We have access to constant updates of the world's affairs, and in an instant, can learn about what is happening half-way across the globe.
Is it really necessary to know EVERYTHING that is happening in the world?
Do you know as much about what is happening in your own local community?
What about the grove of old trees in that open space that have been voted to be cut down in order to build another parking lot?
What about how your local hospital is disposing of its unused medication
(most likely being through down the drain into the local water table)?
What about the elderly people who are essentially left to die in nursing homes,
with no family to visit and talk to?
What about the critically endangered lizard that lives in the local marshes that is on the verge of extinction due to the new freeway being proposed to be built?
In fact, we are genetically wired to live in bands of communities no more than 150 people- think back to our neolithic brethren- and to have concerns that reflect that amount of people.
We are meant to be aware and concerned about the locations of our home.
and do not directly effect us.
It simply is not in our hard wiring.
Because they are trying to help the ENTIRE PLANET... no just our band of 150 community members.
Next time you feel the urge to gluttonize on the slow decline of our global community environment as portrayed in the news media, I invite you to notice where your focus is.
Are you focusing on events that do not effect the course of your life AT ALL?
Are you focusing on pain and suffering that you will never actually experience
in your own personal world?
It is within our local communities that we have a real chance of making that change we wish to see across the entire globe,
It MUST start locally. It MUST start with what is happening in your backyard.
It MUST start with what you are actually capable of.
Volunteer for a local land management agency, and influence how the land around your town is being protected or used.
Are you passionate about sociological injustices?
Take time out of your day to purchase some food for a homeless person, help them find a job, or some other aspect of basic human needs.
Are you passionate about racial/gender/sexual rights?
Give talks or lectures at local community spaces about what you know to be true in order to influence those around you.
Global focus is good every once in a while- in very small doses. But it can be paralyzing.
Focus on what you can do now, in your community, near where you live.
I am 100% positive there is a cause that needs to be supported.
That needs YOU to support it.
And once we all are focusing on our local communities, the change we wish to see will manifest.
And it will be beautiful.