The old culture is broken -- highly dysfunctional and terribly corrupt. The areas of food, finance, energy, healthcare and media are all dominated by a few corporations, and all driven by the singular goal of profit. Government on every level has been corrupted by the 1%. It is this motive of greed that must be stopped and replaced with the far superior goal of human health and happiness.
The World Five Platform articulates five areas of focus which, if embraced, can have a dramatic effect on our civilization. We can end war, repair our broken government, create thriving communities, revamp our food system, and replace propaganda and distraction with understanding.
The real challenge is for we, the people, to rise up and create the change we wish to see. Already we have tremendous energy for healthier and more sustainable practices for living. We must further this energy into a movement that reverses the current trend that destroys our quality of life and our planet. Indeed, this is why I'm running for Congress. Please join us!
The World Five Platform
1. We can have peace in our time.
"When the power of Love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -- Jimi Hendrix
Peace is our first priority in this violent and war-torn culture. We refuse corporate and nation-state efforts to destroy life and land for profit, and are committed to peace in our lives and in our world. We actively engage in creating peace through our neighborhoods and communities, and demand the goal of peace from our elected officials.
Without peace our communities are wounded or broken. Instead what must be broken is the long cycle of violence and war. Don't pull the trigger. Don't push the button. Do not allow yourself to be a slave to a broken system. Recognize that we all share in this life, and join us to find a new way forward.
2. Good government enables a vibrant culture.
"The care of human life and happiness is the first and only object of good government." -- Thomas Jefferson
Good government depends on integrity, justice and balance. We can no longer tolerate our government undermining the common good for special interests. As citizens, it is up to us to create and ensure good government. Democracy is not a spectator sport.
We know now that our government has been twisted by moneyed interests and does not serve the common good. We know too, that this unholy condition will not change without citizen action, from the voting booth to activism and changes in lifestyle. Engagement creates the change we need.
3. Localism is the key to jobs and abundant communities.
"In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it." -- Marianne Williamson
Unbridled globalism with its singular goal of profit has failed us. Commerce must exist to serve human need, instead of ruining lives for corporate greed. Localism creates jobs, opportunities for engagement and abundance, increasing our safety, sustainability and happiness.
We vote with each dollar we spend. Will we support Walmart or a local retailer, McDonald's or a local restaurant? Will we support worker-owned business, co-ops, unions and cottage industries?These everyday decisions are transformative and mark the quality of our lives.
4. Organic food is the only healthy and sustainable food system.
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -- J. R. R. Tolkien
The industrial food system has caused massive pollution, desertification, soil loss and environmental destruction that are matched only by the terrible quality of the food produced. By migrating to organic food, we create ecologies within our land and health within our bodies.
Throughout human history, organic food was the only option. It was the diversion of World War II chemicals into pest control products that ramped up industrial agriculture, the foolishness peaking with genetically modified (GM) foods. Instead, we must renew our relationship with what we eat, and create new options to grow, process and share our food.
5. Learning is the key to a healthy and happy life.
"We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
The World Five Platform is enabled by learning. Learning is a lifelong process and creates the wisdom to make wholesome decisions. It is learning that opens pathways to peace, good government, localism and organic food. Learning is a right and a responsibility.
There is a clear path to wisdom. We use data to create information, and amass information to create knowledge and finally we sift our knowledge to find wisdom. This progression guides us to truth, untarnished by anecdotal stories, outlier data or bold-faced lies. This process also leads us to love.
As we enter 2014, a long, but happier road lies before us. We will not quickly undo the damage of the last age, but already we begin. World Five provides a framework for this new way of understanding ourselves, based on the simple recognition that life is now. Indeed, our shared moment is the only reality. It is time we start acting like it, letting go the fear, dogma, attitudes and beliefs that separate us, choosing personal priorities that align with our true selves, and working together in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness as never before.
Again, life is now and our only reality. We stand here together. In all our designs and actions, we intend to create systems which reflect the principles and peace of World Five.
Excerpts of this post first appeared on JimPrues.org.