Wise Society

From climate change to obesity it seems clear that our societies are less wise than we would like — or need. Wisdom can sound other-worldly. But we believe it can and should be eminently practical. That it offers a valuable way to frame an important and essential enquiry into how we can make our societies and institutions work better. Wisdom is an idea that requires us to reflect on ends as well as means — where we are going as well as how to get there. For example, we focus a great deal on growth, but what kind of growth do we want and why do we want it? Conversely, lofty ideals are all very well, but without practical ways to turn them into reality they may be of little value.

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Writings and Essays

Only in Silence the Word

“Only in silence the word, only in darkness the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk’s flight on an empty sky.” – Ursula Le Guin (the greatest fictional expositor of Zen in modern times)

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Policy Based Evidence

Policy-based evidence and emotion-based reasons are the unacknowledged ids of our rationalist society. All of us (other than psychopaths!) find it hard to preach one thing and do another. Hence, we are all forced to find ways to have our reason and our instinct coincide. Sincerity is essential to our self image.

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So, What Now (or maybe So What): What Am I and Art Earth Tech Up To?

Preamble So, what now? Or, maybe: so what? A way of living that evokes living. A way of being that evokes Being. A way of working that evokes Presence. It starts to write down “our goal” or “our purpose” and I hesitate. The very thing I’ve seen is the attachment to getting somewhere. Only when you have discovered there is nowhere to get to, nothing to be done - can you “go” anywhere, “do” anything.

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