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Thinking globally means involving the whole.

That’s what it means to be holistic.

To be holistic, you have to think outside the box. Today we have a lot of environmental problems because we are still in the human box.

In academic language, this is called anthropocentrism. Anthropocentrism, a philosophical view claiming that human beings are the central or most important entities in the world. It is a fundamental belief embedded in many Western religions and philosophies.

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

Indigenous cultures around the world, including our own Kanaka Maoli, think circular. They are global thinkers. Not linear to our modern Western worldview. Specifically, Hawaiians thought like an ahupu’a. An ahupua’a is the basic self-contained unit that has extended elements of Hawaiian spirituality into the natural landscape. They were in intimate relationship with the flora and fauna, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere and the atmosphere. These elemental forces, these natural vibrations, these universal conscious expressions were deeply embedded in the way Native Hawaiians thought and acted.

Today we must go back to an ancient Hawaiian proverb “nana I ke kumu” (see 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 Hawaii, let’s learn to think globally and act locally. As Hawaiians, let us think like an ahupua’a.

Sam Peralta

Kahului




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