But along with these shared concerns, there is also emerging a consensus that our shared future does not have to follow the pattern of our recent past. Together, we can create positive change, and it all starts from the day-to-day grind of observing what's happening in the world, applying some critical thinking, and sharing our thoughts, ideas, concerns and solutions with others.
Each day that I have an opportunity to engage in this work, I feel deeply honored. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to humbly serve in this important role of taking part in a global paradigm shift that may yet allow us to find true freedom, health and prosperity. I also invite you to join this effort in any way that you are able: To become a blogger, a writer or a video commentator so that your voice may be heard and your ideas may encourage others to find their own voice.
Some people say we are trapped under a system of near-total control. But there are no prisons other than the ones we have agreed to impose upon ourselves and each other. All that is required for truly radical reform in health, politics or any area is the spread of a single, powerful idea that dismantles old limiting beliefs and unleashes new possibilities, new ways of thinking, and new solutions to our most pressing challenges.
All this isn't new-age hippie talk (not that there's anything wrong with that!), it's just blatant reality: We all depend on nature -- the soils, waterways, air, oceans, animals and microorganisms. We all depend on each other. And we cannot create a world of genuine abundance by fighting wars over natural resources, poisoning our children with psychotropic drugs, injecting toxic chemicals into the food supply, dripping fluoride into public waters, injecting babies with mercury-laced vaccines and drugging our population with harmful medications all while calling it "economic growth" because money happened to change hands.
There is no abundance to be found in selling each other increasingly expensive toxic chemicals to treat the degenerative diseases we have caused ourselves through the proliferation of similar toxic chemicals in the first place. We are fooling ourselves if we believe we can retire rich by investing in pharmaceutical company stocks, pushing fictitious diseases, enforcing a monopoly drug market and "treating" each other until we're all rich and dead. There is no true wealth without health, and there is no health without prevention -- a concept that remains utterly absent from the philosophy of modern medicine today, including virtually all the non-profit cancer groups and disease organizations.
Pharmaceuticals will never, ever save us. No matter how many billions of dollars are poured into cancer research, there will never emerge a genuine solution unless we stop giving ourselves cancer in the first place. Cancer is caused by too many synthetic chemicals, yet the drug companies promise to treat it or cure it by developing even more synthetic chemicals. The intellectual ignorance found in this stubborn, outmoded approach is simply astonishing.
As Albert Einstein famously said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
We are all living it what may soon be viewed as a time of the most significant and rapid changes in recent human history. They will not be without difficulty, however, so be prepared for changes that may far exceed what you, or your parents, or even your grandparents ever witnessed.
Most importantly, stay engaged in the conversation. Stay informed. Independent news websites and blogs are now the only remaining sources of accurate information about what's really happening today. There are far too many to name, but I've listed a short selection of my favorites in the right column at www.NaturalNews.com
Be active in what's happening. Teach yourself to stay alert and be a critical thinker. Question what you are told, especially by those in positions of authority or apparent power. The bigger the organization from which any message emerges, the more likely it is to be corrupted by an ulterior motive (profit, public complacency, etc.) Trust the smaller, independent organizations like PR Watch, Commercial Alert, the Organic Consumers Association, the Government Accountability Project and others.
What you do is your own business, but if you want to be engaged in real solutions, turn off your television. Disconnect from cable and reconnect to books and informative Internet sites. Buy organic produce and avoid processed foods. Stop spending money on products made by unethical corporations. (Vote with your dollars.) Demand accountability from your elected officials and representatives (including Judges). Learn how to grow your own food, even if just a little. Get out of the city from time to time and reconnect with nature on a regular basis. Supplement with nutrients that enhance mental acuity, intelligence and presence of mind (I highly recommend supplements from the Life Extension Foundation at www.LEF.org). Practice a little yoga, Tai-Chi or Pilates. Train your body and your mind to be healthy and alert.
These are the things that make you a participant in life, rather than a spectator. These are a few of the things that ultimately help set you free. Stay alert, because you won't want to miss what's coming.