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We have made reversing climate change seem complex, expensive, and nearly insurmountable. In truth, it’s dead simple. We are simply looking at the wrong equation.

The Peruvian Amazon © Anthony Fieldman 2017

A disturbing multi-media Op-Ed I read today in the New York Times brings its readers to every country in the world, one by one, illustrating the tangible impacts of climate change in each. A majority of them are mired in continual catastrophe, while others face future collapses, while the clouds…

‘Enough’ is anti-consumerist. For one, it espouses limits. For another, it looks at needs, not wants. And above all, it values long-term societal health over short-term personal gain. It just might save us.

Not enough © Anthony Fieldman 2018

Enough isn’t a sexy doctrine. Far from the life of the party, it’s the rational voice that tells you skip the nightcap and get a good night’s sleep. While everybody knows it’s right to espouse these things, nobody enjoys the reminder.

We’d rather party, and pay the price tomorrow.

Enough

We are mired in riches: infinite sources of love, time and energy, and the countless finite things that we fashion from them. So, why are so many of us parsimonious in the context of plenty?

This is what it looks like to have nothing. © Anthony Fieldman 2017

The case for redistribution invariably inflames passions on either side of a yawning divide. We clash on two key issues, among others: on responsibility [Am I my brother’s keeper?], and on fairness [Does might make right?]

Incompatible world-views fuel both of these. One side insists that because we are inherently…

If we “die to the day” every night, in a way, then every morning we are restored to a life pregnant with potential insights “from the other side”. This sentiment, penned by Seneca over 2,000 years ago, is the true origin of the axiom “live each day as though it’s your last”.

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Seneca was a Roman statesman, Stoic philosopher, and mentor to Emperor Nero, where for years he tempered the notorious Caesar’s innate madness. Seneca advised us to “Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life,” in accordance with Stoic dogma: in moral virtue, guided by ethics

Overpopulation can only occur if living beings outgrow their resources. If we’re the slightest bit clever about how we feed and house—not to mention clothe, educate, heal and support — people, humans could multiply tenfold without a planetary blink.

Apollo 11 astronauts took this photo of Earth on July 20, 1969. NASA/Flickr

The gross misconception that too many of us have, with regard to population and resources, is that we will run out. What we fail to realize is that this assumes a future population will do things the same way that we do today.

We are projecting—without a second thought—that human…

It started out as a punch line, when our ten-year old daughter called us out for a petty argument. It became a mantra, once we realized the power it held to help us overcome our baser insecurities.

The author being ‘branded’ © Anthony Fieldman 2021

Out of the blue one day while driving with my wife Deb and our younger daughter, my mind turned randomly to oxygen. As a scuba diver, I suddenly blurted out—naively—that the cost to fill a tank must be the reason that the sport is so expensive, since it’s the only…

One major factor driving COVID’s deadliness has been staring us in the face since the outset. Few have been willing to name or report it. Fewer still have paid attention to those who did. If we continue to ignore it, things will only get worse.

At MoMA © Anthony Fieldman 2021

Hippocrates—the “Father of Medicine”—literally founded the practice, including the use of prognosis, clinical observation and the systematic categorization of diseases. He famously observed—correctly—that “Everything in excess is opposed to nature.”

With his insight, he was pointing us toward one of Nature’s two most enduring features: that its closed-loop, zero-waste, efficiency-driven…

Origin stories are the seeds of worldviews, which in turn guide our acts. The old stories that sustained us for millennia have been forcibly silenced by one that has brought us to the brink of global destruction in just a few generations. It’s not too late to relearn the old story, while we can.

Grandeur © Anthony Fieldman 2018

Not a day goes by that I don’t ask myself how we got here. How we inherited a world of limitless, self-perpetuating bounty so big and complex that we still barely understand it; and yet, somehow, we have managed to mortally squander our inheritance, nonetheless.

Medical intervention provides us with…

Science and Society differ on the metrics they use to arrive at a verdict. Regardless, by several benchmarks, the pandemic is indeed over. Here’s why.

What pandemic? Anti-vaxx demonstration, NYC © Anthony Fieldman 2021

Something I read recently resonated deeply—about the subject on everyone’s mind: When will this pandemic finally be over?!

That article, in the The Atlantic, offered the following viewpoint:

“Scientists have their own way of deciding that a pandemic is over. But one useful social-scientific marker is when people have gotten…

There are three non-simultaneous states of consciousness: being, relating and projecting. We misunderstand all three, and would benefit from a recalibration of time spent in each one.

The author, last month © Jonni Super 2021

Following a particularly powerful meditation this morning, a new thought dawned on me: that there are three distinct states of consciousness in which we live our lives. They are being, relating and projecting.

Rules apply.

  1. We can only access one state at a time.
  2. Each state serves a different purpose…

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