Have you ever followed the money trail? You spend $50 at the grocery store. Where does that $50 go? How much goes to the employees, and how much goes to shipping their goods in? How do the employees, in turn, spend their wages?
I believe these are vital questions to ask. Why? Because we're somehow living in a world where corporations are running the show. They can't do that without us giving them our money. Even if you're an unusual exception — a bike-riding, food-growing, do-it-yourself sort of person — it is obvious that the majority of people are somehow empowering corporations with a lot of money.
That money, in turn, influences politics and its all down the toilet from there.
If you're on my website, much less on this page, you probably already know a lot about the problem, so let's skip the solution, okay?
Buying from each other. Growing our own as much as possible. Shopping organic and local. Ideally, shop from people you know who live organic and local lifestyles, and then live that sort of lifestyle yourself. Share a car with multiple people, and carpool.
Pick your own berries and other foods from organic farms locally — that way you save money, get fresh food, get vitamin D, and can spend time socializing with friends all at once. Going berry picking with a car full of friends, splitting the gas money, going on a hike afterward, and coming home with a cooler full of berries for only $15 is the highlight of my summer.
Not to toot my own horn or anything... But I am really unusually careful when it comes to how I spend my money. I only buy this from corporations when absolutely required — like my laptop. And I am careful to avoid any corporations tied up too much in politics.
And I have to say, I feel that the way we think about charity is dead wrong. [video] Each business should support the planet and everything on the planet. Having a sector of organizations call "non profit" is like seperately the grocery store into "health food" and the rest of the stuff... What does that make "the rest" of the grocery store? Junk. That's what.
The same is true of business. If you have special businesses that are "doing good things" and "green," then what are the rest of the businesses? Bad. That's what.
The thing is, we shouldn't have to make a business not seek profit in order to be good. That is not physiologically healthy, for one thing. We've all got this idea that "money is bad." That means that the few people who have a lot of money are the ones who didn't mind feeling like they were bad (if you assume that everyone feels that money is bad).
Money itself isn't good or bad. It's just some green fabric-paper stuffs. It's like my art teacher's poster which read, "Paints aren't messy, people are." Or like the saying that goes, "Guns don't kill, people do." Inanimate objects are not inherently good or evil. It is how something is used that creates how we feel about it.
Growing numbers of people would like to see money abolished. It is a great idea in some respects. We simply make sure everyone is provided for, and everyone has work they love to do available. Sounds great. I'm all for it. In the mean time, after signing the Free World Charter, we still currently have this currency system to worry about.
Too many people seem to think that our every day purchases can't make meaningful changes. Yet they can, and do. They make a difference — for better or for worse.
My way isn't the best way, or the only way, or the most superior way, but it is one way to help the planet... My way is to shop responsibly and minimally.
I buy toiletries from Seventh Generation: 100% recycled tissues, paper towels and toilet paper. We find that it is actually less expensive to order Seventh Generation products from Amazon than it is to buy their products in stores. After using tissues and paper towels, we compost them!
I buy 98% organic — including fabrics and food — supporting less pesticide use and more ethical growing trends. The 2% that isn't organic comes from local farms that can't afford organic certification but do claim to use natural growing practices.
Some things I can't find organic locally, such as a mint oil that contains no alcohol or sweeteners. So we order Simply Organic Peppermint online.
I live a 98% vegan lifestyle, supporting ethical treatment for ecosystems, animals and hospital workers. I mean, seriously! How much effort, time and resources are wasted just because so many people are horrifically unhealthy? And how much of that is dietary? I do buy raw milk from a local farmer who feeds his cows organically. If you're curious about why I'm not 100% vegan when I seem like I would be the sort of person who is, or if you're curious about veganism in general, you'll enjoy my post Beyond Veganism: Exploring Ethical Quandaries.
I make a lot of my own things these days, including my own after-sun no-burn oil, which works miracles (no pain, fast-fading redness, no peeling!). I also make my own clothing, shampoo, hair conditioner, tooth serum (in place of tooth paste), laundry detergent, odor removing spray, body spray, raw vegan chocolates, etc, etc. You can now get many of these items in My Etsy Shop!
Why do I sew my own clothes from organic cotton? Well, around 25% of all pesticide use worldwide is on cotton! Another good reason is that polyester is toxic to human health — it is like touching plastic all over your body all day long!
Wearing organic clothing helps animals and ecology just as much as eating vegan. Why? Because pesticides destroy wildlife on the farm, around the farm, and ultimately in the ocean!
I use Dr Bronner's Soap for my body and household things, or whatever other all organic soap strikes my fancy.
For my probiotics, I consume Akea Essentials, an organic fermented product based on research of the most long-lived people in the world, a company that employs American labor.
I also want you to know that I believe in a world where we all get paid (or rewarded in some other way) to do what we do best. And what do we do best? What we love to do, of course!
I love to research, to draw, to edit, and to write.
So look, I keep my e-course free and my website free so that nobody is kept from benefiting from it just because of lack of funds. However, it costs me over $50 a month to provide my e-course, and I pay yearly for my website as well. Not to mention the countless hours I put into all of this.
So please, please, please... If you find any of this helpful, donate and spread the word about it. My course is about becoming fantastically amazing from the inside out. If every student donated $2 per lesson ($8 a month), my expenses and time would be covered. That is a great bargain for both of us! It is great for you because of the high amount of value I've packed into each lesson. It is great for me, because it means that I get paid to do what I love.
In my lifetime I hope to understand how better to serve you, and in serving you better I hope to be able to live a more comfortable life. I think that is just. And what would I do if I amassed a fortune? Why, I'll give it right back to you by supporting small family businesses and organic companies.
- I'll purchase land that has been decimated and I will rework that soil into thriving certifiably organic soil.
- I'll plant hundreds of fruit trees — as many heirloom varieties as possible.
- I'll hire friends to build solar panels.
- I'll nurture permaculture gardens, and show hundreds of people how to make their own.
- I'll pioneer ecological construction methods that further the progress made by The Cob Company.
- I'll bring thatched roofs (the most ecological and practical sort of roof ever designed) back to America.
- I'll create a legacy of fantastically efficient eco-friendly sustainable practices.
These are no idle promises. These are the things I truly want to do, from the bottom of my heart. These are the things I am aiming to do.
This summer (2014) I planted a blackberry bush, three blueberry bushes, one raspberry bush, two currant bushes, and many, many herbs. I attempted some mulberry tree cuttings, but they didn't work out. This summer I made a hoodie from scraps of organic fabric (and fresh organic thread) that were leftover from making myself other clothing. I composted the fabric scraps that were too small to use. I organized a dozen raw vegan potlucks and events. I gave several talks on nutrition. I did further research on adrenal glands, metabolism of fats, bladder infections (for a client), and other assorted topics such as hair loss and natural prevention.
So, can you help me further my dream? Please donate.
Thank you. Namaste.