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RADICAL CONFUGURATION OF ALL LIFE STRUCTURES
Richard Tarnas, one of the best astrological thinkers on the planet, offered his views on this “grave and astonishing moment.” Here’s the youtube link: youtu.be/TwhaNkUzBpg
Excerpts: “This is a time in which there are volcanically intense evolutionary pressures for the radical reconfiguration of all life structures.”
“We’re in the midst of an encounter with a collective mortal emergency that completely focuses our attention.”
“Our agency, as humans, plays a role in how these archetypal energies express themselves. The more courage, imagination intelligence, compassion we can bring to bear on these events, the more free and skillful we can be in shaping the expression of the archetypal energies.”
Quoting Greek philosopher Plotinus, Tarnas says, “The stars are like letters that inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky. Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are coordinated. All things depend on each other. Everything breathes together.”
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IMAGINING THE POST-PLAGUE WORLD
David Talbot offers the following thoughts:
The bad news is that it’s end of the world as we know it. The good news is that it’s the end of the world as we know it. And we can use our imaginations to dream up a better world.
I’ve begun jotting down some notes about how civilization can emerge from this catastrophic pandemic in more socially decent and healthy ways.
1. A climate crisis turning point. The skies have never seemed cleaner and brighter. My city has never seemed so quiet and placid. Do we really have to return to a fossil fuel-powered, frantically acquisitive way of life?
2. There is a new appreciation for the daily heroism of health care workers and the fragility of our public health system. Isn’t it past time for America to join the rest of the civilized world and move to Medicare for all?
3. There is a new appreciation for labor in America, especially those who are keeping the country running at warehouses, markets, delivery services. Isn’t it past time for employers like Amazon — run by the richest man in the world who’s now getting richer by the minute — to treat these workers fairly, increasing their wages and benefits and allowing them to join unions?
4. Crime is down and people are shooting each other in America with much less frequency. Does our society have to be so weaponized?
5. We have to think twice or more before reflexively making purchases these days as the ranks of the unemployed swell and the economy crashes. Let’s convert our society from its enslaving consumerism to cooperative networks and reduce our wasteful dependence on the latest fashions, cars and electronic gadgets.
6. Now that it’s dangerous to vote (black Americans can tell us all about that history), we have to reinvent democracy. How about if we we completely convert to a mail ballot system — which would not only make the election process safer, but also more inclusive?
How else can we imagine a new post-plague world? Your thoughts?
More from David Talbot: tinyurl.com/y8fsgrs3