My Definition of Sustainability

The standard definition of sustainability:

Utilizing resources in a manner that will allow future generations to continue to capitalize on them.

This definition reflects one train of thought. The focus on capitalization of resources supports that sustainability is non-attainable because our purpose in life is not to consume finite resources. Our purpose in life is broader and therefore to be sustainable or to continue to develop in a sustainable manner requires that we consider other aspects important to our development as well.

I once again bring Maslow into the picture of sustainability.

As human beings we have physical, mental and emotional needs. Maslow shows us that as we further our development we can achieve higher levels of satisfaction. These needs begin as physical and primary but cannot diverge from the mental or the emotional needs. As our needs are met, we can say we leverage the ability to achieve higher levels of sophistication such as philanthropy and philosophy but this ability towards depth is present at every level. We are always free to give and to ponder.

The narrow definition of sustainability brings to mind a silk worm but our needs are greater than a life of consumism and production. I also remember the saying, “who ever dies with the most toys wins”, and I wonder why lack of fulfillment leads to the consumption of ongoing ‘solutions’ of instant satisfaction.

By understanding what sustainability truthfully entails we can begin to look at what we have not addressed to truly develop our life in a sustainable way.

With these thoughts in mind, a venture at defining sustainable development to include the creation (invention) and preparation (education) of resources (ideas and people) in the mental, physical and emotional realm (economic, environmental, and social) to allow for the proper utilization of natural or created resources (tangible and ‘intangible’) in a manner that will allow future generations to pursue and achieve happiness and quality of life for more people without exhausting the environment we live in and jeopardizing humanity.

With this definition, life purpose can focus on purposeful and incremental peace, enjoyment and sharing.

How do you see it?




A Quick Studio Tour

For those of you who were not able to come to my studio open house this month, I took a few minutes to do a quick video tour before the studio officially opened for the Festival.

I hope you enjoy this mini video tour but hope you can visit soon.


Spring Eats

Tropical Fruits

Tropical Fruits

Tamal Breakfast

Tamal Breakfast

I am visiting south of the border, the City of The Eternal Spring. I enjoy the food and like to eat the local eats. On the menu I have had: huazontle in guajillo sauce; tamal Oaxaqueno; enchiladas en mole negro; enchiladas en salsa verde; fresh vegetable juices, and fresh fruit.

The local fruits in season are mangoes, guavas, pineapple, jicama,  avocado, radish, and Mexican plumbs. Tomorrow more authentic foods.

More West Texas

Lilibeth Andre, The Quarry, oil, 12x16

Lilibeth Andre, The Quarry, oil, 12×16

The journey was an amenity in itself because of the vistas. Many of the desert plants are blooming this time of year. Birds and wildlife abound. Most exciting to see were hummingbirds and wild turkeys, a heard of aodads, and a rattle snake two feet from my path.

Marfa was chic. I didn’t stay to see the lights but did visit several of the sights. The Wrong Store was a very cool place. Lot’s of shops, galleries and books, books, books.

Fort Davis is a nice western town with shops and eateries.

Enter West Texas

Enter West Texas

Star gazing was the ideal night activity. I also went up to McDonald Observatory with more nice views although there was a lot of dust in the air and rain left much to be desired to cleanse the air.

Captured some beautiful sunsets and sunrises that I hope to recreate on canvas.

Hiking in Big Bend was the best. The views were amazing and the colors were fantastic. The Rio Grand was a beautiful aqua color.

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