In 2011, if there was a pandemic, I'd be immediately calling on my global team at the Human Powered School
which has just celebrated it's first birthday, and has also just hit one million members, and now has three non-virtual schools in community centers (including one in my own city of Somerville, Massachusetts). Most of our members are kids and teenagers, all of whom have been enthusiastically teaching others, and learning from others, all kinds of very simple
ways to take better care of human bodies, as well as ways to use the energy and matter that human bodies produce in more beneficial ways.
So, when I call on all these amazing young people, and their fellow teachers and students of all ages, I call on them to be real heroes, and to make a small commitment to some short period of time
(an hour a day, every day, for the next two weeks, perhaps) to go out there into their own communities (online and off) and show others what they've already learned how to do
so that others can do it too and be healthier in some valuable way.
Because, no matter what else is going on in the world, be it a serious pandemic, or just your average complicated, confusing, and occasionally amusing life, being able to have your basic physical needs met makes everything easier, and using kid power
to make that happen is a truly fantastic use of a very valuable and creative and passionate resource that is often not appreciated enough in modern society. As a teacher, I have experienced first hand how awesome kids can be when you give them the opportunity to play a very real role in taking better care of the world. And as any parent or teacher can tell you, a young person on a mission is quite the force of nature! There's a wh*** lot of power in these "new and improved" humans, I tell ya!
And... while our Human Powered School team is working lovingly on increasing everyone's abilities to get their basic needs met (wh*** food, clean water, fresh air, warmth, light, and the freedom to express their body's extra matter and energy), the adults are free to focus on increasing people's ability to get the higher levels of human needs met - quality emotional
input and output (such as counseling and emotional first aid
), quality intellectual
input and output (such as sharing research data and ideas on policy planning), and quality spiritual
input and output (clarifying the various perspectives on morality and ethics so that people have some guidance when answering difficult questions). This way all of humanity's needs are taken good care of, while we all focus on moving through our challenges with grace and balance.