The economist Amartya Sen, a renowned advocate of the methods and approaches of human security, has emphasized “the dangers of sudden deprivation.” Such unanticipated threats can take the form of natural disaster and conflict, and can also arise from economic crises and rapid environmental degradation brought about by climate change. It is crucial that we respond vigorously to such threats, which can grievously undermine people’s lives, livelihoods and dignity. – Daisaku Ikeda
Caution: This blog post is somewhat faith based so perhaps you might want to skip reading it if you prefer not to hear of others religious experiences or ideas.
Before I begin, you must know that my Mother, my Uncle and Daisaku Ikeda are primary mentors in life followed by Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Hugh Prather and a few others.
What COVID-19 revealed on a deeper level is that we cannot change anything in the environment until each of us individually transform. This is totally in line with Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism which I have just recently started practicing (on a deeper level).
It is more that I experienced both an attitude change and realized that necessity needed is different now from my original direction.
“If we are only concerned about ourselves, it will be hard to find a genuinely sustaining purpose or goal in life. But if we change our perspective and begin to think about what we can do for others and society, a path forward will open up.” – Daisaku Ikeda
My attitude change is the effect of my self-education and Buddhist practice especially what is obvious in our Climate Emergency. I sense it is good that I want to help tackle the current Climate Emergency however my approach was I felt off kilter in that I was so wrapped up with attacking the fossil-fuel and others responsible for the destruction we are now facing daily throughout the planet.
There are all sorts of revolutions: political, economic, scientific, artistic. Each has its own significance and, often, necessity. But no matter what one changes, the world will never get any better as long as people themselves—the guiding force and impetus behind all endeavors—remain selfish and lacking in compassion. In that respect, human revolution is the most fundamental of all revolutions, and at the same time, the most necessary revolution for humankind. – Daisaku Ikeda
The difference now is my concern about my future and to focus more on what I find in terms of ideas, solutions and what others are doing around the planet as opposed to attacking or calling out those who put us here in the first place. There are many organizations and individuals doing this right now and I sense in time we will see this played out in the courts as time for accountability appears to be on the horizon thanks in a large part to Climate Organizations such as Sunrise Movement, 350.org, Earth Guardians, and a slew of others, including individual youth and adults.
No matter how complex global challenges may seem, we must remember that it is we ourselves who have given rise to them. It is therefore impossible that they are beyond our power as human beings to resolve. Returning to our humanity, reforming and opening up the inner capacities of our lives, can enable reform and empowerment on a global scale. – Daisaku Ikeda
I have both a keen sense of finding needed resources especially those dealing with this Climate Emergency but in my own struggle with Climate Deniers (not complaining just stating facts) it has to a large part been delayed. Although I lack the skillset (like drumming) I possess the passion and intense interest in learning more about the Climate Emergency, the Green New Deal and United Nations’ SDGs, it is just that I need to share these resources more often.
I am slightly familiar with Daisaku Ikeda’s Yearly Peace Proposals to the United Nations as well as the Earth Charter which is an incredible read in and of itself, are both indispensable resources as well. Now it is time to share and grow this passion, sharing what I learn in order to help tackle this Emergency.
What our society today needs more than anything is the spirit of empathy—the ability to put ourselves in the shoes of those who are facing hardship and suffering, to understand and share what they are going through. When the spirit of compassion becomes the bedrock of society, and is embodied by society’s leaders, the future will be bright with hope. – Daisaku Ikeda
It is clear we need to keep voting in each and every election those leaders who get what is happening, have their sleeves rolled-up to further implement the Green New Deal and most of all are compassionate and empathetic. It does not take a rocket scientist to see the level of corruption and unethical behavior in our current administration at all levels (before 2020 elections).
We-the-people are the ones that help move ourselves and especially our children and their families to come to a planet that is sustainable, to end the extinction to our animal species, to drawdown the excess carbon and methane that envelops our air. Voting suppression must not be the scheme that stops us.
