In this transition time, humans must learn how to live on and within this planet. We must become a Transition People, and we must do that quickly. “Let us learn again what it means to be human within the whole of creation.” An end-of-the-year reflection.
At the end of a troubled year, and after COP21, what is the meaning of light in the darkness, of solstice, of the return of the sun, of stretching more light into these next coldest months of the year? And in these troubled times, how do we become light in a culture clinging to the darkness of ignorance, anxiety, and fear, walking blindly toward an abyss? Can we point our lights toward a new path for the human journey?
“Hope is about what is not predictable, what we see in dreams but is not yet realized, what we believe can be true even against the weight of the evidence. Hope is how we choose to live in this dance of darkness and light, in which we are gifted to be conscious participants. It is who we choose to be in the world, how we decide to act.”
One of the longest essays we’ve ever posted here. I hope you will take time for a long, reflective, contemplative read, then share your thoughts with us and our readers.
Moving to a carbon-free economy won’t be easy, but it necessary, and a lot sooner than most of us would like to believe. We have to start creating economies of scale, begin to power down the global economy, and learn again how to live within this planet. When do we need to do this? Oh, right about – now!
In times of momentous change, this reflection to help us not lose heart.
“In the same way that we got into this mess incrementally, each of us playing our part (however unwillingly or in ignorance), we can start right where we are to shift the whole by working incrementally to change our role within that whole. “