"The next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community; a community practising understanding and loving kindness, a community practising mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth." -- Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the most devastating effects of the war economy has been severing community bonds and alienating us from each other. Where we used to live in villages where everyone knew and took care of each other, now we live in big boxes with doors and gates. Where we used to grow and cook food together, now we pay cashiers and servers for groceries and restaurant meals.
Growing the love between us and learning to depend on each other again is perhaps the most significant thing we can do to transform the war economy, and it’s also what nourishes our humanity and creates the conditions conducive to life.
Do you have a community to explore growing a local peace economy with? How can you find your people? And what can you do together?
We’re here to support you! We're gathering an ongoing list of local peace economy groups and projects. Want to find out what's already happening in your area? Or want to see what others are doing across the U.S.? Use the lists below to dive in.