December 29th, 2020


“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.”
Meister Eckhart

Learning new skills

Owley Beacon, South Brent, Devon
Owley Beacon, South Brent, Devon

“You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

The world of the future will require us to have and be capable of learning a new set of skills.

And no, they've nothing to do with data manipulation, flying a stupid drone or the Internet of Things.

It will be very practical; namely, we'll need to learn how to survive with a lot less than now and, more particularly, care for ourselves, particularly if, as I suspect, the world is set on a path where it can no longer sustain 10 billion people.

If you don't believe me and you're more inclined to think we'll geoengineer a solution to the world's changed environment, then, good luck with that. The technology, even if it can be brought into full operation, will never scale quickly enough to clean up our oceans, scrub the air clean, give us clean water (forget desalination) and feed an ever-expanding population from our depleted soils. 

Of course, by and large, we (always) think we can buy our way out of a problem, but as Covid19 has shown in excruciating detail, if there's no spending (in a collapsing world) then, in large part, there's no economy. Even Amazon can't function if we've no or little money to pay for things.

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My tweets

  • Mon, 16:07: Will this be the year I finally get a tattoo and smoke a few cigars? Oh you devil 😂.
  • Tue, 06:00: "I can do this… I can start over. I can save my own life and I’m never going to be alone as long as I have stars to wish on and people to still love." — Jennifer Elisabeth
  • Tue, 07:00: Learning new skills / today's little blog offering.
  • Tue, 07:30: 'Disastrous extremes': Christian Aid catalogues $145bn cost of 2020 weather disasters
  • Tue, 08:55: This 🙏
  • Tue, 09:14: Lockdown awakened our interest in nature, but it mustn't be at the expense of wildlife
  • Tue, 10:54: Just me and Alfie in the house. Seems extraordinarily quiet for this time of year. I think that's a good thing.
  • Tue, 11:09: Daughter #1 having her third or fourth Covid test. She sounds so fed up. Don't blame her. Being locked down and with the virus. A double whammy. Still, she's safe, got her bestie with her and we're sending loads and loads of 💞 across the airwaves.
  • Tue, 11:22: Silence is a fitting voice of our times.