by Shelley Ostroff
Table of Contents
Introduction - Democracy and Beyond
Part 1 - Democracy
- The Mindset
Democracy and the Domination Mindset
Democracy - A System of Deceit
The Voting Game
The Charade of Freedom, Justice and Equality for All
The Dynamics of Disconnect
Hierarchical Leadership: An Obsolete Model
Part 2 - Health - The Primary Casualty
Health - A Luxury Commodity
The Growth Economy
- An Economy of Disease
Nourishment - The basis of life
Education Disconnected from Life Wisdom
- The Final Wake Up Call
A New Awareness
Part 3 - Co-Creating Eco-Governance
Democracy and Beyond
A new consciousness is developing which sees the earth as a single
organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is
doomed. We are one planet.
Carl Sagan - The Inspiration Journey
As the threats to people and planet spiral exponentially and we face
the destruction of life as we know it, it is clear that we need a
radically new governing system that puts the healing and
rehabilitation of our interconnected world as the collective
The health of people and planet has been ruthlessly
compromised by our current governance systems based on ideas of
separateness, hierarchy, privilege and domination that abuse human
and planetary resources for the benefit of a few.
It is time to articulate a new governance system
interconnected, coherent system of local and global eco-governance
for the well-being of all.
What would such a radically new system look like?
How can we reverse
the global disease and destruction and offer hope for a flourishing
How can we extricate ourselves from the grips of the
mainstream mindset and those that have hijacked the political, legal
and financial resources of most governments?
How can we reclaim the
power of governance for the benefit of the whole?
In the face of vast global crises, people are uniting across
boundaries to protest current systems and articulate alternatives.
When the environment is diseased and dying, people across the world
suffer and die. The immensity of global threats confront us now more
than ever with our shared destiny.
We can no longer believe that we
can export our violence and pollution and remain immune to the
Wherever there is privilege, oppression and imbalance there will be
disease. Where all feel safety, hope and the ability to contribute
their talents to a better world for all, there will be peace and
vitality. Coming together beyond self-interest to collective
wellness is the only way forward.
People across the world are saying a collective NO to the current
Now we need to articulate a compelling alternative to
mobilize a collective YES. With a powerful and pragmatic vision,
social media and a range of existing technologies, we can together
overthrow unjust laws, redistribute resources and implement healthy
practices in a way that best serves the healing of the planet and a
thriving future for all.
While many examples in the coming chapters are taken from the United
States, the patterns addressed are similar in democracies throughout
At the time of writing,
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
have emerged as the presidential candidates of the Republican and
Democratic parties in the highly controversial 2016 US presidential
In almost farcical fashion, the campaign provides a
powerful and frightening mirror of global trends and of the
culmination of many of the driving forces prevalent in democratic
society. It underscores the corruption, dangers and absurdities
embedded in the system and signifies the inevitable death of
democracy as we have come to think about it.
To articulate a new form of governance it is essential that we first
deconstruct the wide range of assumptions that drive our existing
democratic and non-democratic societies.
We must distil the wisdom
from the suffering and devastation, and integrate the lessons into a
new system - a system based on a mindset that cultivates life and
puts the planet and all its inhabitants first.
As we witness the current systems implode from within, leaders from
all walks of life are rising to offer new pathways.
As daunting as the task may seem, the ideas, information, technology
and people are in place to make it happen. What we need now is to
co-create a compelling vision and coherent process for the radical
uncompromising healing and flourishing of life on the planet.
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Democracy: The Mindset
Democracy and the Domination Mindset
Despite the often brutal consequences of democracies to people and
planet we have been led to believe that democracy is the optimal
form of governance to which all countries should aspire.
Democracy can be seen as the most evolved form of modern governance.
It was created with the intention of giving voice to the people,
protecting their rights and offering equality in the name of the
law. It evolved in opposition to other forms of governance such as
monarchies, dictatorships and oligarchies where absolute power is
held by individuals or a small group of people.
But history has
shown that most democracies have become contaminated by the very
same dynamic of abusive power, oppression and corruption evident in
these other forms of governance.
While democracy legitimized the
issue of individual rights to equality, freedom and justice,
democracies have for the most part failed to deliver on these basic
Over the last centuries, democratically elected governments have
participated in some of the most devastating activity against humans
and the environment. We can no longer rely on the promises of the
democratic system to bring about a better world.
Democracy, has given people a political voice and an opportunity to
experience how we use the power that comes with it. However, being
given a voice and a vote is not sufficient to ensure we use it to
create a more just and healthy world.
While democracy was conceived
in order to right many of the wrongs of other systems it was
nevertheless rooted in the same mindset of separateness and
domination. It is only when we move beyond this mindset, learn about
our interconnectedness, and learn from life how to cultivate life
that we will able to develop a healthy form of governance and heal
and transform our damaged world.
To move beyond the mindset of
domination it is important to first step outside of it, question its
assumptions and acknowledge its limitations and consequences.
Our experience with democracy has provided us the opportunity to
reflect on how we have chosen to use power within an hierarchical
framework. What we have done with our democracy confronts us with
the consequences of the choices we have collectively made. In this
sense democracy has been a powerful catalyst for human evolution,
and the evolution of how we govern ourselves.
We are now facing the consequences of how we have taken up our roles
as citizens with a voice and a vote and how we have co-created the
reality we currently live. Unlike in dictatorships there is no-one
else to blame. This is a big step forward in our maturation process.
The history of democracy is often reflected in stories of the
painful struggle between our capacity for ruthlessness on the one
hand and compassion on the other.
In the overall picture, like other
systems of domination, democracy has led to the destructive power of
a ruling group over all other groups, and of humans over other
species and the environment.
- The framework of separateness, hierarchy and privilege
The domination of life mindset is a mindset based on the notion that
the world is comprised of separate parts with an intrinsic
relationship of superiority and inferiority among these parts.
superior status is seen as bestowing the privilege to dominate that
which is considered inferior to oneself for one's own benefit.
While the democratic ideal emerged in opposition to a system where
one or a few have power of all, we are to a large extent blind to
the way in which the domination dynamic is at the core of the
democratic framework itself.
Rooted in a human centered framework, the democratic worldview
colludes with the notion that humans are superior to other species
and the environment. It privileges humans over other species and
legitimizes exploiting them and the environment for human benefit.
The dynamic of oppression is thus an integral part of the framework,
and where there is oppression of one part of a system by another
there will inevitably be conflict and disease.
The pyramidal leadership structure and the majority vote are
examples of how the democratic system encourages dynamics of power
and privilege of some over others, a class based society and a rule
of the financial elite.
While democracy came to give an equal voice to all people, the
history of democracy shows that this concept is still not fully
applied in most countries.
Hierarchy is a hallmark of most patriarchal societies. In modern
western culture hierarchy takes many forms such as:
men over women
races, ethnicities, cultures and
various identity groups over others
Within these groups there are
further and further fragmentations and layers of perceived
superiority, inferiority, privilege and oppression.
With the notion
of hierarchy, we have even learned to perceive the mind as superior
to the body and the rational mind as superior to other
These concepts generate cultures severely in conflict
The idea of separateness and superiority, leads to the investment in
ones individual and group status privilege and entitlement. It
cultivates the notion that one's own self-interest is achieved at
the expense of others. Governance systems based on privilege and
exploitation produce cultures of ruthless competition, corruption
Rooted in the human-centered mindset of separateness and
domination, democracy is a framework that lends itself to the abuse
of power. Now, the stakes have never been higher. The system has
become an exceptionally sophisticated tool for implementing brutal
Democracies are complicit in leading and spreading war,
poverty, disease and terror across the globe. Under the guise of
promoting freedom, equality and justice they have been used to
promote domination and exploitation. The corporate elite have
hijacked democracy, and are imposing on the malleable system a
culture of life-threatening consumerism and conflict.
been used to control human and planetary resources in ways that go
violently against life.
Democracies claim to offer a different ethos to dictatorships. They
claim to right the wrongs of previous systems, but while the
patterns of domination in democracy are more camouflaged, the
essence of suffering and destruction are essentially the same.
the most well-meaning and competent leaders find themselves helpless
in the face of a legalized, technocratic corporate monstrosity that
has permeated governments worldwide.
When one looks closely at the
framework - the language, principles, structure and process we can
understand the devastation we witness today as an inevitable outcome
of the democratic system itself.
Given that democracy is built on the paradigm of human domination of
life, it cannot bring the healing we so desperately need.
mainstream mindset is one of separateness domination and privilege,
with a structure of a class based society and majority rule, even
more direct democracy and greater citizen involvement is not the
As Einstein said…
"We cannot solve our
problems with the same thinking we used when we created them"
The domination dynamic: The Victim - Persecutor -
With the hierarchical domination mindset people perceive themselves
in relation to each other as superior and worthy of privilege, or
inferior and unworthy.
The comparison inevitably leads to feelings
of envy, shame, fear, arrogance, greed and guilt that in turn
generates conflict and violence. Leadership is outsourced to those
with formal authority who are positioned in a hierarchically
superior way and are given power and privilege.
This hierarchical mindset produces the victim-persecutor-savior
dynamic in which people fall into these archetypal roles and
experience others through this prism. The result is a perpetual
struggle in the triangular dynamic over who is the 'real' victim,
the 'real' persecutor and the 'real' savior.
The narrative of democratic systems can often be understood in terms
of this age-old, patriarchal dynamic and locks democratic culture
into these three self-defeating and destructive roles.
exists in the relationship among different identity groups as well
as in relation to those in roles of leadership and authority.
all may technically have a voice in democracy, the psychological
power of that voice is experienced very differently among these
Democratic elections generally portray candidates as the
'ultimate savior' of the public, portrayed as a 'victim' of what the other
candidate, portrayed as the 'persecutor', stands for. The 'persecutor' can take many forms such as an ideology, the current
government or an identity group such as a nation, religion or
immigrants depicted as the ultimate threat to those lobbied for
The savior role may offer a sense of power and righteousness, but
it is lonely, vulnerable and a set up for inevitable failure and
blame. It evokes burdensome expectations and dependence from those
who perceive themselves as victim. It evokes rage from those branded
as 'persecutor' whose image and power are threatened by the
Many leaders who have been seen as
The victim role comes with a deep sense of helplessness and
suffering but also with the secondary benefit of self-righteousness
which is hard to relinquish. Many groups try to gain power by
positioning themselves as the underdog.
