…is saving my life
Everyone need to watch this. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with the idea that happiness comes from acquisition and personal gain, its important to remember there are better ways to get there; by having gratitude and by giving.
“Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn’t have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. Without a prison, there can be no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves. When someone was so poor that he couldn’t afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property. We didn’t know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth. We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another. We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don’t know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.”
— John (Fire) Lame Deer, Sioux Lakota, 1903-1976
By fundamentally changing our cultural values we can create societies that collaborate for increased wellbeing rather than compete for increased wealth
…one of the service users told me when he was a kid he used to think oil patches on the pavement were dead rainbows.
“You know why trees smell the way they do?” Murphy asked, looking up from her hammering.
“Sap?” Logan guessed. “Chlorophyll?”
Murphy shook her head. “Stars. Trees breathe in starlight year after year, and it goes deep into their bones. Sp when you cut a tree open, you smell a hundred years’ worth of light. Ancient starlight that took millions of years to reach Earth. That’s why trees smell so beautiful and old.”