single-minded pursuit of wealth - in short, materialism - does not fit into this
world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the
environment in which it is placed is strictly limited.” -- E F Schumacher
“Indeed, the only truly serious questions are ones that even a child can formulate. Only the most naive of questions are truly serious. They are the questions with no answers. A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limit of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.” -- Milan Kundera
An acknowledgement that we’re connected to everything else.
An acknowledgment that we’re stewards of this amazing planet for all future generations.
An acceptance of living life according to values that cause no harm to ourselves, others or the natural world.
An acknowledgement that talking about inequality is no substitute for non-violent action to address the situation.
Using our institutions for the good of all rather than a select few.
A sense of identity.
A sense of community.
A sense of genuine life-affirming purpose.
Peace for all time.
Finding a way to celebrate our diversity rather than develop a narrative that causes life-threatening division.
Trust at societal level.
Trust at institutional level.
Trust at community level.
Trust at interpersonal level.
Love. (Yes I repeat it.)
Universal education regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity that develops every person to their full, genius potential.
Trying to find meaning absent a money economy.
Trying to find meaning. Period.
Living by the Golden Rule.
And on…and on…
In the end, if we carry on living by the same narrative as now, then as apocalyptic as it sounds, it’s difficult to see what will be left of humanity.
Perhaps that’s it: we need a new narrative premised on equality, peace and love.
But who will deliver it?