Voting unethical leadership out of office or preventing them from renewing their terms and even preventing them to slide their way into office is our current strategy and our votes must be weaponize to prevent this not only in this coming election but all elections to come every two years. Our vote equals ethical and legal Climate Action and this tells our children and babies we are hearing their calls to action and support them.
Then we stop buying, banking, supporting, etc… those news media, stores, small and large companies, individuals, and others that in line with the fossil-fuel industry, this should also apply to agriculture and other corporations implicit in their destruction of all living species on this planet. Instead of cancelling each other we should cancel them.
When you devote yourself to achieving your goal, you will not be bothered by shallow criticism. Nothing important can be accomplished if you allow yourself to be swayed by some trifling matter, always looking over your shoulder and wondering what others are saying or thinking. The key to achievement is to move forward along your chosen path with firm determination. – Daisaku Ikeda
I have also been at the effect of the Climate Deniers and Anti-Science groups. I have been harassed, bullied, intimidated, hacked, have my place broken into five times, my artwork destroyed, followed around continuously, family relationships infiltrated, and most of all had some really disgusting activities to hurt me (even to this day) that would shock one.
They showed absolutely no consciousness in these activities. For an example, I am an alcoholic (7 years sober) and one of the times they entered my place while I was at work they left about 7 to 8 small liquor bottles lined up in a row on my cabinet shelf.
Again I am not complaining but want to point out some of the experiences myself and others (I know this for a fact) who have goals or endeavors that help usher in renewable energy and sustainable living have contended with. I am not sure about other countries but for several years this has been a norm here in the United States. Now I appreciate this particular struggle as it caused me to elevate my life-force, strengthen my conviction, my resolve, and sense of mission tremendously.
Even in the face of the severe crisis confronting humanity today, I cannot side with the advocates of apocalypse. Rather than the spurs and promptings of fear, we can best negotiate the challenges we face when guided by a vision of hope.
The inner transformation resulting from even a single person’s human revolution holds just such a hope. This is a revolution open to all, one that does not demand the sacrifice of a single life.
When this process achieves a critical momentum–with waves of positive change spreading from one person to another–global society itself will be dramatically transformed. – Daisaku Ikeda
Yes, things look bleak, we have such a hard time being optimistic at times and rightly so, but as indicated in the last quote from Daisaku Ikeda, we can transform our environment as we transform ourselves and a brighter future is possible if we only remain hopeful and continue to challenge our weaknesses and problems through helping others. Compassion and Empathy is such a strong force that dissipate hate and destruction but it is up to each and all of us to change this planet through our own self-transformations. I am also certain with a strongly unified determination and actions to get out of this Climate Emergency we can prevail.
The external desertification of the planet corresponds precisely with the spiritual desertification of human life. – Daisaku Ikeda
I strongly suggest giving the Earth Charter a read and to keep a seeking spirit to learn more, to self-educate, to read more and then with these take positive action to help tackle this Climate Emergency. There is a place for you to be a part of the solution which reveals itself in time through these and other efforts.
Transforming our own lives at the most fundamental level actually holds the key to changing society. A deep change in our outlook, the inner reality of our life, produces changes in the external workings of our life, in other people, and our community. – Daisaku Ikeda
Never Give Up! – Strive and challenge yourself to see a better world for ourselves, our children, animals’ species, and nature’s health. With that I have resolved to do what I personally call daily prayers towards this Climate Emergency resolution. I cannot physically be present at all events and such due to health issues so I support this way and others. Also, I prefer not get more into my religious faith aspect online, but suffice to say I am always available to dialogue via video conference or a phone call in more detail.
This is why the change of attitude towards my own fight towards this Climate Emergency. This is something I sense very strongly that I must be doing in that I must be assisting as I collect as a hobby resources that can help, not to mention some specific ideas I have. This will become obvious in my future blog posts and other activities.
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