March 30

Nothing like a war to question values and human rights

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The Story

We embarked on 2022 with new found hope as lockdowns lessened and we appeared to have a handle on the new SARS COV2 that wreaked havoc on the past two years of our lives.

The coronavirus global pandemic with its variants continued to expose major problems within our family and public health systems, and our social, educational, political and economic infrastructures. But we somehow learned to "live with the challenges."

We realized that if public health issues were not addressed and resolved at the earliest it might ensure the destruction of everything we hold dear and believe in during this continuing crisis and for sure when the next one strikes.

But as we supposedly emerged from 2 years of lockdowns filled with hope, our world plunged into yet another global crisis.

 The advent of unimaginable war in European country of Urkraine,   caught the world by surprise and the global negative ramifications struck hard at already struggling families.  

Unlike on-going wars in other countries, for the first time we were privy via news media to the moment by moment real time sufferings of European victims of war.

And as  lives changed overnight we experienced dilemmas even in distant lands.

  • Fuel and food shortages
  • Rising poverty in developing nations
  • Inflation and economic insecurity
  • Risk of sacrifice of life values

 It was not what ordinary folk had hoped for when we joyously ushered in the new century in 2000.

What is the root cause of the problems faced by everyday ordinary people around the world?

Perhaps this is the time for the three principles we've carved and structured our lives around to be reassessed in view of the actual problem:

  • instant gratification,
  • segmentation of people, and 
  • an unawareness of our connectivity within our species and ecosystem.  

The Problem

Because our life goals are founded on the three principles of: instant gratification, segmentation of people, and an unawareness of our connectivity within our species and ecosystem,  when any part of the triad is threatened we unleash the perfect storm.

But what about our habits, lifestyles, livelihoods and dreams? What do we really want? Are our desires getting the better of our needs? But is life really only about us?  What do we really need? 

Healthy Stress-Free Quality Life?

Do you agree that every person wishes for a safe, healthy and stress-free comfortable life for themselves and loved ones?

Do you agree that everyone at the very least needs a home to be safe in?

For generations, we've been  taught that a good job would be our vehicle to make these dreams a reality. But today amid global crises, we find our dreams  curtailed.

People feel oppressed and  enslaved at the very mention of crisis.  The human mind is on overdrive.  Unsurprisingly when a humanitarian crisis strikes, like the one unfolding in Europe, many are reluctant to acknowledge human rights, because they feel trapped between their own desires and that of universal values.

In times of such crisis should we invest in the short term?

Or should we persist in envisioning long-term quality of life?

Should we focus on our self interests in the short term at the sacrifice of the lives of the less fortunate? Or should we lend a helping hand even if it means that we enjoy fewer indulgences? What does it take to be part of the solution?

 Perhaps some of us are beginning to rethink life as we know it: our childhood dreams, education, training,  adulthood, work, life goals, desires and aspirations. Perhaps we are self-realizing and contemplating how to mold a world where we can truly be safe, healthy and stress-free to enjoy high quality lives long-term within a sustainable regenerating planet.

But how do we strive for a better quality life and future? And most importantly can we sustain success if it is only about ourselves and our loved ones? 


The Solution

If we focus on the long-term  health, well being  and quality of life of each and every person and our planet, we can prevent man-made disasters like systemic mutating viruses,  wars, refugee crises, inequality, inequity and exclusion.

And when a natural disaster like a tsunami occurs, we are able to unite, overcome and rise like a phoenix.  

Sustainable development is about the phoenix-rising: a lifestyle and life mission based on intelligently, consciously caring for and supporting all of humanity and all Beings and our home, this planet such that life sustains itself without much effort.

Humans don't exist independently. Everyone and everything is connected. Therefore we must live in harmony with our families, communities, countries and our entire planet. Yes our entire living planet, is actually the only home we have.

If we don't effect change, then self-imposed lockdowns, lawlessness, and ravages of wars will become routine. A life living in underground bunkers would become the norm.

That coupled with climate change will effect floods, earthquakes, famine, drought, low air quality, unrest, indiscriminate violence and depression will be uncontrollable.

 No medication, vaccine or united nations will be able to save us.

Dear Reader, we must think and plan ahead for our great grandchildren.

Our way forward is to skill and train ourselves and those around us to to embrace a life of inclusiveness and peace.

WE must ensure that violence, poverty, inequality, inequity, hatred, discrimination, racism and apartheid are atrocities of the past.

AND we need wholesome jobs to regenerate our health and the health and wellbeing  of our communities and diverse species we live among.

WE must promote a clean, natural self-sustaining, resource rich environment.

WE must regenerate Planet Earth...it's our responsibility to take accountability.

A better world starts with a better you and me.  

Let's get started.

Please contact me and join the movement to a wiser, more conscious and insightful future for Planet Earth.


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