The world that should be will never exist. But the world that could be is coming into focus right now.
If you really listen, this belief is EVERYWHERE. And, in my mind, is perhaps the most destructive and demonstrably untrue belief we carry with us.
Kindling, at it’s core, is my blog. And I f*cking hate that.
Really, economics is about values. What ends are we aiming for? What goods and services are of most value?
Ever since, in moments of anxiety, stress, or intense negativity – if I can find a moment of presence – I go back to San Sebastian.
“Personal responsibility” forms the backbone of polarization in our country today. We all agree we need it. But we can’t actually agree on what it means.
Beyond the job titles, beyond the outfit – what has your life been preparing you perfectly for? That’s the core question of the Right Livelihood Quest.
After almost six weeks off travelling throughout Southeast Asia and then moving with my wife from Seattle to Bellingham, I’m back and ready to go.
“Negative” feelings are not only necessary and inevitable, but often the source of staggering beauty, and thus essential to the cause of hope.
We have good reasons to be filled with despair and to believe our society is now decaying and on the brink of a major downturn. But we can also choose to view it as a setback in a broader trajectory of progress.
I think we can and should evolve our expectations for holiday presents. Again, our current customs are completely unnecessary and even destructive. We can do better.
White supremacy is the system that teaches us that “white is right” and frames our mind to celebrate whiteness.
Seemingly conflicting, but equally necessary truths are known as polarities. Polarities represent some of the fundamental tensions that come up in our organizations and in our lives as individuals.
What has most helped me start putting pen to paper today is realizing that the world is actually exactly the same as it was a month ago. What has changed is my understanding of our reality.
If we choose, we can take meaningful action to bring about our next systems right now.
What if everyone had autonomy to serve the purpose of the organization how they saw fit, within their respective roles?
What does it say that I am willing to vote for the woman with no chance of winning, but not for the woman who can and will be our president?
In truth, there is about half as much crime in the United States as there was 25 years ago. Both violent and property crimes have dropped dramatically. We are safer than we were 30 years ago.
Can you imagine if we created a movement that both treated others with love and sensitivity AND thrived off creative tension?
We tell ourselves we are unworthy sinners. We tell ourselves that we are small and powerless. But we humans are geniuses.
At its most fundamental level, Living Earth asks us to see our planet not as a big rock on which plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and other life have sprung up. Rather, Living Earth asks us to view the entire planet – and everything on it – as one big, living organism.
Our society’s current systems are failing us. They no longer serve the common good to the extent they can and should.
We are outraged at racism and sexism. But can we reframe the story to reveal possibility when before we saw hopelessness and despair?
Will we move forward on the assumption that material wealth equates to prosperity? Or will we tell a new story: that prosperity is a much more profound, mysterious, and internal phenomenon than we’ve ever let ourselves believe?
Growing support for Trump’s ideas is not that they are becoming more popular. It is because those who hold them most dearly now feel more threatened – and therefore are getting louder – than ever.