The great turning: the shift from industrial growth society to a life sustaining society (Joanna Macy)

If we can free ourselves from the delusions and dependencies bred by the industrial growth society, something wonderful can happen. One of the great activists and spiritual teachers of our era brings a hopeful message: If we manage to steer clear of panic, we may well find at last the wild power of our creativity and solidarity. (from youtube)

You must listen to the whole video to hear about the last story: The Great Turning

The ecological and social crises we face are caused by an economic system dependent on accelerating growth. This self-destructing political economy sets its goals and measures its performance in terms of ever-increasing corporate profits—in other words by how fast materials can be extracted from Earth and turned into consumer products, weapons, and waste.

A revolution is under way because people are realizing that our needs can be met without destroying our world. We have the technical knowledge, the communication tools, and material resources to grow enough food, ensure clean air and water, and meet rational energy needs. Future generations, if there is a livable world for them, will look back at the epochal transition we are making to a life-sustaining society. And they may well call this the time of the Great Turning. It is happening now.

Whether or not it is recognized by corporate-controlled media, the Great Turning is a reality. Although we cannot know yet if it will take hold in time for humans and other complex life forms to survive, we can know that it is under way. And it is gaining momentum, through the actions of countless individuals and groups around the world. To see this as the larger context of our lives clears our vision and summons our courage. (continue reading)

Other wonderful posts on Beyond Meds featuring Joanna Macy’s work see:

●  Transforming Despair

●  We can come home again

Books by Joanna Macy:

●  Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy

●  Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World

●  World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal

●  Pass it On: Five Stories That Can Change the World

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