The call to join Extinction Rebellion is a psychological and spiritual call, as much as it is political.
A few years ago, I had the privilege of spending some time with Alistair McIntosh, and for that I am forever thankful, for he is one of the most insightful and compassionate people I have ever met. HERE and HERE you will find brief but important articles he wrote for “Ecology: The Journal For the Post-Industrial Age.” (18th December 2018 & 3rd January 2019)
I say his writing is important because, when he puts his finger on an issue, he touches its very essence, takes it to a deeper dimension, gives it life, and life abundantly.
Individually and collectively, we need to ask ourselves the fundamental question: “Does it give life?” Does a given course of action, or a particular consumer product, give life? Or detract from it, and thereby, lead towards extinction?
This, then, becomes a joyous call – a basic call to consciousness; a call to live this life as not just any old life, not just as any piece of shit to be kicked around and to kick around. But to live this life abundantly. To be great lovers.
I leave you with this vision that transcends the powers that drive extinction – extinction of the plants, the animals, of nature’s beauty and of all that’s greatest in the human spirit. A path of giving life. A way that lifts us up into a higher human consciousness. For that, alone, can see us through these coming times.