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Preserve. Honor. Create.

I’m sitting here on my bed reading the first few inspiring pages of Jon Acuff’s new book, DO OVER. It’s so inspiring, in fact, that I just set it down mid-reading page seven so I could type this out.

Some things have to change around here. I’m not just talking about this website. I’m talking about this country. Heck, this entire world.

We’re all aware of the general mismanagement that has led to waning natural resources, historical levels of pollution, and lifestyles that perpetually demand that factories keep churning out newer better faster smartphones, laptops, watches, TVs, tablets, and the like.

We can’t continue to buy replacement plastic gadgets everytime we break the ones we used to have. The wasted piles of our old gadgets are the new mountains in the 21st century.

If, like me, you found yourself this Easter stuffing little plastic toys into colored plastic eggs, you may also have paused your annual ritual to ask yourself the question: Why do we keep doing this? Why do our traditions have to revolve around disposable plastic knick knacks and decorations with no meaning? 

When You Ask That Question, You Know It’s Time

It’s time for a change. A shift. A RADICAL shift.

The old ways may be simpler and more convenient than attempting something new, but we’re no longer satisfied with the systems we have. Sure, it’s easier to buy an Easter egg hunting experience at Walmart or Target, but there’s something all the more fake and meaningless because of our “plasticky” conveniences.

Things used to mean something.

100 years ago, a man would cut down a tree or a set of branches carve that wood into something functional. Something beautiful. Something with presence. When you put a natural resource into the palm of a man’s hand and he shapes it according to his imagination and will, you have something precious result.

When you buy that same object in plastic from the local superstore, you just don’t get the same result. Those things just don’t mean as much.

Here at, we’re in the process of a signficant culture shift. I’d call it a life-defining shift. Whereas we once were more focused on regurgitating pop culture with a personal spin, we’re now heading in a different and, hopefully, better, direction.

The time to waste words on cheap and easy things that entertain us is past. There’s something more out there for us to aspire to.

Hopefully, it’s something greater.


In the place where I currently live, there are customs and cultures that have existed for hundreds of years before I was ever a gleam in my daddy’s eye. Those stories, traditions, and customs are vanishing from human history every year as more and more elderly men and women die without passing them on to someone who cares.

We can’t afford to lose our past. The past tells us who we are, where we came from, what the land has endured, and what this land is most likely to produce well. We need the wisdom of our forefathers to guide us and lay a firm foundation for our future endeavors.

But we can only gain this wisdom if we are intentional. We must preserve this wisdom by listening to our elders in every arena. We must write down their sayings and their customs and their ideas so they will not be lost forever.


There are Native American, pioneering, homesteading, and colonial cultures in these parts that should never be forgotten or ignored. Through honor, we place value upon the history of our land, and we embrace the past as we embrace this land for our children’s future.

Honor is the gateway to everything worth having.


As we preserve and honor our forerunners, we would be remiss to not make our own mark.

Though we honor the past, we do not wish to repeat it. The only way forward is to take past teachings, wisdoms, and ideas and build something even better on top of them.

What can we do together to make this world a better place? Let’s ask this question day after day after day until we know the answer. Let’s ask the question until we live answer.

What can YOU do to make this world a better place?

By Daniel Dessinger

Daniel founded CultureFeast in 2005, co-founded Mommypotamus in 2009, and writes frequently about self-awareness.

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