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A Macrobiotic Ethic

The desire to create a “standard” definition of macrobiotic practice has emerged within our community on a regular basis. In my experience alone I
have been part of many intense and in-depth discussions at teacher’s
gatherings and congresses in both Europe and America. Most often there has
been an agreed conclusion. These decisions are usually either so general that
they could be used to describe almost any progressive natural health
movement or are so steeped in past dogma that they are incomprehensible to
anyone who is not already familiar with macrobiotics.
One reason for this may be that these statements of shared belief start with
the intention to please everyone and in doing so often lack clarity of vision or
insight that challenge past doctrine or reframe collective experience. This
tendency actually serves to cripple the growth and vitality of macrobiotics as a
vital social force.
The expression of our collective beliefs must acknowledge modern concerns
while maintaining the most important macrobiotic principles. When we begin
to define ourselves by the past we neglect the opportunities of the future. If
our objective is to contribute to the creation of “One Peaceful World” we need
to have a clear understanding of where we are in the present as well as an
inspiring vision of the future.