Collapse

On my flight from Toronto to Seattle, I watched the documentary Collapse. Airplane seats are a confining space to "enjoy" movies, especially now that seat belts must be strapped whenever one is seated. Have you noticed that the movie selection always includes terrifying and seemingly inappropriate flicks about the world ending?


I chose to watch this documentary not realizing how captivated I would become. Michael Ruppert was an investigative journalist. I was fascinated by his calm urgency and insight into how to survive inevitable revolutions. I was touched by his breakdown in thinking about President Obama. I was heartened to hear that his solutions included growing food and strengthening local networks.


Author Seth Godin recently wrote:
¡Note! Like all revolutions, this is an opportunity, not a solution, not a guarantee. It's an opportunity to poke and experiment and fail and discover dead ends on the way to making a difference. The old economy offered a guarantee -- time plus education plus obedience = stability. The new one, not so much. The new one offers a chance for you to take a chance and make an impact.
I think about Collapse and Godin's call-to-action. Increasingly, the idea of infinite growth promised by advanced capitalism leads to devastation. I am thankful to be in a neighborhood with vegetable gardens surrounded by folks who take pleasure in digging and planting. I listen to my chickens and notice the breeze or birds overhead.

Could the revolution be quiet or will there be riots on Main Street USA?
Dedicated to intercultural collaboration, Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation, music for a changing world. He teaches in Performing Arts & Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.

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