Technology, Wisdom, and the Difficult Art of Civilizational Self-Awareness: Thomas Merton’s Beautiful Letter of Appreciation to Rachel Carson for Catalyzing the Environmental Movement

“Technics and wisdom are not by any means opposed. On the contrary, the duty of our age… is to unite them in a supreme humility which will result in a totally self-forgetful creativity and service.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Knowing what I do, there would be no future peace for me if I kept silent,” marine biologist and poet laureate of science Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907–April 14, 1964) wrote to her soul mate, Dorothy, before the release of Silent Spring — Carson’s epoch-making 1962 book that catalyzed the modern environmental movement. Her courageous and sobering exposé of the assault on nature by the heedless use of chemicals … Continue reading Technology, Wisdom, and the Difficult Art of Civilizational Self-Awareness: Thomas Merton’s Beautiful Letter of Appreciation to Rachel Carson for Catalyzing the Environmental Movement

The Rehabilitation of a Serial Sexual Abuser

by C. Brian Smith Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are both undergoing sex-addiction treatment at the same place in Arizona — Gentle Path at The Meadows, which counts Tiger Woods among its alumni. A 45-day saunter along the Gentle Path includes journaling, meditation, horseback riding, yoga and “expressive arts” and costs $58,000. Given the seriousness and sheer quantity of their indiscretions/crimes — 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault, and more than a dozen men allege sexual misconduct by Spacey (so far) — their time on the Gentle Path has mostly been ridiculed. These men are, by all accounts, serial predators who are taking the easiest, cushiest … Continue reading The Rehabilitation of a Serial Sexual Abuser

GOVERNMENT AS EXPLAINED BY A FICTIONAL CONVERSATION WITH AN EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

by Vic Bishop, Staff Writer Waking Times  What if you had to explain government to an extra-terrestrial? It would probably sound pretty absurd. A group of people makes the rules for everyone else. They hang out in buildings with flags in front. They punish you if you break the rules, but they themselves don’t have to follow the rules. One of the rules they have is that you have to pay them money. They often use this money for stuff you’d never support, such as war. “You think it’s necessary for your survival to have a system where some humans among you, for … Continue reading GOVERNMENT AS EXPLAINED BY A FICTIONAL CONVERSATION WITH AN EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

Do civilisations collapse?

Moai at Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island, believed to have been carved by the island’s Rapa Nui Polynesian inhabitants between 1600 and 1730. Photo by Stefan Boness/Panos The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeology by Guy D Middleton is a visiting fellow at Newcastle University in the school of history, classics and archaeology. His latest book is Understanding Collapse: Ancient History and Modern Myths(2017). There’s a common story of how the Maya civilisation was wiped out: they fell foul of unstoppable climate change. Several periods of extreme drought withered their crops and … Continue reading Do civilisations collapse?

A Gentleman’s Guide to Office Dating

by Angelina Chapin Until the robots come for our jobs, office romance will exist. Thirty-seven percent of people have dated a colleague, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey. And the Society for Human Resource Management found that while 12 percent of companies have workplace dating policies that mostly specify that relationships between high- and low-ranking employees are a no-go, 81 percent of employers don’t provide training on how to manage these relationships. Admittedly, workplace dating has always been a powder keg of romantic potential, serious regret and boundary-pushing. But in a post-Weinstein world, we’re finally looking at it under a microscope. Even lower-level … Continue reading A Gentleman’s Guide to Office Dating

FINANCIAL TYRANNY: ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ ARE THE NEW PERMANENT UNDERCLASS IN AMERICA

by John W. Whitehead, Guest Waking Times “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” ― Frédéric Bastiat, French economist Americans can no longer afford to get sick and there’s a reason why. That’s because a growing number of Americans are struggling to stretch their dollars far enough to pay their bills, get out of debt and ensure that if and when an illness arises, it doesn’t bankrupt them. This is a reality that … Continue reading FINANCIAL TYRANNY: ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ ARE THE NEW PERMANENT UNDERCLASS IN AMERICA

A Sex Guide for People Who Are Their Own Best Partner in Bed

Not ecstatic about your current sex life? Don’t have hours every day attempting to decipher all of the sanskrit in the Kama Sutra? Unable to bankroll a shopping spree (or a single purchase for that matter) at Jimmyjane? Here’s a sex help guide for you, fellow regular human who wants to be better in bed. The latest installment of our series The ‘Normal’ Couples’ Guide to Sex by Lynsey G The Person Madeline, Phoenix, AZ Age: 36 Goal: To keep her body ready for orgasms, with or without a partner. The Sex Situation: “I’m a single bisexual woman in my mid-30s,” Madeline tells us. “I … Continue reading A Sex Guide for People Who Are Their Own Best Partner in Bed