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Resilience Or Survival

As a consequence of our inaction, we are starting to see the concept of resilience replacing sustainability as a goal.

Resilience Or Survival

Many of the new ideas about sustainability and resilience are nothing more than a recognition that the old ways of living are actually good, as seen today in small villages throughout Europe, Mexico, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

In our Western culture of over-consumerism, we have actually missed the opportunity of reaching any kind of sustainability. Perhaps we never have actually understood what that concept is all about. I always thought that the original sustainable development term – which was coined 20 years ago in the 1987 UN report, Our Common Future – was a total oxymoron.

Perhaps the main reason that we never got it, is that such a level of true understanding of what is at stake requires being proactive. We need to think about the implications of our lifestyle, think about consequences. Yikes, that is too much work, so why bother? It is easier just to keep on BAUing (Business As Usual) and pretend everything is fine.

As a consequence of our inaction, we are starting to see the concept of resilience replacing sustainability as a goal.

Perhaps this is because we are finally realizing that the imminent threats of global warming, climate change, overpopulation, poverty, religious wars, peak oil, food scarcity, etc. are real. So we are now talking about the need to become resilient, to be ready to cope with all the social, economic and environmental changes and challenges that are coming.

Suddenly, a sense of urgency is in the air, and there is talk about local resilience and resilient communities. If we don’t understand these concepts, and make changes necessary for a significantly different way of life, sooner or later we will be forced into facing the next level down: becoming survival communities of sorts.

The diagram tries to graph this idea. We have already missed the sustainability plateau and we are starting the descent. Maybe we can stop the fall at the resiliency plateau. If we can’t, we will then face really difficult times.

Originally published in The Watershed Sentinel, June-July 2008

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Smoking mirror

Sustainability and resilience are the same thing at the level of continued survival, anything else and one is just staying the inevitable for the short term. This article is mostly empty and of a daft intellectual sort notably disconnected from any functional nuances...

This sense of urgency is fear its a natural response to what happening here, but it would be better if adbusters took the iniative to provide a neo-spiritual framework or at least some articles referencing the works of people who have thought in these regards; as opposed to delivering the same fearmongering we get in mainstream media.

Adbusters must use its 96% recyclable product and publish usefull information ie. how to grow ones own foods in urban settings...I could go on but really what needs to happen is adbusters has to address the functional aspects of how we are going to survive and not just give intellectual critique to a non-relevant media...Im thinking something along the lines of the "We're back" issue from 04.

Only inject some fucking spirit into what you do or it will only be the shallow reflection of the mass apathy and nihilism you so claim to oppose. People need to know about the true nature of our species and its past, about the symbiotic nature of our minds and the plants and fungis that produced the alkaloids allowing our spokesmonkey state of being to arise in the first place.

Our brains interact with the geomagnetic field of the earth via the bioelectromagnetic substance magnetite inside of the pineal gland in the center of our brains. We use it to regulate sleep/wake schedule and to generate dream potentialities.

The esoteric energy matrixes of all being coalescing in a moment of pure bliss awareness. These are the states given to us via our relation to the earth and its many manifest living forms, its is our duty as humans to know this connection at its deepest of levels and further its inception into our day to day modes of awareness such that it permeate the emptiness and fills the void that false material philosophies have created.

So if we don't here from the radical spiritualists in your magazine your not really relevant anymore, this isn't 2002 everyone is aware of what is occuring people choose ignorance and apathy or they come out of delusion and undertake the process of self-humanization.

So in closing, write a fucking article about DMT and how things are outside the cycle of fear.

Smoking mirror

Sustainability and resilience are the same thing at the level of continued survival, anything else and one is just staying the inevitable for the short term. This article is mostly empty and of a daft intellectual sort notably disconnected from any functional nuances...

This sense of urgency is fear its a natural response to what happening here, but it would be better if adbusters took the iniative to provide a neo-spiritual framework or at least some articles referencing the works of people who have thought in these regards; as opposed to delivering the same fearmongering we get in mainstream media.

Adbusters must use its 96% recyclable product and publish usefull information ie. how to grow ones own foods in urban settings...I could go on but really what needs to happen is adbusters has to address the functional aspects of how we are going to survive and not just give intellectual critique to a non-relevant media...Im thinking something along the lines of the "We're back" issue from 04.

Only inject some fucking spirit into what you do or it will only be the shallow reflection of the mass apathy and nihilism you so claim to oppose. People need to know about the true nature of our species and its past, about the symbiotic nature of our minds and the plants and fungis that produced the alkaloids allowing our spokesmonkey state of being to arise in the first place.

