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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #1066 - #TopProblem

23 Jan, 2023


"I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address those problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy, and to deal with those we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don't know how to do that."
Gus Speth

"Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear, and greed."
Albert Einstein

"There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it."
Maya Angelou

We artists know how to address transformation--
how to grow empathy, passion, and collectivity--
but only with those who are open to it somewhere inside of them,
who at least bring themselves to enter
the space of possibility.

Spirituality knows how to address transformation--
but not with formal systems--
not usually--
be they art-making methodologies
or organized religions.

Systems breed safety--
follow this and you will be this,
do this and you will do that,
get here and you will get there.

But empathy, passion, and collectivity grow
from the recognition that we are not safe,
that no one is safe,
that our only hope is to care for ourselves
and each other,
and that we must each figure out our own way
to do that.

We are all the same in needing that care and opportunity.
We are all different in what that looks like, what it is
and what it leads to.

And, in this one instance, I beg to differ with Maya.
​T​here may be a fine line between passion and greed,
but they do not come from the same place.
Passion is investment in possibility;
greed is perpetually filling the hole that can
never be filled.

Shellen Lubin
January 23, 2023

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