It is inevitable that infinite ambition within a model of finite resources will lead to collapse. In the context of a system that preys on insecurity and desire, it becomes a radical act to say “I have enough. I am enough.” My hope is not that you walk away from this with a sense of shame for your desires, but to look at the system and the people that profit off of them with fresh eyes. To channel your ambition toward building something new, embodying change on the small scale while advocating for systemic reform. That sounds like a worthwhile resolution to me.
“Together, we can build little sustainable worlds inside our homes and push that energy to radiate outward. After we clean up the messes within our own four walls, we can step out and take action elsewhere.”
"There’s a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with the Earth. Our personal and collective happiness and survival depends on it."
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“To be truly visionary we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond that reality.”
Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics
Right now it may just be the faintest whisper of a possibility. But whispers can build into winds, and take the world by storm.
We have seen and experienced that governments around the world can act on a global challenge, and that people can change their behaviour, in a very short amount of time. That should make us stubbornly optimistic about our collective capacity to design a more hopeful tomorrow
“And from the grassroots, power grows. Change won’t come from behind closed doors. It’ll come from our own backyards and what seeds we sow. It’ll come from local elections and community organizing. The small everyday acts we take for granted—riding our bikes or eating local organic produce—can redirect our lives toward something greater. It can bring us to each other, bring us together, bring us into power. It’s time.”