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Cherishism

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“Cherishism” is a concept that looks toward these aims too. I think it’s an act of Fluminism to cherish those who care for others (human and beyond human). I have developed to a point where contributions are welcome.

https://seasonalight.com/2020/04/04/more-on-cherishism/

“As an ecopolitical system, Cherishism provides foundational care for all, with an emphasis on caring for the carers, children and flolocas (flows of life particular to place). It is structural love. Although all have a responsibility to life/love/flows (fluminism), greater social respect is given to those beings that are ‘sacred centres’ for what they do as in all nature, and NOT how much money or property they earn. Rewards are intrinsic and experiential.

Housing, food, water and heat/cooling and clothing are provided not simply as ‘basic’ things, but comfortable, equitable,beautiful (locally) and ecological. Emphasis is never on collective funds, but collective ability to care, NURTURE KINSHIP, to participate in positive ways to share best understanding (science and/or indigenous, arts, beauty), in order for all life to flourish.
 
No financial markets exist. No financial housing/land market exists. No political parties exist, though political education is widely accessible and progress debated. Resilience is found instead within deep, meaningful and loving relationships.
 
Licenses for land use with flolocas must pass through all local ethics committees, with the advice of the Cherishers. Public places such as schools, libraries, hospitals and care homes are classed ‘Cherished.’ The ‘Cherish’ (aka communal gathering places where Cherishers are also based), exist in all flolocas and kinnages, and are crucial sacred centres.
 
Monetary bonds in materials such as minerals and metals, etc, do exist, but only in supporting extra critical (ONE-HEALTH) health care and compassionate science and communication. Bioregions in the global south will, therefore, benefit greatly, but activity must be ecologically fore-storative by all those who benefit and agreed by local ethics panels.
 
Global institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF dissolve from staging posts for markets to collaborative, compassionate shared platforms and portals for knowledge (science, ethics and indigenous understanding), and overseers of peace. Other beneficial life preserving institutions remain like CITES and WHO, etc.
 
We all deserve love and security. And so do all fellow living beings/symlings.
 
For humans, there needs to be a basic provision of good food, warmth, clothes and shelter, or land to grow things and thrive. We could begin by universal basic income and dedicating a “true” commons of land toward all species.
 
For teresapien life, place, interconnectedness and peace.
 
In time, we may compassionately end markets as we know them today and adopt an all-nature commons and a gift economy at large. Life should not be a race to be the smartest, cutest, fastest or richest. The only true resistance is to reject this, to embrace compassion, realise a daily ethic of care and make it structural.
 
Let us put love back into the meaning of everything we do.
 
Cherishism; where cherishment is no longer an obsolete word, and in all aspects of life.”
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  • Ginny Battson

    Ginny is a writer, environmental ethicist, and photographer from Wales. An eco-linguist, she also creates neologisms and concepts needed to understand and improve human-nature relationships. She enjoys wading, observing, and walking with her canine companion, Ben. She contributed to the Seasons Anthologies (2016), published by Elliott & Thompson, and has written for EarthlinesResurgence and EcologistNearbyWild, UK Wildlife Trusts and Zoomorphic.
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