The persecutor role comes with a sense of power and privilege but is
not a role often consciously owned. It is a role generally projected
onto the 'other'.
Of course, the 'victim' and
switch depending on perspective. One's own persecutory behavior
towards 'the other' is often justified by seeing oneself as 'victim'
in a self-perpetuating spiral of blame and trauma.
The dynamic of persecutor-victim-savior typical of hierarchical
societies create fragmented cultures fuelled by fear and distrust of
the other. And so in so many democratic societies we see repetitive
cycles of different groups playing musical chairs with these
different roles with no real resolution of key issues or
transformation of the narrative itself.
The paradox is that as long as we look at reality from within this
hierarchic paradigm, the conflict will never be resolved. And as in
monotheistic mythology, we will continue to wait indefinitely for
the omnipotent messiah who can save us from ourselves.
pointless to try and locate any of these roles solely in one person
or one group because we all hold the capacity for each of them, and
move between these roles in different contexts.
The only way to get
out of this loop of suffering and destruction is to change the
- A System of Deceit
Our democratic system has become a breeding ground for legitimized
lies that have generated entire societies struggling with
fundamentals of open, honest and kind communication
Lies have become a normalized part of the culture and a key
organizing principle in society.
A sophisticated system of deceit
and manipulation of information is employed to sell agendas of power
and profit. Deceit can be found at every level of democratic systems
including the way "democratic values" are abused in the election
campaign industry and in the buying of people's votes and lawmaker's
From false political promises and corrupt deals to
economies driven by legalized false advertising, honesty has almost
disappeared from our collective expectations.
We are sold the notion
that it is not only legitimate but enviable and a sign of success,
to use one's brilliance to manipulate a system based on exploiting
humans and the environment.
Falsehood is so pervasive in contemporary societies that many have
learned to not recognize truth, expect truth or speak truth. Instead
citizens learn from the system how to play the game of manipulating
information in their own interest.
The splitting virus
Deceit is the mechanism that splits form from essence, what is
communicated from what is true.
It is the splitting virus that
permeates our societies. The idiom of "speaking with a forked
tongue" conveys the image of the split communication that happens
when one says one thing and means another.
A forked tongue society
is constantly under stress to sift that which is truly nourishing
from that which is harmful.
Every living system is dependent on accurate information for its
healthy functioning. Information is the nourishment we take in,
whether it is physical, emotional, cognitive or spiritual. False
information, whether in the form of inaccuracies, or outright lies,
contaminates and depletes the informational system and undermines
the health and integrity of the whole.
False information acts like a splitting virus that spreads through
entire societies fragmenting body and soul and creating cultures of
people bereft of their connection to themselves, each other and
nature, and thus more vulnerable to agendas imposed by external
If we compare our global system to a computer, we can
apply the analogy of a virus that installs destructive and false
information, multiplies exponentially and disrupts vital
communication pathways. Lies behave in society like a cancerous
virus behaves in a human body.
On an emotional level, consistently being subject to manipulative
information and false promises are known to be determining factors in
severe emotional disorders.
Similarly, on a societal level,
political maneuvering, false marketing, and divisive notions about
social hierarchies multiply rapidly and drive addictions, confusion,
disease, violent societal splits, terror and war.
The marketing of democracy as a just and caring system of governance
can be seen as a sophisticated, sinister and dangerous hoax.
Under the cloak of righteous democracy, endless wars have been
waged, nature has been ravaged, people have become enslaved to a
ruthless economic system and an ongoing holocaust of animals, terror
and disease plague the entire planet. Yet we continue to be sold the
idea that democracy is the fairest of all possible governing
And we continue to believe it.
Billions are spent on the psychology of marketing democracy as the
optimal form of governance. It is the ultimate facade behind which
power hungry individuals and corporations have taken control over
human and planetary resources. Democracy has provided the convincing
cover for a multi-national corporate system to define global laws,
control governments and media and determine public agenda.
democratic system is the efficient tool for the financial elite, and
they will be pushing the benevolent illusion of democracy for as
long as they can benefit from it, while they themselves remain
Leaders of corporations are in a position where they can puppeteer
the system. They employ lobbyists and politicians to manipulate
debate and influence votes in such a way that no one gets to see
what is really happening. The corporate agenda is to protect and
perpetuate the notion of fair democratic governance.
existing inequalities and abuse as isolated "undemocratic" issues
rather than as inevitable symptoms of the rigged democratic system
In corporate-controlled media no-one calls the hoax.
challenges the fundamental principles and structure of democracy.
Facing the injustices and corruption of the system, we blame
individual bought politicians for their wrongdoings, who then become
the media scapegoats while the financial elite remain unscathed.
We are led to believe if we tweak the system, change the leaders or
create new laws everything will be okay, but this belief system is a
sponsored mirage that gets further and further away with every
attempt to fix the symptoms.
Discussion as to the nature of
democracy in different countries may vary but democracy itself is
not up for mainstream debate.
The Voting Game
According to Larry Diamond, democracy consists of four key elements.
A political system for choosing and replacing government through
free and fair elections;
Active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and
Protection of the human rights of all citizens,
A rule of law, in which laws and procedures apply equally to all
Reflecting on democracies in the light of these elements, the
discrepancy between what is declared as democracy and the reality is
The voting system itself, a keystone of democracy,
contributes to this discrepancy.
The tyranny of the majority
Voting works according to the principle of majority rule.
in the right to vote is immediately counteracted by the inequality
embedded in the outcome of a vote. This means the very voting system
created to promote equality actually entrenches a system of
inequality where the majority voice is privileged over the minority
This dynamic is often referred to as the tyranny of the majority. It
is based on the myopic premise that it is the size of the vote that
will indicate what is better for the whole or what is fair. Instead
of caring for the entire system, the win-lose approach splits the
people and neglects essential perspectives held by the minority on
behalf of the whole.
The majority rule concept is based on the
mindset of domination, separateness and superiority and denies the
interdependence of all parts of the system.
In an interconnected system privileging one part over another is
about as ludicrous as privileging one part of the body over another
part. It is akin to believing that the biggest part of the human
body is the part that should be most carefully tended, while the
smaller parts can be safely ignored.
We have witnessed a range of atrocities that majority votes can
Humanity does not have a very successful record regarding
"majority knowing best". The pressure to get a majority vote in
elections and to pass laws in parliament in order to get ones way,
contributes to a manipulative and often ruthless culture of
Not only will such a system generate constant discontent
and conflict, the neglect and oppression of minorities will
ultimately bring about disease in the entire system.
The oppression of the minority vote is often echoed in countries
where two primary parties dominate elections and the smaller parties
are sidelined through sophisticated power play.
polarity rather than multiplicity of voices. It flattens diversity, dumbs down debate into artificial binary choices and effectively
silences minority voices and activists working with different
frameworks outside of the mainstream status quo.
Not only does the
process entrench inequality, it rigidifies the system that becomes
immune to fresh evolving resources cultivated on the fringes of
The Election Drama
The election system is sold to citizens as the ultimate way to
enable them to influence politics, however the opposite is true.
is skillfully designed to maximize citizen dependence and impotence
while giving free reign to those in power. The election hoax has
created the mind-boggling belief that a single vote once every few
years can actually offer citizens real representation or influence
The vote, effectively silences the very voice it claims to give, by
pacifying people with the hyped up meaningless but brilliantly
advertised ritual of putting a piece of paper in a box once every
few years. In reality it limits active citizen involvement in
processes that affect daily lives.
The entire election campaign industry is a well-oiled machine
through which individuals and corporations buy candidates, and
candidates buy citizen votes. A huge amount of taxpayer and
corporate money is funneled into glitzy campaigns.
This is nothing
short of bribery. It is criminal, especially when we think of how
this money could otherwise be used for the real benefit of citizens.
Politicians with vested interests often run on ridiculously narrow
platforms. Generally, they have limited knowledge on the vast range
of issues they deal with, and little accountability to truth and to
the course of their future actions.
Election campaigns are designed to reduce complex matters into
emotionally laden, fear and hope based catch-phrases, and to trigger
simplistic liberal vs. conservative allegiances. Issues are reduced
to slogans. Candidates often offer sweeping promises of redemption
while devaluing and demonizing their opponents. This culture of
violence activates and fuels parallel violence among supporters.
The intense hype of election campaigns and their contrived public
debates offer a powerful illusion of citizen political involvement.
After election results some celebrate, others mourn, but we are all
sold the noble idea that "the people have spoken" and that we must
now live with the "democratically decided" results, relinquish
further involvement and let the politicians do their job until the
The entire system is designed to keep the average
person lazy, oblivious and complacent. In this way the financial
elite have hijacked governments and have succeeded in taking away
most freedoms while voters were sleeping between elections.
than the voting system generating a culture of active citizens
involved in ongoing decision making and constructive activism, it
instead cultivates a culture of extreme dependence.
In what often appears like a mass media driven hypnotic process,
citizens voluntarily relinquish authority on almost every aspect of
their lives to decision makers with vested interests and little if
any competence in the issues they lead.
The outcome is almost inevitable. The financial elite win, the
weakest suffer most and entire countries are diseased by false
promises, corruption, divisiveness and imbalances.
This abuse of
democracy has created a culture of winners and losers in a
manipulative theatrical game and this dynamic fragments the moral,
emotional, intellectual and physical fabric of society as a whole.
The Charade of Freedom, Justice and Equality for All
In democracies across the globe, the words "freedom", "equality" and
"justice" have been perverted in the name of power politics and
Citizens have been sold privilege in the name of equality, war and
corruption in the name of justice, and oppression in the name of
The deceit that has become part of the democratic culture
generates the inevitable struggle of citizen's to claim the rights
they are promised by the very system that enables their rights to be
methodically taken away.
'Freedom for All'
Paradoxically, the concept of freedom has meaning only in a system
of domination and slavery
True freedom cannot exist where some are oppressed. As long as
humans remain in a mindset of domination and believe in their own
freedom to steal the freedom of the earth and other species, the
same dynamic of oppression will replicate itself in the relationship
True freedom will only exist when we move beyond the
human-centered mindset of domination.
