VANDANA SHIVA: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity and Sustainable Living

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Vandana Shiva

“If you are doing the right thing for the earth, she’s giving you great company.”
Vandana Shiva

Normally this site is for me to show and share our own efforts and journey towards maximizing our self sustainability level.  Knowing we will not reach 100%, we strive to maximize!

Often it is beneficial to step outside our own society/country for honest assessments of the situation we find ourselves in as citizens of the Earth!

I am posting two videos here for your contemplation.  The first is 16:40 minutes and the second is 38:47 minutes.  WORTH every second!

VANDANA SHIVA: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity and Sustainable Living

 and

Dr. Vandana Shiva on Just Food

I invite you to watch these, contemplate their unsettling message and share!

I leave you with this quote :

“[How do I do it?] Well, it’s always a mystery, because you don’t know why you get depleted or recharged. But this much I know. I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness, no matter how tough the situation. I believe that if you just do your little bit without thinking of the bigness of what you stand against, if you turn to the enlargement of your own capacities, just that itself creates new potential. And I’ve learned from the Bhagavad-Gita and other teachings of our culture to detach myself from the results of what I do, because those are not in my hands. The context is not in your control, but your commitment is yours to make, and you can make the deepest commitment with a total detachment about where it will take you. You want it to lead to a better world, and you shape your actions and take full responsibility for them, but then you have detachment. And that combination of deep passion and deep detachment allows me to take on the next challenge, because I don’t cripple myself, I don’t tie myself in knots. I function like a free being. I think getting that freedom is a social duty because I think we owe it to each not to burden each other with prescription and demands. I think what we owe each other is a celebration of life and to replace fear and hopelessness with fearlessness and joy.”  Vandana Shiva

added link  May 25, 2013:

Fighting the Corporate Hijacking of Seeds

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One Response to VANDANA SHIVA: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity and Sustainable Living

  1. Susan Shipsey March 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    I have just watched the first video and am so moved by it I have to stop and comment. I am ready to get on a plane to India and sit at the feet of this woman. Her insight and knowledge are only eclipsed by her beautiful spirit and her fearless hope. Jim, thank you for being a “voice in the wilderness” crying out about the importance of organics, self-sustainability, and the dangers of genetic modification. I often think of you as a modern day prophet trying to warn us. I feel deeply blessed to have been introduced to this information and to this remarkable woman. Now to the next video!

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