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Adam Curtis’: “The Century of The Self” (video)

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“Buyer beware” works better if the buyer is aware of his/her subconscious ‘decision drivers’! Here is the full version of Adam Curtis’ “The Century of The Self”. All four episodes are ‘one viewing’, about 4 hrs in length. With greatest gratitude to ‘therebel.org’ who posted on Vimeo! Continue reading

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Earth’s Dilemma – Scope and Pace of Human Industrially Based Destruction

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What do Fukushima Daiichi and a small community in the bayou country of Louisiana have in common? Each is the location of unfolding “impossible” environmental disasters of “unthinkable” toxicity to earth, earth’s waters, and to life – including of course human. At this time, neither disaster has knowable solutions. …I think it’s safe to say – multiple on-going and unhealed environmental disasters exist. …If everyone …were …to appreciate ‘scope and pace’ is a critical factor in rapidly accelerating and accumulating damage. It is possible for us to overwhelm earth’s natural restorative processes. …also suggested by Tim Murphy in his Mother Jones article, referenced and quoted in this post. Murphy says: “… never before, (have humans extracted natural resources from the earth) at the rate and magnitude of today’s petrochemical industry.” This post expands awareness from Fukushima Daiichi and the Bayou Corne Sinkhole to include other large-scale scenes of current, on-going, environmental devastation and whole-region toxification. Continue reading

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What is Willful Blindness vs What is a Whistle-blower?

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What is ‘willful blindness’, how influential is it in our personal, workplace, community, and political lives? What motivates whistle-blowers? Margaret Heffernan reviews what she’s discovered as answers to these questions in a 15 minute TEDx talk. Well worth a listen! Continue reading

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America’s All-Too-Human Ignorance – and How Cute Kitten Videos Can Lead to War or Peace

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As some of our policy makers continue to emphasize war against Iran, (see current news and links below my signature) – or as we in other ways stay on the path of brutality, we can notice the ‘old paradigm’ at play. We can begin a shift toward ‘something tender and good’. We can do so immediately – we can choose to correct the inclination to war against another people. The posted March 2013 TalkingStickTV interview with Cathy Breen – who was in Iraq as peace worker when ‘shock and awe’ began in 2003, and who has re-visited the people of Iraq several times including late 2012 – is highly recommended, Continue reading

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Zimmerman Trial – What of the Restorative Justice Process ?

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Neither Trayvon Martin nor George Zimmerman was born to become known for the reasons we’ve come to know them. How does a society weary of wasted and lost potential of the new-born infant begin to find deeper understanding, even healing, that might lead to a better future? “What if Restorative Justice practices were (or had been) used – to combine justice with healing from this painful event?” My thoughts and some wisdom from experts … There is a nagging – to many, sacred, – sense that “we have something better to bring to Tribe Human than we’ve found so far”. … I believe that nagging has always pestered us. It explains much … It pesters us for a reason … Continue reading

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Notes on the Potential of Transformative Justice

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I’ve posted previously on Circle Justice and on Restorative Justice; I’ve a modest resource page for these in my “Essential Practices” section, see right hand column, this page. Both Circle and Restorative Justice models place emphasis on healing individual and community – healing of victim, perpetrator, and rupture in community brought about by harm done. With this post, I want to alert readers to the emerging “third form” of healing justice – Transformative Justice. Continue reading

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Zoe Weil’s Wisdom – Empathy-driven Activism

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A Tedx Talk, and an article – both by Zoe Weil – share a single underlying theme – alleviating suffering. Combining insights from the two gives opportunity to expand on the theme. Continue reading

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Capitalism, Steve Jobs, and Faust

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The Faustian tragedy is not a tragedy of the individual, Steve Jobs, (except in so far as he may have wrestled with the bargain he struck to climb to success). In a deeply irremediable way, such bargains are ‘inevitable’ under current dominant economic systems. The Faustian tragedy is a tragedy of humanity itself – we collectively have accepted a bargain promising “success” as delivered through fierce competition; “benevolent cooperation be damned” Continue reading

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We Are The Help That’s On The Way (If We Pay Attention)

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David Brooks observes: “This is symptom of a larger problem.” The larger problem is that our entire culture’s sense of ‘success’ is skewed to a measure of success that lacks social trust. It would take much writing to ‘unpack’ the relevance of what Brooks ‘runs by us’ in a mere 18 minute talk. Instead of trying to do so, I post the talk here. Enjoy and take heart! We’re on the right track! Continue reading

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“People Get Ready … The head and the heart are gonna drive this train”

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Buoyed and enthused at the richness of today’s ‘exposure’ to “the best we can be”, including direct reminding of Adler, and science that supports belief in ‘our best’, I paused to ‘soak it in’ only to find the song, “People Get Ready…,” rise up in my thoughts. (I’ve posted a YouTube selection here.) Continue reading

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