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all hands have to be on deck to achieve a good environment,stop hazards and killing in the world today, though there are people that understands ,some still doesn't. we have to prevent hazards at least from around us. we start from us(our surroundings). deforestation courses erosion and this is one of the deadly hazard which courses the lost of lives and properties, it kills more than war itself. environmental pollution contributes to the major problem of the globe.i appreciate those that have been working for the nurturing of our environment, but we should start from us, let the peace start from you today, its a chain.
i greatly appreciate the comments below and Deepak for his patience with his fellow man. My wish is to practice inner peace while promoting outer peace. I am thrilled that war is killing fewer people now and hope that environmental degradation can be reversed so that we stop killing sentient beings everywhere.
This isn't only about the collective good but about our own personal wellbeing. I want to breathe clean air and drink clean water. I want the food I eat to grow in clean and fertile soil so that I can stay healthy. I'm pretty sure most human beings want the same. I'm not an environmentalist but a humanist. Let's stop the careless destruction of our own habitat do whatever it takes to keep our species alive and thriving.
The conclusion says it all. What is going on "out there" is simply a reflection of what is going on "in here." The problem with fighting against any issue is that the "in here" remains in a fighting, combative mode. This doesn't lead to peace. And non-peaceful actions don't lead to a caring, supporting, nurturing of our earth.
I recently told a friend that I am no longer the activist I was in my youth, nor the contributor to society and the economy that I was in my middle years. I sometimes regret this decrease in the kinds of activities that I once thought would change the world. Instead, I buy little, recycle lots and try to live lightly on the earth. In addition, I meditate two hours a day. It may seem an odd and inactive way to "contribute," but it is a contribution of sorts. When meditating, I am not generating negativity. I am both training my mind to eliminate negativity and creating peace and harmony within that can later be shared with others in my life. What my friend said surprised me. "What you are doing is far more effective in the long run than running around doing good." I appreciated this perspective, but I think both are valuable. I also think that people who are actively in the world promoting the greater good do a better job if they begin with inner peace.