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July 12, 2017


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One urgent existential question increasing numbers of people will be facing is the quite simply "How can I continue to act and function in this world knowing this collapse is incurable?" I cant offer any solutions but perhaps we can help each other by showing we are not alone. One source of like minded folk are those in the Dark mountain project-a fascinatinmg source of thoughtful souls and sensitive minds.

As a taster here are items from the 'uncivilisation manifesto'from 2009
(well worth reading in its enterity)

1.We live in a time of social, economic and ecological unravelling. All around us are signs that our whole way of living is already passing into history. We will face this reality honestly and learn how to live with it.
2.We reject the faith which holds that the converging crises of our times can be reduced to a set of ‘problems’ in need of technological or political ‘solutions’.
3.We believe that the roots of these crises lie in the stories we have been telling ourselves. We intend to challenge the stories which underpin our civilisation: the myth of progress, the myth of human centrality, and the myth of our separation from ‘nature’. These myths are more dangerous for the fact that we have forgotten they are myths.
4.We will reassert the role of storytelling as more than mere entertainment. It is through stories that we weave reality.
5.Humans are not the point and purpose of the planet. Our art will begin with the attempt to step outside the human bubble. By careful attention, we will reengage with the non-human world.
6.We will celebrate writing and art which is grounded in a sense of place and of time. Our literature has been dominated for too long by those who inhabit the cosmopolitan citadels.
7.We will not lose ourselves in the elaboration of theories or ideologies. Our words will be elemental. We write with dirt under our fingernails.
8.The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop. Together, we will find the hope beyond hope, the paths which lead to the unknown world ahead of us.

I hope this can help some in our paths ahead.


I will just enjoy summer and keep working....
Best idea out there George ! ;-)

Godofredo Aravena

Hi George, thanks for the opportunity.
"You are witnessing" is a way to put it, technically correct certainly, but I prefer to see it as "we are living and being part of", because as an eyewitness, we are tempted to be outside, and not fully grasp the fact that we are part of the problem. In one way or another, during our life, "we" (as "me", the individual), have done many “innocent” “small” things, that have added to make the situation worse. But at the same time, is a way to understand that we can do something in the opposite way, in the near future, to somehow reduce the rate of damage. Beginning by changing in part our way of living. I would say that knowing that you are doing the right thing is enough reason to do it. Is the beginning of a trend. Without expecting to see an effective change.
The situation is dark, but we have to think in our descendants.
It is good moment to begin to practice what has never been done, that is to stop living for ourselves, and truly begin to live for our descendants, our children.

George Mobus


Thanks for that link. I started reading the manifesto and it does look interesting.


Thanks. What else is there to do. I hope my work on systems science and working with the global systems science community will come to something. At least it keeps me busy and out of trouble!

@Godofredo Aravena,

That is a worthy sentiment to be sure.

I take your point re: witnessing vs. being part of. In some of my writings about the nature of sapience I point out that one of the unique things about our brand of consciousness is an ability to both be in the system and mentally project ourselves outside of the system - as if to see is from a distance. I think this is the basis of transcendence in many forms. For example, mentally witnessing a system of which we are a part is a necessary condition for self-awareness, e.g., seeing ourselves in the system acting on the other subsystems. Ergo, both perspectives can be true at once.


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