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Don’t sell our soul

Do you live in Carbondale and connect with the power and grace of this place on the earth? In a relationship of connection, I experience beauty and miracles.

In a time and place of disconnection and conflict, relationships fall to fearful levels. Anxious questions arise: “Will our water still run, will our toilets flush without tax revenues from the Crystal River Marketplace?”

In contrast, connection to a great mountain inspires the heart and hands to seek a courageous perspective and long-term sustainable prosperity. People with a connection to the valley and summits have a lofty expectation that our growth will benefit all concerned.

Authentic economic health is sustainable over time. Sustainable growth enhances life; it benefits my children’s children.

Can you imagine the Swiss at the base of the Matterhorn, putting in a shopping mall to increase tax revenues? If Carbondale needs funds, we can be more creative than selling our soul to a California developer.

Carbondale lives with the gift of life below a great mountain. To call home the base of such a mountain is to dwell in the presence of a sacred connection between heaven and earth.

For those of us who live here daily, this powerful peak inspires and enlivens our experience as few places in the world. With a gift goes responsibility. Can our local economy steward this treasure?

As I speak with connected business people, builders, mothers, fathers, artists, healers and craftsmen, they express the desire for a healthy local economy that works for generations to come. The people are expressing their goal and it is not an insignificant goal.

What are the goals of corporate America? When you strip away the platitudes and advertising, most often it is not healthy sustainability. Is the transition to such a possibility within the reach of Carbondale? Yes, and only if we demand it.

Among the rarest and most resonant moments in history are those times when opposites converge to create something new – when the right people appear in the right place at the right time to enact change that benefits the lives of succeeding generations long into the future.

When I look up to the south, it is clear a boundary has to be held. The era of corporations imposing their will on small towns stops here! Carbondale says no on July 15 to those that do not dwell here nor understand stewardship of our precious gift.

With holding that boundary, it may become possible to create a resonant moment when the people’s demands, values and vision come together with the landowners to grow beyond unhealthy consumptive ways to a local economy which is best for all concerned.

William T. Evans, MD

Carbondale


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