On considering a glorious future again

When I urged you to adopt a positive view of the future in a previous article that was before the federal election in Australia. Now most of you know that was a victory for those who want change. Many who voted to confront the climate challenge have answered my call (I would like to think they read the article) knowing we were in trouble. And going know where fast and something had to be done about it. They voted for climate action, integrity and equality. Real values they voted for instead of succumbing to the fear the conservatives instilled. Good on you Australia. Finally I am interested in politics. It is the best. way to secure for you a glorious future.

Mahatma Gandhi was the type of politician that one could imagine in our time espousing the same values, climate action, integrity and equality. With great compassion of course. He famously said we must be the change we want to see in the world. That is the first and necessary step if you want a glorious future. Don’t expect others to create it for you. Don’t expect the government or your employer, your partner or your friends and why would a stranger. There you have it, my friend, you may wonder for who the bell tolls and, of course, it tolls for you. It is your job to create the glorious future you seek.

I applaud those in the prosperous beach suburbs of Sydney where my family in Australia originated and many still call home. But I am not surprised. When one lives by the ocean and swims in the sea the salt water grips your heart in a special way. People in other countries may not understand but in those suburbs in Australia a revolution took place last weekend and a new political voice spoke for the people. Not politicians speaking for big business or Marxist ideology but instead they spoke for the people and there needs today. Climate action, integrity and equality is a very personal position.

One they take for the sake of our children and our grandchildren. We want the good life and we understand the threats and complacency is folly. We want young people to have hope, meaning and purpose in there lives and don’t forget the older. How we live must quickly adapt to remove pressure on the environment and that can be so much fun, the wild world is precious, no one wants to lose it, and in saving it we take the chance to thrive. It doesn’t get better than that! Doing something important and thriving at the same time is gold.

Politicians are now our social entrepreneurs. Those who we look to cultivate those good values and grow an abundant garden fertilised by prosperity of spirit. While it is your job to be the change you wish to see in this world it is nice to know the new independent politicians have your back. That thought nurtures my soul.

You must listen to them and others. Even the Pope said, ‘people accept that in the glorious future you will all have less material things’, then when you listen to a speech like that do not panic and try to understand the message. That is just how it will be. It is what we must do and is a consequence when we embrace climate action, integrity and equality. The alternative is not glorious at all. Those who have far too much might want to hold on. May even despise the goodness you feel when you embrace action.

We are now in the circular economy implementation phase, and we build a new world from the ground up. That situation, like no other time, provides endless possibilities for new and creative enterprise and you need no capital to come to the party, just enthusiasm and a can-do spirit. A positive view is a must! That is because it is unreasonable to expect first world citizens to accept a lower standard of living without explaining it is for the greater good, they may for a short time accept but soon will rebel if not a genuine social reconstruction. Like in war time, they must know for what is the sacrifice. Otherwise they will ask those who lead them why they are not doing better. For our friends in other lands, the other world inhabitants who aspire to a higher standard of living. Why they cannot have it cannot be answered honestly, or with a straight face. They like what we have and wish to enjoy the fruits of advanced living: good health systems, better food, security, and stable government. They want what we have, and we should be proud of that and share what we have with them. We have done good.

I have heard those that oppose the change we must make say for ideological, or reason only understood by them; where will the money come from? Well, it will come from where it has always come from, people pay for goods and services out of their pockets; these days bank accounts, it is becoming a cashless world. Consumers have the power and while good government policy and financial support will hasten positive purchasing decisions it is not essential. You can do it anyway. You have all the say, you have all the power. Remember in a consumer society you the consumer have the power. If you are appalled by the suffering of caged chickens don’t eat those eggs. If you are appalled by the damage cattle do to the environment don’t eat steak.

Now if a positive choice is more expensive then feel good about that, be proud of what you are doing for others. In time that cost penalty will change; solar produced electricity is now cheaper than coal, that was not always the case.

I wish to encourage entrepreneurs to grow positive businesses that create a new earth that can last forever or at least until the sun gives in. Nothing last forever, forever. It feels good saying I can do it. Try it now. I have a dream of a sustainable world. I have a dream of a positive world. I have a dream that creating it will create great joy in our hearts, do it for your children, and people you have never met. Your choice is important, make it count and have real purpose.

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Steven Power

Steven Power

Power Systems Engineer, author and champion of an equitable, humane and sustainable society