Sunday, May 31, 2009

Green Technology is Not Enough

I just don't see it working. I
mean the idea that we can
resolve the global warming issue
by merely installing green technologies.
Even more important is installation
of green culture (i.e., a renewal
of how we act and live in the
world, not just making energy and
gadgets clean green). Yes, let's
have electric cars, but at the
same time organize and re-value
our lives so as to use cars
80% less. That would be
a real change: that we go
all the way to reversing the
devastation we currently face.
So it's
green culture + green technology
that we need. Now, what can I do today
to make culture greener?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Being of Beings

"God" too often feels like
either a taboo or cliche word
in most public circles.
But, for me "God" is God - a word
that points to the Way,
the Mystery, the Source,
the Sense of Presence of All-that-is.
I feel God by turning my
attention to this moment
: the wondrous sense
of there being anything at
all! A miracle that there
is a universe with
consciouseness enough to sense
a Universe. That's amazing!
The mere act of sensing
being-present here-and-now is
the essense of what's usually
called worship. To appreciate
existence is to love God; and God
meets our love the more we
enjoy, praise and love the
presence of being-here-now.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Berkeley Bowl

There I was, after a long period of work,
just having fun walking around
Berkeley Bowl. Seeing so many people
buying vegetables and fruit.
Such a miracle!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Always a Beginning

It's always a beginning.
This means that at every moment we have a certain degree of freedom.
On the other hand, we need ritual, so as to appreciate our freedom.
Cycles of day & night, winter-spring-summer-fall. Work & rest make us safe in a way.
Every moment contains BEGINNING/ENDING.

americ azevedo
2009.05.18 7:40am

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Already in heaven

When I was a little boy

My head was in the heavens

I did not know I was

already in heaven

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Democracy, Earth Rights and the Next Economy

It is only in recent human history that land has been enclosed and the rights of use given to a few people, as opposed to a whole community. Alanna Hartzok points out that individual equality, even in a democracy, cannot exist without equal rights to the abundance of the earth. She presents solutions that have been successful in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, including restructuring taxes so that land value, a communal asset, is taxed instead of wages or buildings.

Alanna Hartzok's life work is embodied in a vision of economic democracy and environmental sustainability. On October 27, 2001, Ms. Hartzok presented her paper on "Democracy, Earth Rights and the Next Economy" at the Twenty-First Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. You may read the full text at:

Here is the audio recording of her lecture, complete with a moving introduction by the moderator:

Down loadable audio formats.