Monday, September 23rd 2019
Climate Change Despair and Empowerment
A great article by John Seed and Ruth Rusenhek
"We live in a culture where there is a profound denial of feeling.
From an early age we are taught to fear, conceal and repress feelings of anguish, distress, fear and anger. Feelings are an important aspect of our intelligence and when we suppress them, it leaves us helpless, anxious and depressed, damages our ability to think clearly and, especially, paralyses our ability to act forcefully and passionately on the basis of what we know.
Apart from the personal impacts, the social consequences are profound: if we are unable to feel and honour the pain we feel for what is happening to our world, then we are unable to act intelligently and decisively to address the social and environmental ills that give rise to this pain. "Despair and Empowerment" processes create safe contexts within which we can explore the banished feelings and reclaim the power that is inevitably suppressed along with the feelings. This article explores these ideas and how they are being brought to the service of climate activism."
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