I recently spent a month sailing and traveling in Southern Italy…, the ancient ruins, the food, the wine, the shops, the clickitey-clack trains. Almost no one spoke English. From the tiny bit I could understand, the Italians did have complaints about their world, but for me.., ahhh.., the life.
Then, back to my ‘real’ world, which is ‘first world’ Vancouver, Canada, with all my first world problems.
But I / we live in the whole world, and with the internet and 24-hour news, we learn about the whole world faster and deeper than we have ever known it.
How can I avoid being like the man, to quote Dryden, who “.., trudged along unknowing what he sought, And whistled as he went for want of thought. “ How do I stop whistling and start thinking? How do we reach through the prevailing cynicism and resignation of our time and kindle within ourselves and those around us a spirit that brings the insight and inventiveness to create the future?
A quick overview of my life:
The 60’s: studied journalism at a major small liberal arts university – thrown out for publishing my own newspaper. Headed to Berkeley (free speech please). Helped create The Memphis Country Blues Festival. Avoiding the ‘draft’, headed to Canada.
The 70’s: 10 years of living ‘off the grid’ with a community in the woods of British Columbia.
The 80’s: 10 years of est – “to transform one’s ability to experience living so that the situations one had been trying to change or had been putting up with, clear up just in the process of life itself.”
The 90’s and beyond: 20 years of organizational consulting, impacting the fundamental patterns of organizations, producing profound and deep change.
And the last four years: Incubating social impact businesses with a commitment to fixing capitalism (read Umar Haque, Betterness).