An introduction to Johann Hari's "The Next Crash Will Be Ecological - and Nature Doesn't Do Bailouts," and his article on why it's been so difficult to curb climate change, and the consequences of not doing so. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
There is a vitally important piece of the equation that continues to go missing in the culture of environmentalism and in society in general. That piece can be summed up in a single word: psyche (as in psychological). It's a word you don't hear much. And yet, in so many ways, it's the most important word in the world. What are the key elements of a resilient foundation for a sustainable and life-affirming society? One critical element, I believe, is the inner resilience that only work with the psyche can bring. 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 »
Dharmagaians come from many fields of learning and endeavor: science, philosophy, psychology, art, literature, spirituality, activism, and – yes, astrology. Astrology, one of my own symbolic systems of learning, offers some of the most fertile insights into our time in human history because it is the study of time – or, perhaps I should say, timing. There are several excellent astrologers writing about the process of paradigm change in relation to socio-political and ecological events in the world as they relate to archetypal astrological influences in the sky. (Paradigm change is a major theme among Dharmagaians and on Dharmagaians.org, where it is also called The Great Turning.) Read the rest of this entry »
Invitation to comment on Dharmagaians.org website. Read the rest of this entry »
After teaching Deep Ecology online for several years, and also having participated in many small-group processes in person (such as circle, dialogue and Nonviolent Communication practices), as well as online discussions on other sites, I have learned that there is a need to set boundaries for discussions. Read the rest of this entry »