“Not only must the most privileged feel they are brothers and sisters of the most destitute, but the most destitute must feel as well that something within them makes them equal to the greatest sages and geniuses.”
~ Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
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Terror, war, famine, civil unrest – though these concepts may seem distant to most of us living here in Canada, the US, or Europe, these are daily realities for our brothers and sisters across the world. Sometime I can’t wrap my head around why life is so strikingly different for people depending on the genetics they were born with or the part of the world they happen to live in.
This quote speaks deeply to me about a change of heart that needs to occur in everyone who wishes for a peaceful existence where every human being has the opportunity to live a joyful life to their greatest capacity.
The degree of separation that has evolved in our minds and hearts that puts distance between ourselves and others has become quite profound. Our economic way of living in this part of the world literally feeds the cycle of destitution that starves and weakens other nations. One of my favourite examples to use of this is quinoa – a grain touted as the vegan superfood because of its high protein content. What we don’t realize is that North American demands for quinoa exports have resulted in a unsettling situation: the nations which produce quinoa like Bolivia and Peru have had to raise their prices for the grain so high that poorer people can no longer afford what was once a nutritional staple in their diets. You can read more about that in a great article from The Guardian here.
I’d like to take a moment to highlight that this is just one of the reasons why the macrobiotic lifestyle supports eating locally – not just for the energetic and nutritional benefits, but to avoid these damaging economic and social consequences.