Thursday, April 30, 2020

Influence

It is hard to "change" a person.

Ultimately, each person has to choose to change themselves.

Though - we can have influence.

The word influence derives from the latin:

in - into
fluere -  to flow

Water that cascades over rock, with enough time, will "influence" a change in the rock - making rough edges smooth or carving a channel for the water's journey downstream.




My hope is that we will each learn better ways to "flow into" the lives of others - setting up patterns of behavior and habits that influence each of us to be more caring, loving and compassionate with all of Creation.






My hope is that we will have influence to help persons change themselves in ways that better reflect solidarity, kindness and mutual care for all living things.



Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.



Monday, April 27, 2020

The etymology of the world companion derives from two latin words: 

com - with

panis - bread

Companions are those who eat bread together - in the journey of life along the road - or in the quiet of one's tent, apartment, condominium or home.




May we learn better how to share our bread one with another as we develop companions in life's journey.

May we become better companions.


Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

What will this Great Disruption create


We are all discerning SARS-CoV-2 differently.

It seems "those" who "previously" leaned into dystopian futures and apocalyptic fear are reading this Great Disruption as fulfillment of their concerns.

Alongside that, those who hope for changes in a better situation for the world with Climate Change and care of one another and care of Creation are positing that this Great Disruption might be a "tipping point" that helps us toward a better future.

I'll cast my "vote" for the hope that in this Great Disruption we'll "see ourselves" better as agents of mutual care in the world.

I hope we'll discern our interconnection and our need to care for one another - no matter our creed, skin colour.

I hope we'll make a more equitable and caring and compassionate world with greater dignity for every job/occupation and for all children, for anyone aged, for widows, orphans, immigrants and those who are (or feel) far off.

I do hope.

I do hope this disruption will resort and resettle us to be better - with a better world for all.

We can work for this reality.

We can shape the future. 

We can make a difference.


Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Great Disruption

It's impossible to predict the future.

This has always been true.

It feels yet more true in light of SARS-CoV-2.

And yet, I wonder if we'll potentially come to know this as The Great Disruption.  It is that, even if we don't apply the label.

"Everything" is shifting for us - I think more than we know.  In transportation, education, energy, medicine, housing, employment, uses of technology and more. 

It's also such an urgently difficult time for many.  I know several personal friends and professional colleagues and family members who have lost jobs, been displaced, been locked down - and a few will never get their jobs back.  A few may lose homes - become forced to move - becoming exiles in future weeks.

This single article was quite impactful to me, of too many articles/blogs I'm discerning: "This Is Hard For Everyone. It’s Even Harder For Parents Who Don’t Make Much Money. By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux." 

I hope we find our way forward in caring ways.  This is hard for everyone.

It's harder for some.  And, even as we are each impacted, some of us must "do more" to help others and to prepare for a better future.

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Will we do better? Jennifer Browdy excerpt

Excerpted from Jennifer Browdy Blog:

Will humans seize the potential of this corona-induced “time-out” to move towards “conscious evolution”?

For some time I’ve been writing with grief and shame about the way humans, particularly my Euro-descended people, have been battering our beautiful Earth. I have been not only a bystander to the violence, but complicit as well—burning fossil fuels, consuming food and products produced in violence. 
I sit in judgment on myself, and shame myself for all the ways I have not done enough to stand up to the prevailing culture, every single day. 
 . . . 
Past episodes of climate disruption on Earth have been caused suddenly by seemingly external, random events—a meteor hitting the Earth, a volcano erupting. 
Human-induced climate change, accompanied by deforestation, the acidification of the oceans and the rapid decline of all species on Earth, is not happening overnight, but it is happening very quickly in geologic time. As Mother Earth seeks to reestablish her steady state, optimum for bringing forth and nourishing life, those who can’t adapt to current conditions will have to give way to those who can, just as the Dinosaurs long ago succumbed and made way for the Mammals. 
. . .
It’s hard to say right now what the longterm effects of the pandemic will be. Will we become ever more fearful, technologized and controlling? Or will we seize the opening of this worldwide “time-out” to begin to envision and create a harmonious, non-violent relationship with our Mother Earth?
In 2020 we can’t use the excuse that we don’t know how to improve conditions for current life forms on Earth, humans included. 
We know how to limit population; how to create regenerative agriculture; how to deploy renewable energy; how to develop social systems that maximize and reward the creation of quality of life for the majority. We are so smart. We know how to do this.
In 2020, there is no more time to waste. The urgency is real and present. If those alive don’t get into a right relationship with Mother Earth, she will do it for us—without rancor, without shame or blame, but with the efficiency borne of millions of years of ceaseless rebalancing. 
This may be the first time in history that a species has had the luxury of a brief window of time to actively adjust in order to change course and avoid a lemming-like dive over the cliff. 
We have the possibility of “conscious evolution,” now. 
Will we take it?