I have often thought about how we are entering the six extinction and I have been concerned about the impact of increasing outer stresses on our biology.
So, it was with pleasure that I found a new way of thinking of our environmental collapse.
It’s in an article I also referenced last month about 6 moral precepts from the field of bio-ethic
The article suggested we hold on to some ways of being together as we navigate these stressful times
The 6 suggested guidelines for our collective behaviours are:
- Work hard to grasp the immensity of the change
- Cultivate radical hope
- Have a line in the sand
- Appreciate the astonishing opportunity of life at this time
- Train your body and mind
- Act for the future generations of all species
I’d like to draw our attention to one of these, every month. Last month, I covered the first precept. This month, it’s the second: Cultivate radical hope.
This has been a hard one for me. I’ve gone from a sense of hopelessness over the years to resignation to acceptance. For a while, I would talk about the need to simply “be” in the face of the dying planet, as we would sit with a loved one dying.
I’ve changed in the last few years. Now, I see the need for active engagement. The notion of “radical hope” means to me that I hold the vision and hope that we can die as a species in a way that has dignity, respect, love, compassion and joy.
As the authors of the six moral precepts say in their paper:
“…the fundamental questions addressed by the maxims: what kind of person will you be, and what will you teach and model for your colleagues, your students, your families?”