The increasing popularity for "sustainability" has led to growing ambiguity about the concept. The set of five Sustainability Principles proposed here, inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller, is offered to restore some rigor to our thinking in this vital area.
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Whether a naked Sheela-na-gig flaunting her enlarged vagina or a Madonna protecting her swollen belly with layers of reticent robes, feminine icons defy our inclination to identify the one "correct" reading of an image. They require us to employ multiple readings, a skill that is vital to feminist inquiry and, perhaps, to our very survival.
Since 2003, an avian influenza virus called H5N1 has been killing large
numbers of poultry – and occasionally people. But while public concern over bird flu has faded in recent years, the risk to humans has increased. A look at the history of pandemic flu can help us understand why the H5N1 virus remains a serious threat to mankind.
During my years traipsing around the Amazon, I had the opportunity to study with shamans and healers. Some were masters who worked with the ayahuasca vine. One of them, don Ramon, during his nighttime healing ceremonies, would load his pipe with jungle tobacco and turn to a patient and "sing his jaguar down from the tree."
The Gnostics were sophisticated seers who belonged to a millennial pagan tradition that was brutally suppressed at the rise of Christianity. Can looking back at what such mystics thought in a bygone time and setting offer a viable spiritual orientation for our time? Why we are so compelled to delve into what the Gnostics thought?