19 Jun Design Life to Keep Living
Dear Climate Healers,
Humans can design life and live intentionally to meet objectives. Every other animal species in the wild is rooted to a habitat and once that habitat is destroyed, the animal basically dies. Humans are so adaptive that we can rebuild or get up and move when our homes are destroyed.
Anytime we can design something, we design it towards objectives. Our primary objective is, of course, to keep living. Secondarily, it appears that modern, industrial humans have designed life towards the objective of momentary pleasures and maximum enjoyment. In doing so, we seem to have reached a sub-optimal solution for the primary objective – to keep living – and frankly, it is not even meeting our secondary objective of enjoyment much either.
Our planetary home is becoming filthier and filthier. The water is toxic. The air is so thick with contaminants that we can’t see the stars at night anymore. The trash is piling up. The ocean is polluted. Our bodies are filling up with micro plastics and neurotoxins. As our bodies degrade, we find that it is not very enjoyable to be living in piles of our own filth.
After centuries of steady increases, our life expectancy has begun to decline despite heroic medical measures. The last few years of our current life expectancy is certainly no fun as we rotate in and out of hospitals, while swallowing a cocktail of pills every day. Now, we are neither meeting our primary objective to “keep living,” nor our secondary objective of pleasure and enjoyment.
Meanwhile scientists tell us that we could be living up to 150 years, if we clean up our act. But to do so, I suggest that we need to change our secondary objective from momentary pleasures and maximum enjoyment to whole systems “ONE” health and steady enjoyment.
In order to optimize for ONE health, we need to begin with personal health. That is the oxygen mask rule – put on your own mask first before helping others. A sick or injured person usually does not have the capacity to help others, although it is only when we are sick or injured that we truly appreciate the incredible gift that Mother Nature had given us when we had a healthy, pain-free body.
Health is wealth. That is not just a cliche. A few years ago, the excruciating pain of an ordinary ankle sprain reminded me to be grateful for a healthy body. An uncle of mine, who was fabulously wealthy, once told me that he would give everything he had if only he could have his painfully arthritic legs returned back to health.
Just imagine – tens of millions of dollars for a healthy, pain-free leg! When we count all the other healthy limbs and organs we have, then we realize that living in a healthy, pain-free body is actually priceless. By that token, living in a healthy, non-toxic environment is even more priceless.
We have been trashing this priceless environment. In response, and especially over the past few years, Mother Nature has been whacking us on the head with numerous calamities, so-called hundred-year events. If these are hundred year events, then we have lived through five hundred years in the past five alone.
It’s well past time to wake up and redesign life with the correct secondary objectives for ourselves and for all life on earth so that we can meet our primary objective, to Keep Living. There is no debate in the medical community about what is the number one thing to do if we wish for optimum health – eat right. And there is no debate in the nutrition science community about what it means to eat right – a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet. This is almost the exact opposite of the Standard American Diet (SAD) today.
It is also irresponsible of us not to take care of our own health, because our sicknesses impact our loved ones the most. At some point, they will stop rushing to our side when we fall sick for the nth time, because we couldn’t be bothered to take the most elementary step to get better, to eat right.
If it is “taste” or “mouth feel” that is holding Americans back, Glen Merzer and Tracy Childs have just published a book, “America Goes Vegan,” that may be just what the doctor ordered. With his inimitable writing style and characteristic deadpan humor, Glen Merzer has written this indispensable book to help all Americans to not only go vegan, but also regain their health at the same time. As the fattest, sickest country among all the 40 OECD ‘developed’ countries, consuming almost half of the pharmaceuticals manufactured in the world, America desperately needed an intervention and Glen Merzer has provided it.
Glen Merzer is ably assisted by a culinary magician, Tracy Childs, who has created healthy whole-foods, plant-based vegan versions of all the classic American dishes, making this a joyous transformation for all Americans. Now, rather than leading the world on a path to mutually assured self-destruction, America can humbly join the world, healthy, wealthy and wise.
Given that there seem to be equally skilled culinary magicians as Tracy for almost every world cuisine on Youtube (for any dish you can think of, please append “whole foods plant based” to the name of the dish and run an internet search and you will see what I mean), we don’t even have to sacrifice much of taste, or mouth feel, while we redesign life and keep living!
Isn’t that the best news ever?
Follow the Million Vegan Grandmothers Podcast
In addition to the numerous letters that the Million Vegan Grandmothers have written, including the open letter to former Vice President Al Gore and Bill McKibben this week on the Million Dollar Challenge, the Million Vegan Grandmothers have started a powerful podcast with thought leaders from around the world. The objective of the podcast is to activate their fierce love for the children and grandchildren of all species to protect all animals, people and Mother Earth.
Here’s the Million Vegan Grandmothers channel on Youtube and Podbean. In the latest episode, Tami Hay engages Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop in a riveting conversation. Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop worked as a Principal Scientist with Queensland Government Natural Resources, using satellite data to monitor three decades of vegetation cover and broad-scale deforestation. He left government in 2010 to co-author the Beyond Zero Emissions’ Land Use Plan, a plan to take Australia’s land use and agriculture emissions beyond zero, and works pro bono with the NGO World Preservation Foundation, focusing on deforestation, land degradation and biodiversity loss, and is on the Zero Emissions Byron Land Use Advisory Panel and is a Director of Replant Byron. Recently he co-authored a book for the Eating Our Way To Extinction documentary, and has produced a series of explanatory videos on the climate impact of animal agriculture and co-authored a report on the environmental impact of Australian beef production.
In other words, Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop knows what he is talking about. In the episode, he explains why he is convinced that humans, though slow are not stupid. He believes that we will transform everything, everywhere, all at once. Please watch it and enjoy. And please don’t forget to subscribe.
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