Larry Santoyo speaks with Peak Moment's Janaia Donaldson about the need to act now not out of fear for the future, but out of love for the present- and that permaculture design can help us if we apply its principles to any field of human endeavor...
The following is an excerpt from Larry Santoyo's essay "Love the Things We Love" in this new visionary anthology edited by Martin Keogh.
If we choose our actions based on what we love about the present, we then have a solid
foundation upon which to build our coming lives. What do we want to see in the world? This
should be the question we ask ourselves, not: what do we not want to see.... Do we love eating
fruits and vegetables grown without toxic chemicals? Then let's work toward creating the
conditions for organic crops to flourish. Do we love waking up to the song of birds in the
morning? Then yes, let us create the conditions for that to happen too.
There is actually very little reasonable evidence (without a premise of fallacious speculation)
that total catastrophe is coming. Change for sure is coming, but the casualties, destruction, and
despair we read about is the doomerism of old. I also see very little evidence that the world will
be abruptly brought to a doomerist halt:a bigger bang is not in the equation...
Yes, change is coming, but then, change is always coming. People/culture/humanity have
clearly shown the capacity for resilience, for adaptability, and for enduring ingenuity.