Saturday, December 22, 2012

Forget New Year's...Resolutions for a New Era

From Azul Amaral on Facebook

"I am not scared that the world is going to end in 2012, I am terrified that it will be the same."

In honor of yesterday's solstice, which marks the transition from longer nights to longer days, as well as the transition to a new (unwritten, as yet unknown) Mayan calendar, it strikes me that this is the time to resolve what kind of world we want to live in.

The course we're on is clearly unsustainable. What will you do to make sure the world doesn't stay the 

12/23/12 Addendum: Bolivian President Evo Morales made a beautiful statement to this effect, saying in part that this moment marks "the end of an anthropocentric life and the beginning of a bio-centric life. It is the end of hatred and the beginning of love, the end of lies and beginning of truth. It is the end of sadness and the beginning of happiness, it is the end of division and the beginning of unity, and this is a theme to be developed." Read a longer piece about Morales' statement on Common Dreams.


Allison Wyper said...

I want to manifest connection more than control. Giving more than achieving. Learning how to hold on, and also how to let go. Celebration more than tolerance. I want to manifest more and more equity and creativity. I wonder about the value of atonement (at-one-ment, becoming one with...) and its place in my life and my work. I wonder about autonomy and self-reliance, and also about commitment and sacrifice. I wonder if I'm being authentic or being a bumper sticker. I wonder whether it is helpful or not to take things personally--especially if the political is personal and vice versa. I want us to work with our leaders while continuing to demand more of them, to recognize that it is out job--as citizens, as artists, as ... --to engage. I want more audacious and poetic visions and actions in our national discourse, like we have seen in Bolivia, and occasionally and not so long ago, even in the US. I want enormous horizons.

Jenna D. said...

It has been some time since I have felt that I can manifest anything in the world. At the moment that sensation feels like a distant memory, a faded dream, elusive and ephemeral. What helps me feel determined to reinvigorate it, though, are the young people that I work with. They will never really understand how much they mean to me, how much I truly love them - even when they are pains in the ass. I want to help manifest their sense of importance in this world, their ability to truly integrate into themselves the awareness that they deserve the world they want to live in as much as anyone else in it and have the right, the power, the obligation to act on it. I want them to understand how they can be able to manifest their own wealth from within themselves, that it does not come from the paper or accolades that they desire from others. I'd like to manifest their challenging of the elite, especially those who stand upon the shoulders of their communities while telling empty tales of those who can rise from the gutter because they worked hard. I would like to manifest new generations that think deeply, care passionately, and act consistently about the character of the word they want to live in.

Michael Sakamoto said...

I want to manifest one-ness, no separation, everything good and challenging, everything risky and comforting, everything light and dark, attractive and frightening. I want to take on what doesn't allow me to rest easy. I want to smile, not just in the face of adversity, but because of it. I want to never lose the ability to weep openly or dance unrestrainedly. And the reason I want all this is because I wish the same for every other person on the planet.


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