Hello and welcome to my blog, dedicated to the Great Work of our time: a just, regenerative human presence on Planet Earth. I write about social and spiritual permaculture, storytelling, and living the New Story. If you want to bring about community and cultural change, you have come to the right place.
A Quote for Today
"...if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties.. if that is what they mean by a "liberal" then I am proud to be a liberal. "
Adapted by the Pachamama Alliance from a presentation at Schumacher College, Totnes, England by Will
Keepin of the Satyana Institute, Boulder, Colorado, this provisional set of “principles
of spiritual leadership” provide the beginning of a collective inquiry into how we can
apply spiritual teachings and wisdom in the work of global citizen game changers.
(1) The motivation underlying our activism for social
change must be transformed from anger and despair to compassion and
love. This is a major challenge for the environmental movement, for example. It is
not to deny the legitimacy of noble anger or outrage at injustice of any kind. Rather,
we seek to work for love, rather than against evil. We need to adopt compassion
and love as our foundational intention, and do whatever inner work is required to
implement this intention. Even if our outward actions remain the same, there is a
major difference in results if our underlying intention …
"Entrenched interests use
despair, confusion and apathy to prevent change. They encourage modes of
thinking which lead us to believe that problems are insolvable, that
nothing we do can matter, that the issue is too complex to present even
the opportunity for change. It is a long-standing political art to sow
the seeds of mistrust between those you would rule over: as Machiavelli
said, tyrants do not care if they are hated, so long as those under them
do not love one another."
Lately, I've encountered more and more people who believe our culture is living the wrong story.
The old cultural story is this: we need things to be happy, and we definitely need more money. Abundance is limited. We must fight for our share of a decreasing pie. Earth is here for humans to use (or use up). What is in the way of creating a New Story? It is this...
For example, one result of the old, dysfunctional story is this: most people who have "enough" are afraid they soon won't. They resent anyone who needs more, even if it's just to survive. Those who do not have enough are afraid too--desperate even--that they won't have what they need to survive.
There are plenty of dystopian Hollywood movies from Mad Max to The Day After to Idiocracy that show us how a this story like this ends: it’s a story of death and dying. In all of these unhappy endings, Earth is trashed for the sake of human needs or conflict. The vulnerable are exploited. Our c…