|To make a simple framework,
start by naming six pieces of the global situation "puzzle." The
top three pieces reflect the conditions in the Natural World: water, climate
and species diversity. The bottom three pieces reflect the human
condition: how well are human needs being met for food, safety and prosperity.
Clicking on any of these categories would take us to world, regional and
local reports on conditions.
There are lots of possible ways
to categorize and present information on World conditions. A value
in this model is that it supplies a direction for positive change.
The above picture shows a finished puzzle, a happy ending in the story
of the next decade for Gaia, The World.
destruction in the Natural World comes about as by-product to the ways
that human beings attempt to meet their needs. Distress in the Natural
World is a sort of reflection of the corresponding human situation.
The healthy BIG PICTURE above assumes we Americans do collectively change
our behavior because if we don't, the BIG PICTURE is going to look more
Getting to the best outcome
cannot happen if we, as a Nation, continue to do what we are already
doing. Getting to the best outcome can only be the result of proactive
change taking place in the ways and means of our lives. We can symbolize
that change by the act of putting the piece of the puzzle in place.
by thinking about how the pieces fit in pairs. The ways that people
routinely get food (farming) are the primary cause of pollution in the
waterways. Farming and waterway health fit together. If we
were to put the FOOD piece of the puzzle in
place as mostly local and small scale with conscious intent towards stewardship,
Mother Nature places Her piece of the puzzle to show good conditions in
A connection can be drawn between
conditions in the Natural World, and our habits of burning fossil fuels
as gasoline or for electricity. The American Way of assembling our
homes and communities creates a lifestyle of separation, one household
from another; necessary cars and nearly vacant homes that still require
climate control. What is a one-word way to sum up the aggregate of
human needs we attempt to meet this way? COMMUNITY
would be it, except that by our methods we seem intent on creating anything
but. The primary driving force in the mainstream selection of home/lifestyle
is to secure privacy for ourselves. Privacy is another word for SAFETY.
Do Americans feels safe?
true meeting of the need for Community includes a system, like an immune
system, to support and maintain peace and safety for its members.
That immune system is respect for basic human rights even down (especially
down) to the most vulnerable members. When SAFETY
is expressed through authentic COMMUNITY we
are free to make co-housing or eco-village, where some sharing makes sense
and use of cars can become drop drastically. Reduce the burning of
fossil fuels: allow the Mother to heal the greenhouse effect and CLIMATE
change. We put our piece in place and Nature responds.
Even though we may intellectually
see that a change in our American consumeristic lifestyle is the answer
to ecological problems, this cause and effect feedback loop is so big and
so remote that it is hardly enough to support a change in our immediate
ways of getting through the day. It is only because there exists
another feedback loop that is very much about direct and rapid gratification,
that we will be able to make the change. The real relationships between
human need and ecology look more like this:
GAIA's NEEDS MET
HUMAN NEEDS MET
will be protected and truly enjoyed when our genuine needs for PROSPERITY
are being met. Do we really have to ransack yet another Natural Preserve
for more non-renewable resources to consume? How much is enough ?!
For Americans, this is a spiritual question, not an economic one. Real
fulfillment comes of being able to contribute from an authentic space -
not from acquiring more and more disposable consumer goods.
This BIG PICTURE model anticipates
that when our whole human needs for food and safety are genuinely met,
the last pieces of the puzzle fall more easily in place. If we remove
the major stresses of poor nutrition/food security and lack of interpersonal
safety, spiritual healing of people can become commonplace.
Self-development, actualization, advancement and maturity can be the norm
instead of the exception.
The context of this model is
the foundation idea that human beings belong in Earth's eco-system, that
there are ways for us to meet our basic needs without damaging our Natural
World. Further, built into this model is the notion that co-creative
and sustainable behavior comes naturally to people when basic
human rights are supported, protected, and applied. Life can be easier
and a whole lot more fun.