It is thus worthy to be wary of any system where the word freedom
must exist. In nature, the freedom of each species to manifest its
unique potential in replenishing relationship with the environment
is a given. Nature organizes itself according to a principle of
health, and not according to artificially created rights that are
taken away or allocated by those in power.
In a system of domination, the word freedom comes into being as the
antithesis of domination, and is then both idealized and abused.
When the word "freedom" is attached to words like "speech", "market"
or even "fighter" it seems to magically bestow legitimacy to the
We have become indoctrinated with the bizarre and narcissistic
notion that personal freedom can be gained at the expense of the
freedom of others. The word freedom has been abused to refer to the
freedom of the privileged to deny the freedom of others, including
the freedom of other species and the planet itself.
When we separate our self-interest from the collective interest, we
separate ourselves from the whole and in doing so damage both
ourselves and the entire system.
The belief that one group can have
freedom at the expense of another group (human or other species) is
a concept used to justify privilege and sell exploitation, conflict
In the name of freedom we no longer have the freedom to breathe
fresh air, drink clean water, eat healthy food, choose our natural
medicines and live on the land in healthy mutual nourishment with
our environment as other species know how to do.
We are dealing with the violence and insanity that results from the
impact of the ruthless onslaught of "legal" false messaging on
entire cultures under the guise of freedom of expression and freedom
"Free speech" has been perverted to mean the freedom to indoctrinate
and manipulate the minds of others for one's own benefit.
been perverted to justify the freedom to sell false promises, use
legal language to obfuscate the truth, sell deceitful ideologies and
say things that can incite damage and destruction to others.
Under the umbrella of the seemingly noble value of free speech,
companies are violating the right to freedom of a healthy mind and
body and a thriving planet.
We do not have freedom from noise pollution when manipulative
agendas are broadcast irrespective of truth or the discomfort it
creates for others. We do not have the freedom to cultivate our
instincts or intuition in a healthy natural environment.
There is very little freedom of choice when billions of dollars are
spent on the psychology of advertising to manipulate the consumer.
There can be no real choice or freedom of information when media is
owned by those with their own political and economic agendas.
Through seductive advertisements, films, video games, cell phone
apps and reality TV, we have created a system that incessantly
imposes empty addictive behaviors, the idolization of hedonistic
lifestyles and physical and social violence on our conscious and
Healthy information is insidiously censored and
perverted while toxic ideas and products dominate airtime.
"free-market capitalism" sells a seductive illusion of
healthy economic competition. However, it is a system designed to
enable conglomerates to expand and cannibalize small businesses and
Multi-national corporations have the power to influence laws that in
turn legalize their own privileges ad infinitum. They now monopolize
almost all branches of consumerism from basic water to the financial
The United States, self-declared protector of democracy, goes to war
in the name of bringing the gift of "freedom" - yet there are places
where its own citizens are denied the freedom to collect rainwater,
or grow food on their own front lawns. Individual privacy is
increasingly infringed upon and the police force is becoming more
and more militarized and responsible for violence especially against
Freedom has become synonymous with the freedom to abuse one's own
power at the expense of other people, animals and the environment.
Examples abound of industries given the license to abuse the basic
elements of life - earth, air, water and fire, and of stealing
rights of citizens to their basic health and safety.
Genetically modified food industries are systematically poisoning
the earth and creating health hazards across the globe. Countries
suffer a severe drought while animal agriculture and bottled water
industries exploit and drain water resources without limit. Citizens
have the freedom to buy firearms but are not free of the resulting
The military industry profits off selling war across the
In many democracies same sex couples do not have the freedom to get
married and women do not have the freedom to make decisions about
their own bodies. In some democratic countries where religion and
state are not separated, religious laws "democratically" impose
restrictions on women and on various minority groups.
people from the freedom to use natural and free, accessible healing
plants from nature, while dangerous drugs including cigarettes,
alcohol and many addictive pharmaceuticals are legalized and
It is absurd to talk about democratic freedom when democracy is used
as a pretext to invade and plunder other countries, perpetuate a
class based society, enslave and kill other species and destroy the
Today we are witnessing the mass migration of people from countries
torn apart by the greed of military and mining industries to the
very countries who breed these leeching corporations and peddle in
war and conflict.
The mass migration is tangible evidence of our
fundamental interconnectedness and the impossibility of exporting
destruction elsewhere while remaining immune to the repercussions of
'Equality for All'
Paradoxically, the concept of equality only has meaning in a system
In classic Orwellian style most democracies have embodied the idea
that "everybody is equal but some are more equal than others". From
the birth of modern democracy there have always been population
groups (women, racial groups and other minorities) denied basic
human rights including the right to vote.
The concept of equality is
entirely human-centered and gives no thought to equal rights for
other species or for the earth itself.
It is entirely incoherent yet widespread that democracies founded on
the principle of equality allow political parties with clear
ideological platforms of inequality to be elected and to create laws
that entrench inequality in the system.
The inbuilt inequality is a self-reinforcing spiral that gives the
existing elite the power to make decisions that in turn strengthen
their own power. There is discrimination on every level from the way
police behave towards different races to the ongoing neglect of
those with physical challenges.
In some countries "democratically
elected" extremist religious parties entirely exclude women from
political representation and control access to media. In most
democracies women still do not get paid the same as men for the same
jobs and minorities are discriminated against.
Democracies even allow extremism and fascism to emerge and flourish
within them. More and more xenophobic and greed driven parties are
taking centre stage in democracies across the globe.
rose to power within a democratic political system. The
contradictions are blatant and yet remain for the most part
The notion of "equal opportunity" is usually a smokescreen for
oppressing diversity. It disguises the inbuilt structural inequality
enabling the powerful to maintain power, and the rich to get richer
while the poor get poorer.
Equality is undermined when a mould is set by power driven media for
what is valued more and what is valued less. Media is flooded with
one dimensional pictures of beauty and success that ensure
opportunity for those in the mould and exclude those that aren't.
Salary structure is designed to favor certain professions over
others. This in turn reinforces the spiraling divide between the
'haves' and 'have-nots'.
The "game" is entirely rigged. The hailed
"social mobility" and
upgrade in social status available in democratic societies is the
exception rather than the rule.
The reality is that with the growing
divides, the middle class is shrinking and more and more are
struggling to make ends meet. And, while the working class must
spend their time scraping together money for subsistence, the
privileged use their existing privileges of money, networks and
education to extend the income gaps.
Cultivating dependence of
citizens particularly the poorer sectors promotes a deeply unequal
dynamic, and is part of the strategy of power. The more citizens are
dependent, the more power the government has.
The inconsistencies are blatantly obvious yet conspicuously ignored.
Despite the hailed value of equality, socio-economic class
distribution among the financial elite, middle class, working class
and the poor has become an unquestionable premise of democracy.
The overt debate is about the numbers rather than the premise
itself. Discussion about inequality is deflected to a question of
numbers. While there is contentious debate about s the minimum wage
rate and the amount allocated for government handouts, the idea of a
maximum wage is kept out of mainstream debate and consciousness.
premise of socio-economic class based distribution itself is not
Any society that perpetuates the notion that it is normal and okay
to have a distribution of wealth where some hoard ridiculous amount
of resources while others live in abject poverty is a deeply unjust,
unequal and unhealthy culture.
This democratically sanctioned class distribution is the basis of
any unhealthy feudal society and will inevitably cause conflict and
disease in the entire system. The fact that it has always been this
way, does not mean it has to stay this way.
We have become blinded to the fact that this kind of class based
wealth distribution goes against the fundamentals of human morality
and against the health and vitality of the entire system. It is a
parasitic dynamic that leeches off the vulnerable and off the planet
without replenishing that which is taken.
To say that it is
unsustainable understates the severity of the disease.
"The vast and growing gap between rich and poor has been laid bare
in a new Oxfam report showing that the 62 richest billionaires own
as much wealth as the poorer half of the world's population." (Larry
Elliott Economics editor, The Guardian 18.01.2016)
Democracy boasts values of equality, yet has created a context where
a tiny percentage of people own vast amounts of global resources,
billions live in poverty and all of this inequality is structured in
the system and legal.
According to economist Kate Raworth, In 2010 the top richest 10% of
people in the United States captured 93% of increase in national
income that year. Two thirds of the world's population today live in
countries that have greater inequality than they had in 1980.
is the equality in a system that allows a minimum wage to be less
than 8 dollars an hour while CEO's can earn $20 000 an hour? Money
creates more money in a manipulated system where a person's earnings
have very little to do with their real work or contribution to
Corporate owned media broadcasts the illusion of healthy economic
growth by using reductive and deceptive statistical jargon that
highlights certain variables while hiding others.
like increased gross domestic product and economic growth hide the
fact that most of the growth actually goes into the pockets of a few
while middle and lower classes find themselves more and more in debt
and the entire system is severely damaged and depleted.
In this so called system of
'equality' or 'equal opportunity', the
legitimacy of individuals or corporations earning and hoarding
exorbitant amounts of money at the expense of people and planet is
not up for discussion.
Instead, the wealthy are idolized and
protected by the self-perpetuating law-making system no matter how
ill-gotten their stash may be. Arguments as to the precise minimum
wage may take on heated forms, but the possibility of instituting a
maximum wage or redistributing the wealth of the multi-billionaires
is kept off limits.
According to the "Occupy Democrat" movement since 1978 in the United
The cost of college tuition has gone up by 1 120 %
Medical care has increased by 601%
Food has increased by 244%
Meanwhile the pay of:
Average workers rose by just 10%
Minimum-wage workers fell by 5.5%
Average CEO's increased by 937%
Multi-national corporations create inequalities not only among
individuals but among countries.
Citizens are sold the idea that
their countries need foreign investment in order to bring
employment. What they are not told is the price of such employment.
Foreign corporations often pay minimum wages, deepen inequality,
deplete and pollute the environment and create health problems for
We are witness to the politics and wars of so called developed and
often democratic countries vying with each other to sell weapons and
other products to the poorer countries.
