In the United States, the 4th of July is a day to celebrate independence from colonialism and tyranny. While independence (in the sense of freedom and autonomy) is valuable, it leaves us with an incomplete story. We are not, and cannot be, fully independent. So today is also a good day to meditate on our interdependence (see Intro to Agaya and Ubuntu and Calling the Corners meditations).
No human child thrives without supportive others. No human adult is fully healthy without living in community. And of course, the air we breathe and the food we eat would not be possible without the generosity of plants, living in community with the fungi, animals and bacteria that enable them to thrive.
Many thinkers have proposed re-imagining this annual celebration to include or perhaps foreground a celebration of all our Interdependence.
To celebrate the Novasutras movement’s first Interdependence Day and invite the power of ubuntu to sustain us, we have launched a Patreon campaign. Our Patreon campaign allows those who wish to support the continued growth and vitality of the Novasutras movement to do so through a monthly subscription at a level of their own choosing.
With support from Patreon members, the Novasutras movement can remain viable, including regular blog posts and social media activity. With enough support, we can develop even more content, and work more actively to grow the community so that we can reach our goals, and begin to develop our long-term projects. For as little as US$1 per month, you can join at the ‘Universal Ubuntu’ amount and be among the founding partners in this movement. For now, in celebration of the Novasutras movement’s first Interdependence Day, the thresholds for greater incentives (the ‘Gratitude in Ubuntu’, ‘Advancing Agaya’, ‘Circle of Agaya and Ubuntu’ and ‘Awakening All to Agaya’ options) remain low, but some of these will be raised as the movement grows.
“…I am human because I belong, I participate, and I share. A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good…”
Of course, there are many different ways you can contribute to the Novasutras movement, not just through money. Please do what you can to participate in the co-creation of a religion that remains adaptable, deeply democratic and egalitarian, open to both science and mysticism, and so beautifully compelling that it can powerfully transform the way humans live together in our biosphere.