These days, most of the popular media that address the future paint a fairly dismal picture of our possibilities. For me it is a writer’s responsibility to hold out some hope.
Shamans and scholars tell us that the close of this
great cycle of the Mayan calendar is not the cue for apocalypse but
rather a new beginning. Yet scientists are now predicting a 4 degree temperature
rise, which will indeed mean the end of civilization as we know it, if
not of human life on earth. The time we live in is a crucial turning point. What can we do?
The framework that might best serve the
Occupy movement is one of strategic nonviolent direct action. Within that
framework, Occupy groups would make clear agreements about which tactics to use
for a given action. This frame seeks to
create a dilemma for the opposition, and to dramatize the difference between
our values and theirs.
Stories frame reality for us, telling us what is possible and showing us how we
might act. The Fifth
Sacred Thing is a story that has influenced
hundreds of thousand of people. My
determination to make it into a movie comes from
my belief that a story can become a magical working, a spell.
While my long-term vision is a world of empowered, decentralized communities in charge of their own destinies, there's a short term problem we desperately need to address: completely transforming our technology, our energy infrastructure, our economy, our food, manufacturing and transportation systems to a zero carbon basis, and doing it in a way that furthers social justice. I don't think Obama will be our savior. But if he's elected, the wind will shift.