"Investment" in poorer
countries becomes a euphemism for owning and depleting them and
amplifying the divides between the haves and have not's on global
In 2015, the inbuilt financial inequality among countries was played
out, with Greece (ironically, the historical birthplace of
democracy) having become a victim of the seductive financial system
of the European Union.
The Greek drama sent waves of unrest and
dissent across Europe and the world. It highlighted how the corrupt
system inevitably traps individuals and countries in a web of loans
and interest. The system is designed to enslave the weakest in
The Greek finance minister called the sinister
manipulation of institutions that trade on speculation and bank on
the debt no less than financial terrorism.
'Justice for All'
Paradoxically, the concept of justice has meaning only in a system
The meaning of justice, another cornerstone of the founding
principles of democracy, has also been perverted to sell the vast
injustices that characterize our world today. Law-making procedures
are often more about wrangling over power than about the essence of
the law itself.
The legal system has been hijacked by those in power to create the
laws that privilege those in power and enslave people, animals and
the planet. The legal system marketed as the ultimate protector of
human rights has become the very system through which the abuse is
legally carried out.
The arm of democracy is the legal system which is orchestrated by
those that have power to legalize injustice.
Those with money are
the ones that can ensure certain people get into powerful political
and influential positions in the judicial system. Only the rich can
afford the "best" lawyers, the fines, the patent disputes and the
array of sophisticated legal games to entrench their agendas and
even to create the laws from which they themselves benefit.
"Everything I/we did was according to the law" is now a nauseatingly
repetitive and sinister mantra.
Individuals, companies and
governments worldwide, challenged with corruption scandals that
impact the lives of many, casually hold up this statement like an
impenetrable magic shield.
This cold technical response to challenges regarding legalized
abusive behavior reflects how our so called justice system has lost
its moral compass.
What does it mean about our democratic system
when those accused of corrupt behavior do not say "everything I/we
did was kind, just, or in the best interests of all" - but instead
defend themselves by saying their behavior was strictly "according
to the law"?
The law has become a game of engaging the most brilliant legal minds
to outwit each other. 'Justice' has been reduced to an expensive
technical debate over the legality or illegality of a person's
behavior according to dubious laws that privilege some over others.
The justice system is bound by a country's laws. The laws are made
according to a majority vote rather than according to the intrinsic
value of a law for the benefit of the entire human and environmental
system the law supposedly comes to serve.
Of course, those closest to the business of law have also found ways
to ensure that their professions are among the most lucrative. They
have managed to maneuver the legal profession into a situation
where people are increasingly dependent on lawyers in almost every
aspect of life.
The painful paradox is that the injustices of the justice system now
have the law with all its accumulated might on its side. This means
that challenging injustice is becoming increasingly difficult and
dangerous for the individual.
There are many sophisticated methods of deception and manipulation
in the name of justice including political appointments, lobbyists,
bribery, favor swapping, vote swapping, legal jargon, fine print,
exorbitant prices of legal representation, arduous red tape and
clogged court rooms.
Politicians often vote on laws couched in vague
and long carefully crafted manuscripts designed to conceal more than
reveal the full consequences of what is at stake.
To engage in basic technology and social services the lay person is
forced to lie, on an almost daily basis by signing that he/she has
read and understood endless fine print in convoluted legal language.
And as the legal system becomes increasingly owned and manipulated
by the wealthy for the wealthy, the security systems put in place to
protect people from abuse, become instead the systems used to
enforce the abuse, and to quell any information and activity that
goes against the political and economic agenda. Alongside the police
and military is the legal system that cements this agenda.
The perversion of the justice system can also be seen in results of
the privatization of prisons as money making businesses.
States has the world's largest incarceration rate in the world,
while it represents about 4.4 percent of the world's population; it
houses around 22 percent of the world's prisoners. (Wikipedia)
As the laws that bind countries are increasingly determined by
foreign policy and international agreements, justice has less and
less to do with citizens' rights than with the interests of those at
the helms pulling the strings.
Local citizens have very little say
regarding health policy, fracking policy, or any laws that affect
the full spectrum of their lives.
If our justice system endorses or at the very least does not protect
against the exploitation of people, animals and the planet, then the
justice system as it stands cannot be considered a legitimate social
As Chris Hedges says:
"We now live in a nation where doctors destroy
health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge,
governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information,
religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy."
The perversion of the cornerstones of democracy freedom, equality
and justice is echoed in
the Hopi Prophecy regarding the latter days
of the Time of Purification.
"We are in the process of resolution of polarities we have caused
through our limited comprehension of universal principles.
told that good would be called bad, right would be considered wrong,
that wealth would become poverty, and that men and women would tend
to choose living apart.
We are obviously in that predicament now.
The instructions accompanying this condition are very clear.
to identify the polarities in our personal lives and to begin
mitigation of our issues, those both contrived and inherited, with
deep intention, practice, and patience."
The Dynamics of Disconnect
The dynamic of disconnect that leads to social fragmentation and
environmental destruction is inbuilt into the democratic system. The
culture of disconnect in every sphere of life that stems from the
mindset of domination leads to an implosion of the system from
The Primary disconnect from Nature
The health and future of humanity is entirely dependent on the
health and vitality of the environment. Any governance system that
disconnects its policies from the life force that sustains us is not
only absurd and criminal, it sentences us all to a fate of
inevitable disease and destruction.
The foundational principles of democracy focus on the rights of
humans, but neglect the basic rights of the earth and other species.
The mainstream democratic narrative perpetuates the myth that humans
are separate from and superior to other beings and nature and as
such has a right to exploit and dominate life itself. It does not
educate citizens to honor the environment on which we all depend.
The disconnect from nature has a profound impact on the well-being
of children and society, and reinforces many of the physical and
emotional diseases rampant in our current urban lifestyles.
The fundamental disconnect of the democratic framework from nature
is responsible for much of the planetary devastation and human
disease we now face.
The governance system takes absolute control
over the environment with very little understanding or respect for
the complex web of life.
In many democracies today, the governance system disconnects people
from direct access to healthy water, air, energy, food and natural
medicines in order to control resources for the purpose of power.
This power over citizens and resources is reinforced by an education
system that does not educate about nature and the healthy
functioning of eco-systems.
Citizens thus do not have the knowledge
or skills to recognize the way the environment is being plundered
and so cannot take action in this regard.
Almost everything people are taught is mediated by government, media
and education systems with vested interests. The disconnect from
experiential learning in nature, and the oppression of instinct
means that people grow up in ways disconnected from vital parts of
Passive learning with little focus on experiential
education and critical thinking creates dependent societies
susceptible to manipulative information that will inevitably collude
with environmental destruction.
In the name of progress, land is systematically taken from those who
live in integrity with nature and whose families have worked the
land for centuries.
The land is then considered to be owned by
nation states and corporations invested in maximizing profits for
the privileged. Interested parties invest in massive media campaigns
to present this plunder as progress. They invest in lobbyists to
legalize their agenda, get the media industry to sell their agenda
and rely on the military and police to enforce it.
food system has been entirely corrupted and contaminated by this
dishonoring exploitative relationship to the land.
The Disconnect from Each Other
The democratic system is used not only to disconnect people from
their natural environment, but also from each other.
The divide and conquer system inherent in democracy, promotes the
notion that society is made up of separate groups that must compete
among each other for allegiance, power, status, privilege and
It cultivates a culture of conflict rather than consensus
and creative life-enhancing complementarity.
Dividing people among themselves into interest groups pulling in
different directions (left and right, liberal and conservative or a
host of other identity groups), weakens them so that they do not
unite against those in power for the good of the whole.
strategy is based on manipulating the human psychology of identity
and belonging. Under the guise of win-lose tactics, it creates a
lose-lose outcome. It instigates conflict among groups, wastes
resources and creates dependence on government.
family or community could thrive with this divisive premise and
The Disconnect of Identity
Political issues are often framed in identity-based terms such as
gender, race, culture, nationality, religion and class.
Democracies sell the idea that different identity groups have
different and often contradictory needs and therefore require unique
representation to promote their interests at the expense of others.
Politicians play on this fragmented, one-dimensional notion of
identities to create fear by constructing a common enemy. In this
way they use identity to rally loyalties and obscure the real
Politicians generally work to activate primal feelings of
allegiance and belonging by idealizing their own party and
demonizing the other. Patriotic loyalty is used to distract from
The fragmentation inherent in the domination mindset insists on
allegiance to one part of a system, one aspect of identity, at the
expense of others. The notion of loyalty to one part of a system
over another is as counterproductive as swearing allegiance to the
left arm over the right arm.
Given that democracy gets its power from divisiveness, it is not
coincidental that so many democratic countries find their votes
split almost precisely down the middle.
The 50/50 divide is most
often manifested in terms of "left" vs. "right" or liberal vs.
This struggle in the two party system often represents a fundamental
psychological struggle within all of us between the resistance to
change and the desire for change, between fear and courage,
self-interest and altruism. The struggle can never be resolved by
any one side winning.
It is doomed to repeat itself until we change
the fundamental mindset of splits and polarities and attend to the
needs of the system as a whole.
The democratic debate is always about whose interests will be looked
after and who's side-lined. It makes all leaders susceptible to the
lobbying of special interest groups in order to gain and maintain
power. It rarely, if ever, addresses the entire society and the
human and non-human environment as an interconnected living system
with common interests and shared destiny.
Most politicians are overtly focused on winning middle class votes,
while flirting with the wealthy and ignoring the most vulnerable.
This perpetuates the class based system and creates a disconnect
between groups of people who are artificially set up to be in
conflict and completion with each other. Privilege of the wealthy
and oppression of the weak are built into the system that a-priori
justifies a class based system.
The middle class hovers insecurely
between the two extremes while having to work increasingly more
hours for less wages while the rich get richer and the poor get
The Disconnect from Integrity
The way democracy is structured disconnects citizens and politicians
from their ability to act with integrity.
People often find
themselves having to compromise their conscience on important
issues. They are often torn when having to choose one party over
another when they may identify with different parties on different
Politicians can find themselves torn between duty and
conscience when they are required to vote along party lines.
game of bartering over votes to pass a law undermines honesty,
conscience and integrity in law-making. The strategy of divide and
conquer creates pressure, anxiety and conflict within society and
within people's psyches.
