by Jill Schroder Our southern neighbour is in the throes of a vital election which affects almost everyone on the planet and has created a lot of uncertainty. In addition it’s a hugely challenging time for many of us in Canada and elsewhere. There are risks of disastrous losses, multiple concerns, and deep uncertainty about… Continue reading Living with uncertainty
by Jill Schroder Joy and delight, enthusiasm and lightheartedness are good for our health, our immune systems, and have trickle-down benefits for everybody and everything we come in contact with. I find that when I focus on joy and delight, love and light, my energy changes… the energy that I bring to whatever is in… Continue reading Cultivate Joy — we sure need it now!
by Lillian Ireland WORDS – spoken, written, sung, or even withheld – serve many purposes. Words can lift, crush, empower or embitter. They can bridge and unite us. They can incite emotion and deepen or destroy a relationship. They can encourage and help give insight, or they can wreak havoc and divide. Withholding words can… Continue reading Kind words and bold actions
by Thuy-vy Nguyen Solitude has become a topic of fascination in modern Western societies because we believe it is a lost art – often craved, yet so seldom found. It might seem as if we ought to walk away from society completely to find peaceful moments for ourselves. Yet there is a quote I really… Continue reading Time alone (chosen or not) can be a chance to hit the reset button
by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong Many of my best friends think that some of my deeply held beliefs about important issues are obviously false or even nonsense. Sometimes, they tell me so to my face. How can we still be friends? Part of the answer is that these friends and I are philosophers, and philosophers learn how… Continue reading Reach out, listen, be patient. Good arguments can stop extremism
by Michael Ruse I was raised as a Quaker, but around the age of 20 my faith faded. It would be easiest to say that this was because I took up philosophy – my lifelong occupation as a teacher and scholar. This is not true. More accurately, I joke that having had one headmaster in… Continue reading The meaning to life?
Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua Penguin Random House | 2018 | 304 pages Amy Chua is probably best known through social media as the Tiger Mom following widespread publication of her 2011 Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. More importantly from the perspective of this book review, she… Continue reading Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations
by Don Marshall and David MacQuarrie 2019 Salon on Climate Change Conversations The Suzuki Elders presented a Salon on February 28, 2019 on climate change conversations. The important byline was “How to have them without everyone walking out of the room”. Attended by 33 participants, the Salon was essentially a pilot exercise to explore the… Continue reading Climate change conversations: how to have them without everyone walking out of the room
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells Penguin Random House LLC | 2019 | 320 Pages Climate change has become a significant rallying point for the global environmental movement. In Canada in 2018 there were 87 listed environmental groups and non-governmental organizations (among them the David Suzuki Foundation) who devoted substantial portions of their time… Continue reading The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
by Jill Schroder Among philosophers and physicists is a theory that the fundamental nature of reality is energy. On a more day-to-day level this would mean that our words and even our thoughts are energy too. When I first read this on the Daily Om it startled me. Our words, our thoughts, are energy? Even if it’s… Continue reading Our words, our thoughts, are energy