Recently I moved my office and shook out filing cabinets, many of the files within and hopefully some old, stale ideas. Take a good look at this book cover. Do you recall this book, or had a copy of it? If your parents or even grandparents had it in their library, well, we know what kind of tree-hugging, sandaled, newly-discovering vegetarianism people raised you.
That’s okay. They did the best they could with what they had. Whether they were naive, idealistic or perhaps just prone to taking on causes, at least they did try. Earth Day, you’ll recall, was created in 1970.
Where is all this leading?
To my suggestion that we all go back and take another look at some of the classic memes from the ‘hippie era’ and see what we discover. Recycling ideas for recycling somehow seems appropriate. And while the Fire Signs, Aries, Leo, Sagittarius will be twitching with impatience, wanting to choose new things to try and discard the old, some of the other signs will breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Those signs feeling relieved that there are still some things the average human can do to help slow some of the rapid disintegration we’re watching in daily reports will most likely be the Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. Of course.
The Water Signs Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces will truly feel vindicated in their concern for our one current planetary home, and start researching more ideas to implement in today’s lives, using the net as an extremely powerful tool undreamed of in those far-off days.
And the more people-oriented Air Signs; Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, will start musing about how to get the greatest number of their friends involved in a new project or two.
Today all of these mind sets need to be employed on every level, from the household to the workplace to schools and spiritual centers. Time is growing short. Seek and find the best answers which serve your needs. For example, some corporations are starting to insist office workers return to their cubicles, yet mass transportation isn’t adequate in many cities. So, many workers must drive. Here’s just one illustration from that book which is practical and encouraging too: “If every commuter car carried just one more passenger, we’d save 600,000 gallons of gasoline and keep 12 million pounds of “greenhouse gases” out of the atmosphere every day.” (Italics and bold font mine.) Even half of those gallons saved would be significant.
Shall we dust off some of our ancient idealism and give it another try?
Don’t give up in despair. Do something. The home we save will be – our own. MZ