No 2323 Posted by fw, June 30, 2018
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“When you hear a story like I’m telling you, the immediate reaction is ‘I better look out for myself. … that is a natural first response: ‘How do I protect myself for this end of growth thing that he’s talking about.’ … It’s the wrong response. The [right] response is ‘What can I do to make … where I have chosen to live, a better, stronger, more resilient community. How can I play a role’? … Functioning by yourself is a non-starter. So community is vital to what’s coming.” —Nate Hagens
In the previous post, Pt. 40, continuum 39, Dr. Hagens declared that addictive consumption of food and other stuff has not led to happy, fulfilling lives for most Americans. What is missing from our empty lives, he suggested, is a sense of community, of belonging – a true sense of purpose.
Speaking of the benefits that accompany a sense of belonging to a community, in this post, Pt. 41, continuum 40, Hagens makes the case that, given what’s coming — “this end of growth thing” — choosing to look out for oneself is a non-starter. It’s more likely that, in a crisis, caring Americans would ask themselves: “What can I do for my community?”
Below is the embedded video of Hagens’ 60-minute address, followed by an 18-minute Q&A session. My transcript of Pt. 41, continuum 40, runs from 53:02 to 53:58.
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TRANSCRIPT (from 53:02 to 53:58)
[THE INDIVIDUAL] –
53:02 — [Continuum 40: Self vs Community] When you hear a story like I’m telling you, the immediate reaction is “I better look out for myself. Better get some guns and gold and beans and whatever.” And I tell you that that is a natural first response: “How do I protect myself for this end of growth thing that he’s talking about.”
53:20 — It’s the wrong response. The [right] response is – “What can I do to make Salina, where I have chosen to live, a better, stronger, more resilient community. How can I play a role? How can we get the social capital network, the nodes of people who know each other, and which skills we have, and where the food comes from, and all kinds of things?” Because we function as a community, as a very large community, and that’s going to continue to be the case. Functioning by yourself is a non-starter. So community is vital to what’s coming.
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About Dr. Nathan John Hagens – Hagens, 51, worked on Wall Street at Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers for 10 years before closing his own hedge fund in 2003 to develop a systems synthesis approach to the human predicament. At present, Dr. Hagens is a professor at the University of Minnesota where he teaches a systems synthesis Honors seminar called Reality 101, A Survey of Human Predicament. The readings and lectures cover literature in systems ecology, energy and natural resources, thermodynamics, history, anthropology, human behavior, neuroscience, environmental science, sociology, economics, globalization/trade, and finance/debt with an overarching goal to give students a general understanding of how our human ecosystem functions as a whole.
Visit Nate Hagens’ personal website at The Monkey Trap.
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