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Dreams are the passionate release of our souls, and in

them is the spirit contained  by which we should persevere

and fulfil our lives, so that in death we will have acquitted

our dues and not been envious of others.


ALL is in NATURE - WE are ALL a circumstance of NATURE

Leonardo da Vinci 

Charles Eisenstein shares his concerns about how pervasive the 'technology will fix it'

mentality has become, and proposes an entirely different approach to healing our current

ecological and social crises. Environmentalists and concerned citizens are increasingly

beginning to recognize the delusion of the 'technological fix' – the use of technology

to remedy problems caused by previous technology. It is increasingly obvious that a new

pesticide won’t finally eliminate the superweeds that evolved to resist the previous

pesticide, that new and more powerful antibiotics won’t bring final victory over the

superbugs that evolved to resist previous antibiotics, and that massive geoengineering

projects like seeding the stratosphere with sulphuric acid or the oceans with iron

(to combat climate change) will likely cause horrific unanticipated consequences

These converging crises – social, ecological, and intellectual – are expelling us from

our old story. As that happens, none of our fixes, technological or otherwise, are working

anymore to control the pain: the grief, the rage, the loneliness we feel as we gaze out

upon what we have wrought. Thus begins the healing journey into a new narrative of

co-creative participation in the unfolding destiny of our planet

YESTERDAY is history - TOMORROW is a mystery -
TODAY is a gift - that's why they call  IT the PRESENT


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Comment by Michael Grove on July 14, 2013 at 7:45


Technology in service to Earth includes things like regenerative agriculture and permaculture

to heal the soil, replenish the aquifers, and sequester carbon. It includes green energy 

technologies, conservation technologies, bioremediation, wetlands restoration, zero-waste

manufacturing, anything that contributes to the health of the planet and its ecosystems.

Today, painfully, we are becoming aware of the folly of the delusion that we can, with clever

enough technological solutions, avoid the consequences of what we do to the world.


We are learning that we are not separate from nature, and that it bears a wholeness that we 

ignore at our peril. Our techno-utopian dreams and basic scientific paradigms are unraveling in 

tandem with many of our social institutions, because the underlying narrative of separation is

unraveling as well.


                                                                                                                   - Charles Eisenstein





Comment by Michael Grove on July 14, 2013 at 8:31


Comment by Michael Grove on November 7, 2013 at 13:13

Does the concept of a living planet uplift and inspire you, or is it a disturbing example

of woo-woo nonsense that distracts us from practical, science-based policies?

The scientifically-oriented nuts-and-bolts environmental or social activist will roll her eyes upon

hearing phrases like “The planet is a living being.” From there it is a short step to sentiments like,

“Love will heal the world,” “What we need most is a shift in consciousness,” and “Let’s get in touch

with our indigenous soul.”

What’s wrong with such ideas? The skeptics make a potent argument. Not only are these ideas

delusional, they say, but to voice them is a strategic error that opens environmentalism to

accusations of flakiness. By invoking unscientific concepts, by prattling on about the ‘heart’ or

spirit or the sacred, we will be dismissed as naive, fuzzy-headed, irrational, hysterical,

over-emotional hippies. What we need, they say, is more data, more logic, more numbers, better

arguments, and more practical solutions framed in language acceptable to policy-makers and

the public.

I think that argument is mistaken. By shying away from the idea of a living planet, we rob

environmentalism of its authentic motive force, engender paralysis rather than action, and

implicitly endorse the worldview that enables our destruction of the planet.

                                                                                    Charles Eisenstein - Fear of a Living Planet


Comment by Michael Grove on November 7, 2013 at 21:20

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