Spiritual Articles from 2017
“Innocence is complicity”
By Dave Lefcourt
Posted July 27, 2017
“Innocence is complicity”. That’s a quote from an old Chris Hedges column writing about Americans. It struck me then and still resonates to this day.
I believe we’re a nation of those who see themselves as “innocent” as in “I didn’t do anything wrong so how could I be responsible?”-never mind “complicit”. That’s a concept requiring reflection.
After the Snowden revelations came out I was talking with a neighbor who I occasionally talked politics. I asked her what she thought of the NSA surveillance of everyone’s electronic communications and her response was, “I haven’t done anything wrong so why should I worry”. Most Americans have drunk the kool-aid. Fully absorbed the government’s propaganda, been thoroughly indoctrinated without really thinking about it. Then it’s all reinforced by the governments unofficial mouth piece, the complicit, enabling corporate MSM. And like the “good German’s in Hitler’s 1930’s Germany are the “good Americans” of today. More…
Consumer, citizen or …? Revisioning language for a partnership economy
by Ann Amberg
Posted July 25, 2017
We are excited to announce that Australia-based Caring Economy leader Sabrina Chakori has contributed a chapter in the new book Positive Steps to a Steady State Economy, edit. by Haydn Washington: Consumer, citizen or a new definition? The necessity to change both the term and our behaviour.
Sabrina questions the assumption that to be a consumer is responsible citizenship, and suggests that the challenge of this century is to reconceptualise our role in the economy. If people as consumers are primarily identified as economic entities, where does that leave culture, creativity, self-actualization and our capacity to evolve towards healthy and whole economic systems that embrace partnership values? More…
Spotlight On … Hospicare and Palliative Services of Tompkins County
By Rob Montana
Posted July 22, 2017
Non-profit organizations are plentiful throughout Tompkins County, and make a big impact in our communities. Despite their contributions, area non-profits can sometimes go unnoticed or unknown. In an effort to shine a spotlight on those who are making a difference in our county, Tompkins Weekly will be showcasing these organizations on a regular basis.
This week we are highlighting Hospicare and Palliative Services of Tompkins County, a community resource that provides hospice care to people with terminal diagnosis, relief during illness and bereavement support for people who are grieving a loss.
Our mission is to bring medical expertise and compassionate, respectful care to people and their loved ones at any stage of a life-threatening illness and to provide information and education about advanced illness, dying, and bereavement to the entire community. More…
Too often the main stream media focuses on things that are wrong, but not on all of the wonderful things that are right in society. This series of articles takes a refreshing look at success stories.
Wild Bees Can Help Honey Bees—How Your Yard Can Support Them
By Lori Panico
Posted July 6, 2017
Although farmers have come to rely on imported honey bees, wild pollinators are hardier. By now we’ve all heard that domesticated honeybee populations continue to decline, endangering our food systems. Although farmers have come to rely on imported species of domesticated honeybees, hardier wild bees do some of the work, too. There are 4,000 native bee species in North America. They support natural ecosystems by keeping a healthy diversity among pollinators. But even they are facing threats. Here’s how to be a backyard beekeeper for wild bees.
Including native plants in your garden and yard will help provide habitat and sustenance for bees year round. By researching which native plants are most helpful to bees, you can plan a garden that is beneficial to their seasonal needs. More…
Confronting Systemic Evil
by David Korten
Posted June 29, 2017
Most of the dysfunction of modern human society can be traced to the structure of the institutional system by which money is created and allocated. It is, however, difficult to engage a public discussion of the issues and implications, because the money system is built on illusion, its inner workings are largely invisible, and most people, including most economists, haven’t a clue how it works.
Other issues like war, crime, climate change, and job loss seem so much more real and urgent. The fact that the money system drives them all—and much more—is difficult to grasp. How can something as abstract and meaningless as an accounting entry determine the conduct of real world human affairs?
The September 2008 Wall Street crash pulled back to curtain to expose the system’s corruption and its very real impact on every aspect of our lives. In so doing, the crash opened a window of opportunity for a much needed and long overdue national and global conversation. More…
Brushes with the Mainstream
By Charles Eisenstein
Posted June 24, 2017
What kind of looking-glass world have we entered, where the liberal sites are scolding people for not trusting the same ‘intelligence community’ they decried for the Iraq weapons-of-mass-destruction hoax and where the conservative sites are cheering Julian Assange, whose extra-judicial murder they were calling for a few years ago?” Normal is falling apart.
The real problem is the entire money system and the deep mythologies that underpin it. The false problem is greed – which is actually a symptom of the real problem, not its cause. Greed is a response to scarcity, and we live in an economic system and ideological system that generates endless scarcity. To go to war against the symptoms, I portrayed as a near-universal tendency of our civilization, citing some of the same examples of crime, terrorism, racism, weeds, etc. as I did on the Tavis Smiley show. More…
We Asked What It’s Like to Have a Mental Illness in Prison
by Maggie Puniewska
Posted June 21, 2017
In the ’60s and ’70s, deinstitutionalization swept the US. Poorly run state mental hospitals were shut down and set to be replaced with less isolating, community-based programs. It was a promising and ambitious plan that never fully took off—the hospitals closed, the community programs fell by the wayside, and the mentally ill wound up somewhere else: in prisons and jails. But the correctional facilities that moonlighted as America’s mental health hospitals weren’t—and still aren’t—equipped with the staff or resources to help inmates manage their conditions effectively.
How do circumstances like waiting months to see a psychiatrist or not having access to medication impact the people who rely on this care to stay healthy? We asked six former inmates who were managing psychological conditions during their sentence what their experiences with prison mental health services were like. While some spoke about positive and attentive care, others weren’t so lucky. More…
Poverty amidst plenty – The birth and death of money
by Alain Pilote
Posted June 15, 2017
The first idea that we keep alive in our minds, without really realizing it, is that there is one fixed quantity of money, and that it cannot be changed; as if it was the sun, or the rain, or the weather. This idea is utterly wrong; if there is money, it is because it was made somewhere. If there is not more, it is because those who made it did not make more.
Another prevalent belief about the origin of money is that the Government makes it. This is also incorrect. The Government today does not create money, and complains continuously about not having any. If the Government were the source of money, it would not have sat around idly for ten years in front of the lack of money. The Government takes and borrows, but it does not create money.
Now, we will explain where money begins and ends. Those who control the birth and death of money also regulate its volume. If they make much money and destroy little, there is more. If the destruction of money goes faster than its creation, its quantity decreases. More…
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