Unless we are blind to the truth, it's pretty obvious that the World we live in, is being torn apart by some major crises, all of which are of our own making. Poverty, modern slavery, endless wars, environmental destruction...
663 million people have no access to clean water. http://water.org/water-crisis/water-sanitation-facts
Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. https://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats
Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five - 3.1 million children each year https://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/
Earth our Home, the environment that sustains us, is being raped for resources, in a futile attempt to satisfy the endlessly growing cravings of the masses, blind to the enormous destruction it brings upon all of us. There seems to be no end to the "creative" ways we find to destroy everything around us.
Growing in numbers, humanity consumes it's own environment, resembling parasitic growth on the surface of the beautiful planet, Earth. Humans, most likely the only species that does not understand Nature, does not understand the significance of the environment in which it lives.
Tons of plastic waste floating in the oceans, ground water pollution, enormous deforestation, desertification of the land, over fishing are just a few of the crises that came about because, we humans are on "top of the food chain" as the "most intelligent" species on Earth.
We have a major connection issue, not only to Nature, reality but to ourselves. While mobile phone coverage grows every year, human to human connection diminishes faster than ever before.
We have lonely dogs wandering around with their owners at the other end of the leash, walking their smartphones out.
We spend so much time looking at the screens, that we forgot how it is to look someone deeply in they eyes, connect, feel, just be with one another or even by oneself.
Or maybe it's shame that stops us from ever looking in a stranger's eye? Shame of knowing that our ways are wrong, foolish and self destructive. That we're being led astray by the promises of the bright future while slaving away, trading our blood for the shiny coin.
Children of today, are being raised by the entertainment industry, left to play with the smartphones, tablets, TVs, game consoles while parents keep getting busier and busier or get absorbed in maintaining an image created for "friends" from Facebook.
It doesn't look good. Not good at all.
Personal Responsibility as a foundation for Change
There is however, one very fundamental "thing" that may change everything. It's Personal Responsibility.
We're not children anymore but we allow ourselves to be spoon fed like children. It is time to grow up, take the responsibility for our own lives and the lives of our children. We are smart enough to take care of every aspect of our existence without giving the responsibility for it, away to the governments/corporations.
Taking the responsibility for one's own life is a crucial step in the development of a strong individual, which in turn is a foundation of a strong, healthy community.
When I look around, I see that every basic necessity (water, food, energy, shelter) is a service provided to us by the corporations, often disguised by them owning hundreds of small brands all over the world. We do not know how to provide for ourselves and our families anymore. The only interface between us and those basic inputs is money.
Obviously production on such a massive scale to cover the disproportion between consumers and producers is wreaking a havoc on our environment. Can we point a finger at the corporations and their way of supplying those necessities of life? Can we blame them for destroying the environment?
I don't think we can. It is us, after all, that gave away the responsibility for supplying them in the hands of the corporations.
If we really care about the environment and the life of future generations, then the only way to actually implement any change in the world that will guarantee the well being of those future generations is taking back the responsibility for our own lives.
It means taking responsibility for our own health.
It means taking responsibility for the food we eat (home grown, community grown, locally grown, organic nutritious food).
It means taking responsibility for the waste we produce.
It means taking responsibility for the energy we use (wind, hydro, solar).
It means taking responsibility for you, your family and your community. Imagine the community of strong individuals, coming together to cooperate to solve the global problems locally. Community owned solar and/or wind power stations. Community gardens that can feed the families that care to participate in the maintenance of it. People caring for each other, sharing surplus. It can, it will be and will have to be done.
Forget sustainability. I can't really see anything worth sustaining in the current system. What we have to do is regenerate the environment. Take responsibility and rebuild what was destroyed using solutions worth sustaining.
On top of all the environmental benefits, think of the real security you gain. From someone who can only source the food from local supermarket, rely on the cash point being full of notes, you suddenly become someone who knows how to grow food, who knows how to take care of the family and above all this, teaches his children how to take care of themselves too.