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 »
The great, homogenizing monoculture of the global economy and consumerism is sterilizing cultures and ecosystems and human hearts. Will we allow this year's atrocity and tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico to wrench us out of the cultural trance so that we can acknowledge what is happening to our world? 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 »