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The refugee crisis is the new normal. The Earth is our common home.
Ultimately there's only one boat. Let's take care of each other.
The refuge crisis is the new normal. The best hope is that people around the world discover the power of individual and collective agency, open their arms to outsiders, adopt relational (fat soul) philosophies of mutual becoming, and insist that their governments do the same. If we live in rich nations, we need to grow beyond our narcissism, consumerism, and sense of entitlement. If we are policy makers, we need to get over the idea that nations are the only relevant unit of analysis or, worse, that unfettered capitalism is the primary solution to the world's ills. Pope Francis has it right in his recent essay, Laudato Si'. So do the authors of For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses to Laudato Si. We need to take care of each other and the earth, with special focus on the poorest of our sisters and brothers. This overcoming of selfishness, this awakening to the earth as our common home, is a more satisfying way of living. Indeed, says the Pope and the authors of Our Common Home, there's a joy and beauty in it. How to name the hope? We call it Ecological Civilization International.
-- Jay McDaniel
-- Jay McDaniel
The Common Good
Kindness as a beautiful contagion
The return of agency
Fat Soul Manifesto:
BBC reporter tells migrants
What happens after the compassion explosion?
Where will the energy go?
"It’s far too early to call this a turning point, but the compassion explosion is compelling because it goes against all the dominant themes of modern politics. It stands in stark contrast to the Iraq war, probably the single most depoliticising event of the 21st century, when 2 million people learned that it doesn’t matter what you do, your government will ignore you anyway. This is the diametric opposite: popular pressure has forced David Cameron’s bitter and vindictive outfit to climb down and admit 20,000 people – a pitiful number compared to Germany’s 800,000 and not a single one from the survivors of the traumatic journey to Europe, but 20,000 more than they wanted to let in. If we keep pressing, that can be just the start. And the key to it has been shaming our leaders through our own actions, not waiting for them to do the right thing but showing them how to connecting with others and making a difference gives us a whole new sense of who we are and what we’re capable of.
Most of all, action connects us to other human beings, an ever more critical need as we live more and more of our lives virtually and online. When we drive a van full of supplies to Calais, or volunteer in a refugee centre, or open our homes to exhausted families for a few days, we meet these strange and alien creatures we’ve been repeatedly taught to fear – and we find that they’re funny, or interesting, or annoying, or all those things at once. In other words, that they’re just like us. We expand our sense of who we are, and of who other people are, and that is brilliant for both sides.
Where will it go, the compassion explosion? Will it melt away as the photo of Alan Kurdi fades in our memories? It’s completely possible, of course. But my bet is that the genie is out of the bottle. My bet is that as people rediscover the intoxicating sensation of actually being able to do something in real life instead of whining about it on the internet, they’ll want more of it. (And some of them will take real-life action against migrants, not for them – let’s not be fooled by our Facebook pages, not everyone feels compassion right now. But that’s what makes democracy interesting.) And my bet is that as we realise that this refugee “crisis” is no crisis but the new normal, we’ll start to think about what is causing people to move across the Earth in such huge numbers."
-- Anders Lustgarten, The Guardian, September 13, 2015