It’s not your/their urgency…, it’s mine…


That is the problem. We don't know what works. We DO know what doesn't. The whole chasing-after-control-by-wielding-power-thing. Call it civilization. Call it whatever you want. From this abstraction; taken from a moment of survival when wielding strength brings us another chance: to eat, to be left in peace, to protect someone we care about; we… Continue reading It’s not your/their urgency…, it’s mine…

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Compassion is Attention


Attention is Compassion One of the first things we encounter on beginning some form of meditation, any way for us to empty out the rush of unbidden thought and pause to see what might lie behind it all, is the question of compassion. Does this come directly from our confrontation with attention in and of… Continue reading Compassion is Attention

Making Space Take Time


This recent post by Morten Svenstrup at time culture describes and then discusses the implications of the blockage of a residential street to motor traffic in Denmark. It's wonderful the way the simple addition of a few posts set in the ground transforms a neighborhood. Morten discusses the various velocities of life and the way… Continue reading Making Space Take Time

Dwelling and Conviviality in Art, a cross-post from Light on Canvas


Ivan Illich's work turns on two related concepts. One is of our need to dwell, to inhabit a home, to have a place. The other is our need for conviviality. We cannot exist in isolation. We are vulnerable and part of everything as everything is part of us. * Continue reading on Light on Canvas.

What is


Listening to, or reading Krishnamurti, as he gives a talk, has been something I've had to ease myself into. It's funny, the same has been true of David Bohm, of John Berger, of David Abram – my first reading of the Dark Mountain Manifesto! There is a floodgate of excitement that threatens to over power… Continue reading What is

Cross-Post from Stone Soup


Adjusting Expectations Reading accounts of life in preindustrial contexts is often a lurching experience. We find so many instances where we are used to, "And we started her up and motored on through!" Where, instead days weeks, even months or years, are spent dealing with a discrete obstacle of distance, or adverse conditions such as wind,… Continue reading Cross-Post from Stone Soup

Wealth, Let’s see it for what it is.


Everyone is talking about wealth these days. Some want to continue to amass it without constraints. Others want to find ways to get theirs. And still others want to spread it around more equitably. All these efforts lead to so many infamously "unintended consequences." Except they're not so mysterious if we look at what wealth… Continue reading Wealth, Let’s see it for what it is.

Further Notes on the Meaning of Wealth


We all act as though what we mean by wealth is obvious and lacking in ambiguity. Wealth is enough money to wield power so as to conserve one's ability to keep a lot of money. Hmmm… That's probably not what you had in mind. Has wealth always been the same thing? Is it going through… Continue reading Further Notes on the Meaning of Wealth

The Trouble with Routine


Krishnamurti, So let's come back to the realization that any activity which is repeated, which is directed in the narrow sense, any method, any routine, logical or illogical, does affect the brain. We have understood that very clearly. Knowledge at a certain level is essential, but psychological knowledge about oneself, one's experiences, etc. becomes routine.… Continue reading The Trouble with Routine

Craft’s Collision with Civilization, a starting point


Andrew Taggart recently asked me to clarify how I see the deterioration and loss of Craft resulting from its confrontation with civilization. This is a big question! Let's begin with a few definitions. I'm beginning to see Craft as a central focal point in examining how our confrontation with civilization has led us to where… Continue reading Craft’s Collision with Civilization, a starting point

Innovation as Impermanence


Watching this BBC documentary about the Islamic History of Europe I came across the Islamic roots of Convivencia, a term I've associated with Ivan Illich, perhaps its most recent heir, himself part of an Hispanic tradition going back to Al Andaluz. This film is a refreshing look at the contributions of Islamic Culture to the… Continue reading Innovation as Impermanence

The Search for Hope without Control


"The Search for Hope without Control" The title of this post is a quote from the most recent entry on the Dark Mountain Project's Blog. Dougald Hine's conversation with David Abram is a treat to watch and a treasure trove of insight. You'll have to see the video to find out which one of them… Continue reading The Search for Hope without Control