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Sat, Sep 14

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Big Pine, CA, USA

Living In a Time of Dying (School of Lost Borders)

The Four Shields in the Anthropocene

Living In a Time of Dying (School of Lost Borders)
Living In a Time of Dying (School of Lost Borders)

Time & Location

Sep 14, 2024, 12:00 PM – Sep 20, 2024, 4:00 PM

Big Pine, CA, USA

About the event

We are living in a time of rapid change, disintegration and emergence on planet Earth – what many call apocalyptic times. From the compounding and inequitable crises of climate change and pandemic, to the impacts of globalization and colonization, systems are falling apart all around us and it seems there is no way back to so-called “normal.”  The world as most recent generations have known it is unraveling and the Earth will never be the same. Coming to grips with the truth of our times in perilous.

How do we go on living when there is so much dying happening all around us? How do we continue to lead meaningful lives and show up for our people in the midst of so much loss and destruction?

As humans of the Anthropocene, many of us have forgotten our place in the web of life. Centuries of cumulative harm and perpetual environmental assault on the Earth Body are reverberating in each of our bodies, ancestral story lines and in the torn fabrics of our communities, feeding a sense of separation, hopelessness, anxiety, guilt and despair.

And yet, in the long view this lostness is still so very new to the history of our species. For most of our human record, cultures across the world knew how to honor their place in the wider circle, and tend relationships with a living world they knew themselves to be a part of.  This knowing, no matter how far from it we may feel, still lives right beneath the surface of our urban skin.  We need not learn this way, as much as we need to remember it.

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