“If we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. When profit and property rights are considered more important than people… racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What are the values of the war economy? What is the culture that gives rise to the destruction and violence we see in the world?
We’ve created a resource for you to start identifying the different ways that the war economy culture shows up in your life, and ways to pivot to embodying a culture of peace in the here and now. Check it out, and share it with others!
Our U.S./Western culture tells us that the natural world is to be pillaged and controlled by humans for our consumerist lifestyles. It tells us that we must all compete against each other - that there aren’t enough resources for everyone. It teaches us that our success lies in being independent, that accumulating money and possessions will make us happy, and that we should conform to the status quo.
This culture is what created our educational, political, and economic systems and it is deeply embedded into the worldviews, values and habits of all of us living within it. It’s so unconscious that a lot of us can’t even recognize it, or identify how it manifests in our own lives.
What we practice at a small scale is what reverberates to the largest. To transform the war economy and grow a peace economy, we must transform our culture, and to transform our culture, we must transform ourselves. As adrienne maree brown says, “this doesn’t mean to get lost in the self, but to see our own lives and work and relationships as a front line, a first place we can practice justice, liberation and alignment with each other and the planet.”
What would it look like if we put our attention to growing in our lives the beautiful culture we want to see in the world?