Uplifting Content Live Stream With Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale on World Mental Health Day

Uplifting Content Founder Ione Butler To Interview Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale in a Live Stream on World Mental Health Day, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 2:30PM PST.

​​​​Uplifting Content, one of the most inspiring Facebook communities founded by female entrepreneur Ione Butler, is pleased to announce a live stream interview with Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale, founder of the Peace of Mind foundation. The live stream will take place on World Mental Health Day, Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 2:30PM PST on Uplifting Content:

Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale, also known as the daughter of Houston’s beloved Mattress Mack, overcame tremendous personal challenges in the form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and has now dedicated her life to helping others.

Subjects that will be discussed include an update on Dr. McIngvale’s current status, such as how she copes in her professional and personal life on a daily basis; how her Catholic faith helped her get through this life altering ordeal; and her mother’s critical role in this process.

We were so lucky to get Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale on for a chat during The Peace of Mind Foundation’s OCD Awareness Week taking place from October 8-14, 2017. She is such an inspiring individual and part of an incredible family that has demonstrated many times how we come out stronger from overcoming adversity and helping others.


Uplifting Content Founder Ione Butler said, “We were so lucky to get Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale on for a chat during The Peace of Mind Foundation’s OCD Awareness Week taking place from October 8-14, 2017.  She is such an inspiring individual and part of an incredible family that has demonstrated many times how we come out stronger from overcoming adversity and helping others.”

About Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale

Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D. is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder also known as OCD. Elizabeth and her family were once told her OCD was too severe to be treated but today she stands before you as someone who successfully manages her illness. She is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and is a licensed therapist in Texas. Elizabeth received her bachelors and masters in social work from Loyola University Chicago and her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Houston and proudly serves as an assistant professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Elizabeth and her family founded the Peace of Mind Foundation; a non-profit dedicated to OCD. Elizabeth’s foundation runs, which is a free interactive self-help website for obsessive compulsive disorder based on the principles of exposure with response prevention.  For more details please visit:

About Uplifting Content

Uplifting Content was launched in March 2016 and has grown to a social media network of 1.2M+ followers with 250M+ video views on Facebook, 85K+ followers on Twitter and 14K followers on Instagram. 66% of the audience is aged 18-34. The type of content that is shared across social media platforms includes: Inspirational Content, Personal Growth & Development, Healthy Eating – vegetarian and vegan, Health and Wellness, Spirituality, Travel, Environmental Causes, and Charity.

To interview Ione Butler please contact her business manager: Josia Nakash at josia(@)

Uplifting Content Promotes The Good in Humanity


Female Founder of Uplifting Content (Facebook 1.2M+) is Spreading Positive Vibes to Remind Us of the Good in Humanity

Ione Butler, Founder of Uplifting Content

Ione Butler, Founder of Uplifting Content

Female founder of Uplifting Content with 1.2 million followers on Facebook announces launch of new clothing line and site, and is seeking sponsors.

Uplifting Content, one of the most inspiring Facebook communities founded by female entrepreneur Ione Butler, recently surpassed 1.2M+ followers.

The popular Facebook page is announcing the launch of its new clothing line and new site, and is seeking sponsorships.

The idea behind Uplifting Content is the belief that our thoughts shape our reality, and that consistent exposure to positive messages is the key to healing society and making life better for all. Uplifting Content is here to remind us of the good in humanity. Show us the positive things that are happening in the world. Inspire, motivate and uplift.

Ione strongly believes that our main purpose in life is to be of service to others and her aim is to inspire as many people as possible to reach their full human potential. The popularity of inspirational and positive content on social media nowadays is indicative of the need for a global shift of consciousness, which will be led by individuals who truly care about the world around them.

“Social platforms are important in today’s world because they help spread purposeful and positive content across borders more effectively than was possible in the past.  Technology has allowed this to happen and will facilitate this global transformation further. ”    Uplifting Content Founder Ione Butler

To interview Ione Butler please contact Josia Nakash at josia(@)


Sponsorship Opportunity

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About Ione Butler, Uplifting Content Founder

Social entrepreneur Ione Butler, an actress and professional presenter, is the female founder of the Uplifting Content Facebook page with over 1.2 million followers. Ione is on a mission to inspire others to reach their potential and live life to the fullest.  She intends to lead by example since she has already created her dream life and wants the same for as many people as possible. She does this by sharing inspiring insights and stories, and encouraging others to take action.

