I've learned that being in a state love and forgiveness is the only way out of this mess. For myself it's an evolving project of course!What I'd really like right now is the ancient Gnostic training to experience the Light of the Creator.I've loved your cyberjournal.Helen
Hi Richard,I for one have learned a lot and gained a much greater understanding ofelite rule and how the world really works thanks to reading yourEscaping the Matrix essay and joining your list some 12 years ago. Iwant to thank you and fellow subscribers for that. However, aftergaining that understanding I have now very reluctantly reached theconclusion that there is little or nothing we can do to change things.Because of that I feel frustrated, despairing and sometimes veryangry.Do you or any others share these emotions, or still believe thatthings can be turned round to create the decent, caring, peaceful worldthat all cyberjournal subscribers desire?You write: "So far away from old friends and family, here in Ireland,you’ve been an important community for me."Perhaps you should consider inviting that "community" to Ireland for aweek or ten days get together sometime next year - a week of informalcraic, sightseeing and social interaction with some real Irishhospitality. It would be great to meet, put faces to, and talk tofellow subscribers. Each would meet the cost of the 'holiday' in localhotels and a chip-in of say $100 each would easily cover the costs of aconference facility, coach-travel visits to a few places of interest,ceilidhs and other entertainment. I for one would be well up for aterrific week in Ireland. It would give you a nice project to organisein Wexford.Anyhow, thanks for all your work, thoughts and amazing insights. Longmay it continue. Looking forward to seeing you here in Scotland inSeptember.Hugs,Jim
Hi Richard:I have been receiving your posts for several years now but have only commented once in that time. I like what you have been trying to do - but positive change is being swamped by the world's insanity. As I sit here in an isolated valley in Western Canada trying to raise a few pigs so that there will be some food resilience in my small community, I can only say that I am living in a bubble of normalcy. No earth changes, no climate disruptions, stable provincial political situation, finally a new leader nationally who I can mostly agree with but there are exceptions such as supporting NATO and demonizing Russia.Still I am aware through the Internet of what propaganda that is being foisted on us all and I expect in the near future I will be experiencing the results of all the lies, corruption, bad decisions, hidden agenda's, etc that is building up like a thunderstorm on the horizon of my bubble.There is no point in talking to my acquaintances as they are totally locked into normalcy bias and have their heads firmly tucked between their legs. By trying to raise issues or preparatory advise I only bring onto myself the derision and scepticism.So the fall back position is this! Live through it and be prepared to help in the after time. You can't stop an avalanche, what you can do is get away from the avalanche and try and be in a position to help some small number after the disaster. I can only suggest those who follow you consider the same. Keep your head down, your food generating possibilities up, your faith in the essential rebalancing that will come after millions die or are displaced and have something to hold in your hand to share with those survivors of war, economic depression, earth changes, climate change and a dozen other disasters that will flow from all this disruption.Good luck is what I hope for but of course I could be one of the victims as well. I like to think my pigs will provide some food for those that survive even if I do not.Respectfully,Thomas Lunde
Where I'm at is the terrifying realization that we are headed towards Near Term Human Extinction. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions are producing not only increasing global temperatures, but also ocean acidification, resulting in habitat changes such that the animals and plants necessary for human sustenance will not be able to adjust and provide us with the food necessary to survive. The research on this is overwhelming. All that is left to us is a planetary hospice to aid others in coping until the end.
Hi Richard,You are in a privilege position to identify the projects with the most leverage for positive change.I suggest that you find and report highlighting what is working out there.There are only a few examples that I know doing this: www.yesmagazine.org- being the best know.This field can sure use more coverage, you will become a reporter of the future.Best,Sergio Lub
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Richard,I, too, have benefited from sharing your journey. Thank you so much!I doubt that we will stop learning more about how the world works, but I am ready to start engaging with "the world" and try out some ideas you and your group have regarding replacing elite dictatorships with democratic communities. I have recently learned that the elite sycophants are even trying to redefine democracy to make it okay to have dominating leaders (Pateman, Carole "Participation and Democratic Theory"). If we wait longer, even fewer people will know otherwise.I have drafted a plan for a community-based representative governing process that can be applied to multiple layers of governance and a strategy for replacing our corporatist government with a people-oriented government. I have gone as far as I can go with my ideas. Now, I am looking for feedback. Perhaps, you can check with your subscribers to see if anyone wants to help me develop these ideas further??? I think your work on community decision-making might fit well with my proposals.Rex Green