A remarkable step has been taken by Bolivia to recognize the Earth as a source of life, one that is entitled to rights of protection to flourish.

Ley de Derechos de La Madre Tierra: The Law of Mother Earth. In a rather poetic fashion, Bolivia’s Plurinational Legislative Assembly has passed a law that holds the land as sacred, a living system with rights to be protected from exploitation. The law outlines several distinguished rights for the environment throughout its ten articles, and was derived from a longer draft bill presented by the Pact of Unity in 2010.

The rule aligns with the philosophy of Pachamama, and states that:

“[Mother Earth] is sacred, fertile, and the source of life that feeds and cares for all living beings in her womb. She is in permanent balance, harmony, and communication with the cosmos. She is comprised of all ecosystems and living beings and their self-organisation.”

  1. Life: It is the right to the maintenance of the integrity of life systems and natural processes which sustain them, as well as the capacities and conditions for their renewal
  2. Diversity of Life: It is the right to the preservation of the differentiation and variety of the beings that comprise Mother Earth, without being genetically altered, nor artificially modified in their structure, in such a manner that threatens their existence, functioning and future potential
  3. Water: It is the right of the preservation of the quality and composition of water to sustain life systems and their protection with regards to contamination, for renewal of the life of Mother Earth and all its components
  4. Clean air: It is the right of the preservation of the quality and composition of air to sustain life systems and their protection with regards to contamination, for renewal of the life of Mother Earth and all its components
  5. Equilibrium: It is the right to maintenance or restoration of the inter-relation, interdependence, ability to complement and functionality of the components of Mother Earth, in a balanced manner for the continuation of its cycles and the renewal of its vital processes
  6. Restoration: It is the right to the effective and opportune restoration of life systems affected by direct or indirect human activities
  7. Live free of contamination: It is the right for preservation of Mother Earth and any of its components with regards to toxic and radioactive waste generated by human activities

Perhaps what resonates the most with this law is the idea that Mother Earth should be regarded as a life source, one that allows for us and countless other types of life to be sustained. In order to continue to access her goods that allow for us to exist, it is necessary that we protect and respect her.

We do not have a future if she does not survive. The mentality shown in Bolivia’s government could arguably serve the rest of the world well, bringing an end to the constant assault on Mother Earth.

Can we all adopt this mentality? Please comment, like, and share!
Source: True Activist 

Over 300 years ago, Yamamoto Tsunetomo dictated the quotes and wisdom that would become the book Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai. The book is described as “a window into the samurai mind, illuminating the concept of bushido (the Way of the Warrior), which dictated how samurai were expected to behave, conduct themselves, live, and die. While Hagakure was for many years a secret text known only to the warrior vassals of the Nabeshima clan to which the author belonged, it later came to be recognized as a classic exposition of samurai thought.” One amazing aspect of this book is the time in which it was written: long before Western influence on Japan. In Tsunetomo’s time, bushido was a code that related heavily to the Zen concept of “muga”, or the “death of the ego”. As time went on, the Samurai way of life became less of a mystery and different interpretations of bushido were made by many people. As old as the knowledge may be, the concept of Bushido is truly timeless.

“Life is not so important when forced to choose between life and integrity.”
“If one is overly strict, his subordinates will become untrustworthy. If he over-trusts, his subordinates will become unruly.”
“Once a person has reached enlightenment in one thing, he will have an enlightened mind and understand many things.”
“I’ll give you the answer to the question “What is most important to the heart of a warrior?” The answer is, “To desire with one’s very soul every second of every day to accomplish one’s aim.”
“A warrior is worthless unless he rises above others and stands strong in the midst of a storm.”
“If you are caught unprepared by a sudden rainstorm, you should not run foolishly down the road or hide under the eves of houses. You are going to get soaked either way. Accept that from the beginning and go on your way. This way you will not be distressed by a little rain. Apply this lesson to everything.”
“You will know who your true friends are when you get sick or distressed. If one you thought was your friend keeps his distance from you during trying times then he should be considered a coward.”
“The secret to a happy marriage is this: Treat your spouse all of your life as you did when you first met and there will never be room for discord.”
“To find a retainer with a loyal heart one need look no further than the house of a warrior who is faithful to his parents. A warrior should remain committed to his parents from the depths of his soul, or else after they have passed away he will be filled with regret for what he should have done.”
“Wisdom comes from paying attention to wise people. Love comes from always striving for the good of others and placing others before oneself. Bravery is developed by simply gritting one’s teeth and with determination crashing through any barrier in one’s way without regard to the circumstances.”
“There is certainly nothing more important in life than what we do at the present moment. A person’s entire life consists of nothing more than one moment piled on top of another, over and over again. Once enlightened to this, the warrior has nothing else to worry about, because he realizes that he has only to live in the present moment with the utmost intensity.”
“A man’s life is only a vapor that vanishes in an instant. One should spend his life doing that which he enjoys. As short as life is, it is foolish to spend it doing only the things one hates.”
“If you keep your sword drawn and wield it about then no one will dare approach you and you will have no allies. But if you never draw it, it will dull and rust and people will assume that you are feeble.”
“As time passes and men age and deteriorate, set your pace to catch those ahead of you and start living healthy and you may fulfill your dreams of long servitude to your lord. When everyone excels it is hard to stand out, but as others start to decline it becomes much easier to achieve greatness.”

“Every morning a warrior should recommit himself to death. In morning meditation, see yourself killed in various ways, such as being shredded by arrows, bullets, swords, and spears, being swept away by a tidal wave, burned by fire, struck by lightening, dieing in a earthquake, falling from a great height, or succumbing to overwhelming sickness. An elder warrior said, “Once out of your front door you are surrounded by death. Once you leave your gate you are surrounded by enemies.” This saying is not merely a parable, but a way to prepare for your fate.”

Greed, poverty, inequality, environmental destruction, war… how are we letting this happen? How can a system in which so few make the important decisions, be able to sit comfortably on their pile of wealth while the rest of the world goes to waste? How can a small group of men in suits be able to direct the current in which the entire human race moves? We think it’s complicated. We think that their power is acquired in a very complex, political and scientific way, and it sure may seem that way behind the scenes. But this video sets the record straight.

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Every Monday, this chef closes his restaurant to everyone but those who are homeless. He recently gambled on an opportunity to continue the compassionate gesture and won $36,000 - all of which he donated!

Chef Quentin Love isn’t like most foodies; he has a compassionate heart to help the homeless.
Every Monday for the past two years, the chef has been closing his restaurant, the Turkey Chop Grill, to everyone but Chicago’s homeless population. He does this to help out anyone in need of a tasty, hot meal, as well as to pay forward what he’s been gifted in life.
With the help of a weekly team of volunteers, Love has paid nearly $2,000 a month out of pocket to feed homeless folks over 60,000 free meals.
The generosity certainly is newsworthy, but the compassionate business model isn’t really sustainable.

Because Chef Love needed some funds to continue the tradition of feeding the homeless on Mondays, he decided to take up an opportunity offered by Guy Fiera: compete for $36,000 on the Food Network reality television show Guy’s Grocery Games.

Chef Love put his reputation on the line, but the gamble was worth it.
Not only did the kind-hearted cook win, he donated half of the prize money to continue feeding hungry Chicagoans in need, and donated the other half to the United Services Organization.
That kind of generosity is rare in this world, which is why it is something to celebrate and share, don’t you think?

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