John Saward – January 14, 2018 at 08:10PM

I began saying this years ago here on Magical Facebook. It’s time to STOP. The old ways are not working. Leaders must model the behaviour. Go fishing instead of the cabinet meeting.But no. Stop? How can we stop? There is so much to be done?

Still we do so much from the old mind. Glad to see others writing this forward.

“Leaving the Old ‘Story of the People’

Civilization is not quite there yet. At the present moment, most people still tacitly believe that the old solutions will work. A new president is elected, a new invention announced, an uptick in the economy proclaimed, and hope springs anew. Maybe things will go back to normal. Maybe the ascent of humanity will resume. Today it is still possible, without too strenuous an effort of denial or pretense, to imagine that we are just in a rough patch. We can get through it, if only we discover some new sources of oil, build more infrastructure to ignite economic growth, solve the molecular puzzle of autoimmunity, deploy more drones to protect us from terrorism and crime, genetically engineer crops for higher yields, and put white colorant in cement to reflect the sun’s rays and slow global warming.

Given that all of these efforts are likely to produce unintended consequences even worse than the problems they intend to solve, it is not hard to see the wisdom of doing nothing. As I will describe later, this does not imply that the activist should focus on obstruction. Doing nothing arises naturally from the breakdown of the story that had motivated the old doings, calling us, therefore, to do what we can to hasten that story’s demise.

My brother–whose clarity of mind is relatively pristine because he rarely reads anything written after 1900–described to me his vision of how the changeover will finally manifest. A bunch of bureaucrats and leaders will be sitting around, wondering what to do about the new financial crisis. All the usual central bank policies, bailouts, interest rate cuts, quantitative easing, and so forth will be on the table, but the leaders just won’t be able to bring themselves to deal with it. “Fuck it,” they’ll say. “Let’s go fishing instead.”

Doing nothing arises naturally from the breakdown of the ‘old story’ and the ‘old doings.’

At some point, we are just going to have to stop. Just stop, without any idea of what to do. As I described with the examples of disarmament and permaculture, we are lost in a hellscape carrying a map that leads us in circles, with never a way out. To exit it, we are going to have to drop the map and look around.”

— Charles Eisenstein


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