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 …

As the World Burns: Seeing life as expendable

The people at the helm, around the world, would watch us all burn rather than shake up the way things are, as long as they can be the last ones standing atop the wreckage. If we want to do more than watch those fires helplessly, we are going to have to demand much better, and fast. Catastrophes in the Amazon …

Henry A. Giroux’s book “The Terror of the Unforeseen”: to defeat fascism we must dismantle capitalism

By Christian Fuchs, Truthdig.com August 24, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! “The Terror of the Unforeseen” A book by Henry A. Giroux Henry A. Giroux’s book “The Terror of the Unforeseen” analyzes the conditions that have enabled and led to Donald Trump’s rule and the consequences of that rule, which have ushered in an authoritarian version of capitalism. Giroux provides a realistic analysis that holds …

Neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland explains her theory of how we evolved a conscience.

By Sigal Samuel  Jul 8, 2019, Vox.com Patricia Churchland is a neurophilosopher. That’s a fancy way of saying she studies new brain science, old philosophical questions, and how they shed light on each other. For years, she’s been bothered by one question in particular: How did humans come to feel empathy and other moral intuitions? What’s the origin of that nagging little …

Perform well when you need to

TED excerpt, link below. Essentially, this comes down to being intentional — with yourself and with others — about what you’re trying to achieve. Whether you’re attempting to persuade a landlord of the urgent need to replace your stove or connecting with another parent at your child’s school to set up a play date, “all day long, we try to affect …

To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete

How can we create a worldwide, permanent shift to regenerative culture in every sphere of life? “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”- Buckminster Fuller Ruth Gordon: In recent years there’s been a global awakening to the momentous choice humanity now faces: do we …

Hannah Arendt asks us to consider the frequent human triumph over daunting probabilities

Arendt’s idea was that the root of politics is spontaneity—the unforeseen and democratic gathering of people to change history. For Arendt, the point of this kind of political engagement was exactly that it was unpredictable in its effects, that it appeared quixotic until the moment its successes demonstrated the utter fragility of systems that were previously taken to be unalterable. “Every …

What is power?

THE BIG IDEAS: WHAT IS POWER? Why Fiction Trumps Truth: We humans know more truths than any species on earth. Yet we also believe the most falsehoods. By Yuval Noah Harari, a historian. May 24, 2019 Many people believe that truth conveys power. If some leaders, religions or ideologies misrepresent reality, they will eventually lose to more clear-sighted rivals. Hence sticking with …

Progress for whom, and 7 critical graphs showing why Steven Pinker is wrong

Progress for whom, and other critical questions Pope Francis insists we ask line up with points by and data from Jeremy Lent… In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, published last year, Steven Pinker argues that the human race has never had it so good as a result of values he attributes to the European Enlightenment of …