The Destiny of the Nations was first printed in 1949, after WW II, as part of a larger corpus of esoteric teachings (Ancient Wisdom) published by the Lucis Trust. This short book deals with the future roles of nations as history evolves according to occult principles. Bailey's writings presumably had a transcendental origin; whether you believe that or not, the ideas presented here are worth considering, The basic idea is that transcendental influences ("rays") play major roles in the historical development of major nations. The "Soul Ray" of each nation influences the moral and spiritual behavior of the nation; the "Personality Ray" influences national behavior on the physical plane. The ray makeup of some major nations now playing major roles in current human history are:
India: Soul Ray: Ray 1 (ray of will & power); Personality Ray 4 (harmony through conflict)
China: Soul Ray: Ray 1 (ray of will & power); Personality Ray 3 (active intelligence)
USA: Soul Ray: Ray 2 (ray of love & wisdom); Personality Ray 6 (devotion and idealism)
Russia: Soul Ray 7 (ray of ceremonial order and white magic); Personality Ray 6 (devotion and idealism)
Each of these ray influences can be beneficial or detrimental, depending on the will and spiritual development of the nation's citizenry.
As the transcendental source for these ideas suggested, "ponder on this."
Greening the Global Economy by Robert Pollin is about combating climate change. The consequences of global warming are catastrophic; the common attitude is "We're doomed! There's nothing that we we can afford to do about global warming except to adapt to it as our planet slowly dies!" Pollin, an economist, however, shows how 1.5% of global GPD invested in both energy efficiency and clean renewable energy sources can avert the impending disaster without disrupting the global economy. Pollin shows that not only is greening the economy possible but is necessary for continued global economic growth. Green things grow!
Achieving Broad-Based Sustainable Development: Governance, Environment and Growth with Equity addresses the problem of improved well being for humans and other beings in the face of an expanding human population and the finite resources of our Earth. The authors demonstrate that broad-based sustainable development is possible without destructive resource extraction and environmental destruction. The human species as a whole can thrive, the planet recover and the future be better--it can be done, as this scholarly book attests. It is economically feasible. What is needed is clear vision, cooperation and a willingness to follow a global plan that benefits all.
Andrew Hoffman, as a professor of social sciences and director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainability, explains in this book why climate change deniers and doubters cannot be convinced that a major change in humanity's approach to the economy and the environment by scientific fact or evangelic environmentalism. Religious conservatives simply don't believe that God would let humans destroy His Creation; wealthy white upper class males have too much to lose if we go to a sustainable and nonpolluting global economy. Bludgeoning each other with extreme viewpoints and hostile rhetoric will not get the job done. The case for economic change in the face of indisputable climate facts has to be made on grounds that the right values--preservation of a decent life for the well-to-do, economic advantages, concern for grandchildren and, now, Pope Paul's suggestions. Jamming polar viewpoints against each other will not get the job done. Professor Hoffman outlines a "middle way" approach with the intent to nudge the center incrementally to the left--but not at a useless snail's pace. Read this book for a better understanding of the sociology of the climate debate and learn how you can help shape the climate change debate constructively.
Since authoring "When Corporations Rule the World," iDavid Korten has outlined the path to a planetary dead end that global corporate/capitalism is propelling humanity toward at warp speed. Corporations function as robots, increasing the wealth of the faux-person which they represent. Corporate capitalism is immoral, according to Korten, and not only immoral but malignant. Korten points out that Life is Sacred; money is just a number. Change the story; make people and their welfare primary; acknowledge that meaningful goals are based in the well-being of the humanity--create a living economy for a living earth. Korten explains how it can be done and why it must be done.
On June 18, 2015 Pope Francis spoke truth to secular power in a powerful encyclical, LAUDATO SI'. The gist of the Holy Father's message is that human activity, driven by greed, is killing the planet and degrading the future for future humanity (if, indeed, there is one.) Pope Francis' message is that which has been given by many other religious teachers, such as the two previous Catholic Popes, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Thomas Berry, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and Thich Nhat Hahn. Pope Francis expresses the needs of our sister Earth and her all-inclusive family of beings. Holy Father Francis truthfully but gently shows how the dire prediction of futurist Isaac Asimov ("The Earth became an uninhabitable slum." is rapidly becoming an unpleasant reality. Human behaviors founded in compassion may, possibly, lead to a sustainable, just, peaceful and beautiful Earth as God intended.
