My philosophy is based on the traditions of scientific empiricism blended with East Asian traditions of thought, including yoga and Zen, in the context of the ecological emergency. What we see, what is emerging into our consciousness, is the fragmentation and collapse of systems on whose integrity our survival depends. We are systems within systems.
We need to realise this, fast. This is what the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) has found: what we do to ourselves internally, compartmentalising, and fragmenting ourselves and our ideologies into different categories, thinking we can look after ourselves without looking after the systems that created and sustain us, the land, the climate, the species, or without looking after one another, the marginalised, the vulnerable, the impoverished and disenfranchised, is madness.
Realising this is self realisation. It is also central to what I call realisation as agency. It is only when we realise what we are, where we are, and all that is going on, that we can be here now, and in doing so, shift our perspective, and our relationship to context. Then we can do what needs to be done. This is urgent and critical, but we require absolute compassionate love, humility and forgiveness – and indeed all those values that perennial philosophies so laud (kindness, curiosity, intelligence, patience). I would add that we can also have fun, be sensual, and realise that it’s messy out there and in here. We are not going to achieve perfection. But what we do matters. We need to talk to one another in ways that do not fan the flames. We need to communicate compassionately and clearly and create ways to respond to the ecological emergency.
These ways include biomimicry https://biomimicry.org/janine-benyus/first-chapter-biomimicry-innovation-inspired-nature/
They include implementing legislation for the crime of ecocide
They include social justice as ecological justice
They include calling multinationals to account
They include non-violent civil protest and non-violent communication on all issues
They include creating resilience in individuals, communities and in the more-than-human world through re-wilding, regenerative farming, and allowing natural systems to regenerate and recover
They include allowing intelligence to be respected, in humans and other systems: intelligent people are often sidelined, intelligence in other systems are barely recognised.
They include investment in nature based solutions to infrastructural issues
They include education of our place in the biosphere – as a member, not an owner
These are just a few examples. Let’s talk!
And let’s listen, and be silent, too.