Both citizens and politicians are to a large extent kept in the dark
about corrupt proceedings behind proposed laws, which further limits
everybody's capacity to vote on issues with awareness and integrity.
The Disconnect of Representatives from the People
The way democracy is structured often creates a deep divide between
political representatives and the people themselves.
usually come from a limited range of professions that do not
represent the majority of citizens. The financial interests and
reward system is designed to make them more attentive to their
lobbyists than the will of the people.
Given that many politicians
are chosen by specific identity groups, they often represent the
interests of only that particular group and neglect other groups
which in turn heightens the divide and hostility between groups.
The Disconnect of Functions within the Government
The way governments are structured according to different ministries
in charge of different functions, is based on a similar reductionist,
atomistic and fragmented premise.
Democracy artificially divides
governance responsibilities into segments such as education,
security, economy, environment, justice etc. despite the fact that
these functions are entirely dependent on each other.
Ministries are set up and managed as isolated sectors that compete
with each other for resources rather than creatively working
together to promote common goals for the benefit of all. Lack of
integration between ministries not only compromises each sector, it
undermines the entire system.
Ministries locked within narrow role
frameworks with rigid structures obstruct real learning and
resonance with the larger system.
The disconnect from the needs of people and environment is amplified
by rigid bureaucratic structures that make the system particularly
resistant to learning and to change.
Governance structures and
policies are thus often the greatest obstacle to the healthy
evolution of our societies, and government employees are generally
among the last to learn about and integrate global cutting edge
solutions to societal challenges.
The dynamic of disconnect that permeates democratic society means
that essential communication between the different parts of our
human and environmental eco-system is disabled.
The result is the
immense dysfunction, conflict and disease that plagues our world.
Hierarchical Leadership: An Obsolete Model
The democratic system is built around one chosen leader overtly
given power over almost every aspect of a citizens' life.
centralized model of leadership reinforces a culture of absolute
dependence. While democracy positions itself as a modern form of
governance its leadership model, rooted in the domination mindset,
is based on the outdated hierarchical pyramid structure and
The overt power is often superficial with
the leader, a clear bait for the power hungry, being severely
handicapped by financial and political forces at work. The
hierarchical model is replicated at all different levels of the
governance structure creating a ripe field for abuse of power.
One leader at the top of the pyramid levels nevertheless has
This model reinforces the dynamic of an
omnipotent, God-like leader who is able to know all, see all and
care for all. The notion of a patriarchal savior in the form of
kings, priests, fathers, CEO's, professors or presidents, who can
make everything okay is a seductive one that humans have been
courting for millennia.
It disconnects individuals from their own
authority, responsibility, and creativity. The hierarchical
structure means that most leaders work very much in isolation with
limited access to different perspectives and few checks and
The hierarchical mindset is based on illusions of superiority and
inferiority, and generates power relationships based on dynamics of
victim, persecutor and savior. It reinforces a psychological
dynamic where people relinquish responsibility to external authority
for the comfort of dependence.
They are pacified by a belief that
someone else is 'in charge' and will 'sort it all out' and there's
always conveniently someone to blame.
This dependence dynamic
protects individuals from having to confront their own
responsibility, courage and limitations in co-creating our
With this model of absolute authority, people tend to relate to
leaders somewhat like a teenager relates to authority. They find
themselves caught between polarities of love and hate, submission
When a leader is put on a pedestal it aborts any possibility of
healthy relationship or creative complementarity between the leader
and those he or she represents.
Being put on a pedestal is not only a lonely place to be but is also
a set-up for disillusionment and failure. Leaders often become the
object of obsessive projections of idealization or devaluation. It
is not surprising that so many leaders in democracies find
themselves ending their careers in a dynamic of blame and shame and
that so few have emerged as admired and loved statesmen and
The hierarchical structure creates the very injustices it claims to
The position of power often gives the freedom to abuse
power. The distance of leaders from citizens means many decisions
are disconnected from real needs. This enormous power makes leaders
particularly vulnerable to financial lobbying, corruption and
Their power over media gives them the ability to abuse
public opinion by manipulating truth, concealing information and
presenting their ideologies as self-evident truths.
Political leaders usually emerge from legal and financial
professions, and are generally steeped in technocratic language with
little interest in the health of people and planet. Many leaders get
into power due to political maneuvering and personal charisma.
ability to gain power by incitement, fear mongering and bribery is
inbuilt in the system.
In almost every profession there is a clear program of studies, a
clear list of required qualifications and a rigorous application
procedure. Democratic politics however has its own rules. While
politicians lead the most complex of human and environmental
systems, they are not required to have any formal training in global
issues, leadership, human dynamics, whole system theories, ecology
or other relevant skills.
The democratic structure creates a highly inefficient revolving door
system for complex roles. Every few years new politicians allocate
resources and define policies in areas they know little about.
responsible financial organization would dream of employing people
on this basis. It would be considered business suicide.
The democratic system means that we collectively relinquish charge
of the environment and our lives to leaders, who, even with the best
of intentions, cannot be effective custodians of the complex systems
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Health the Primary Casualty
Health - A luxury Commodity
The health of people and planet is our most valuable resource and
has become the greatest casualty of our current governing systems.
It would seem obvious that the health of the land and its people
would be the primary purpose of any governing system, but this is
far from true. The democratic governance system is contributing to
spiraling trauma, disease and destruction.
Health is rapidly
becoming a luxury commodity with vast disparities among the wealthy
Aside from global warming and its direct threat to life on earth -
physical diseases resulting from our interference with nature are
spreading rapidly. We are at war with ourselves, each other and the
planet as terror, poverty and devastation spread across the globe.
Our emotional and mental well-being are continually undermined as we
face unprecedented forms of social violence and emotional imbalances
including addictions, social alienation, depression, attention
deficit disorders, anxiety and stress disorders that result from
living lifestyles out of balance with our environment.
Human health is dependent on environmental health. When we poison
and deplete the environment we damage our own health. When we live
out of balance with nature we create trauma and disease.
Given that the foundation and language of democracy is organized
around power and control of people and resources, it is not
surprising that the system is damaging to health and life itself.
Our concept of health has been tragically narrowed to reductive
concepts disconnected from deep body wisdom and the healthy
engagement with the eco-system of which we are part. Our
understanding of health is perverted by profit driven false
It has been largely reduced to narrow concepts of
personal health, marketed in a way that creates an obsession with
external form rather than holistic health of body, soul and
Words like "natural", "healthy",
"green" and "energizing" have become empty buzzwords with little if any
connection to what is being sold.
We have reached the absurd point
where healthy soil, the foundation of healthy nutrition and life
itself is considered "dirty" while chemical household products are
branded as "clean".
Rather than organizing all governance around systemic health, health
becomes an isolated governance function disconnected from other
functions like education, agriculture, security, welfare,
infrastructure and economy. The issue of health care is often
reduced to citizens access to medical attention and its financial
To a large extent the health systems have become
bureaucratic structures that focus on medical solutions defined by
the lucrative health industry and approved by those with vested
While the economy pushes unhealthy lifestyles, government
health care is often not available to all. In many cases private
health care offers a higher quality service but becomes a privilege
only for the rich.
The health of people thus becomes yet another
expression of privilege.
This reductionist approach to health enables the free reign of a
political and economic system that profits off disease, with
devastating consequences to people and planet.
The economy, food
system and education system are among the primary systems that
perpetuate imbalance and disease.
To grasp the impact of democracy
on the health of people and planet it is important to explore how
these systems led by democratic governments are contributing to the
disease and devastation we currently face.
The Growth Economy - An Economy of Disease
"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."
A growth economy that idealizes growth at the expense of health is
destined to be an economy of disease.
The growth economy is indeed
like a growing cancer. Any living system has a natural limit of
growth within which it can achieve maximum health. No human being
would want to grow beyond his or her own healthy limits.
Like a parasitic disease, the growth economy leeches off and
depletes the living systems on which it depends. The economy becomes
'bloated' while feeding on fabricated money rather than real value.
Industries that fuel the growth economy are industries that profit
off disease and devastation.
For years most democratic governments have sold us the benefits of
the "growth economy" using a marketing strategy that has duped most
of us into believing in its crucial value while digging our
collective grave. In most cases democracy has become synonymous with
free market capitalism that is organized around exploitation of
people, animals and the environment for the benefit of a few.
Under the guise of growth, and progress, we are sold lies and
Citizens are subject to endless laws, policies and
mind-manipulations that enslave them to the mindset of addictive
consumerism, dependence, competition and conflict. Every aspect of a
citizen's life including health, food, security, environment, media,
technology and education is determined by hidden financial interests
that have little or nothing to do with the well-being of citizens.
Multi-national corporations steer global law and politics and are
destroying the environment, causing the depletion of many species.
Professions that are hurting the planet are often the highest paid
while those that offer real value are among the lowest paid. The
wealthiest are often owners or shareholders of industries
responsible for a cycle of creating and fixing global crises in
spirals of addiction, trauma and dependence.
professions such as farming, education, social work, nursing and
artisans are low on the income scale. While the elite class skims
resources, governments are calling for increased austerity measures
for the middle and working class.
Companies focused on profit
at the expense of people and planet actively invest in cultivating
narcissistic, self-indulgent people with little interest in social
and environmental issues.
competitive mindset creates unhealthy social dynamics that spawn
alienation and social violence and in turn serves the frenetic
consumer "selfie", "pokemon" culture.
Money is fabricated by the financial system based on intricate
mathematical formulas manipulated by those who lead these
institutions. The financial system is based on corporate privilege,
speculation, loans, interest and debt. It is a ruthless system
designed to benefit those in the know and enforce economic slavery
of the masses.
The system creates an addictive gambling culture that
manipulates the true values of currencies.
The system justifies and
legalizes boundless salaries and wealth of those at the helms while
keeping the minimum wage at poverty level. It means that a small
groups of people are hoarding trillions of dollars gained while
creating poverty, enormous suffering and devastation.
The practice of hoarding of money can be seen as blocking the
healthy flow of energy resources to where it is most needed. In any
living system blocked energy is a symptom of disease.