“I cannot single-handedly solve all the problems in the world but I can do my part and inspire other people to do the same. Putting a focus on all the incredible things human beings do, even in dire situations like war, reminds us that there are more people doing good in the world and inspires others to do the same.”  Uplifting Content Founder Ione Butler

About Uplifting Content

Uplifting Content was launched in March 2016 and has grown to a social media network of 1.2M+ followers and 250M+ video views on Facebook, and 14K followers on Instagram. 66% of the audience is aged 18-34. Inspirational content that is shared across social media platforms includes guidance in the following fields for a better existence: Inspirational Content, Personal Growth & Development, Self-Help, Healthy Eating – vegetarian and vegan, Health and Wellness, Spirituality, Travel, Environmental Causes, and Charity.




Jesse Bogner: A Millennial’s Response To Simon Sinek’s Millennial Question

Jesse Bogner is a millennial who discovered a powerful method for enhancing human connection, and wrote a book about it called The Egotist.

The method involves conducting a connection workshop that creates an ideal environment for participants to experience genuine human connection with people they know or total strangers.

How does it work? Participants sit in a circle and follow a few simple rules that allow them to accept one another as equals, rise above their differences and truly connect on a human level. Millennials especially learn to listen without judging and how to empathize with their peers.

Watch the video to hear Jesse’s response to Simon Sinek’s quest to find out more about millennials.



For more information about Jesse please visit:

Jesse’s book The Egotist is a book he wrote about how he made the transition from a path of self-destruction, to a path of helping others.
Jesse’s book The Egotist is available here:



Israel MAD 2014 Guest Speakers: A Whole New Breed of Leadership

We had some of the world’s most brilliant [creative, marketing, social, advertising] minds speaking in Israel today at the MAD 2014 Conference. So happy they made the journey despite everything that is going on right now.

Apart from the valuable insight we all took away what struck me the most was what incredible people they are. They represent a whole new breed of leadership that I came across for the first time today. Even though they are at the helms of huge empires, they are totally down to earth and really nice. They were all very friendly and open to anyone who approached them. It is no wonder that they are hugely successful. The people working with them must love them.

There was actually a lot of talk about love today. These guys are masters at making us love the brands they manage.

Gerry Human, Chief Creative Officer Ogilvy & Mather London, spoke about how when people love what you’re doing, they engage in a conversation with the brand. He said that the consumer hasn’t changed. What’s changed is human behavior as a result of technology. “Honest and real” are the things that work best in communication. We can profit the most by “tapping into the human truths”.

Steve Brabenec, Marketing Director, Disney Channels, Central & Eastern Europe and Emerging Markets, actually sang Let It Go for us at one point from Disney’s Frozen hit. He said some very insightful things about what really makes us happy in this digital age: “Joy comes from the ability to experience this together; as long as it allows me to connect and share the experience.”

Pete Blackshaw, Nestle Global Head of Digital & Social, talked about emotional gratification being sustained by connecting with people in brief ways. He said that a strong brand must have a consistent narrative and consistent brand essence. This is becoming more challenging as mobile becomes more dominant but it also “opens up a ton of upside”. (Thanks for taking my first selfie with me!)

My favorite part was the end of the discussion when Amir Goldstein asked all three a really tough question: What should Israel do today to improve its image? How would you brand Israel?

Steve came right out with a perfect answer: innovation and togetherness. If we needed any further proof to understand why he is managing some of the top brands in the world – that did it for me. Gerry said that the world is not really aware of all the incredible ideas coming out of Israel. I also really liked Pete’s answer. He said he wants to be able to answer that by the time he leaves in a few days.

Well here is my take on how Israel can improve its image. When I work with companies we spend a lot of time defining what is so unique about their solution and how to highlight it in a way that creates value. Israel has something very unique to share with the world and the time has come to share it. However, after hiding it and purposely misplacing it for a few thousand years because we were not ready for it, it’s hard to imagine that its time has finally come.

