Alongside the Extinction Rebellion movement we need an ‘Extantion Celebration’ movement. ‘Extantion’ is an action that values the existence of life. That which is still in existence (extant) should be celebrated for its continued presence on this Earth. Yes, we should be rebelling against extinction, yet if people do not know what diversity of life […]Read More Extantion Celebration
Human identity for all; males, females and LBGI+, has become a place of dangerous contradictions, with globalisation destroying the planet while locking people into psychic instability, toxic jobs, structural unemployment, addictive consumption and deep inequality. Control and influence over our emotions in such a context has become a battleground. Tribalism is built into our […]Read More Sumbioregionalism
Despite the importance of connections between environmental health and human health (physical and mental) in many cultures, we have very few concepts in English that address environmentally-induced mental distress and physical illness. In order to rectify that deficiency, I have created two new diagnostic categories: psychoterratic and somaterratic health and illness. These make the connection […]Read More Psychoterratic and Somaterratic health and illness.
Plato’s Cave. The 5th century BC philosopher Plato, in his book The Republic, tells the story of the famous Allegory of the Cave. The allegory is a conceptual device to help the reader see the distinction between appearance and reality. In the story, prisoners in the cave see only the shadow shapes of real objects […]Read More An Allegory of Two Caves
Endemophilia: The love of the locally and regionally distinctive, as felt by the people of that place. [From the French endémique plus Greek roots, endēmia (a dwelling in), endēmos (native in the people) and philia (love of)]. Eutierria: A oneness with the earth and its life forces where the boundaries between self and the rest of nature are obliterated and a […]Read More Naming Unnamed Emotions and Feelings
The meaning of life comes with an understanding that it is not the isolated property of a single, independent organism, but a shared property, the ‘biocomunen‘ (life sharing), between multiple organisms all coordinating their actions to support each other toward the end of reproduction, staying healthy and remaining alive. In reproduction, the biocomunen continues. Holobionts […]Read More The Meaning of Life
Biocomunen: The shared property of life within multiple organisms. To hold life in common with other organisms. To be a holobiont. From bios = life and comunen = to have common dealings with. (Middle English, from Old French communer, to make common, share (from commun, common)).Read More Biocomunen