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Nicole Foss's Thoughts on Peak Oil, Financial Crisis and Resilience.

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I am posting a link to a video regarding Nicole Fox's speaking to peak oil, financial crisis, and resilience. I also see this as relating to global warming. What I see her as doing well is showing the systems view of the economy and peak oil. The movie speaks to how everything affects everything else. As I have said in some of my articles, our breathing out carbon dioxide is taken in by plants and trees which then breathe out oxygen that we breathe in. So, if you cut down all the trees, how will we breathe?

This relates to Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis where everything affects everything else. Interestingly, I recently saw a flick on Saturn's largest moon and the systemic way in which the planet builds its atmosphere and the ground. Its very much like Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis. What they haven't found on this moon is life, as we know it.

However, as I watched the movie, I saw in Saturn a living planet. I do wonder, are we living in a living universe?

Even the moon as desolated as it seems to us has major effects on all of us. Think of the rise in crime in towns like Baltimore, Maryland where folks tend to get nervous around the full moon due to higher crime rates. Then there are the 28 day cycles for women. Again, these are moon based. Of course there are other factors, so I'm not saying the moon causes crimes, nor is it separate from other factors in a woman's life that will influence when menstruation occurs. Poverty, frustration, physical health and other factors go into this. Thus, the thesis stands, everything affects everything else.

In this movie I am recommending, I see the desperate need for a bottom-up approach in that (a) we need to make sure that we attend to the smallest of scales within ourselves and in the world around us with the understanding that we (b) look at the relationship or effects of everything we do on not only what is around us, but on the planet as a whole.

The speaker speaks deeply to systemic approaches.

Many ancient tribal cultures would think through a decision unto the 7th generation and how that decision affects everything around them. Today, in our corporate ruled world you're lucky to see a 5 year business plan. What is the effect? A woman once said to me after I spoke to global warming and the effects on the future: "those kids are not my problem." This woman was a grandmother. What it makes me wonder is if we are actually as evolved as we think we are? 7 generations for the past Natives, what is left of them, vs I don't care about my grandchildren, just give me my Burger from McDonalds.

And we think we are evolved beyond our hunting/gathering ancestors?


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Burl Hall is a retired counselor who is living in a Senior Citizen Housing apartment. Burl has one book to his credit, titled "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature." For more information, search the book on Amazon. (more...)
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