I've been really thinking about this week's action part of the mission. Previously, I'd taken for granted the idea of water. I know it's absolutely crucial for life, and that there are major problems with the world not having access to clean water (wherever too many humans are, the water is polluted, by some kind of waste products of either industry or simple overpopulation of us animals). But it wasn't something I was interested in putting much effort into solving. I already am overwhelmed by all the problems I'm working on, as it is! But, I at least wanted to give this mission a try, to consider if there is something near my comfort zone, but pushing my boundaries just a bit more, to see what happens.
First I thought of a new friend of mine who I'd been offering some philosophical counseling to about what he wanted out of his life, and he'd said that he was interested in water issues. So I talked to him about an idea I'd had (for what I'm temporarily calling the Whatworksipedia
), and mentioned that he'd expressed an interest in helping out with water issues, and let things go from there. He decided that he wasn't as passionate about water issues as he might have initially implied, but he did think my idea was good, and suggested that I hook up with someone else who might be interested in the website end of the project, and he sent off an email to make that initial introduction. So my small action at least moved things forward in a more general way (as my project will directly help people find solutions to water issues). Yay!
And then it occurred to me that even on a very basic, elementary school level, I have no idea what it takes for water to be potable (drinkable) for humans. Seems like a glaring h*** in my education! And I imagine that many, many other people share my ignorance, as well. So for the rest of my action, I've started what will likely be a continuing (and probably lifelong) mission to understand the very basics of what I mean when I say that clean water
is a basic necessity of healthy life for all of us animals (and probably all Earthlings who aren't animals, as well). I've begun asking this, most notably of you folks right here, and I've also asked the people at Ocean Arks International
(which I featured in my evidence for the learning part of this mission in my post Nature's Alchemy will take good care of you!
I really do want to know, and share
, the information about what clean water needs to have in it, and what it can't have in it, for it to be healthy for all us living things, including us humans. Because, as I like to say, the only real scarcity is knowledge
. All of the building blocks of what we need to be healthy - matter and energy - are already universally abundant, we just need to know a bit more of nature's alchemy be able to get what
is needed to where
it's needed in the form
that it's most useful. And I'm really excited about finding out answers from all over the world, from people who have already asked the question, "What does it mean for water to be clean?" and have some knowledge to share with me and others. So, again, Yay!
If children can easily turn water into art, why can't we learn to turn art into water?