Enough!, and: Better Living by Ecology

This year started out – or is that, continued? – with a barrage of bad news that is enough to make any sane person jus…

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Martial Arts, Extreme Weather – Trouble… and Happiness?

Looking into survival techniques, self-defense, disaster preparedness… oftentimes has a bad ring to it. Expecting to get into trouble, doesn’t that mean that you have a negative attitude towards the world? Won’t facing the potential violence and brutality of other people just strengthen a grim outlook on how people are; and won’t preparing for disasters, […]

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Shattered Truths, Reactions True to Culture?

So, you have been suffering through catastrophe, certainties of life have shattered along with infrastructure – now what? It’s a question that is being discussed a lot with regards to Japan (and in the context of Japanese culture), but bears wider relevance. Some of the basic ideas about ecological challenges and sustainability revolve around whether […]

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In the Face of Catastrophe, Live. Live, anyways!

A long-standing observation about us humans is that we like to think that our world is fixed and stable (and even just). As a survivor of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami just said (and as people said after 9/11, as well): I never would have thought that such a thing was possible. It’s an equally […]

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