Having just spent the day away from phone coverage and the anchoring weight that the modern world now provides in a single device, my mind was filled with the thoughts of reflection and hope for the future. I had spent the hours before, chipping away with an axe and knife at two pieces of wood to turn them into a small spoon and grain scoop (courtesy of a Spoonsmith workshop). As I set in for the drive, I tuned in to some podcasts and slowly made my way over the winding mountain roads and through the small country towns.
Amongst the podcasts that I have been saving up for the last few months, were a conflicting library from The Minimalists and The Party Room to Tim Ferriss and Gary Vaynerchuk. Among the hype and fame, the development and the motivation, came the gem of the content I had needed to reflect on most;
There is enough in nature to fill our needs. Everything else we seek is greed
In a world where our population is expected to grow to over 9 billion and many contending that, based on our current usage, we will need 1.5 to 2 'Earth equivalents' to feed our population, it's easy to become pessimistic. The pain and perspective grows once we understand that a child dies every 4 seconds due to malnutrition, our ageing population in developed nations will place growing strain on our resources and infrastructure, particularly in cities, and the impact of climate change has forced and will continue to force many to be refugees from their homes. We have never experienced the extreme weather so many of us have recently faced, nor have we had so little global cohesion to build a better future.
Assume the premise is right that there is enough in nature to fill our needs, that we can return to and build on the lifestyles that have sustained Indigenous Populations for tens of thousands of years. Would our livelihoods stop or would we be able to incorporate modern ways into Indigenous knowledge and thinking to ensure our survival?
In my reflections and dreaming, I pondered what the future would be like. Can we start appreciating Indigenous knowledge and work together, as global citizens, to ensure the world is restored and that we can manage our population boom? Can we open an honest dialogue about human consumption and food, ensuring that we individually and therefore collectively work together to restore the Earth? Is it time to start meeting societal needs, before subduing to personal greed?