While I like the somber tone, I still find myself strongly resonating with Gustavo’s message because it not only offers hope and a positive perspective in a negatively charged, tired world, but also a realization that we indeed are in the midst of a global shift, however we may define it, and that as small as they may be, our actions do count. (In fact, every individual should define this shhift in her or his own way, as you Crisitna did here.) And while I wholeheartedly agree that in most places on our planet such “shifts” are hard to come by and matter little to those struggling to put food on their table, I beleive it’s those changes that occur in this crazy fast part of our world that end up affecting the largest number of people. Some may feel that yoga and organic farming have little effect on the whole, but I disagree. How we think and what we eat has a fundamental impact on how we live through the choices we make. And it is those day-to-day choices of the movers and shakers of our maddening civilization that will end up producing the major tectonic shifts. With the proliferation of internet/open communication platforms (such as this one!) maybe we can save a life, grow more food and spare an island from drowining. It all adds up. And yes, there is more work; enough of it in fact to keep us busy & creative for centuries : ) I shall end with Margaret Mead’s timeless words: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Best wishes, E

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