Before we delve into the dilemmas associated with defining “local,”
we first need to consider whether “local” is simply about location and
distance—in other words, the tensions between the point of origin and
the point of consumption. Is “local” just about physical geography?
Born in the fear of German missiles and culminating in the 1960's Space Race, space exploration has been muddled by militaristic and nationalistic overtones. Now that the experience of spaceflight is merely $200,000 and a waiting
list away, what kind of transformation will be sparked by the successive
crops of space-travellers returning to Earth?
Every culture has a Story of the People to give meaning to the
world. We are
entering a new phase in the dissolution of our Story and of the edifice of civilization built on
top of it.
We do not have a new story yet. Here and there we see patterns emerging, but the new mythos has not yet emerged. We
will abide for a time in the space between stories.
The Secoya elders, plant masters from the Upper Napo Region of the Ecuadorian Amazon
Rainforest, will be present at Guaria de Osa Ecolodge, gathering in
Council and offering teachings this Winter (Dec 2012 – Jan 2013) to
facilitate boundless healing, personal transformation and renewal.
current economic system is institutionalized psychopathology, a parasitic
virus, and its perpetuation would likely lead to the termination of the human
experiment in an accelerating series of catastrophes. The alternative is extremely difficult to imagine, until we
good times were behind us and we did it to ourselves: no one was to blame. Even
if culprits to this chaos could be identified, they were dead. The bullets and
bunkers and bank holdings did not save them for long. These previous symbols of
wealth proved totally worthless and non-negotiable for the one thing they
couldn't buy from the hard-working, country-dwelling, "pagans": food.
There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. And that was the handle -that sense of inevitable victory over Old and Evil
While England and the other European nations saw exploitation as the natural scheme of things, America’s founders had a more enlightened understanding of how to thrive without exploiting or being exploited. What if each nation had a mission for maximizing happiness in the world, in its own unique way?