Category: Saving the World: Environmental and other Issues of our time

99) From the River to the Sea

The tears didn’t come until I was walking home. I guess in order for the feelings to really surface, I had to get out of the noise and drumming, chanting and dancing, smiling faces, haunted but friendly eyes, and children, lots of children, more children (proportionally) than I have EVER seen at any protest or…

91) The great unraveling: A horror story of life on Earth

The article attached at the end of this is so beautifully, tragically, honestly written. I think about this all the time. My kids were raised with a beautiful first decade or so of life, falling in love with the natural world through hiking, camping, and of course David Attenborough documentaries. Now, as their second decade…

86) What’s it like to go to a protest?

(from https://www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-star/20200830/281492163705587) Saturday, August 29th, 2020 was an inspiring day in Toronto, as most protests and demonstrations are.  Every time I go, I am inspired by at least four things. Every time. One is how interconnected the issues are that people care about.  Your typical protest has a theme or set of central issues that…

80) Magic, Motorcycles, and Mandelbrot: Part 4 – A Call for Global Revolution

So, over 40+ years, my thinking has evolved, from Magic, to Motorcycles, to Mandelbrot, as it has passed from naive and wishful hoping, to power-based command & control ways of thinking, to socio-ecological complexity ways of thinking.  And this takes us to the present, where an understanding of the direction the world is heading, leads…

79) Magic, Motorcycles, and Mandelbrot: Part 3 – Mandelbrot

Then along comes Mandelbrot.  Fractals.  Complex dynamic systems.  Feedback loops.  Self-organization.  Resilience.  Perturbations.  Multi-leveled thinking.  Holonarchies.  Cybernetics.  Nonlinearity.    And your world changes.  If you have gone through this learning curve, then you know, and I know that you know, that you think differently as a result.  (Unless yahyah, you’re a super-genius and you were…

72) Purpose — Part 4 — In Between

“Purpose” seems to involve a lot of striving, searching, tearing down, opening up, trying, growing.  It seems to involve a lot of self, of authenticity and humility, vulnerability and trust.  And it seems to involve a lot of “other”, of succumbing to fear or of reaching out in love.   These are all stepping stones. …

71) Purpose — Part 3 — I hate you.

(Trigger Warning: all the triggers, seriously, don’t read this if you are not prepared to be upset.) If I met you on the street, or at a party, or in a class, or at a job, there is a very, very, very good chance that we would get along just fine.  Or at least would…

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