Almost everyday I read posts online that interest, infuriate, stimulate, inspire, or otherwise move me. Almost everyday I'll share three short snippets.
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June 13, 2014
"The sociocultural context matters because creativity is a systemic rather than an individual phenomenon. Workable new solutions to our most pressing concerns will not appear by themselves as isolated ideas of independent people. Creativity is born in connections and in enriching interaction."
"Statements of the bleeding obvious, the outcomes of basic arithmetic, are treated as exotic and unpardonable distractions, while the impossible proposition by which we live is regarded as so sane and normal and unremarkable that it isn’t worthy of mention. That’s how you measure the depth of this problem: by our inability even to discuss it."
George Monbiot in The Guardian. It’s simple. If we can’t change our economic system, our number’s up
It’s the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity’s undoing
"I should point out that I don’t believe perpetual economic growth is either sustainable or desirable. But if growth is your aim – an aim to which every government claims to subscribe – you couldn’t make a bigger mess of it than by releasing the super-rich from the constraints of democracy."
— George Monbiot at The Guardian. If you think we’re done with neoliberalism, think again
The global application of a fraudulent economic theory brought the west to its knees. Yet for those in power, it offers riches
"Frans Hofmeester has been taping and interviewing his 12-year-old daughter, Lotte, since she was born. The nearly three-minute time-lapsed video encapsulates her childhood, illustrating her changing moods, hairstyles and outfits."
Meagan Cloherty at WTOP. Father creates video time capsule of daughter’s childhood (VIDEO)
"The perpetual growth myth … promotes the impossible idea that indiscriminate economic growth is the cure for all the world’s problems, while it is actually the disease that is at the root cause of our unsustainable global practices."