We are close to reaching an unwanted milestone. So many greenhouse gases now blanket the globe, holding Earth’s heat close to the surface like a blanket holds in our body heat on a chilly night, that the entire planet’s habitability is being affected. This past week I heard climate scientist Veerabhadran Ramathan say that in just four years his children and grandchildren, like all of us and our offspring, will be experiencing Earth as 1.5°C warmer than before the Industrial Age UNLESS we rapidly create the alliances necessary to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
There’s a diverse Conversation going on about the multiple, growing ecological and civilizational crises underway on our continents and in our seas and atmosphere. I listen to that conversation with one decisive question in mind: Is the person talking about these crises doing so in ways that move us to OneEarth living or are they justifying MultiEarth patterns? That, to me, is the question that cuts to the life-death choices before us. MultiEarth patterns are crescendoing to civilizational and ecological death. OneEarth choices are opting for a whole different way of living that fits on our beloved Earth and keeps her livable.
Patricia St. Onge, "Foreword" Writer for My Book, and I Will Be at the Same Event and YOU ARE INVITED!
Here’s an invitation I hope you can accept! Below is the official invitation from the venue sponsor, The Chaplaincy Institute, Berkeley, California. I’m excited to be part of this event; especially excited that Patricia St. Onge (Haudenosaune) will be there too. She helped me so much with my new book, “From Egos to Eden,” and wrote an important “Foreword” to it. My presentation will be based in my book. But look at the other presenters! There’s a lot here for us about how to construct courage and hope using spirituality that fits ecologically with our one planet.
Richard Rohr Brings Us Closer to Nature and to Our "True Selves" by Joining Action with Contemplation
In the past several decades, Richard Rohr, a priest in the Franciscan order, has helped so many of us change our picture of who we humans are in the natural world. He has urged us to see ourselves within Nature’s community of life—a view that directly counters civilization’s way of seeing us as separate from that community, even making us rulers over it.
It's Our Inescapable Interconnectedness with All Life That Makes Peace and Nonviolence Work (M.L. King, Jr.)
With Martin Luther King, Jr., Day coming on January 16 this year (2017), I want to honor his life with one of his quotes on our inescapable interconnection with one another. It counters the many voices in our nation and across the world that follow the egoistic thinking of separateness—separating ourselves by ethnicity or nationality or economic-social class, or separating ourselves from other species. The following is from my book, From Egos to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable (available Valentine’s Day). This excerpt is from the final chapter which describes the end of the heroic journey when we arrive at home in a much larger consciousness than ego-thinking can engage. I follow David Korten who calls this consciousness, Spiritual Consciousness.
This message is especially for those ascending to positions of leadership in the U.S. government in 2017. Not that it isn’t appropriate also for each of us, or for those alreadly leading transnational corporations and such. End-of-year holidays have a way of taking us into moods that transcend egos for a day or two. Some center of identity in us surfaces and ego becomes subservient. This message is about expanding that brief experience into a psycho-spiritual transformation of the human. Whenever we see that mood take over our holiday, it’s evidence that a new human is possible. Each of us can re-invent in 2017 the human that we are. I’m lobbying prayerfully with pen and active feet—and also in a silence where the powers of the soul that transcend egos guides life. The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, From Egos to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable (available Valentine’s Day 2017). It describes the “surprised egos” which save us from ourselves. May egos who believe they rule the world be so surprised.
“Well, I wasn’t a rebel when I got into advertising. I became a rebel through advertising.” That’s Jerry Mander talking about the change in worldview that happened to him during his 15 years in advertising. He continues, “It was by being in advertising and realizing what advertising does in the system. I mean I can’t explain why I, unlike other advertising men, saw that as a big problem. But I became involved using those techniques to help, you know, environmental groups and anti-war groups and civil rights groups, using advertising as a technique to help them.”