Friday, January 11, 2013
In Our Global Community Every Living Being Matters
"In your vision of community, who matters?"
Megan Pincus Kajitani, one of the alums from our online courses and founder of Giraffe Revolution, explores the issue of our global community and who matters in her terrific TEDx talk.
Megan's primary claim is this: "How we think about community is the key to whether or not we can solve the monumental problems that face our world today. More specifically... if we want a world that is sustainable, healthy, and peaceful, we must understand that in any given community, every living being matters."
Megan shares her own awakening in realizing the impact of her choices and in consciously deciding to make choices that do more good and less harm for all. She then goes on to make the broader connection that all living beings are part of the same community and are deserving of consideration. She says,
"Before we teach them otherwise, our kids inherently believe that their community includes not just all people, but all living beings."
And how do we keep this connection alive in our children and respark it in ourselves?
Humane education. As Megan says:
"If our kids learn to stop and consider the far-reaching effects of their smallest choices; if they learn to believe that even a little fruit fly matters, imagine how they will handle the big choices they come up against in their lives. ...If we are armed with this comprehensive, interconnected concept of community, we will make choices that create a sustainable, peaceful, healthy world."
Understanding that we all matter "is the key to the future of our planet."
Enjoy Megan's talk!
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