We will face this reality honestly and learn how to live with it.
We realize that the current and upcoming crises cannot be reduced to a set of problems in need of technological or political solutions. We believe that the roots of the current and upcoming crises lie in the stories we have been telling ourselves.
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Collapse won't be addressed by buying a Prius, signing a treaty, or turning off the air-conditioning. The biggest problem we face is a philosophical one: understanding that this civilization is already dead. The sooner we confront this problem, and the sooner we realize there’s nothing we can do to save ourselves, the sooner we can get down to the hard work of adapting, with mortal humility, to our new reality.
The myth of progress tells us that we are destined for greatness, that we began grunting in the primeval swamps, as a humble part of something called nature, which we have now triumphantly subdued.
It came to be understood among the people of our culture that life in the wild was governed by a single, cruel law known as "kill or be killed." In recent decades, ethologists have discovered that this law is a fiction. In fact, a system of laws, universally observed, preserves the tranquility of the wild, protects species and even individuals, and promotes the well-being of the community as a whole. This system of laws has been called, among other things, the peacekeeping law, the law of limited competition, and animal ethics.
- Integrity: Maintaining the wholeness of wider systems, ensuring that structure and relationships remain intact and functioning as they should.
- Inclusivity: Interacting with the world in its entirety, engaging and integrating with all dimensions, levels of existence and knowledge.
- Harmony: All elements cooperate through relationships that are respectful in order to avoid dissonance.
- Respect: All parts of the world have intrinsic worth and all existence is part of the extended self, and therefore all self-respect is extended to mutual respect for the world.
- Mutuality: Compassion, treating others the same as yourself.
- Positive reciprocity: Reciprocating in a way that is of benefit to and advances the relationship between self and extended self.
- Fellowship: An extension of mutuality and positive reciprocity, where the world is co-created by humans in partnership with nature.
- Responsibility: Morally accountability for the consequences of our actions in an uncertain and unpredictable world.
- Humility: Change is constant, we cannot know the true consequences of our actions.
- Non-attachment: In order to adapt to changing circumstances it is important to uphold non-attachment in order to decouple from the futility of trying to hold onto anything in an ever changing world including ideas, dogmas and strategies.