The idea of outrageous courage touched me. I could feel this was the invitation that was nested inside of this despair. I/we are being asked to cultivate outrageous courage in the face of outrageous loss. What I came to realize was that nothing had changed; the outer conditions of death and potential collapse are all very present, but something in me had shifted ever so slightly, allowing a new bottom to begin to take shape. I had been deepened by this descent. Despair was my human response to too much death, too many losses—of friends, forests, cultures. My heart, in all its beauty and fragility, was overwhelmed and couldn’t find bottom. Now, the barest inklings were setting in.
. . . → Read More: Finding A New Bottom, By Francis Weller
How do we live with the fact that we are destroying our world? What do we make of the loss of glaciers, the melting Arctic, island nations swamped by the sea, widening deserts, and drying farmlands? If you’re really paying attention, it’s hard to escape a sense of outrage, fear, despair. Author, deep-ecologist, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy says: Don’t even try.
. . . → Read More: The Greatest Danger, By Joanna Macy
By popular request, Parts 1-5 of the recent “What Collapse Feels Like Series” have been condensed and reprinted here.
. . . → Read More: The Complete Series: “What Collapse Feels Like”, Parts 1-5
A May 2 article in the New York Times “Suicide Rates Rise Sharply In US (http://www NULL.nytimes NULL.com/2013/05/03/health/suicide-rate-rises-sharply-in-us NULL.html?_r=2&)” informed us that not only have suicide rates increased in the past decade among teens and the elderly, but more surprisingly, they have surged among the baby boomers. Ten days later, an article on the Alternet website asks, “Is Cutthroat Capitalism Pushing A Growing Number Of Baby Boomers To Suicide? (http://www NULL.alternet NULL.org/hard-times-usa/cutthroat-capitalism-pushing-growing-number-baby-boomers-suicide)” Certainly, we might expect adolescents and the elderly to take their own lives, but why baby boomers—people in the 35-70 age bracket? What is it about this group?
. . . → Read More: Bye-Bye Baby Boomers, By Carolyn Baker
I understand wanting to promote empowerment, creativity, and hopefulness. I cannot understand promoting these attributes in the absence of — or at the expense of — factual information supported by extensive, rational analyses. . . . → Read More: Playing Court Jester, By Guy McPherson
Those who believe that logistical preparation alone is sufficient as industrial civilization crumbles are deluding themselves. This article gives us a clue about what is in store for us emotionally. Are we prepared to cope with it? . . . → Read More: The Horrific Toll Of Depression: Suicides Linked To Recession, As Budget Cuts Force Out Mental Health Professionals
[In spite of how the media spins this tragedy, let's keep the bigger picture in mind.--CB]
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January 9, 2011, 10:30 AM PST (Culver City) — The shooting yesterday of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D, AZ) which also resulted in the deaths of six people and the wounding of 14 others . . . → Read More: The Shooting Of Congresswoman Giffords, By Mike Ruppert