Coming from ecology and cultural anthropology, it is pretty clear that we have been getting things backwards. Evolution means adapting to an environment, and even as many living beings also change their environments to suit themselves better, this has to … Continue reading Book Giveaway: The Third Plate
“Has joy any survival value in the operations of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.” Edward Abbey
I’m troubled, I feel anxious, I sometimes wonder how (or how much longer) I’m supposed to take it, and I could go on and on.
But then, there’s this… Continue reading “Joy, Life, Purpose”
Nature. The environment. The outdoors. When there isn’t a catastrophe to remind us of its powers, when we don’t encounter majestic animals or landscapes that remind us of its beauty, it’s often just a background. It seems static, given, a … Continue reading We’ll (Only) Protect What We Love…?
One of those special traits of our species – of us – is that we are a story-telling bunch.
We don’t just exist and communicate, we also tell stories of where it all came from and how it will end, what course our lives have taken and why, how people do and should act. We find such stories in diaries and biographies same as in fictional literature, in myths and fairy tales just like on TV.
And often enough, they shape us. Continue reading “Fiction and the Future(s)”
For the approaching end of the year, a good time to reflect and decide how to go on, and go on better and to better – on which theme, especially with the look at Depressive Economics in the background, there’s … Continue reading One Life. A Little Inspiration.
The brain is a miraculous thing. A mass of neurons interacting in such a way as to not just regulate the rest of the body, but also make it react appropriately to stimuli, to exhibit a fascinating range of emotions and behaviors, to create social structures, and even to remember, think, and ponder.
A brain is also costly, though, and it needs especially much energy when actually being used. Much more efficient to run on auto-pilot, follow in tracks once established. Continue reading “The Trap of The Obvious and Easy”
We all share in the basic necessity of keeping the world’s ecological functioning working so that we may live and have chances at better lives. China’s environmental history, spanning millennia and encompassing one of the oldest continuous civilizations and largest populations of the world shows that very well – and its present puts this need in/as a modern challenge into stark relief.
“Every time you spend money, you cast a vote for the kind of world you want.” “Three times a day, you cast a vote.” These admonishments have become ever more popular, and they are good reminders of the daily small … Continue reading Voting with Dollars? Systems Thinking for Change
Technology – of the high-tech, high-convenience, high-consumption kind – seems to have taken on the role of savior.. “There’s an app for that,” seemingly whether you want to lose weight or live better, produce food or conserve wilderness. Unfortunately, it … Continue reading Solution: ON ?
Was only just made aware of this video, and in the spirit of sharing ways to learn: OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo. The challenge, of course, is and remains to bring the lessons we might learn from such images and insights (overview) back down to Earth, into our lives… Continue reading Get an Overview
What a weekend, with news breaking of attacks on elementary school children in both the USA (another mass shooting) and in China (another knife slashing). Emotions run high, political positions that are already entrenched are being dug in even deeper, nerves are raw, no one feels safe. In the grief and fear, simple answers and simple solutions are sought, as they always have been. Innocent lives lost are mourned, as they rightfully should be. They are not mourned as much as interest groups left and right try to gain political capital from the loss, however; and the obvious and extraordinary … Continue reading The Fear and the Power
It is easy to see a major point where civilization and environment interact: To get the great works of art and architecture, the philosophical, religious and/or scientific advances, and the social stratification and separation of labor we typically see as … Continue reading The Ecology of Civilization