What you can do right away: 10 tips
You can listen to what people have to say, or you just stop listening and start acting and have fun doing it. Save the world: With these ten steps you can start right away:
- Think for yourself
- Finally trust your own feelings and recognize the large theatre of illusion around you. It is a facade emulating stability: Constantly men in suits come up and yell for more economic growth, speculators play with entire countries and anchor people constanly prance with disaster images across their stage. The audience is annoied and angry, nevertheless remains sitting until the end of the performance. But when will it appear?
- Just leave the presentation and start asking yourself a simple question: For example: Why do we have to work constantly more while we are working more already? Why are the debts growing more and more while we are spending less and less? Why is everything else shrinking, if the economy grows?
- Together with friends and family look out for the answers. For example: Because everybody else is working more too. Because the savings are ending up in other pockets? Because many listed companies created parallel societies apart from current state living socienty.
- If your answers worry you, decide now not to participate anymore.
- Begin by stop listening. Stop listening to politicians, institutions, anchors. And for God’s sake stop taking for grantend, without any objection that any decision would have been no alternative. Such a thing does not exist in democracies.
- If you are now so far that you do not tolerate any nonsense, use your freedom of action. You live in one of the richest countries in the world, you are very well trained, you have fun in life and find yourself quite well. Why the hell do you do the same every day and never something else?
- How should you use your scope? Just take a look at what others are doing. There’s incredibly exciting approaches and projects: energy cooperatives, neighborhood gardens, fair use, local currencies, great foundations, companies that refuse to the growth imperative. Be more political, if you are a journalist. Research for a different future, if you are a scientist. Change the break themes, if you work on the band. Buy differently, if you have a restaurant. Ask where the fish comes from, if you are eating out. Be interested in the future of your students if you are a teacher. Fusing with a kindergarten, when you run a nursing home. Think to the Hellfire, if you protrude to one of the four big energy companies. Produce cradle to cradle, if you own a factory. Risk something, if you think you are intellectual.
- Become a member of something bigger, where you can proudly say, “We do things differently!” For example, develop a culture of mindfulness, where ideas are more interesting than experience, not live at the expense of others, or whatever else you can think of. To be fit for the future means the opposite of business as usual: learning, forgiving of mistakes, to act reversibly.
- Create future labs and have fun doing it. Forget the “5-before-12″–blah the environmental movement and the talk of the “world community” and the need for global solutions. It is sufficient if you begin to treat your life, your loved ones and your country in a responsible and sustainable way. But as soon as possible, please.
Cancel your next stupid air travel (you don’t want to go there anyway), you can just not order your next new car (it will make you unhappy, because you believed it‘ll make you happier), buy nothing that is too cheap (because then someone else got to little). Share with your children or grandchildren that you will now change your life. This will help you to actually do it (because now you can not go back).
Loosely translated and based on a copy from Harald Welzer.