What do we do next? How do we get involved? How do we use our vote? What companies, causes and projects do we choose to support?
With these questions on my mind, I have been navigating and researching the Internet, reading many headlines, articles, posts and news, in hopes of finding that perfect “know-it-all” article, that might have answers to all these questions. Is it out there? Or even a few? And there are definitely plenty of interesting and insightful articles, that offer something to consider and think about, from What We Can Learn from Italy, and Again From Italy, The Art of Protest, to Evolution and Future of Liberalism, just to name a few.
I did not graduate from an Ivy League University, nevertheless, it doesn’t make it less important, meaningful and valuable, at least to me. I was fortunate enough to have had very qualified professors who were passionate about their area of studies and actually cared about what they do.
I remember in one of my international studies class our professor talked to us about current global events, drawing parallels between Iraq and Vietnam wars, public reactions to them, and how indifferent we seemed, as a generation, to what was going on in the country and the world. He talked about how different it was in the 60s, and how much the youth itself, and students particularly, were involved in different anti-war, Civil Rights and Equal Rights movements and protests, even on campuses. They were an important and powerful forth for many think-forward and progressive changes that occurred later on in the country and the world.
In a way, it does remind me what is going on after US elections: from protests across the country, or protections as some call them, a surge of support and donations to ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Planned Parenthood and other progressive organizations, to talks and requests about creating sanctuary cities and campuses.
So what do we do next? Do we, as a generation, care about what is going on in the country and the world? And how do we get involved? How do we use our vote? What products, companies, causes and projects do we choose to support?
Think about it… It is not a trickle-down economy or society, as some want us to believe, on the contrary, it is trickle-up, or trickle-around economy and society, at least in its fair and a more sustainable way. Hence, it is interconnected, and the power we all have as citizens, customers and consumers to divert our cash and energy flow into worthy and quality causes and projects that actually balance, support and sustain all of us.
Try it, and see for yourself, especially during this “binge-out gift shopping season” )) With plenty of articles and posts already out there, from how to get the best deals, various favorite things lists to creative gift ideas and gift guides. Do we really need these things though? I know I would have preferred my Civil Liberties and Equal Rights instead )) and my version of all of the above, if possible )) I might not suggest, as some mentioned, getting donations to ACLU or any of your preferred and worthy causes as gifts for those friends and family who clearly did not think about us and our future while voting, however, may be, we can rethink gift-giving this season, and think of our priorities and what it more important instead.
Let’s educate, and inform ourselves, and ask questions:
Is it eco-earth-friendly? Is it Equal Rights related? Will it make the world a better place for all of us?
Writing a check or donating something might be the easiest thing to do, especially if you can afford it, while getting involved, speaking up and standing for something and for each other does require more effort.
What do these companies stand for and how much of the proceeds actually go towards the cause itself? Is it worth it then? And are they local? And if not, do they invest back and support their customers and local communities? Do they think, care and invest back in you, us, their customers and employees, our environment and planet, just as much as they do for themselves, their spokesmen (mentioned and unmentioned lol) and shareholders?
Do we want affordable and quality education, educational initiatives, programs and Universities? Let’s support them.
Do we want better and quality journalism? Let’s support it, and let’s read multiple sources of information, especially of independent journalism, for a more open-minded view and perspective.
Do we want organic, eco-conscious and eco-friendly produce, products and choices? Let’s support them.
Do we want authentic, original, quality and unique items? Let’s support those individuals, artists, artisans and companies who strive for it.
Do we want renewable sources of energy and clean technologies? Let’s support them.
Do we want Equal Rights and opportunities? Let’s support them and stand up for them and each other.
Let’s support them with our voice, votes, likes, comments, shares, subscriptions, donations, money, effort and choices.
It seems very obvious, doesn’t it?
And I do not only talk the talk, I actually walk the walk.
When it comes to being a vegetarian, for me it goes beyond just the choices on my plate, it is way further… by thinking how interconnected everything in the world is, and how my choices matter.
We all hear: Rethink. Reuse. Recycle, but is it actually enough any more? For me, it means forgoing plastic altogether and all the unnecessary packaging and materials, if possible, which is definitely way better than recycling, especially when living in the city where it is not that common and advanced as in some European countries and US communities. Also, adopting fix-it mentality, choosing eco-conscious and eco-friendly products and companies, shopping at local produce markets and independent stores, checking those ingredients and labels, opting out for herbal remedies and solutions, using public means of transportation, if possible, while definitely promoting and supporting clean energy and technologies, respecting nature and supporting preservation of eco-systems. Most importantly, thinking before I get something new, knowing that it is long-term )) and respecting animal rights enough by choosing to see them in their natural habitat. The friendly ones… ))
It might not seem that big of a deal, but every day we vote… we vote with our money, our energy and our choices: what products and items we buy and what companies and causes we choose to support. Traveling or not, I cast my vote every day for a healthier, eco-conscious, eco-friendly, just and a more sustainable world.
Hoping is great, but it is not going to change and resolve anything for the better for all of us. How about we change it to “Let’s Speak Up, Let’s Celebrate Diversity and Our Planet, and Stand for Each Other, for All of Us, Together”!
Real Love triumphs All, especially for those who choose it!
So let’s ask ourselves questions… What are our priorities? And what is more important to us?
Essence from within
In synch with nature
What if we are thinking of the same?
You, Me, Us
I am with you
Celebration of Love and Nature
What is a Family?
Femininity and Motherhood
Strength and Tenderness
Oh, when I grow up… ))
Liberty, Peace, Love, Bliss…
Color of Love
People of the United Nations
What is Liberty?
I am World
All opinions and experiences are, as always, my own.
Liberty, Peace, Love, Bliss…