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Re-examining Freedom

​Re-examining Freedom 

(Approximately a ​4 minute read)

​Up until around the time ​we became parents, ​Alain ​and I ​never questioned our assumptions about freedom. ​​

​The story of our time says ​this is ​normal:

  • to ​be chained to debt and to schedules, 
  • to have ​little or no control over where our food originates, 
  • to be walled off from nature, 
  • and to be more connected to ​each other via screens than in person.  

​This post describes how we began to question that story, and to re-examine ​what freedom means to us. 

​(This is Part 3 in a Series about our family's journey towards real and green.)

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Thinking for yourself

​Thinking For Yourself

(Approximately a 6 ​minute read)

Thinking for yourself, to me, means understanding what influences your thoughts, questioning everything, and then making your own informed decisions with consideration for the short AND long-term consequences to yourself and other living beings.

Aside from building more autonomy and self-reliance into your life, ​this kind of thinking​ will help ​dismantle the existing growth-at-all-costs system that relies on consumers who don't think for themselves.

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An Illusion of Independence

​An Illusion of Independence

​(Approximately a 4 minute read)

In the modern world, independent individuals and nuclear families are artificially sustained by a fossil fuel dependent, growth-at-all-costs system that cannot last. 

The ​alternative that most appeals to me is ​a world in which we live interdependently – in direct relationship with each other and with ​the web of life that can sustain us indefinitely, so long as we care for it as the extension of ourselves that it really is. 

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Growing Up – For Adults

​Growing Up - For Adults

​(Approximately a 6 minute read)

Growing up for adults, if you choose to take it on, is choosing never to stop growing.

It's​ what you do if you decide that rather than live a life and think thoughts prescribed ​by the circumstances of your upbringing and by the prevailing cultural norms, you’re going to live a life designed by YOU. ​

(​This post is fine to read on its own. But if you have time for a bit more reading, the post Thinking For Yourself is a good lead in to this one.)

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Expanding Awareness


​Expanding Awareness

(​A 3 to 4 minute read)

​​"​It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

​The fabric of wholeness that once gave us a sense of purpose and belonging​—connecting us into a web of responsibility, relationships and health among family, community and nature—has come undone.

​In this post, parenthood prompts me to explore this unraveling, and to begin a search for the solutions to it. 

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