great turning

A Quote by Mark Hathaway on crisis, choice, and great turning

Times of crisis can be creative times, times when new visions and new possibilities emerge. The Chinese ideogram for crisis, wei-ji, is composed of the characters for danger and opportunity (represented by an unstoppable spear and an impenetrable shield). This is not simply a contradiction or paradox; the very dangers we face stimulate us to look deeper, seek alternatives, and take advantage of opportunities. Our own word—crisis—derives from the Greek word krinein, meaning “to separate.” It implies a choice between distinct alternatives. If we do not act to change the situation of deepening poverty and ecological destruction, we will be choosing to continue a descent toward the abyss of despair.

But another choice is also possible: we have the opportunity to choose a new way of living on our planet, a new way of living with each other and with the other creatures of our world.

Mark Hathaway

Source: The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation (Ecology and Justice), Pages: 8

Contributed by: Mark (Centreco)

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