I have this project, my work on ecology and spirituality which is my current 'vocation,' if you will - addressing the dire ecological crises of our times and asking fundamental questions about how we will live through them - but I have many other things going on, issues that I'm thinking about that don't fall under that umbrella, new writing projects, other kinds of spiritual searches, communities with which I connect, and thoughts, like all of you, about our multiple challenges here in Wisconsin and my hometown of Milwaukee.
At times I have longed for a space to reflect on these other things and to invite people to join me in conversation.
So, over the weekend I'm going to kick this off. I hope you will participate, and I hope you will invite your friends and family to sign up, chime in, give this space a little resonance.
I mean, right now in Madison, decisions are being made that are going to impact nearly every aspect of our political, cultural, and economic life. From guns in the Capitol (and everywhere else), to easing of consumer protections, to tax policies favoring the wealthy, to proposals that will further shred the fabric holding the most vulnerable among us, to pleasing some of our worst corporate actors by easing pollution regulations and standards - we are in a time when our quality of life, our belief in fairness and justice, our faith in one another, our democratic system, and the natural beauty of our state are all in jeopardy.
What can we do? Well, of course, we can do many things, and engaging the political process is one of those crucial things. But part of this challenge for me is that we create a new culture in keeping with the scale of the crisis. We are facing new challenges all across the planet. Values of solidarity, unselfishness, compassion, justice and fairness, inclusiveness - ramping up these values to scale - and then embracing the necessity of vast changes in how we live our lives - all of this is necessary if we are to pass through the crisis time, the time of transition, with our humanity, and our life-bearing eco-communities, intact.
|Milwaukee sunrise - Photo: Margaret Swedish|
So, I hope you will visit, reflect, and join in as we think out loud - or think with our fingertips on our keyboards - about these things.
Happy Halloween. Look for a first post by then.
Proud Milwaukee Native