At times this what Pekka Aikio calls ‘state of confusion’ hits me more than others.
In those times there is a perceived urgency and I would like to encourage the ones around:
Little by little
More and more
Some ideas to muse about…
Our leaders only speak of competitiveness, competition and improving how we compete. It feels as if this country is in an utter state of confusion. It’s not doing well in terms of its spiritual wellbeing.
Pekka Aikio, spokesman for the indigenous Sámi people of Finnish Lapland
If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood.
This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.
-> Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
Vinoba Bhave walked across India on foot, to persuade landowners to give up a piece of their land. He also wanted peasants to give up using bullocks or tractors or other machines for agricultural purposes.
The mission of the movement was to persuade wealthy landowners to voluntarily give a percentage of their land to the landless people. However, this land could not be sold. In effect, landless labourers were being given a small plot of land on which they can settle, as well as grow some of their own food. The Government of various Provinces, passed Bhoodan Acts which generally stipulated that the beneficiary had no right to sell the land or use it for a non-agricultural purpose- including forestry.
For example, under section 25 of Maharashtra State Bhoodan Act, the beneficiary (who must be landless) should use the land for agricultural cultivation to secure his own and family’s daily bread. If he/she fails to cultivate the land for over a year or tries to use it for some other non-agriculture activities, the government has the right to confiscate it.
Over a span of 20 years, a total of 4 million acres of land was shared across the country through this movement.
-> Land Gift movement, started by Acharya Vinoba Bhave
Sigurd Olsen reinforces that, which is the magic of wolves:
If a country is wild enough for wolves, then it is wild enough for the human spirit. If it is big enough for wolves, it is big enough to accommodate our primordial needs. Wolves make a country alive and complete, for without wolves (and in some places grizzlies) the country becomes merely a countryside, tamed because, though it may retain its beauty, it has lost its vitality. If predators do not stalk the hillsides, then the ancient pact has been violated, and the prey species must live as semi-domesticated animals. Without wolves and their wildness the country lacks the very electricity of life.
-> Brother Wolf, Jim Brandenburg