A winding and informal journey through a life of invited darkness.
While mainstream press venues, government officials, and TV talking heads speculate hopelessly about the "why" of mass killings, one factor linking hundreds of cases of bizarre violence is repeatedly overlooked. One source, however, has connected the dots. This story needs to go viral. Now.
Coping with the family of someone who
has killed themselves, or whose life has ended in an equally intense moment of
peak tragedy is itself a peak experience, and requires awareness and perspective so as not to
succumb to emotional vertigo.
As we shed light on wetiko, and become sensitive to its movements within ourselves, there is no place for
the spirit to hide. The spirit of wetiko needs to be 'contained'; this is
the archetypal point behind the sacred alchemical idea of a mystical vessel
which transforms the entire universe. Part Three in a series.
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.
In a contracting economy, it becomes easier to notice that the less
you need, the less vulnerable you are, and the
more you can get done of whatever it is that you want to do. Not many people learn this lesson during times of material
abundance, but in the world after
abundance, it's hard to think of a lesson that deserves more careful attention.
Since peak oil was predicted in 1956, the prospect of any constructive response has grown steadily more distant. Neither political reform nor withdrawing to mountain hideaways are viable responses to our predicament. Is it too late to negotiate the collapse of fossil-fueled civilization?