The growth economy portrays the elite as the job creators and
encourages the belief that citizens are dependent on big monopolies
for jobs. This hides the fact that monopolies are actually deeply
destructive and deplete local economies and the environment.
and fossil fuel industries are known to plunder resources while
leaving a wake of destruction in the local communities.
based systems deny people the right to make an honest healthy living
in vital community based economies. People are not given the choice
or information as to healthy existing alternatives.
They are denied
investment and rights to develop their own agriculture and local
green industries that would make them less dependent on the
government, financial institutions and foreign corporations.
"Anyone who's ever run a business knows that hiring more people is a
capitalist's course of last resort, something we do only when
increasing customer demand requires it.
In this sense, calling
ourselves job creators isn't just inaccurate, it's disingenuous.
That's why our current policies are so upside down.
When you have a
tax system in which most of the exemptions and the lowest rates
benefit the richest, all in the name of job creation, all that
happens is that the rich get richer."
Nick Hanauer, a billionaire
advocating rethinking the system,TED talk
The growth economy has developed sophisticated methods of siphoning
taxpayer money into the pockets of the rich.
Ultimately it is the
taxpayer that must carry the increasing tax burden on welfare,
health, and defence generated by the very corporations who
specialize in creating their own tax cuts and havens.
Most big industries feed each other.
The processed food, chemical,
military, security, pharmaceutical and media companies are often
linked to each other or owned by the same groups of people.
called "humanitarian aid" generated by the wars that feed the
military industries is given in the form of plastic water bottles
and GMO grain that in turn fills the pockets of the food
'The United States is now an
"oligarchy" in which unlimited political bribery has created a
complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major
Former president Jimmy Carter
The following table from the Center for Responsive Politics provides
information about the amount of money from different sectors that
goes into 'lobbying' politicians on an annual basis.
insight into the money behind every government policy. The table
shows the exorbitant numbers that have gone into influencing the
American government for the last twenty years.
It gives a glimpse
into the hidden interests that determine not only which wars we
wage, what resources we destroy, but also what is in our food and
medicine and what guides the ideas we are sold about the world we
live in through education and media.
The Center for Responsive Politics:
Amount spent on lobbying by
between 1998 and 2014 in the US.
Among those whose impact is most destructive to people and
environment, are the ones that spend the most on lobbying
This means that democratic governments are voting to a
large extent according to the interests of dangerous industries and
our vote is giving these industries the power to decide the fate of
our individual and collective health.
The industries are influential
in determining the course of world events and driving climate
change, war and human and environmental disease.
"The truth requires that we call the corrosion of money in politics
what it is - it is a form of corruption and it muzzles more
Americans than it empowers, and it is an imbalance that the world
has taught us can only sow the seeds of unrest."
Secretary of State
in 2013 farewell speech to the Senate
Media is an essential tool for the wealthy to promote their agendas.
Mainstream media is to a large extent owned by the same small groups
of people who are linked to, or dominate the financial system. Given
that mainstream media is profit driven, it is clear that those who
want to have power over peoples' minds invest in owning media
outlets. Power and profit are the primary forces shaping our belief
systems and culture.
The art of covert advertising and mind
manipulation has been refined to function on the most subliminal
levels. This makes citizens entirely vulnerable to profit driven
Advertising can be likened to prostitution of the soul. It's all a
matter of price and involves the willingness to be involved in
selling an idea or product, directly or indirectly, no matter how
damaging the consequences may be.
The enormous power of advertising
means that the minds of citizens are for valuable property available
for sale to the highest bidders.
We have been seduced by media to
lust for more, to believe that the path of competition is the only
legitimate way - that this is human nature - that those in power are
doing what they can to create a better world, and that with a bit of
extra work, we too can move up the social ladder and eventually join
the coveted elite status.
Vast amounts of money are spent to colonize consciousness and
determine how we think and behave. The sophistication of the system
lies in convincing us that we are choosing these thoughts ourselves.
The growth economy relies on creating problems from the personal to
the global: from preoccupation with body image and unhealthy food,
to large scale wars and dependence on fossil fuels.
artificial needs and desires designed to alienate people from nature
and from their deepest wisdom. Consumerism cultivates the idea that
people need stuff that is usually unnecessary and unhealthy as well
as being produced at the expense of people, other species and planet
With the spread of social media and independent journalism, there
are cracks in the media system.
Yet, even "free" social media has a
price. Social media itself entails exposure to endless floods of
carefully crafted overt and subliminal messaging. Social media is
one of the most powerful and profitable businesses and has been
severely corrupted by advertising and corporate interests.
again privilege is inbuilt in the system by empowering those who can
afford to advertise their agendas and manipulate human
The military industrial complex
The power of the military industrial complex is vast and shrouded in
Under the guise of defence, the industry instigates
conflict, glorifies war, ferments fear and hatred and sells
suffering and destruction. To a large extent it sets the political
agenda across the globe.
Exorbitant amounts of money are funneled into secretive security
budgets used with no accountability towards government or taxpayers.
As journalists follow the money, and whistle-blowers leak
information to the public, more and more stories of the corrupt and
ruthless selling of terrorism and war for profit abound.
just get higher as the weapons become increasingly dangerous.
Beyond the wars themselves the entire military training industry
uses billions of tax payer dollars while contributing to the ongoing
destruction of the environment - all in the name of "security".
US navy for instance is killing thousands of whales and dolphins
with sonar and weapons testing. Aside from the vast amounts of tax
payer money being wasted, the industry contaminates and destroys
entire eco-systems with noise, fire and chemicals.
Gun violence in the US is another frightening symptom of the
powerful arms industry and its lobbying influence.
results in thousands of deaths and injuries annually with an
alarming rate of mass public shootings on the rise. It is clear that
the only beneficiaries of the military industry are those that sell
the weapons and the by-products of war.
The burden is on the
taxpayer who pays for the often artificially manufactured security
risks as well as the traumatic consequences on the soldiers,
civilians and the environment.
The industry cannot make money off peace. It thrives on conflict and
Clearly investing vast sums of money in creative
peace-building efforts would be a far healthier option, but this is
not the preferred strategy of governments towing the line of the
profit-driven "defence and security" industries.
"It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war, allegedly
in search of weapons of mass destruction when the most worrisome
developments in this field are occurring in your own backyard.
ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars
allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can
no longer claim to be called a democracy when trillions, and I mean
thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on projects which
both congress and the commander in chief know nothing about."
Canada's former Minister of National Defence
Paul Hellyer in 2008
The Fossil Fuel Industry
The profit driven fossil fuel industry dominates our mainstream
It presents the use of fossil fuels as the primary
if not only viable source of energy and often paints itself as
working in environmentally careful ways.
While the devastating
impact of fossil fuels on the climate has been known for years, and
knowledge about alternative energy technologies have been available
since the time of the inventor Nicolas Tesla, this information has
been carefully guarded and hidden from the public.
Over the last years we have witnessed tragic oil spills in the
oceans and rivers and the poisoning of the underground waters.
Forest are laid to waste to make way for drilling and species are
For decades the world has been held hostage to the
large coal and oil companies who have used their power to gain power
and control economies across the world. Fracking for natural gas has
now become the norm and has brought with it a host of new threats to
human and environmental health.
The notion that planetary resources can be owned, mined or depleted
without damaging the entire eco-system is one of the most dangerous
concepts derived from the worldview of separateness and domination.
It goes against the fundamental principles of life to consider that
local resources can belong to a particular country or corporation
and not to the entire interconnected planetary eco-system.
ideas is as absurd as believing a specific organ in the human body
serves only its particular region, and can be used independently of
its living context. In abusing forests, waters, fuels, gases, metals
and minerals we have upset the intricate web of life in ways we are
only beginning to discover.
Fossil fuels is a primary cause of
global warming is the most tangible and dangerous symptom of our
tampering with the intricate planetary eco-system.
While the pharmaceutical industry supposedly exists for the benefit
of human health and often has breakthroughs that serve humanity, the
industry has become fundamentally corrupted by the profit motive.
many cases it is complicit in peddling in false science, addiction
Across the world, the pharmaceutical industry has
strong ties with governments which means that health policies and
subsidized medicines are often severely swayed by interest groups.
Increasing scrutiny is revealing a host of scandals that include
sponsored and falsified research, addictive medications, concealing
natural cures, testing products on people without their consent,
barbaric testing on animals and hiding the side effects of drugs.
Waterways and soil are shown to have traces of antibiotics and other
pharmaceuticals and are thus contaminating humans and other species
in ways that we know very little about.
The pharmaceutical industry targets symptoms rather than the roots
of medical problems and some medications often generate side effects
that in turn require further medication in a spiral of addiction and
"Side effects of those very same prescription drugs are the third
leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer. That's
right! Prescription drugs kill more people than traffic accidents.
Dr. Barbara Starfield
the Journal of the American Medical
"Adverse effects of medications" (from drugs that were correctly
prescribed and taken) kill 106,000 people per year. And that doesn't
include accidental overdoses."
T. Colin Campbell
the Science of Nutrition
There is increasing evidence that much of what is now called the
"cancer industry" is one of the largest and most profitable hoaxes.
It has invested fortunes in research and development while hiding
information about natural cures.
"We have a multi-billion dollar industry that is killing people,
right and left, just for financial gain. Their idea of research is
to see whether two doses of this poison, is better than three doses
of that poison."
While many well-intentioned doctors work according to what they are
taught, other doctors have knowingly abused their clients with
misdiagnoses, unnecessary medications and other interventions in
order to benefit financially.
Vaccines are among the most controversial health interventions as
they are often imposed as mandatory with minimal transparency as to
the research and risks involved.
There is widespread concern that
some vaccines are tested in underdeveloped countries under the guise
of humanitarian aid.
There is also increasing data as to possible
side effects including a range of serious health conditions. While
some vaccines may serve important functions there are also
investigations into ways they may be contributing to chronic
diseases across the globe.
Society has been conditioned to believe in scientific proof as the
ultimate stamp of validity. While science has brought knowledge to
the world of medicine it has also been severely abused within the
medical establishment itself.
The scientific aura gives enormous
power to those with money to buy rigged studies, and to prove and
print whatever will sell.
In the same way that the military industry profits from war, the
pharmaceutical industry profits from disease.
