I am at Bennington College in Vermont, a potential location for my son’s academic home. Together we sat in on student presentations and one was from a class entitled, Entangled Worlds. This course explores humanity’s significant impact on the Earth’s ecosystem.
There is a new term that is being bandied about in scientific literature – it’s not the first time I have heard it – the Antropocene. This is a proposed epoch that begins when human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems.
It got me thinking.
On my Facebook page I posted a question: what kind of art, stories and exploration do we need to make sense, survive and contribute to our world and those we share it with?
One person’s response:
“…stories that build community, that bring us together. So long as we remain significantly divided, each in their own towers (over religion, politics, geography, etc.), we reduce the possibility of ever discovering what it will take to save and protect humanity and the planet we live on…
“I think apocalyptic art is popular because deep down many people suspect we are eventually heading toward an end time, but the mainstream shows and movies could show more cooperation between different groups of people, more successful interactions with outsiders. It doesn’t have to be ‘our group against the world.'”
It is a real challenge to participate in your own life and simultaneously participate in larger work that makes a contribution to humanity and life on Earth. We have clearly grown the capacity in our minds to imagine and act in ways that improve our relationship with our larger life systems.
Today I will be asking, how can my life can be an instrument for greater integration and healthy action?
Only as far as I seek can I go
Only as deep as I look can I see
Only as much as I dream can I be
– Karen Ravn