Looking At Time With A Capital T

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

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I’m thinking we’ve sort of maxed outrepparttar Cenozoic era. It has served us well in many ways, but frankly, it’s getting a bit tired. Seeing as how humans wererepparttar 110122 ones to namerepparttar 110123 eras inrepparttar 110124 first place (that part is definitely time as a function of life), it’s perfectly reasonable that humans should declare whenrepparttar 110125 next one is starting. It’s fairly arbitrary anyway. There’s certainly some wiggle room—at least a couple hundred thousand years.

Can we startrepparttar 110126 new one now? Please?

Here’s an idea—-why not put a little thought intorepparttar 110127 next era? Instead of documentingrepparttar 110128 progress—-or decline—-of species, why not plug in a little intention and see where that takes us?

I wish I’d thought of that first, but I didn’t. Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme coinedrepparttar 110129 term “Ecozoic era” in The Universe Story, and then Berry went on to talk about what that might look like in his book, The Great Work. He calls for a profoundly transformational approach torepparttar 110130 Earth. Berry describesrepparttar 110131 Ecozoic era as one holdingrepparttar 110132 promise of humans living in a mutually enhancing relationship with all life systems.

This sounds pretty groovy, but it’s not viewed as a Utopian concept. It’s a viable proposition.

The first steps have been taken to buildrepparttar 110133 foundation for a realistic movement toward this new era. The Center for Ecozoic Studies is atrepparttar 110134 forefront, but a number of scholars of all stripes are coming together to do some planning. There’s not a gloom-and-doomer inrepparttar 110135 bunch. In fact, they are catapulted by hope and possibility. They take this work very seriously but embrace it joyfully.

We should, too. We humans have come a long way from pounding rocks in a cave. We’re perfectly capable of looking forward and envisioning an unprecedented era capitalizing on cooperation and awareness as guiding principles. We do it inrepparttar 110136 movies allrepparttar 110137 time. Why can’t we do it for real?

I’d like to propose that we consider utilizingrepparttar 110138 concept that life is a function of time. Let’s think about what it means to plan an era. The cave folks couldn’t imaginerepparttar 110139 world today. We haverepparttar 110140 advantage ofrepparttar 110141 knowledge of history and a growing understanding ofrepparttar 110142 forces that propel a planet through its evolutionary journey.

Like it or not, we have a certain responsibility to use these formidable frontal lobes. You don’t have to be a scientist to think aboutrepparttar 110143 future ofrepparttar 110144 Earth. You’re human. Think about it because you CAN.

Look for fossil moments in your day to considerrepparttar 110145 universe, and grasprepparttar 110146 opportunity to render yourself temporarily insignificant.

Just watch out for asphalt.

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse. Her course, Massage Your Mind!: Defining Your Life Philosophy, has inspired thinkers in over 70 countries around the world. Her free weekly ezine, the Friday Mind Massage, serves up a satisfying blend of clarity, comfort and comic relief. Both are available at http://www.massageyourmind.com.

It's OK to Use the Free Stuff You Get in Junk Mail

Written by Mark Jeantheau

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So take those return-address stickers you got fromrepparttar "Friends of Hard-Luck Martian Television Stars" (or whomever) and use 'em up! P.S. To get less junk mail inrepparttar 110121 first place, you can get onrepparttar 110122 "Stop Sending Me This Crap" list atrepparttar 110123 Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service -- http://www.dmaconsumers.org/offmailinglist.html .

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© 2003 by GrinningPlanet.com You have permission to publish this article electronically or in print, free of charge, as long asrepparttar 110124 bylines are included. Must be published complete with no changes. A courtesy copy of your publication would be appreciated.

Mark is a writer, financial analyst, web developer, environmentalist, and, as necessary, chef and janitor. Grinning Planet is an expression of Mark's enthusiasm for all things humorous and green, as well as a psychotic desire to work himself half-to-death. Hobbies include health foods, music, getting frustrated over politics, and occasionally lecturing the TV set on how uncreative it is.

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