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WE ARE NOT SAFER/PART TWO

I wrote the post below back in May, 2011 just after the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden. “Watch what happens next,” I wrote, “as the death of bin Laden helps ignorance and hatred to grow, not diminish.”

Since then, according to this week’s issue of Time magazine, “The number of radical Islamic groups has increased nearly 60% in the past four years, according to a June study by the Rand Corp, while attacks by al-Qaeda and its affiliates—a category that doesn’t even include ISIS—have tripled. Al-Qaeda now seeks to radicalize India’s Muslims, even as militants multiply in post-Gaddafi Libya.”

Here is my original post:

Obama says the world is safer with the death of Osama bin Laden and I’d like to say why, in fact, it is less safe.

Ignorance and hatred do not live and die with any one person. They are not qualities you can kill. They are only qualities you can transform.

How do we transform ignorance and hatred? By facing those qualities within ourselves; by confronting the very hard truth that what drove bIn Laden to kill is the same as what drives us to kill: retaliation and retribution for perceived injustices.

Until we all face our culpability in the world we have created, hatred and ignorance will not only remain, they will become more powerful.

Watch what happens next, as the death of bin Laden helps ignorance and hatred to grow, not diminish.

We are in for very hard times.

TRAFFIC SCHOOL

I was driving north on the freeway the other day when I noticed that the southbound traffic was at a standstill. Something had happened, though I couldn’t tell what. All I knew was that the backup extended for miles. No one was moving. Read more

Tree Love

Another example of life’s cooperative principle. Through a vast network of roots and fungi, trees communicate and share nutrients to help each other survive and thrive. Check out this 4 minute video. You’ll never see trees, or a denuded forest, in the same way again.

Social Hacking: Changing the Land, not the Landscape

Highly recommend this terrific article from The Guardian called The system is failing, hack the system. An excerpt:  “So what is social hacking? It is creating enterprises that don’t respond to the problems that our current system creates, but change the way we do things so those problems do not occur in the first place.” Highly recommend you check it out.

The Power of Pressure

The following is an edited version of an interactive presentation I gave last summer at FeelGood’s annual Big Cheese Summer Institute, a 5-day training for college students who are learning to unleash their capacity as “changemakers for the end of global hunger.”

Let’s take a few minutes to ground ourselves in the context of our times, and the urgency of the moment…and why each one of us is so important to the future of not only the human family, but also all life. READ MORE

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