October 15th, 2007 - by Golgotha

Today is Blog Action Day. It’s a day where bloggers around the web will unite to post on a single important issue on everyone’s mind – the environment.

You will no doubt see a wide variety of opinions throughout the web on this issue. I expect there to be a lot of finger pointing — it’s the democrats fault or it’s the republicans fault, or it’s the SUVs fault, or it’s because people are having too many kids. Whatever. People will then say that we need to do something, we need to write to congress and the President and demand action.

Of course the environment is a huge topic for the 2008 presidential candidates. Each candidate has their own plan or program to solve the problem. You can read about them here.

But, I believe —

If the world is saved, it will be saved not by old minds with new programs, but by new minds with no programs at all…

Every culture is a collection of individuals, and each individual has in his or her head a complete set of values, concepts, rules, and preferences that, taken together, constitute the building plans for that particular culture. This is known as the cultures Vision.

Vision is to culture what gravity is to matter. When you see a ball roll off a table and fall to the floor, you should think, “Gravity is at work here.” When you see a culture make its appearance and spread outward in all directions until it takes over the entire world, you should think, “Vision is at work here.”

Vision is the flowing river. Programs are sticks set in the riverbed to impede the flow. What I’m saying is that the world will not be saved by people with programs. If the world is saved, it will be saved because the people living in it have a new Vision.”

Every year, without fail, we outlaw more things, catch more people doing them, and put more of them in jail. The outlawed behavior never goes away, because, directly or indirectly, it’s supported by the strong, invisible, unrelenting force called Vision. This explains why police officers are much more likely to take up crime than criminals are to take up law enforcement. It’s called “going with the flow.”

If the world is saved, it will be saved because people begin to think in a different way about the world and humanity’s place in it.

Most of this is from the mind of Daniel Quinn. Author of Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit and The Story of B.

Please take 10 more minutes and continue reading here!

If you want even more reading, try this.

I highly recommend his books. They will change your way of thinking…

4 Responses to “Vision of The Environment…”

1 ses5909

What an inspiring post. I’m impressed 🙂

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3 Kristina Richardson

Everyone can make a difference! If you are passionate about stopping global warming and the environment you should check out this website http://www.nvisionclf.com . Change to CFLs a great way for individual people to really make a difference! You should also check out this site http://www.youtube.com/user/helpourworld for more ideas on how to help our world!

[…] I think one of the most spectacular successes of Blog Action Day is that all kinds of bloggers that normally don’t take up environmental issues got into it, thus bring their audience into the conversation as well. I found out about Blog Action Day because a tech blog I subscribe to stunned me with an out-of-the-blue post about the need for a new “Vision of the Environment”! […]

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