It should not be that difficult to decide what matters in our culture – all we need is a consistent ethic of life. —
No 2747 Posted by fw, June 24, 2021—
“Our current culture, and pretty much our species, have two core objectives: heaven and GDP, or profits. With everything else hitting us, most of us have lost the sense of the “sacred” in our lives. Our current culture, and pretty much our species have two core objectives: heaven and GDP, or profits. With everything else hitting us, most of us have lost the sense of the “sacred” in our lives. Our culture, ultimately, will need to decide what matters, and base our decisions on that. It should not be difficult because all one needs is a consistent ethic of life, which emerges from wanting life to continue.” —Nate Hagens
In today’s repost, Hagens presents the SACRED as his tenth of 12 Interventions combined with his tenth Wild Idea: “Life Ethic” to recover a sense of the SACRED in our lives.
Below is my transcript of Hagens’ tenth Intervention and accompanying Wild Idea, which I have titled: “The SACRED: Tenth Intervention and Wild Idea”. As usual, I include in this repost an embedded video of Hagens’ almost 3-hour, information-rich talk. He packages his address in 33 myths, featuring a synopsis of key ideas from his past written works and videos. And at the bottom of the repost is a list of Hagens’ 33 myths, plus two others – Introduction at the beginning and Interventions at the end.
For those who would prefer to watch the embedded video on You Tube, click on the following linked title.
TRANSCRIPT of “The SACRED: Tenth Intervention and Wild Idea” (a short 2:26-minutes long, starting at the 2:41:19 mark, ending at 2:43:45)
SACRED [Tenth Intervention and (Wild Idea)]
In our interviews around the country on people’s well-being, we’re noticing two core trends: First, a lot of people are very worried about money and making ends meet; Second, people are starved for meaning.
Our current culture, and pretty much our species, have two core objectives: heaven and GDP, or profits. With everything else hitting us, most of us have lost the sense of the “sacred” in our lives.
Our culture, ultimately, will need to decide what matters, and base our decisions on that. It should not be difficult because all one needs is a consistent ethic of life, which emerges from wanting life to continue. This ethic is so obvious and basic that we might expect it to occur on any life-bearing planet in the universe, once a species became self-aware enough of the arc of their history.
So here’s a draft Life Ethic, and maybe a necessity —
1/ Life existing is preferable to no life existing;
2/ More life existing is preferable to no life existing;
3/ More kinds of life existing is preferable to fewer;
4/ Vibrant, complex ecosystems are preferable to small fragmented, brittle ecosystems;
5/ Ecosystems with large complex life – like elephants and whales and humans — are preferable to ecosystems with only microscopic life;
6/ Ecosystems supporting conscious minds (the virtual worlds and human minds or gorillas or crows or dolphins) are preferable to ecosystems without them;
7/ It is preferable to maximize existence, happiness, love and understanding, and minimize the suffering of minds in the universe;
8/ The future, both near and far, is real in the same sense that “now” is real, and, via causality, is determined by what is done now;
9/ Things which are preferable by this definition may be considered “good” – Things which are less preferable may be considered evil;
10/ We should maximize good and minimize evil since the universe does not
2:43:45 — End of Tenth Intervention and Wild Idea
LIST OF THE 33 MYTHS (plus opening introduction and closing Interventions (and Wild Ideas)
Nate notes that the myths themselves are listed in reverse numerical order from #33 down to #1, while the time markers are in chronological order from beginning to end, which facilitates their quick and easy location on the video. The myths can be watched in any order, but the order they’re in made the most sense to Hagens. To go directly to the beginning of any numbered myth or to the opening Introduction and closing Interventions and Wild Ideas, just click on the linked time stamp.
Time stamps: 0:04 — Introduction 2:20 — Myth #33: The Experts Have ALL the Answers 4:16 — Myth #32: Humans Are Separate From Nature 6:45 — Myth #31: Humans Are Mostly Selfish 12:17 — Myth #30: More Is Better 18:12 — Myth #29: “Someday I’ll Have enough” 21:18 — Myth #28: We Care About the Future 23:38 — Myth #27: Everyone Has Their Own Truth 26:37 — Myth #26: Truth Matters 29:31 — Myth #25: Energy Is Merely a Commodity 34:28 — Myth #24: The American Dream is Based on Hard Work and Cleverness 36:05 — Myth #23: Oil: The USA Will Be the Next Saudi Arabia 41:46 — Myth #22: We Can Always Get More Resources if We Have More Money 44:42 — Myth #21: Renewables Can Power THIS Civilization 50:55 — Myth #20: In the future we wont need oil due to Peak Demand!! 55:01 — Myth #19: We Can Achieve Net Zero!! (by 2050 or any date) 59:54 — Myth #18: As Earth runs out of resources, We’ll Colonize Outer Space!! 1:02:26 — Myth #17: Growth Is Forever 1:05:04 — Myth #16: GDP Is the Right Goal for Society 1:10:56 — Myth #15: Overpopulation Is the Main Driver 1:15:21 — Myth #14: Technology Will Solve It 1:21:16 — Myth #13: The Environment Is Part of the Economy 1:24:04 — Myth #12: The Natural World Is Ours 1:27:03 — Myth #11: Climate Change Is the Core Problem 1:32:44 — Myth #10: Billionaires and Politicians Are in Charge 1:38:56 — Myth #9: Financial Markets Give Us the Right Signals for the Future 1:43:22 — Myth #8: Stimulus Is Permanent 1:48:37 — Myth #7: We Need to Crash the System to Get a Fresh Start 1:52:43 — Myth #6: The Use of Nuclear Weapons Is Unthinkable 1:57:03 — Myth #5: Fossil Fuel Companies Are at Fault 2:03:01 — Myth #4: Capitalism Is to Blame 2:07:54 — Myth #3: Humans Are Bad 2:11:37 — Myth #2: We Face a Shortage of Energy 2:14:17 — Myth #1: We Are Doomed 2:19:56 — Interventions (and Wild Ideas)
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