Odd name for a Blog, Naturally Thinking. No idea how it popped into my head. My intent was to blog about Nature as mentor, ally and part of us. Nature-ally thinking about our actions and their impacts.
Technically, with Nature as mentor, guide and ally, anything goes. Rants about lost opportunities to educate children or raves about cooperation among naked mole-rats. But my lens is applying wisdom to natural resource use. Ways and means to open our hearts, minds and web browsers to solve apparently intractable problems. To harness proper resources to get the job done.
Ludwig Wittgenstein is quoted as saying “the limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” So what happens if we move our language/world out to the edges and explore. What might happen if we shift our thinking from negative news of the day to positive solutions of our generation?
Some do, and these folks are among my heros. Frances Moore Lappé, (Diet for a Small Planet) and her most recent book Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want spring to mind. Her thesis is that the scarcity mentality among environmentalists saps energy, impedes progress, and is plain wrong.
You can listen to her discuss it at Powell’s in Portand or order the book from her Small Planet Institute. Their tag line is Living Democracy. Feeding Hope. Which sums up a lot of what I admire in her as well as much of what has sustained her through 47 years of work. She feels the same frustrations we do and springs over those shadows to formulate positive solutions.
She is not alone, not by a long shot. The ridiculously brilliant and versatile Paul Hawken created an astounding slide show that later morphed into a book and a sustainability social networking site. He spotlighted organizations, projects, associations, projects and amorphousgroups that work on solutions to environmental and social justice issues. Groups that had been unaware of each other, with no central leadership, and had no idea g that together they form the largest mass movement the world has ever witnessed.
He closed a 2009 Commencement Speech this way:
Nature beckons you to be on her side. You couldn’t ask for a better boss. The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not the dreamer. Hope only makes sense when it doesn’t make sense to be hopeful. This is your century. Take it and run as if your life depends on it.
Edges. The most changeable, complex, challenging places on Earth. Where are your social and environmental edges? Where are the edges of random kindness and intentional activism? Do you know anyone pushing them?