In Laudato Si' Pope Francis outlines the current state of our "common home", the Gospel message as seen through creation, the human causes of the ecological crisis, ecology and the common good, and a call to action for each of us.
A powerful message indeed!
Several decades ago, David Brower told us that "We are at at the edge of an abyss and we're close to being irrevocably lost" and " Business is killing the planet." Global warming is the face of the abyss and profit-capitalism is pushing us over. This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein identifies the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on Earth. Economic policy and practice must change and soon--capitalists must remember that Nature (Gaia) owns the playing field and bats last.
This book is a research gem, well annotated and with every citation and quote cited.
The Left Hand of God : Healing America's Political and Spiritual Crisis addresses the central mystery of contemporary politics--why so many Americans vote Republican when it it against their own economical and social interests. Lerner argues that the Democratic Party must reestablish a spiritual basis and champion a progressive spiritual vision. America should act as a spiritual community the purpose of which is to actualize our yearning for a higher purpose and thereby create a better life for everyone. Rabbi Lerner offers an eight-point plan to accomplish this--The Spiritual Covenant with America:
1. Covenant with American Families 2. Covenant of Personal Responsibility. 3. Covenant of Social Responsibility 4. Covenant for a Values-Based Education. 5. Covenant for Health Care. 6. Covenant of Environmental Stewardship 7. Covenant for Building a Safer World 8. Covenant to Separate Church and State and Science.
In short, social justice follows a spiritual path.
Rabbi Michael Lerner sees the malaise and consumerism that characterizes present American politics as a result of a lack of meaning to our lives. Community, caring and compassion have been replaced by materialism, promoted by a capitalistic system that holds the bottom line as the highest value. If we saw a higher purpose for our lives than accumulating more stuff, we would demand a politic that would be consonant with the values of the world's wisdom teaching--then our lives and governances would be fulfilling and meaningful. Rabbi Lerner and the Dalai Lama, coming from different traditions, agree. (See Beyond Religion by the Dalia Lama).
Howard Zinn said that "Mindful Politics" gives us hope. Melvin McLeod has collected a series of essays that depict a better way than mindless consumerism and worship of the GDP to create the world that we want.
You've see the movie. The book is even more disconcerting!
America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy proposes a transformative change in America driven by a new progressive movement. A sustainable post-growth economy which is not based on consumerism in service to plutocracy is possible but requires a coordinated strong effort by progressives. In short, if America is not to become a fascist or feudal state, progressives have to get their act together. Speth details the problems, local and global, and outlines a program to prevent the collapse of national and global civilization.
The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change explains how Earth, Inc. (economic globalization), The Global Mind (the internet and instantaneous communication), Power in the Balance (political and military power), Outgrowth (population overgrowth and resource exploitation), The Reinvention of Life and Death (medical and genetic manipulations) have brought us to The Edge (potential collapse of global civilization. The book is extremely well documented--about 1/5 of the book is citations and a serious effort to catalog and organize the daunting problems we face and to propose the changes that must be made to minimize, if not avert, global collapse. This is not a book by a crackpot and is not is to be scoffed at. It is to be taken seriously.
