New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests that humans may have played an active role in its desertification.
The best metaphor I can think of is: Austerity is like bloodletting in the Middle Ages, only with a lower success rate.
James Mattis’ unpublished testimony before a Senate panel recognizes a threat others in the administration reject or minimize.
If and when national governance breaks down, your local community’s degree of social and biophysical resilience will make all the difference.
I also think a turn to the personal realm, to cultivating deep friendships and family relations and the aesthetic and spiritual domains of life, can be a critically important way to stay sane, despite the apparent madness of the external world. This is a strategy intellectuals and other free-thinkers have adopted when living under oppressive regimes throughout history, sometimes creating masterpieces that emerged later on.
We should by all means all continue to work in whatever ways we can to nudge the external world in more positive directions, despite these now massive headwinds, so I’m not at all advocating withdrawal from collective affairs, but I think moving one’s center of gravity a little bit more inwards, in a quest for whatever long-lived, time-tested beauty, meaning and truths one can find, can bring some solace in hard times, and can actually help us in the very challenging struggles we are bound to be facing in the next few years.
Source: Aftermath – Medium
Become invincible. Allow yourself to experience joy at every available opportunity. Yes, things are really bad.
But you got this.
New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.