Sunday, April 24, 2016

Gardening For Peace


The Biology of Altruism. 
Yes, the human brain has an app. for that, or many human brains do. Some don't. What does the difference look like, now that we can look at things like the differences in brain function between cold-blooded murderers without remorse, and people who donate a kidney to an unknown person, because they can. (Which kind of person would do better in American politics?)

I'm going to take that as a jumping off point for speculation about our human future, about our prospects in the realm of social ecology, a term coined by Murray Bookchin.
Over the past 10,000 years or so, we have embedded dominance of each other into our societies. It is ubiquitous, and it is the philosophical basis for "dominion over nature", supposedly "granted by God".
It is pretty clear that we need to have a paradigm shift and become truly human, truly awakened to our greatest potential, the potential to be really good stewards of natural systems, rather than bands of rapists and looters, our current paradigm.
I don't mean to be harsh, but we can all be on the way out and wishing it would come sooner, in 20 years. 
We can nurture and cultivate a food-producing ecosystem It's actually an innate talent we have. It takes some learning. It feels pretty satisfying, natural, healthy.
Each of us can find ways to do this.
I'm working on finding ways to help open this door of perception for people I work with by food-gardening in the break patio at the new clinic.
If we are all going down this time, I'd rather go down growing green beans than shooting people.

Mr Green Genes

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