I’m wondering why every conversation we have isn’t about climate change and the mass extinction event we are in. I’m resisting the urge to hate myself and humanity as a result.
From “I’M OPENING A TEMPLE FOR THE GRIEF SONG” — Sandy Ibrahim
I can remember the day that it happened, 25th November last year, sitting in the living room of our friend, Jude, in Totnes in the middle of a 12 Characters gathering. We were in the pause between Character readings and I was talking with my neighbour about what been stirred up in us with the reading of the previous three Characters. I had read “It’s going to happen – but to somebody else”, Continue reading “Why isn’t Every Conversation We Have About Climate Change?”
This was our first gathering of 12 Characters in the USA. Not surprisingly, the things that the British find to be ‘too American’ didn’t raise an eyebrow in Vienna, VA! Continue reading “12 Characters – Blueberry Hill Cohousing”
“But what if we discuss it without the endgame of convincing and mobilizing and compelling others to action? Is there value in talking about this with the people in our lives simply to commiserate, communally, on this impending demise?”
— Sam Miller McDonald, Climate Despair
Continue reading “The Sacred and the Profane”
It is not at all certain that we are going to avoid environmental catastrophe. — Mike King in The Writing of ‘Mountain Calls’ on the Dark Mountain Project Blog
Having read these words I was struct again by the recurring realization that as people we are living in a time when the way of living our lives is killing the web of living beings upon which our own lives are entirely dependent. That we might actually succeed in killing the web of life (and therefore ourselves) is not the main focus of my shock. The main focus of my shock is the realization that people have already been born for whom this killing is a possibility. For most of human existence it has not been possible to think the thought that we could kill the web of living beings on this planet – and now it is not only possible – it is even likely by some calculations. Continue reading “It is not at all certain that we are going to avoid environmental catastrophe”
The same friend who asked me recently about what the target group is for 12 Characters events also asked me this question:
How do you see your activity, as a performance, workshop or something else?
Again, this is something that I’ve not really known how to answer and it has mattered to me a great deal. So him asking me the question gave me the opportunity to begin to get clear. Continue reading “Is 12 Characters a ‘performance’, a ‘workshop’, or something else?”
I was asked recently by someone looking to host a 12 Characters event the following helpful question:
What target group you would have in mind, e.g. the “converted”, the “deniers”, the “sceptics”, or whatever labels you would like to give them?
I liked it because it made me think long and hard about where I stood. Here are my current thoughts. Continue reading “What is the target audience for 12 Characters”