What exactly do we mean by a natural life style? Natural is a term that has come to mean so many things as well as becoming a term abused and bastardized by mainstream media and marketing. Big corporate marketing uses the term so loosely to sell products that are so far from the meaning of natural that only the simplest of minds can believe them. So, we are going to take a leap back in time, to a period that may stir some fond memories for some of us and may also cause some of us to remorse over what they have given away to compromise over the years.
To dream the impossible dream
Once upon a time there was a generation that sought out a new expression for human kind. The elders (the establishment) at the time believed them to be deluded dreamers, and “unreal”, but this generation had a dream, they had an ideology and affinity for nature and a more natural lifestyle. This generation wanted world peace, they wanted freedom and love, and they became known as and referred to as the “Love generation”, “Hippies”, “Flower people” and other such names. Communes sprang up where many could “return to nature” in an experiment of life. At the time they had a dream for humanity, a dream for themselves, alas time changed them and coming out of that change we have the world we see today.
Some have held onto the ideals and dreams that started back in the late 1960’s to mid 1970’s and have built their lives around these high aspirations. The majority grew up and conformed to the social pressures and norms, while some expanded on the very ideals and ideas that they were so against in their youth. The outcome is the world we see today and a loss from the ideas of a more natural world order that was once dreamed.
As many of us age and look around us at what we allowed to happen, hints of the once dreamed world begin to nip at our heels and pop into our minds and we find ourselves once again daring to dream. To dream of a more natural world order once again. To bring back nature into our world, not the corporate or media forms of nature but true, down to earth nature, one based on a respect for the natural world and the planet earth. This also does not mean a retreat from technology or the amazing advances we have made, it does mean a disposal of the corruption and abuse that we have heaped upon ourselves and the planet. In small steps, and in small but growing numbers, our once bright and enthusiastic eyes have begun to open and sparkle once more.
New World Order
We are currently being inundated with an image of this supposed new world order painted on a canvass of doom and gloom. There is no doubt that a “new world order” is in the minds of powerful people such as the last few presidents of the USA, but is it a doom and gloom scenario? No hope is given under the image many hold of the “New World Order”, with so many believing that there is no hope, they hold that we are certainly doomed by our past and especially current actions. What eventually plays out in our lives and those of our children will certainly be the result of what we have allowed to take place. Forgotten by many of these people, are four words that were once projected out into the world with such force and belief behind them that the world was changed.
These four words have become immortalized in not only a generation but in history itself, “I have a dream” and from that society changed, laws changed, the world was changed for the better. Was the world made perfect, no, but did it get a little bit better, yes, change took place. Once again we have the opportunity to awaken a dream that started long ago.
A new Dream
You may wonder what this new dream is, what it involves, will it come about and a score of additional questions and wonders. The truth be told, the dream has just begun to reawaken and form, it will be a dream of our making, it will be a dream of our choosing. Article two on this subject will look at “A new dream”.