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What Does a True Progress Really Mean or Less Is More and the Greener Is Better.

Updated on January 31, 2019
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Beata works as a qualified primary school teacher, a councillor for drug and alcohol addiction and a farm caretaker for organic olive grow.

I remember ten years ago, I took my youngest son born in Australia to visit my homeland in the Eastern Europe.

He was a teenager then and keen to befriend some young people there.

They were keen to copy the western consuming lifestyle freshly freed from the communist regime. Dressed in the latest plastic fashion with plastic accessories they had been offering my son their mint infused cigarettes and canned mixed alcohol drinks. My son waved his hand wearing his favorite worn out cotton shorts and a bamboo t-shirt and said: “Hey guys it is not cool to breathe that poison and have a foul breath and brown teeth, not sexy either for girls.”

The Eastern Europe was just absorbing the western consuming ideals that the west was actually leaving behind. At least young people who always seem to follow the new progressive way are learning fast. Unfortunately for our earth and us, the old corrupted the consuming lifestyle ‘money can buy anything’ leaders do not want to give up their power. So our world is still led by old who push their old way on us all and our planet and we all suffer because of it.

I have visited my daughter living in one of the most progressive Australian cities recently.

She refused a well paid and luxurious corporate law position to follow her heart and works for a low key environmental and humanitarian agency.

She shares her renting little environmentally friendly cottage with other passionate young people from every culture and circumstances possible. In the recent upheaval when the ruling government wanted to scare people into believing that refugees are responsible for everything what is wrong with Australia, she offered a bed to a new refugee boy from the Middle East. She found him a job. He has got involved with the humanitarian agency too and teaches fellow Australians not to be afraid of new people and different cultures. “All refugees and migrants I have met here are grateful to be here and work hard to become Australians and live in peace and prosperity they lacked at home,” he told me.

I have been sitting with these beautiful young people who share everything including their gadgets and mobiles and bicycles and use public transport or Uber to get around. “Why do I need to own a car?” They told me, “I have my legs or hop on a bike if I need to, it keeps me fit and I don’t need to pay an over expensive gym fee.”

“Why do I need to own the latest gadget?” They asked me, “Waste of money and just more plastic for landfill, what I need I have at work or we share what we have here.”

They refuse to buy any fast food or drinks wrapped in plastic, instead they carry their own recycled long term use plastic for the take away drinks or food or order coffee from a china cup in the local organic coffee shop to support local business. They buy their groceries on the fresh food local market where the local farmers selling their produce straight into your recycled paper boxes. They cook at home their vegetarian meals taking turns eating them together on their recycled wooden deck with a little organic garden they take turns to look after. They are all in their early or later thirties and none of them is married yet. They do not seem to rush into anything their parents felt it was the priority in life: a new car, a new house, a new wife and a new family or new better paid job and bigger and more expensive or more envied by neighbors, the better.

“When our time comes we marry,” told me one young gay couple, “but for sure it will not be your expensive plastic friendly and money hungry show off wedding,” maybe we just go down by the river hold hands and make our grass rings around our fingers and then we go to sign the papers so everyone is happy it is official. Then we invite our family to our organic feast in our rented house we share with others.”

The young people I met are happy, they spend weekends in the nature around, climbing rocks and hiking around always in the nature sharing what they have and eating healthy, alcohol is not forbidden but it is not priority. They do not need to drunk themselves senseless to forget, there is nothing they need to forget to. Their work is passionate and purposeful, money is enough to go around and their overseas holiday? They usually go somewhere to work as volunteers to help those less fortunate, because they are the lucky ones right?

I tip my hat off to these young people and I believe our future will be good because once all those old self important overweight and rich mostly males die who rule our world today and rule it so badly, once they are gone IT WILL BE THEIR TURN AND THEY SEEM TO HAVE IT RIGHT DON’T YOU THINK SO?

By the way if you look very carefully you see her in the middle of that huge Australian rock formation, slowly climbing up, not visible but there, waiting for her turn to change the world just millions of other young people all around the world...their time will come hopefully before they themselves grow grey and weary...

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      You're a survivor and thriver, Beata. I have huge respect for you!

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      Beata Stasak 

      6 months ago from Western Australia

      thank you Shauna I believe we all reflect our own values on our children hoping they will continue with our dreams and efforts and part of our own DNA with all those stored in human histories of their ancestors rub off on them. My ancestors survived wars and prosecutions coming originally from Croatia running away from Turks they settled in the Austria-Hungarian kingdoms that was torn apart in world war one and used by Hitler in world war two as his killing field. Then communism came and the rest of my family that survived was prosecuted because of the wrong past who could run away left. My kids know that we are family of survivors and refugees who are here just because someone opened a door to their grandfather running from secret police and took him in. Therefore I am here and they are too...it is out time now to pay back and open the door to someone else, that is what it means to be human no?

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Beata, I hope there are others in the world with your children's values and perspective. Our world will definitely be a better place once the stumbling blocks die off and they're free to spread their concern, compassion, and good sense to restore peace and harmony to our planet.

      Thank you for sharing these wonderful souls with us. You should be very proud. After all, you raised them!

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      Beata Stasak 

      6 months ago from Western Australia

      thank you my fellow hubbers, there are many children like my children and I believe in them, I truly do. Every generation seems to do better than the previous one and come up with new innovative ways to live and love and just be...the problem is the generation before so often does not want to let go off their secured places and they don't allow the young ones to replace them...

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      your children have earned my respect

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Your children certainly seem to have their priorities sorted out. I applaud them. I would love for this generation to sort out the world's problems with kindness and compassion instead of threats and guns which seems to be the way of the world now.

      Lovely hub. Will be sharing on FB.

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