Tom Atlee, in a letter to "a community organizer and networker who is overwhelmed by the potential impact of global crises on his community," offers his own reflections on some of the traps we get ourselves into in doing work for the benefit of the world, and how to transcend those traps with wisdom and courage. Read the rest of this entry »
In "The Sincerest Form of Reverence," John Michael Greer places organic gardening in the context of the currently disintegrating state of the world. He points out the relevance of comprehending the current challenges from the deep-time perspective of evolution, which he brings down to Earth by discussing how "green wizards" can coevolve their organic gardens by imitating Nature. Read the rest of this entry »
Robert Jensen Interview: There is a lot of individual variation in the human species, which means there will be lots of different reactions as the reality of our predicament sets in. I worry that in a society like the United States, where so many have lived for so long with abundance and a sense of entitlement, people won’t be able to face up to the dramatic changes that are inevitable. That could lead people to accept greater levels of hierarchy and authority if political leaders promise to protect that affluence. In that case, people’s inability to deal with the emotions that arise out of awareness of collapse could usher in an era of even more unjust distribution of wealth and resources in an even more violent world. The only way to combat that is to talk openly about what we see coming and work to create conditions that allow us to rely on the best of our nature, not the worst. Read the rest of this entry »
Reflections on the increasing number of Cassandras who are seeing through the collective delusions of industrial civilization, with tributes to Matthew Simmons for uncovering the lies and illusions about energy depletion and the coming energy crisis, and reflections on the power of Nature to break through the cultural trance. Read the rest of this entry »
The Bubble: The bittersweetness of what I experienced during two trips back to my country, the United States, in 2007, after living in Europe since 2001: the beauty and kindness, as well as the cultural trance of bubble mentality. Read the rest of this entry »
A Slow-Moving Crisis: As has been pointed out many times in the last few decades, the Chinese character for crisis is a combination of the characters for danger and opportunity. This concentrated bit of ancient Chinese wisdom is often applied to our historical time. The danger is that, if we do not see the danger, we will miss the opportunity – they go together. In ecosystemic terms, periods of imbalance, far from equilibrium, create the opportunity for change and evolution, but can also lead to breakdown. What are the myths that prevent people from preparing to meet the dangers that are evident? Read the rest of this entry »
Darkness is Gathering: What is Fascism? Is there reason to worry about it happening in the United States and Europe? How cognitive dissonance between the myths of the culture and evidence to the contrary results in denial and an inability to perceive reality. Read the rest of this entry »
What is civilization, why do civilizations collapse, and what does a Dark Age signify? Why is preemptive action necessary to prevent a Dark Age, and what would preemptive action consist of? Read the rest of this entry »
The Great Turning: For decades Dharmagaians have warned of the dangers to civilization and the possibility of human extinction. They also have analyzed the causes of these problems as being rooted in the Western worldview, and have proposed solutions based on love for the Earth and concern for future generations. But the fundamental solution that all Dharmagaians agree upon is that a change in consciousness – a deep paradigm change, which many call the Great Turning – is necessary if our species is going to survive. Read the rest of this entry »