To do:

Sedona, AZ

The list of things I should be doing today is probably too long to post, and I’m not feeling up to them anyway.  So instead I’ll post the few things that I plan to do today instead.

  1. Go to a bookstore to explore books on systems thinking and Buddhism.
  2. Hit the grocery store and pickup milk so that there is some here when Mrs. TKD and Mr. Grey get back tomorrow.
  3. Ruminate on the following thoughts from Andrew Brown in the UK’s Guardian and how they are interrelated with Dr. Kaza’s book Mindfully Green:

Climate change …  is a global tragedy of the commons, individual action cannot be enough. I cannot ensure the survival of my grandchildren, nor even yours, without compelling you to behave in ways that science tells me are necessary. Not to act, not to coerce, itself becomes immoral.

Compulsion will be needed but compulsion alone won’t do it. People aren’t made like that. They need to believe in what they are forced to do. They need idealism, and that will also mean its dark side: the pressure of conformism, the force of self-righteousness, huge moral weight attached to practically useless gestures like unplugging phone chargers. They need, in fact, something that does look a lot like religion. But we can’t engineer it. It can only arise spontaneously. Should that happen, the denialists, who claim that it is all a religion, will for once be telling the truth, and when they do that, they’ll have lost. I just hope it doesn’t happen too late. (Andrew Brown)

4 thoughts on “To do:

  1. Thanks for the book recommendation on Mindfully Green. I’m looking forward to checking it out.

    In terms of books on interconnectivity and Buddhism. I might make these recommendations:

    -Thich Nhat Hanh. Vietnamese Buddhist Monk. Very eloquent presentation of the Buddhist theories of interconnectivity.

    -Jack Kornfield. Certainly one of the most brilliant and accessible writers on the subject of Buddhism.

    -Dalia Lama. The Art of Happiness is a wonderful place to begin.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations. My brother also suggested Thich Nhat Hanh – I picked up to of his books today and started reading one on a park bench next to the Chesapeake Bay this afternoon. Very compelling.

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  2. Check out Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline: the art and practice of becoming a learning organization” and other related books by him. It’s a business/organizational persepective on systems.
    Matt

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