When Gandhi was asked what he thought about Western Civilization, he said that he thought it was a great idea. In the marketplace of ideas about Western Civilization the foundational debate in Antiquity was between the Stoics and the Christians. The Stoic idea was to conquer sorrow, desire, fear, and pleasure. This was called the four part doctrine of Apathia, where we get the word apathy from. The Christians crashed the party with a passionate form of love in action throwing all caution to the wind. The Stoic endgame was duty to the Roman Empire. The Christian endgame was duty to one who was condemned by the same Empire. Dispassion verses Passion.
Wealth and power is the single greatest force that will lead to our species annihilation. It seems there is little historical antidote to the pathology of this class power. When a plutocracy grows into a rapacious system of exploitation, environmental destruction closely follows. Almost every past civilization has fallen in this manner, and we are not exempt.
by Noam Chomsky
In These Times
March 5, 2013
There is “capitalism” and then there is “really existing capitalism.”
The term “capitalism” is commonly used to refer to the U.S. economic system, with substantial state intervention ranging from subsidies for creative innovation to the “too-big-to-fail” government insurance policy for banks.
peakmoment·Jan 1, 2013
“The external growth of a budding economy is over. The focus on growth now needs to be on the inner world.” Carolyn Baker’s Navigating the Coming Chaos is a toolkit to prepare emotionally and spiritually for the collapse of industrial civilization now underway. First build an “internal bunker,” she suggests, to begin healing the fear, grief and despair that immobilize many people in our “culture of numbness.” From that foundation, she invites us to look at who our allies are ? people, places, possessions. Carolyn observes that many people experience a level of joy by doing this work (Episode 225). Continue reading
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Surviving Progress (condensed version)
Aug 24, 2012 by youloopaccount
Film about the risks we pose to our own survival in the name of progress; connecting financial collapse, growing inequality and global oligarchy with the sustainability of mankind.
©2011Cinémaginaire Inc. – Film Progreso Inc. Invisible Hand Productions Inc. in co-production with The National Film Board Of Canada
peakmoment on Jun 24, 2011
Peak Moment 196: “Petroleum Man is dead. Infinite Growth Man is dead. Post Petroleum Human is alive,” announced Michael C. Ruppert on May 22, 2011. Members of this emerging “species” know they must live in balance with the Earth, while remembering the lessons of industrial civilization. The star and subject of the documentary “Collapse”, Mike founded CollapseNet.org in 2010 to empower people to connect and relocalize. Continue reading
The recent article of General Leonid Ivashov (1) deals with BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) group of countries and its current and future potentials for changing the nature of civilization and the world balance of forces. In doing so, Ivashov has touched on some of the underlying macro-level historical-intellectual foundations of the developmental historical process. Continue reading