This means it has no
incentive to proactively cultivate health, and in some cases it is
known to suppress information regarding the importance of healthy
plant-based nutrition and the use of known plants as preventative
medicine and cures.
Nourishment - The Basis of Life
Nourishment is the basis of life.
The societal disconnect from the
source of food is part of our larger cultural story of money and
exploitation. We have relinquished control of our food to profit
driven industries and governments at the expense of our health and
that of the environment.
Our food, the primary source of our health, has been hijacked by a
vast profit machine that invests billions to control consumer's
choices and habits.
Processed foods and pesticides are contributing
to serious chronic diseases and environmental destruction, yet
billions of people continue to consume products devoid of
nutritional value and laced with a range of harmful ingredients.
understand why so many are "choosing" unhealthy options one needs to
look at the chain of industries that benefit from the processed food
The food propaganda machine works to disconnect people from their
intuitive and inherited relationship with the land. Food monopolies
use their power to undercut small, local organic farmers and to own
more and more land and water resources in a spiral of control and
Many use a range of genetically modified seeds and
dangerous pesticides, hormones and antibiotics.
The food industries lobby governments in order to gain larger slices
of the market while fighting to conceal the presence of various
toxins, GMO's or the country of origin of products. In this way,
they work together seamlessly to pick consumer pockets by offering
an illusion of choice.
Big agriculture industries, like Monsanto are notorious for their
use of dangerous pesticides in food, genetic modification of plants
and their strategy to patent and own essential seeds and withhold
information about the ingredients.
Chemical and biological
contaminants obstruct nature's communication pathways and have
severely depleted our individual and collective immune system.
People living in urban environments are increasingly distanced from
the source of their food and dependent on industrialized products
largely controlled by a few major corporations. Supermarkets are
filled with processed foods that travel vast distances before
reaching the shelves. Local farming is being pushed aside by food
giants that use dangerous chemical additives to prolong shelf life.
The sugar and wheat industries inundate the public with seductive
messaging of comfort foods, while actively spreading addiction and
disease. Junk food is sold cheaper than real food to make it even
more attractive and accessible.
Mainstream nutritional information is based on obsolete reductionist
science that focuses on certain individual nutrients such as
proteins, fats, carbohydrates and vitamins.
A holistic nutritional
approach shows however that:
"Most nutrients are known to interact symbiotically with at least
eight other nutrients.
This makes the odds of supplying any one
individual nutrient in a healthful manner infinitesimally small. It
is simply impossible to get the dosage and ratio correct, except
through the consumption of whole foods."
Food and health illiteracy is in the interests of and to a large
extent sponsored by those at the helms of the interwoven industries
that run the economy.
Schools do not teach children about healthy
nutrition or how to grow and prepare food. In the absence of real
education about food and health, advertising becomes the key source
of information. But advertisements are designed to sell products
irrespective of their health consequences.
Diet related illnesses,
chronic diseases and disorders, such as heart disease, cancers,
diabetes, obesity, anorexia and bulimia are symptoms of the corrupt
and profit driven food industry.
Advertising based on reductionist sponsored science creates a
culture of consumers addicted to unhealthy foods and obsessed with
counting calories and isolated nutrients.
The food industry has in turn generated food supplement and diet
industries that use similar tactics.
"These days, the supplement industry has the process down to a
'science.' New scientific research on single nutrients generalizes
in a very superficial way about their ability to promote human
Companies put these newly discovered
'nutrients' into pills,
organize public relations campaigns, and write marketing plans to
encourage a confused public to buy."
T. Colin Campbell
Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
The reductionist picture of food is a product of the same mindset of
separateness from which democracy itself is derived.
It focuses on
isolated phenomena and less on their relationship with each other
and on their whole system impact.
The animal agriculture industry has generated some of the most
dominant and dangerous myths in the mainstream food narrative.
Through its marketing we have been indoctrinated to believe that
consuming milk and flesh of animals is healthy and desirable.
Marketing campaigns have also successfully obscured the devastating
impact of animal agriculture on the planet.
Factory farmed meat and dairy has been linked to a range of chronic
diseases including heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes,
osteoporosis, allergies, respiratory diseases and even impotence.
The animal agriculture industry is also known to be a leading cause
of greenhouse-gas emissions, water waste, water pollution, ocean
dead zones, deforestation, habitat destruction and species
extinction that each significantly impacts the climate.
The meat and dairy industries invest huge sums to market apparent
health of their products despite the fact that factory farmed foods
are known to be toxic and cause chronic disease.
People that eat
animal products are ingesting a cocktail of dangerous chemicals,
growth hormones and antibiotics as well as the trauma and suffering
of animals held in extremely unnatural and inhumane conditions.
A United Nations Environment Program report emphasizes that a global
shift towards a plant based diet is vital to save the world from
hunger, poverty and the worst impacts of climate change.
of this people continue to consume animal agriculture products and
damage their own health and that of the environment.
The consequences of our current relationship to food is devastating.
In the same way that food policies are a crucial factor in disease
creation, healing of people and planet requires a radical shift in
our relationship to food, to agriculture and to the land itself.
Education Disconnected from Life Wisdom
"I don't want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers."
John D Rockefeller
Many education systems in democratic countries have created
dependent, addictive cultures susceptible to the messaging of those
with political, ideological and financial agendas.
reinforced the picture of one all-powerful leader on whom we must
depend and to whom we relinquish responsibility.
perpetuated the domination mindset of separateness, hierarchy and
privilege. The structure, content and teaching methods have created
a culture of passive, dependent citizens who are to a large extent
disinterested in global issues, addicted to competitive consumer
culture and disconnected from life wisdom.
Public education systems are the primary socializing systems that
prepares youth to take up their roles as adults in the community. As
they stand, they are for the most part disconnected from the vital
principles of human health and thriving eco-systems.
with its severe impact on human and environmental health, is a
reflection of the education of previous generations.
When children are forced to sit still at their desks in crowded
classrooms they become disconnected from their bodies, nature and
life. They are not given an opportunity to develop their instincts,
intuition, or critical thinking.
They are not educated to become
creative and caring problem solvers willing to contribute to their
Public schools and public higher education systems are steeped in
rigid bureaucratic structures and colonialist legacies. They instil
principles of privilege, control and compliance that go against the
principles of life and healthy living systems.
perpetuates myths on which the democratic system is founded.
for the most part succeeded in maintaining cultures that preserve
the socio-economic status quo and feed the leeching economic system.
It has failed in raising healthy aware adults with the ecologically
sound professions required to tackle the global crises we face.
We are now in the absurd situation where higher education systems
are producing over-educated people struggling to find jobs. They are
mired in debt from college expenses and skilled in many knowledge
areas that have little practical relevance to the health challenges
of society today.
The focus of teachers is primarily on providing isolated, subject
based knowledge and encouraging achievement defined by grades.
Teachers are not trained in cultivating values or dealing with
emotional, psychological and community issues.
The vacuum is filled
by media that plays a powerful role in shaping the minds and
behavior of children. A vast amount of money is spent on
sophisticated advertising targeting children as consumers.
Addiction to technology is becoming a recognized problem worldwide.
The addiction to screens is creating not only a vast array of social
disorders but concern as to the long term impact of such extreme
Advertisements use whatever means to sell unhealthy and addictive
products, ideas and behaviors inundate susceptible minds and shape
their perception of the world.
The majority of content is profit
driven and sells cultures of war, social violence, sexual abuse and
the sexual objectification of women, men and children.
A school is a microcosm of the larger societies and of the
competitive culture where self-interest, deceit and bullying abound.
Classrooms today are more multi-cultural and multi-religious than
ever before yet educators are not trained to deal with complex
inter-personal and inter-cultural dynamics.
The education system is
generally disconnected from the community and while it is given full
responsibility for a child's education it has neither the authority
nor the tools to take up the role effectively.
Intensifying rates of bullying, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety,
eating disorders, drug addiction and a range of social and
behavioral disorders are a direct result of the divisive, consumer
culture and political discourse. Children are conditioned by the
culture they witness through media.
reality TV stars and talk show hosts become role models. One can
imagine the impact of democratic election campaigns, and the often
bullying, demeaning, deceitful and corrupt political discourse and
behavior on the psyche of children.
The divisive, abusive campaign
culture is a core part of what we learn from democracy in action.
It is unrealistic to believe that the education system can contend
with the spectrum of social challenges rampant in our divisive,
consumer driven societies.
How can teachers be expected to help
children deal with the onslaught of false and addictive messaging or
the violent and narcissistic, self-indulgent role models they are
exposed to on television, video games and social media?
Mainstream methods teach children to relinquish their power to
external authorities without questioning its integrity or value.
They are taught to rely on external, biased "authorities" for
assessment of their character and worth in the world. They are not
taught to trust in their own sense of self-worth or recognize their
own value. A child's sense of self-worth is thus easily impacted by
the prejudices, moods and whims of their educators.
The dynamics of competition are imposed on children when they learn
to compare their own worth to others' according to narrow parameters
that privilege certain intelligences over others.
oppressed and images of success are standardized. Teachers trained
to teach specific disciplines usually have limited perspectives and
use language and techniques that are relevant only for children with
particular skill sets.
This means that the education system privileges only those with a
narrow range of intelligences, particularly the more rational and
scientific intelligences. Many children go through twelve years of
school frustrated, unseen and uncultivated in their diverse talents.
This in turn depletes the diverse range of talents and skills
necessary for society to flourish.
Ruthless focus on grades distances children from the innate pleasure
of learning. It also encourages deceit of children, teachers and
parents around the grading process. Evaluation through dualistic
judgments such as right, wrong, good, bad, successful, unsuccessful,
sabotages the child's capacity to discern in more nuanced and
pleasurable ways and develop intrinsic motivation to learn.
With the primary emphasis on competition, children learn to see each
other more as a threat to advancement than a kindred soul with
shared needs, complementary gifts and a common destiny. This
perspective aborts the development of emotional intelligence and
capacity of empathy for others.
It does not educate toward individual, community and environmental
health - our most fundamental resource.
Children are taught a narrow range of disconnected knowledge areas
with very little understanding of the fundamental interconnectedness
of these subjects and their relevance to life. They are not exposed
to system theories, ecology or life enhancing community practices.
