START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
Nov 11, 2009

Several months ago, I began a personal journey to 'downsize'. In my case, it was a weight issue, compounded by years of bad decision-making and a hurried, harried lifestyle that encouraged those choices through time crunches, big bills to pay, and ever-increasing turn-around speeds required to complete a day's work. Eventually, poor health and progressive deterioration made it -mandatory- that I start trimming my life. The alternative was greater progressive un-wellness.

Right around the same time, our culture here in the United States was beginning to feel an equivalent focus on our infrastructural "ill health". The economy struggled in earnest to "wake itself back up". Entire neighborhoods started that slide into deterioration that is so difficult to come back from, and yet, voices from all over were responding to these messages with "give me MORE"... more money, more government support, more tax breaks...

What if what we need isn't -more-, but LESS? What if the key to turning ourselves around and shaping a healthier culture out of our current spate of "sick country syndrome" isn't about spending more and buying more... but about cutting waste and downsizing on both a personal and societal level? What if, instead of looking for someone to bail us out, the solution lies in giving one -another- a hand UP? What if it isn't about our -government-, or "big business", but about the little choices each of us makes every single day about how we're going to interact, and whether or not we're going to contribute to our own health (or our own demise)?

Over the years, as I've watched people develop more awareness about resources, environment, personal health, stress, etc., I've also noticed a -lot- of pressure to consume at greater and greater levels. Every "cause" now has its own credit card, special clothing, fancy ribbons, special stores -- and in the process, all we've done is re-package our obsession with consumption into another wheezing, puffing, over-inflated mass.

Perhaps the downturn in our economy is serving a useful purpose. Perhaps, instead of patching it with tools to help us continue, as a culture, to over-consume and over-indulge, we can make use of this time to scale -back-... to change our focus to processes that will allow us, as individuals who make up a greater society, to begin to make choices that will -truly- heal our culture.

 

Perhaps it is the time to spend our out-of-work hours volunteering, and in the process, develop a continuum where we support the community, and the community supports us. Perhaps this is the time to plant our own food, instead of depending on boxes of commercially produced pseudo-food for sub-optimal nutrition. Perhaps this is the time to restore the family kitchen, let go of our "instant communication devices", and start talking to one another again, person-to-person, instead of machine-to-machine. Perhaps it is time to re-vision our businesses, and re-shape them to nurture the health and well being of the employees, and be more responsive to the customers and clients, rather than to a distant (and mercurial) Wall Street.

 

Perhaps, in the midst of all of this turmoil, there is a chance to heal our culture, and perhaps the only way to do that successfully is to let go of our rushing, over-consuming, harried, hurried, stressed-out, distraught, alienated, angry, disconnected road, and find a way to embrace something more "organic" -- something that encourages individuals to find (and make) their place in the world... that encourages relaxed recreation, imagination, and the art of helping one another. I think that we've forgotten these things, and that, until we take advantage of the opportunities presented to us by this societal turn of events, we will continue to exacerbate our own social illness and drive ourselves deeper into "sick society syndrome".

(Fire)Storm

Visibility: Everyone
Posted: Wednesday November 11, 2009, 7:27 am
Tags: culture economy fiscal recession downsize [add/edit tags]

Group Discussions
Comments
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:

Author

Storm W.
female, age 51, committed relationship, 4 children
Houston, TX, USA
STORM'S SHARES
Mar
25
(2 comments  |  discussions )
There is a great deal of commentary giving the idea that the \"perfect\" solution for the issues of animal mistreatment in commercial food production, and the general health of our population cis for the entire population to go Vegetarian/Vegan. I can c...
Mar
26
(0 comments  |  discussions )
I've been keeping a journal of my "values" -- watching, in my own life, to see what it is that I truly value. As I read through it this morning, I noted that I'd written down "I value living fearlessly" in there at some poi...
Feb
8
(1 comments  |  discussions )
What an amazing morning this has been. I haven't written in a while here, so I thought I'd share some of my recent insights, just because I don't want to forget them down the road.I've been working towards living more intentionally...


SHARES FROM STORM'S NETWORK
Jan
23
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nWe declare that no man nor nation nor race have a greater right than others to enjoy the fruits of their work, as the ecological sphere is our common condition of life http://www.beat s4change.org/aims.htm Nous déclarons qu\\\'auc...
Dec
24
by Good H.
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nNorthern California Beach Reading 500 CPM on 12/20/2013 - Fukushima Radiation Is Here. Via @ AGreenRoad. \\r\\nFr om Rense; \\\"The above video was taken today with an Inspector Plus Geiger counter by \\\'Dave\\\', giving readings on a Northern Californ...
Nov
21
by Good H.
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\n\\n\\nAntimatter  \\n\\nAccording to wiki; \\\"A classic staple of science fiction and superhero stories, anti-matter  is matter composed of antiparticles, subatomic particles that have mostly exactly the same properties (mass, intrinsic angu...
by Good H.
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nBeginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists engaged in a dangerous race to see who could build and detonate the world\\\'s largest bomb. In the Soviet Union, Andrei Sakharov was the architect of this bomb. \\n\\nAccordin g to the movie, A...
Nov
19
by Good H.
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\nAccording to NIRS; \\\"Marine life in all forms, from endangered manatees and sea turtles to essential microscopic organisms, is being harmed and killed by once-through cooling systems, used to remove waste heat at nuclear power stations. \\n\\nA t...


MORE MEMBER BLOGS
Mar 31
Blog: How to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers by Kayleigh L.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nHow to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers \\r\\n \\r\\nCorlis Engine Review\\r\\nEvery user desires to prolong the life of a unit. TRIAD assists their clients in achieving this important objective by informing them of ways they can avoid problems... more
Feb 27
Blog: Dr Oz Weight Loss - The 100% Natural And Very Efficient Diet Pill by Debra S.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nYes, Dr. Oz called Garcinia Cambogia Extract (HCA) the Holy Grail of Weight Loss. He went on to say, “Anytime I see a scientist get this excited about something like Garcinia Cambogia Extract and when I looked through some of this research and... more
Blog: My Favorite Websites by krysta I.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nIFAW: www.ifaw.org\\r\\nOCEANA www.oceana.org\\r\\nPETA: www.peta.org\\r\\nEARTH 911: www.earth911.org\\r\\nANI MALs ASIA: www.animalsasia.org\\r\\n \\r\\n\\r\\n\\n more
Feb 21
Blog: testing one two three by Geoff M.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — hello world more
Blog: Garcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20 by Dany M.
(0 comments  |  0 discussions ) — \\nGarcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20\\r\\nGarcinia Cambogia System The Dr. Oz Lose Weight Quick Process Without Having Side Effects\\r\\nHe went on to say, “At any time I see a researcher... more
 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.