On this day, the 25th of December, 2014 I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the very best in 2015.
Much has happened in 2014, we have seen some real progress towards addressing climate change at the national level in various countries, companies implementing sustainable practices into their manufacturing and supply chains as well as the realization of renewable energy sources such as solar farms, solar panel installations on rooftops, wind farms and community gardens on a large scale. These are all positive steps toward creating sustainability in our world.
My greatest hope heading into 2015 is that these positive steps continue to spread and achieve a tipping point whereby we think only in terms of how we can become more sustainable. Leaving behind the predominant mindset of wanting more without considering the negative impacts our unfettered wants have on this planet and its limited resources. As humans we will probably always want, that is our nature, but what we really have are needs and our highest calling is to meet our needs, not fulfill our wants. Needs are universal, meeting everyone’s needs is a noble pursuit and one that individuals, corporations and governments should strive toward at all times without being lured off course by personal wants. I believe the greatest achievement of humanity would be in meeting every single person’s needs from our most basic up to and including the highest – self-actualization.
As you consider your resolutions for the New Year or simply review 2014 and look at what you would like to accomplish in 2015, think about the impact of your daily actions, the impact your desire to travel or buy something new or that new/better job you may be considering has on the planet. Then look at your true needs, use the above pyramid to see where you are meeting your needs and where you are not and make those the focus of your goals or resolutions. Working on meeting your needs will take care of your wants as they are often poor, unworthy substitutes for not having met your needs. In taking care of your needs your choices move from “things” to “experiences” which often have a much smaller impact on the planet. Furthermore, the impact you do have will often have a more sustainable option available when it is an “experience” you wish to have and not merely a “want”.
So go forth with great joy and blessings upon you as you undertake 2015 looking for all of the opportunities to become a fully realized and self-actualized human being or at least move forward on that path. Life is a journey, not a destination and the path is to self-actualization not to acquire the most things or money. That is humanity’s greatest calling and greatest gift to the universe, the ability to self-actualize and meet all of the planet’s needs – human, animal and ecological.