The memories of that struggle are still clear and sharp. I walked the aisles of the little general store with my left hand jammed into my jeans pocket where the precious few dollar bills were crumpled together. At the time it hadn’t occurred to me to wonder how Mom managed to give each of us a few dollars to buy Christmas…
The enclosed review provides surprising evidence for the strategies needed to survive the collapse of civilization. We humans have a deep need for connectedness, for community, for a sense of meaning in life. These bonds provide the foundation for resilience and adaptation.
“Collapse of Civilization” has become a popular topic for bloggers, books, and movies (e.g. The Day After Tomorow). A growing number of websites cater to those individuals (the “preppers” and “survivalists”) who believe the collapse is imminent. Some of the very rich are preparing fortress refuges. There is growing alarm within the scientific community that “business as usual” is leading…
This is an article by by Richard Heinberg, originally published by Post Carbon Institute. It summarizes the really bad news about the threats facing our civilization.
This is another post in my “Signs of Hope” Series. Courtney White’s new book “Grass, Soil, Hope: A journey through carbon country” is an example of the literature of “regenerative farming” or “regenerative agriculture”.
This is the first of a series of posts under the general heading of “Signs of Hope”. This post focuses on our initial efforts in my own locality, but it provides a good sense of what Transition Initiatives are all about.
You and I want to think well of ourselves. We need to feel “I am a good person. I am a success”. How is it, then, that there is so much evil in the world? How can most of us strive to be good and yet, somehow, have a world full of violence, injustice, inequality, and crime?
“Nonviolent revolutions will never work because the psychopath dictator will kill you …he will kill all of you if necessary.” It is certainly true that many dictators kill easily and will kill great numbers of their own people in order to hold onto power. How is it that nonviolent revolutions are toppling dictators all over the world?
Is cancer something we did to ourselves? Are we poisoning ourselves with the chemicals we use? New studies strongly suggest that cancer is a new phenomena, that ancient humans did not get cancer. The scientists’ conclusion: we created cancer.
Einstein said that he didn’t know what weapons would be used in WW III … but that WW IV would be fought with sticks and stones. This little essay consists mostly of some poetic statements about strategic nonviolence … some thoughts on how to avoid the fate that Einstein feared.