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Ushering in the Closing Chapter of the Human Species

(From  Ken Orphan): The epic assaults being carried out against the vulnerable around the world at this very moment will determine the fate of our species and the living earth itself.  To the powerful this statement is hyperbole at its extreme, but to those of us on the other side there is no condemnation that is too exaggerated when it comes to the destruction of communities and of the biosphere itself.  The attacks are taking place along ancient rivers in the American Dakotas, in the life drenched rain forests of Ecuador, in historic olive groves in Palestine, in the melting tundra of the Arctic circle, in the sun baked Niger Delta, and in the war torn or misery laden shanty’s of Aleppo, Kolkata, Jakarta, Nairobi and beyond.  These may seem like separate instances to some, but they are a part of a global struggle and the outcome will in all likelihood determine our collective future and that of millions of other species that we share this planet with.

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Reflections on Peace

What exactly is peace? For me, peace means different things. It can be part and parcel of one’s vocation, but at the same time a state of mind that can motivate one’s vocation. Let me explain.

I was once in Berlin, attending the Berlinale Film Festival, and was sitting outside of a small café in Potsdamer Platz called ‘Alex.’ While I sat there, an overwhelming peace overcame me. I watched hundreds if not thousands of persons pass in front of me (it was a busy weekend). Having finished my meal, I was still sipping a glass of white wine. I was entranced by an overwhelming peace that transcended the simple pleasure of the meal and drink.


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