I’ve recently returned from Ontario, where I was presenting two workshops on Authenticity (what it means, and how to be authentic — the work required); both were well received. For me, they also illustrated the huge desire and need for people to be authentic, as well as how little teaching there is in our society regarding emotional maturity.
Question: how often have you gone to a workshop that emphasizes emotional growth, or resolving relationship issues? My guess is that, for most people, the answer is: Never!
The preceeding centuries, at least since the 18th century, have emphasized technology and consumerism, all fueled by scientific materialism and especially by neoliberalism — great for industry, but not a good combination for health, especially emotional health. For me, they are a sad reflection on the path of human development.
As I emphasized on one slide of the workshop, our history has been that of hunter-gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years. As such, many of these societies have been incredibly healthy, perhaps our oldest true immediate democracies. Then we had the beginning of agriculture, with the introduction of civilization. And empire, including slavery. With the Greeks, we had the identification of democracy and the valuing of wisdom. And eventually feudalism, and functional slavery. With the Renaissance, we had science and the valuing of the individual. And industrial slavery. With the 20th century, we had technology and the valuing of women. And consumerism (and perhaps commercial slavery). Now with the 21st century, we have the information revolution and the valuing of diversity. And global warming (and The Climate Lie). Such a strange path we humans have lived.
So now we are reaping the costs of this path. Some examples follow.
The insanity of politics
Mr. Mueller Is Following the Money (20170615)
A rather crude article, but it hits all the sore points of this insanity of politics.
Comey’s testimony was a media disaster for Trump. These headlines prove it. (20170609)
The responses to Comey’s testimony.
Cashing in on the Rise of the Alt-Right (20170616)
The destruction of political norms started decades ago. Here’s how it happened. (20170618)
The strange nature of our society, as it becomes more and more polarized.
WTF is going on in the UK? (20170609)
Strange politics is also part of other areas of the world.
On global warming
Scientists stunned by Antarctic rainfall and a melt area bigger than Texas (20170615)
A potential harbringer of the future.
New Solar Milestone Has Big Consequences (20170606)
Progress is slow, but ongoing.
On the positive side:
Defiance of Trump spawns international workarounds with U.S. states, cities (20170609)
A good summary of Trump issues.
How to Fight Trump’s Paris withdrawal by taking climate justice into our own hands (20170613)
A good article on local action regarding the off-loading of consumer costs, and the possibility of legal challenge — a slow, but necessary, step in a more mature process.
Protecting oceans is paying off (20170608)
Accepting One’s Quirky Personality (2017)
Jack Kornfield often has brief but intersting comments of living with the insanity. My own stance is that we need much greater emphasis and availability of teaching on how to do this work. Otherwise such articles simply become another ‘should’ of how we should live.
We are such an interesting species! (A reminder of the Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times!)
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