By Mike Aux-Tinee.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
– Leo Tolstoy
The world is a very big and beautiful place. It’s what makes this place special, unique and so amazing. The world is in a constant state of change with every moment as different as the last. If something is so dynamic, what about it needs to be changed?
Well, it’s not the world that needs to be changed, we are the ones who need to be changed. It’s our cavalier attitudes that are causing more harm than good.
What harm you ask?
There are toxic gasses and other pollutants from the things we make that are dumped into the air and our water supplies. The land fills are closed because they have reached maximum capacity. Lead, mercury and other harmful chemicals are in the products we use and the food we eat.
There is so much CO2 in the atmosphere that even if we stopped using cars today, it would take the earth decades to eliminate all of the CO2.
Our computers, televisions and other appliances are toxic to the environment. Instead of dumping them here, they are shipped to third world countries to be dumped in their land fills. This transfers the pollution from one country to another.
Forests are being cleared and replaced with strip malls, shopping centers and subdivisions. All in the name of progress and for another few cents of tax revenues.
But it is uncomfortable for us to admit we are the problem. It is much easier to point the finger away from us and at well, anyone or anything else.
It is a never-ending cycle when we consume more than we need in the short-term. The more we consume; the more we pollute,.
Happiness is not derived from having more things, but doing more. We need another path to happiness, one that incorporates a balance between production and environmental protection.
We need harmony between us and the environment. We need to eliminate the harmful chemicals from the air, water and our food. It is important to have a balance in our lives; socially, financially and spiritually. By achieving more inner peace, conflict, anger and hatred will disappear. A greater emphasis on personal development; reading, writing, art, music, travel and learning over possessions will lead to a smarter and well-rounded person.
It’s about the realization and understanding the path we are on is unsustainable. The longer we stay on this path, more damage will be done and it will be harded to fix.