• Moneca Kaiser

    <p>Harmony is my life’s thesis</p>

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  • Moneca Kaisersays:
    March 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm Reply

    A friend cheered me up by telling me about this particular toilet, and its a very cool one, I didn’t mind thinking about it hardly at all !

    http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12430/flushing-out-the-ultra-water-efficient-stealth-toilet

  • Gilliansays:
    March 23, 2011 at 11:40 am Reply

    I, too, find it hard to reconcile gaps between my work and my values. There is something difficult about spending 8 hours a day doing something that doesn’t fulfill you completely. It would be a much happier world if we all closed the gap.
    At the end of the day, I have a wonderful nest to live in that allows me to cherish life’s most precious moments. To welcome good friends and family, and to grow my own family. A place to feel at peace. A place where I have planted roots. This means the world to me.
    It makes me question 2 things?
    …What is better, to make a big difference for a handful of people, or or a smaller widespread difference?
    …Perhaps what you can bring to this world that will make the greatest difference is not a product or home, but the wisdom, love and kindness that you share with people, like your friend from Malawi? This changes lives.
    Thank you for making my cosy nest.

  • Moneca Kaisersays:
    March 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Thanks Gillian, you always have my back. I feel there is value in this for sure and maybe I will get into toilet design. Our friend in Malawi shared this with me today and it’s comforting too.

    Dear Moneca
    Its always exciting to hear from you as it reminds me of a rare chance of interacting with people that i regard highly. And the blog- a fantastic sight. I liked your idea of speaking your mind out, free flowing and questions that should strike everyone. Further, i like the kitchen design with a sink on the table_ its really beautiful. But can the wood table withstand water without rotting?
    Anyway i ve no problems with including my note, it adds context and value to concerns.
    My wish is that your business should grow so that you make impact in this world. Hope your humane will then flow to us here.
    Lovely Greetings to nieces.

  • Daniel Smithsays:
    March 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Moneca and Gillian,

    This is an interesting issue, and one that most people never bother to seriously think about. I think that’s probably because whenever you dare to even broach the thought in public, it is almost always met with immediate derision and usually some platitude to the effect of “we all have to do our part.” Unfortunately, the way things are set up, it is hard sometimes to believe that all our efforts are making a positive impact on anything but our own accumulation of wealth and comfort.

    Like both of you, I often struggle with this disconnect between what I do and what I believe. How can I be an entrepreneur, and yet still believe that there is something fundamentally wrong with the system that allows me to be one?

    Mostly, I think it’s inherent selfishness at the root, if I’m going to be honest, because it is a heck of a lot easier to ignore a world and an economic system that does nothing but breed inequality when you yourself have won the geographic lottery and find yourself on the better side of that coin…. And at the same time, it is even more discouraging to think that EVEN if you could devise the absolute perfect replacement to the current capitalist system (and it wouldn’t be difficult in my opinion), you would still have zero chance of convincing the world to change their ways, simply because those with the most power would have the most to lose! So then if broad-scale social change is basically impossible… why work toward anything but comfort for ourselves and our families?

    Wish I had all the answers.

  • Moneca Kaisersays:
    March 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm Reply

    it’s possible Daniel, we just have to show how with each step we take and trust the the rungs will be lain before our feet land as we cross the abyss.

    With friendship it’s all possible

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