Awareness Film Night season finale
As we see and hear about the many ecological, economic, emotional and human rights break downs on Planet E it is easy to feel a sense of overwhelming hopelessness, futility and even cynicism. As an embrace of courage and possibility to send us into the summer months, Awareness Film Night’s Season Finale on May 14 will present A (video) Evening With Charles Eisenstein.
Eisenstein is the author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible and Sacred Economics – Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition. He “gets the enormity of the crises facing us, yet responds neither with despair nor with ‘fantasy’ suggestions.”
Born in 1967, father of four, degree from Yale in Mathematics and Philosophy, public speaker, author of The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible (2013), The Ascent of Humanity (2007), Sacred Economics (2011), and The Yoga of Eating (2003).
Some quotes from Charles Eisenstein:
“We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.”
“Another way of being is possible and it is right in front of us, closer than close….yet it slips away so easily that we hardly believe it could be the foundation of life; so we relegate it to an afterlife and call it Heaven or we relegate it to the future and call it Utopia. Either way we set it apart from this world and this life and thereby deny its practicality and its reality in the here-and-now. Yet the knowledge that life is more than Just This cannot be suppressed. Not forever.”
“Those moments of love, freedom, serenity, play – what power has made us believe these are but respites from real life?……Underlying the vast swath of ruin our civilization has carved is not human nature, but the opposite: human nature denied.”
Lest we lose ourselves in a sense of futility at working for and making what can seem like insignificant changes, Eisenstein encourages us to remember that we are all connected and that our actions (or inactions) always have more impact than we may realize.
Discussion to follow. 7-9 p.m. at Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation. Info at: www.awarenessfilmnight.ca