Do we really need another operating system?
According to environmental visionary Paul Hawken, we definitely do.
As we celebrate the 40th Earth Day today, his words given to the graduating class at the University of Portland truly resonate with me, on the “why” behind the “what,” and the rationale that Earth must be honored on the other 364 days as well.
Hawken spoke to the grads last spring, prompting them to “restore grace, nature, and justice…. ” heeding the call that Earth has issued. However that message was not meant only for the young; it’s for all of us.
He told them how brilliant they were, and how their desires, passions, and actions can involve them in a movement that swims upstream against the current mainstream of mindless consumerism.
“We have an economy that tells it is cheaper to destroy the earth in real time than to renew, restore, and sustain it….” was his observation.
As the planet needs this new operating system in a small amount of time, those “programmers” are the countless multitudes of caring people who work on the behalf of strangers, because they know that as he stated in his book Blessed Unrest, “The way we harm the earth affects all people.” And they’re willing to create the shift from harm to healing. This movement is “…humanity’s willingness to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, re-imagine, and reconsider.”
Earth Day is a significant indicator to focus on planetary stewardship, and not monetary matters.
His take on that–“You can print money to bail out a bank , but you can’t print life to bail out a planet.”
So before we get too sidetracked by the allure of items created like the iPad, let’s be mindful of the obligation to forge that new operating system, no matter where we are in the world.
Yes, it takes brilliance. But with compassionate and responsible living, that can be achieved. And we are brilliant, indeed.
To read the entire address, click on the following link: