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Terry Kok's Permanence Project: A Move Towards Empowerment and Freedom

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"Anything worth doing takes a while" -Terry Kok

Our world is in trouble: ecologically, socially, and within our communities, families and ourselves.

Perhaps we need to tap into the wisdom of the ancients, as in the Native cultures?

Freedom in our democracy is a joke. Most of us work at least 40 hours per week, and often more than that. Indeed, many who are in some businesses like retail management will work 50 hours plus per week while receiving low pay.

Nor is our culture ahead of ancient ways of living. As reflected in an article by A. Atia PhD:

After several decades of vilification of indigenous systems, the development agency has finally come to the realization that cultural values have a place in development and that indigenous peoples particular ways of life offers solutions to the woes of the today's world. Yet for over two or more decades, cultural values remain peripheral to development planning and policymaking. Development planning and interventions in Africa continue to pose indigenous cultural values as inimical to progress and as such should be the target for charge rather than lessons and levers of social change.

Not only are such interventions failing to deliver their promises, they are also causing untold hardships to communities who keep faith with their traditions and values. The UN and its agencies and systems have opened the way. CAPTURED and COMPAS are blazing the trail. What can we do as a people vested in sustainable development to enhance benefits without sacrificing progress and wellbeing?

Could it be we are living a lie? Consider this same plight regarding Native Americans. Unfortunately, many tribes tried to fight against us but were not successful. Our European goal was greed while the Christians forced their beliefs on the Natives. Yet, their spirituality, in my research, was powerful and very Nature based. Meanwhile, what did we white Christians really want? We wanted land, gold and other riches. Thus, we decimated native cultures, such as the Native Americans, to satisfy our egotistical desires.

What can we do to empower ourselves while disempowering corporations and cultivating a system that is for the people and the planet?

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