“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
― E. F. Schumacher
I (Lorrie) think that one of the best things about inching my way toward 50 is I finally am getting that life isn’t about the philosophical frameworks we use to give that life context, but rather just the living of it. Recently, I’ve been thinking about all the activism Bob and I have lived out over the years. Between the two of us, we have brought leadership to every major social movement since the anti-Vietnam war actions of the 1960s. We’ve greened, no-nuked, anti-violenced our way through 5 decades of human existence.
Now, we just live. We are not a part of the local food movement at Stony Ridge Farm. We are just two people with adult children seeking to live the change we hope to see in the world. We like to party and laugh, we like to eat well. We like to work hard and get our hands dirty, and sleep a well-deserved sleep at the end of each day. We do understand the current political climate, and the pressures of the dominant society, but that’s not our focus these days. Being happy is.
Movements rise and fall. They are full of personal stories and intrigues. They establish government institutions, nonprofit organizations, and egos whose existence relies on the defining of the problem, not the living of the solution. It allows good people to do bad things to each other in the name of the movement. It is true that what we focus on expands and in building movements we focus on a problem and that problem gets bigger. Think about the war on drugs, the anti-poverty movements, and current language around climate change.
Perhaps change is better created by living solutions – finding the integrity of our life and simply living it through our choices, moment to moment.
I guess this morning, watching the sun rise and the horses roll in the rain soaked grass I am moved to feel how deeply grounded my life is. As I stand firmly on this soil my vision is clear and my experience is validated. Watching people talk about the local food movement feels distant to me, the stuff of ego. But, pulling these weeds and cultivating this life – now that just feels good. I just want everyone to feel good, healthy, welcome on the planet and affirmed for the beauty they possess. I think that would change the world for the better regardless of the current problem in vogue.