Did you ever get the feeling that we’re are all on autopilot about to walk off the side of a cliff? From a collective point of view where are we headed?
We have systems in place to organize our lives: political, economic, educational, medical, legal, etc. yet so many of these systems have become profoundly dysfunctional at meeting our real needs.
As we’ve become so focused on our individual needs to make a living and guarantee our futures, we fail to see how all that we hold most dear is eroding before our very eyes. We have a government that changes every 4 (or 8) years, as does the agenda and the objectives of those governing. We have companies that control the course of the economy with their short, medium and long-term goals, that prioritize the seeking of greater profits year after year.
And then there’s us, the consumers, always wanting much more for less. In the end, what we have is a vicious circle that keeps perpetuating itself. And so it is, it seems that the system has gained a life of its own and it’s about to swallow us. That’s why this question is so essential:
Who’s Caring for the Commons?
Should we not all be doing it? If each and every one of us consumed, produced and acted as if we were responsible for the planet, would it not make a difference? Instead of carrying on with this collective madness, if each and every one of us truly felt responsible, could that change something? Capitalism becomes absolutely ruthless when people are reduced to the status of mere consumers who don’t exercise their role as engaged citizens. We all have a stake in the future. It doesn’t take much; it can start as a silent movement called:
I am responsible!
I am responsible in the way that I consume, the way that I produce and the way that I live. I am responsible. This is a radical movement that each and every one of us can start today!