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“This has been a sledgehammer of a presentation. I’m exhausted.” — Nate’s closing thoughts

“One category, I think, is glaringly missing – How the heck do we live our lives during this Crazy Time? Lastly, an idea I think is essential, is love.” —

No 2752 Posted by fw, June 28, 2021—

On LIVING“This has been a sledgehammer of a presentation. I’m exhausted, to be honest. Thank you for watching it all the way through. … I hope some of these Intervention categories made sense or inspired you to modify something in your work or your world view. But one category, I think, is glaringly missing – How the heck do we live our lives during this Crazy Time? …. This video is already way longer than I anticipated, so I’m going to close here. And in the next month or so I will follow this video up with another one on what to do as an individual.”

On LOVE“We need more love in our world. I don’t have a project idea, but I think there are vast undercurrents of love in our culture that are socially suppressed. Love is the antidote to hate, but it’s also the antidote to apathy. We need to love something to save it. And I love this world. And I think humans can do better. And I hope you can join me in playing a role in our collective future.”Nate Hagens

Above are excerpts selected from Nate Hagens’ brief closing thoughts to his “sledgehammer of a presentation” — Earth and Humanity: Myth and Reality — delivered at a May 21, 2021 Earth Day talk.

Below is my transcript of Nate’s concluding remarks, along with an embedded video of his full Earth Day presentation.

At the bottom of this post is a complete time-stamped list of the titles of the body of Hagens’ presentation, in the form of 33 myths, plus an opening Introduction and closing Interventions (and Wild Ideas). Nate notes that the 33 myth titles and numbers are listed in reverse numerical order from #33 down to #1, while the time stamps 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.

For those who would prefer to watch Nate’s address on You Tube, without the transcript, click on the following linked title.

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Earth and Humanity: Myth and Reality, by Nate Hagens, You Tube, May 21, 2021 (2hr, 52min)

TRANSCRIPT of Closing Thoughts — Starts at the 2:49:27 mark, ends at 2:52:14)

LIVING — This has been a sledgehammer of a presentation. I’m exhausted, to be honest. Thank you for watching it all the way through. As long as it was, if you squint and look at it in its totality, the content will hold its shape in coming decades. I hope some of these Intervention categories made sense or inspired you to modify something in your work or your world view.

But one category, I think, is glaringly missing – How the heck do we live our lives during this Crazy Time? How do we cope, thrive, and engage with our challenges as individual humans? This is really an entirely different list of suggestions and recommendations. How to grieve and reflect, and rage and be passionate, and bold, and thrive during these times?

This video is already way longer than I anticipated, so I’m going to close here. And in the next month or so I will follow this video up with another one on what to do as an individual. I’m perhaps not the best spokesperson for this because I have many flaws, and I’m not doing everything I can or should be doing – but I’ve thought a lot about how our evolved brain intersects with our Star Wars culture and I’m going to give it a shot.

2:50:50  End of Living

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LOVE — Lastly, an idea I think is essential, is love.

I love my family. I love my friends. I love my dogs, my horses, the fields and the forests where I live. When I travel I love the other species and ecosystems. Even today when I go into Walmart or a brewery, I look around at the people differently than I did ten years ago – These are the people that are on this planet travelling seventy-thousand miles an hour around the sun with me at this time.

We need more love in our world. I don’t have a project idea, but I think there are vast undercurrents of love in our culture that are socially suppressed. Love is the antidote to hate, but it’s also the antidote to apathy. We need to love something to save it. And I love this world. And I think humans can do better. And I hope you can join me in playing a role in our collective future.

Thank you for watching this.

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Don’t miss Nate’s backyard wildlife camera clip of a curious fox.

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For more information, visit https://www.energyandourfuture.org/ (The Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future)

2:52:14 End of Nate Hagens’ presentation

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LIST OF THE 33 MYTHS (plus opening introduction, Interventions (and Wild Ideas and Closing thoughts)

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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