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John Michael Greer

The Mariner’s Rule

One of the things my readers ask me most often, in response to the ongoing decline and impending fall of modern industrial civilization, is what I suggest people ought to do about it all. It’s a valid question, and it deserves a serious answer.

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Toward a Green Future, Part One: The Culture of Biophobia

To understand the predicament of industrial civilization, it’s not enough to grasp the outward shape of the crisis of our time: the looting of a finite planet’s stock of resources, the destabilization of the global climate, the breathtaking cluelessness with which politicians, pundits, and ordinary citizens alike insist that the only way we can get out of this mess involves doing even more of the same things that got us into it in the first place, and the rest of it.

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A Sense of Homecoming

The religious sensibility common to theism and atheism holds the promise of salvation from the realities of nature through rebirth in paradise or the triumph of science. But a growing number of people seek not salvation from nature, but a conscious and
delighted participation in it, a homecoming.

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An Ecology of Spirit

In ancient times, there were many mystery schools and some of the most famous initiates won fame by traveling long distances from one center of initiation to another.  The work of the
modern mystery schools may be is carried on by mail or the
internet. A determined student rarely has to search long before he or she finds a
source of instruction.

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The Recovery of the Human

It's possible for a relationship between people that passes through a machine
to avoid being a relationship of compulsion and control, but it takes work. The more that human life
and interactions are defined by machines, the more difficult this tends
to become. It is crucial that we rediscover the possibilities of our own humanity.

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Salvaging Science

The end of the age of cheap abundant energy is likely to be the end of the age in which science functions as a force for economic expansion. Science has gotten pretty close to its natural limits as a method of knowledge.

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In the World After Abundance

In the future, our current extravagant
habits will no longer be an option. An unwillingness to take a hard look at the assumptions underlying our notion of a normal lifestyle has driven a certain amount
of wishful thinking, and roughly the same amount of unnecessary dread, among
those who have begun to grapple with the challenges ahead of us.

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The Trouble With Vaporware

Since the Fukushima disaster began, proponents of nuclear power
have tried to spin the situation with claims that go back to the Eisenhower administration — that nukes will be clean, safe, and cheap, if we just go with the new technology that's not yet off the drawing board. Computer geeks have a term for this kind of song and dance:

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The Onset of Catabolic Collapse

Complex societies cycle back and forth between
building up, or anabolism, and breaking down, or catabolism. It's possible at this point to provide a fairly exact date
for the onset of catabolic collapse in the United States of America.

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