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September 2010 Blog Posts (5)

The Long and the Short of It: Existential Comfort in the Age of Hopkins and Greer, Part 4

Part 4. The View from History’s Amphitheater (Or, What Does John Michael Greer Want?)





Let us begin by taking seriously a few lines of Greer cited in Part 3:



The fact that so many people today treat catastrophe as an inkblot onto which to project their fantasies of a better life is one of the most troubling signs of our times. (Ecotechnic Future 82)



To put this in its context I should note that Greer is here discussing widespread utopian fantasies within… Continue

Added by Erik Lindberg on September 17, 2010 at 6:17pm — No Comments

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Added by tom brandstetter on September 17, 2010 at 5:01pm — No Comments

The Long and the Short of It: Existential Comfort in the Age of Hopkins and Greer, Part 3

[authors note: this installment assumes familiarity with parts 1 and 2]



Part 3: Riding the Wheel of Life



A perch on the apex of Hubbert’s curve encourages a voice that might otherwise be dismissed as saccharine, rejected for its nostalgia or its (obviously) naïve optimism. How many times have we heard words like “yes we can,” only to find them eventually lost in

the white-noise of acrimony and disappointment? And yet Hopkins, who sings in this voice with such… Continue

Added by Erik Lindberg on September 14, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

The Long and the Short of It: Existential Comfort in the Age of Hopkis and Greer, Part 2

Part 2: Stories from the Mountain-top

In his “TED Talk,” Rob Hopkins notes that the Transition Movement “feels historic, tries to create the sense that this is a historical opportunity to do…

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Added by Erik Lindberg on September 4, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

The Long and the Short of it: Existential Comfort in the Age of Hopkins and Greer

This will be a two part reflection on the recent Energy Bulletin skirmish between Rob Hopkins and John Michael Greer. In part 1, submitted here, I offer what is likely a fairly pedestrian response to their volleys. Like many others, I don’t think the differences between the two rise to the level of the rhetoric they have begun to employ. I…

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Added by Erik Lindberg on September 2, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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