=> understanding the way our economy is organized
=> challenging the “I need more” mindset
=> regaining the value of life at a human scale
As I mentioned a few days ago, quitting television doesn’t mean squelching all information out. Today, I’d like to share with you a documentary that came out a couple years ago, but is all the more current: “Local solutions to global disorders”.
Over an hour and a half, we realize how much globalization is impacting our planet and our society and we discover initiatives that try to rein in this phenomenon. In a nutshell, it boils down to trying to circumscribe our “home” land, our customs, and to learn how to live at a more human scale. Nowadays, everything goes so fast, from communication to transportation, it seems that geographical borders become fuzzy. Even though we are called to share a feeling of brotherhood with all other people inhabiting the planet, does that necessarily mean that we must all live in the same manner? More to the point, does it mean that we must all consume the same goods?
The trend to consume local is increasing a lot in recent years because people have understood that even from a business point of view, it isn’t sustainable to consume products coming from abroad day in and day out. It’s all the more true from an environmental point of view, because all this transportation causes an incredible amount of pollution that has a particularly heavy impact on our planet.
But would there be a more “human” alternative, would it not be important to identify an area to which one can feel a more definite sense of belonging, a geographical limit that would feel more “human”? Indeed, it is more difficult to feel connected to a community if we spend our time in front of a TV screen, if our workplace is an hour away, and if we eat products made in FarAway.
Personally I’m rather lucky, because there are many small shops of all sorts near where I live, permanent market stalls that really make it easy to truly share with the people who live nearby. Up to me to keep this up and buy locally-grown vegetables and fruits, meet my neighbors and get involved in neighborhood events. Hmm, I think I can reach that goal, I’ve still got 346 days left to start!