What is wrong with us? And why are we so impermeable to the changes roiling our planet?…
Has it been good to harm the world this way, to find meaning and spiritual journeying and faith and community and common purpose and love of Nature replaced with consumer stuff and shopping malls and poisoned water, land, and air, and cancer epidemics and the fragmentation of family, community, and village life?
Do we like this world as it is? And if not, why do we insist on believing that it must be like this, or that we can’t change it?
We can change it…
Some of the strongest bonds being developed between humans and all the sentient and non-sentient beings among whom they live are in the places where those humans are partnering with rivers, forests, wildlife, and more to defend the “places” where they live. We are beginning to “get it,” to understand on a very deep level that our very human existence and meaning itself depend upon the health of those relationships.
“The goal of our collective recovery is the tearing down of fences and the dismantling of the mechanistic ways that characterize the dissociated state. The objective is the reunion of our ‘tame’ conscious selves with our ‘wild’ unconscious knowings; the integration of the unforgettable fact of trauma that has overpowered our consciousness and defined our relationships with the world with our lost sense of belonging, integrity, and communion. It is the creation of a world in which we human beings can place our feet upon the Earth once again, lightly and with dignity, and return to the great web of life.”
~ Chellis Glendinning, from, My Name Is Chellis & I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization
What would it mean to create the world anew? Right now, our challenge is no less than this. The Center for New Creation invites you to join us in the journey into that question. We don’t have the answers, what we have is a deep commitment to explore this moment of ecological crisis with passion, honesty, the urgency it requires, and an ethic rooted in compassion and solidarity with all living beings. We invite you to accompany us as we seek together our way through the crisis, or as the book says, through and beyond ‘the end of the world.’
October 31, 2011 radio interview with Ken Rose on his program, “What Now.” To listen, click here, then scroll down the right column to 10-31-11 where you will find the listing for Margaret Swedish
Why should the Laws of Thermodynamics matter to you!?!?!
Well, because they instruct us about ecological limits and what it means to go beyond them. To learn more, visit our online Zine for essays by Prof. Michael Swedish, Ph.D., an energy and thermodynamics expert at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Yes, he’s my brother, and he keeps me honest on energy issues. Nothing like having an expert in the family. Don’t miss these essays!!
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