: to give support or relief to
: to provide with what is needed
: to keep up the spirits of
: keep up, prolong
to buoy up
: to bear up under : suffer, undergo
Sustain (v.): 13th century, from Old French sostenir “hold up, bear; suffer, endure,” from Latin sustinere “hold upright; furnish with means of support,” from sub “up from below” + tenere “to hold” (related to Tenet). The meanings, “continue, keep up” and “endure without failing or yielding” are from early 14th century.
“Consume less; share better.”
Hervé Kempf (b. 1957, French journalist and author of the book, How the Rich are Destroying the Earth, Gaza: Life in a Cage)
“Living democracy grows like a tree, from the bottom up.”
Vandana Shiva (b. 1952, age 63, Indian scholar, quantum physicist, activist, and author, who has authored more than 20 books.)
“We cannot hope to create a sustainable culture with any but sustainable souls.”
Derrick Jensen (b. 1960, American author and radical environmentalist)
“We're experiencing the genesis of a community where it does not matter where your roots lie, but what you believe in. We will continue to create an inclusive and sustainable spirit, spreading the word from coast to mountaintop.”
Akilnathan Logeswaran (former UN employee, diplomat, politician, and self-proclaimed “global shaper”)
“While the word charity connotes a single act of giving, justice speaks to right living, of aligning oneself with the world in a way that sustains rather than exploits the rest of creation.”
Rachel Held Evans (b. 1981, American Christian columnist, blogger, and author)
“We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”
Paul Newman (1925-2008, American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver and team owner, environmentalist, political activist, and philanthropist)
“When we use these words and we talk about plants having a strategy to do this or wanting this or desiring this, we’re being metaphorical obviously. I mean, plants do not have consciousness. But, this is a fault of our own vocabulary. We don’t have a very good vocabulary to describe what others species do to us, because we think we’re the only species that really does anything.”
Michael Pollan (b. 1955, American author, journalist, activist, and a professor of journalism at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism)
“While the word charity connotes a single act of giving, justice speaks to right living, of aligning oneself with the world in a way that sustains rather than exploits the rest of creation.” — Rachel Held Evans
Right living is valuing, honoring, and respecting ourselves and all living things on this planet in every possible way and on every possible level. That’s sustainability. How do we do that? We teach each other to love more, little by little.
That’s what our children and youth are teaching us, to be fearless and loving spiritual warriors. We need their living examples to remember what it means to be unflinching lovers in a world that seems to be going mad and growing dark.
I’ve been around a little bit to know that back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, it was so much worse. Our world was riddled with war, international assassinations, and kidnappings.
I was at the salon the other day when two men from England reminded each other about all the bombings that happened in that part of the world and how normal of an occurrence it was.
I really do believe. No, I know. We are evolving for the better. I know this because we are becoming less and less tolerant of terror, hatred, injustice, abuse, and war. And we are willing to fight together to end it.
On the ground in our every day lives, let’s continue to nurture and love each other however way we can. That doesn’t mean forcing friendships where there’s no soul connection. It just means being respectful and appropriate in all relationships, first with ourselves, then each other and all creatures and living things, and especially with our planet.
Stay well, my friends, and continue to be vigilante in spreading your light wherever you may go.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya