UNCIVILISATION: The Dark Mountain Network

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June 2011 Blog Posts (8)

The Root of Much Evil



Love of money, according to the Christian Bible, is the root of all evil .... but in fact there's a fairly simple technical reason underlying much of the evil it causes. There's a property of money which makes its most important functions hostage to the least important. It's a property which most people take for granted, one which textbooks describe as being essential - its durability.



The durability of money makes it hoardable, allowing people to use it as a long-term store…

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Added by Malcolm Ramsay on June 29, 2011 at 13:30 — 32 Comments

Parcivilised Government



Perhaps I'm posting in the wrong place, but I just can't bring myself to hope for uncivilised government - the negative meaning of the word is simply too well established. It may be that that's what we'll end up with, if some of the more extreme predictions of collapse come true, but that's not what I expect myself. I'm quite certain though that, whatever changes do happen, there will continue to be government of some kind .... and how it operates will continue to profoundly…

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Added by Malcolm Ramsay on June 21, 2011 at 23:00 — 6 Comments

Two Bloody Poems

 

              PREPARING FOR LUNCHEON AT THE ASYLUM

 

You will arrive at the place

Fortold by clairvoyant whispers

Your feelings adjusted to the frequency

Of the ephemeral rays of light-time

The performance in progress

Will absorb you body and soul

 

You may lack all defenses

You may have an appointment with dumb luck

You may be wearing the face of a martyr

 

At any rate, we believe…

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Added by Albert Pierce Bales on June 20, 2011 at 11:03 — No Comments

Imago Society



What does a caterpillar feel, I wonder, as it approaches metamorphosis? Does it slip comfortably from one state to the other .... or is the process driven by internal conflict? Perhaps the visions of its inner butterfly are dismissed as romantic nonsense by a rational mind fixated on becoming a bigger caterpillar, while a growing chorus of voices inside warning that the end is nigh cause it to turn in on itself.



Well, we can't know what it experiences subjectively; what we…

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Added by Malcolm Ramsay on June 16, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Passing On



I'm going to die. I can't be sure how or when (my plan, for what it's worth, is to die of satisfaction on the 21st of August 2066, though I dare say the gods have other ideas); I can be reasonably sure, however, that when the time comes I will hold the legal title to a small plot of land .... and English law delegates to me the responsibility for saying who should become the next owner of it.



Most people don't see it that way, of course; rather than seeing it as a…

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Added by Malcolm Ramsay on June 10, 2011 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

Witnessing the End of an Era

In March this year the science journal Nature announced what many people already knew, that there are clear indications that the world’s Sixth Mass Extinction is already underway. The last mass extinction came some 65 million years ago when a comet or asteroid slammed into the Yucatan peninsula, in modern-day Mexico, causing firestorms whose dust cooled the planet, and an estimated 76 percent of species were killed, including the dinosaurs. The four previous mass extinction of species were…

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Added by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on June 9, 2011 at 15:25 — 20 Comments

The Revolution is about Following Life

I have a blog about the revolution of consciousness, about the great evolutionary shift taking place in the world right now. I just updated it with a new piece about my recent experiences with what I call Following Life, actively following everything that comes to awareness as a way of awakening and personal…

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Added by Charlie Rebich on June 8, 2011 at 19:01 — No Comments

Rebalancing the Network

As some of you know, I've been struggling with what this site is for over the past few weeks.

In its other manifestations - the books, the festival, other face-to-face events and collaborations - Dark Mountain has been a space of reflection and thoughtfulness, something that's never had a one-liner or a soundbite. This deliberate difficulty invites people to slow down, to stay with their uncertainties and puzzlements, to live with the unknown rather than trying to conquer…

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Added by Dougald on June 3, 2011 at 15:15 — 17 Comments

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