Our brains interact with the geomagnetic field of the earth via the bioelectromagnetic substance magnetite inside of the pineal gland in the center of our brains. We use it to regulate sleep/wake schedule and to generate dream potentialities.

The esoteric energy matrixes of all being coalescing in a moment of pure bliss awareness. These are the states given to us via our relation to the earth and its many manifest living forms, its is our duty as humans to know this connection at its deepest of levels and further its inception into our day to day modes of awareness such that it permeate the emptiness and fills the void that false material philosophies have created.

So if we don't here from the radical spiritualists in your magazine your not really relevant anymore, this isn't 2002 everyone is aware of what is occuring people choose ignorance and apathy or they come out of delusion and undertake the process of self-humanization.

So in closing, write a fucking article about DMT and how things are outside the cycle of fear.

The People

How could anyone who does not belong to the Illuminati say that HUMANS are the reason for the global economic meltdown? That is called "death worship", mental imagery of bodies stacked in heaps from SARS, Anthrax, Nuclear Weapons, unrestricted warfare and starvation come to mind. The individual that claims "humans are the problem" is forgetting that they are not protected from sarin gas or the effects of starvation and malnutrition which could be applied to "fix the problem".

We are talking about PEOPLE, not little bugs or horny rabbits, but human beings. De-population belongs under the category of extreme and radical evil, even if your intentions are to "balance out the planet", it still isnt a good enough reason to murder. Balancing out the planet could include shooting yourself in the face, so why dont you start there?

Why doesnt every family grow a garden? Why cant every home be self-sufficient? Why shouldnt we abandon obsessive dictatorial concepts of control over humankind and abandon threats and violence towards the poor with whom we all identify?

My solution involves the banks, which sell money to our countries, they must be disassembled. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy must merge so that the maximum amount of income anyone can collect will be $1,000,000.00, any spill-over profit must be apportioned until everyone is earning that capitol, then that max earning can be raised. The profit incentive must be erased, not people.

The People

How could anyone who does not belong to the Illuminati say that HUMANS are the reason for the global economic meltdown? That is called "death worship", mental imagery of bodies stacked in heaps from SARS, Anthrax, Nuclear Weapons, unrestricted warfare and starvation come to mind. The individual that claims "humans are the problem" is forgetting that they are not protected from sarin gas or the effects of starvation and malnutrition which could be applied to "fix the problem".

We are talking about PEOPLE, not little bugs or horny rabbits, but human beings. De-population belongs under the category of extreme and radical evil, even if your intentions are to "balance out the planet", it still isnt a good enough reason to murder. Balancing out the planet could include shooting yourself in the face, so why dont you start there?

Why doesnt every family grow a garden? Why cant every home be self-sufficient? Why shouldnt we abandon obsessive dictatorial concepts of control over humankind and abandon threats and violence towards the poor with whom we all identify?

My solution involves the banks, which sell money to our countries, they must be disassembled. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy must merge so that the maximum amount of income anyone can collect will be $1,000,000.00, any spill-over profit must be apportioned until everyone is earning that capitol, then that max earning can be raised. The profit incentive must be erased, not people.

Sionnian

Who's to say that humans are more important than other organisms? Is it because we have conscious thought? Because we are smarter than speices? I don't believe my life is worth more than a mouse's. Mine may be more intellectual, but it is also more destructive. I'm not saying that I support mass slaughter of humankind, I am saying, however, that I also don't support the slaughter and extinction of other organisms who are in their own right innocent and, in my opinion, have more of a right to live on this planet than we do.

As a scientific term, community is all species of animals and plants living in a given area and how they interact with each other. The human idea of community is a neighborhood of houses and families all of one speices.

Ecosystems are fundemental to all life and should be treated with as much care as we would give our own families.

Sionnian

Who's to say that humans are more important than other organisms? Is it because we have conscious thought? Because we are smarter than speices? I don't believe my life is worth more than a mouse's. Mine may be more intellectual, but it is also more destructive. I'm not saying that I support mass slaughter of humankind, I am saying, however, that I also don't support the slaughter and extinction of other organisms who are in their own right innocent and, in my opinion, have more of a right to live on this planet than we do.

As a scientific term, community is all species of animals and plants living in a given area and how they interact with each other. The human idea of community is a neighborhood of houses and families all of one speices.

Ecosystems are fundemental to all life and should be treated with as much care as we would give our own families.

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