by Cristiane Roget, Sr. Correspondent AdAvenueGroup/Forbes – Editor Pacific Rim Chamber of Commerce.
While the canals of Venice are reportedly clear and quiet reigns across the land, is the worldwide pandemic one more eulogy for great things we have lost or has the world turned on its axis? Not as a place but a state of mind.
As Eric Utne posits in a recent New York Times Op-Ed, “We need a hyper local Green New Deal. We need to come together as a unified species living in diverse, intimate, plant based communities made possible by pre manufactured , assembly plant style habitats with micro employment readily available.
By consciously segueing from the techno -industrial complex controlled by two legged Dinosaurs and their minions we have the time and frame of mind to adapt, evolve and create a planetary sequel. As the modern economist Ernst F. Schumacher said in his Tome ‘ Small Is Beautiful’, “Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.” We have the means to live within a smaller scale, less energy intensive and within more localized communities”.
We can evolve by adopting a new mindset that prizes the elimination of obscene waste, community gardens in vast swaths of public spaces; for example ‘underneath Metro Rails in lei of useless shrubbery’ as Patrice Gillespie of Miami Dade Public Image would advance on the deaf ears of self serving politicos. Knowledge sharing is readily available online, inclusivity within generations and ethnicities. We are capable of learning from cultures that thrive with less and act as stewards of our planet. Not because we or they know the end game, but, because in our hearts and minds we have the conviction and certainty, it is the right way to live on our vulnerable Mother Earth.
One can imagine that Covid – 19 is a siren in the quarantined calm. A pulsating warning that the time is now to correct a world on a fast track to rapid economic collapse, climate chaos, social unrest, famine and near term extinction where our species is but a blink in the eons of infinite time. Visit the short version of Francis Ford Coppola’s Koyaanisqatsi
Uma Lal, a citizen of Hopatcong, New Jersey, says “We cannot run away from our history. We can face it head on and apply our intelligence and empathy to create a better history for tomorrow. ” Imagine a world for our great grandchildren and strive toward that.” Ultimately the best thing we can do in times of uncertainty is acknowledge another ‘First’ – we have found our voice to join in a global conversation in real time. Can you imagine if we could harness the power of solidarity for the greater good? Alone we can do so little together individually we can do so much.
Many in Miami to New York skyscrapers describe the unsettling feeling of this past Summer and Spring as living on a “vertical cruise ship”.
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