The Transition Handbook: From Oil dependency to local resilience is divided into 3 parts, the first is startling--we are rapidly approaching peak oil (if we have nt already reached it) and virtually everything in our modern lifestyle and economy is made of or depends on oil or fossil fuels (consider fertilizer, medicines, computer parts, synthetic fibers, electricity, cars, trains, planes). Climate change aside, probably sooner than later our oil tank will go empty. We are approaching peak everything, Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement, in the second 2 parts of The Transition Handbook, outlines a program for societal and economic change to a powered-down but more satisfying, secure and sustainable mode of living. This is not pie-in-the-sky; Hopkins and his associates have facilitated the creation of such a community--Transition Town Totnes. Throughout the U.K., many similar projects have started up. If we follow the suggestions in Hopkins' handbook, human society can avoid the chaotic collapse that will likely occur when fossil fuel is suddenly depleted.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion offers an psychological explanation for the divisiveness that hinders civil progress and well-being, results in wars and the failure to protect the environment. Ideologies have deep-seated historical and biological origins. Haidt explains how innate preferences and thought processes can be manipulated to cause groups of people to act against their own best self-interests. For those who wonder why we can't have a perfect, harmonious and environmentally-sustainable world now, The Righteous Mind explains the matrix that has resulted in our present situation and offers some suggestions as to how to work within in.
Reinventing Fire is a practical vision of innovative technologies, many of which are already in place, to wean industry from fossil fuel dependence. The book is detailed and technical. Transportation, building design, electricity--Lovins outlines the transition to sustainable energy.
Paper or Plastic (Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World)by Daniel Imhoff addresses a problem caused by modern society that puts humanity on a collision course with Earth's life-support systems. About 1/3 or America's municipal solid waste is packaging--at least 300 lbs./year! Daniel Imhoff unwraps the packaging problem and gives consumers, product designers and, especially, policymakers the information needed to take a significant step toward a sustainable future.
These 2 images from the cover of Al Gore's latest book, Our Choice,show how the Earth looks from space now and how a dessicated, overheated planet might look from space in the future if climate change is not arrested soon. Note the Pacific mega-hurricane about to hit the west coast of the United States! Al Gore points out that, properly understood, the climate crisis is an unparalled opportunity to finally and effectivlely address many persistent causes of suffering and misery that have long been neglected, and to transform the prospects of future generations.
Mankind faces a global crisis of it's own making--a crisis of proportions that humanity have never before faced. Our Choicespeaks to the problem, offers solutions and clearly points out that the choice between a dismal future or a sustainable, equitable and happy future for humanity is our choice--the time to act is now!
Ecological Intelligence explains how the consumer can be empowered by knowledge of the origin and effects of products and choose their purchases accordingly. Data provided from a Life Cycle Assessment of the product or service, widely distributed through the internet by social networking and open databases (Radical Transparency) enables the consumer to choose the least harmful or (hopefully) the most beneficial product or service. When the consumer knows the consequences of a purchase and chooses or rejects a product accordingly, industrail providers will be forced to change. This is a powerful idea which, if fully implemented, could change human commerce into a beneficial rather than a destructive activity,
Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse is a scholarly dissertation by David Orr, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College. This is not an easy read, but the subject is not easy either. Dr. Orr explains how human behavior and policies have brought humanity to the brink of collapse, with the crisis strongly manifested as global climate change. Dr. Orr's conclusion is hopeful--humanity, facing extinction, will adopt a humane and caring grace and get through the coming bottleneck with a much-diminished population and sustainable, nurturing governance.
Dr. David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World, The Post-Corporate Economy and Getting to the 21st Century,explains why Wall Street economy, which is based on unsecured loans, Ponzi schemes and gigantic salaries for sociopathic financiers and which has created a house of cards of phantom wealth, must be replaced by Main Street economy. Main Street economy values the wellbeing of the people and is based on real labor by real people who make real contributkions to a real society and who have real assets. Unlike Wall Street, which views undesirable outcomes and environmental degradation as unfortunate externalities to the goal of maximizing corporate profits, Main Street economy works to promote wellbeing and minimize negative externalities. Dr. Korten gives us an agenda for getting there.
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations is about societal suicide. Dr. David Montgomery details, in case after case, the collapse of civilizations caused by unintentional agricultural abuse leading to loss of topsoil. Topsoil takes centuries to accumulate; tons per acre can be lost in decades. The fertile soil of the American Great Plains is being flushed down the Mississippi. The world's population is exploding but Earth's arable land is shrinking. An agricultural revolution--actually, the adoption of known technologies such as organic and no-till farming could prevent our current global society from starving to death.
