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Our current system was designed to serve the capitalist agenda, where colonialism, racism, and sexism (the patriarchy) sewn together constructed this oppressive society. All of us are woven into it as the threads that hold it together with our values and ideals. Capitalism has enabled the exploitation of resources, people and labour within consumerism, we’ve been set to think that there’s no other alternative. The legacy of colonialism allows the continuous extraction from nature which has been impoverishing the lives of marginalized communities and in turn destroying the earth - purely for the sake of business where profit matters more than people and the planet, it’s driven by corporate greed with power that can control governments. Whereas consumerism was initially used as a strategy to lift a failing economy, but we can’t just buy our way out of these problems.
“It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.” -Frederic Jamieson
We have to face the truth to overcome our complicity in this unfair system and demand justice. It’s as if we’ve become desensitized to human suffering and these tragedies, we get by with the blissful or willful ignorance that makes us passive and complacent. Why should we care? The basic desires of humans are generally the same - we always worry about our lives as well as of family and friends, we want stability with our jobs (“no jobs on a dead planet”) but also seek some sort of purpose. So if we seriously cared about each other along with our surrounding environments, it would be mutually beneficial for us and make life more meaningful. Once we begin to practice radical imagination and empathy to think beyond ourselves, we can become more involved in social movements.
We need to reconsider the core principles that guide us and start to question everything that we know and what we thought we knew. What were we taught that’s been deeply ingrained? What can we be more aware of? Since there’s so much to learn and unlearn, it will always be a constant process. Thinking about all of this will be very personal and different for everyone, we might feel overwhelmed or defeated but a shift in one’s own mindset is the first step. Are we checking ourselves on the ways in which we contribute to what we're (fighting) against? What are our basic beliefs? What have we continued to enable? What attitudes and habits have to be changed? We can't keep living in delusion, so we must align our values with our actions. We should often make the best possible choice that's within our reach by changing our behaviours and lifestyles, or at least be trying to do better because practice makes permanence - not “perfect”.
Now is the time to be more consciously aware of our actions and practices as it impacts our lives. Everything is interconnected, we need to mend our relationship with the earth and reconnect ourselves to nature but as well as with one another. We require a holistic approach that will honour the experience and knowledge of indigenous wisdom. We should engage in more art and creativity to influence culture that will encourage widespread action. Everyone has something unique to offer and it can’t be accomplished on an individual level, through collective efforts there’s a better chance at moving the needle away from this destructive society. We have to work towards effective solutions, otherwise we're just putting a patch to fix what's been broken when we should be trying to stitch a new world together. We need to rebel against the status quo with revolutionary acts to disrupt the current system, change societal norms and adapt. As we’re living in this time of transformation, let us re-envision our future and evolve into a modern utopian reality rather than going back to business as usual.
“We need to reinvent our eating and drinking, our moving and working, in our local ecosystems and local cultures.
Enriching our lives by lowering our consumption, without impoverishing others. And above all, we need to subject the laws
that govern production and consumption to the laws of Gaia; the laws of the planet.” -Vandana Shiva