They do not learn to apply their knowledge in real, integrative life
Mainstream education reinforces the system of privilege as it is
often divided into public and private schools and in many countries
public and private universities as well. While public schools
generally perpetuate outdated modes of learning, it is usually the
expensive private schools that offer children extraordinary
opportunities for creative learning, adapted to their diverse needs.
In this way, the system perpetuates the growing divides between rich
and the poor.
The education system has created dependent citizens with little
skills or resources to grow their own food or ensure their own
health and safety.
They are not given the tools for self-realization
and mutual enrichment with their environment. They are not taught
how the body works, basic nutrition, hygiene, healthy movement or
meditation practices, healthy sexuality, environmental conservation
or eco-system vitality. They do not learn how to grow or prepare
They are taught to outsource their own self-care to others
leaving them further susceptible to false information and the profit
driven "health" industries.
It is naïve to believe that either parents or the education system
are equipped to deal with the symptoms of democracies today.
Educators and parents are products of the same system and are
exposed to the same content and culture. They too have grown up in
power and profit-driven, hierarchic societies with little ability to
sift truth from falsehood.
How can adults impart values different
from those they learned as children?
The result is that rather than educating towards healthier people
and planet, the structure and content of the current education
system contributes to many of the human and environmental health
crises we face today.
Climate Change - The Final Wake up Call
The damage to health and life itself from our current governance
systems cannot be overstated, and can no longer be ignored.
We continue to use our power in ways that are destroying the very
eco-system on which we depend. The situation is critical. Global
warming is the collective wake-up call for us to work together and
co-create an entirely new governance system that works
uncompromisingly for the healing of the planet and all its
Our mindset of separateness and domination has ignored the reality
that we are interconnected and that the entire planet functions as
an interdependent living system.
As in any living system when we
impact a part, we impact the whole.
We have denied the vast
consequences of our behavior and convinced ourselves that the
multitude of environmental disasters mushrooming across the planet
are isolated events and can be contained in their local areas.
Climate change, the greatest challenge we now face is a
manifestation of our fundamental interconnectedness.
The climate has no borders. Like symptoms in the human body that
reveal much about our habits and state of mind, global warming is
tangible feedback reflecting our collective state of awareness and
the impact of our behavior on our collective body.
towards the earth is a parasitic, cancerous one and can be likened
to an auto-immune disease that attacks parts of the self it fails to
recognize as self.
In an interconnected world, it is inevitable that we will be
destroyed together with what we destroy. There is no "other" place
we can export our destructiveness.
The life threatening process of global warming is a devastating
symptom of our interference in life's codes. Imagine consistently
mining a human's bones for minerals, draining the blood,
contaminating the body's air and water while putting the person
under constant emotional stress and still expecting the body to
function as normal.
The devastation from climate change reflects humanity's neglect of
the subtle web of life. It is a disease of dishonoring relationships
from within a mindset of separateness, privilege and domination.
this sense climate change is a harsh and powerful master - an
evolutionary wake-up call to learn from the climate code about
In the face of the climate crisis, environmentalists are calling for
the immediate termination of the fossil fuel and animal agriculture
industries, considered the primary causes of climate change and
planetary devastation. Both industries are examples of our ruthless
and irresponsible relationship with the earth. The end of these
industries is a prerequisite for reversing climate change but it is
The disease of climate change stems from the underlying domination
mindset driving all industries that go against life. It is not
enough to contain the effect of the industries, the domination
mindset itself must be uprooted and replaced with a mindset that
honors and cultivates life.
As long as there is a mindset of
oppression and exploitation there will be disease.
Our political and economic languages are not languages of life and
we cannot pretend to heal the climate using these life destroying
It has been recognized that the
approach" cannot be effective in reversing climate change.
The term sustainable development is rooted in the mindset of
separateness, domination and exploitation.
While many are using the
term in innovative ways for the good of the planet, the mainstream
argument often focuses on how to continue take from the earth as
much as "sustainably" possible while giving back as little as
The term "resources" is telling in itself. It reflects how as humans
we have usurped nature, regarding it primarily as "resources" for
our benefit while denying the possibility that the elements of
nature exist in a precise location where they have evolved to play
an essential role on behalf of the entire planetary ecosystem.
Similarly the precise migration routes of animals play a vital
ecological function and when we interfere with them we upset the
delicate balance of life.
"Sustainable" policies generally work towards managing the
inevitable harm of the existing system while leaving the
foundational mindset intact. The approach does not work to eliminate
compromise and oppression.
It addresses symptoms of the disease
while leaving the cancer, (the domination mindset) intact.
"sustainable" outcome is to a large extent informed by
science and ecology but negotiated primarily on the basis of
economic and political interests. Such outcomes are often the
results of deals between leaders of countries and corporations
working for personal, national or corporate gain at the expense of
Policies are generally crafted in the form of long term
targets with legal loopholes that privilege those in power and
perpetuate the imbalance and disease.
We have caused a life-threatening disease to our living environment
and now face the sixth extinction. Either we honor the invisible
ties that bind us and focus on transforming our behavior, or face
our own extinction.
Since we have been talking the "sustainable language" and the word
sustainability has been integrated into global policies, we continue
to poison the air, earth and oceans and face ongoing environmental
Mining, fracking, industrial agriculture, radiation from
technology, industrial waste, nuclear spillage, destruction of
forests are among the major contributors to climate change, species
endangerment and human disease.
Compromising how much toxins the planet can safely tolerate is as
absurd as compromising how much cancer human bodies can safely
The damage to human and environmental health is not always
immediately evident; it can fester for years beneath the surface. So
what we are seeing now, erupting in many forms, is the result of
many years of these destructive polices that go against life.
social media, independent journalism and the radical changes in
weather and environmental catastrophes it can no longer be hidden.
From a Sustainable
Approach to a Thriving evolution Approach
Nature does not evolve according to a principle of what is
sustainable, but rather according to a code of thriving evolution, a
process that constantly enriches itself.
Nature and health do not
work with a formula of compromise but rather of exquisite precision
in distributing and replenishing healthy resources for the
flourishing of all parts of the interconnected ecosystem.
climate change we need to transform our basic mindset and organize
ourselves uncompromisingly in alignment with the code of thriving
The thriving evolution approach is one that
honors nature's wisdom
and strives to learn from, and align with it. It studies how nature,
undisturbed by humans does not deplete its resources but constantly
evolves into richer and more complex forms of harmony in diversity.
The thriving evolution approach is first and foremost based on the
understanding that the planet, its biosphere and species function as
an interconnected living system. In any living system, the health of
the entire system is primary, and the well-being of each part is
interdependent with the well-being of the other parts.
that contrary to our current way of life, we share our health and
our destiny with each other and all species. It means that the
health of the planet, each other and all species must be our
A thriving evolution framework follows the wisdom of ecological
experts, whole system thinkers, healers and indigenous leaders and
puts ecological wellness at the heart of all decisions.
on uncompromising immediate action dedicated to eliminating all
disease and cultivating 100% health. It works with the healing and
replenishing wisdom of nature, striving to leave the planet richer
for having been here.
It is clear that addressing climate change from the framework of
"sustainability" or an approach that seeks to replenish and
cultivate life will bring about entirely different outcomes.
no longer pretend that partial solutions, delays or compromises will
A NEW AWARENESS
The corruption inherent in democracy cannot be attributed to the
It is an inevitable part of the dynamic of
divisiveness and privilege found within all of us and at every level
of society. Democracy is a system that lends itself to what we
choose to do with it.
It was created from a mindset of separateness
and domination before modern society learned about our fundamental
ecological interconnectedness with all of creation. It is not
organized around the principles of life and does not have an inbuilt
filter to sift healthy from unhealthy behavior.
It was not conceived
of or structured to be able to cultivate the health and vitality of
complex interconnected human and environmental living systems.
The consequences of a system rooted in the domination mindset are
While democracy has contributed to human consciousness
and the evolution of our understanding about the use and abuse of
our power, the inherent limitations of the system are evident in the
challenges we now face, and it is time to move on.
People across the world are becoming increasingly informed.
veils of secrecy that have shrouded the systematic abuse of power
are lifting. Information technology and alternative media are
threatening to undo the global system of domination. Growing numbers
of courageous whistle-blowers and investigative journalists are
revealing the vast and sinister manipulation of power and resources
by governments and the financial elite.
The environmental hazards are closer to home than ever and images of
the social inequalities and environmental devastation are spreading
across social media.
Rage at governments and the elite is growing as
people worldwide are taking to the streets to demand change. The
status quo of control is being threatened and chaos is growing.
An information war is raging. While there are those fighting the
secrecy that has enabled the mass deception, some governments are
clamping down on privacy and internet freedoms. There are those
using the internet to continue to spread misinformation and those
using it to spread truth and healthy information and create new
systems of social organization.
Over the years many conspiracy theories have existed about the
secretive, ruthless abuse of power of governments, corporations and
individuals, but many of these theories have been publicly dismissed
and ridiculed, deflecting attention and investigation.
journalists have pursued these threads and it seems Pandora's Box
has been opened. Hidden information is being revealed, and many
theories dismissed as hoaxes are shown to have substantive evidence.
The war between truth and propaganda is being played out. Visual
data is manipulated and only the savviest are able to discern fact
The information war marks a radically new time where
everybody is a journalist and everything can become known, but also
a time where misinformation is easily spread.
The new beginning
With the tragic failure of democracy it is our collective
responsibility to move beyond the boundaries of the known and invest
collectively in the healing of what we have damaged.
relevant framework for a new system of governance is one that is
uncompromisingly aligned with Life.
In the face of shifting consciousness, the time is ripe to question
the foundations of everything we thought to be true and right. It is
time to break free from the limiting story that democracy is the
best of all possible systems and organize together to build
Alongside the implosion of the current systems a vast movement of
diverse groups across the world working for healing of our entire
eco-system is growing rapidly.
Information technology is enabling
the spread of healthy information, and providing the platform for
sharing resources and inventing entirely new planetary
The vision, knowledge, wisdom, and
technologies for a thriving future already exist.
It is now a matter
of connecting the circuits among those dedicated to the benefit of
the whole, and creating an entirely new governance system that puts
the health and vitality of the planet and all its inhabitants as its
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