The phrase, to earn a living, is established upon the hegemonic model of what society commonly views as “success”. I would like to re-frame this assumption of making a living to be translated as; to make a life. It starts by re-defining “wealth”. Rather than in monetary terms, how about personal health, control over our own food source, sustainable housing and cultural revitalization efforts? I would work toward alternative educational models that celebrate individuality, creativity and diversity rather than institutional conformity. I would love to teach children how to grow their own food, with ethical practices that protect the environment. Develop housing plans that are constructed out of renewable sources for socio-economically disadvantaged communities, while building within their financial means and what necessity dictates in relevance to their unique culture and geographical needs.
This philosophy is about embracing happiness and gratefulness for our world, our families and what we are blessed with rather than accepting what the media dictates as the measure of happiness. It means being proactive about collectively problem-solving serious challenges we are faced with globally, through our independent actions. By doing this, we break down invisible power structures that establish a food monopoly and a system that does not embrace diversity, equality or seven generational thought. The world changes by reconnecting people, preserving our environment and challenging the perceptions of how we exist within the world. The most beautiful thing about this idea is that, anyone can do it and it does make a difference.