AMEN, Arundhati!

Arundhati Roy in Adbusters, “Decolonize the Consumerist Wasteland: Re-imagining a World Beyond Capitalism and Communism”. She holds out hope for Bubble Up Change in its most fundamental, pure form — as coming from aboriginal peoples who have preserved their spiritual ties to the planet we live on, if we allow them their space, their cultural autonomy, their “different imagination.”

If there is any hope for the world at all, it does not live in climate-change conference rooms or in cities with tall buildings. It lives low down on the ground, with its arms around the people who go to battle every day to protect their forests, their mountains and their rivers because they know that the forests, the mountains and the rivers protect them.

The first step toward re-imagining a world gone terribly wrong would be to stop the annihilation of those who have a different imagination – an imagination that is outside of capitalism as well as communism. An imagination which has an altogether different understanding of what constitutes happiness and fulfillment.

To gain this philosophical space, it is necessary to concede some physical space for the survival of those who may look like the keepers of our past but who may really be the guides to our future. To do this, we have to ask our rulers: Can you leave the waters in the rivers, the trees in the forest? Can you leave the bauxite in the mountain? If they say they cannot, then perhaps they should stop preaching morality to the victims of their wars.

The whole piece is so worth reading, and re-reading, and mulling over, and thinking through ways to turn into advocacy and action!

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About ilyse kazar

Ilyse Kazar is a planeteer. She is also a writer, tech consultant, solutions architect, community organizer, animal lover, eternal student, and amateur artist. She lives and works in the Lower East Side NYC.
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