Solar panels, electric cars, and wind farms all rush to our minds when we think of sustainability. When sympathizers of the green movement think of these technologies, most smile and expand with hope. But they are so beloved because they offer us something we most desperately want: freedom from our problems without sacrifice.
They promise to mitigate the impacts our lives have on the Earth, changing only the tools we use and not humans themselves.
The Human Revolution is about addressing this gap in our approach. Researchers, entrepreneurs, educators, and many more are all out there doing the work we need to develop these all-important tools. But in the meantime, the human psyche is getting left behind. Much of the way we see the world is still grounded in the stories of our violent and primitive past. Not often enough do we acknowledge just how far we’ve come, and therefore how little remains in the fight for an ideal world.
This ideal world is one in which our social, political, and economic systems allow for peaceful, harmonious, and environmentally-friendly societies. We’re talking about a world free of war, prejudice, and fear of the Other. A world rich in social connection, happiness, and the best parts of the human spirit. One that’s free and equal, where Life thrives.
This is sustainability as defined by The Human Revolution.
That we have our work cut out for us is not hard to see. But this is precisely why we must start now, with ourselves. By looking inward and understanding how what’s within reflects what’s without, we can uncover the true obstacles standing between us and our desired world. Then, we can develop real, pragmatic, and personal methods of overcoming them.
Approaching the issue this way means all questions and topics explored on this blog will return to one central question:
What can I do?
We ask big questions that deal with anything ranging from the meaning of existence to the system of capitalism. But we always strive to understand how our actions contribute to change or reinforce the status quo, constantly alert for solutions and best practice.
It’s true doing one tiny thing won’t overnight reshape the economy or change people’s minds about an important issue, but it’s a start. The important thing is to remember we can’t always see change, but we can always feel it. Acting on this faith that what we’re doing is right is our last best hope. The world has gotten so big that it’s far too easy to feel like what we do doesn’t matter. But this simply isn’t true, and we’re here to make sure we never forget it.
So, what can you do? Start by subscribing to the blog and/or liking us on Facebook. This will keep you up-to-date on all the discussions we’re having about how to build a better world. Feel free to get in touch if you’re interested in contributing.