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Consciousness the key to positive world shift

That would be my mantra in any election and is the theme of a forthcoming manuscript.

It is also the assertion of Worldchanging meditation on what it takes to make the world a better place.

As the song put it, what the world needs now is love sweet love.

As the Worldchanging team puts it in a riff on technological innovation and progress and our values:

'we've evolved tools far faster than we have evolved an ethics of progress - a morality of technology. And, we've developed technology faster than we have developed the safeguards to protect our common assets - air, water, soil, and more - from their unintended consequences.'

That's probably the leitmotif of most of the old Star Trek episodes, for all you acknowledged trekkies, former trekkies, closet trekkies, and good people like me who just grew up loving the show and contemplating a major in philosophy years later, only realizing the connection in deep meditation.

The Worldchanging piece isn't advocating "becoming leery Luddites" or rejecting innovation, but rather noticing that "every choice takes us on one path, away from another."

That certainly could apply to the use of cloned animals for food. And to just about every decision that affects the environment ... that is, just about every decision.

Including, per Worldchanging, the "past century's farm chemical revolution and our blanketing the planet with known carcinogens, endocrine-disrupters, and neurotoxins. can also see it in this revolution's modern-day redux, genetically modified foods.

The consequence of developing an agricultural system based on chemical pesticides has unleashed pollution, sickness, even death, unaccounted for when first introduced. And we're only beginning to comprehend the potential consequences of the introduction of genetically modified foods into our ecosystems. We've made these choices despite having the tools to grow food productively without taking on these unnecessary risks, to human, animal, and environmental health."

Argues author Anne Lappe: "We're only at the cusp of understanding nature, based no simply on what we can extract from it, but as Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry reminds us, 'what we can learn from it.'"


Please also see chapter 4 of Healing at the Borderland (link below) and Derek Jensen's wonderful book, A Language Older Than Words.

Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen offers general corporate legal services, litigation consultation, and expertise in health law with a unique focus on alternative, complementary, and integrative medical therapies.

Michael H. Cohen is Principal in Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen and also President of the Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine (also known as the Institute for Health, Ethics, Law, Policy & Society), a reliable forum for exploration of legal, regulatory, ethical, and health policy issues involved in the judicious integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, herbal medicine) and conventional clinical care. The most recent published book by Michael H. Cohen on health care law, regulation, ethics and policy pertaining to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and related fields is Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion. This is the fourth book in a series, following Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (1998), Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (2000), and Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation (2003).

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