Responding to Existential Despair

By Chris Wright, Ahtribune.comAugust 31, 2019 | EDUCATE! Decades ago, Edward Said remarked that contemporary life is characterized by a “generalized condition of homelessness.” Decades earlier, Heidegger had written that “Homelessness is coming to be the destiny of the world.” Around the same time, fascists were invoking the themes of blood and soil, nation, race, community, as intoxicating antidotes to the mass anonymity and depersonalization …

How do we cure the disease called Apathy, Inertia or Acedia,“the lack of energy to begin new things? Zeal comes from an intense experience of the beauty of things.”

By Matthew Fox, Sept 3, 2019 27 years ago Lester Brown of the World Watch Institute delivered an address to the Shumacher Institute that ended with this statement: “The number one obstacle to an environmental revolution today is:  Human Inertia.”  Has much changed in these past twenty-five years?  How is human inertia or apathy still today a key issue as …

A Season for Prophetic Action

Vatican Media Screenshot Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation ‘Each Christian man and woman, every member of the human family, can act as a thin yet unique and indispensable thread in weaving a network of life that embraces everyone’1 SEPT 2019 ZENIT STAFF FRANCIS Below is Pope Francis’ message for the 5th World Day of Prayer for …

If this is a time of reversal and collapse in the church, bring it on

In each instance there was no circuit breaker for reality to enter and avoid inevitable disaster. Tuchman shows how imperial powers in the pursuit of their best self-interest have acted in ways that contributed to their own undoing. Hubris, corporate narcissism and blindness to the need for reform and ways to avert disaster have had full play. – Michael Kelly …

The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in 17th Century North America and the Caribbean by Gerald Horne

Kindle location 35: From the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries nearly 13 million Africans were brutally snatched from their homelands, enslaved, and forced to toil for the greater good of European and Euro-American powers, London not least. Roughly two to four million Native Americans also were enslaved and traded by European settlers in the Americas, English and Scots not least. …

Are you a carbon abolitionist? People don’t care about climate change. They care about life.

In Terms of Combating Climate Crisis, Renowned Naturalist David Attenborough Declares: ‘We Cannot Be Radical Enough’ Sir David Attenborough gives testimony to the House of Commons Tuesday. (Image: House of Commons/PA) In testimony to British lawmakers Tuesday, famed scientist and environmental advocate Sir David Attenborough said that humanity “cannot be radical enough” in working to stop the ravages of the …

Pope: We live at a time when profits and losses seem to be more highly valued than lives and deaths, and when a company’s net worth is given precedence over the infinite worth of our human family

“CLIMATE CHANGE AND NEW EVIDENCE FROM SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND POLICY” MEETING WITH FINANCE MINISTERS FROM VARIOUS NATIONS ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Casina Pio IV Monday, 27 May 2019 [Multimedia]   Ladies and Gentlemen, I extend a cordial welcome to each of you here: the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations and Ministers of Finance from …