Doing Business

What does it mean to “do business”?  Do we plan for all outcomes to our best ability and consider the quality of air, water, the health of our planet, beforehand, as the bottom line and love the ultimate business of all?

In a world where success is measured by the size of a bank account, living becomes a battle between the richest and the rest, where profits determine long term outcomes in a destructive race to exploit our natural resources for short term gain.  This current measure of success is a fool’s game in opposition to the health of this planet .

As harsh as it may seem, our leaders, in essence, are the face of our own choices.  In a democracy, we can change the status quo in our own day to day business by making choices that are true to our better selves.  When we support those enterprises that act on healthy instincts, instincts based on love, we increase the wealth for all.  When the leaders of business choose based on love for the health and well-being of their own children, grandchildren, they will naturally choose to act in ways that will be more beneficial to all.

There are over 170 million pieces of debris in orbit around the Earth, with over 8,500 known items in low Earth orbit accounting for more than 5,500 tons in 2008.  According to a 2011 report by the US National Research Council, the amount of debris had reached a critical level.

This, a present day conundrum, since the rush to launch various products into orbit has failed to address the necessity for eventual safe disposal, as we so utterly failed in the nuclear industry. Leaving the orbits around Earth with enough waste to look like the rings of Saturn, resultant waste endangers further launches and those of us on the ground with potential out-of-control collisions in orbit and an average of 200-400 hunks of metal waste falling to Earth every year.

Will robots, further technology, promised solutions be enough to remove the pollution in space, our air, on the ground, and in our waters before the progress we hold so dear destroys any chance of renewal?  The solutions we seek require nothing less than a whole-hearted change in the way we do business and this means every one of us.

There will be changes no matter what we do now; but without the love that comes from a respect for the natural world, for the health of this planet and the well being of our progeny, those changes might not be what we want. Out of necessity, though, they will be what nature requires.

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