Learning from Ukraine

| Tags: Creativity, Sustainability, World

I have been learning about the world all my adult life and learning from the people and places I meet in the last twenty five years. Studioriley exists in a world of conversational reality, a place where we exchange ideas in a context of mutuality, respect and a love of life in all its diverse manifestations. Its a good place and the people who have contributed to our work and my experiences over the years have been generous and creative. I have never been to Ukraine but I have worked in Moscow. There I found the same: creative people, eager to experience the world, young and idealistic, engaged.

I hope the Russian people find their freedom, their voice and realize their dreams. I hope they stop their leaders doing this terrible thing to their equals, their Slavic brothers and sisters, their fellow travelers on Planet Earth. Such destruction of people and places is not sustainable and will achieve nothing. Learn from Vietnam.

It is odd to me that our societies look up adoringly to wealth and disassociate from its source. It is the weakness of our “free world”. It has created climate and social disaster. In such a cultural context the rich are powerful and not held to account. The rest of us pay.

Ukrainians deserve peace.

“Imagine all the people, livin’ life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will be as one” – John Lennon