It’s time to look for our commonality with conscientiousness.
This idea came to me from Bryan Welch’s introductory article entitled Great Gardens, Pure Food and Clean Energy, The Ties that Bind. In that article, he talked about the diversity of Mother Earth News readership, and shared that it has been the fastest growing major magazine in America for the last ten years while many magazines struggled to find readership. I found much of what Welch wrote to be fascinating.
I’d like to quote a few paragraphs from his article:
As editors, we generally don’t think about whether a reader is liberal or conservative. We’re looking for readers who are very conscientious — people interested in sustainability and self reliance. And it turns out that people who are very conscientious tend to describe themselves as very liberal or very conservative.
But your political differences apparently don’t extend to your feelings for gardens, tomatoes, farmhouses, pure food, a healthy human habitat or great grandchildren.
Evidently, we all agree those are things that need to be preserved and nurtured. About the most important things, it seems you — and we — are aligned.
You can read more about Mother Earth News here. I like how the magazine talks about itself as a guide to living “with little money and abundant happiness.”
This last weekend, I picked up Mother Earth News to gather ideas on how to grow more food in less space, but I ended up feeling inspired about our changing world and the idea that conscientious people of every political persuasion do have more in common than most of the media would lead us to believe. There truly is hope for creating a world of sustainable abundance, and perhaps we can find new ways to innovate together as we realize our commonality in conscientiousness.
This week’s contemplation:
Do you consider yourself to be very conscientious? What about the people around you?