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"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day... may act on their dreams with open eyes to make them possible."

- Lawrence of Arabia, British army officer

Sustainability starts with you

By Dalí ten Hove on 31 May 2012

Our time is that of scarcity. And thus of choice. The rapid depletion of natural, non-renewable resources poses a threat to sustainability: will we, our children and grandchildren be able to maintain our precious standards of living? Will the environment survive detrimental pollution?

As of yet, the answers remain uncertain. It is, however, essential for the well-being of all that we strive towards a more sustainable future. Hence there is need for adjustment to our styles of life. But where are we to begin?

I believe that is within ourselves.

Adjustments that occur through personal paradigm shifts, through self-actualisation, are far more sustainable than when we reluctantly accept them as burdens. Thus if we look inside ourselves and find the power to care – to love even – others, our future descendants and the environment, then we provide our planet with an everlasting source of sustainability. And the best part is: it would come from one’s free will – from one’s desire to contribute – and thereby reward her with the pleasure and satisfaction of knowing she contributed to something greater than herself.

About the author


Dalí ten Hove

Editor, Writer

Born in Amsterdam, raised in France, Dalí is Diaforlife’s youngest contributor. He completed the later part of his primary education at an international school, a period during which he developed…  Read full bio

dtenhove@diaforlife.com