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Thinking global means involving the whole.

That’s what it means to be holistic.

In order to be holistic, you have to come out of the box. Today we have many environmental issues because we are still in the human box.

In academic language it is called anthropocentrism. Anthropocentrism, philosophical viewpoint arguing that human beings are the central or most significant entities in the world. This is a basic belief embedded in many Western religions and philosophies.

Many of these Western religions and philosophies bleed into our political and educational institutions. Which creates a society that is obsessed with itself. The glorification of humanity has become the desolation of the environment.

Indigenous cultures around the world, including our very own kanaka maoli, think circular. They are global thinkers. Not linear as compared to our modern Western worldview. More specifically, Hawaiians thought like an ahupua’a. An ahupua’a is the basic self-sustaining unit that extended elements of Hawaiian spirituality into the natural landscape. They were in intimate relationship with the flora and fauna, lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. These elemental forces, natural vibration, universal conscious expressions were deeply embedded in how Native Hawaiians thought and acted.

Today we need come back to an ancient Hawaiian proverb “nana I ke kumu” (look to the source). We need multidimensional thinkers in our spheres of society. Spheres of society such as government, education, religion, family, arts and entertainment.

During this cultural revival here in Hawai’i, let us learn to think global and act local. Let us as Hawaii people think like an ahupua’a.

Sam Peralta

Kahului

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