Are You Making the Difference You Could?
Here's how to contribute to the emerging new world
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While everyone has been focused on Ukraine, incremental steps toward a new world are ongoing throughout the economy. Robots, food production, and solarization are moving forward apace, no matter what the naysayers argue. The naysayers on the right deny that climate change is fatal for capitalism, while those on the left promote a caustic claim against everyone else to consume less with no plan, no consumption budget, and no realistic way to get nearly everyone in the world on board. Nonetheless, the inevitable laws of capitalism keep driving capitalist decision-makers toward its demise.
Not that we can simply wait for that eventuality—we can’t.
But simply recycling your cans won't solve it either.
What we can do is this: Understand how the new system will unfold, and look for opportunities to engage that new system. Everyone's circumstances are different, but everyone can look for ways to participate in the transformation. Here are a few ideas:
Are you in the market for a new car? Consider an electric vehicle and then commit to charging it only with solar energy—either build solar on your home or subscribe to a solar garden.
Looking at a career change? Consider altering it into an area that supports the transition. Engineers can go into robotics, for example. Creators can focus on the creative digital economy. Sales professionals and marketers can change course to focus on the diffusion and adoption of technologies like solar, EVs, robots, digital platforms, and so forth.
Do you have land and time? Perhaps growing a garden of food will enhance your quality of life, reduce grocery store trips, and prepare you for the eventual home production of food.
Are you an investor? Consider participating by investing in the companies that are building the new digital, robotic, automated world, or participate in cryptocurrency, which is a major disruption to the finance industry.
All of these can be great contributions. You can think of more.
Why do I focus on these and not recycling cans? Because we need to change what it means to contribute. It is no longer satisfactory to nibble around the edges with consumer choices while we put our primary work energy into supporting capitalism. The change that is coming, and which we need, will come faster as we redeploy our best resource—our human energy—into the areas that will push it along. This means big decisions—cars, homes, investments, jobs, and daily occupations—are the focus for our contributions, not small personal actions. For too long, those small actions have led us to feel like we were doing our part, all the while, the world was getting worse. Let’s change that direction.
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