My guest this coming Sunday night is Mimi German, no stranger to the Lifeboat Hour. We will discuss the impact of her recent work with Brittany Maynard before Brittany chose to die with dignity, and we’ll talk about what dying with dignity means for all of us.
. . . → Read More: Join Me Sunday Night, November 23, On The Lifeboat Hour With Mimi German
The degree to which we love is the degree to which we break open when we lose what we love. Grief is the central emotion associated with heartbreak. It´s there under the we might feel. But, in order to get to grief we must eventually allow ourselves to let go, even temporarily, of anger and feelings of vengeance. This is difficult for some because anger gives us the illusion that we are in control and powerful. Yet, to reclaim deep power we must let ourselves grieve.
. . . → Read More: Heartbreak: Loving Ourselves Through Difficult Times, By Jack Adam Weber
Snowden: The surveillance revelations are critically important because they revealed that our rights are being redefined in secret, by secret courts that were never intended to have that role—without the consent of the public, without even the awareness of the majority of our political representatives. However, as important as that is, I don’t think it is the most important thing. I think it is the fact that the director of national intelligence gave a false statement to Congress under oath, which is a felony. If we allow our officials to knowingly break the law publicly and face no consequences, we’re instituting a culture of immunity, and this is what I think historically will actually be considered the biggest disappointment of the Obama administration. I don’t think it’s going to be related to social or economic policies; it’s going to be the fact that he said let’s go forward, not backward, in regard to the violations of law that occurred under the Bush administration. There was a real choice when he became president. It was a very difficult choice—to say, “We’re not going to hold senior officials to account with the same laws that every other citizen in the country is held to,” or “This is a nation that believes in the rule of law.” And the rule of law doesn’t mean the police are in charge, but that we all answer to the same laws. You know, if Congress is going to investigate baseball players about whether or not they told the truth, how can we justify giving the most powerful intelligence official, Clapper, a pass? This is how J. Edgar Hoover ended up in charge of the FBI forever.
. . . → Read More: Snowden: “I Did What I Did Because I Believe It Is the Right Thing to Do”
As with the social changes that were necessary to end the African slave trade, a transformation of modern capitalism requires that we step outside of ourselves and examine our own roles within the system objectively. It’s easy to see capitalism as a system external to ourselves, but it’s much harder to acknowledge the stories we carry inside of ourselves that create and reinforce the values that sustain it.
. . . → Read More: Facing Up To The Capitalist Within, By Georgie Wingfield-Hayes
Everything in our lives involves some kind of relationship—every interaction, every behavior, every thought or feeling we have. In fact, as Richard Rohr, author of Immortal Diamond writes, “All of creation is relationship.” Carolyn Baker’s forthcoming, 2015 book Love In The Age of Ecological Apocalypse: Cultivating The Relationships We Need To Thrive, discusses 16 of the myriad relationships humans are capable of forming and demonstrates why they are crucial at this time in our evolution. As catastrophic climate change threatens to eliminate many species, including our own, our relationships may determine how we live our lives and what we value most when we are surrounded with loss and confronted with the possibility of our own demise. This online, interactive course will reveal how we can utilize some of those relationships to help us personally thrive and collectively serve other living beings in an era of decline. We will explore five of those relationships, and will include guest speakers who are known for their expertise on one of the five topics.
. . . → Read More: Announcing New Webinar: Relationships In The Age Of Ecological Apocalypse: How We Love And How We Leave, With Carolyn And Guest Speakers
No one who truly reads this book will ever be the same afterwards. Whether you agree in the end with its drastic and shocking conclusions is, of course, up to you; the very fact that such a book, outlining the case for the coming extinction of life on earth, could be written at all – . . . → Read More: Foreword To “Extinction Dialogues,” By Andrew Harvey
As we slide now into flu season, into a time of year when we are normally braced for winter diseases, colds, flus, sick days and cancelled plans, the American people has also now been truly exposed to another disease entirely: the excruciating truth about our health care system’s dysfunction — and the prognosis doesn’t look good.
. . . → Read More: I’m A Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here’s What No One Is Telling You About Ebola, By Abby Norman
What do we call this time? It’s not the information age: the collapse of popular education movements left a void filled by marketing and conspiracy theories. Like the stone age, iron age and space age, the digital age says plenty about our artefacts but little about society. The anthropocene, in which humans exert a major impact on the biosphere, fails to distinguish this century from the previous 20. What clear social change marks out our time from those that precede it? To me it’s obvious. This is the Age of Loneliness.
. . . → Read More: The Age Of Loneliness Is Killing Us, By George Monbiot
We are all witnesses to the Great Dying, a sixth mass extinction, the last one being 65 million years ago which wiped out the dinosaurs. This is not hyperbole; it is a defining feature of our age.
. . . → Read More: Bearing Witness To The Great Dying, By Kenn Orphan
“Many indigenous peoples have a pact with mother Earth that said we would hold on to the principles of thriving life, and that one day the world would turn back and come to us again,” she says. “To be ready for that, we must also go through our grief in order to truly be able to come back into alignment of our mind, body and spirit.”
. . . → Read More: Grieving Could Offer A Pathway Out Of A Destructive Economic System, By Joe Confino