About Me

Musician, educator, and non-violent culture warrior.

It’s time for us to morally evolve.

I believe in the power of the human spirit to transform oppressive social systems like our corporate capitalist economy.  Why the economy?  Because too many people believe that our economy has everything to do with money.  This is insane and it is tantamount to simply attaching a number to the value of a human life.   The economy has nothing to do with money and everything to do with human relationships.  Balance is a requirement and our culture is woefully out of balance – bordering on unstable.

What’s more is that our current political economy is our greatest hindrance to meaningfully addressing our ecological crisis, and is limiting attempts at creating a sustainable civilization.

Before my activism days, I was a theological student at San Francisco Theological Seminary – while I have chosen not to follow any religion or ideology to its letter, my education was valuable if for no other reason then to stir me from complacency and into action.

This move to action is most visible online in the form of this blog as I’ve been wrestling with my beliefs and values with the hope of experiencing a moral evolution for myself.  This has been an emotionally rewarding process (as well as being healthy for my body and soul) as I have lamented the dissolution of my own american dream.  Consider this quote from Emily Townes’ Breaking The Fine Rain Of Death, “By putting words to suffering, the community could move to a pain or pains that could be named and then addressed. Lament is, in a word, formful.  When done as communal lament, it helps the community to see the crisis as bearable and manageable – in the community. [The biblical prophet] Joel, as the one calling the people to lament, remains in the community to help it deal with the experience of crisis and devastation.”

I feel that we’re on the verge of a cultural paradigm shift and who knows what that will look like?!  There are a number of dramatic steps that I think are in the best interest of everybody.  They are, in no particular order:

~Everyone should begin growing food and sharing it freely in their community.

~We need to declare a Jubilee year in which all private and public financial debts are cancelled.  Money should be eliminated from our system and we should move onto an Economy of Trust based on a Currency of Language.

~Every building needs solar panels i.e. our entire global infrastructure needs a sustainability overhaul.

~State lines should be systematically erased and we should humbly acknowledge that we are all part of the same species – sink or swim together.

~A moral evolution needs to occur in which violence and exploitation are no longer viable ways of living.

~The internet should be used to insure transparency and also be used for global consensus decision making on issues that affect us all – like climate change…

3 comments on “About Me

  1. Heather says:

    “Every building needs solar panels ”
    I agree with the sustainability overhaul, but not in solar PV as the centerpiece for a few reasons:
    1) Solar PV is one of the most expensive ways to reduce ones personal carbon footprint. Subsidies can make it more affordable for an individual, but these subsidies tend to be regressive, besides being inefficient.
    2) Using more renewable energy hasn’t meant using less of the more polluting stuff on the aggregate level. This is why solar panels installed is a horrible benchmark for effectiveness for climate policy.
    3) Having solar panels can make you feel green while in reality, a typical inner city dweller has totally outgreened you in terms of actual carbon footprint.

    How about these instead:
    -A solar cooker in every back yard. Make your own! (I know this is not practical, but am way more into solar cookers than solar PV.)
    -The real cost of pollution built into the price of polluting to narrow the gap between what makes sense morally and what makes sense economically for an individual.

    BTW, great blog! This is one of the few things I disagree with here.

    • Thanks for the perspective. I’ve recently been thinking about changing some of that stuff since it just seems a little too farfetched for lots of people – and there are no shortage of options out there! I like the idea of the solar cooker. Can you tell me more?

  2. Heather says:

    Here is a link on making your own solar cooker.

    http://wakeup-world.com/2011/07/06/how-to-build-your-own-cheap-simple-solar-oven/

    I used to use one when I lived in India, Since I used a gas cylinder to cook and fuel was relatively expensive, it meant changing the cylinder much less frequently and substantial savings. It was also convenient because it never burned food. And it made great manna bread!

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