To make a long story short, Israel has a method for getting along here together in a more sustainable and pleasurable way, and it’s all based on togetherness. So you were all right guys, innovation and togetherness, the need to spread incredible insight from Israel to the rest of the world, and our natural human desire to search for answers, to seek clues about the next stage of our development.

That new consumer we were talking about all day today – that’s the new filling they are waiting for.

Josia Nakash is the founder of the Good Vibe Agency, a global strategic corporate consultancy specializing in brand enhancement, marketing communications, organizational effectiveness and sustainable environments with a clear purpose – to generate good vibes in every area of our lives; in the home, at work, and throughout society on a daily basis.

Y55 Happiness Trainer – mobile app of the future

We have just launched an Indiegogo campaign for the Y55 Happiness Trainer, and the response has been overwhelming. Check out the comments here.  This is a mobile app that will bring about a positive shift of consciousness that the world really needs right now.  Y55 is in honor of the 55 million happiness related searches every month, and just spreading the news of the launch is creating a wave of happiness in the world.

How to be happy? Meet the Y55 Happiness Trainer from Y55 Happiness Trainer on Vimeo.   Branding Design & Film Production credit goes to Ilan Golan, a motion graphics artist.

There is a whole new breed of young entrepreneurs out there who are slightly less focused on technology, and a lot more focused on what people really need right now. This project is the brainchild of Happiness Entrepreneurs Eran Shayovich and Michael Miler, who have dedicated the last decade to producing international conferences, creating workshops, multimedia, television programs and books with a single goal in mind – helping people live a happier life.  They are a team of highly engaging speakers who got tired of seeing the frustration and unnecessary pain people go through, all because of a lack of knowledge or the inability to apply all that knowledge into day to day actions.  Now together with the help of friends, family and a supportive community (that’s you!) they are going to reach millions of people, touch their lives and help them change for the better.

This a whole new breed of startups/initiatives we should be paying special attention to because they are tapping into some simple things that have been overlooked.  The Kindness Revolution and are two great examples but there are many more. And this is the future people. Look for ventures that move you, that make you feel alive again, that remind us that we are humans who need warmth and love from our fellow human beings!

The Economy and Nature

Nothing much has changed in how we relate to one another over the last 2000 years. We advanced throughout history in a simple manner, calculating everything according to our own personal benefit. Things were quite straightforward with our relations being based on simple contracts of give and take.

All that is changing now because we have entered a stage where we are no longer connected by these simple egoistic calculations at all levels of society.  Even leading economists say that what is happening today is completely off the charts. This is no longer just about the economy but is rather impacting all areas of our life including the family. A family is also based on a contract, established as a sort of business between two partners and is actually the most important contract in our lives. However due to the challenging nature of relations between all humans at the moment we can no longer maintain marriages. The same goes for other systems we depend on: educational and cultural institutions, and the workplace.

Something has shifted inside us that is really influencing our relations with others. Since we are still stuck in the previous stage we have not yet developed the right analytical mindset to connect all the dots and deal properly with the new situation.  If we did have this new schema inside us could we would know how to arrange the family in a new way and not see it dissolve after a few years. Can we even put a price on how much the high rate of divorce is costing us?

We are going about our business as usual and trying to recover from nature’s blows that are costing us billions of dollars. The question is whether it is possible to bring some new regularity and plan for the future in a better way based on our experience? Since we built our environment according to the previous egoistic system, there may be a need to build everything in society from scratch. However if we become more aware of this transition to a new social stage of our development, perhaps we can simply adjust current structures we have in place to suit the next phase of our evolution.

Instead of simply reacting to nature whenever disaster strikes we can try to learn more about this harmonious system and suit our lives to it. For example, what laws can we take from nature and implement in the economic system?  We need to look at what’s happening with nature, how it influences us and how we influence it. If we look at our planet today with all the floods and storms, we need to come to terms with the fact that our current state of maximizing personal benefit is systematically destroying our world.

Now that our world has become round if a person is causing harm to the system, they are actually causing harm to themselves. So the first law is that whatever harm we cause to the general system, it comes back to us in a very precise manner but not in a way that we necessarily understand.

