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The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture Message Board › The Next American Revolution

The Next American Revolution

Lisa F.
Group Organizer
Portland, ME
Post #: 507
"We are at a stage in human history that is as monumental as changing from a hunter/gatherer society to an agricultural society and from an agricultural society to and industrial society. Where we're headed now will be different because we have exhausted planetary space and human space for us to continue to look at things through the Cartesian measurement of material things. We need to face the way we used the world for our gains, pleasures, satisfactions. This is the way we evolve to a higher stage of humanity. And unless we want to live in terror for the rest of our lives, we need to change our view about acquiring things. We have the opportunity to take a great leap forward in these very challenging times. We need to change our institutions and ourselves. We need to seize opportunities. We need to launch our imaginations beyond the thinking of the past. We need to discern who we are and expand on our humanness and sacredness. That's how we change the world, which happens because WE will be the change."

Dr. Grace Lee Boggs, 93, a long-time Detroit political and labor activist, author, and philosopher.
David S.
Washington, ME
Post #: 219
Cool comments. A lot of rich people are going to lose their shirts if this attitude prevails. Oh, too bad..................

Merry & Burl H.
Portland, ME
Post #: 78
More than rich people will lose more than their shirts. There will be loss of life, unfortunately, especially among the poor. We will rightly need to mourn. None-the-less, such a transition--indeed evolution--is essential to human survival. Each step we take to become a sustainable local community that is self-sufficient and resilient before the heirarchical, consumer based, corporate headed behemoth collapses the better off we'll be when their shit hits the fan. To the now-traditional triad of "reduce, reuse, recycle" we need to add a fourth leg: REFUSE! We must refuse! to be drawn into the consumer mode that feeds the Frankenstein type monster of perpetual economic growth. Only when we can discipline ourselves to refuse! will we become part of the evolution rather than the devolution of humanity.

user 3832381
Portland, ME
Post #: 59
Yes and thank you!
A former member
Post #: 14
YEAH, it's coming.

and after the american revolution....

can we make whirrled peas our staple food as a nation? ;)

A former member
Post #: 177
You say it so well Merry. I can hardly wait till your book comes out!
A former member
Post #: 2
Wonderful words from Merry and Dr. Boggs via Lisa. I find solace and hope in the Deep Ecology movement and the work of Joanna Macy and highly recommend her workshops. Jennifer F
user 3832381
Portland, ME
Post #: 64
Hey, Jennifer,
Funny you should mention Joanna Macy. Acsent Magazine (from Canada) has a nice ten minute podcast interview with Joanna on their website, wherein she mentions permaculture! Just click on the arrow underneath the paragraph under, "touch the earth" and give it a listen:http://ascentmagazine...­
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