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Changing the World

We can’t effectively change the world until we fix the image in our minds’ eyes. To fix the image we have to change ourselves. We have to understand our world in new ways. Only then can we imagine and create a future.

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In the summer of 1969, in Santa Barbara California and at Woodstock New York, a whole lot of us acknowledged that we were indeed changed — we had changed and then decided to stay changed. What’s needed now is the same sort of sea-change. In 1969 it really wasn’t difficult. We were motivated by Vietnam and uptight parents and the system.

The time has come. Our hand is forced! Circumstances demand that we act now or never. We didn’t see it coming, but we take it as a surprise gift, one we’ve awaited for a very long time.

For the purposes of making our plans for a new, different way of living in the world, we need to examine our previous errors in thinking and especially in perception.

The words we use are very suggestive. When scientists use the word “global” to describe attributes of our environment, it’s a bad sign. Global implies a globe. The Earth may be globular, but the part we live in is a layer on top of the globe that’s only dozens of miles thick in places, whereas the “globe” is 8,000 miles in diameter. We can’t live 40 miles down in the crust, and we can’t live ten miles above it either. It’s hard to survive in hot lava, in the first case, and we can’t breathe vacuum of space in the other.

Which commentary leads to how we regular people think of our environment. As I said, let’s look at the word. This time we are using the word correctly. Environment means literally “everything that surrounds us.” Ecology and economy apply to environment. They actually mean almost the same thing. (The word economy only seems to refer to something different. That’s because of the rich and powerful people who extract coal and oil from the Earth. They use the energy from these fossil fuels to build weapons and armies to wage war. Our environment, and we, pay the price.)

Otherwise ecology and economy both refer to the rules and the nature of our environment, or the “ecosystem.” Let’s investigate:

By Author . . . It’s supposed to be blank.

Let’s get straight to work. Remember, “Imagine.” I want you to do a simple task — a thought experiment. On that blank page above, picture a picture of yourself or some people visiting a volcano in . . . Hawaii. Or any hot lava volcano. Some people are standing on rocks with the toes of their shoes right against the hot red glowing lava. Their shoes are smoking.

Now look around and look up. Isn’t that where your ecosystem or biome — your environment is located? Because there’s nothing you need that is living in the hot lava, right?

So maybe nearby there’s a layer of topsoil with tropical trees and animals living there. Say top to bottom, one hundred feet or about 30 meters, but that’s all the meters I’m doing today. What’s left?

Well? The sky — the atmo . . . crap, it’s called a sphere. Okay, that’s where the air and a lot of the climate is.

So mentally (or for real) put just that on the blank sheet above. Topsoil, plants and animals, red hot lava, air, clouds, birds and pollen, and about ten miles up — the vacuum of space. A lot of people don’t realize that. I’m lucky. I’ve climbed mountains, so I know. The clouds are down below when I’m up there!

TK All Right. Progress. Hard work.

TK Take it easy everybody. I’ve only begun . . . and I’ve begun to seek collaborators too. I was galvanized into action by Deepak Chopra: ”How to Bring the Dream Back to America” . . . Medium. (The TK means work in progress.)




Living in rural Panamá — non-extractive, non-capitalistic. Expat USA. Scientist, writer, researcher, teacher. STEM mentor +languages.

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Fred Ermlich

Fred Ermlich

Living in rural Panamá — non-extractive, non-capitalistic. Expat USA. Scientist, writer, researcher, teacher. STEM mentor +languages.

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