The second law is that everyone is connected and responsible for one another. Though we are not used to this system at all it is suddenly tying us tightly together through all these disasters.  Since we are all connected if we cause damage to our fellowman it comes back to us through other people.  If we cause damage through our companies, it could come back to us as extreme weather. Clearly it doesn’t come back from the same place we caused damage but in general from the system. So for example if we burn a forest it can come back to us as trouble in our family. Two seemingly unconnected events but if you know the laws of nature, you can see the connection. If we do not have that same integral perspective of the system then we cannot understand the connection. So until we completely identify with this new system in a manner that it truly exists inside us and defines everything we do, we won’t know how to behave in life.

The world has changed. We have entered a stage where we are running out of options. In this system where we are responsible for one another it’s as if we are contractually obligated to one another even though we didn’t actually consent to this situation.  We do something on one side of the world that affects others in a negative manner. Suddenly we have hurricanes in one place, riots in another, fires and heat waves in America, floods in Europe, yet do not understand the connections between these things. So first we need to understand that we won’t grasp the connection until we become round enough inside in a manner that allows us to truly connect with others. We need to be able to build inside ourselves a replica of what is happening outside us otherwise we will not be able to find the correct formula of life.

As the most developed element in nature, when we change it will affect all other levels in nature.  We are the highest point in nature so once we upgrade our connections everything else will arrange itself.  

What model can we take from nature and implement in humans? Economists believe in allowing the human ego to do as it will and things will balance themselves out. Why? We built an egoistic system where each person succeeds according to their abilities and status in life. Somehow that system worked for thousands of years with the help of “a hidden hand” as the experts like to call it.

The hidden hand economists speak about exists in nature. Why is it hidden? Because we don’t see it.  Until the 20th century we developed in a linear manner with our ego constantly growing.  Once it began to grow in a round manner then the connection between us went from being simply prospering from each other to something else. We find ourselves in unchartered waters and don’t know what to do. It’s as if we have entered a new phase of our history where we must now determine our fate ourselves. We have to understand this natural progress in our evolution that we are going through. We have to use all our power to enable humanity to receive the same form as the framework we have entered. And it is up to us to do this.  In the past we allowed everyone to use their nature as they wanted or needed. But now we need to start saying; before you use your nature remember that you are connected to everyone on earth.  Then you will use it properly. This is the adjustment we all have to make inside and it is easier said than done.

Here is the bottom line. We mustn’t think of nature as some god with its laws operating on us. Whether we like it or not, we are part of nature and our greatest problem is that we actually believe that we are above nature and can do whatever we please. Yet now we are seeing the negative feedback from nature. Now we see that it’s not worth being above nature and that we will just lose out and continue to receive blows in the long run. It would be much smarter to see ourselves as part of nature, and calculate our entire life in that manner. The more we try to be in balance and harmony with nature, the more sustainable our life will be.

Since we are not learning from nature how to behave it is no wonder that we are in a crisis. The current state is really no one’s fault. People are still in the previous mode of behavior and must go through a genuine transition inside which we never experienced before in human history. We need to become similar to nature by feeling this entire body of laws, this entire universe inside us.

We cannot ignore the fact that there is a constant law advancing us from stage to stage, and generation to generation.  Nature always advanced us in our evolution, acting as a hidden hand in our progress, giving every generation an additional layer of knowledge for upgrading life. But this time it’s different. This time we have to reveal the new layer on our own. But first we need to realize that we need it. 

Brands We Are Loving Right Now

If you head on over to Shaw Communications in Canada you will see that they have an incredible Together is Amazing campaign for filling food banks. The TV spot by BBDO Toronto ends with the sentence – Imagine what we can do together. One of the sentences on their site is: The more you get together the happier you’ll be. This is really the message of the future that all companies should aspire to project in some way to the masses. That together we are simply better humans and the world is a better place. If we are all only focused on our own egoistic desires, none of us will be able to get anywhere.

Another company with an amazing brand is Love’s in Oklahoma. Just the name in itself is enough to inspire you but we actually discovered Forbes’ 7th largest private company when they donated $3 Million to disaster relief after the tornadoes hit that region. So we dug a bit deeper and discovered that this business was started by Tom & Judy Love with $5000 and is run today by their children.  You can tell that Love’s corporate culture is quite far from standard with loyal employees enjoying profit sharing and really feeling like part of a big family.  Though Love’s Travel Shops cater mainly to truckers on the road, it would be nice to see this values-driven brand continue to grow and prosper. What an incredible example of how a company should treat its employees.

