Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

The Three Daves

scene from Le Roi de Coeur We all have multiple personas, and, except for those who have severe cognitive disabilities, we navigate between them rather effortlessly. The way we speak, carry ourselves and even think, when we’re in our ‘work … Continue reading

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Canada’s Election Non-Event

cartoon by David Parkins in the Globe & Mail Monday was election day in Canada. Nothing changed. The results were essentially identical to those of the last election. If there were any significant changes in voting patterns, they were these: … Continue reading

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The Future of Activism

forms of activism, adapted from the book Deep Green Resistance We are learning, I think more and more, that most activism simply doesn’t work — it may change minds for a while, but it rarely seems to change anything in … Continue reading

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Links for the Month: September 2021

Photo by Steve Toombs, North Vancouver, young bobcat in the rain I can see the place where I came from I can hear those sounds right now I can find the paths I used to run And believe I still … Continue reading

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No Animal is Meant to Live the Way We Have Lived for the Last Ten Thousand Years

Photo credits, clockwise from upper left:  1. China pollution — Damir Sagoli for Reuters; 2. Trump stormtroopers in Portland — Noah Berger for AP: 3. Garbage-pickers in Lagos — Samantha Appleton, in The New Yorker;  4. Refugees in Greece — Daniel … Continue reading

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This Is No One’s Utopia

photo by włodi on flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 PS Pirro recently riffed off a quote from Margaret Atwood that went: “Every dystopia is someone’s utopia. So whose utopia is this?” This was my reply: Margaret is a brilliant writer, but … Continue reading

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Trust in a Collapsing Economy

currency exchange in Somaliland, an unrecognized country within Somalia, from the BBC, photographer Simon Reeve One of the hallmarks of civilizational collapse is the loss of trust. Societies are built on mostly-unwritten agreements, and these agreements require an enormous amount … Continue reading

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Afraid to Love

Maybe I’ve never really loved. I guess that is the truth — I’ve spent my whole life in clouds at icy altitudes    — Joni Mitchell It’s been a while since I’ve written about love. I enjoyed Laura Kipnis’ book … Continue reading

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The Greatest Rock Song Lyrics

image by limitrofe on pixabay, CC0 This post will likely stir up some outrage, since poetry is so subjective, and music lyrics are especially so. Dave Barry has become quite famous for his survey and book of the worst song … Continue reading

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Too Dumb to Take Care of Ourselves

The history of medicine, both within and across cultures, is fascinating. Many cultures have designated medicine men and medicine women, and a propensity for referring to many non-pharmacological substances as medicines. Other cultures entrust decisions on self-health largely to the … Continue reading

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