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Our ancestors were embroiled in conflicts, but they had a sense of humility and gratefulness for the that nature offered them and they stayed connected to the natural world. Yet as time passed, urbanization and industrialization led to the proliferation of businesses and mass production; we were suddenly inundated with all this “stuff” and overloaded with information and options to pick from.
As a result of this trend, we now live in a world of “me” instead of “we”. We’re focused on having our material met and “looking good” in the eyes of those around us. The abundance of products and services that are being sold has led to excessive consumerism. Savvy try to appeal to our emotions by painting a hopeful picture of attaining happiness, beauty and success when we buy their products.
This dominant trend of consumerism has overridden the natural reverence and that our ancestors felt about caring for Mother Earth. It doesn’t help having dysfunctional world leaders that won’t support that protect the environment and maintain world peace. So in the midst of these challenges and superficialities, it’s up to us to step up to the plate at the precipice of this critical point.
In an interview with the UK’s Radio Times, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said that it’s a near certainty that we’ll destroy our planet beyond repair in the next thousand or ten thousand years if we continue on the course that we’re on right now. A gloomy such as this from an expert like Hawking should be a wake-up call for all of us, and a reminder of just how vital it is for us to turn this ship around.
The main challenge in getting people to care about global is that they’re too caught up in daily living and they don’t see any direct benefit from participating. After all, educating yourself about global warming or refugee issues isn’t going to change the number on your or buy your dream shoes. What most people don’t realize is that it can be very fulfilling because it meets a deeper spiritual need.

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