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Our Common Future, From One Earth to One World

A CULTURAL CHALLENGE
“A cosmopolitan sociology is required in order to understand the situations, impacts, divisions, contradictions, and desires of the global generations. A cosmopolitan sociology means a sociology that gets rid off ‘methodological nationalism’ and takes globality and (human) social life on planet Earth seriously.

A cosmopolitan sociology differs from a universalistic one by starting, not from anything supposed general, but from global variability, global interconnectedness, and global intercommunication. It means treating the global generations not as a single, universal generation with common symbols and a unique consciousness.

Rather, it conceptualizes and analyses a multiplicity of global generations that appear as a set of intertwined transnational generational constellations.” 
Beck U., “Global Generations and the Trap of Methodological Nationalism for a Cosmopolitan Turn in the Sociology of Youth and Generation”, 2009.

THE LARGEST MOVEMENT ON EARTH
“From billion-dollar nonprofits to single person dot causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on Earth, a movement that has no name, leader, or location, and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media.

Like nature itself, it is organizing from the bottom up, in every city, town, and culture. and is emerging to be an extraordinary and creative expression of people's needs worldwide”. 
Hawken P., "Blessed Unrest", 2008.

THE SHAMBHALA PROPHECY
"So the time is upon us when the Shambhala warriors go into training. So you can imagine that when he said this, I asked, “How do they train?” They train, he said, in the use of two weapons.  That was the term he used, “weapon.” “What weapons?” I asked. And he held up his hands in the way the lamas hold up the ritual objects of the dorje and bell in the lama dance.

One is compassion, he said, and the other is insight into the radical interdependence of all phenomena. And you need both; one is not enough. You need compassion because that is what provides you with the fuel, the mode of force to get you out there to be where you need to be to do what you need to do.  And what it consists of, essentially, is not being afraid of the suffering of your world. And when you’re not afraid of the pain of your world, then nothing can stop you. Then you can open to it, step forward, act.

But that weapon by itself is not enough. It is too hot.  It can burn you out, so you need the other – you need that wisdom, that insight, into the mutual belonging of everything that is.  Interwoven as it is in the web of life. With that wisdom you know that it is not a war between the “good guys” and “bad guys.” But that the line between good and evil runs through the landscape of every human heart. And we are so interwoven throughout the web of life that the smallest act, with clear intentions, has clear repercussions throughout that web that we can barely see.  

But that insight of profound interconnection is by itself a little cool, a little too conceptual, to sustain and keep you moving, so you need the heat of compassion."
Macy J., “Coming Back to Life”, 2014.
Borma Earth Day 2019
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