Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Words to live by

I love how you can find almost anything you're looking for on the Internets.

I was in a meeting yesterday and the woman I was meeting with had this wonderful poster on her wall, titled "How to build a global community." I loved what it said and wondered if I might find the text somewhere online. Sure enough...

I wanted to share this with you all. I don't know the origins of this text, but these are, in my mind, words to live by:
  • Think of no one as "them"
  • Don't confuse your comfort with your safety
  • Talk to strangers
  • Imagine other cultures through their poetry and novels
  • Listen to music you don't understand
  • Dance to it
  • Act locally
  • Notice the workings of power and privilege in your culture
  • Question consumption
  • Know how your lettuce and coffee are grown: wake up and smell the exploitation
  • Look for fair trade and union labels
  • Help build economies from the bottom up
  • Acquire few needs
  • Learn a second (or third) language
  • Visit people, places and cultures -- not tourist attractions
  • Learn people's history
  • Re-define progress
  • Know physical and political geography
  • Play games from other cultures
  • Watch films with subtitles
  • Know your heritage
  • Honor everyone's holidays
  • Look at the moon and imagine someone else, somewhere else, looking at it too
  • Read the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Understand the global economy in terms of people, land and water
  • Know where your bank banks
  • Never believe you have a right to anyone else's resources
  • Refuse to wear corporate logos: defy corporate domination
  • Question military/corporate connections
  • Don't confuse money with wealth, or time with money
  • Have a pen/email pal
  • Honor indigenous cultures
  • Judge governance by how well it meets all people's needs
  • Be sceptical about what you read
  • Eat adventurously
  • Enjoy vegetables, beans and grains in your diet
  • Choose curiosity over certainty
  • Know where your water comes from and where your wastes go
  • Pledge allegiance to the earth: question nationalism
  • Think South, Central and North -- there are many Americans
  • Assume that many others share your dreams
  • Know that no one is silent though many are not heard.
  • Work to change this.

3 comments:

pocketcultures said...

This is an excellent list. Particularly the first point - I think many of the bad things in the world are allowed to happen because people somehow think of the recipients as 'others' rather than fellow human beings.

NOLA radfem said...

I agree, pocketcultures. It seems like the mistake from which all the others flow.

Tami said...

The list seems so simple, yet as a society we can't do these little things.

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