We have certain inalienable rights, such as the right to vote and the freedom to spend our money the way we choose. These actions are done according to one’s ideas of truth and spiritual integrity. I profoundly believe these choices show how much we truly care about applying our life’s ideals.
Your family, your friends, life around you, and the planet are also a priority. You cannot afford anymore to be a bystander and not be part of life’s decision making process. My suggestion is to be authentic in your ideas of spirituality in order to act. It is paramount to participate. Not to do so is to deny your divinity and your human responsibility as cocreator with the divine.
Looking back at what has been thought of as okay and good for the world, by today’s thinking, we are indeed very functional and extremely adaptable. However, we all need to seriously focus on what is sustainable, using love as the yardstick of creation. We cannot blame our parents for their lack of wisdom, given the state of the world that they left us. They were well meaning and didn’t know any better. Certainly, we are left to face questions and ponder, “Could it be that our fathers, in the pursuit of happiness and with their spectacular achievements, built their castles on sand?”
Is it a success story that is wreaking havoc on our little planet? A “success” story? For who then is responsible for passing to our children a legacy of having to solve enormous challenges? It certainly has a shadowing effect that could negate so much of our ancestors’ merit at being so hard working and successful. After years of humiliation and lack of basic needs and freedom, they made a decision to move forward. They were grossly super-abundant. They just traded as they wished and did not bother about international rules for trading. They did not feel the need to abide by an ethical vision before competing freely between themselves and nations. It is obvious that the love aspect is almost reduced to the bare rules of courteous civilities, and efficient accountings for both sides to profit. Nothing more was expected of them; the language of protecting the planet didn’t exist. The next generation has been following the same pattern with even more daring pursuit of economic prowess and huge salaries or profits to outdo their fathers.
Those governing the market forces and who wielded the power of money made no effort to study or even contemplate any sustainability for our earth. They contemplated even less the effects of vast social imbalances, our health issues due to a stressful lifestyle, or endless commercial additives. Just look at the chemical components, fertilizers, and methods of raising animals, including fish. An enormous number of animals are being raised under extreme conditions that were never before contemplated in the history of mankind.
To reach these goals of mass production and all the new challenges it created, many new techniques and various factors came to the rescue. For example, antibiotics are used to avoid diseases in animals brought on by cramped conditions. Hormones are mixed with food to speed up animal growth. That, in itself, is now being questioned as counterproductive, since it affects people negatively over time. All of this is done to constantly maximize the number of animals being brought to market, with an emphasis on a fast sale. The brand new world of genetic engineering, with rapidly developing “wizardry” will achieve the biggest incentive—price advantage. Market forces are constantly coming up with innovations in production and solutions that are not concerned about long-term sustainability or love of anything natural.
Everybody competes and wants to be ahead of the other guy. Bigger is better. It seems that no wisdom can stop the madness until big problems or calamities occur. Why are the factory farms shrouded in secrecy? If pushed, the owners will debate and submit diverse scientific studies to prove that their practices are totally safe. To consider even thinking in terms of a hundred years planning would be already a great step forward, since a thousand years seems so far out of reach of our present belief system. Long-term benefits are meant to be immaterial in today’s commercial thinking. Sooner than later, it would be wise to start thinking more long-term, and include the love aspect to make it sustainable. There are many concerned individuals searching for ways to introduce a more wholesome approach to the larger effects of some manufacturing and the existing trade practices.
We are taking for granted our abilities to modify and alter the nature and origins of life. The attitude of so many scientists is pure manipulation without any spiritual input, let alone love.
Who will be responsible if calamities surface? Is it going to force us to face up and re-evaluate our life ethics or the highest spirituality for the good of all? I believe our ancestors or most of the previous generations had little sense of preservation or ethics for the earth’s sustainability, and even less for a spirituality that is all-inclusive of humanity as a whole. Once the focus is on competition through prices, productivity goes naturally with this goal. Add in the shortcuts that lead to the reduced cost of production, regardless of the genuine effect—short-term or long-term—this competition may have on the workers.
The wheels of the “market force machine” take over with incredible efficiency, armed with trade agreements that are far from fair, creating excesses of gigantic proportions in sharing the riches of the earth and all the various deals favoring the few. Meanwhile, employees are subject to poor working conditions and low salaries and are fearful of being outsourced.
This is far away from any concerns about anything spiritual, of course. It is considered the way to act and compete. We label it “business” and, as such, see and perceive it as being acceptable in our world. The priority of our human oneness is out of the question, as true spiritual evolution cannot fit into today’s notion of business. It will indeed take much change in consciousness to switch the idea of “getting” for its opposite—“sharing” what are truly the riches of all mankind.
Excerpted from We Are What We Think And What We Eat by Roger Dufau. Copyright © 2013 by Roger Dufau.