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Kelley White ~ Make Matters So Much More Emergent?

Kelley White ~ Make Matters So Much More Emergent?

 

I appreciate Byron Katie greatly. I find the work something I resist. When I resist something with such veracity it most often has its roots in some larger truth secreted, awaiting discovery. When I resist something quite often it is the very thing I need to so.
 

How was I to do the work regarding our current President?
 

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Byron Kathleen Mitchell, better known as Byron Katie is an American speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as “The Work of Byron Katie” or simply as “The Work”.

 
I attempted to watch a video which was created by Byron Katie for this occasion and after several minutes found myself angered at the surreal absurdity with which something which does pose a concrete threat was dismissed. I found myself wanting to sit down with Byron Katie and ask some questions of my own.
 

What would the work have looked like if Byron had the ability to go back in time and meet with Hitler?
 

It then hit me, as I was contemplating Heisenberg wave theory of all things, that perhaps my issue was I had different fears?
 

The work is unique to the individual. What if my questions raised a different awareness for consideration?
 

Climate change is a very real issue. Fossil fuel dependency is a very real issue. Fracking is environmentally hazardous. Pollution and toxicity are impacting species and the earth’s capacity to maintain the narrow spectrum of conditions requisite to sustain life as we now know it in many forms on the planet. It is true that human conduct is negatively impacting the health of the planet.
 

It is true that President Trump’s current plans as outlined on his WhiteHouse.gov website will cause further harm to the environment. These are facts, not alternate facts, or even facts lite.
 

It is true that there are many who dismiss scientific evidence under the erroneous assumption there is some grand conspiracy afoot to further a liberal global elite agenda. Ironically globalization is inevitable because we function within a larger ecosystem called earth to whom we are all answerable.
 

Nature is not a respecter of persons.
 

The only turn around I can arrive at is I (we) indeed are all remiss in one nuance of the spectrum or another in contributing to the larger scope of the problem in small ways which prove exponentially problematic.
 

The President merely represents a different position on the spectrum of indifference and overall contribution. He can create an impact on a larger scale, thus his waves create a larger ripple effect. His consequences, in turn, will be equally and appositionally proportionate with one another.
 

Slavery has created a huge wound in this nation which we have yet to address or heal. The theft of the very land we reside in from our Native Americans is another deep wound we pour salt on versus attempt to redress. The Civil War is another tragedy still churning animosity. These things are true. I know they are true.
 

It has become abundantly clear the political correctness driving unpopular speech behind closed doors through public opinion merely hid a seething cancer only those who experienced it knew was still with us.
 

Periods of historical contraction offer us the ability to reflect and act where we once failed to act, altering an old self-defeating global response, and creating a new movement of global change.
 

If I did the work I could see that my failing was impatience with those whom in my humble estimation and experience failed to comprehend the larger complexities and potential outcomes juxtaposing the micro with the macro for a more holistic understanding from which to make more educated and thus hopefully more precise successive approximations towards slow but lasting positive progress. Such deliberation minimizes the inevitable setbacks one will encounter despite the best planning.
 

We appear to be a nation divided in approach as to how change is achieved on the personal, the interpersonal or the social level. One portion is impatient, seeking immediate remedy for issues decades and or centuries in the formation through external force. The other seems more understanding that progress is not a linear process but an internal transformation.
 

It is a difference of simplicity versus complexity, and fluidity versus rigidity. It is the tension of attachment versus detachment and optimism versus cynicism. If peak creativity occurs at the threshold of maximum tension? We can resist tyranny and enter a period of self-determination within the fluidity of a cooperative paradigm. Succeed or fail we must create anew with heart that which we deconstruct.
 

It juxtaposes those who think the story of the universe is complete through the mythologies presented in holy scriptures with those who see the spirit’s essence in pattern expressed in math ever contracting and expanding.
 

This creative tension exists to elicit a vibrant explosive energy of potentialities and probabilities which can either propel us exponentially into an ever-expansive cooperative social paradigm or send us spiralling into a cycle of “as long as I get mine” mentality which sees Earth bidding us good riddance to restore balance to the larger system which sustains all life.
 

If anything became apparent to me from my own foray into doing the work?
 

Perhaps if The President took us ten steps backward it would be the best thing that could happen.
 

If we are not ready to progress into the future with equity for one another and all life forms on this planet it is best for our overall survival to run out of oil with no back up plan. Perhaps it is best for us to continue to allow water to be polluted or looted. Perhaps it is best for us to make matters so much more emergent they will no longer be met by platitudes and euphemisms but concrete action.
 

Love is a verb.
 

If we are set back at a time when our progress would only mean destruction due to arrogance and ignorance?
 

Perhaps we will unwittingly save ourselves from a larger destruction which could prove irreversible or fatal for more than just our species.
 

