wisdom

PASSED FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, BEING TO BEING

 

It is interesting to consider – what is the source of wisdom? Perhaps it lies in the pure expression of nature.

 

Every leader, activist or artist recalls the people and experiences that have transformed them. Below, is a taste of what has been a source of wisdom in my life, and a blog roll of various writings during my time in the Master of Environmental Leadership Program at Naropa University.

 

 

Research and Reflections

Invention of Boundaries

You probably know where your property ends and your neighbor’s property begins. Chances are that there is a fence there. If you look around, you’ll notice many boundary markings – signs, fences, and shrubs. We are the only species that have established and enforced such distinct boundaries.

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Selfcare and Worldview

What happens when a young, important movement still lies on the fringe in society? What are the common challenges that it faces? I would like to focus this section on two challenges that are usually associated with the infancy of a movement: self-care and worldview.

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2 + 2 > 4

A contrast to scientific reductionism, systems thinking is the process of examining how parts of system influence each other within the whole system. System Thinkers believe that the relationship of the parts are more important than the actual parts and that these dynamic relationships manifest unpredictable emergent capabilities.

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A World of Cousins

You have 16 great-great grandparents probably born around the middle to late 1800s. If each of 8 couples and all successive generations had 3 children, there would be 648 children in your generation with the same great-great grandparents as you. Go back one more generation to your great-great-great grandparents, and your distant cousins are now 3,888!

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Wisdom of a Tree

An excerpt from Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte by Herman Hesse: “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone…”

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