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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Creating A Positive Vision Of The Future

By Gavin Webber from The Greening of Gavin


Writing most days about living a more sustainable lifestyle is so very rewarding, and I have come to treasure telling my family's story via this blog and my own.  I strive to keep my posts as positive as I can, given the ever approaching post-petroleum future and climate chaos that we now face. Most of the time I succeed.  I have come to learn that positive visions are increasingly important in engaging people which help them to avoid and overcome fear and inaction due to these issues being constantly bombarded at them.

So many activists and environmental messages are filled with doom and despair which attempt to engage via negative emotions in an attempt to urge people into action.  It is not working, because I believe that this is backfiring more and more.  It is simply alienating ordinary people further by disengagement.  People do not want to hear negative messages by choice.  I know I don't.

However, people are becoming increasingly aware that our current consumer culture is not exactly Earth friendly, or is conducive to a long and fruitful future for mankind.  Without a positive vision to be drawn to, or role models from which to learn good examples of simple, green and frugal solutions, they probably just switch off and continue on with business as usual or get stuck in denial of these events.

I have come to realise that there is no us and them, and that we are all in this together.  People want a better future for their descendants, and are willing to work hard at a better life, but will only strive in the right direction if given all the facts, and a positive vision of what they can achieve.  The future is not set in stone, and with each decision we make, they can have a remarkable effect upon it.

So I urge you all to paint that positive vision in everything you do, say or write.  As we begin to share our positive vision of the future, we will find that more and more people will become interested and engaged, and hopefully strive towards one that will have the best outcome for all life on Earth.

Chance favours the prepared mind.
-Louis Pasteur

7 comments:

Lavender Eagle Feather said...

"So I urge you all to paint that positive vision in everything you do, say or write."........I sooo agree with this. I choose to only write in the positive on my blog and facebook page because there is just too much negativity in the world today. Thank you for your post as a reminder!

Love and light,
Lavender
www.thesimplifiedwitch.blogspot.com

Mary Vivit said...

Thank you for your post, Gavin. It is so easy to get drug down into despair with the doom and gloom. The problem is that most people want to know that putting that last can into the recycling bin has resulted in 1000 acres of rain forest "desert" being reforested. But it just doesn't work that way. No one can do everything: no one has the time or money or energy to do absolutely everything. We have to pick our battles: What CAN we do with our current situation? What CAN we do better? Then strive for that.

The one killer is beating ourselves up that we cannot single-handled save the world.

Wombat said...

If we all do one positive thing or re-enforce 1 positive action or thought every day then our world will be a better place with a better future fore our kids.
Grab that brush ... start painting.

Gustoso said...

Creating a positive vision is so important in this changing world.

As individuals and family we can take steps on the path to sustainability:
http://gustoso.wordpress.com/2009/03/22/the-permaculture-path-to-sustainability/

As local communities we can transition to resilience:
http://gustoso.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/the-transition-trail-to-resilience/

Here's a visioning exercise we did with our local community:
http://thegrove2032.wordpress.com/

Alt-Mama said...

Yes! I think about this a lot when it comes to my writing, much of which ends up being read by far more mainstream audiences than I. People respond to a positive vision of our shared future. All people relate to the desire for happiness and well-being. All people want to 'belong' to that vision. Living, creating, writing or speaking from an 'us' and 'them' perspective only drives those wedges deeper. A positive vision is the first step in extracting ourselves from this deadlock. Thank you for the potent reminder.

Buttons said...

Oh I love this post it is so true.There is so much negative press out there and we need to hear the positive especially for homesteaders who are looking to make a better life for themselves and their families. They need to know yes there is negative sides to everything in life but their choices are sustainable and they just have to work hard and believe it. Yeah for positive messages sent from people who have made it. B

quinn said...

This post is very timely for me, and I couldn't agree with you more! I attended a "no-till" gardening workshop last weekend, and the speaker spent so much time on a soapbox I had suds coming out my ears. It was worse than wasted time, as the overall take-home feeling was so entirely negative.
Thanks for bringing up the importance of a positive viewpoint, and the power of expressing things in a positive way.