We love the McCain Food messages on the site so much we will list them all here: McCain – it’s all good. Our Goal – making people smile. Good Business. Good People. From our participation in our communities to our respect for the Earth and more, we are Good People doing Good Things. Good Food. At the heart of our good food and integral to our good business are our people. And it goes on to mention Good Growing. Good Ingredients.  McCain has one of the most inspirational sites in the world, but unfortunately its commercials don’t convey the same good vibes.

You know how they say a brand should tell a story? Well with Cantor Fitzgerald it’s a movie. Since they occupied the top floors of the World Trade Center, on September 11th they lost no less than 658 of their young and talented employees. It’s taken Cantor’s CEO Howard Lutnick over a decade to prove he would make good on his promise to do everything he could for the families of his employees and actually distributed $180 Million over the years. The money part may have been the easier part though. In addition to losing his own brother in the disaster, the survivors have participated in hundreds of funerals and memorials. His daily schedule in those days included hours of condolence calls with family members when he himself was grieving as well. In the midst of all this tragedy they rebuilt the company to be greater than ever before. Living proof that doing the right thing pays off in a big way.  It won’t bring the people they lost back, but at least their families were taken care of. What they did after Sandy was quite unbelievable. They gave out prepaid credit cards with $1000 to each family. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? It’s the way they went about it in such a sensitive way, and really putting a lot of time and effort in. You don’t see things like this every day. Watch the clip to see for yourself.

Please feel free to tell us about other brands that are inspiring and holding us all to a higher standard.

Figuring Out What’s Really Important

It is really inspiring to see this whole new trend of companies really going out of their way to (re)evaluate their culture and value system from scratch. These are the companies that will have a tremendous advantage in the next stage because they are correcting the most crucial aspect of their company’s foundation, which impacts all other aspects of their business – human relations. The corporate values that they create together define how they interact with one another and the people they are connected to outside the company. Members of the team usually figure out these things as equal parts of a whole and invest a few days in the process.  Obviously it takes a special kind of leader to call a ‘time out’ to deal with this compelling issue that can really determine the fate of the company.

A great post about company values just went up on the Influencer section of Linkedin, The Power of Simplicity by Adam Bryant, a corner office columnist at the New York Times:

Robert LoCascio of LivePerson, shared the story of how he worked with his employees to boil his company’s values down to just two.

“I invited everyone into the process, and I provided context to the whole thing. I remember that I had an all-company call and said: ‘You know what? We’ve done amazing things. We went from $20 million to $100 million in five years. We should be very proud, and we should congratulate ourselves. And now we are going to move forward, and we need to design a different environment, a different company. So let’s acknowledge that we’re going to do that as a team, as a company.’

“And we ended up all going to Israel, where our research offices are. All the employees, more than 300 of them, came. I remember some people said: ‘I don’t want to come. This is dumb.’ There was a lot of friction. But everyone came, and we spent three days doing this cultural evaluation. We were in small groups of 20, and we sat in circles. The first day people were like: ‘I don’t know what’s going on here. This is kind of crazy. It’s a little Kumbaya-ish.’

What is interesting about this example is how people expressed their resistance out loud and thought it would be a complete waste of time. So the first thing to take note of is that humans resist change – any kind of change in our daily pattern. The first instinctive reaction is to resist. Why is that? Way deep down inside they know that such a process will change them. We are willing to change a lot of things in our lives – careers, homes, spouses, cars, etc. But the things we resist the most and put off until the very last minute are the changes that will require us to make adjustments in a place that we perceive as perfect the way it is –  inside ourselves. But the payoff is huge. A bunch of new LivePerson products were thought up by unlikely sources in the company. They also reached some very insightful conclusions that really prove how valuable this process can be:

We eventually got to two core values: be an owner and help others. Be an owner is about us being owners as individuals, driving the business, and helping others is about being reflective and understanding that we’re in a community here. We can’t be selfish.

