Does it Feel Natural?
The Pachamama Alliance’s post and photo “Bringing Awareness to Your Vacation” struck a chord in me prompting the mixture of feelings and relationships surrounding Leisure and Creativity.
Bringing awareness to your vacation seems a good time to inquire about “weary souls, stressful lives, and the stark contrast between “commercials and real life”.
Does it feel natural?
I understand most salaries and wages are dependent on ignoring the inconvenient truths of reality (global warming, corporate rule, poverty, starvation, ecological destruction, pollution, stagnant energy science, nightmare traffic, to name just a few of the major blossoming catastrophes we are experiencing).
Can any problem be solved by ignoring it? Does it feel natural the direction we are taking and supporting? Does it feel natural that the best we can do for “Green” is fracking and trivia solar and wind? What happened to creativity and facts we have known since the 1940’s? http://exploringenergyevolution.blogspot.com/
Does it feel natural to increase productivity tenfold and get paid less than your parents, as prices for everything skyrocket, including medical and insurance? Does it feel natural with world population exploding, the economy slithers sideways? Does it feel natural for everyone to work to increase the EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) for their investors/masters, who now own 98% of the world’s wealth and resources, while the remaining seven billion population fight for the 2% scraps? Who deliberately designed the system to keep the masses in Maslow’s Survival Mode, with no time for Self Actualization? How long can Human Life and Sustainability survive in this mode?
Or does this feel natural?
The promise, of a future foretold a half century ago for today: Appleby’s world, “a world where he never had to pay a power bill, where heating and cooling were free of energy costs, where his water was pure and veggies local and fresh, and where a four hour work day allowed him ample spare time to indulge in his writing fantasies. Outside, the air was fresh and the streets clean. Everyone had a job, and in this world-the real world-there were no clandestine powers holding back progress. All received a fair share for their efforts” An Impossible World? Excerpt from The Energy Solution Revolution by Brian O’Leary http://freedomtimes.blogspot.com/2009/04/impossible-world.html
“Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by power obtainable at any point in the universe. It is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature.” —Nikola Tesla
The World We Envision – Clean, safe, abundant, inexpensive energy for all… stabilized climate… clean and healthy water, food, and air for all… beautiful blue skies over our cities… low-impact, sustainable forestry and agriculture… beautiful landscapes unspoiled by wires and smokestacks… recycling of virtually all wastes… rivers running free and natural… thriving sustainable local economies… living standards and education rates increasing… birth rates declining… a global culture of sharing… unleashed human creativity… a new and lasting era of world peace… With a revolution in energy as the foundation of renewed and loving stewardship of our planet, we can transform our world into a beautiful and healthy home full of promise, opportunity, abundance, and peace for all of humanity. New Energy Movement http://www.newenergymovement.org
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is almost afoot. For many of us, this means eagerly anticipated vacations are being planned, and weary souls will finally take much-needed time off.
There’s no doubt that breaking from our stressful lives is balm for our bodies, minds, and spirits. By shaking up our routines and venturing into new territory, we expand our perspective, revitalize our energy, and replenish our souls.
Widening Our Perspectives, Deepening Our Awareness
We also give ourselves the opportunity to deepen our sense of connection with others when we open ourselves to engaging with people who may have different traditions and beliefs than our own.
Mark Twain once wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” No doubt Twain learned, first hand, the benefits we garner when we dare to step into the unfamiliar.