systems to live together harmoniously into a long and prosperous future.
“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being.”
The Work that Reconnects
“Nonviolence is the chosen, mindful approach to life that emerges from standing for love, courage and truth.”
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”