Shuck and Jive

Friday, September 18, 2009


I have been blogging about peak oil, climate change, and so forth since I started this blog in 2006. This can be overwhelming. It is really about an ancient issue. The challenge ahead is as much (if not more) a spiritual one as an environmental, economic, or ecological one. It is about coping with change (impermanence). Nothing is permanent. The spiritual path is about embracing that reality. I am convinced when we embrace impermanence we will be able to constructively face the changes ahead.

How we handle life is 90% mental. At least that is what I read over at Peak Oil Blues. Did you know there is a website dedicated to helping people adjust psychologically to peak oil? Check out some of the stories on the Peak Oil Blues Blog.

We are not facing the future alone. We are in it together. You gotta have something to do. If you are near our mountain, join us next Saturday for Awakening the Dreamer. If you are near some other mountain, then host one yourself!

The world seems to be spinning ever faster toward disaster through climate change, warfare, disease, famine and financial meltdown. We could be forgiven for reacting with denial, despair or despondency, and some people are. Yet simultaneously the largest ever social movement in history is rising up to resist the forces causing these crises and to build a world that works sustainably for all life.

This is arguably the biggest story of our age; how tens of millions of people in millions of organisations around the world are recognizing that our current ways are dysfunctional, they are seeing sustainable, peaceful and just alternaticrowdves and standing up for their visions. In many cases this means standing up to governments, corporations or the peer pressure that seeks to perpetuate our present worldview.

The movement embraces the work for human rights, for the protection of our environment, for access to education, healthcare, housing and even food and water. In another language these are: environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfillment and social justice.


  1. Thanks for the great reminder that we are indeed not in it alone but together!

  2. This is an old, old meme, stretching back to the third century BCE, actually. do you intend to avoid the existential anxiety felt by the followers of Heraclitus, the first great prophet of impermanence?

  3. I doubt I can avoid any existential anxiety. Existential Anxiety is my middle name! : )

  4. I prefer "existential angst" over "anxiety". It sounds more self-imposed and controlled.