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Published on November 12th, 2010 | by ziggy

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Escaping the Race: Shifting to a New Cultural Paradigm

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Deep down, you know what you need to do. Deep down, it’s obvious that this isn’t the life we were meant to live. We didn’t evolve over millions of years to wreak new levels of havoc on the world year after year and sink further and further into unhappiness at the same time.

There’s no reason to continue on with a lifestyle that you don’t believe in. You can leave it behind and create your own life.

Wealth is not measured in your wallet.

You can’t buy your way to happiness and satisfaction.

Less is more.

Deep down, you already know this.

But it’s time to embrace it.

We weren’t born to waste our time doing things that don’t benefit our well-being. Commuting to work, office jobs, shopping, and television do nothing to enrich our lives.

Wake up early and watch the sun rise over the horizon and then ponder why you’re spending hours a week at a job that you hate so that you can simply afford to pay rent, pay for gas, pay for things that keep you stuck in the vicious cycle of consumer culture.

Why do you spend more than half the day away from your loved ones, away from your family? Is it any wonder we are so isolated and dysfunctional in our family settings?

Why are we so wrought with problems on all scales? Is this really the apex of humanity? Crumbling ecosystems, economic collapse, broken relationships, fears of the future?

Go with what your gut is telling you: this life isn’t working, it’s broken, it’s time to create a new paradigm.

We all have that knowledge, whether we realize it or not. It’s up to you to make the move, though, because no one is going to tell you when or how.

Be brave.

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About the Author

I'm a 26-year-old currently living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, an intentional community devoted to sustainable living and culture change. Things you might find me doing here (other than blogging) are building with natural materials, gardening, beekeeping, making cheese, candlemaking, and above all else, living simply. You can read about my on-going natural building projects at: http://www.small-scale.net/yearofmud



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