The popular paradigm of “survival of the fittest”, and Nature herself as utterly ‘red in tooth and claw’ in an entirely machine-like cosmos where spirit is outside the physical realm is so consumed, digested, and assimilated into our culture that it is now a set of beliefs unconsciously breathed in and out daily by each citizen in Western civilization. Left intact without the breadth of the full scientific context of evolution, such a bias will continue to help support the lungs of oppression and inequity, and ultimate destructive greed of selfish-gene-winner-takes-all policies.
On this All Hallows’ Eve, a few days before our country will attempt to make a collective decision about the leadership of the highest offices of government, and in the midst of the death of much of what we think of as good and right and sacred, I’m thinking about who I am as a […]
Several months ago, U.S. President Donald Trump sent out a tweet misspelling “emergency” as “emergy”. Almost no one recognizes emergy as a real word, and so Trump was derided for his lack of attention to spelling. Although the current president isn’t likely aware of the meaning of the word emergy (often spelled with a […]
A cycle of giving, and exchange, and symbiosis. This is how I’ve largely come to see Nature in her most healthy functioning ways. This isn’t to say that resource scarcity and competition don’t exist – they do – but we’ve placed far too much emphasis on these aspects of understanding nature as applied to human […]
Ecology is defined as the study of the relationships between organisms and their environments. The word ecology is derived from the Greek oikos, which means “house” and -logia, “study of”. Few people are ever trained in the basic foundations on which the earth, our home, functions, and on which we are wholly dependent. Based […]
Could I ever convince you that the tail wags the dog? Probably not. It is easy to observe that dogs in every country in every land known to us wag their tails, not the other way around. There are many things in our world and universe that we don’t so easily observe, and so […]
Here’s a question you may not have heard before: What is the real currency of our planet? As toddlers, we begin to naturally learn to respond to and speak our parents’ language. We learn soon enough the words for coins and dollars, and their value to obtain things we want. In modern human societies […]