Thrive: What on Earth Will It Take

“STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING, sit down and watch this film! No REALLY, I mean it. This is one of the most IMPORTANT films I’ve seen… Thrive brings together the New Energy and Occupy movements in a coherent, well constructed synergy that EVERYONE should see NOW!” – Mark Heley, Blogger.

 

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Earth is Alive!

A non-commercial short video about the Earth we all live in, it’s life, beauty, condition and the people who died protecting it.

The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network. The main footage was taken from Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film HOME.

(Source: knowledgeoftoday.org)

In The Shadows of Pollution

“If… we don’t say anything, don’t pay any attention, what will future generations do? How will they survive in this type of pollution? When our descendants come to pay their respects, they won’t thank us. They will say, what were our forefathers doing? They already knew about this problem and they didn’t say anything? What were they thinking?”
— Wei Dongying, Environmental Activist, China

A New Age of Human Consciousness.

There are often flashes, here and there that we might, in fact, be entering a new age of human consciousness. A slow, but steady global change towards renewable energies (in Europe, United States and Asia) might mean a greener future in decades to come and a total abolition of  all polluting and dangerous sources of energy; a decrease in gun sales, even one as small as 5% is positive news, reflecting the decrease in military expenditure and a postponement of weapon programmes both in North America and Western Europe; and all the hands that join every single day around the world in meaningful campaigns to save the environment are definite proof that if we will it, we can make it happen.

We are indeed a young species, with much to learn and comprehend and higher values to acquire as a race, but maybe that’s is just part of the trip.

In an intriguing Care2.com article, author Jurriaan Kamp follows this line of thought from the early days when oxygen was a poisonous gas produced by the first bacterial life on Earth, millions of years ago. Her view at our present situation is quite keen:

“Perhaps environmental pollution, global warming and the painful gap between the rich and the poor do not constitute the major challenges of our civilization. Perhaps the real challenge lies in the way humankind meets the world—that is, in human consciousness. Consciousness is what makes us unique in the history of evolution.”

(read the full article here)

Thus here we are… The beginning of the song, the raw block of white marble, the canvas waiting to be brushstroked to perfection with every color of the world. As the article concludes:

“Humanity stands at the threshold of a new era: the era of consciousness. After conquering the external world, we are ready to discover our inner selves.”

 

How Chaos Theory Affects the Course of Human Affairs.

We all have heard of the Chaos Theory (also known as the Butterfly Effect) in one way or another. The concept is quite simple, a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil creating a chain of events that will lead to a tornado in Texas a few days later. It’s an interesting concept that embodies the togetherness of the Whole and demonstrates how all things and events are knitted together in the endless fabric of space and time, even though the complexity may be way too great for our human intellect to grasp. Anyway, like all great Truths in the Universe, this concept can be transposed to other fields of human knowledge whether its value is positive, negative or neutral.

Allow me to explain.

Home Economics. One might prefer to buy a product because it’s cheaper, knowing fully well that the company that produces it is not environmentally/socially/politically friendly. The harm done is innocuous, how can such a simple purchase decision have the capacity to affect the world? The truth is, like a gentle breeze is strewn from the wings of the butterfly, that purchase decision will create the incentive for that company to continue production using its unethical ways which will sooner or later fall upon the consumer that is responsible for the decision on the first place.

How?

Environmental. China is dealing with a serious problem of pollution right now. Not only Beijing, but also Shanghai, Guangzhou and several other regions in the country. This is cause mainly by excessive and undiscriminated factory production and oil-combustion based vehicles. Along the last decade, United States has been allocating their production centers to China, the workforce is cheap, the ethical values for employees are flexible, etc. Also, they sell a lot of oil to China to fuel the exponential increase in private car purchases by the growing medium-class in the Chinese population. So, was it really a surprise when the United States discovered that their pollution levels were rising from an outside source? Where? China of course. The wind was carrying the pollution all the way back to the States. Unfortunately this makes it a lot harder for the US government to control its pollution levels since they have no hand in the affairs of Chinese politics.

And last, but definitely not least…

Financial. The world is drowned in loans as everyone knows. It matters not if we are referring to people, governments or organizations. The debt numbers have reached astronomical values and grow every passing minute. What few people know is that there is an awful truth concealed behind the mask of debt. Let’s imagine that you apply for a 10.000 loan with a 5% interest rate. This means that whenever the totality of the loan has been paid you would have paid a total amount of 10.500 dollars, thus, at the end of the day there will be more 500 dollars in circulation in the global economy that were created out of thin air, without any material deposit to support it. More money in circulation means a greater inflation rate for the whole economy. A greater inflation rate means that you will need more money next year to buy the exact same things that you bought this year, but if the money is, in fact, worth less then maybe, just maybe, you will need another loan. As you probably understood, this is the vicious cycle that haunts our world today and it’s what makes us slaves to money, debt and the banking system. In truth, it all started with a small loan for 10.000 dollars once and is now a race towards the cliff of inescapable global financial and economic collapse.

.Have no illusions, you are powerful and your decisions affect the world. Choose wisely.