It wasn’t always this way.
I would know. As an investment manager for some of the largest banks in the country for over fifty years, I was paid handsomely to know exactly what was going on with the economy. I fussed over GDP, scrutinized unemployment stats, tracked market trends. I rode out the housing crash in 2008, . . . → Read More: The Zombie Economy
Who are you? Far from being the trivial question it may seem to be, the answer holds the key to a more peaceful world.
This question probes, of course, that slippery concept of identity – a single word used to describe what is in fact many different things. Look up identity on the Internet and your browser . . . → Read More: The psychology of identity and conflict
“Are you looking forward to going to Entheos?” my wife asks me a few days before I’m set to leave on my five-day trip. “Totally,” I reply, then immediately realize the half-truth of my answer. “But I’m also a bit anxious about it. It’s going to be stretch.”
A stretch indeed. I am, for the most part, . . . → Read More: Growth, change, and death at Entheos Gathering 2012
I’m sitting in a coffee shop on a sunny afternoon, looking out the window. Birds are cheeping, people hurriedly go about their business. I don’t see any of that, though; all I can see is a train careening out of control. My stomach knots.
You know how in a stressful situation everything moves in slow motion? A . . . → Read More: Over an Americano and muffin
I strive always to predict and control
to plan, organize, and optimize
Yet I make bets against God’s roulette wheel
build houses on sinking swamps
and create the future from ephemera
I search always to understand
to formulate, debate, reject and refine
to systematize, clarify, and theorize
I hope to win the battle cerebral
to have reality cede its secrets
With what words, my friend, can . . . → Read More: Futility
There’s a seemingly innocuous question bubbling to the top of people’s minds these days. You can find this question popping up in discussions at coffee shops over lattes and carrot cake, at work next to the photocopier, and even occasionally in the media. It often surfaces accompanied by an unnerving sense of malaise, or sometimes even . . . → Read More: Dumping our dream
A few years ago, after a lifetime of eating meat, Renee LaBoucan had an epiphany: by eating animals she was complicit in the cruel treatment of animals. After this realization she rearranged her life to become an animal rights activist. This is the story of her transformation.
Matthew Larmour: You were a carnivore, like most in our . . . → Read More: Carnivore to vegetarian: an interview with animal-rights activist Renee LaBoucan
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing,” Mahatma Gandhi reputedly said, “would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” Gandhi was right: at our best, we are amazing. Humans have probed the deepest mysteries of matter, space, and time; explored the far reaches of the solar system and the . . . → Read More: Unlocking the solution to the world’s problems: human potential
The notion that developed countries stand at the precipice of social transformation is not a new idea. There is a long history of books that have tackled this subject, from Fritjof Capra’s The Turning Point, Marilyn Ferguson’s The Aquarian Conspiracy, Willis Harman’s Global Mind Change, to Anodea Judith’s Waking the Global Heart, and Barbara Marx Hubbard’s . . . → Read More: It’s time for The Great Turning
Imagine this: a 47-year-old woman is admitted to the hospital emergency room where you work as a doctor. She is too weak to walk, and has a sky-high fever that leaves her limp and lifeless. What’s your strategy to treat her: do you give her drugs to bring her fever down, and then send her on . . . → Read More: Solving our environmental problems requires spirituality and activism