Discuss: Feed the Hunger
Yes. Well written. In a world spiraling into self immolation due to a lack of people willing to sacrifice and serve higher values, these stories could be awakening. Our daily life is deadening and soul destroying. The constant aim of the evil elites who rule us is to break our spirits and turn us into unaware slaves to their insane hubris. All of their lying media and coercive measures are bent to this purpose. They sit in their mansions and yachts debauching and reveling in their dominance over and superiority to the masses. Then like all abusers, they assure us that all we suffer is our own fault, and that we deserve far less than the crumbs from their tables which barely keep us alive to serve them.
I think that we should try it without the federal government which basically is behind all the bad stuff that the article describes. bring democracy close to home where it should be (where it was in the first constitution) Of course, there would be problems but very possibly not the unsolvable ones we have now.
The federal government is a wholly owned and controlled subsidiary of the rich and powerful corporate elite. The government is not the real problem. We need good government. What we have is corrupt government. Corrupted by whom? By the power elite; they are the real problem. They would like to pretend that byeliminating government, we would be in heaven. Actually that would only remove the illusion that anything other than wealth and power is in charge of our policies.
Thanks so much for this illuminating and timely article. This concern for the young facing such catastrophic environmental futures led me to write my fifth novel, THE DROWNING WORLD as a YA/adult crossover.
It was written as a fantasy/sci fi set in a future of rising seas, Flood Lands, and kids who find a way to survive in this world and an alternate universe. I set the novel in 2020 but it seems that, after Hurricane Sandy, the future is now. And it is our young who must most fully imagine another future than extinction. In this way imagination is a very real survival skill.
Another fantastic article! Having just finished the trilogy, this hit a cord with me in so many ways. As I work within the homeschooling community, encouraging families to reconnect with nature, lean toward more sustainable, self-sufficient life skill training for their children and realizing that we’ve lost the intelligence our grandparents and great-grandparents possessed, and have become dependent on professionals, doubting our own ability, this article proves a great resource.
We are at the point that Einstein had in mind when he stated “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” The two foundational myths of Western consciousness are:
1. We are all separate - from each other and from everything else in existence.
2. Scarcity is the nature of the universe.
Such a consciousness unavoidably creates the world in which we live - hypercompetitive and fear based.
Western physics has arrived where metaphysics (East and West) has been for millenia - everything in existence is connected with everything else. Every thought and action has an affect that ripples across all that is. There are only two basic motivations for all human actions - love and not love (which has many names including anger, fear, hatred, greed, envy, etc.) By our thoughts and actions we choose to take the path of compassion or the path of death.
As a young naturalists on an adventure, I was with two boys, with walking sticks whacking the ferns far ahead of me on the trail. Wild eyed and screaming in terror they ran towards us being chased by tracker jackers (yellow-jackets. Oh what a teachable moment! I tell this story to EE students at sixth grade outdoor school each week and tie it into the Hunger games. I ask how many have read Hunger Games, up to 90%, it’s a craze. As an EE director and parent of a sixth grader, I could not agree more with David Sobel, for the Kid’s sake let the Nature Games begin, and Oh the odds will ever be in their favor! Here’s to creating more Hero’s quests and rites of passage journeys.
Thank you, David, for an excellent article on a rarely-touched topic. I’m putting a link to it on my web site. I’m a retired mental-health therapist who now writes personal power fiction for young adults, and interprets our current predicaments (peak oil, climate change, etc.) for them in essays and talks. I invite you to grab a copy of my free book “Standing on Your Own Two Feet: Young Adults Surviving 2012 and Beyond” at the web address I’ve listed, and share it with anyone you like. I will even send a printed copy to anyone who can’t download or buy it.
J. Z. Colby