BSB 175      J. Morris Hicks     (11-15-18)  
The Joy of Optimism over Fear
Good News! 

Lately, I've been experiencing a great deal more joy in my work of researching, writing and speaking publicly about our future as a species.  That's because my thinking has evolved to a much better place. 

Nowadays, I can envision a truly "green" living arrangement for humanity that is a "better alternative" for all concerned - especially for Mother Nature. That's important, because as we say down South:

If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! 

And she ain't happy right now.

Up  until  two months ago, I'd been having trouble imagining how we could ever change our wasteful lifestyles enough to satisfy Mother Nature's requirements for sustainable living on her planet. 

Here's a green timeline for how I finally got there:

February 2011 I started a blog aimed at promoting health and sustainability, then posted one every single day for 737 consecutive days.

Those earlier blogs were primarily about improving our food choices, which are very important for  promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

But it takes more than changing what we eat. That's why my focus has now shifted toward the need to embrace ALL major actions necessary to save our civilization. Not just the food.   

That's when the mountain I had chosen to climb seemed to get much steeper and the obstacles much larger - as I was having trouble envisioning viable solutions to lots of thorny sustainability issues. At first, it seemed hopeless.

June 2016.  I posted the first of my new  "Bite-Size Blogs" (BSBs), dealing primarily with our longterm future as a species. And, for the first two years, I felt a little bit like Sisyphus.

But recently things have gotten much better as I have shifted the primary focus away from "fear of disaster" - opting instead for the much more uplifting vision of a "better alternative" for humans, one that could also comply with Mother Nature's rules.

Sept. 2018. I began posting BSBs about that  vision of what could happen if we really got serious, and creative, about living in harmony with nature. That means designing a solution that goes far beyond recycling newspapers, using solar panels and driving electric cars.

We're talking about totally re-inventing the way we live, something that is not possible for individuals to choose on their own. 

Our "Re-Invented" Human Habitat might look like this.

Re-inventing the way we live will require a leadership team of the very best engineers, architects, futurists, economists and green living specialists in the world - working together to create a totally new human habitat where "non-green" choices do not exist.

I call it a "Build It and They Will Come"  scenario, one in which a totally green, futuristic way of living is designed and built in a manner that will be highly appealing to a rapidly growing number of people every year.

As I envision it, the era of the futuristic, sustainable habitat for humans will begin in the southern USA before 2030.  It would feature a 2200 mile, coast-to-coast HyperLoop transit system in the center of a ten-mile wide "green living" corridor from Atlanta to Los Angeles. 

I call it "GRATOLA" (Green Region Atlanta TO LA).  This hope-inspiring idea is explored in much greater detail in this blog that was posted on 9-21-18. 

A 2200 mile HyperLoop System is at the Heart of GRATOLA

For a more complete picture, you may wish to review some of the BSBs  that were posted after the one linked above.

More about that JOY. Nowadays, since I began thinking, writing and speaking about an envisioned solution that I believe will work - my demeanor, my energy and my attitude about the future of humanity has changed sharply for the better.

That all happened naturally as I became more confident that there really was an honest-to-goodness, viable solution to our many sustainability crises. That solution won't be easy to execute, but I do believe that it is possible.
Optimism vs. Fear. Until my One Creative Solution post in September,   many of my  BSBs  dealt with topics that were, in a word - SCARY.
But now that I am envisioning a happy ending, my spirits are up, my focus has sharpened and I absolutely LOVE talking about that "better alternative" every chance I get.

The Bottom Line. I am convinced that if enough people catch the vision of this "creative solution" - that it will soon resonate with enough of the world's influential leaders, thinkers and power-brokers to make a difference.

For only then will the entire human community begin to collectively leverage our "intelligence, goodwill, generosity and enterprise" to turn planet Earth into the "paradise" that famed biologist, Dr. E.O. Wilson, believes it can be.

We can do this together. We can do this NOW! 

What can you do? Three things:

1. Live as greenly as possible while doing all that you can to raise the awareness of the "big picture" solutions that are ultimately necessary to save our civilization.

2. Help me find audiences who might want to hear a refreshing message of action, hope and sustainability. I am happy to deliver that message. Anytime. Anyplace.

3. Please forward this BSB, along  with links to my recent articles, to prominent journalists, thought leaders and/or elected officials you respect. 

Until next time, just remember...

Humanity is on a collision course with Nature.
A damaged Nature will survive. We may not.
We must change course to avert an ecological disaster.

  Finally, for  your convenience, here are links to a few related BSBs from the past few weeks: 

Want to see a list of all my BSBs?  Click here.

Be well,

J. Morris (Jim) Hicks 
CEO, 4Leaf Global, LLC

I welcome your feedback and/or questions at:

Looking for Opportunities to Speak.  Since 2016, my research, writing and speaking has been focused on the sustainability of our ecosystem and our future as a species. I call it the "most important topic in the history of humanity." 

After all, what could possibly be more important to humans than the survival of our species?

 (now contains 5-minute video of me speaking in Tucson) 

Speaking Activity:   In 2018, I spoke at a   VegFest in  Fort Myers, FL,  at the  in Honolulu and Kahului, Maui, at the   College of the Holy Cross  in Worcester, MA, at a  Plant Powered Manhattan  event in New York, and at a health conference in  South Haven, Michigan.

To schedule a presentation at a venue near you, please contact me at

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

Moonglow J. Morris Hicks

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