In this episode of Pathways to Resilience, I sit down with Dahr Jamail and Barbara Cecil to talk about their new monthly article series in the publication Truthout, titled, How Then Shall We Live; Finding our way amidst global collapse. The monthly series invites the reader to face the darkness of an uncertain future not with fear but instead with an open, honest, and humble heart, mind, and spirit, that can hold the all of the grief, beauty, despair, and possibility that comes with deep change.
The youth have spoken out on climate change and now what will be the response of the older generations? The power held by older generations both financially and politically means that they have the most significant ability to respond to the challenges of our time and hence they hold the most responsibility. Therefore, the question then becomes: what will they do about it? How will they use their power and privilege to respond to the fact that we only have 11 years left to reduce carbon emissions enough to avert the most catastrophic effects of climate change that will accompany a 1.5 degree Celsius rise in temperature? As the writer and mythologist Michael Meade, said, in his recent podcast titled, Olders, Elders and the Gap in Power: “we don’t have time for a revolution, and we don’t have time for evolution”. Meaning we don’t have time to wait around for the older generations to pass, we need them now, our children need them now, and the future of human life on this planet, as we know it, needs them now.
Pilgrimage is ultimately an expression of healthy power. Power that derives its source from embodiment: from the body of the earth, the body of the journeyer, the body of the group, and from the body of soul—the larger than human force that connects us to the cosmos and in turn to beauty, awe, wonder, and, most importantly, magic. In this embodiment, we find healing. In this embodiment, we are restor(y)ed, re-membered and re-imagined. In this embodiment, we are given the seeds of our future self to take home and water through our work, relationships, and lives. In this sense, the end of the pilgrimage is really only the beginning of a much longer conversation and journey.