Ideas – Crisis/Opportunity – Compassion – Empathy

Overview – Crisis/Opportunity

“The only answer can be denial. When you are sur­rounded by some­thing so big that requires you to change every­thing about the way you think and see the world, then denial is the nat­ural response. We are head­ing for a crisis-driven choice. We either allow col­lapse to over­take us or develop a new sus­tain­able eco­nomic model. We will choose the lat­ter. We may be slow, but we’re not stupid.” Paul Gild­ing

For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves… The question is: What are people doing about it?It’s not because the population doesn’t want itIt’s institutional structures that block change.  Business interests don’t want it and they’re overwhelmingly powerful in determining policy, so you get a big gap between opinion and policy on lots of issues, including this one…It’s not that there are no alternatives.  The alternatives just aren’t being taken. That’s dangerous.  So if you ask what the world is going to look like, it’s not a pretty picture.  Unless people do something about it.  We always can. Humanity Imperiled – The Path to Disaster by Noam Chomsky, Huffington Post, June 4, 2013

Two-thirds of people around the world think the global economic crisis is also a crisis of ethical values that calls for more honesty, transparency and respect for others, according to a World Economic Forum poll. Almost as many named business as the sector that should stress values more to foster a better world, said the poll…Global economic crisis also values crisis - Davos poll by Tom Henegan, New Frontiers, Reuters, January 27, 2010

Compassion and Empathy

…before we can save ourselves from climate change we have to break a vicious circle and embrace a new model of society based on scientists’ new understanding of human nature…We have to think deeper, to think as a human family… Empathy is the invisible social glue that allows a complex individuated society to remain integratedThe Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin

Whichever religious tradition I study, I find at the heart of it is the idea of feeling with the other, experiencing with the other, compassion. And every single one of the major world religions has developed its own version of the Golden Rule. Don’t do to others what you would not like them to do to you…. The Power of Compassion – Karen Armstrong

The moral judgment system—the set of cognitive, emotional, social and motivational mechanisms responsible for producing our perceptions of right and wrong …If climate advocates and communicators want people to perceive climate change as a moral imperative—and they should given that our moral intuitions are powerful motivators of action—then they’ll need to develop creative, evidence-based ways of confronting the challenges discussed above.…Why Few Americans View Climate Change as a Moral Problem by Ezra Markowitz, June 15, 2012

Common Good

peo­ple are long­ing for a vision of the com­mon good that includes every­one…a vision drawn from the heart of our reli­gious tra­di­tions that allows us to make our faith pub­lic but not nar­rowly par­ti­san. That requires a polit­i­cal engage­ment that empha­sizes issues and peo­ple above per­son­al­i­ties and partisanship…The pre­req­ui­site for solv­ing the deep­est prob­lems this coun­try and the world now face is a com­mit­ment to a very ancient idea whose time has urgently come: the com­mon good.… The Prerequisite of the Common Good by Jim Wal­lis

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