‘Taking care of others, that’s the best way to achieve your own happiness.’–The Dalai Lama
• 2014-01-14–busy day for oscar: dc, gm, bd, and js were here; sue went to an mcg meeting while i worked on cady and gavin’s new wedding website. later we gathered round the electronic hearth as the future of food presented possible solutions, including urban and organic farming, using urban food scraps (in the show they collected scraps in brown bins to be used for fertilizer and electrical generation; here, we use green bins and we compost the scraps), eating less meat (how about eating none at all?), and aquaponics.
Vatican representatives at the UN ‘blocked consensus on certain topics…. Kissling [then Catholics For Choice‘s president] asked: “Why should an entity that is in essence 100 square acres of office space and tourist attractions in the middle of Rome with a citizenry that excludes women and children have a place at the table where governments set policies affecting the very survival of women and children?” ‘
• 2014-01-15–played checkers with ki; started watching ‘the dynamic planetary context‘ by dr robert gilman online (which you can also read as text), which starts with ‘i’ve never been more encouraged about the future than i am today.’ we watched man to manta, about a man (martin clunes) swimming with manta rays in the indian ocean, as well as their conservation–did you know that mantas bear live young, but only about five in their lifetime?
Found this on a page about the great reggae group Steel Pulse: 1978 ‘saw the birth of a campaign–Rock Against Racism (RAR)–aimed at halting the tide of hatred with music…. The campaign involved groups like The Clash, Steel Pulse, Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, The Ruts, and others, staging concerts with an anti-racist theme, in order to discourage young people from embracing racist views.’ (thanks to sc at grounded coffee)
The Epic Of Evolution asks, ‘Why would anyone want to celebrate evolution? What sane person would want to rejoice about extinction, sing about the struggle for survival, or delight in our descent from slime?’ Biologist Dr Catherine Russell writes, ‘Evolution does not necessarily mean that life is random or aimless, or is about ruthless competition, or a struggle for survival. On the contrary,’ she says, ‘a broad view of evolution has provided many with a grand sense of hope, even in the darkest moments. Understanding evolution has enriched the spiritual lives of religious and non-religious people…. Furthermore, one of the most important adaptations to have evolved is cooperation! Rather than evolution being merely about survival of the most selfish, evolution is also about survival of the most cooperative, the most conscious, and perhaps even the most compassionate…. We are interdependent with other beings and with our environment. Human survival now depends on “loving our neighbors as ourselves.” ‘
• 2014-01-17–morning, maep’s surgery. evening, aliens.
Karen Campbell, staff lawyer at Ecojustice, reports that they are ‘seeking a court order to force the Joint Review Panel to go back to the drawing board and remedy flaws in its final report.’ She points out that ‘the panel’s incomplete and flawed report cannot stand as the final word on whether Northern Gateway is in the national interest. There is simply too much at stake. The battle over Northern Gateway has come to stand for more than just the fate of one pipeline project. It’s become the epicentre of the debate over Canada’s energy future.’
• 2014-01-18–we went to the midland community gardens annual general meeting featuring nathan from 10fold farms and laurel and carson from the karma project talking about sprouting and demonstrating how it’s done, with sue from sprout master. scott and mitchell brought fair trade coffees from grounded coffee. afterwards, sue and i watched coast (which included a sea-side jigsaw puzzle competition where the puzzlers raced against the tide).
Listen to Angélique Kidjo’s Eve, ‘an upbeat, colourful, rousing and rhythmic musical celebration.’
• 2014-01-20–bj came for the afternoon; talked with hp about maep; after supper we watched the start of tvo’s mysteries of the mind week, hosted by psychiatrist dr norman doidge, author of the brain that changes itself. tonight we watched a panel explore brain training and plasticity; then todd sampson worked with michael merzenich, neurologist, to redesign his brain (you can too, at brain hq); then dedicated brain healthcare folk dealt with the trauma on a neuro i-c-u ward–i’ve been there, i pulled through, with a huge amount of support, but some don’t, no matter how much support.