Relax and be inspired
Before I urge you to support this website and tell you how you can do it, let’s take a step back and look at the reason why you may want to.
Many people wish to be engaged one way or another for the common good 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 think, 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 to fix what was broken around them; their fight was 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, all our actions are like a pile of dust. Another true and very successful activist, the Vietnamese 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 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
You can support OPH in two common ways: word of mouth and money, the former being much more important than the latter. The effective currency of an opinion blog like this one is your recommendation. Without word of mouth from its readers, OHP cannot provide to countless others the service you think it should. Make sure, consequently, that you further OHP’s reach by using the “Click to Tweet” button in the articles, or by sharing their content on the social media platform of your choice.
As for money, things need first to be placed in their real context. An independent press has all but gone in the U.S. and in many countries around the globe. Cable TV and established newspapers are mostly financed by advertising money. This drives them into a culture of devoted superficiality and complacency, as well as a world view in line with the interests of the big corporations these outlets depend upon. The net result of such a business model, predictably, has been the death of investigative journalism and the subsequent advent of a “He says, she says” news pattern that calls all opinions even, regardless of their respective merits, and delivers talking points instead of actual investigations.
As a consequence and thanks to the internet, the only space for freedom and integrity according to professional journalistic standards is now online. In some ways, we are back to the situation of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, before the advent of mass advertising and the prepotency of behemoth “news” conglomerates. In and of itself, this is rather a good thing. Like in the old days, it is up to content providers to prove themselves by the quality of their work if they want to earn our support and thrive publicly.
Many online alternative channels, whether in print, audio, or video, do a great and useful job. If you think that One Home Planet is part of this landscape, then it makes sense to help the website exist. You can do it here.