posted on Nov, 4 2011 @ 08:45 PM
Sometimes I wonder if humans will ever get to a point where we as a global family will be able to say that we can keep living the way we do now, and
still be around in a few thousand years. It should not be impossible for us to get to this point with some changes in our habits and mindset. There
are a few things that seem obvious, but a whole host of little things that we take for granted that would have to go away as well. As Americans it is
our responsibility to start looking at these kinds of questions with some seriousness and try and start to make some of these changes wherever
possible. The way I see it we are either going to swing way too far in the wrong direction, in which case our children may not even be able to pick up
the pieces, or we make the hard decision to start doing without and acting responsibly now. We need to have a head start on cleaning up the mess that
we have made for ourselves if we want to leave behind any legacy at all. Future generations, if there are any will have a better understanding of
what really happened during our time if we make an effort to remedy our mistakes. The sooner we act, the more we will be able to pass on. We have to
get responsible now or suffer dire consequences. Either way, our time will be looked upon as a time in which the people had lost their way and forgot
the most important lessons that our ancestors had confronted before us. We have played with fire and are dangerously close to burning the place down.
Here are a few ideas about how we need to change our mindsets to give a better example to ourselves and to the rest of the world. A few things that we
should do away with as well. It is important that we teach these things to our children, so that they may grow up having already learned the right
habits. The time has come that we cannot afford to neglect these ideas any longer.
What kind of effect will it have on our children? Or the mindset of bouncing each idea or decision off of the seventh generation to come after us.
What kind of environmental impact will it have, and what are the consequences if something goes wrong? We must ask ourselves these questions on an
individual level, as companies or governments. We must be more responsible to our environment. Most of the damage we have done has been for very short
term advances. The punishments to individuals or companies has not been fit to the crime, and it has to become more balanced until we can learn to
just live without damaging our environment. This I think is the most important lesson we can teach to our children
THE SEVENTH GENERATION IDEA
The earth is our ONLY option and it provides everything we need to survive. We have created much for ourselves that we don't need and we have to stop
now, or suffer the consequences. Think of it this way. If everyone on the earth had one would it wreck the place. Look at each of the things that you
have acquired in your life, and ask this question about each thing. Now ask yourself if you could learn to live without each thing. If you could, it
is probably contributing negatively. Without so many gadgets and toys, children would learn to appreciate the things that they have, as well as spend
time doing things that are more productive. We would not have to work so hard to provide ourselves or our children with unneeded things, and could
afford to spend more time with them.
DON'T BUY WHAT YOU DON"T NEED
I'm not suggesting that we throw everything away. Look at it this way. We have to stopp buying anything else that we don't have to have and stop
throwing as much away. Keep fixing your car. It may be expensive, but leasing a new one may not be an option in the future. How about buying an old
one that is easy to work on and finding someone close who can teach you how to maintain it. Look at the things that you acquire as tools, and give
them more value, take better care of them, and try to reuse them for other things if the original value is lost.
DON"T THROW ANYTHING AWAY
If it is disposable it should not exist. This goes for almost anything. We need to nudge our manufacturers into making things that last forever and
can be used for as long as possible. Buy a steel coffee cup and use it for the rest of your life. Realize the importance of it and just do not lose
it. Don't stop by the deli every day for a fresh helping of plastic, styrofoam and cardboard in your coffee container. Follow this train of thought
all the way through your day. Don't buy things that are packaged, if they have to be, spend the money on the stuff that has reusable containers or
something biodegradable. Realize the trash heap that you are leaving behind in your life and reduce it down to something that could exist in your own
back yard without destroying the place.
BUY THINGS THAT WILL LAST
We humans are victims of advertising to no end. We have to outlaw it if we want to live on into the future. There is probably as much money spent on
advertising as there is on war and it has to go for so many reasons. How much time is your brain going to have spent on advertisements by the time you
die. This is not just an environmental issue, but a quality of life issue. If they have to advertise it to you in a commercial, then you probably
don't need it and it is probably having negative consequences on either your health or your environment. You may not realize it but advertising is
like heroin to the brain. It makes you feel good, and stimulates things in you that cause you to lose focus on the things that matter. Don't believe
me? Go to a place where there is none for a while, like remote Alaska and find out how much emptiness you have in you, I have done it and believe me,
I know what kind of hole it leaves. It's scary, but we have to get away from it. This idea would have an enormously positive effect on the
BANISH ALL ADVERTISING
I think that these four ideas would have a huge impact globally and followed through would leave us open to much more healthy and fulfilling lives
that are closer to nature and the earth that provides everything for us. Basically what I am saying is that if we do not throw ourselves into a self
induced depression now, so that we may hold on to the few creature comforts that we want to keep. Then we are going to end up going through a much
tougher depression that the laws of nature punish us with, and we may not only lose our creature comforts but ultimately the thing that matters most
to us, our planet.
If the human family could learn to live by these ideas, we would not have to let go of technology, our gadgets, toys, lifestyles, religions. If you
try and imagine how the world would be, you might find some of the other larger issues like poverty, war, and crime might diminish. We could become
closer to our communities, and have more time to spend doing things that keep us healthy, and following our enjoyments. We might even be able to save
some money in the process.
We have a very short time folks to make these kinds of decisions. It may be less than ten years I fear. For sure though, the sooner we act the more we
will be able to hold on to and pass on to our children. Stand up, and stand strong for them, our children, they need us now more than ever. Tomorrow
is already here.