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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: Can't resist giving you another poem from the same lot of ten years ago

    Illegal Lodgiing
    Illegal lodging, So they say
    Is what a bum does
    When he has no place to stay

    (It would be alright
    In a motorhome all shiny-brite,
    For a rich man to sleep wherever he might)

    But one who hasn't got the cash to pay
    Some landlord who hasn't found a way
    To collect a fat fire insurance Christmas day

    Will find himself in a dingy cell
    (just one step up from hell)
    Paid for him by someone who yells,
    He's costing us a fortune!
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      Apr 17 2012: Where's the chorus? We need something that repeats the Neo-Ludite phrase with a rhythm like
      bum badum bum bum, bum badum bum bum [for each line, or something like that]

      Go Kenny. [:-)
      • Apr 17 2012: Now that I have garage band I can put it to music.(when I figure it out!) I'll work on a chorus. I studied enough hymnology it's second nature. Fell free to use it how you want.(just give me credit!)

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