Can I Make A Difference?

Can I Make A Difference?

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Our culture is built for machines, corporations, and the rich – not for the poor and certainly not for the planet and most definitively not for the individual. For most of us our consciousness lies in the collective cultural social mindset. This is just the way our world has evolved and it makes us easy to govern. But what about our spiritual need to self-actualize and make the difference that only we as individuals can make.

What is keeping us from fulfilling our personal mission/vision, our quest? Is it because we are so overwhelmed with information, news, knowledge and external stuff that we no longer know what to do with it, how to process it, or make it useful? Do we then get lost, seemingly trapped in an unfulfilled auto mode lifestyle that comes from ignoring our innate self-expression or self-actualization?

“Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour, falls from the sky a meteoric shower of facts … they lie unquestioned, uncombined. Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill is daily spun; but there exists no loom to weave it into a fabric…”

– Edna St. Vincent Millay

We are all responsible for the weave that we make, from external stuff, (using our self-expression and life experiences) into the fabric of our life. We can weave it as a process of self-actualization, or it can be woven for us as a process of external oppression by economic, social/cultural forces and systems (the collective consciousness). The choice is ours.

The collective consciousness tells us that most of us are not in a position to change the world. Then after being ground down with the challenges of our day to day existence, we accept as fact that we really are not capable of improving the world around us. This is NOT true. As self-actualized individuals, we not only are capable of improving life on our planet, as we learn and grow it will happen automatically. Together it will make all the difference.


 Be great

Feel great

Act the greatness that you are and you will make a difference

“Each time a man stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… Those ripples build a current that sweeps down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”     – Robert Kennedy


Rafael Chavez
I am an Environmental Science Educator at a U.S. University. I have worked in the nuclear weapons industry, the National Laboratories and for various Environmental Remediation and Waste Management clean up projects. My vision is to facilitate environmental understanding and stimulate action towards sustainable relationships with our environment and with each other. I leave you with a quote: The "catastrophe" everyone feels is "... the poignant enormity of our life experience. It includes crises and disaster but also all the little things that go wrong and that add up. The phrase reminds us that life is always in flux, that everything we think is permanent is actually only temporary and constantly changing. This includes our ideas, our opinions, our relationships, our jobs, our possessions, our creations, our bodies, everything." The challenge of being human: to master "the art of conscious Catastrophic Living". Jon Kabat-Zinn



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