Empathic Writing Journey
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This podcast is for anyone who feels themselves waking up from the zombie-nightmare of hyperconsumption and mindless materialism. It is for anyone who craves more personal authority in their lives. And it is especially for those brave enough to consider solutions to the planetary problems we face -- many of which are found within permaculture's ethics + principles (also referred to as regenerative design).
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What does your sensitivity have to do with the state of the world? Everything.
A few years ago I wrote and published an essay titled "The POWER of Your Intense Fragility: What Culture Hasn't Told You About Being Sensitive AND Strong" (available on Amazon.)A kind reviewer described it as "less self-help for your inadequacies and more of a call to action for your special gifts."And another said it "illuminates the power of your nature in such a way that you can begin to envision yourself as having a significant role in creating a kinder and more sustainable world." I'm grateful to those readers for getting my message, and I'd like to share a little of it with you here. This is section 11: ______________________________________________________________We are facing more crises now than have been faced in the last 5,000 years of recorded history. We have to think differently and act quickly. We have to return to good sense and sanity, rather than normalizing the absurd. Indifference is possibly the most harmful threat we face.Ecocide. Attachment to privilege, comfort and convenience at any cost. Disregard for the health of this planet, and the life-forms on it. It is time to live the wisdom that indwells each of us.Mothers' breast milk should be pure and powerful... instead it is loaded with dioxin and many other toxic contaminants.Forests -- literally, the lungs of our planet -- should be large and thick... instead North America has less than 4% left, and we are quickly slicing through everyone else's trees, too.Oceans, topsoil, air, 100+ endangered species a day, as well as our overall sense of well-being and contentment are all vanishing under the deadening weight of chronic materialism.Please consider the following words (which I have shared many times elsewhere), written in 1955 by marketing consultant Victor Lebow, and carried out every minute by most industrialized people:"Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumptionÉ We need things consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate."