I wonder if there is something we can collectively and individually do to go beyond shining a spotlight on the abuses and inadequacies of our patriarchal system and live our way into a better system. (I'm not saying that the spotlight isn't important and necessary. It absolutely is important and necessary.) What might that new system look like? Would it just be a tweak of the old system or something completely new? I don't expect anyone to have a perfect answer to these questions, but I think these are important questions to ask ourselves.
Vision without action = Daydream
Action without vision = Nightmare
What do we collectively and individually envision for our future? Are we effectively sharing these ideas with each other?
I'm not talking about ignoring the current problems or pretending they don't exist. Not even for a minute. I'm talking about envisioning a better future from a place of full awareness of where we are now and what historical abuses and failures we do not want to repeat.
Me? I dream of a society in which all sentient beings are truly free. I envision a society in which all have access to clean water, clean air, nourishing food, comforting shelter, enriching education, thriving communities, humane healthcare.... an entire planetary society where the only laws are those that protect us from exploitation and violence at the hands of each other and corporations. Where we use our considerable imaginations to invent ways to clean up the 80% of groundwater in China that has been polluted by our insatiable demand for the latest gadgets. Where we use our powers of innovation to truly enrich each others' lives, rather than just spread the virus of affluenza. Where we sing and dance and laugh and delight each other into ever greater wellbeing.
It's a big dream. And I don't know how to get there. But I will keep holding the vision and sharing it and tweaking it and .... there are 7.5 billion human beings with astounding powers of imagination and innovation. Even if this is all there is... it could be enough.
What about you? What do you envision as a better future? What does your utopia look like, sound like, smell like, taste like, feel like?
Right now my sailboat cabin is a dismal dystopia of mess, so I must direct my energies toward tidying up. I'll check back here when that's done. 😜😘❤️