In these turbulent times of political and racial divisiveness, one human experience is the great unifier: Loss. We cannot avoid it, individually and collectively, especially if we are engaged with the world through our work and media information choices. We see fires ravaging communities of trees and people, floods disappearing whole ecosystems and devastating towns, and humans suffering through the terrors of pandemic illness and death on every continent. Whether these losses are personal or witnessed, our awareness of them can positively impact what we think and feel and share with others. Recognizing shared losses puts us in touch with our common humanity. As difficult as loss is, it makes it possible to expand our sense of connection to others, no matter where we are in the world.
Continue reading Building Bridges through Loss: One/Dr. Damon Silas/From Mourning to Knight
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Many of us concerned about increasing extreme weather events are aware of how rapidly climate change is effecting life all over the globe. If you would like a primmer on how human activities are causing shifts in biodiversity, please visit globalissues.org/article/172/climate-change-affects-biodiversity or any reputable source of information on rapid climate changes caused by humans – anthropogenic climate change. This post’s focus is not on climate change directly; rather it explores how human diversity and global diversity are mirroring each other in the patterns found in increased extreme weather events and increased human polarization and lack of civility in problem solving. Acute human polarization and lack of civility when dealing with the environmental crises mean we have fewer creative solutions to address the climate calamities that have become every day events. To find out how we can participate in positive change, read on.
Continue reading An Earth Day Love Letter to Earth’s Human Offspring
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Maggie Smith’s new film, The Lady in the Van, is not for the faint of heart. Briefly, it is about an older woman with mental health challenges whose luck at being born in England means that the social services supporting her are numerous. Promoted as a comedy, the redoubtable Ms Smith’s film is indeed funny. It is also tragic, poignantly so, and able to stir terrors regarding homelessness, mental illness, and the horrifying cruelty of the Catholic Church. In the face of Spotlight‘s best picture win at the 2016 Academy Awards, this smaller film barely makes a ripple in the cultural pond. However, the wrong this film does expose, while not sexual abuse, involves unforgettable psychic abuse.
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