Last week’s report, about a dream of enlightened eco living that turned into a nightmare, elicited a huge response in the comments section and I also received many private messages about it.
I want to sincerely thank everyone who’s taken the time to write in with their words of support and/or advice for those who lost money.
I also thank all those with email lists and Facebook pages who have shared this information with their contacts.
Those who lost money lost it only due to the belief that something like this could never happen in the alternative health community, so it’s essential we’re now all aware that it can, because it has.
A well-known health writer emailed me last week to say that when some of the information presented in this report came onto her radar two years ago she was concerned enough that she approached several other high-profile figures in the raw world essentially saying, “What can we do about this? We have to do something.”
And, as she wrote to me, “It was disheartening that none of them (big names) were at all interested in doing anything.”
I haven’t asked her who she’s talking about and I don’t particularly want to know. But I think it’s sad if there were people in a position to reduce the chances of this happening again, even if just by raising awareness, who instead chose to look the other way.
We’re often told that humans are driven by self-interest above all else, and behaviour like the above can make that appear true.
But it isn’t.
In her 2011 book The Bond, journalist Lynne McTaggart stacked up a mountain of scientific evidence proving it’s true only when we’re out of balance.
When we are healthy and in balance, we experience giving as one of our most pleasurable activites, and strongly dislike, and do what we can to prevent, any form of unfairness – not just towards ourselves and those close to us, but even towards complete strangers.
And all of the above was beautifully demonstrated by your reaction to last week’s article.
And, quoting The Bond author Lynne McTaggart, here’s some really good news:
“Scientific studies show that in any society, if a culture of turn-taking falls apart with too many taking too much, all it requires is a small group of individuals committed to strong reciprocity to re-establish fairness and create a unified and highly cohesive community. [They have shown that] just a few instigators can transform an entire climate of greed and individualism to one of generosity and giving. Giving creates a contagion of giving, a network of ‘pay-it-forward’ altruism.
“For instance, one act of kindness spreads virally at least three degrees along a network, affecting your friends, your friends’ friends and your friends’ friends’ friends. When you become a spiritual activist for fairness, you can easily set off a contagion of good will.”
I for one hope that a Raw Vegan Village fund is set up so that those of us who wish to can donate to it or help raise money.
Not only for the practical assistance it would offer those who need it – though that alone would be reason enough – but also because of what it would set in motion energetically.