©2017 Kelley White
 


 

We are the world; we must act on that understanding

We are the world; we must act on that understanding

 

We are the world; we must act on that understanding

 

 

By David Suzuki

 

The coming year looks bright with the promise of change after a difficult decade for environmentalists and our issues. But even with a new government that quickly moved to gender equity in cabinet, expanded the Ministry of the Environment to include climate change, and offered a bravura performance at the climate talks in Paris, can Canada’s environmentalists close up shop and stop worrying?

 

Of course not. The nature of politics includes constant trade-offs, compromises and disagreements. Even with a government sympathetic to environmental issues, we won’t act deeply and quickly enough or prevent new problems because we haven’t addressed the root of our environmental devastation. The ultimate cause isn’t economic, technological, scientific or even social. (more…)

The Death of the Tar Sands

The Death of the Tar Sands

 

The Death of the Tar Sands – When one looks at the history of the Tar Sands and the Harper Government’s energy strategy for Canada (focused almost entirely on the expansion of fossil fuels) the Death of the Tar Sands seems like an unlikely scenario. But Tim Flannery, the author of The Weather Makers: The History & Future Impact of Climate Change, has a different viewpoint.

The Tar Sands Are Like an Old Man

During his recent trip to Canada, Tim Flannery compared the Tar Sands and fossil fuel industry to an old man.

It doesn’t have the flexibility to cope with price shocks anymore. It’s got to trade in a very narrow price band or it’s going to fall over. And Big Oil views innovation as the enemy. As new technologies make renewables cheaper, fossil fuel producers continue to feel a price squeeze. In other words — trouble for the costly extraction of oil from the tar sands.

 

Tar Sands Execs See Innovation as the Enemy – Tim Flannery

Published on Apr 21, 2014
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The Death of the Tar Sands?

Does Tim Flannery have any reason to be optimistic? Perhaps it’s time to do a reality check on the Tar Sands. (more…)

Dorsi Lynn Diaz ~ The Art of Climate Change

Dorsi Lynn Diaz ~ The Art of Climate Change

 

Help be a part of the solution! The Art of Climate Change on Kickstarter – an interactive social media & art show/exhibit this summer.

Climate change is HERE and climate change is happening NOW. It is not a figment of your imagination and the weather outside indeed is “frightening.”

As I write this, the UK is getting battered by unprecedented storms and in California where I live, we are facing the possibility of a MEGA drought. As a long-time artist, writer and educator, I have been sounding the alarm bell for years. The question loomed large for me: How are we, as a collective society, going to tackle a huge problem?

That was when I had a light-bulb moment.

The idea came to me last year when I realized we need to have a multi-modal approach to addressing climate change. (more…)

Amaterialistic Happiness or Bhutism.

Amaterialistic Happiness or Bhutism.

 

ECOPROPHET PAT for The Canadian

 

Materialistic  is described as excessively concerned with physical comforts or the acquisition of material things rather than intellectual, moral, spiritual, or artistic-cultural values, which become impoverished, and  the propensity  towards wantadhering to the philosophy of materialism (the theory that regards only tangible or measurable matter as constituting the universe and all its phenomena). If your entire universe is material focussed you miss out substantially on the intellectual pursuits or spirituality and tend to lose out on the morality aspects, which is what went wrong and has brought the planet to verge of devastation through extreme levels of global consumption.

Amaterialistic would therefore be the antonym of it with emphasis on intellectual, moral, spiritual, or artistic-cultural values and away from securing happiness largely from material consumption, popularizing of which would certainly reduce global consumption to some extent. It can be readily noted that an absolute state of amaterialism would be incompatible with life although some serious legendary mediators in India are said to have gone without food for months or even years.

Need for a ratio reversal. It would be reasonable to assume that an average adult in the wealthy nations of EU, N. America, Australia etc., derives 80% of happiness from consumption or materialism and rest from amaterialism or  intellectual, moral-spiritual, or artistic-cultural sources. (more…)

The Illusion of Progress

The Illusion of Progress

 

If we see clearly who we are and what we have done, we can recognize human behaviour that persists through many times and cultures. Knowing this can tell us what we are likely to do, where we are likely to go from here….the future of everything we have accomplished since our intelligence evolved will depend on the wisdom of our actions over the next few years. Like all creatures, humans have made their way in the world so far by trial and error; unlike other creatures, we have a presence so colossal that error is a luxury we can no longer effort. The world has grown too small to forgive us any big mistakes.

Ronald Wright
A Short History of Progress

 

Meaning of Progress

The illusion of progressHuman development is an evolutionary process which has led to the appearance of ‘modern humans’ about 200,000 years ago. Wright points out that we had “no inkling of this process, let alone its consequences until only the last six or seven… generations. (more…)

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