Developing Personal Wisdom
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Having trusted relationships – a personal “tribe” – is widely acknowledged to be a key indicator of personal resilience. People often feel conflicted about our social health and future, sometimes feeling that things are getting worse, sometimes better, and sometimes that everything is just perfect and happening as it should. Validating the diverse views within oneself can help to hold contradictory beliefs and decisions about life more lightly, so that we can honestly agree with and act upon opposing viewpoints without feeling quite so crazy.
Sustainable lifestyle transitions by large numbers of people will make a tremendous difference for our children’s future. Most of us recognize the impact of our transportation, recycling, and energy use. Our eating habits, however, may matter even more. The significance of eating locally grown, more natural foods is becoming increasingly well known. What is perhaps less well known is the impact of eating meat. At least 20% (Steinfeld, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, & Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative, 2006) and as much as 50% (Goodland & Anhang, 2009) of greenhouse gas emissions are directly and indirectly due to the livestock supporting our meat-eating habits. It may be that a vegetarian driving an SUV is more eco-friendly than a carnivore riding a bike. Flying is also a very carbon-expensive habit: the only ecosocial segment for which Monbiot (2007) failed to find a viable solution. His chapter on “Love Miles” describes the dilemma faced by those of us who hurt the earth by flying to visit the people and places we love. Stay home and use teleconferences whenever you can.
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