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Mark Hurych


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Anticipating that we are in the Anthropocene, How shall we proceed?

I am exploring the big question of how we shall proceed as a human family. I am attempting to allow this question to be explored and restated from as many different perspectives as possible. It is difficult to talk about the purpose without being overwhelmed with doom. I've found many individuals, as in the examples from TED talks, approaching these concerns from very different perspectives. I want to promote that open-ended open-mindedness with this question. Large scale and small scale. What can we do with our Internet? What can we do with our capacity to empathize? What can we do with our creative potential at making games out of things? What can we do politically? ...educationally? ....parenting? ...at work? ...with neighbors? ...with humor? ...with paradigm shifts? ...mentoring and setting an example? ...?


Closing Statement from Mark Hurych

The final answer is that we need to go to square one, back to the drawing board. We need new ways of connecting and celebrating our solutions as we find them. Our tribes or "in" groups need to expand to include all humanity.

Extinction episodes do not look good for large species such as ours, so we need to take our motives to a place where we can engage in the greater good for the long long term.

Excellent isolated solutions continue to pop up. They need support and scaling up. We are threatening our own mother Earth. While our brains have enlarged (last 10,000 years) our thriving senses have shrunk, or been ignored. Crops, houses, and domesticated animals grounded us in security but also robbed us of the perspective of our own participation in nature.

We are of nature and we can and must harness our knowledge for the collective good of the biosphere.

Now let's get out there and win this one for the millennia to come!

"Physical fitness" is a wonderful term. What about loving fitness, eusociality fitness, relationship fitness, tribal upgrade fitness, innovative fitness, acceptance fitness, wisdom fitness, inspiring fitness, supportive fitness, cradle-to-cradle fitness, sustainability fitness...

...and on and on until we've got integrated planet fitness.

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  • Apr 16 2012: Found some poetry I wrote ten years ago-it fits!
    Do you remember when old Bellamy
    Spoke a new date for you and me-

    An earth with neither slave nor hell?
    He got it wrong-we got Orwell!

    I think he was innocent in the telling
    But now we know- so why the Selling?
    The truth we sought is now a lie
    Forget the sky- I want my pie!

    Lease and riot in the buy and buy
    (I hope I get it all before I die)
    Looking back they had it right
    All hail the neo-luddite!
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      Apr 17 2012: Ha ha ha. Kenny, this is rich.
      I'm hearing a guitar or banjo strum in there somewhere. (Picking up my guitar now.) Your 4-line stanzas work the best, and I can almost get a piggy-back melody from John Denver's "Back Home Again."

      Dang it, Ken, I'm a teacher not a musician. Why are you doing this to me? I need some chords.

      OK. OK. I think I have a title... "Define Homeless, Mr. Anthropocene." I dunno. I'm just kickin it around.

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