There's also a social storm, the divide between rich and poor is getting totally out of hand and countless other social injustices (racism, sexism, civil rights violations, etc.) are no longer tolerable. There's an environmental storm – we're fishing all the fish, cutting all the trees, polluting every river. Not even necessary to talk about climate change for who wants to live in a world without fish, trees and clean water? If we continue how we live, twenty years from now this place will look like hell.
There's a storm of unhappiness. Just look at the rates of depression. Or walk through any shopping centre and count the truly happy faces.
The education system is in a mess too, producing machines instead of creators. Most of agriculture continues to be a poison industry. Wars, corruption, prejudice – that's really the best we can do?
In short: We need a major revolution of everything!
Latin: revolutio = “a turn around”
To pause, reflect and choose a different direction. Right now we're driving the human van deeper and deeper into the mud. Soon we'll get stuck and then we'll drown in shit. Doesn't sound like much fun to me. And well, the only way to turn around is by having a full-blown revolution. Plain and simple. Or do you see any other solution? Because let's face it, time isn't on our side.
There are many ways how you can feed the needed changes. Making more conscious decisions when you spend your money, rising awareness about injustices, striving to be happy without harming others – that kind of stuff.
For me, one of the most helpful change boosters over the last years has been gardening. It's purely miraculous what it does to the human soul! Time spent outdoors, hands in the Earth, harvesting local and organic food, watching plants grow – it really makes me happy. And when I'm happy, I'm a better person.
So perhaps as a global community we'd highly benefit from a GROWING REVOLUTION. To ground ourselves and reconnect to nature. To cultivate serenity and gratitude. Starting with flowers, herbs and vegetables and then moving on to plant trees, friendship, equality, consciousness and peace.
I've written a book about this. It came out last week and is called SEÑOR GONZALEZ AND THE GARDEN OF LIFE.
“Instead of getting excited about the latest phone we could get excited about simplicity. We could share more and let go of the idea that happiness and contentment can only be bought with lots of money and understood with complicated theories. Generosity instead of greed, cooperation instead of war, diversity instead of monoculture. To live in harmony with nature, together with our phones and cars but especially with a big heart and common sense. All a utopia, sure, but how will it get better otherwise? How will it end?”
So far it's only available in German. Sorry. Hopefully this will change at some point. In the meantime, here's some music to get you into the mood: Mr Mikosch – Growing Revolution
Rise up my friends, it's time to bloom! Life is beautiful. Let's be beautiful too.