Hopefully, we have all realized that we aren’t using our platforms to our best advantage. Small business owners and big brands certainly thought so. Look what they have done some platforms are one constant pitch and… that’s a better evolution than a sea of inert selfies. On Instagram in particular, I feel like selfie masters did level up. I’ve seen more professional looking model shots and, yet it does nothing but promote beauty. As our Earth cries out demanding we start paying attention to what is really going on around us, I think we can do more. For those that already consider themselves Humanitarian or Earth Warriors, yo! — We can do better. Especially those of us posting selfies that clearly have taken some time to create.
I was already under the influence of my superhero muse (Raver J) when I became interested in yoga. It was “Her”, after all, that led me to the yogic path. And it was my mythophrenic belief in superheroism that attracted me to the karma yoag or seva aspect of yoga (we can call this “the path of service” or “giving back”). Perhaps it is not coincidental then that not long upon my yogic journey I would start a nonprofit led by the mantra of Gandhi’s quote “you must be the change you wish to see in the world”. The quote reflected the inner-knowing that modeling behavior would be important in any change I wanted to see in the outside world.
Initially, I embarked on what I would consider a normal green living or eco-journey. I did my best to question everything I came into contact with. I adopted the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink model. Slowly, day by day, I completely changed the trajectory of my life. Although there have been moments when I have worried we are collectively not moving fast enough, I have reminded myself that I see (and continue to see) the world around me transform. Basically I arrived at this realization, that what we do in the world matters. Like… everything… or that it could….
Social media really started taking off around the time of my transformation and, I immediately saw it as an opportunity to give causes a platform. Very early on I did not think it was being used to its potential. Sadly, I feel the same today. So often I see people I know that do care genuinely about certain issues and yet all they can figure out how to put on their feed is another party selfie…