|Article by John Robbins about "Thrive"||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 05:01:32 -0700 (PDT)|
Marty Maskall <mmaskall [at] pacbell.net> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after deleting a copy of the web version of the August issue of Yes Magazine that did not convert well to text. It can be seen at http://s.coop/w3ex which goes to: http://www.yesmagazine.org/newsletters/2012/august12/non/august12_web.html?icl=email_august12&ica=H_html Yes magazine has long written about cohousing and related topics. Fred -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Hi -- I just read a moving article by John Robbins about the movie Thrive and why he has disassociated himself with it. The article is in this month's issue of "Yes" magazine (see email below). John was the keynote speaker at the Cohousing Conference. John said he was glad to be associated with the Cohousing movement. As you can see by the statement below, he mentioned community multiple times. -- Marty Maskall, www.FolsomEcoHousing.org, (916) 967-2472 Here's the link to the article: http://bit.ly/JohnRobbinsThrive John says "As one of the signers, evolutionary biologist Elisabet Sahtouris, writes that, "without community, we do not exist, and community is about creating relationships of mutual benefit. It does not just happen with flowers and rainbows, and no taxes." The signers of the statement of disassociation from Thrive do not deny the evil in the world. It is here and it is real. But as one of the signers, Paul Hawken, writes, "The suffering and the despoliation of the world cannot be healed by the us/them divisions that inform Thrive." Our hope is not blind. We see the enormous peril our world is in today. Ours is the hope that remains open to miracles while investing the sweat and perseverance to lend the universe a hand in creating those miracles. It is the hope that is borne from knowing that it is far too late, and our situation far too serious, to indulge in the luxuries of pessimism, paranoia, and finger-pointing. The state of the world is perilous. But it is not too late to love, not too late to work to realize our dreams, and not too late to believe in ourselves and in each other. In the end, we are all in this together. Each step you take to lessen the amount of fear in yourself and the world brings us closer to a world reflective of the beauty that exists--sometimes buried and other times apparent--in each of us. Every act you take that increases the amount of trust and compassion in your relationships helps us move from a world created by privilege to a world created by community."
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