Chapter Three

Vandana Shiva (in response to interviewer asking her why she has so much energy, "what keeps you so alive?"

"Well it's always been a great mystery because you don't know why you get so depleted or recharged, but this much I know:

I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness no matter how tough the situation. I believe that if you just do your little bit without thinking of the bigness you stand against, if you turn to the enlargement of your own capacities, just that in itself creates new potential.

I've learned from the Bhagavad Gita and other teachings of our culture to detach myself from the results of what I do, because these are not in my hands. The context is not in your control, but your commitment is yours to make. And you can make the deepest commitment with a total detachment about where it will take you. You want it to lead to a better world, and you shape your actions and you take full responsibility for them, but then you have detachment. 

And that combination of deep passion and deep detachment allows me always to take on the next challenge because I don't cripple myself. I don't tie myself in knots. I function like a free being. I think getting that freedom is a social duty. And I think we owe it to each other not to burden each other with prescriptions and demands. I think what we owe each other is a celebration of life and to replace fear and hopelessness with fearlessness and joy.

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