Van Jones, in The Green Collar Economy, explains how onesolution can fix our two biggest problems--economic inequity and environmental degradation. Jones proposes an economic sector devoted to retrofitting our current infrastructure and creating a new infrastructure beneficial to the environment. Recruiting a cadre of green-collar workers from the poor and disadvantaged can raise a large segment of humanity from poverty and create the basis for a sustainable society. This book is straightforward, easy to read and offers a solution to the problems caused by the present pollution-based economy.
If you are discouraged about the possibility of controlling global warming and climate change, read this book! Fred Krupp (President of the Environmental Defense Fund) and Miriam Horn catalog the amazing ideas and plans, many of them already deployed, that inventors and entrepeneurs have developed to provide us with clean, sustainable energy. For some reason (could it be that "big-oil-coal" and the "mainstream media" don't want us to know?) the good news that Krupp and Horn relate in this book hasn't made the news. Don't be unaware of a briht future any longer@! Read this book--and then work for legislation that will further these new technologies and break the stranglehold that fossil fuel has on us.
Jame Gustave Speth, dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, links environmental reality with other realities, including growing social inequity and neglec and the erosion of democratic governance and popular control. He advocates that as citizens, we must now mobilize our spiritual and political resources for transformative changes on all three fronts. As The Bioneers, say, "It' all related." --capitalism, the environment and crossing from Crisi to sustainability.
If you are at all in doubt about the severity of the crisis which the planet faces, look at the graphs at the front of this book and read the introduction!
Peter Barnes, the co-founder of Working Assets, defines the commons in a broad way--everything that benefits humanity and the non-human inhabitants of our planet and lays out a plan to adjust ownership and capitalism in a way that produces profit for business and corporations as well as the true owners of the commons. Barnes analogizes business as a system that needs a new, improved and equitable operating system. He points out successful examples of where this has already been done, with salubrious results.. This is an important book!!
In Plan B 3.0, Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Lester Brown diagnoses the central ecological problems affecting our planet and offers a response for individuals and government, Eradicating poverty, restoring the earth, feeding 8 billion well, designing cities for people, raising energy efficiency, turning to renewable energy and shifting taxes and subsidies to support a sustainable future are actions within our present capability. An excellent follow-up to versions 1 and 2.
Deep Economy offers hope from the dangers of rampant consumption, challenging the assumption than "more" is "better", that "growth and development" must drive economy. Prosperity needs to be sought in a more local direction, as is being successfully done in mature societies in parts of Europe and New England. Deep Economy allows the manifestation of Deep Ecology.
Al Gore offers a visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith, combined with the degradation and the intentional dumbing-down of the public sphere, have combined to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason and democracy as we have known it.
Vandana Shiva, a leading voice in the struggle for global justice, discusses how corporate globalization, privatization of the commons and commodification of earth's essential resources is incompatible with true democracy and leads to fundamentalism, war and poverty. This book outlines a better way, a way that leads to community and a sustainable, equitable, just and peaceful future.
Each time history repeats itself, the cost goes up. We live in a time of runaway growth in human numbers, consumption and technology.
The great questions we now face is how, and whether, this can go on, and more deeply, whether it should. A Short History of Progress is nothing less than a concise history of the world since Neanderthal times. Only by understanding our pattern of progress and disaster can we hope to change our ways and ensure that civilization has a long term future.
Wendell Berry and David James Duncan discuss security, morality and leadership in an age of terror.
This book is published by The Orion Society.
Eco-Economy offers useful. practical solutions for repairing quality of life and the environment--hopeful. rather than the usual gloomy dirge. The entire book can be downloaded at www.earth-policy.org without charge.
If you are concerned about the way the world and all its inhabitants. human and otherwise, are being mistreated--if you are concerned about a toxic environment and a poisoned future--read this book!
Affluenza is killing the planet! Help stop the epidemic of this painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and wast resulting from the dogged pursuit of more!
A plan for survival of the planet Earth, mankind living creatures.
Al Gore sets forth the major environmental problems threatening Earth in a concise and straight-forward fashion. A clear presentation of the ecological problems that threaten mankind's well-being.
