Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society Speech at The University of Michigan, 1964
‘President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that one of the main freedoms is freedom from fear. Today, the burden of fear and the stress of bearing it is felt by millions of people, and the main reason for it is militarism, armed conflicts, the arms race, and the nuclear Sword of Damocles.’
Governments stop increasing your spending on militarisation and instead spend that money on creating small scale organic farms and investing in renewable energy to make populations around the world independent from oil, and happy.
This may sound childish and naive, but once this inner child is lost, we forget how to be happy, and what’s the point of living, when you’ve lost sight of happiness. Nurture your inner child. Go plant your favourite foods. Small scale. ‘Investing in small-scale farmers can help lift over 1 billion people out of poverty [and probably more]’.
My dad bought these shoes for me in 2007, when I was in grade 8. I’ve worn them throughout the weeks for a good ten years. They’ve seen many things. Why just dump them out? Being sentimental, something key for sustainability and connecting with Nature, I decided to put them on display for a while, until, perhaps I’m able to frame them in some way. It’s great to be able to look at a pair of worn out shoes, (that aren’t necessarily completely worn out, although the more worn the better, I guess), and to feel nostalgic for all the places and memories you walked with them in.
If you don’t care much for your shoes, don’t buy them, and don’t just toss them in the garbage. Hack them, and make them into something else (a planter?), or drop them off at a convenient shoe recycling location (Thanks Nike).
I was reading some of Vivienne Westwood’s published diary and came across her thoughts on the renaissance era we are currently living in, an era where ancient knowledge is being re-discovered.
During the Renaissance period between the 14th and 17th centuries, ‘Basic, common-sense “truths” that had stood un- questioned for centuries, even millennia, were eroding away. The Earth did not stand still. The sun did not revolve around it. The “known” world wasn’t even half of the whole. The human heart wasn’t the soul; it was a pump. In mere decades, printing boosted the production of books from hundreds to millions per year, and these weird facts and new ideas traveled farther, faster than had ever been possible.’
Ancient texts dating before the time of Christ that live on in many of today’s indigenous cultures tell us many things about what life is all about etc. that seem to be re-surfacing in today’s trends. Things like, understanding that plants and trees are all networked together and communicate with each other, and that plants and water react to the emotions you share with them. People are cutting meat out of their diets, questioning the ‘status quo’, and demanding sustainable living. Instead of the printing press, today we have the interwebs, accessible to more and more people around the world, helping them, in the same way Pinocchio became a real boy through his educational struggles, become not puppets, but real men and women, boys and girls, who live from their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.
Carry on, people of the world, be yourselves, be courageous in Love, and in the process of practicing Love you’ll directly be re-connecting to Earth and putting a halt to climate change. #climaterevolution #fashionfutures #love #peace #earth #justbe
It’s hard being vegan. Even for someone like me. I ate cheese yesterday, but didn’t realise I ordered it, but I ate it anyways, because it was in front of me, and I was weak. I ate feta and cream at brunch today. There is regret. It takes a lot of effort to be yourself in today’s world. I didn’t forget to thank and pray for the cows and goats though. You can only pray so much however and if you aren’t taking any action the praying probably isn’t coming from the heart.
So it’s ‘Veganuary’, as disgusting as that may sound to some… But hey! The Animal Agriculture Industry is the number one contributor to green house gases and human induced Climate Change. And if, unlike Trump, you hopefully believe that climate change is real, like me and many others, you’ll decide to go vegan, at least a couple times a week, if not everyday.
Choosing to go vegan however hasn’t just been an ethical issue; being vegan has provided a number of quality of life benefits (aside from making me less anxious and more hopeful that Climate Change will slow down if more people go vegan):
-higher energy levels
-lower food bills (in theory, as meat becomes less and less subsidized, and more vegetables and other crops are planted to feed people and not livestock).
But where do you get your protein from?
When people say that plants have feelings too… Plants don’t show the clear feelings of fear and pain that cows, pigs, chicken, and fish do. Plants don’t quite run away. Plants were designed to be harvested. Humans designed ways to hunt and kill, by choice. Have you ever seen or read about a man killing a deer, antelope or cow just with their teeth? Nope humans aren’t lions.
And if you think that the dairy industry in Europe is humane, small dairy farms seem to be quickly disappearing
And unless you really know where your eggs came from… Don’t eat them.
At the end of the day, since all animals and animal products originate from plants, instead of inefficiently going through animals for nutrients, why not just go straight to plants? Well maybe because more land in the USA, for example, is used for Animal Agriculture rather than edible plant agriculture, so fresh veg is generally more expensive than it ought to be…
Anyways less talk, and more action! Go vegan and plant more vegetables.
‘Non c’é nulla d’immutabile, tranne l’esigenza di cambiare’. There is nothing immutable, except for the need to change, said Heraclitus.
American Citizens to the land of America please continue taking to the streets and continue protesting the backwards electoral college until change happens. Urban streets weren’t just invented for cars. They were built as a free place where people can express themselves.
Don’t just let it pass. Hillary is still winning the popular vote; Trump ironically said himself that the electoral college is a disaster. His family didn’t seem look too happy on stage to announce his said victory; not to mention his son’s expressive faces during Trump’s electoral victory speech.
The constitution is a work in progress. The United States of America is a work in progress. It is the duty of every citizen to contribute to this work, by gracefully expressing our sentiments.
I could not be happier to see thousands of citizens taking to the streets to express their outrage at the electoral system, and its ability to allow a narcissistic product of the media that does not understand that his past public actions throughout only the past year, cannot be erased, and will only enable those who do not have the critical strength to make their own moral compasses, but instead to only be driven by false media. Only two days later we are seeing crimes of bigotry, undeniably enabled; by the electorate college system and the hollow, money-driven, superficial, individual it elected.
As the Miss Universe pageant taught us last year; the first announced ‘winner’ isn’t always.
#TAKETOTHESTREETS [with grace]
A ‘citizen is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as, ‘A legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized.’ Citizenship is, ‘The position or status of being a citizen of a particular country.’
Following Theresa May’s speech where she said, ‘If you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere’ indeed makes literal sense in line with the definition above. Yet as the Prime Minister of a nation that was a key player in propelling globalisation in the first place, May does not take into account the semantic leap of what the phrase ‘citizen of the world’ means. The OED defines this phrase as: ‘A person who is at home in any country.’
Indeed, you do not have to be a world elite to be able to feel at home in any country; with the proliferation of refugees in the world who truly are citizens of nowhere, but of the world, this is an insult.
To close it all, aside from semantics, May seems to undermine what it means to be a citizen of a city, state, or nation.
To be a citizen one must actively take part in society, without negligence.
‘Being a citizen was a big thing in Ancient Greece. Education was their tool for making a good citizen that would be helpful in decisions and war. Each citizen would feel that they had a share in the decisions, which were their right and duty. And that is what it meant to be a citizen in Athens, Ancient Greece.’
Did citizens act on voting ‘Leave’ for Brexit? With the amount of people who openly stated they wished they knew more about its consequences, let alone even bothered googling its consequences before making a decision, the amount of negligence that occurred during that historic moment makes it clear that true citizens of the United Kingdom did not vote; vulnerable human beings uneducated about the world by their government were merely brainwashed by whichever camp spent more £ on marketing.
P.S. Whenever you see someone who is meant to be serving the people wearing patent leather boots and red gloves (Think Pope Benedict XVI)… Think twice.