"Modern society is an extreme, pathological state of rupture from the reality of the natural world, as is indicated on a daily basis by the ecological crisis." ~ Andy Fisher I was privileged to participate in Carolyn Baker & Dean Walker's month-long symposium on-line recently, and wanted to follow up on a question from one... Continue Reading →
We rush impetuously into novelty, driven by a mounting sense of insufficiency, dissatisfaction and restlessness. We refuse to recognize that everything better is purchased at the price of something worse." Carl Gustav Jung At first I saw our crisis, our existential crisis, through the eyes of a caregiver in Planetary Hospice. In one zen bed... Continue Reading →
In the current issue of Rolling Stone, Jeff Goodell observes in "Hothouse Earth is Merely the Beginning of the End" that "our world is aflame," and wonders if 2018 will be remembered as the year people woke up to what is really happening to our Mother. There is certainly a viral sense of alarm in the... Continue Reading →
Now it is too late. We cannot solve these global issues globally... Now it is up to us... Let us use whatever power and influence we have, working with whatever resources are already available, mobilizing the people who are with us to work for what we care about. As Teddy Roosevelt enjoined us: "Do... Continue Reading →
I'm inspired to talk about hope by this brilliant essay by Quinn Norton that appeared recently on Empty Wheel: A SERMON ON HOPE Here is a sip of bitter tea from that essay: Hope isn’t just looking at the positive things in this world, or expecting the best. That’s a fragile kind of cheerfulness, something... Continue Reading →
I and many other radical ecopsychologists maintain that when it comes to the climate crisis, mainstream psychology is a big part of the problem, and not necessarily a part of the solution. The reasoning behind this critique is that the climate crisis is a spiritual crisis - or, if you prefer, a relational crisis -... Continue Reading →
To sleep, to dream, to keep the dream in reach To each a dream, don’t weep, don’t scream Just keep it in, keep sleeping in What am I gonna do to wake up? (Europe is Lost, by Kate Tempest) In spite of the global attention that has been focused on so-called ‘climate change’ - it’s... Continue Reading →
“Banality” means that collective evils can be perpetrated without corresponding individual motives: "The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil... the phenomenon of evil deeds, committed on a gigantic scale, which [can] not be traced to any particularity of wickedness, pathology, or ideological conviction in the doer, whose only personal distinction was a perhaps extraordinary shallowness."