OPINION by David Rawnsley – Think GLOBAL act LOCAL – Cornwall Ontario – May 31, 2010


Cornwall ON – I am reminded of a bumper sticker I once had. I bought it on a visit to the UN headquarters in New York. It said:

“If the people lead the leaders will follow.”

We are always far ahead of the politicians. I realized that when I ran for federal office. I gained a new perspective on how the “system” really works and I recognized that you and I, individually, are the drivers of change.

Laws are created only to address issues that are thrown up by life. Life is creating a future and government is intended as a mechanism to address the potential conflict between individual rights and freedom and societal ones.

Life is about moving forward, evolving into beings who have more to contribute to the global evolution than just being consumers. The evolution of the human being is only now becoming the evolution of the mind. Do you not wonder why the brain has capacity far in excess of what we use it for? Why aliens are depicted as having a much larger head-to-body ratio?

Our minds must continue their evolution and we must be a part of it. Remember, Darwin’s law of evolution. We create genetic changes and the superior ones survive – the survival of the fittest.

What we see is that we can affect our lives locally. We can join in the creation of our local reality. When it comes to Afghanistan and Korea we cannot exert that same influence. But quantum mechanics – currently the best law of physics describing how everything works – tells us that reality is not completely real. It is probably real but we can only be sure after we have measured it and not before.

We measure it by our observation and our choice of infinitely different options. Typically we choose the outcome that we chose previously but we always have the possibility to change.

That change can come as a quantum leap or by a serious intervention in our day-to-day activities. Change begins in the future. You must visualize in the present what it will look like when you have completed the change and plan how to pull it from the future into the life that you lead. It all happens in the mind that is using that under-functioning brain.

Your consciousness, the building block of existence, must connect with the collective consciousness (some call this God) and determine what the future looks like. Then we will know the local action that we must take.

David Rawnsley is a political and environmental activist.  He was the Federal Green candidate in the last election and currently leads the group CARS, Citizens for Alternatives to Roadside Spraying, and has a burning passion for Soccer.

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  1. 20 years ago we didn’t have globalization. However, the standard and quality of life in Canada and the USA was much higher. The wages then, were higher. Globalization has nothing to do with evolution. It is however responsible for corporations lobbying politicians to make globalization a reality. The payback is to CEO’s to line their pockets even deeper off the backs of the working poor.

  2. Thinking globally does not equate to globalization. However, whatever we do locally must support our global picture of how we might like to see the world. Globalization does mean that we can no longer ignore the world’s poor whether they be here or in some other part of our shared environment.

    Many local initiatives are away from globalization and towards local self-sufficiency. Local sustainability is a global picture I can support.

  3. Poverty and poor, I think you do not understand how all that is calculated

    There is a double standard when it comes to deterring just how and who is poor.

    For what is defined as third world countries and developing countries they use what is called the Per Capita income of $1 US per day. Populations earning more then $370 US per annum are considered to not be poor. This poverty threshold is set by the World Bank.

    In developed countries the poverty threshold is defined as the essentials required for sustaining a family of four, this being clothing, food, shelter, health and education. In 1996 the US costs for meeting this level of living for a family of 4 was $16,036 or 11 dollars per day as a per capita income.

    Poverty assessments are primarily New York office run statistics with little or no actual understanding or experience as to what is happening outside their walls in the real world.

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