Come Join Me!
by Damaris Zehner
When Chaplain Mike first took over Internet Monk from Michael Spencer, I wrote something every week. I enjoyed sharing ideas and being pushed to write regularly. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I began working on books. As you know, I published one a few years ago, The Between Time: Savoring the Moments of Everyday Life, which showcased some of my iMonk posts. I’ve stopped contributing to the site, but I haven’t stopped writing. My current project has a different focus.
I’ve been convinced for some years now that our institutions, habits, and even aspirations don’t seem to fit us well. Schools, businesses, governments, towns, food, technology, communities – all fail to work toward our health and happiness. The proof is the anxiety, depression, suicide, eating disorders, and hoarding that affect people, and the pollution, erosion, extinction, and climate change that affect the environment. I’m convinced that one cause of the mismatch between our society and us is that we don’t understand what we truly are and what we truly need.
I’ve started a blog to address these issues, called Integrity of Life: Human-Shaped Society for a Post-Industrial World.
In my posts I anticipate a difficult future for our culture and for our species and consider what we need to do to prepare. Little life hacks won’t be sufficient to meet a world of depleted resources and erratic climate; we have to make fundamental changes in our worldview and behavior. However, I’m not a prophet of doom. The apocalyptic thinking that’s so popular these days is really just another way of avoiding hard choices. I have hope that our post-industrial future in many ways will be a good one. The transition will be hard as people scramble for increasingly scarce resources and struggle with the impacts of climate change, but the result may be a lifestyle that is better suited to our human nature and our environment and is no longer an exercise in hubris. None of us will see it, but we can still imagine a better society and live now in a way that mitigates the hardships and advances the benefits of the post-industrial world.
I would love for my blog to become a place of challenging conversations and varied ideas, the way Internet Monk has been. I’m aiming to create a new book out of the blog posts, and your feedback – and pushback – will be invaluable to me. But more importantly, I’d like the encouragement and camaraderie of like-minded people. I’ll be posting new essays once a week, which will give me time to respond to everyone who comments. So please, come join me!
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INTEGRITY OF LIFE
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