A declaration of sustainability; an ecological analysis of business: visionary, practical and healing.
"Natural Capitalism" basically proves beyond any argument that there are presently available technologies, and those just on the horizon, which will permit us to get richer by cleaning, not by spoiling, the environment. (William Jefferson Clinton).
Never in history has there occurred the economic gamble that is taking place today in the form of economic globalization. David Korten's important work begins the critical process of economic reformation that will surely follow this universal loss of sovereignity leading to self and community. (Paul Hawken).
A visionary book that explores the Ancient Wisdom that underlies American democracy and how, through metaphysical practices, we might influence the course of history and politics.
Charles Wilkinson explains to a general audience the "Lords of Yesterday"--the laws, policies, and ideas that arose out of nineteenth-century westward expansion and still pervade land use and resource allocation. Wilkinson argues that significant reform of Westrn law is needed to combat environmental decline and heal splintered communities. He is Moses Lasky Professor of Law at the University of Colorado.
The economic costs of ecological deficits, trends to track and eco-economy updates.
The consumption of water doubles every twenty years--more than twice the rate of increase of the human population. Blue Gold captures in striking detail the forces behind the increasing depletion of the world's freshwater, the commodification of water by trans-national corporations and the impact that this has on mankind and ecology. (Best read in conjunction with David Korten's "When Corporations Rule the World).
A well-articulated argument for additional decentralized. volunteer-led development efforts and a useful contribution to the environment and development debate.
Korten demolishes the myths about capitalism and globalization as source of human betterment. But the real achievement of this extraordinary book is the resurrection of the true Adam Smith.
A current description of the global environmental crisis and practical suggerstions as to what can be done about it.
Ecology, social responsibility, grassroots democracy and nonviolence form the four pillars of the Green Movement. Decentralization, post-patriarchal perspectives and spirituality complete the platform. The Greens are neither right or left; they proclaim to be in front. This book from the 1980s, which details the history of the Green Party in Germany, is pertinent for the enviromental movement today.
Modern civilization is in trouble. We have created a bubble economy. one whose output is artificially inflated by overconsuming the earth's natural capital. Plan B offers an alternative to the inevitable political instability and continuing environmental deterioration to which the present course is taking us.
Lester R. Brown updates and expands Plan B, noting that we have the technologies needed to build the new economy, including gas-electric hybrid cars, advance-design wind turbines, highly efficient refrigerators, and water-efficient irrigation systems. We have the tools to rescue a planet under stress and a civilization in trouble.
This concise book highlights key questions regarding sustainability and entrepreneurship in terms of motivation. Questions like "What does it take to get business people to start green businesses" and "What are the minimal ethical principles need to guide environmental living and working help push forward the debate on private and public environmental responsibility.
Crimes Against Nature exposes the corporate-neocon takeover of American environmental policy. Robert Kennedy is senior attorney for the Natural Rsouces Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. The book explains how neoconservative think tanks, funded by wealthy corporate polluters, have plotted (and, for now, succeeded) to dismantle environmental law for profit. This is a politicized book but the facts are true. For the Deep Ecologist, this is an essential read!
The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest setlers, lured by the promis of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics Employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city,s growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the US Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Cadillace Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic history of the creation of an Eden that may be only a mirage.
Even in the environmentally healthy state (or so it seems) of Montana, ominous warning signs of the same factors which led to the collapse of formerly robust civilizations. Jared lists the most common environmental problems leading to the collapse--among them, climate change and drought, deforestation, pollution, desertification, irresponsible resource extraction. This book should be a wake-up alarm to planet Earth! (Also available on CD, so you can learn while stuck in a traffic jam).
Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense, a book optimistic in outlook, combines insights from philosophy, psychology, ecology, sociology, and economics to question many of our current free market assumptions. Capitalist economics has deviated from its original ethical and social purpose and mutated into an amoral quest for economic growth at any cost. Ikerd argures that sustainability, social and ethical values, reintegrated into capitalist economics, can effect an economic system that benefits both present and future communities everywhere.