You can see video footage of them sitting in circles and really connecting on a new level on the LivePerson culture page.

Another great example from Linkedin Influencers:

The CEO of OpenX Tim Cadogen’s 10 Lessons in Defining Your Company’s Values is really worth reading. He split the company up into groups of ten to discuss how they wanted to interact with the world. The first value is quite an incredible achievement and tells you everything you need to know about this company.

We are one: One team. No exceptions. We are a group of strong and diverse individuals unified by a clear common purpose.

By the way OpenX just raised $20 Million in Series D Funding To Fuel Growth. Just a coincidence? Not really. There is nothing random going on here. The companies that arrange themselves to operate in a harmonious manner within and outside the company will flourish in the coming years. Those still allowing the free reign of the human ego without taking others into account will not.

Now imagine taking this to another level. Imagine sitting down with your neighbors and deciding on the core values of your community. Then imagine taking all your conclusions to the national level and even forming a new global community based on the winning values.

Of course we will all resist this process for as long as we can. But once we get to that point where we sit down and define who we really are and the norms of behavior in our society together, there will be no turning back.

Let us all take these great examples from successful business leaders to heart and figure out how to apply this in every area of our lives. Let us all sit down together – even if it sounds a little Kumbaya-ish – and figure out what is really important to us and how we intend to get there. We are the only creatures on earth with the capacity to plan ahead so let us start using our collective powers to shape a better tomorrow.


Climate Disasters and Us

As we become more aware of the weather and its recent severity, it is time to start asking ourselves a lot of questions. What is the reason for this extreme weather? What is it connected to? What can we change to minimize the damage in the future?

There are two prevalent perspectives among climate scientists about global warming in addition to numerous other opinions about this issue. So the question needs to be asked: How can we know which “opinions” are reliable if science itself is still busy working out various theories, and with the opinions being so far from each other?

1) Theory 1: Earth’s Climate Is Changing Due to Human Activity

NASA’s website Global Climate Change, Vital Signs of the Planet includes many pictorial and longitudinal measures and indicators demonstrating changes in earth’s climate including the increasing average global temperature since 1880. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which includes 1300 US scientists states,” … small changes in temperature correspond to enormous changes in the environment.” The panel attributes warming to the release of greenhouse gases from human activity and reports that it is already causing observable impacts to the environment.

2)      Theory 2: Man’s Actions Are Not Responsible for Global Warming

No less than 49 NASA scientists dispute man’s hand in producing global warming and admonished NASA for advocating “an extreme position.” They “believe the claims made by NASA and GISS [Goddard Institute for Space Studies], that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated” contending that “science is NOT settled” on the matter. Their concern is for the possible tarnishing of NASA’s reputation.

There are many opinions, so who is right? For the average person it is difficult to make a clear decision beyond a shadow of a doubt. Science is trying to present itself as empirical while demonstrating to us that it is not so empirical, and there may still be some factors that are not being taken into consideration.  One thing is clear:  Until science decides which theory is correct we have a ticking bomb in our home.

The whole issue of our taking advantage of nature in the most careless and unforgiving manner is impossible to understand.  After all, it is not as if we have some other home. If we do not learn how to look after what we have, how can we look forward to any kind of future?

There is a much more serious issue at stake here than anything science can or is willing to present: how to maintain the proper balance with nature to enable continued growth. Observing the way we relate to ourselves as a society and the world around us is not a pretty picture. The ongoing conflict between humanity and its natural environment will continue to impact the environment negatively, but even more worrisome is how significantly it will change the human race. Altering these two trends has the potential to bring about a state where there is no longer a constant conflict between man and his natural surroundings. It is all up to us.

Mother Nature is a rigid and incredibly balanced system of forces, and that is a fact no one can dispute. The only element in Nature that constitutes a lack of balance is man himself.  Historically man and Nature maintained a good relationship. There were changes and disasters along the way, but in general, they maintained their existence side by side. In the last decades, humanity has grown by leaps and bounds and is revealing a multi-faceted crisis along with it in the economy, education, culture, politics, and Nature as well.  This includes the poisoning of waters, pollution of the air, overuse of oil, extinction of plant and animal species, and so on and so forth. The list is very long.

