Tuesday 31 January 2012

Confronting Reality

The advice offered by Dr Russ Harris of Australia could be useful to all of us, especially when dealing with the emotions that come with confronting the reality of Collapse.

Like me, he completely rejects the 'self help movement' and the idea of 'postive thinking' and advocates being rooted in reality - suffering arises when we want things to be other than the way they are.

In this regard I recall what  Carolyn Baker said - 'there is nothing we can do ABOUT collapse, but a whole lot we can do WITH collapse.

I do find myself slightly irritated when people like this say that what they say is 'scientifically-based' - this belongs more to the 'cult' of science.  It would be better if he admitted his debt to the wisdom of previous generations - what Aldous Huxley called 'the Perennial Philosophy'.

Otherwise what he says is good and worth listening to.

The 'Reality Slap': How to find fulfillment when lifehurts hurt

Radio New Zealand

At some point is our lives, all of us will experience loss or tragedy. Most of us aren't very good at dealing with pain: we don't really want to turn lemons into lemonade. We don't believe we can, either. We endure misfortune with greater or fewer degrees of stoicism.

Here is a video


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