Relax and be inspired
Before we see how One Home Planet can help your activism and how you can help this website, 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.
One Home Planet and you“Two percent of the people think, three percent of the people think they think, and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.” (George Bernard Shaw) tweet it!
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 innate ability to think. Each article strives to be a template of this arduous and uncertain but highly rewarding process. You are simply invited to discover how good you genuinely are in taking part in the debate.
Sure enough, this is not activism in the common sense of organizing or demonstrating. But being able to say what it actually is that you say and why you say it is a crucial part of your activism, and certainly the first thing you need as a concerned citizen. OHP, in that sense, might very well be an activist website of choice for you.
How you can help
Without word of mouth from its readers, OHP cannot provide to potentially countless others the service you think it should. Make sure, consequently, to use the “Tweet It!” button in the articles and to share their content on the social media platforms of your choice.
Your financial support is also needed. It can be motivated by the modest educational work this website is meant to achieve, but also by the larger context of what is sorely missing today: an independent press. This last point is important and requires some clarification.
As previously said, One Home Planet is dedicated, in its one way and within its own limits, to critical thinking. At a time when the vast majority of minds are brainwashed by mainstream propaganda, it is all the more important to resist in this way. “What propaganda?”, you may ask. That of manufacturing consent, as Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky brilliantly demonstrated in their now classical book, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.
Because of the vast money interests at stake between the political establishment, corporations, and mainstream media, it is imperative for them to instill a state of mental compliance toward the system in place. That’s the actual job of cable news and of all major newspapers “of reference” in the establishment landscape. Don’t look for some kind of conspiracy; there is none. It is just auto-convincing and auto-censuring psychologically driven by well-understood interest. And if you think you are safe because you get most of your information on Facebook, I urge you to think again.
There is no way around it: either waking-up or keeping being passively spoon-fed talking points inside prepackaged narratives. It is not easy to do one’s critical thinking diligence—it has never meant to be—but there are honest interlocutors out there to help you out.
If you consider One Home Planet as one of them, it then makes sense to help the website exist. You can offer your support here.