I'm grateful to the hundreds of these eloquent individuals who have, over the years, taken time from creating change to share their insights and solutions with Natural Life's readers. Their motivation is not financial, because they don't get paid! Instead, I think they all sense that sharing information and inspiration is part of the solution. As David Albert writes in his column "What Really Matters, "I sense a crisis of the spirit rather than an energy shortage. I keep think-ing: Reorganize communities, support local producers and import less stuff, redefine work, share resources, enhance conviviality." Nathanael Schildbach, in his Therapy Fund column in this issue, calls the solution simply "being hu-man." He closes off by saying, "If you don't like reality, why not create your own alternative?"
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