When Rousseau wrote “The Social Contract”, in which he imagined world in which people lived in natural harmony, without the need for God, the church or government as we know it, he wisely prefaced his work with praise for those very things, lest he be excommunicated or worse.
So I begin by offering my opinion that climate change is the greatest challenge and danger facing not just mankind, but all of life on earth. As I write this at a time of year when I should see snow, it is 25 degrees above normal and there is a thunderstorm outside. We have much to do, and I pray we are not too late.
I wonder if we might begin, however, with a different kind of climate change. The change I’d imagine is one in which we talk, and listen, to each other again. Perhaps a climate in which we communicate, not to win or worse to put down another, might just be our own “first small step for mankind” here on earth.
In my last post, I suggested that the time was ripe for each of us to write our own “manifesto.” Corporations often articulate their values, even though they may not practice them. Why not us and why not in this time of change?
Yesterday, in lieu of watching the news, I took the time to craft my own manifesto, my own statement of values. For what it is worth, I’ll share it here.
Be Kind. The world can be a cruel place.
Live Small. Make room and save resources for others.
Seek Peace. Both within yourself and with others.
There you have my opening offer toward a different kind of climate change.