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350 or bust: If Not Now, Then When?

Carrie Newcomer, a talented singer songwriter and fellow Citizen Climate Lobbyist, played at CCL’s National Conference in Washington, DC in June. Here’s one of the songs she played. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It uplifts me when I need it the most. * Citizens Climate Lobby

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show babies have basically decent impulses and are strongly driven by moral imperatives

More research shows once again that compassion, empathy and mutual aid, and an instinct toward cooperation, are innate in human beings, confirming what the great Russian biologist and anarchist philosopher Peter Kropotkin had already amply demonstrated over a hundred years ago, in his monumental work, Mutual Aid. My but our cherished ideological self-deceptions die slowly. . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show babies have basically decent impulses and are strongly driven by moral imperatives

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The new epidemic: Death cults and the culture of despair

An article in The Atlantic speaks to the growing death-fetish that is gripping more and more youth. It is a bad omen for the state of modern industrial civilization as a whole, I would contend, and it indicates a broader trend toward anxiety, hopeless and despair, which must be confronted and overcome – if, that . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The new epidemic: Death cults and the culture of despair

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on tumblr, facebook and social media

Going from specifics to depth and breadth, and from particularities to universals, here are some thoughts for your consideration, for anyone who may be interested. I’ve come to love the social networking / blogging community / window onto the web which is called tumblr. That being said, tumblr is largely what you make of it. . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on tumblr, facebook and social media

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Key of Keys

Egoless divine pride: the most glorious concept I have ever heard – from Tibetan Buddhism. The Uttara Tantra elaborates: There once was a prince, who lost his memory and forgot who he was. Lost in forgetfulness and confusion, he wandered aimlessly, and became a homeless beggar. Years later, a minister to the king came across . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Key of Keys

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Top Priorities of the 21st Century

If I were asked what I felt were the top priorities facing human beings today, in the 21st century, I would have to say there are four that top the list, in my mind. 1. Halt the global corporate coup. Defeat the corporate war on democracy, which is now escalating daily, and take democracy back. . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Top Priorities of the 21st Century

350 or bust: “I Have A Dream”: How Great Leaders Inspire Us

An inspiring TED talk from Simon Sinek, motivational speaker and author of Start With Why about how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” This video should be required viewing for climate activists who want to communicate with others about why climate change is the pivotal issue of our times.

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350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Mission Impossible

 

I’m so happy with the Piano Guys. They are making music “cool” and fun to do, I’m sure they inspiring many to relight their musical passions and get back to the instrument to continue work on the 10,000 hours required to achieve mastery. 😉

 

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Dead Wild Roses: Virtual Choir – Bringing the World Together in Song

Music is our great hope, the universal language, and the ultimate unifier. I can appreciate music from 1720 Venice just as easily as I can music from 1970 Toronto. Further, I’ve been doing so since before I could speak. Such is the power of music that distances of 7000 km and 250 years are rendered . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Virtual Choir – Bringing the World Together in Song

350 or bust: Inspiring Action

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, and it’s time to get inspired. This week it’s Simon Senek on how great leaders inspire action:

Impolitical: Olympic inspiration

This is not political in content, just a bit of inspiration as the Olympics gets underway. From a piece on Clara Hughes and her preparations for these games, this blog excerpt of hers from April: On quitting

The race began and I wanted to quit. Less than 50 km into the race I wanted . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Olympic inspiration

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

* Yes, President Eisenhower was a Republican.

The Scott Ross: Symbolizing The Maple Leaf

Canada is the maple leaf, the United States of America is the stars, one is modest and pragmatic, the other is idealized and constant. National symbols are chosen to represent countries, but somehow countries cannot help but represent their national symbols.

For the religious and industrious United States of America there is no better symbol . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Symbolizing The Maple Leaf

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

“Guard your light and protect it. Move it forward into the world and be fully confident that if we connect light to light to light, and join the lights together of the one billion young people in our world today, we will be enough to set our whole planet aglow.” ~Hafsat Abiola  

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350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday

I’ve made a few changes around my blog, trying to get a bit more organized. One of the changes I’ve decided to make is to share one of my favourite things, and make Tuesday into TED Talk Tuesday. Many of you will be familiar with TED Talks, which are found on YouTube as well as . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

On this post-COP 17 Sunday, with its indecisive outcome and the sad truth which that outcome reveals about the industrialized world’s myopia and its potentially lethal addiction to fossil fuels, let’s look to Albert Einstein for some wisdom. He said: We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. And . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

350 or bust: These Are Times That Try Our Souls

At a time during the American Revolution, when things looked very dire, Tom Paine wrote the following (gender-updated language added). As things look mighty dire in Durban right now, this might be appropriate for the current times as well: These are the times that try our souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: These Are Times That Try Our Souls

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Occupy Wall Street: The emerging global pro-democracy movement, where it stands, what it means, and where we go from here

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has already become a global grassroots populist pro-democracy movement, if we have eyes to see, has clearly already won a broad and growing base of support. What is needed now, I believe, is to further clarify and… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Occupy Wall Street: The emerging global pro-democracy movement, where it stands, what it means, and where we go from here

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The schizoid nature of the Western world: Overcoming the root paradox of Western civilization – and our own minds

The Western world is still trapped in a paradox and a self-contradiction of our own making: we are schizoid with regards to the body, the material world and to our physicality. On the one hand, we have, as people of the modern world, embraced our physi… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The schizoid nature of the Western world: Overcoming the root paradox of Western civilization – and our own minds

350 or bust: From Passive, Helpless Spectator To Creating Positive Change: “You Can’t Help Being An Optimist”

“You can’t help but be an optimist when you are contributing to positive change. Believe in your own power and then to be bold enough to use it. Together we will create a better world.” Marianne Schnall, writing in today’s Huffi… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: From Passive, Helpless Spectator To Creating Positive Change: “You Can’t Help Being An Optimist”

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The greatest of dangers

The challenge is not to become a machine. The greatest danger is not from outside: the greatest danger is ourselves – that is, the greatest danger is losing touch with our own hearts and common sense. Above all, strive to maintain compassion and pres… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The greatest of dangers