Role of Global Ecovillage Network
Through this experience, many people are shifting their values towards more sustainable way of life. Those who evacuated will create a new community or those who will go back their home town and rebuild their community, they will start from the physical rebuilding of their community. However, some of them will face difficulties and realize important elements of community building. These elements are indicated as the four dimensions of the Ecovillage Design Education (EDE). I am hoping that we can get involved in the rebuilding process of the community from the scratch to apply the Ecovillage Design. Ten days before the earthquakes, members of GENOA in Japan were talking about to approach Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to offer some kind of educational program. That was originally thought to be a measure for depopulation problem, but now, the idea can be applied to rebuild communities which were affected by the earthquakes and the nuclear radiation. Once the basic needs get satisfied, they try to make a community again, and they will realize a new type of leadership and decision making process. They face difficulties to create employment opportunities in the conventional economic system. Some of them must have realized that we need to transform our consciousness to change the society.
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Towards New Values and New Society
We, Konohana Family think of this earthquake is a beginning of the end of the past lifestyle which dominated by money and technologies that consume excessive natural resource. Japan has achieved the status as an economic leader in the world while we have certain spirituality which lives in harmony with nature. We tend to get panic when a big incident happens; however, we create the cause of them in our daily life. This earthquake and the incident of the nuclear power station make people in Japan and the world realize the power of nature, preciousness of life, and what the most important things for human life are. Then, people help each other and do volunteering. However, most of them had not done it before in their daily life. By now, life was based on making one’s happiness come true. In that context, electricity consumption was big part of it, and that have led to the nuclear power generation. However, we are the part of nature, and if we look the earth as one life form, this world is the same as us. So, we must be able to love us as we love others. Let’s make the world with this thought. We can take this happening not only as a tragedy, but also big learning opportunity, and utilize the experience to a next step. Utilize means that the lost lives live in our lives. We must be receiving big and significant messages in order to make a next world.
The most important thing is to commune with each other in daily life, not only for a special occasion. As Prince Shotoku stated “Harmonizing Ourselves Comes First”, we, Japanese have that kind of spirit. That is why we are given this phenomenon and we can turn this opportunity to show the real harmonious world that is different from the current civilization to the world. We do not have fear, but we feel the significance of the death of so many people. So, it is important to humbly accept the message from the earthquakes rather than fomenting disorder.
What we feel in the current Ecovillage movement is that missing the spirit of humbly receiving and being utilized by the will of the earth. However, this is not a criticism to deny people who do not do that. They are also a part of diversity. So, we work together with them for whatever we can do for the entire being because difference in diversity creates a lot of possibilities. If each individual think of the world and think of others in the given circumstance, we will be able to make a harmonious world.
As Mother Teresa said, “Whatever the small things you do, if you do it with love, it gives pleasure and brings peace to people’s heart. It is important how much love you can put in rather than what you do”, if we really think of others, we can convey love and peace. That is what we do here. We have a role to connect to the future by demonstrating the possibility that human beings can communicate each other and live with love.
In Japanese, we say Thank you as “Arigatou Gozaimasu”. Arigatou means “it is difficult to exist” and Gozaimas means “to be/have”. In every moment, we face difficulty of survival. In another word, we are always living in miracle.
Living in Miracle,
P.S. One more request is to send love to the power plants. I believe that they also have consciousness. They worked hard and suffer now.
After all, what we need is LOVE.