Jan Mar 2011

Jan Mar 2011
What's a Good Life


All around us, the notion of a ‘good life’ includes exotic foods, big vehicles, lots of travelling, big buildings, designer homes, and factories to produce an uncountable variety of things, and electricity, coal and gas to make all this possible - all to keep pace with our faster lifestyles. Individually, we may ‘seek happiness’ in a range of directions, but collectively most of the developed / developing world looks for a host of material comforts to lead a good life.

The Internet’s profound influence on our cognitive abilities is turning us into adept multitaskers, but at the cost of imagination, creativity and in-depth thinking

‘I never let schooling interfere with my education’
Mark Twain

In what has become his trademark incorrigible style in documentaries, filmmaker Michael Moore is standing outside the tall glass façade, with a red megaphone in hand, screaming, “This is Michael Moore, and I am here to make a citizen’s arrest of the Board of Directors of AIG”.

Globally, and in Australia, food has become too cheap. This is having a wide range of unfortunate– and potentially dangerous – effects, which include:

Artist, anti-nuclear activist and puppeteer Shyamali Khastgir feels art is a means to understand interconnections, and in this age of machines, an opportunity to create with our hands….

In modern times, we favor factory and industrial processing, which gives us the convenience of a quick meal. Processing destroys the nutrients in food rather than increasing them, and makes our food more difficult to digest.

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE To tell how far down a certain path you’ll walk once you’ve taken that vital first step. Ten months ago I decided that I was going to live as oil-free a life as possible. Originally this consisted of me using no plastic, only buying products from local craftspeople, having no bin and eating nothing but local, organic and vegan food.

Along with reflections on his personal journey, the author articulates some of his co-ordinates for a Good Life.

An ecological worldview is one that sees endless possibility