Relax and be inspired
You are not visiting by chance a website challenging the management of environmental, economic, and political issues by those who govern us. Before we see how One Home Planet can help your activism and how you can help this website, however, let’s take a step back. I’d like to give you my own perspective on the need for action.
Many people wish to be engaged one way or another for a better world, but there is so much to do, and on so many fronts, that it can easily seem overwhelming. Contrary to what we are usually accustomed to thinking, however, how much or how little we do is not the most important thing. The quality of our intent is.
Just listen to great pioneers of social and political change such as Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, or Nelson Mandela. Their fight was not simply to fix what was broken around them but to understand why it was broken in the first place, in order to repair it for good. This is the difference between being the righteous one whose moral crusade will very likely end up in frustration and, as Gandhi famously put it, being ourselves the change we want to see in the world.
Action is indispensable, but getting busy doing the right thing will never provide the meaning we seek in our life. And only this meaning will be our legacy to others; without it, the results of our actions will neither reach very far nor last very long. Another real successful activist for peace, the Vietnamese zen monk Thich Nath Han, expressed this with the genius of simplicity: “The way out is in.” His friend MLK never said anything else.
Dedicated to critical mind building, One Home Planet humbly belongs to the legacy of these great leaders. For those who look for more than an emotional fix in their interaction with the world, it provides the opportunity to cultivate their own thinking.
Sure enough, critical thinking is not activism in the common sense of organizing or demonstrating. But being able to say what it actually is that we say and why we say it is a crucial part of one’s civic involvement, and certainly the first thing you and I need as concerned citizens. OHP, in that sense, might very well be an activist website of choice for you.
Spread the word
Word of mouth is vitality important to this website. Engaging in critical thinking is nothing fancy; it requires time, effort, and some quiet space. Not an easy sell on the marketplace. This is why your willingness to share with others your interest in One Home Planet is very much appreciated. Whether on social media, through personal contact, or by using the affiliate program that will soon be put in place, there is no other way for this website’s audience to sensibly grow.
I think you and I also need to see things from a broader perspective.
We live in an age of decerebration. On one hand, we are fed what could be called “by default propaganda” from corporate media, whose business model makes them co-dependent of the political establishment and of big corporations to the primary benefit of the latter. Consequently, the main mission that cable news and all major newspapers “of reference” give themselves, whether their actors are fully aware of it or not, is to instill a state of mental compliance toward the system in place. Conformism becomes a second nature when your income and social status depend on it.
To social media profit-driven platforms, on the other hand, we are the product. Data points crafting the personal profile of users are collected in myriads of different ways to then be sold as laser-pointed information for advertising campaigns. Facebook in particular has specialized in triggering emotional reactions fitting the profile already known of each user to have them stay longer on the platform, thus providing ever more data points. This is undoubtedly good for Facebook’s advertising business but disastrous for democracy, as people end up siloed in the world vision they like best.
But times change. Ditching mind-numbing sound bites and click baits financed by and for advertising money, more and more people go to where the content really matters, i.e. to those who have nothing to sell other than the quality of their work. Because they take your judgment seriously, independent channels and authors usually seek their compensation through a straightforward subscription program. All in all, this puts the media’s destiny into the right hands—theirs and yours.