(Originally published for The Liberty Project)
“Stand behind any protest you make with some action that helps solve it.
Otherwise you are only giving yourself the power to complain.”
It increasingly seems that civilization is facing too many woes. We are surrounded by cumbersome and outworn systems that have been broken by greed and a consumer mentality. But blame at this point is futile. And unless you take action on behalf of change, protesting to the same mindset that has either created or turned their eyes from woe in the name of material gain only feeds the world’s problems more of your energy. As Einstein suggested, problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. Thus it amounts to insanity for us to keep waiting for the profit-driven Hearts to have an epiphany and aim for a trajectory other than their own gain.
So, what action can we take? What functional solutions are there in the face of such complex, world-wide challenges? How do we heal the rifts that alienate us from one another, from the natural world and from our greater hopes and dreams?
We begin with the understanding that the answers are subjective. Meaning, we all want and need different things so the concerns of each person, each household, each community, and each region are going to be different. This also means that because we want people to be able to know the freedom of expressing themselves authentically, the answers won’t require us to establish a critical mass or convince a large group to change their ways. But because the answers are subjective, they must start from within our own lives. And within our own life, they must be born from inside of us, out from our Heart.
This means that you have the power right now, today, to start changing your experience of the world. Think about the choices you can make to bring your life and your Inner Truth into a greater sense of accord. Withdraw your support from all those things you would protest and see changed. Release from your life what isn’t working or doesn’t fulfill you. Stand-up for the sort of world you envision in your Heart and thoughts.
But don’t stop there. For what is certain is that the world doesn’t really change one person at a time, unless that person is networking with others. This is because the Human organism is a living system, which like any living system requires a certain amount of unity and exchange to not only stay organized but to change and evolve. Thus the Human is truly a social organism with very real social needs. This tells us that in whatever problem we’re looking to solve, community (or common unity) is part of the solution.
Once we have figured out what it is we need to make our own life authentic we must network. We must find others who share our common cause and vision of what’s possible and foster critical relationships with them. We must collaborate and experiment. We must become pioneers and pathfinders together, forging a way to put our shared ideals and mindset into practice.
Of course we must also consider that the social organism is likewise a living system, requiring a condition of interdependence, accord and interaction with the surrounding substrate. That is to say, we all live on and from the Earth. As much as we need to cooperate with one another, we need to cooperate with the world around us just as much. For we can’t live an authentic life if we fail to consider that which is natural and intrinsic to the composition of the Whole.
There are no blanket answers or tried recipes. But in every change we are able to make, the possibility of success is greatly pronounced by assuring that you account for three factors – how you will express your Inner Truth, how you will join in that expression with others who desire the same experience or outcome and how you will account for the interwoven world-at-large in any desire you express.
It all boils down to living with conscious, well-focused intentions. This is why we say that intentional lifestyles are the solution and call ourselves intentional lifestyle advocates. Living with intention isn’t just a nice idea or a philosophy for the future. It is a necessity. Now. If there is to be any sort of far-reaching solution, it is this.