October 23, 2010

Some thoughts on us versus them, and on inclusion versus exclusion, particularly appropriate in any election year.


By Stuart Dean

A few years ago, I encountered a deeply moving account of the Father and the Children of God. It takes place before there was an earth or even a heaven. The Children would joyfully come together with each other and the Father, and this was the natural thing for them to do. A bit later, some of the Children decided to go off and play with creating greater density, which would eventually become matter. These Children became interested in being off by themselves, and they were no longer open to joining with the Father or the other Children. This caused considerable stress for the Children who were not involved with creating greater density. When they went to the Father with their concern, He reminded them in a gentle way that no intentions could be apart from His oneness. He then asked them if they could describe the distress they were feeling. They realized that love had stopped flowing through them when they were resisting what the other Children were doing. Now that they were accepting even the separative intention as part of oneness, their love began to flow again and all was well.

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Greer: Merlin’s Time

July 6, 2010

This column was dated June 30, 2010. Like all Greer’s columns, it was posted Wednesday night. It may be found at

Merlin’s Time

John Michael Greer

Perhaps the most interesting responses to the discussion of mass movements here on The Archdruid Report have been those that insisted that the only alternative, either to a mass movement in the abstract or to some specific movement, was defeat and despair. That’s an odd sort of logic, since mass movements are hardly the only tool in the drawer; I suspect that part of what drives the insistence is the herd-mindedness of our species – we are, after all, social mammals with most of the same inborn habits of collective behavior you’ll find in any of the less solitary vertebrates.

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I frequently cite John Michael Greer’s Archdruid weekly columns in The Context, which centers on political and social issues. But this week’s column spans the gap between social issues, on the one hand, and the nature and uses of consciousness in the world, on the other. So I posted the original on my other blog, which centers on consciousness, which I call I of My Own Knowledge.

See it here:

An American Chernobyl?

May 14, 2010

Dmitri Orlov can write. And he has had the useful experience of watching one society collapse, which gives him a somewhat jaundiced viewpoint when watching another one doing the same thing. Doesn’t mean he’s right; does mean he’s worth listening to. From his blog,

An American Chernobyl

The drawing of parallels between industrial accidents is a dubious armchair sport, but here the parallels are just piling up and are becoming too hard to ignore:
  • An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 spewed radioactive waste across Europe
  • A recent explosion and sinking of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform is spewing heavy oil into the Gulf of Mexico

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April 7, 2010

This piece is written in an awkward style (one could wish that the author had learned to express himself in shorter, more pungent words and shorter, more coherent sentences) but contains valuable thinking. (I was going to write a long, involved sentence such as fill this piece, but I can’t force myself to continue in that vein.)

You will notice that the author offers no solutions, suggests no likely results of this situation. However, it is worth something to turn one’s thoughts in this direction, if only to get a sense of re-orientation.

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John Michael Greer writes an interesting blog ( often referencing the work of the late great economist E. F. Schumacher.

In this post, which he put up Wednesday March 3 (all his entries post On Wednesdays) he makes a couple of good points that I have rarely heard anyone make (other than myself!) about climate change, often misnamed global warming. And then, as usual, he goes on to connect a couple of interesting and relevant dots….

An Exergy Crisis

In last week’s Archdruid Report post, I discussed the difference between energy and exergy, or in slightly less jargon-laden terms, between the quantity of energy and the concentration of energy. It’s hard to think of a more critical difference to keep in mind if you’re trying to make sense of the predicament of modern industrial civilization, but it’s even harder to think of a point more often missed in the rising spiral of debates about that predicament.

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