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Enter Into Compassion

There are two doors. The one on the left has the sign TWTWW. The one on the right says Compassion.
The left door stands for The Way The World Works.  If you enter that you will find it’s crowded with people arguing.  They are researchers who have done their homework. Their papers are annotated with long bibliographies to support their theories. They are passionately arguing about the reasons and the causes of the world’s problems. Each invested in their own particular view because they have so much proof to back up their argument. Yet they can’t get everyone to agree.
The right door marked Compassion is eerily quiet. There are 2 rows of beds, most of them filled with people who seem to be near death. As you walk quietly through this room you realize it is a sterilized palliative care ward with white sheets and walls, and no sign of nursing staff. 
You decide to walk through the aisle. You see a woman, thin and pale. She is someone you love and she doesn’t know you are there. You softly…

The Not Impossible Plan

December 13, 2015,  Don Gayton, a clean energy engineer gave a presentation to the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo about his five-year journey studying and working on potential solutions to climate change and his strong belief that it is not an impossible task to retire fossil fuel use by mid century.  It was so well received a workshop was given a couple of weeks later. Zale Dalen was motivated then to create this Video to get Don's message out.  It is brief, easy to understand and inspiring.  Please watch and encourage your friends to view this.

Meet the Cop Who Cut the Murder Rate in Glasgow

Michael Enright of CBC talks to Karyn McCluskey
Karyn McCluskey brought in a program that reduced the murder rate in Glasgow from 71 in 2002 to 14 in 2015.

Her focus was on how to prevent crime by getting involved with families in crisis rather than wait until their youth fall into the habits of crime. The results have been astonishing and yet this has hardly been reported in mainstream media.

Why would that be? Who chooses media policy? Are publishers scared to publish stories about social issues that indicate we have policy options?

McCluskey and Enright focused on causes - the lack of male guidance in the lives of youth at risk, and grinding poverty.

Dysbiosis

Dysbiosis is a term for microbial imbalance, most commonly reported as a condition in the digestive tract, associated with illnesses such as inflammatory bowel disease, says Wikipedia.

What if we extended this definition to include the system we call society? Is there an imbalance within our society which is causing a social disease.  Clearly there are many signs of our species being in trouble when we are affected by extreme weather conditions on this planet, in this post modern age known as the anthropocene.

More than just factory chimneys spewing pollution into the air, theories have been developed that affect human behaviour. Religious fundamentalism that twists the teachings of the original prophets into austere practices and hatred towards the other to deflect attention away from political abuse. Economic systems that funnel the wealth away from the majority towards a malfunctioning minority. Dystopian narratives and stories written by popular writers such as Margaret Atwood, G…