Home Economics? What? That goofy class in high school which a few brave boys would take so they could be surround by the girls? An easy class with a fairly-assured high grade if your GPA needed a boost while your mind was overwhelmed by dating, chemistry and algebra? It was certain that all you had to do was show up to receive an “A” in Home Ec.
It's been interesting to analyse the name of that class: “Home Economics.” How do those two words fit together?
It could be that how I manage and run my home, driven by my social status that is defined by a social code of ethics which is so very important to all of us... and how these lifestyle choices drive economy. And sure, there's marketing in there with massive public relations budgets that spur us into the mall to equip our lives as we think we must as humans.
But are we buying to sustain our lives as happy humans? Or are we buying as blinded consumers necessarily giving up family, happiness, health and freedom for the sake of this idea called “status”? And can the planet support this very high level of consumption for so many of us?
To answer these questions, we're going to focus together on values in our own homes. And it will be from this vantage point that we can individually start to address some global environmental, economic, health, and quality of life issues that have been plaguing us all in some way around the world. Compounded with a growing human population, consider it might have been over 200 years of heavy industry in support of my home and lifestyle that accelerated humanity to this turning point of biological self-extinction.
With the current industry of 8 billion people on the planet focused on commerce first and only, the chemical and biological systems of the earth's environment are lumbering. Viability of life on this planet is decreasing. And within our own species it seems this commerce-priority focus has resulted in a behavior where we think of ourselves alone, separated from nature and even from compassion for other humans. Our membership in the community of humans is measured financially: “The one I bought is bigger and newer than yours, and I have more.”
Perhaps we have not investigated behind the scenes of the strip mall and the dump, and not considered the consequences of those shopping behaviors. With an estimated 60% of the species extinct in the 250 years of naming them, we are realizing now how adversely human industry is affecting the state of the world and those beings still alive.
Could it be that we've run the course of this global human focus? Are we able to provide clean food, water, air and soil to ourselves? Support vibrant health? Peace of mind? The very elements of life itself? Worldwide now, we might have to say no.
What are some options?
I've had the pleasure of living off the grid and radar of mainstream commerce-based focus for decades and around the world. After a few years recently of living on paved streets with gas stations and fast food on every block, I'm sad to see the extent of species-wide self-extinction and eco-psychopathic behavior, degrading the world and each other to an almost unlivable and definitely unbelievable condition. “Egads, Charlie Brown!” my dad used to say.
So it seems that it might be time to speak of these things as humans being, rather than keeping our heads in the sand any longer as consumers over-consuming. The problems we've made by ignoring the side effects of a commercial focus, the plague of affluenza, have only gotten bigger.
We'll look at the situation that you and I support financially with our very lives, family members working away from the joy and health of family life. And we'll explore how an inadequacy of protecting the integrity of individual family happiness has worked for our neighbors around the world, identifying things you can do in your own home today that will make for a robust and healthier, happier tomorrow.
It is time to understand how you and I drive economic systems, good and bad, from the hearths of our precious home-sweet-homes. And as my mom used to say, “It's time to put on your thinking caps, kids.”
Based on what's going on in the physical world, it's considered by many that we need to make some pretty big changes - and fast - as far as how we provide for ourselves as a species of billions on this closed system planet. It seems we might be behaving like too many rats in a cage that fight and hurt each other.
And by looking around my own home with you, with our friends and our neighbors we'll talk about the consequences of how I provide for my loved ones insures, or doesn't, that the next generation of my genes survives. Looking closely behind the scenes of our lifestyles - and then making some adjustments - can turn the tide of a rapidly deteriorating place to live into one of robust health, happiness and abundance.
It is the intention of OneVillage.Earth to empower every person and family to seek and find a broad body of solutions – in each of our own homes and towns – that will contribute to a return of these inalienable rights all creatures were born to enjoy.
Welcome to class, the “New and Improved!” Home Economics 101.