|Those of you who were at the January meeting may remember that I talked about an essay I had read that I felt was important enough to bring to your attention. The title of the essay is Deep Adaptation: a Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy, written by Jem Bendell, who is Professor of Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cumbria. |
Below is a link to the essay, but before you take a look at it (if you choose to do so) let me just say something. As I said at the meeting, Jem Bendell has some very serious things to say about the climate emergency. You may find the tone and the message of the essay difficult to take. It may be that it will cause you to feel alarmed or despairing. I want to warn you of this, but also to assure you that if anyone wants to talk to me about this then I am ready and willing to have that conversation with you. We have difficult times ahead, but as he says, and as I have learned through my involvement with Extinction Rebellion, it becomes more important than ever before for us to treat each other with kindness, with respect and with love.
|12/10/19||Mike Adams||Eschatological Laundry List – Sheldon Kopp, from 'If You Meet The Buddha On The Road, Kill Him'. (Eschatological is defined as "relating to death, judgement and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind." The list is meant to serve as a series of existential warnings or statements about the nature of existence)|
1. This is it!
2. There are no hidden meanings.
3. You can't get there from here, and besides there is no place else to go.
4. We are all already dying, and we will be dead for a long time.
5. Nothing lasts.
6. There is no way of getting all you want.
7. You can't have anything until you let go of it.
8. You only get to keep what you give away.
9. There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.
10. The world is not necessarily just, being good often does not pay
off and there is no compensation for misfortune.
11. You have a responsibility to do your best nonetheless.
12. It is a random universe to which we bring meaning.
13. You don't really control anything.
14. You can't make anyone love you.
15. No one is any stronger or weaker than anyone else.
16. Everyone is, in their own way vulnerable.
17. There are no great people.
18. If you have a hero, look again; You have diminished yourself in some way.
19. Everyone lies, cheats & pretends.
20. All evil is potential vitality in need of transformation.
21. All of you is worth something, if you will only own it.
22. Progress is an illusion.
23. Evil can be displaced but never eradicated, as all solutions breed new problems.
24. Yet it is necessary to keep struggling toward solution.
25. Childhood is a nightmare.
26. But it is very hard to be an on-your-own, take-care-of-yourself-cause
there-is-no-one-else-to-do-it-for-you grown up.
27. Each of us is ultimately alone.
28. The most important things, each person must do for themselves.
29. Love is not enough, but it sure helps.
30. We have only ourselves, and one another. That may not be much, but that's all there is.
31. How strange, that so often, it all seems worth it.
32. We must live with the ambiguity of partial freedom,
partial power and partial knowledge.
33. All important decisions must be made on the basis of insufficient data.
34. Yet we are responsible for everything we do.
35.No excuses will be accepted.
36. You can run, but you can't hide.
37. It is most important to run out of scapegoats.
38. We must learn the power of living with our helplessness.
39. The only victory, lies in surrender to oneself.
40. All of the significant battles are waged within yourself.
41. You are free to do whatever you like. You need only face the consequences.
42. What do you know……..for sure……….. anyway?
43. Learn to forgive yourself, again and again and again and again.
|05/03/16||Carl Rogers||"Experience is, for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming in me. Neither the Bible nor the prophets - neither Freud nor research - neither the revelations of God nor man - can take precedence over my own direct experience. My experience is not authoritative because it is infallible. It is the basis of authority because it can always be checked in new primary ways. In this way its frequent error or fallibility is always open to correction." (On Becoming a Person)|
|16/03/16||Aung San Suu Kyi ||"If you feel helpless, help someone." |
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