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Architect | Photographer | Writer | Polyglot | Windmill Jouster | Nomade Civilisée.

As we wade into year two of this marathon, there’s one group on which we all rely, yet who in return receive little to none of the care that they so expertly give. Here are some thoughts around what we can do for the caregivers.

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Deb, on our first-ever trip as a couple… into the jaws of the California fires © Anthony Fieldman 2017


The bad news is life is on hold. The good news is that not everyone is sitting still, while we are hiding. In fact, the opposite is true. Innovation in pretty much every sphere of life is in sixth gear. Here is a glimpse at what is incubating, and why you may want to dust off your ideas now.

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Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Everything in life is comprised of complexity—a sliding scale between extremes. And yet, we judge ourselves and one another according to either-or edicts and dogmas, causing undue suffering. Here are some thoughts and strategies.

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Judgment: a human specialty

Race


A century of industrialization has made us ironically weaker, less happy and less able to share in its spoils, turning it into a Faustian bargain. While we cannot go backward, there is a path to rediscovering our former fortitude.

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Victorian farmers: “Coming Home From the Marshes” © Peter Henry Emerson 1886


The divergent strategies deployed in the two cities (and nations) where I divide my life have led to very different outcomes, economically and psychologically. And yet, their death tolls are nearly indistinguishable. Here’s what I’ve observed, and concluded.

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The 1.3-mile stretch of 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights in Queens has become a neighborhood gathering spot.Credit…Todd Heisler/The New York Times


We have engineered a society of competitors based on a false notion of inherent scarcity. Our fear-based narrative has fueled bids to control resources and outcomes, sowing mistrust. The rules and groupthink that grew out of this narrative to protect it are robbing us of our true potential.

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My three imps. © Anthony Fieldman 2018


Homelessness is not necessary. It is the result of our collective inaction, there to be solved, but left to fester. Three nations’ starkly different approaches show the impact of our choices.

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Homeless in the Roosevelt Avenue / Jackson Heights subway station, Queens, NY © Anthony Fieldman 2016

“The only common denominator to homelessness is that they lack a home. This must be the starting point.”


In modern times, science has bled us of our evolutionary biological ability to live, unaided. While this speaks to our ingenuity, there is also a massive hidden cost.

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Winter blanket © Anthony Fieldman 2021


Human beings have nearly capped an astounding feat in what amounts to a cosmic nanosecond: the wholesale replacement of every natural system on the planet we inherited, for one we have engineered for convenience. What we do next will seal our fate.

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Our un-natural world


When the chips are down, we find out what we, and others around us, are made of. It is through adversity more than anything else that we find ourselves, and forge lasting bonds.

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Hamar boy, Omo Valley, Ethiopia © Anthony Fieldman 2018

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