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The Spiritual Society

by: Heather on 12/18/2007
Posted in: Community

Sharif Abdullah is the author of The Power of One and the founder and director of Commonway Institute. The following entry is reprinted with permission from his blog. Thanks Sharif!

The Spiritual Society

[This was written a few Christmas seasons ago:]

It is so easy to fall back into the rut -- naming the old society. Protesting the old society. Lamenting the old society. Struggling to reform the old society. Thinking that if we could only get rid of the old society, we would then have a the society of our dreams, our ideals.

This past December, I was sitting at one of my coffeehouses ( not my favorite, but one that makes great eggnog lattes). I was reading a good book, and was in the middle of the buying frenzy on 23rd Avenue. Suddenly, I realized that I was depressed.

I tried to analyze my feelings. I wasn't a part of the buying frenzy around me; I don't really participate in the "Xmas Thing", so I don't have any seasonal guilt, angst, etc. I thought for a moment that I was "homesick" for Sri Lanka -- after all, I do spend half of my year there. But a quick internal check said that I didn't want to be in Sri Lanka. I didn't want to be ANYWHERE.

That was a sobering thought. There was no society, no country, no city I preferred to inhabit. I didn't want to be in the land of shallow materialism, where success is measured by how much litter we leave. I didn't want to be in Sri Lanka, wondering whether the guy at the train station smiling at me is distracting me from a pickpocket doing balance-of-trade, or making a sexual overture for a different type of balance of trade, or was just being friendly. I didn't want to be in Prague, or Kampala, or Hong Kong, or anywhere else. I had no home.

I'm not being overly melodramatic. I have enjoyed my time back in the States, experiencing cold, actually enjoying chipping ice off my car in the frozen mornings. My feeling is that all of us have a core to retreat to in the face of all of the madness coming at us from all sides. We go home, pull in the walls around us, hopefully with someone who feels the same as we do, and retreat from the yawning emptiness all around us.

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Bush administration deliberately misled public on climate change

by: Heather on 12/14/2007
Posted in: Events

It's official - the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications, has concluded that the White House has lied.

"The Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic …

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Win a copy of Change the World for Ten Bucks!

by: Heather on 12/13/2007
Posted in: Events

Toyota has just launched a competition through Cineplex Odeon to win a copy of Change the World for Ten Bucks.

If you already have a copy (which we hope you do), this is your chance to complete Action 47 (Buy a copy of this book for a friend) free of charge!

The question the contest is asking is "How will you make things better in 2008?"

You can …

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Canada's sorry performance on climate change in Bali

by: Heather on 12/12/2007
Posted in: Activism

A major UN summit in Bali has just a few days left to hammer out an agreement on stopping catastrophic climate change, but Canada along with the US and Japan is being of accused of sabotaging the talks. On Saturday, experts gave Canada the global "fossil" award for being the worst country in the world on climate change.

Want to express your view …

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by: Heather on 12/11/2007
Posted in: New Books

Are you a property owner who has thought of adding a cabin or guesthouse only to discover that even a simple structure can cost tens of thousands of dollars? What if you could build an eco-friendly 300 square foot octagonal cordwood masonry, timber-framed structure with a living roof, all for less than $6000? Now you can, and Rob Roy shows you how …

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