Corruption

Three Ugly Truths that Will Piss You Off

Three Ugly Truths that Will Piss You Off

“Whenever our loftiest insights inadvertently reach the ears of people who are not constituted or destined to hear them, they must –and should!– sound foolish, or in some circumstances even criminal.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Let’s admit something here at the outset: the term “awake” has become too cliché. It’s been tossed around cyberspace so much that even its platitudes have platitudes. But it is ... »

5 Anarchists and Their Contribution to Human Progress

5 Anarchists and Their Contribution to Human Progress

“Anarchy doesn’t mean out of control; it means out of their control.” ~ Jim Dodge In 1793 William Godwin wrote Inquiry Concerning Political Justice, implicitly establishing the philosophical foundations of anarchism; laying down the foundation of anarchy, as it would be understood by those brave anarchists who would follow. In his own words: “Government by its very nature counteracts the improveme... »

May the Forest be With You: Five Ways to become an Environmental Jedi

May the Forest be With You: Five Ways to become an Environmental Jedi

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.” ~ Juvenal It shouldn’t be too difficult to imagine that you are Luke Skywalker and the militarized, oppressive government is the Empire. Now go one step further and imagine I am Yoda in a backpack slung tight over your shoulder cryptically articulating wisdom into your ear. We’re running through the forest, interdependent and one with nature, t... »

Self as World and World as Self: The Eureka Effect of Interconnectedness

Self as World and World as Self: The Eureka Effect of Interconnectedness

“Something happens to you when you begin to think about this planet as a single living organism. And when you begin to live in that awareness, nothing is ever again quite the same. Nothing can be the same after that. Nations began to look like people to me, like familiar friends. The distinctions between religion, biology, and politics began to blur. I began to wonder why I had always assumed that... »

lizard brain

Breaking the Spell of the Reptilian Brain: From Primitive Brain to Evolved Mind

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” ~ Douglas Adams What do bombs over Iraq, planes crashing into twin towers, drones over Afghanistan, and bombs over Paris have in common? The lizard brain. Regardless of your ideological disposition, or where you might stand on conspirac... »

How to Remain a Zombie-slave in Five Easy Steps

How to Remain a Zombie-slave in Five Easy Steps

“We have met the enemy, and he is us.” ~ Walt Kelly Have you ever caught yourself thinking that maybe the examined life isn’t for you? That becoming the best possible version of yourself sounds like way too much work? That perhaps the pursuit of enlightenment is for the birds and maybe MLK’s dream is nothing more than a pipe dream? And all that peaceful warrior, rainbow warrior, and infinite playe... »

Eco Suicide

How (and why) to Transform Ecocide into Deicide

“We are embedded in the natural world. We evolved as social creatures in this natural world. We require clean water to drink, or we die. We require clean air to breathe, or we die. We require food, or we die. We require love, affection, social contact in order to become our full selves. It is part of our evolutionary legacy as social creatures. Anything that helps us to understand all of this is n... »

Ecocidal Maniacs: How Complacent, Fact-resistant Humans are Destroying the World

Ecocidal Maniacs: How Complacent, Fact-resistant Humans are Destroying the World

“Once I thought that to be human was the highest aim a man could have, but I see now that it was meant to destroy me. To-day I am proud to say that I am inhuman, that I belong not to men and governments, that I have nothing to do with creeds and principles. I have nothing to do with the creaking machinery of humanity – I belong to the earth!” ~ Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer Welcome to the Anthrop... »

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As Baltimore Burns: Crouching Anger, Hidden Catharsis

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr This article will show how the power of deep, thoughtful imagination can teach us a powerful lesson of humility that can make us more aware and teach us how to have more empathy in an otherwise exceedingly unaware and grossly apathetic world. But first, imagine a yin-yang. There are two sides to every yin-yang. Imagine this article ... »

Reverse Dominance: The Secret to a Healthy Tribe

Reverse Dominance: The Secret to a Healthy Tribe

“Every human culture, to remain healthy, sustainable, and vibrant, requires a constant renewal of ceremonies, crafts, cultural practices, and the arts. Each society must generate new knowledge, skills, self-understanding, and modes of self-transcendence. To evolve, a human community must have available a diverse set of authentic and viable social forms that enables it to respond to shifting times,... »

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