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OBERLIN, OH – Awakening the Dreamer Symposium | Podcast | Editorial

April 12, 2010


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Since the Industrial Revolution in the U.S., capitalism has motivated businessmen on the premise of “survival of the fittest” being the only part of human nature that should be applied to economic policy; that selfishness is good in order to survive in the market and create the best ideas.

As a resource-based economy, the U.S. has been on the fast track in the race to the bottom, competing with other global markets, with this mentality. Over half a century, we’ve used the military industrial complex and the corporate colonization of other countries to push a massive neoliberalism experiment to enslave other cultures into debt with the World Trade Organization.

These economic theories from the University of Chicago have been carried out by military backed coups throughout the globe, most notably in South America, which is geographically rich in many natural resources. But even with the Amazon, known as the “Lungs of the Earth” currently being destroyed to increase corn and soy commodity production, the rampant ignorance of these theories in relation to a global population – that has tripled since the implementation of these theories – is a threat to the security of Americans and global citizens to come.

By undervaluing other naturally-occurring characteristics, like the benefits of a healthy society and the preservation of the environment, the negligent pushers of a manifest “American Dream” has caused an influx of overflowing landfills and ruined freshwater resources while purposely ignoring advances in alternative technologies in order to squeeze every last dime out of this generation of consumers. For generations, we’ve been trying to dominate nature while raping the earth of its life-sustaining resources.

With a deepening recession during a time of war, the cards are on the table if you are going to bet on an endless amount of resources. With the next generation in search of a way to overcome these unprecedented times, a social movement is taking place with the help of supporters from previous generations. There is a growing collective of minds networking across international borders, calling on those who are looking for answers to “wake up” and smell the humanity.

A collection of ideas about movements in Ohio, and elsewhere, that promote sustainability.

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream is a program of The Pachamama Alliance that serves as a opportunity for individuals to explore the extraordinary possibilities inherent in a communion of technology with the many facets of the human spirit. The effect of such a circumstance would be an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on the planet.

Sustainability, as defined by the United Nations, is simply the ability for the current generation to meet its needs without compromising the next generation’s ability to meet their needs.

Through participation in this program, people are offered a new place to stand in looking at their world and their lives, and are empowered to formulate their own personal daily practices that contribute to the creation of a new dream for themselves as well as for our world. This is accomplished through a growing social network of support made up of like-minded people and organizations from a variety of cultures, religions, educational and research institutions, young and old alike.

This past Saturday, The Erie Wire attended an Awakening the Dreamer Symposium held at the New Agrarian Center in Oberlin, OH.

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Awakening the Dreamer Podcast

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