The term synchronicity is coined by Jung to express a concept that belongs to him. It is about acausal connection of two or more psycho-physic phenomena. This concept was inspired to him by a patient's case that was in situation of impasse in treatment. Her exaggerate rationalism (animus inflation) was holding her back from assimilating unconscious materials. One night, the patient dreamt a golden scarab - cetonia aurata. The next day, during the psychotherapy session, a real insect this time, hit against the Jung's cabinet window. Jung caught it and discovered surprisingly that it was a golden scarab; a very rare presence for that climate. (Source: Carl Jung: What is Synchronicity?)
In Monday's extraordinary second inaugural speech, President Obama challenged us to think big. To move beyond the divisions of you/me or them/us or rich/poor and unite as "We The People." To reconnect with the ideals of the birth of this country and the hard, never ending work towards achieving the perfection inherent in its formation.
And yet, in including the need to tackle global climate change into his second term agenda, our President encouraged us to strive even further, to make what might be considered by some as a 'leap of faith' and surpass not only an evolved concept of self as an equal citizen of a country, and even the concept of equivalency in terms of global citizenship. No, to address climate change and survive as a species, what Obama is implying is that we must begin to recognize our place as citizens of the cosmos. A cosmos in which each one of us, in fact, each living thing, is born with equal right to the freedom to grow, develop and thrive.
About a year ago, I attended a lecture at San Francisco's Academy of Science Planetarium where Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel R. Primack delivered an awe-inspiring presentation about their book "The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World."
The cosmologists spent a good part of their presentation discussing the Malia-Sasha Horizon, with dramatic forecasts showing the world in 2100 under two potential scenarios: one in which no significant action is taken to reduce carbon emissions; the other in which aggressive reductions are initiated immediately.
The battle to win "the hearts and minds" of our fellow American citizens and rally them to address climate change is a daunting one. Like Jung's patient, so many of us have blocked access to the unconscious truth of our connection to all that is alive. Because to recognize that our actions are the cause of our own destruction and the ultimate destruction of all that we love, dream of, hope for and imagine is too enormous a truth to allow to rise to consciousness.
We are all harboring golden scarabs. They have been festering beneath our scalps for almost thirty years now.
And with one paragraph. On a beautifully blue day in Washington, the President of the United States of America, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, opened the wound and set the scarabs free.
The world is in our hands now. It is a huge, grievously wounded fragile world. And only "We, The People, the people of the cosmos, can heal it.
"So tonight, let us ask ourselves — if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call." President-Elect Barack Obama acceptance speech, November 4, 2008
The 2013 draft of the U.S. National Climate Assessment reaffirms what increasing numbers of Americans have seen in their backyards and hometowns: climate change is real, and without action it will drastically alter the American way of life. Since the last assessment in 2009, climate impacts have gone from a seemingly abstract notion to a daily concern that hits close to home. From tcktcktck
Note: Add your suggestions to A Siegel's #ObamaEnv: Inaugural Address as Launchpad for Second Term Climate Action. Here's one I am adding:
Perhaps Jim Messina will call in the pros at 350.org and the Climate Reality Project to help with mentoring the folks at OFA. Encourage OFA members to participate in some real life learning immersion to gain acumen in the vocabulary and nuances of global warming topics and issues.
Help create a roll call of sorts by submitting a report or picture on climate change's impact where you live in GreenMother's Progression of the Drought.
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