Reflections on the End of the World as We Know It (159)

pm159_580Taped in late 2005 before Peak Moment began, this conversation feels eerily prescient about the effects of the 2008 financial collapse. William Stewart reflects on the shadow side of the fossil fuel bonanza, which enabled hyper-individualism and mobility that have shredded our connections to community and place, along with increased violence and dysfunction. Likening our oil-dependent culture to an addict who must first bottom out, he suggests there may be a silken lining after collapse: the possibility of more communal and connected ways of life.

The text William reads at the end is “Handy tips on how to behave at the death of the world” by Anne Herbert, perhaps best known for her quote “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.”

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  1. Thanks for sharing this video with us. It may not be the end of the world, but this is an eye-opener. Hal

  2. Excellent perspective on why and how to rebuild community. I’m sharing the video clip with our readers on CaliforniaGreenSolution. Thank you for bringing us these thoughtful, intelligent conversations to deepen our sustainable strategies. Have you found a channel to get your programs to the colleges…like Bullfrog Films? They distribute social issue documentaries to colleges, etc. Best wishes, Carolyn

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