Archive for November, 2010
What is the antidote to 300+ years of narrow focus on producing and consuming things while neglecting human needs?
Prosperity eludes us today as we cope with toxic residue from the industrial era. Human potential is suppressed by dysfunctional financial systems, unsustainable medical systems, “angry” citizens, alienation, depression, educational models that are focused on teaching at the expense of learning, plus careless abuse of the natural and built environment.
The antidote to all this sickness and dystopia is health. Health provides people with the capacity to prosper beyond the mindless, passive consumption of goods and services that seemed to have worked so well in the past.
Instead of one more dehumanizing label for the future such as “information age,” how about an aspirational term – a term that evokes active participation in a collaborative creative process: the health creation society.
The question at the heart of aspiring to transform machine age norms on a daily, local level as well as a multi-generational, global scale is:
“Am I /are we engaged in creating health or eroding health?”
– Sharon VanderKaay and Tye Farrow