Getting stuck on pessimistic outlooks at the moment is a form of giving up; ignoring it is a form of contempt for human intelligence. So where does that leave us? To deal with it. At the moment there is more hidden than revealed, and it is difficult to understand what we are heading toward due to a lack of data and knowledge and because it is the first time we are dealing with an issue of these proportions.

Yet we still have our common denominator: This is the only planet we have at the moment until proven otherwise. This is the only life we have and we were not put here to suffer. Just the opposite is true. Everything about our lives indicates that we love to enjoy ourselves, seek satisfaction and beauty. We have a natural inclination to fulfill our earthly needs and desires. So it is clear that the problem is not about the essence of man who wants to enjoy life, but rather the way we go about it. Nature exists in all its glory, Earth provides all the material needs necessary, and we are actually not short of anything here except the proper management of our resources. Any successful or failing business all comes down to management at the end of the day, and even our body is not worth much without the incredible management system called the brain.

So there is a world, which has a society within it, which has a man within it, and they are meant to manage their lives in proper balance so we can rise above the tsunamis, volcanoes, earthquakes, and any other obstacles. How? It is not clear yet. What is clear is that we must understand the conflict existing between man and Nature, knowing that the entire crux of our existence rests upon it.


Oklahoma Tornado: What Does Nature Want?

Nature is communicating with the U.S. quite strongly lately.  Seeing this in such a powerful country that took upon itself the monumental task of managing the world, it really makes us stop and think. Are these events random? Can nature be controlled or does it completely control us? Is it in our power to change the destructive processes of nature?

When viewing nature’s system, which we currently have an abundance of scientific tools for examining, we see a balanced system with all its growing processes, species, compensations, and inter-relationships. At the same time, all the changes that are not necessary in nature took place and continue to take place wherever man intervenes. This is not so clear because it seems it should have been just the opposite: that such a sophisticated creature as man should have been able to conquer nature for his benefit in the fullest sense and with no opposition. Instead of that we see many reactions and signs that nature opposes us in negative ways: tsunamis, hurricanes, the extinction of species, and ecological deterioration. Is it just chance? Or is there some spontaneous reaction of nature against us?

A person in the U.S., and anywhere else in the world very naturally strives for a good life, whether through the people around him or through nature. Humans have a mental and emotional system that places us at the top of nature as the most developed creature. So what is it about our relationships that do not allow us to enjoy nature absolutely?  Why does nature alienate us? Why can’t we figure out how to conquer nature and all of its forms in a balanced manner?

The global crisis, just as the natural disasters, is simply a warning sign for man. The tornadoes are coming to awaken us and make us focus on tomorrow. Tomorrow can leave the U.S. in charge of the new world, the post-crisis world that is still ahead of us, on one condition: We must search for the balance and collective responsibility of each person in the world, and every nation without any exceptions. We must act as a complimentary and overlapping system to nature’s system and be in tune with ourselves and nature. It is only then that we will discover the harmonious system of life in the renewed reality.

Whoever has any doubts about this can start looking into the latest scientific and biological research, and what physicists, sociologists and neurologists are saying. They are all beginning to identify a global system that we are on the verge of discovering. Research identifies the subjective connection of man to nature, and we still have our work cut out for us in applying these concepts to practical processes that will lead humanity to new achievements in the future.  The choice is in our hands. All we have to do is connect the dots.

One area we should really be paying attention to is the role of major corporations in this process. How is it possible that at a time when so many leading companies are investing millions of dollars in sustainability programs, our world is becoming increasingly unstable?  What is missing in all these well intentioned initiatives?

The following are some guidelines of steps we can take in the right direction:

1)      Everyone in society and especially kids need to learn the laws of nature, which mainly involves learning how to treat our fellow man in an interconnected world.

2)      Corporations need to rethink their CSR strategies and consider whether they are really making our world sustainable.

3)      Rather than leaving our fate in the hands of people that don’t necessarily have our best interests at heart, we all have to begin taking direct responsibility for the society we are living in.

4)      The world’s leaders need to put a global think tank of scientists together to provide the correct direction.

5)      We all need to start paying a lot more attention to research about human nature involving how we think about and treat those around us.